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GSIS Gazette – Issue #80

27th May 2022

Principal's Column

Dear School Community

As every year, students will receive their report cards at the end of the school year. Most often the reports are a confirmation of the good progress made, but sometimes it is also a reminder. It is always a very special token at the end of the school career. For me it was the first time to witness the completion of the IB and the Abitur. I was curious on how this was going to be showcased at GSIS.

The Abitur Certificate Ceremony

The Abitur Certificate Ceremony was largely organised by the graduating class themselves and was held last Saturday. The atmosphere in the Ingrid Buchholtz Hall was extremely graceful and the students' performances remarkable. Overall, I was delighted to see the respectful and connected relationship between the graduates and the teachers. The celebration in Causeway Bay afterwards was cheerful and at times very lively. It will certainly remain a lasting positive memory for all involved. - A good start into a new phase of life.

The Year 13 graduation ceremony

The Ingrid Buchholtz Hall was occupied to the maximum permitted by the current regulations. The German Consulate, the Board and myself extended our warmest congratulations to the graduates. The musical contributions were a wonderful accompaniment for the certificate presentation and the speeches of the student representatives were particularly humorous and impressive. - what remains now is to wait along with the graduates for hopefully yet another round of exceptional IB final results.

GSIS cooperates with the Consulate

It was a great honour for the GSIS to offer our premises to the German Consulate to host the closing reception for the outgoing Deputy Consul General Mr. David Schmidt. Together with the Consulate, a wonderful closing reception was organised in the library. Once again, I wish Mr David Schmidt and his family all the best.

Now we will all focus on the last few weeks and look forward to the time off afterwards. I wish you a positive mindset and stay healthy.

With best regards

 

 

 

Dr Dirk Bennhardt
Principal
Email

Schoolwide News

June 2022 Lunch Menu - Secondary Students Only

Dear Secondary Students and Parents,

Please find below information to the June 2022 lunch menu:

LINK June 2022 Lunch Menu

Alternatively you can also find the June lunch menu on our website under the following link: https://www.gsis.edu.hk/aboutus/campuses-facilities/cafeteria/

Currently, hot lunches will be provided in take-away boxes.

Each day secondary students can choose between three different hot dishes, including a vegetarian option. The prices per each meal remain at HK$35, HK$37 and HK$39 respectively and are payable by Octopus card when lunch is collected. No cash payment will be accepted.

In addition to hot lunches, students can also choose from a wide range of ciabattas, croissants and other snacks including smoothies at our coffee corner.

Social distancing rules while eating and drinking still apply and need to be obeyed at all times.

With kind regards,

Angelin, Conny, Natasha and Tiffany
STUDENT SERVICES TEAM
Email

Attachments

https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/GSIS_2206_Jun_Secondary_v2_Kelly.pdf

GSIS Summer Activities 2022 - Enrollment is open

Dear Parents,

 

We are very delighted to inform you that this summer we are offering various activities at our GSIS Peak Campus during our summer holiday again.

 

DATES

  • Various activities are offered from Monday, 27 June until Friday, 19 August 2022 (except the first week in July  Monday, 4 July to Friday, 8 July 2022).

 

ACTIVITIES

  • ALBA Berlin Basketball Academy Ltd.

 

Summer Holiday Camps (11.07. - 19.08.)

  • All skill levels welcome
  • Including ALBA BERLIN shirt, camp awards, professional photos, chance of winning special ALBA prizes
  • Min. enrollment: 6 / Max. enrollment: 20

 

  • Group 1: K01-K02 & Y02-Y03 (Boys & Girls) - 11.-15.07. & 01.-05.08. / 10AM-12PM
  • Group 2: K03-K05 & Y04-Y06 (Boys & Girls) - 11.-15.07. & 01.-05.08. / 12:30PM-2:30PM
  • Group 3: K06-K08 & Y07-Y09 (Boys) - 18.-22.07. & 08.-12.08. / 10AM-12PM
  • Group 4: K06-K08 & Y07-Y09 (Girls) - 18.-22.07. & 08.-12.08. / 12:30PM-2:30PM
  • Group 5: K09-K12 & Y10-Y13 (Boys) - 25.-29.07. & 15.-19.08. / 10AM-12PM
  • Group 6: K09-K12 & Y10-Y13 (Girls) - 25.-29.07. & 15.-19.08. / 12:30PM-2:30PM
  • Further information please CLICK HERE

 

Open Summer Runs (12.07. - 18.08.)

