SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
ST.GEORGE’S SCHOOL IN SWITZERLAND SEPTEMBER, 2007
Volume 3, Issue 2
School Website: www.st-georges.ch. School Office: 021-964-3411 School Hotline: 021-989-2189 Newsletter Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Autumn is here! Inside This Issue :
The weather may be cooling
down, but my oh my, is the Note from the Academic Dean
schedule heating up! We’re three weeks into Fall Term
Note from University Guidance Counselor
Sports Report from Mr. Hill
and October half-term break is just around the corner;
Students in the Spotlight
autumn is officially here, which means winter can’t be far
A Few Words from the Librarian
behind. Be sure to keep your term calendar handy and Baby Sitters List
check it often. There are sporting competitions and Senior School Trips
social events planned nearly every week, and you don’t SATs Dates
want to miss a one! Note from the Languages Department
Uni News – From Across the Pond
New Feature: From St. George’s Kitchen
Hiking Days A Note from the JD
Who’s Who in the Senior School
For anyone interested in seeing our PLG Team 2007-2008
region from a different perspective, and And Much More!
having a fun, active morning or day, with
a lot of fresh air, then please join us!
Calendar of Events
We will always leave from the school
Sunday, September 23rd
parking after dropping off the kids, so Play rehearsal
around 08:45. Return is expected to be around 12:30 – Monday, September 24th
13:00. Morning assembly: Social Services
Meeting Dates and Destinations: Thursday, September 27th
Tues. Sept 18th – Dent de Jamal („the nose‟) Burier excursion
Thurs. Sept. 27th – Les Pleiades Friday, September 28th through Wednesday, October
Thurs. Oct. 4th – Lutry
Year 12 trip to UK
Thurs. Oct 11th – to be determined Monday, September October 1st through Wednesday,
Here‟s what you need to bring: Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 13 fieldtrips
Good walking shoes! Friday, October 5th
Water/Snack Newsletter distributed
Raincoat Changes to the Calendar
Tuesday, October 9th
Money Piano Concert performed by Mr. Louis Schwitgebel-
Phone Wang. Please note that the date has been changed.
For any information you can always contact: 19:30, School Hall
Lynda Coughlin – 021-943-3570 or 079-468-3501
Friday, November 30th
Manon Dudink – 021-964-1017 or 079-256-3551
Piano Recital 18:00 - 20:00 in the School Hall,
organized by Mrs. Kubacek. More details to follow.
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 2
Who’s Who in the Senior School?
Principal: Mrs. C. Steinson Ps sst ... Have you heard?
Vice Principal: Mr. S. Shaw
Academic Dean: Mr. J.L. Aupoix
The new PLG booklet "BY WORD OF MOUTH" is
Student Head of School: Victoria Di Napoli hot off the press and its reviews have been
Deputy Head: Patrick Scully really positive. Using information and
recommendations collected from parents at
Boarding school Housemistresses: St. George’s, this book is a handy reference
Ms. J. Bolton guide to the Vevey and Montreux areas. It
Ms. S. Zahnd contains emergency telephone numbers,
Mrs. L. Struba and all kinds of information on shopping,
Mrs. Jupp restaurants, doctors, activities for kids, and
various services available in the area. If you are new to
Office: Ms. Lomazzi the St. George's community, this book will prove to be a
Admissions, Principal’s Secretary:
fountain of invaluable information, saving you time and
Accounts: Mme Momberger, Ms. Helmich legwork as you learn about your new surroundings.
Travel and Student permits: Ms. Fellay
Housekeeping: Mme Moledo Even if you are a seasoned and settled member of our
community, you will want a copy of ‘By Word of Mouth’
Atlanta House (Red) for your home, not only because it contains all the
Head of House: Mr. Gillan – available Fridays * information you need in just one book, but because it
Tutors: also has information on all those new resources, services
Mrs. Schibler and places you didn't know about. At 20ChF, this book is
Mme Bodenmann a useful investment. Be sure to look for it at any upcoming
Mrs. Brown events such as inter-house sports, the parent/teacher
Mr. Potts conferences, or the school play – if supplies last that long!
