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School Council & Parliament

Welcome

Primary School Council, page 16

Letter from the Chairman, page 6 Meet the Board of Governors, page 7 Letter from the Principal, page 8

Secondary School Parliament, page 18

10 School Highlights Primary School Highlights, page 12 Secondary School Highlights, page 14

20 Celebrating our Community Student Diversity, page 22 Staff Appreciation, page 24 Learning Through Giving, page 25

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Friends of St George’s, page 26


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Student Achievement

Finance

Primary Academic Achievement, page 30 Secondary Academic Achievement, page 32 University Destinations, page 34 The Graduates of 2018, page 36 Our Alumni Association, page 38 Extra-curricular Activities, page 40 The Arts, page 42

Income and Expenditure Accounts, page 54

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Balance Sheet as of December, page 55 Luxembourg Government Subsidy Law, page 57 Stability and Building Fund Accounts, page 57-58 Budget, page 58

School Development An Excellent Inspection, page 46 Parent Feedback, page 48 School Services, page 49 Technology Transforming Learning, page 50 Information Technology, page 51 Annual Report 2017-2018

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Welcome to Established in 1990, St George’s International School is an inclusive, vibrant international community of over 770 students aged from 3 to 18+ years. The School prides itself on being the premier British international school in Luxembourg, providing an outstanding education to all its students, enabling them to access top universities worldwide.

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Letter from the Chairman Christopher Cheesman Chairman of the Board of Governors Dear Members of St George’s International School Community, Once again it is my pleasure to welcome all those joining the school following the holidays, whether you are new students, parents or members of staff. You have joined a great community and I hope that you settle in quickly and appreciate the team spirit and joint ownership of our excellent school (I can say that because the school inspectors have now told us twice). Throughout the year it has been a pleasure to come in to the school and see the students perform or to see their work, but most of all to see how they behave in the school. It is very encouraging that all those that I speak to are positive, friendly to each other and polite to all around them. There is almost a family atmosphere in the school and this is one of our strengths, that we are small enough to keep a personal touch. Having said that, the number of applications to join the school continues to rise but we are at the limit of the capacity set by the local authority. This means our close knit community will remain as we continue forward. This is an unusual year as there have been no additions to the school buildings nor major changes to the infrastructure. I would add a note of caution there as the ambition remains to build a gymnasium on the school field as soon as we have permission and to make major changes to the Kiss & Fly and parking facilities. It is unlikely that these projects will start until the 2019 summer holidays due to the disruption they will cause. It has also been encouraging to see the final results for the GCSE, A/S and A levels, all of which were excellent once again. We have students accepted to Oxford and Cambridge as well as a number of other leading universities around the world and our GCSE group have proved they are ready to move onto the A/S studies. This is a credit to all the students but also to the hard work of the great staff here at the school. The emphasis for the whole school is for students to achieve their maximum potential from Nursery through to their final examinations and these results reflect those efforts. As we look forward to the 2018/19 school year I wish everyone every success, I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible as I visit the school and to hear any thoughts you have on how the school is performing for you.

Mr Christopher Cheesman Chairman, Board of Governors

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Left to Right: Mr R. Feiereisen (Vice Chair), Mr P. Schon, Mrs D. Ries, Mr S. Ziegenhagen, Ms H. Montague, Mr D. McGahey, Mr C. Cheesman (Chairman), Mrs S. Shtayyeh, Mr P. Charlton (Vice Chair), Mr G. Sardelli. Not pictured: Mrs C. Thompson, Mr M. Amorim, Mrs L. Munari, Mr P. Schonenberg and Mr. F. Morvilli.

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Governors

Mr C. Cheesman, Chairman

Mr P. Charlton, Vice Chair

Mr M. Amorim

Mr F. Morvilli

Mr R. Feiereisen, Vice Chair

Mrs S. Shtayyeh

Mr P. Schon

Mr D. McGahey

Ms H. Montague

Mrs L. Munari

Mrs D. Ries

Mr G. Sardelli

Mr P. Schonenberg

Dr C. Thompson

Mr S. Ziegenhagen

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Letter from the Principal Dr Christian Barkei Principal Dear Parents and Friends of the School, Welcome to the Annual Report for 2017-2018 of St George’s International School in Luxembourg. This Report serves as our formal report to our parents and wider community on the activities of the School during the past year. As you read the Report in front of you, you will be struck as I am by the very varied number of activities and events the school has undertaken this past year, quite apart from the important and essential teaching we carry out each day. We welcomed a small number of new teaching staff in September 2017 and this was then followed by the very successful Independent Schools Inspectorate visit in February 2018. We also participated in a number of international sporting competitions along with debating, mathematical challenges, ever-increasing number of musical and dramatic performances, the MÊrite Jeunesse expeditions and numerous educational visits both in Luxembourg and abroad. Our school community of students, staff and parents enthusiastically supported charities locally and internationally. We were particularly active in supporting The Lauren Patterson School in Uganda, a cause dear to many of us. Baked goods, dress-up days or our now traditional Summer Fayre with over 600 visitors to the School in wonderful weather all helped in this regard. My thanks go to all students, colleagues and parents who so willingly and enthusiastically support these efforts. Our after-school activities and clubs now comprise over 80 different programmes. Yet at the same time, the academic performance and achievement across the School remained very high indeed. The comments of the independent inspection team following their new inspection format were very positive in recognising the excellent behaviour, achievement and attitude of students at the School.