  • Organised full-court Basketball matches led by ALBA BERLIN
  • Work with ALBA’s coaches on your in-game skill transfer and apply them while competing against your peers
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday
  • Including ALBA BERLIN jersey
  • Min. enrollment: 6 / Max. enrollment: 12

 

  • Group 1: K06-K12 & Y07-Y13 (Boys) - Tuesdays / 3PM-4:30PM (12.07.,19.07., 26.07., 02.08., 09.08., 16.08)
  • Group 2: K06-K12 & Y07-Y13 (Girls) - Thursdays / 3PM-4:30PM (14.07., 21.07., 28.07., 04.08., 11.08., 18.08)
  • Further information please CLICK HERE

 

  • Parents are required to complete the ALBA BERLIN Summer Activities Waiver and Media Release Form, please CLICK HERE

 

  • Cobo Academy Ltd.

 

2022 Summer Camp - Cobo offerings

  • Minecraft Creator – Monday, 27 June – Thursday, 30 June  / 10AM-12PM
  • Explore AI with Scratch - Monday, 1 August – Friday, 5 August  / 10AM-12PM

- Please note that participants will need to bring their own device for this activity (Explore AI with Scratch)

 

  • Age 8years-11years / K03-K05 Y04-Y06
  • Min. enrollment: 6 / Max. enrollment: 15
  • Further information please CLICK HERE

 

  • ActiveKids Ltd

 

2022 Summer Camp – Science Adventures (Hands-On Science)

  • Monday, 11 July –  Friday, 15 July/ 10AM-12PM
  • Age 8years-11years / K03-K05 Y04-Y06
  • Min. enrollment: 6 / Max. enrollment: 15
  • Further information please CLICK HERE

 

  • GSIS Language Camp (deutschprachiges Sommercamp)

 

Fun with German

  • Monday, 15 August –  Friday, 19 August/ 9AM-12PM
  • Age 6years-11years / K01-K04 only
  • Min. enrollment: 6 / Max. enrollment: 20
  • Further information please CLICK HERE

 

SNACK

  • Please provide a snack for your child/children, if needed.

 

TRANSPORTATION

  • Please note that no transportation will be provided during the summer.

 

ONLINE BOOKING

  • Friday, 27 May 2022 at 6:00 pm and closes on Monday, 6 June 2022 at 10:00 am.
  • Please note that payment is required at time of booking; credit card payment only.

 

BOOKINGSYSTEM SCHOOLSBUDDY

Please login with your SchoolsBuddy username and password to gain access to the booking system under following link: https://gsis.schoolsbuddy.net .

 

 

Please be informed that all participants and coaches must fulfil the latest Hong Kong guidelines in regards to the Vaccination Pass (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/vaccine-pass.html ) and the Health Protection Measures for Schools ((https://www.edb.gov.hk/attachment/en/sch-admin/admin/about-sch/diseases-prevention/Health%20Protection%20Measures%20for%20Schools%20(E).pdf).

 

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact the Student Services Team under afternoonactivities@gsis.edu.hk .

