Welcome back students and families!

I want to officially welcome you to the 2020 School Year! I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer! As we count down the days to the start of school, I want to say hello, wish you a fun few more days of summer, and update you on some news from the GSS.

New Staff

Each year brings positive change. We are delighted to have Ann-Kristin Hawken take on the role of classroom teacher for the Foundation class after two years of assisting in the Foundation class. I wish her a successful and joyful school year!

Find out more about your child(ren)’s teachers.

Events / Activities

A variety of activities and events occur at the GSS, inside and outside the instructional day. Examples include: Poetry Competition, Open Day, Family Day and our Christmas Lunch. So make sure to regularly check our calendar, as we want and value your involvement and support in your child’s education!

Exams offered

As in the previous years, we will offer our Year 7 students to sit the Goethe Zertifikat A1: Fit in Deutsch 1 and our Year 8 students to sit the Goethe Zertifikat A1: Fit in Deutsch 2 exam.

Students from the Year 9/10 class have the opportunity to sit the Deutsche Sprachdiplom 1 (DSD 1). Learn all about these exams and why we offer them.

Facilities Update

As most of you know, we rent the space on Saturdays from the Clifton Hill Primary School, who has asked us to pass on the following message:

If you arrive at school before 9.00 AM, please do not play ball against any walls that are part of residential houses.

Student Placement

A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2020 school year. Careful consideration was given to input from staff and families. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level. Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities.

Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. GSS is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child’s life. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group and teacher.

The class lists will hang on the school walls in the corridors on the first Saturday back at school and our friendly committee members as well as myself will do our best to help you guide your child to find the correct classroom on the day.

Finally, all of us at the GSS are eager to begin what promises to be an exciting new year. We know that by working together we can deliver on the promise of a successful school experience for each child that walks through the doors of our school.

It remains an honour and privilege to serve as your principal.

Here’s to another year of inspirational learning and memorable moments at the GSS!

Herzliche Grüße,

Anja Kazmeier