Activities and Clubs

We offer a range of inspiring extra-curricular clubs to spark and develop our pupils’ interests beyond the curriculum. Our enthusiastic team of teachers run clubs at lunchtime and after school.

Lunchtime Clubs (13:30 – 14:00)

  • Monday:
    • Drama club with Mrs Ball and Mr McStravick
  • Tuesday:
    • GeoExplorers with Mrs O’Reilly
    • Debating club with Mrs Marett
  • Thursday:
    • Creativity Club with Mrs Hopley
    • Choir with Mrs Goater
  • Friday:
    • Latin club with Mrs Doyle
  • Monday:
    • French Journalism Club with Mme Rifflard and Mme Alefsen (16:00 - 16:45)
    • Unisex Multisports (e.g. Basketball, Hockey, Rugby, Athletics) with Mr Stimpson 16:30 - 17:30 at GES Primary, Genthod
  • Tuesday:
    • STEM Club with Mr Taylor 16:00 - 17:00
    • Unisex Football with Mr Stimson 16:30 - 17:30 at GES Primary
  • Thursday:
    • Climbing with Mr Pearce at Totem, Versoix 16:00 - 18:00
    • Entrepreneurship with Mrs Hopley 16:00 - 17:00

Educational Visits and Residentials

Residential trips

Residential trips offer pupils a great opportunity to strengthen their friendships and to develop both personally and socially outside of the classroom. During these trips, we focus on team-building activities and also enhancing the curriculum in exciting, real-life contexts. These learning opportunities really enable the pupils to develop confidence and independence.

We offer a four-day ski camp in January which takes place in the fantastic resort of Verbier. The pupils take ski lessons designed to suit their level. In the evenings, pupils enjoy team-building activities, sport, games and competitions. It is also a wonderful opportunity for the pupils to use their French in this beautiful Swiss resort.

We also offer a five-day outdoor-activity trip in the first week of the summer holidays, giving pupils the opportunity to enjoy outdoor sports such as climbing, mountain biking and white-water rafting.

Educational Visits

We offer a range of educational visits which give the pupils the opportunity to experience a real-life context to their learning and inspire them. We organise a variety of trips which exploit our fantastic situation. Our visits range from trips to the sustainable building of the HSBC offices in Geneva, CERN, the Parc des Bastions, theatre productions to classical music concerts.

Workshops and Guest Speakers

We host a great range of guest speakers in order to ensure that our pupils are inspired by the different paths that people can take and the range of professions out there. There are such a wealth of experts and interesting people in Geneva alone, never mind beyond, and we really want them to share their story with our pupils.

Our TED-style talks so far have covered topics ranging from big data, matter and engineering at CERN, the world’s most extreme experiments, climate change, planning an Antarctic expedition, Yehudi Menuhin, healthy eating and sustainably-sourced food and plastic free living!

We also build into our curriculum a range of workshops, cross-curricular projects and drop-down days led by experts that allow our pupils to really explore a topic in depth. We have explored topics such as sustainable development, innovative design and Antarctic exploration.

International Award

Duke of Edinburgh International Award logo

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is also known as DofE, The Head of State Award, The President's Award Scheme, The International Award for Young People, and the Governor General's Youth Award. The Award is available to all 14-24 year olds and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements. 

Since its launch over 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non-formal education, the Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development..

At GES, the award is available for students in years 9 to 13, and some of its components can contribute towards our A-level diploma programme.

There are three attainment levels:
  • Bronze for those turning 14 and older.
  • Silver for those turning 15 and older.
  • Gold for those turning 16 and older.
The International Award comprises four sections, all of which must be completed to gain the Award:
  • Service to encourage a sense of responsibility to the community
  • Skills to encourage the development of cultural, vocational or practical skills
  • Physical recreation to encourage improved performance and physical fitness
  • Adventurous journey to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery
  • And for the Gold Award only, a Residential project to broaden experience through involvement with others in a residential setting