 

With warm regards,

Angelin, Natasha, Tiffany and Conny
Student Services Team
Email

Attachments

https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/ALBA-BERLIN-Summer-Activities-Coach-Profiles.pdf, https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/ALBA-BERLIN-Summer-Activities-Waiver-Media-Release-Form.pdf, https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/ActiveKids-GSIS-Summer-Camps-2022.pdf, https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/GSIS-2022-Summer-Camp-Cobo-Academy-Poster.pdf, https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/deutschsprachiges-Sommercamp-2022.pdf

School Bus Services - New Bus enrollment for next academic year 2022/2023 (Peak and Pok Fu Lam Campus)

Dear Parents,

We would like to inform you that Synergy Travel Service Limited and Lau Hon Por (School Bus Services) Limited will be providing a new school bus enrollment for next academic year 2022/2023. If you would like to register your child/children for the school bus services in the academic year 2022/2023 please use the links below:   

BUS COMPANY: SYNERGY TRAVEL SERVICE LIMITED - Hong Kong Island and Kowloon (Peak and Pok Fu Lam Campus)

Synergy Travel Service Limited will be continuing offering school bus services to our GSIS Community on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon with children at the Peak and Pok Fu Lam Campus for the next academic year 2022/2023 based on the current service agreement.

Please click HERE School Bus service Synergy Travel Service Ltd to view the price list, enrolment form, communication protocol, terms and conditions and FAQs using the password ‘GSIS’.  

The new school bus enrollment period starts Friday, 27 May 2022 and ends on Thursday, 30 June 2022.

Please note that in order for routings to be finalised and communicated in time, any applications received after the deadline (Thursday, 30 June 2022) will be put on the waiting list. 

Please contact directly Synergy Travel Service Limited for any bus enrollment matters on

Tel: +852 2333-3055 (GSIS Pokfulam-Campus) / E-Mail: gsisbus_pfl@hksynergytravel.com

Tel: +852 2333-3052 (GSIS Peak-Campus)/ E-Mail: gsisbus_peak@hksynergytravel.com .

BUS COMPANY: LAU HON POR (SCHOOL BUS SERVICES) LIMITED  - Clearwater Bay (Peak Campus only)

Ms Man Lau and her team will be continuing serving our GSIS community living in the Clearwater Bay area with children enrolled at the Peak Campus (only), as the current service contract has been extended by one year, until 31 July 2023. 

Please click HERE for the application form Application Form Academic 2022_2023.pdf.

The new school bus enrollment period starts Friday, 27 May 2022. Please contact Ms Man Lau (Tel: +852 6231-0123/ E-mail: cwb.bus@gmail.com

General information in regards to our school bus services can be found on our GSIS website under: https://www.gsis.edu.hk/school-life/going-to-school/school-buses/ .

Please feel free to contact our Students Services Team under buscoordinatar@gsis.edu.hk  for any other questions.

With kind regards,

Angelin, Conny, Natasha and Tiffany
Student Services Team
Email

University Guidance: Upcoming Events

We would like to share the following events with students and parents of students in Y10-Y12 and K09-K11.

 

GSIS INTERNAL EVENTS

 

These upcoming virtual events are open to GSIS students on a first come first served basis. Students should save the date in their calendars if they are interested in attending. Due to capacity we recommend that only students register.

 

Applying for Art: The New School, University of the Arts London, Arts University Bournemouth

Tuesday 31 May 7:00pm HKT

Register

 

Liberal Arts and Science Colleges: Bowdoin, Pomona, Smith, Hamilton

Wednesday 1 June 8:00pm HKT

Register

 

Canada-eh? U of T, UBC, Western

Wednesday 8 June 7:00pm HKT

Register

 

Why Oxford

Tuesday 14 June 6:00pm HKT

Register

 

Keeping Current- A panel event involving senior leadership from several top US institutions: Stanford, NYU, UPenn, Columbia, Brown

Wednesday 15 June 9:00pm HKT

Register

 

Studying Law and Politics in the UK and Hong Kong (HKU, KCL, UCL, Bath University, Sussex University)

Wednesday 22 June 7:00pm HKT

Register

 

 

EXTERNAL EVENTS

 

HK: UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

 

HKU Summer Institute 2022 - Secondary School Programmes

27 June – 19 August

 

HKU Summer Institute (HKUSI) was established in 2015, aiming to bring students learning beyond four walls. We offer a variety of inspiring and interactive programmes for students to identify their passion in various fields, acquire more in-depth knowledge of their subjects of interest and have a taste of HKU university life in the summer. It is the best platform to take up intellectual challenges and make new friends from different cultures.