Mr. Gray Copies can also be purchased by contacting the "BY
Dr. Lain WORD OF MOUTH" team directly. Copies are limited so
please, spread the word! After all, the best tips and
Diana House (Yellow) information almost always come ‘by word of mouth’.
Head of House: Mr. Katz – available Thursdays *
Tutors: Namhee Barreau email@example.com
Ms. Aminot Orie Marchionne firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Chapuis Virginia Scully email@example.com
Mr. Jones Carey Turner firstname.lastname@example.org
Minerva House (Blue) Piano Concert
Head of House: Ms. Eastham – available Tuesdays *
Tutors: There will be a Piano Recital given by Louis Schwitgebel-
Mr. Onslow Wang on Tuesday 9th October 2007 at 19h30 in the
Sports Hall. He is a winner of the Second Prize, the Breguet
Special Prize and the Public Prize in the 2005 Geneva
Mr. Jupp International Music Competition, and First Prize winner of
Ms. Babolat the prestigious Young Concert Artists Auditions in New
York in January 2007 we are privileged that Mr
* Heads of House will be available in school one evening per week if Schwitgebel-Wang has agreed to give a private concert at
parents would like to speak with them. Appointment sheets will be put St. George's School.
on the parents’ notice board every week.
A complete staff roster, including photos and e-mail addresses,
will be available on the website shortly.
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 3
A Note From the Academic Dean …
The accreditation process "forces" us to review and
My name is Jean-Luc Aupoix and I am the new assess all aspects of the school (huge task!) in order
Academic Dean here at St.George’s. This position to devise a way of working (teaching your children)
may sound strange or unfamiliar to you, but it comes which will be coherent with our philosophy and
with logic and coherence, reflecting St George’s new today's world. A lot has already been done in the
organization and profile. past, which has given St Georges its reputation as an
excellent International Educational Institution. A lot
I am a Frenchman and I have been working in is going on at the moment. The Curriculum
International Education for almost 15 years in Committee for instance is doing tremendous work in
various IB schools such as, St Clare's College Oxford generating and organizing all the Curriculum
(UK), ICARDA International School of Aleppo documents we need, to meet the Accreditation
(Syria), and British School of Lomé (Togo), where I Criteria and to be able to have the necessary
held various administrative positions beyond my traceability to review on a regular basis the content
beloved teaching duties: Head of Department, Head of our Academic programme.
of Year, Exam officer, Deputy Head.
As IB Coordinator I have to make sure that we are
Also, from very early on in my teaching career, I choosing the best combination of options for our
have been working for the IBO (International students to enable them to progress at the right pace
Baccalaureate Organization), first as an external and find the most suitable University course. This
examiner for IB Diploma French B (French as a requires a lot of paper work (the administrative side
foreign language), and then as Deputy Chief of the position) but also a lot of discussion and
Examiner. This means that I am involved in all the exchanges with students, teachers and tutors.
aspects of the subject ‘French B’, from Exams This is team work, and I will try my best to make it
settings to Grade Awards, from Papers successful together with everyone here at St Georges.
Standardization to Curriculum Review. There are also a lot of other areas (IGCSE, Exams
administration, transcripts...) where I need to be
The combination of my natural inclination for new present.
challenges and experiences made me look at St
Georges' development. The school is now in a But I do not forget why after a few years in Industry
transition period, moving from A Level to IB, I came into teaching, the "school world". I love
expanding in term of student intake and going being in the classroom seeing children learning,
through an Accreditation (CIS- Council of thinking, progressing, facing difficulties sometimes.
