The end of the academic year is coming closer and there are still some things to do. Parents, Board of Governors, school management, teachers and students have achieved a lot together since August 2017 and the student numbers reflect this. We already have 8% more students in the Pre-School, 9% more in the European Section and 7% more in the German Section compared to the same time in 2017. We will most likely start with over 1600 students in August. Thank you very much for your loyal support. This very positive development would not have been possible without you!
Last week, I attended the principal’s conference of German schools abroad, which was integrated into the world congress of the committee of German schools abroad. An important topic at the conference was digitalisation and the so called ‘Learning in the 21st Century’. We are on the right path with our EdTech Plan, the upcoming professional development sessions, good equipment at the new campus on Dairy Farm Lane and with our EdTech coaches. Of course, there is always room for improvement.
It was also good to hear that the foreign education system has a good reputation within the German political arena and will be continuously supported.
Last week, the annual “Roman Day” took place and the Musical “Olivia” was performed three times at the Junior School Campus. I would like to thank everyone who was involved in organising and conducting these events.
On Friday, 8 June and on Saturday, 9 June our Abitur and IB Diploma graduates were bidden farewell at the Graduation Ceremony and the Graduation Ball. Thank you very much to all parents and staff members, who were involved in planning, organising and conducting the events.
Please do not be surprised that you will soon receive the student contract from us via email. To comply with the Committee for Private Education regulations, digital student contracts for 2018/19 will be sent out to all GESS families in June. The contract is to be electronically signed, using the DocuSign software. You do not need to print and sign the contract and it is simply signed electronically online. As the contract can only be sent to one email address, the contract will be sent to the first parent email address in your child's records. The contract will need to be signed by 16 July 2018.
I wish you a nice last week of school before the summer break.