 

For summer 2022, we are offering more than 20 programmes spanning the Arts, Business, Science, as well as Professional Studies such as Law and Architecture.

 

Students who participate in our summer secondary online programmes can get a 5% discount. To redeem the discount, students may use the special code [SI2205] as the Promo Code when they apply through the online system.

 

Please find attached our 2022 factsheets. For online application and the latest information on all our programmes, please visit www.hku.hk/summer.

 

 

HK: UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

 

Teenage Orthopod Scheme (TOPS)

Saturday-Sunday 23-24 and 30-31 July

Mode: In-person sessions held at HKUMed

Programme Fee: HK$500

 

Get an introduction to orthopaedics surgery and treatments through this course designed for students of Secondary Year 11-12. You will participate in hands-on learning and be mentored by clinical staff from the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, School of Clinical Medicine. You will experience clinical activities and medical research via interactive workshops and virtual reality. Assigned mentors are energetic and passionate, and will be delighted to share their experiences.

 

Detailed course components include:

  1. Learning to apply plaster casts and to fix fractures using implants and power tools
  2. Observing surgical demonstrations via virtual reality
  3. Learning about cutting-edge research that is impacting patient care in the field of orthopaedics, such as artificial intelligence and computer navigation
  4. Sharing from orthopaedics patients on their struggles and triumphs in living with disability
  5. Sharing from medical students and doctors at different career stages to prepare for university life and medical education

 

Further course details will be announced after the acceptance stage due to the evolving pandemic restrictions.

 

Last year, the Teenage OrthoPod Scheme has reached its 10th Anniversary. Our anniversary video shows the achievement of prior cohorts and the evolution of TOPS over the 10 years. To watch the video, please click here.

 

The registration deadline is Tuesday 31 May 2022.

 

Register

Claire Wilkins
Head of University Guidance
Email

Beatrice Ugolini
University Guidance Counsellor
Email

Attachments

https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/HKUSI-HS-Factsheet.pdf

German International Stream

From Head of Stream

Abitur 2022

Every year, the month of May is a very special time in the German International Stream as it is the time when the oral examinations of the final year for the German Abitur take place. This is the time of review at the end of a long school life. I am very pleased that last week ended for our eight graduates of the German Secondary Department with the successful passing of the examinations and the achievement of the associated German International Abitur (DIA). We are delighted to congratulate them.

For our, now former, students, their school days ended with the ceremonial presentation of their Abitur certificates on 21 May. This year's graduating class achieved a far above average result with an overall average of 2.0, with our year's best Sophie Vukovich (1.1) and Hilda Kong (1.3) achieving particularly outstanding results.

After many years at GSIS - for some even from Kindergarten all the way to the Abitur - our graduates are now embarking on new paths. For most of them, these will lead directly to university studies or dual vocational training.

We wish them all the very best for the future!

Grit Cichon
Deputy Principal / Head of German International Stream
Email

Kindergarten Corner

Liebe Eltern,

wir nähern uns langsam dem Ende des Schuljahres und um den Kindern noch eine erlebnisreiche Zeit bis zu den Sommerferien zu ermöglichen, haben wir für den Juni noch einige spannende Veranstaltungen geplant.

01. Juni                    Internationaler Kindertag

02. Juni                    Drachenboot Festival

13. Juni                     EKG Ausflug Brighter Smiles Playland 

15. Juni                    GKG Ausflug Brighter Smiles Playland 

17. Juni                    Vatertag

Für die folgende Veranstaltung muss der Termin noch bestätigt werden:

  • GKG Abschiedsfest Maxi-Kinder 

Personalnachrichten

Unsere Sekretärin Frau Simone Bannon hat zum 01. Mai einen neuen Tätigkeitsbereich an unserem Peak Campus übernommen und wir freuen uns, Ihnen heute ihre Nachfolgerin Frau Ashley Banach als neue Sekretärin für den PFL Campus vorstellen zu können. Ihren Brief finden Sie unter “Neuigkeiten und Mitteilungen”. 