International Schools) process. Everything I will do, together with my colleagues,
will revolve around the child to make sure we are
My role as Academic Dean is to coordinate those giving him or her, with the help of his or her parents,
various elements in order to give coherence to the the best start in life.
delivery of the best and most appropriate
Curriculum. I will of course rely on my colleagues I am happy to be in Switzerland and I will make the
who are all highly qualified and committed teachers, most of its beauty, not forgetting that life outside
to put the students at the centre of our objectives. school does exist and that my two children who are
unfortunately far away from me will get to know this
~ Jean-Luc Aupoix
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 4
A Word from the new University
Uni News From Across the Pond…
Some recent St. George‟s graduates have been letting us
Although many of you know me already, allow me to know how they are doing since starting anew at Universities
introduce myself and my role in University across the world. Bradley Stark was our first correspondent
Guidance. and he has this to say about his first few weeks at the
University of Michigan (with a population of 40,000+
I have been here at St. George’s for 10 years now, students and 6200+ teachers!):
teaching Sciences throughout the school, but have
now taken on the role of University Guidance Homework! The subject every student dreads, no matter
Counselor. With this position, I hope to help our
what age they happen to be. At St.George’s Senior School,
students, your children, find the most appropriate
the assignments are handed out in class and the deadlines are
place for them at the end of their time here at St. stated aloud and repeated, to ensure the class understands.
George’s. This includes helping find both courses
It’s a whole different story over here! In the first lecture,
and universities that suit your children’s interests and
maybe, a homework assignment is given verbally, but on the
capabilities, as well as helping directly with the
whole, the only mention of homework in class is what
happens if it is turned in late or missing. It’s up to you to check
each of your class’s websites for impending tasks and
Between M. Aupiox, Mrs Melnick and myself, we
deadlines. Not only are you responsible for checking the
have a good knowledge of universities in Britain, the
websites, but professors reserve the right to issue more
United States and Europe, and this should allow us
to cover the widest range of options possible. homework at any time, meaning you had better have a
Furthermore we hope to bring to the school several careful checking procedure of websites and email, looking for
guest speakers to discuss a range of career options, the odd one from a prof, saying “And by the way… FOR
and we will seek help in this area from both parents TOMORROW!” I am in no way exaggerating; I have personally
and the Georgentians. received two emails so far at midnight regarding homework
for the next day that had not previously been stated.
Predominantly, my initial role is to act as a facilitator, Procrastination is by no means an option for anything.
directing your child to sources which will allow them Get it and get it done!
to make informed choices later. In conjunction with We‟ll be hearing from Bradley again, as well as other recent
graduates about their experiences. Got a question about life at Uni?
M. Aupoix, we will look at option choices made in
Send an e-mail to email@example.com and we‟ll find a Uni student
Year 9 to ensure future aspirations are not excluded to answer it!
due to choices made early in their school careers.
Aptitude testing already takes place for Years 11 and
12, which will help to direct student’s choices more
effectively. In Years 12 and 13, I will be available to Reminder of SAT DATES
assist fully in the application process, from advising
A reminder to all those who are interested in taking
on personal statements to co-ordinating references.
their SAT Tests, which are required for any U.S.
Success in university placement is an important and
university applications, to be aware of the following
stressful time in a student’s career and I hope that
between us we can reduce this stress to a minimum.
Test Dates 2007: Register By: Tests:
Please feel free to contact me by e-mail or telephone,
Oct. 6 Too Late Now SAT/ Subjects
either to make an appointment to discuss your child’s
Nov. 3 Oct 2 SAT/ Subjects
application, or for further information as to how I
Dec. 1 Oct 30 SAT/Subjects
can assist in the process.
Please see www.collegeboard.com for more details
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 5
Sports Report from Mr. Hill
Fixtures: Inter-House Cross-Country:
The children seem to be enjoying training twice a The first inter-house of the year usually sets
week for their chosen sports team. Although we the tone for the next twelve months and it
still don‟t have enough boys to make a senior was great to see a large turn-out of both
football team, the senior girls kick off the first participants and supporters at the cross-
of seven league games in the ADISR country. The scores in the junior event ran
“Championnat” on Monday at home against CDL 158:157:156 between the three houses and it
(start 1700) and the “moyen” boys (Yrs 9-12) couldn‟t have been closer.
travel to Monthey on Wednesday for the ADISR Atalanta were the overall winners.