Leider  müssen uns am Ende dieses Schuljahres von Frau Meike Kronenbitter und Herrn Geoffrey Lam verabschieden.

Frau Kronenbitter war seit zwei Jahren als Fachkraft für Deutsch als Zweitsprache (DaZ) im Deutschen Internationalen Zweig des Kindergartens und der Vorschule tätig und sie wird im Sommer mit ihrer Familie nach Indonesien ziehen.

Herr Lam arbeitete  zehn Jahre als Springerassistent (TA) im Englischen Internationalen Zweig des Kindergartens und er plant mehr Zeit mit seiner Familie in Kanada zu verbringen. 

Bitte wünschen Sie gemeinsam mit uns Frau Kronenbitter und Herrn Lam alles Gute für ihre weiteren Lebenswege und wir danken beiden für ihren unermüdlichen Einsatz im Kindergarten.

Beide Stellen konnten wir bereits neu besetzen und Herr Lucas Löhnert (DaZ) und Frau Georgina D’Souza (TA) werden sich zeitnah mit einem Anschreiben bei Ihnen vorstellen.

Wir wünschen Ihnen ein entspanntes Wochenende und ein schönes Drachenbootfest am 03. Juni.

Mit herzlichen Grüssen

 

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Dear Parents

As we approach the end of the school year, we aim to make the last weeks until the summer holidays as thrilling as possible for the children. We have scheduled some exciting events in June.

01 June                   International Children's Day

02 June                  Dragonboat Festival

13 June                   EKG Outing Brighter Smiles Playland (Elternbrief)

15 June                   GKG Outing Brighter Smiles Playland (Elternbrief)

17 June                   Father's Day

We will confirm the date for the following at a later time:

  •  GKG Farewell celebration Maxi-Kinder

 

Staff News

Ms Simone Bannon, our secretary, has taken on a new role at our Peak Campus on May 1, and we are pleased to introduce her successor, Ms Ashley Banach, as the new secretary for the PFL Campus. Kindly find her introduction letter under "News and Announcements".

We sadly need to bid farewell to Frau Meike Kronenbitter and Mr Geoffrey Lam at the end of this academic year.

Frau Kronenbitter has been working as a specialist for German as a second language (DaZ) in the German International Stream of Kindergarten and the DVOR for the last two years. She will relocate to Indonesia with her family in the summer.

Mr Lam has been working as a Floating Assistant (TA) in the English International Stream of the Kindergarten for the past ten years. He will be returning to Canada to spend quality time with his family. 

Please join us in wishing Frau Kronenbitter and Mr Lam well in their new endeavours, not forgetting to thank them for their contribution to the Kindergarten. 

We have been able to fill both positions, and Herr Lucas Löhnert (DaZ) and Ms Georgina D'Souza (TA) will introduce themselves to you in due course.

We wish you a relaxing weekend and an exciting Dragon Boat Festival on June 3. 

With kind regards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sophie Burdel
Head of Kindergarten
Email

Eileen Mah
Deputy Head of Kindergarten and Deputy Child Protection Officer Pok Fu Lam Campus
Email

Attachments

https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Ashley-Banach.pdf

Departmental News and Announcements

No updates / announcements this week

Primary Corner

Dear Parents,

After a month back in school, our students have settled into their routine again. This week we have started mixing classes a bit during breaks so that the students have more time in the "active" areas. 

In addition we also started with out ECA programme. If your child is staying for lunch prior to an ECA and ordering a meal from the cafeteria, please ensure that they bring their own cutlery so we are not using more plastic. 

Thank you for submitting your RAT by the deadline each day, this saves us much administrative time and ensures your child is on time for class!

The book week was an exciting time and the students loved the online workshop with Antje von Stemm. Below you will find a letter from her with some further information.

Have a nice weekend.

Priska Erni
Head of German Primary Department
Email

Beate Weinhardt
Deputy Head of German Primary Department
Email

Departmental News and Announcements

Bookweek - Pop-up-Werkstatt - Letter from guest author Antje von Stemm


Secondary Corner

Departmental News and Announcements

Parent Talk: Cannabis Awareness and Prevention

English International Stream

From Head of Stream

Dear Parents

Graduation 2022

We enjoyed a wonderful celebration for our graduating Year 13 students last night. Fifty-five graduates gathered in the IB Hall with their families and staff (under full compliance with the current restrictions!) to celebrate the end of their school career. They will receive their IB results in early July and we expect they will do very well and meet the offers for a wide range of excellent universities worldwide. Please do review the institutions that have made offers to our students on our website.

We were fortunate to be joined by David Schmidt, the Deputy Consul General for the German Consulate, and Jonathan Shun Wah, Chair of the GSIS Boards. We wish David and his family a safe passage to their next posting in Lima, Peru at the end of the month and thank him for all the support he has shown GSIS over recent years.

We also look forward to the Year 6 Graduation later in June as these students prepare for the transition to ESD in August. On Wednesday evening we were joined by over 80 parents who attended an information event for parents of Year 7. Our staff and students have been spending time with Year 6 over the past few weeks and students will experience a day in secondary school soon.

Careers Day

We are looking forward to Careers Day on 7th June, an online event organised by our University Guidance Team to help students start to consider life beyond school. We are very grateful to the parents and alumni who will be hosting the different ‘tracks’.

The weather does not look great for this weekend but I hope you and your families enjoy some quality time together.

Warm regards

Simon Misso-Veness
Deputy Principal / Head of English International Stream
Email

Kindergarten Corner

Liebe Eltern,

wir nähern uns langsam dem Ende des Schuljahres und um den Kindern noch eine erlebnisreiche Zeit bis zu den Sommerferien zu ermöglichen, haben wir für den Juni noch einige spannende Veranstaltungen geplant.

01. Juni                    Internationaler Kindertag

02. Juni                    Drachenboot Festival

13. Juni                     EKG Ausflug Brighter Smiles Playland 

15. Juni                    GKG Ausflug Brighter Smiles Playland 

17. Juni                    Vatertag

Für die folgende Veranstaltung muss der Termin noch bestätigt werden:

  • GKG Abschiedsfest Maxi-Kinder 

Personalnachrichten

Unsere Sekretärin Frau Simone Bannon hat zum 01. Mai einen neuen Tätigkeitsbereich an unserem Peak Campus übernommen und wir freuen uns, Ihnen heute ihre Nachfolgerin Frau Ashley Banach als neue Sekretärin für den PFL Campus vorstellen zu können. Ihren Brief finden Sie unter “Neuigkeiten und Mitteilungen”. 

Leider  müssen uns am Ende dieses Schuljahres von Frau Meike Kronenbitter und Herrn Geoffrey Lam verabschieden.

Frau Kronenbitter war seit zwei Jahren als Fachkraft für Deutsch als Zweitsprache (DaZ) im Deutschen Internationalen Zweig des Kindergartens und der Vorschule tätig und sie wird im Sommer mit ihrer Familie nach Indonesien ziehen.

Herr Lam arbeitete  zehn Jahre als Springerassistent (TA) im Englischen Internationalen Zweig des Kindergartens und er plant mehr Zeit mit seiner Familie in Kanada zu verbringen. 

Bitte wünschen Sie gemeinsam mit uns Frau Kronenbitter und Herrn Lam alles Gute für ihre weiteren Lebenswege und wir danken beiden für ihren unermüdlichen Einsatz im Kindergarten.

Beide Stellen konnten wir bereits neu besetzen und Herr Lucas Löhnert (DaZ) und Frau Georgina D’Souza (TA) werden sich zeitnah mit einem Anschreiben bei Ihnen vorstellen.

Wir wünschen Ihnen ein entspanntes Wochenende und ein schönes Drachenbootfest am 03. Juni.