Championships. With three games next week, it
will be a busy time for the girls. So parents, gently
(or otherwise) please encourage them to be
disciplined about completing their homework. Both
teams will be sporting the new school strip, and it
would be great to see some crowds cheering our Triathlon:
students on. On the first Sunday of term the weather was
perfect for a great day out at St George‟s
Triathlon. Six students took part, four girls, two
boys, and all enjoyed the experience greatly:
Water Bottles: talking to them afterwards each seemed to have
Happy to report that the majority of pupils are grown in self-knowledge in some small way. It‟s
coming fully prepared for the school day and great to see that all of them have now set
bringing their water bottles with them. The themselves new goals (many will be taking part in
children have been particularly good at the Lausanne ¼ or ½ marathons) and will continue
remembering the correct kit for PE lessons so far. with their training. Libby Urquhart-Ducharme
Just a reminder of what that kit is: was the fastest out of the water; Olivia Perrin
White St. George‟s T-shirt won the girls‟ event; and Dylan Pilarski was the
Plain navy blue shorts overall winner setting a new record in the process.
White or navy sports socks But somehow, and I‟m sure these people won‟t
indoor sports shoes mind me saying this, it was about so much more
outdoor sports shoes than just the result. Many thanks to all the
water bottle parents and senior students who came out to
rain jacket support.
St. George‟s Sweat Top
plain navy long sweat pants
And finally, just a quiet footnote here as I
promised I wouldn‟t make too much fuss: Adelaide
Wood entered the Vaudois Tennis Championships
in the summer holidays and became the Under 16‟s
singles champion. BRILLIANT!!!! An exceptional
achievement. Well done Adelaide.
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 6
A Few Words from the Librarian Students
SS in the Spotlight
OOOPS! There is a large gap in the Junior
Fiction section. In June there was no room to add
even one more book, so this means that students who Prefects:
took books over the summer holidays have not Olivia Perrin
returned them. Would all mothers please look at Dylan Pilarski
home in bedrooms and bookshelves to see if there Libby Urquhart-Ducharme
are any books which belong to school. School books
are covered, have spine labels and „St George‟s Monitors:
School‟ written on the front cover. The students can Sarah Anderson
just put them inside the library on the trolley Tharika Fuhrer
(without fear of reprisals!) and the librarians will do Adam Hutton
the rest. If we do not receive the books, then clearly Simone Koopmans
any future book lending over the holidays will have to Mariel Luna
come to an end. Brita Midness
Personalised Pencils and Crayons
Two years ago approximately 150 sets of personalized
pencils and pencil crayons, were ordered for our
students or for Christmas and birthday presents.
Leaflets explaining how to order will be given to the
students before half term, so if you wish to order,
please put the correct money and the leaflets with Atalanta House Captain: Dylan Pilarski
the required names written in capitals, inside an Sports Captains: Adelaide Wood
envelope and hand to Mrs Baerfuss. The name of the
person making the order should be written clearly on Diana House Captain: Olivia Perrin
the outside of the envelope. These pencils and Vice Captains: Janelle Paquin
crayons are always well received by the students and Nikolai Nikitenko
really do return to their owners throughout the
Sports Captain: Nikolai Nikitenko
school year. This has always been a very practical Vice Captains: Dudley Langelier (Senior)
solution to wandering pencils, and is not a profit Martina Oganesyan (Junior)
making venture. Should there be any money left over Shannon Kilmer (Junior)
after the postage is paid, it will be offered to Fond
Minerva House Captain: Libby Urquhart-Ducharme
Action Contre le Cancer, for the Margaux Vice Captains :
Hippenmeyer Fund. Alex Barrios (responsible for sport)
Sophie Bentham (responsible for new Day Students)
Tharika Fuhrer (responsible for new Boarders)
Lastly, it seems a while since the Library has received Sports Captains: Brita Midness (Senior)
any book donations, books in all languages and for Jenna Caira (Senior)
ages 11 and upwards will be most welcome. Adult Genio Caira (Junior)
books of suitable content which have been bought Nathalie Rey (Junior)
Robin Cowie (Junior)
during the past year will help to refresh our
selections. Please make sure all donations come with a There are many other positions of responsibility for
name, so we can say thank you. They can be left at each of the three Houses that we will feature in future
the Reception for Mrs Baerfuss. Many thanks, and issues!
may your books be gripping!