Mit herzlichen Grüssen

 

***********************************************************

Dear Parents

As we approach the end of the school year, we aim to make the last weeks until the summer holidays as thrilling as possible for the children. We have scheduled some exciting events in June.

01 June                   International Children's Day

02 June                  Dragonboat Festival

13 June                   EKG Outing Brighter Smiles Playland (Elternbrief)

15 June                   GKG Outing Brighter Smiles Playland (Elternbrief)

17 June                   Father's Day

We will confirm the date for the following at a later time:

  •  GKG Farewell celebration Maxi-Kinder

 

Staff News

Ms Simone Bannon, our secretary, has taken on a new role at our Peak Campus on May 1, and we are pleased to introduce her successor, Ms Ashley Banach, as the new secretary for the PFL Campus. Kindly find her introduction letter under "News and Announcements".

We sadly need to bid farewell to Frau Meike Kronenbitter and Mr Geoffrey Lam at the end of this academic year.

Frau Kronenbitter has been working as a specialist for German as a second language (DaZ) in the German International Stream of Kindergarten and the DVOR for the last two years. She will relocate to Indonesia with her family in the summer.

Mr Lam has been working as a Floating Assistant (TA) in the English International Stream of the Kindergarten for the past ten years. He will be returning to Canada to spend quality time with his family. 

Please join us in wishing Frau Kronenbitter and Mr Lam well in their new endeavours, not forgetting to thank them for their contribution to the Kindergarten. 

We have been able to fill both positions, and Herr Lucas Löhnert (DaZ) and Ms Georgina D'Souza (TA) will introduce themselves to you in due course.

We wish you a relaxing weekend and an exciting Dragon Boat Festival on June 3. 

With kind regards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sophie Burdel
Head of Kindergarten
Email

Eileen Mah
Deputy Head of Kindergarten and Deputy Child Protection Officer Pok Fu Lam Campus
Email

Attachments

https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Ashley-Banach.pdf

Departmental News and Announcements

No updates / announcements this week

Primary Corner

Dear Parents,

After a month back in school, our students have settled into their routine again. This week we have started mixing classes a bit during breaks so that the students have more time in the "active" areas. If your child is staying for lunch prior to an ECA and ordering a meal from the cafeteria, please ensure that they bring their own cutlery so we are not using more plastic. Thank you for submitting your RAT by the deadline each day, this saves us much administrative time and ensures your child is on time for class!

GL Assessments

Below is a bit of information from Mr. Davidson regarding upcoming standardized assessments for all EPD students:

Over the next two weeks, EPD students will take the yearly GL Education standardized tests in the subject areas of Mathematics, English, and Spelling. The testing will be spread out over two weeks to minimize the impact on teaching and learning. We view these tests as an objective measure of how our students are achieving in relation to their UK peers and a tool for reflective practice. These results are not used to generate your child’s report, but rather as independent corroboration of the regular evaluative measures and ongoing assessment that is occurring within the classroom by the teachers. We have taken all necessary steps to ensure that this is not “high stakes” testing or that lessons are being “taught to the test”: both cases would be counter-productive and counter-intuitive. Results will be posted to your home address (as in Veracross) during the last week of the school year.

Have a lovely weekend!

Kim Cunningham
Head of English Primary Department
Email

Donna Morley
Deputy Head of English Primary Department
Email

Departmental News and Announcements

No updates / announcements this week

Secondary Corner

Departmental News and Announcements

Parent Talk: Cannabis Awareness and Prevention

Student Achievements & Initiatives

Wettbewerb "Kampf der Bücher" in Hongkong

Caroline Chan ([Librarian - Senior Library] [Bibliothekarin - Senior Library])

Hong Kong Battle of the Books (BOB) 2022

Battle of the books was an amazing experience for me. Although it was held online, I was still pleased that it wasn't cancelled. I love reading and was very eager to join. BOB includes lots of teamwork and is perfect for anyone who loves to read, it's fun and a great way to make new friends.  [Yolanda Wong K06A]