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 7
Living in Lausanne and the Canton Vaud St. George‟s Address Book
Hosted by the American Women’s Club of Lausanne, the
Each autumn, Mami Schmidt,
annual ‘Living in Lausanne’ course provides newcomers (and
(one of our hardworking parents!), publishes the St.
not-so-newcomers) of all nationalities with valuable tips and
George‟s address book. This directory is only distributed
information for living in the area. This year’s course is
within the St. George‟s community, and both the School and
scheduled for Wednesday, September 26 – Friday, September
parents find it to be an invaluable resource. It is an
28th. For more information about the course and the
excellent way to find out which families are part of your
resources offered by the AWC, please visit their website
www.awc-lausanne.org or send an e-mail to
child‟s year group (and find babysitters!) E-mail addresses
firstname.lastname@example.org. Many St. George’s families can
are especially useful for the PLG reps to keep everyone
attest to the effectiveness of this course; some local informed of changes to schedules, provide notices of social
companies also pay the course fee for new expat families. events, and help you meet new friends, and mobile phone
Check with your Human Resources department and sign up numbers are essential to disseminate information in the
soon – spaces are limited! case of emergencies.
To be included in this year‟s book, please send the following
information directly to Mami before the end of September,
so that she will be able to finish it before the half-term
REMINDER: Valid Passports for Day Students
break. Returning families: please let us know of any
changes to your information from last year. The contact
Parents of Day Students are reminded that all
information for the Directory should include:
students need valid passports, and, if necessary,
Visas, in advance of the October field trips outside Family name
of Switzerland. Be sure to carefully read all Parent(s) name(s)
information sent home with your child regarding the Child(rens) name(s) and school year(s)
deadlines for submitting passports to the Office. Home telephone and Mobile telephone numbers
Travel, passport and visa questions may be directed Home address (if you are living in temporary
to Ms. Fellay in the Office, and questions housing, we will make a note of it in the directory,
but please try to provide a reliable contact
specifically about the trips may be directed to the
address; remember then to provide Mami with your
Staff members who will be accompanying each Year
permanent address when available)
group. We hope everyone has a great time! E-mail address (Senior School newsletters will
soon be distributed only via e-mail, so a working
address is very important!)
English library in Vevey
Passage St. Antoine 7, Vevey - 021/922.05.24 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or
Opening hours: e-mail! Mami Schmidt 021-971-1143 079-298-8902
Morning sessions: Monday/Wednesday/Friday and email@example.com
Saturday from 9.30 till 11.30 hours
Tuesday 12.00-13.30 After Dark Party!
Thursday 14.30-16.00 The Junior Department Year 6 class is once
Saturday 14.30-16.00 again hard at work organizing an After Dark
Party for our JD families. We hope that
The Library does charge an annual „membership‟ fee to use
Senior School students will volunteer to help
their resources. Please contact the Library for more
out with the evening – it’s a lot of fun and a
great way to earn CAS hours! November 2nd
is the date – more information to follow!
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 8
Did you know? ………
Private art and creative lessons are now on
offer from Mrs. Bartlett (St. George‟s Visual Arts teacher) Vevey On Ice
for both adults and children. Mrs. Bartlett has a small The town of Vevey is planning to open an ice rink
studio space in central Montreux and can offer drawing, (30mx15m), located at the lake end of the Place du
painting, silk painting, sculpture, and jewelry making. Marché (where the old Pergola used to be before
Evenings and Saturday mornings. Call for details: Elton John came to town). It is due to open from
November 13th, 2007 until March 2nd, 2008 and the
21-921-3967 078-785-3160 entrance is rumoured to be FREE!
14 Rue de Centre, Montreux 1820
Creative Drama For Children
C is for Chagall If anyone is interested in an alternative option for
after school activities, our creative drama classes
There is a wonderful might be what you are looking for. Our classes are
Chagall Exhibit at specifically intended for young children where they
Gianadda in Martigny. can benefit from a positive creative experience when
Make sure not to miss it; there is no pressure to perform.
it runs until Nov.4th In our classes your children will develop their
http://www.gianadda.ch. Even very young children‟s eyes imagination and their confidence by acting out stories,
will open wide, as they notice the magical details and improvisation, role playing, imagination journeys,
explosive colours of flying animals, cheerful clowns and theater games, music and movement.
musicians. If it‟s nice weather, why not take a picnic and To ensure your child gets the most from these
enjoy the garden at Gianadda; with a good dozen classes, we both work together with every class. Class
interesting sculptures to see, children are sure to enjoy size is limited so enroll your child today! Autumn term
themselves. The visit at the Stain Glass Museum in Romont begins September 10th.
www.vitromusee.ch is a good way to complete and enhance ~Mags Sheldon & Mary Morlino
the Chagall experience. An excellent children‟s book called,
“C Comme Chagall” can accompany the visit. All classes are Monday afternoons at THEATRE DU
CHATEAU, Rte du Chateau 7, 1814 La Tour de Peilz
180ChF per child (10 sessions)
English Radio From Switzerland September 10th, 24th
On Nov. 1st 2007, WRG, the only English speaking radio October 1st, 22nd, 29th
station in Switzerland will become World Radio November 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Switzerland (WRS) and be fully integrated into the Ages 5 to 7 from 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, Switzerland‟s public Ages 8 to 11 from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15p.m.
WRS is a Swiss national media outlet in English for all
the expatriates in this country as well as the „Anglo-
professionals‟ (Swiss who use English in the workplace, There‟s a „New‟ Doctor in the house…
school or simply to communicate), and Swiss Anglophiles Dr David Seld, general practioner in Blonay, Route de
who enjoy listening to English language content and Village 10, 021 943 23 23 has handed over his surgery to
music. Dr Kristiana Nesa on 3 September 2007.
English Radio on 88.4 FM – www.wrgfm.com Dr Nessa speaks English and Russian.
Many SG‟s families have used Dr. Seld in the past, and he
is listed in the PLG‟s reference book „By Word of Mouth‟
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 9
BABY SITTERS LIST
From St. George’s Kitchen…
Sarah ANDERSON Charné ROUX
16 years old (Year 12) 16 years old (Year 12)
Do the kids need a little inspiration to get them started on
3 years experience Some experience
homework? Well, here‟s a quick after school treat to
help with those homework Blahs:
Romina BARRERA It's a Dunkable Brownie - a cookie for brownie lovers, or a
French (not fluently)
16 years old (Year 12) brownie for cookie lovers. Either way, just be sure to have
2 years experience Lucy SCRIVENER enough milk. It can be made in just one bowl and you can get
Spanish (mother tongue) 16 years old (Year 11) from prep time to dunking time in just 30 minutes or less.
Simone KOOPMANS 300 g baking chocolate (use your favorite, I like to
16 years old (Year 12) use a combination of about 180 g semi-sweet with 120
Experienced g bitter or dark chocolate)
Megan STARK 6 tbsp butter
Dutch (mother tongue)
16 years old (Year 12) 1 ¼ cup sugar
4 years experience 3 eggs
(younger siblings) 2 tsp vanilla
Brita MIDNESS English (mother tongue)
16 years old (Year 12) 1 cup flour
French (fluently) 1 tsp baking powder
3 years experience German
Child CPR and First Aid ¼ tsp salt
Certificates 2 cups toasted chopped walnuts, optional
English (fluently) Directions:
For contact information,
French (not fluently) 1. Heat oven to 165 C
please see the St.George’s
2. In a double boiler, melt chocolate and butter until
Address Book, available
chocolate, stirring until chocolate is completely melted and
from the PLG.
3. Remove from heat and stir in sugar until blended. Mix in
eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in
y nuts, if using. Dough will be soft
Senior School Field Trips 4. Drop by rounded tablespoons, 1 1/2 inches apart, onto
ungreased, parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 12
Year 7 - to Interlaken minutes or until set. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool 5 minutes
Year 8 - to Zurich and remove from cookie sheet to completely cool on wire
racks. Makes 3 dozen.