This was my first ever Battle of the Books experience and it was extremely fun. I enjoyed reading all the books that I wouldn't have read if it wasn't for this competition. I would like to thank Aarush for coaching us, Ms Chan for organizing everything, Ms Ryu for the snacks during the competition and my teammates who made this win possible. I'm looking forward to reading more interesting books and participating next year! [Emma Ngie Y07C]

I really loved participating in the the BOB competition this year, even though it was online. It was an amazing experience and it is a terrific competition to take part in. I am really grateful for Ms Chan and Aarush and my teammates because without them we wouldn’t be able to win for the second year in a row. I hope that I can also play again next year to make it three years in a row! Also, the snacks were great *wink wink* [Vedika Agarwal Y07D]

Being my second year doing BOB, I was excited at the possibility of being able to participate again. The competition went as well as we could hope, with us having a decisive victory in the semis and a narrow one in the finals. It was really fun and I can't wait for next year's! [Michelle Zhou Y08B]

Battle of the Books this year has been a long journey that started last summer, lasted through online school, and culminated with the resumption of onsite school. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire process with the team and it was extremely satisfying to win as a result of the team's exceptional hard work. [Prakhar Mishra Y09D]

This year was a great experience to coach a dedicated, hardworking team who practiced thoroughly and listened to advice, while implementing it in their game tactics. All members impressed me with their vast knowledge of the books, and as such I thoroughly enjoyed leading them to victory. A big thanks to Ms. Chan, for her help in organizing and guiding the team. P.S. Next year, I wish to see all of you eligible to participate again. [Team Coach: Aarush Garg Y10B]

It is my first year at GSIS and officially the first time I am in-charge of a BoB Team. I have witnessed the effort of our highly committed students, the growth of an amazing team and the sportsmanship demonstrated by the participating schools. The moments and experiences we shared are precious. I, too, am looking forward to meeting the new Team GSIS at BoB in 2023. [Ms. Caroline Chan, Librarian - Senior Library]

GSIS BoB Team 2022

Yolanda Wong K06A
Anisha Grover Y07B
Chloe Ching Y07B
Yeonseo Kim Y07B
Emma Wing Ngie Lok Y07C
Amelia Chan Y07D
Vedika Agarwal Y07D
Michelle Zhibing Zhou Y08B
Prakhar Mishra Y09D
Aarush Garg Y10B (Team Coach)

 

 

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Wellbeing Corner

Express yourself and get connected

Express yourself and get connected

After the long online phase, all of us - students, teachers and parents - are back to normal school life. It is a great pleasure and fun to be back, it is something that many of you have been eagerly waiting for. You can see your friends again, are out and about again, can pursue your hobbies and learn new things. But at the same time, it can be stressful, like preparing for tests, doing homework after the sometimes long way to school in addition to leisure activities, getting up earlier and going to bed earlier, simply getting everything under one hat again. This can quickly become too much, especially after a long period of online teaching/ home office and isolation. Feelings of anxiety, stress and being overwhelmed can arise and are quite normal. It is important to recognise these feelings, take them seriously and deal with them. In this case try to find ways and possibilities to work with negative and unpleasant feelings, to express and share them and thus reduce stress and anxiety. In doing so, you will relieve yourself, take care of yourself and your mental health. When you know or find out what is good for you, it connects you with yourself but also with others when you share your experiences. This of course applies to all members of our school community, big and small. Here are a few ideas and suggestions:

  • Keeping a diary, writing things down
  • Being creative: painting, drawing, knitting, handicrafts
  • Gardening, fishing, cooking
  • Doing sports: jogging, swimming, climbing
  • Reading, listening to music, singing, playing an instrument
  • Meeting with friends, doing something together with friends/ family
  • Talking about it with a trusted person, asking for help
  • Going out into nature, hiking
  • Yoga, meditation, relaxation exercises, relaxing
  • Dancing, a song about this and the topic: Florence + The Machine - Free

If you have any further ideas or questions feel free to get in touch with us.

Have a nice weekend

Your School Counselling Team

Jeanette Dellinger(School Counsellor)

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