Year 9 - to Basel
Year 10 - to Paris ~From the Kitchen of Orie Marchionne
Year 11 - two local day trips to Geneva and Valais
Year 12 - to the Lake District, UK If you have any favourite quick recipe or snack ideas
Year 13 - to London that help you satisfy your family‟s appetites, or any
tips that might make your time in the kitchen more
There will be more information regarding each trip from the efficient, why not share them with us? Please send
staff members involved. Please note the deadlines for turning your information to firstname.lastname@example.org,
in items such as passports and visas; departure and return attention „From St.George‟s Kitchen‟
times; and suggested packing lists!
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 10
From the Languages Department…
Modern Languages at St. George’s School - a progressive bilingualism
A guide for parents
French is introduced gradually from Pre-
Reception Different sets for Foundation or Higher
year 1 students are offered from year 2.
year 2 An additional bilingual French set is offered
year 3 from years 3 to 6
year 7 Foreign language Section and French Bilingual
year 8 Section
year 9 German introduced in year 8
From year 9, students choose either German
year 10 IGCSE* programme or Spanish
year 11 IGCSE programme
IGCSE certifications offered for French
Foreign Language as well as French First
year 12 IB** programme
year 13 IB programme
French First Language students follow an IB
*IGCSE International General Certificate of Secondary French programme A2 designed for bilingual
**IB International Baccalaureate
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is St. George’s language of instruction?
All non language subjects are taught in English.
2. My child does not speak very much English. Can he/she still attend St. George’s?
EFL English as a Foreign Language lessons are provided from Primary to Secondary School. The EFL programmes
offered take into account the needs of those students who will be at SG throughout their studies, as well as the needs of those
who come to Switzerland for a shorter length of time. An initial assessment is made through a placement test and an
interview with the Head of the EFL Department.
3. Although we are happy for our child to study all subjects in English, we urge him/her to
speak French as we live in “Suisse Romande”. When is he/she going to be able to start French?
French is a compulsory subject at St. George’s. Exception is made for students who have not yet reached an elementary level
in English (level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
~Continued on next page
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 11
From the Languages Department…
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions ~ Cont.
4. My child has studied some French in the past. Will he/she start a beginner’s course
Students are placed in different groups according to proficiency levels. Assessment is conducted by the Modern Foreign
Languages Curriculum Leader before the beginning of the school year. A placement test is given when relevant.
5. My child is francophone. Is he/she going to lose his/her level of French at St. George’s?
There are two different French Sections at St. George’s. Basic users follow a Foreign Language programme leading
towards Foreign Language IGCSE French at the end of year 11. Bilingual students or students who have reached
level 3 (B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), follow a bilingual programme leading
towards IGCSE First Language French.
In years 12 and 13, bilingual students choose either IB French A2 or IB French A1.
6. What is the difference between the Foreign Language and the Bilingual French
In Foreign Language, the emphasis is placed on communication. Students learn to communicate in the target
language. Specific objectives are defined in order to develop the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
The Bilingual French programme is designed for students whose mastery of French allows them to cope with an
advanced course which also includes the study of different literary genres. Interdisciplinary modules are also part of the
curriculum. The course complements other areas of study by developing skills of a more general application such as
analysis, synthesis or drawing of inferences.
7. Apart from English and French, will my child be able to study another language?
German is introduced in year 8. At the end of year 8 students are asked either to continue with German or to start
Spanish from year 9. These courses lead towards the IGCSE Foreign Language German or Spanish certification at
the end of year 11. In years 12 and 13, the IB programme offers the possibility to continue the study of any of these
~ Mme. Bodenmann,
Heads of House Modern Foreign Languages, Curriculum Leader
Atlanta House (Red)
Mr. Gillan – available Fridays *
Diana House (Yellow)
The Parents’ Notice Board has returned! Just
Mr. Katz – available Thursdays *
inside the Students’ entrance, next to the lift, is
Minerva House (Blue)
a notice board especially for parents’ and
Ms. Eastham – available Tuesdays *
* Heads of House will be available in school one evening
community news. If you would like to post
per week if parents would like to speak with them. something, please send it with your child to the
Appointment sheets will be put on the parents‟ notice Office and we’ll be sure to find a place for it!
board every week.
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 12
A Note From the Junior Department (a.k.a. the JD)
Warm Welcome to all in the JD from the PLG The “Red House International School Book Club”
Junior Department Co- Coordinators: that has been a part of St George‟s for many years is
undergoing a procedural change. The Book Club will no
Now that two weeks has flown by, we hope that all longer be handled directly by Mrs. Jeannin and the
the children, old and new families are settled. As you Junior Department, but from now on, will instead be
can see by the calendar this time of the year is very organized by the PLG.
busy, with school trips, school plays and off course all
the different Inter House competitions. The procedure will be slightly different from previous
years and will be as follows:
By now, all the year group coffee mornings would have
happened and that hopefully you have met some new Parents will receive the brochure in their JD
people and found out a little of what‟s going on at child‟s folder.
With the brochure will be an order form with
school. The main aim of the PLG is to act as a
prices in Swiss Francs.
communication vehicle between the parents, teachers Prices have been increased from the listed
and school administration. We have parent volunteers brochure price by 20% to cover postage and
who take the role of class representative for each customs charges.
year and, usually, 2 coordinators; one for the Junior Orders must be returned together with the
and one for the Senior department. These people correct amount of money to the child‟s teacher.
facilitate the communication back and forth. If money is not included, the order will not be
If a parent would prefer that their child not know
The PLG also play a role in supporting the school with
about the order (for example, if the books are for
activities like after school clubs and sporting events. gifts), please clearly notate this!
We are always looking for volunteers, so please let Approximately one week after the brochures are
your class rep know if you are interested in becoming distributed, the order will be placed with the Book
involved, or if you have ideas for fundraising, social Club; the deadline will be noted on the order form.
events and running after school activities. Any orders received after the deadline will not be
taken into consideration.
We would like to take this opportunity to say thank Children will receive their book orders
approximately two to three weeks later.
you to all the volunteers who make it all happen, the
class representatives, the newsletter team, address
We would like to remind everyone that the School
book coordinator, second hand uniform shop
benefits from the sale of books by receiving between
coordinators and our Treasurer.
20% and 50% of the total value in free books for the
Library. For the first brochure of this school year,
the School will receive 50% in free books.
Lynda Coughlin and Danusia McDonald We hope that parents continue their support of the
PLG Junior Department Co – Coordinators School Library as in the past. On our side, we can
assure you that the PLG is taking over this task with
enthusiasm. Please contact Mrs. Dudink with any
Don’t forget to check out the Baby Sitters ~Mrs. Dudink (PLG representative)
List on page 9 of this Newsletter! Mrs. Jeannin (JD Year 1 teacher)
Miss Daly (acting Head of JD)
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER PAGE 13
Parents’ Liaison Group (PLG) Team for 2007-2008
Year 8: Sarah Nimmo
Pre-reception Melinda Morris
Year 9: Sue Elsworth
Reception: Karin Semon
Year 1: Marita Mellos
Year 10: Jo Hodding
Year 2: Tricia Besson
Year 11: Kyoko Ichijo
Year 3: Stacey Savant
Year 12: Margaret Hutton
Year 4: Alison Simpson
Year 13: Victoria Bentham
Year 5: Beth Davis
JD Coordinator: Danusia McDonald
Senior Coordinator: Margaret Hutton
Year 6: Liz Castillo
Newsletter Editor: Cindy Stark
Newsletter Copy: Christine Barnsley
Newsletter Layout: Orie Marchionne
Year 7: Maria Drury
Cindy Stark This updated 2007-2008 list will be available in the
21-943-3088 email@example.com PLG section of the School’s website shortly. Please
contact your PLG representative with questions or
comments. And, please be sure that your
representative has your email address for important
updates and distribution of our newsletter!