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Summer Fayre, 2018

We believe at St George’s that learning should be accessible to everyone, with every student able to achieve their full potential within an environment that is positive and supportive. This philosophy is at the heart of everything that we do and is exemplified in our motto ‘achieving potential through challenge and care.’ We are very proud of our students and their achievements – not just in the academic sense but also in terms of their character and attitude. Our students justly are a community of young people where caring and support for each other comes naturally and without question. The achievements and further progress documented in this Report could not have been possible without the enthusiasm and valuable contributions of all the members of the Governing Body who are tireless in their support and encouragement of the school. Our school colleagues in the classrooms, laboratories and playing fields who work with students every day deserve equal praise for their dedication and professionalism; and the positive engagement of our parents with the School all come together to allow the School community to flourish and to prosper. With my best regards,

Dr Christian Barkei Principal

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School Highlights

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Year 10 Trip to Iceland, June 2018


Highlights

in Primary

Ms Claire Nuttall

Head Teacher (Primary) It is always enjoyable to reflect upon the events and achievements of the past academic year. This year, the children discussed their highlights during assembly, not surprisingly the many trips and residentials were firm favourites. Students also talked about their enjoyment in lessons, be it learning about Anne Frank and WW2, or making pumpkin soup when reading a book with the same title. It is this engagement and excitement generated around learning that makes St George’s distinct. It is impossible to name all the highlights, but here are a few favourites:

Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies

Year 6 students put on a brilliant musical performance of Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies. The performance was very professional with a hilarious script and uplifting songs! The show brought the best out of the students and it was evident that they really enjoyed themselves.

Vikings and Roman Day

Students aged 7-8 had a very exciting day dressed and acting as Vikings and Romans! The students participated in a roman breakfast. The vikings played the traditional game called Hnefatafl. Tafl games are a family of ancient Germanic and Celtic strategy board games played on a checkered or latticed game board with two armies.

Literacy Film Festival

Primary section hosted its very first Literacy Film Festival entirely filmed, edited and produced by Primary students. The Literacy Film Festival powered by ‘A Tale Unfolds’ in cooperation with ‘Litfilmfest’ is a new initiative to improve literacy through filmmaking. Students and VIP guests dressed to impress as they waltzed down the red carpet to watch the films screened for the first time.

Primary Choir Celebrate the Harvest

St George’s Primary Choir celebrated the Harvest Festival by singing beautifully in front of their friends and family. The performance included ‘This Little Light of Mine’, ‘Schein dech ze gesinn’, ‘Maman a fait Zim’ and ‘Wonder’.

Year 1 Recital of The Owl and the Pussy Cat

Year 1 students did a superb job reciting the famous poem by Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat! They all knew their lines perfectly and showed off some impressive acting skills.

Students at St George’s have the opportunity to go on many school trips throughout the year, enriching experiences outside of the classroom. There were simply too many trips to mention them all, but here are a couple that stood out:

American Cemetery Visit

Over 150 Primary students visited the American Cemetery in Hamm to commemorate VE Day, the students paid their respects by presenting flowers to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Students were given a guided tour of the cemetery and learnt about General George Smith Patton Jr.

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Trip to Dinant (Belgium)

Year 6 travelled to Dinant, Belgium, to enjoy an action-packed week of activities for their annual residential trip. The students went mountain biking, orienteering and had great fun on a boat cruise. They also spent two days at an adventure park where they challenged themselves with a high-ropes course, rock climbing and fast zip lines!


COBIS Science Competition

Students worked extremely hard alongside A Tale Unfolds creating videos for their submission for the COBIS Young Scientist Film Awards. St George’s video on the ‘investigation on the effect of Fizzy Drinks on Teeth’ received a special award from scientists at NPL for its stand-out nature. I was impressed with the way that the children applied their scientific skills to the experiments and communicated their ideas effectively. It was phenomenal to see the school literally fizzing with the curiosity and enthusiasm of our young budding scientists. Many thanks to all those involved!

Trust for Sustainable Living Debate

St George’s student, Sophie Jaya’s essay describing how to save the ocean was selected for the final of an international competition, she was invited to the ‘Trust for Sustainable Living’ debates in the Seychelles. Sophie-Jaya’s advice to environmentally conscious people is ‘It is our responsibility to take care of [our oceans]. The ocean takes care of us, it is part of our life and we cannot live without its resources.” Well done to Sophie-Jaya for this tremendous achievement.

– A St George’s Primary Teacher

COBIS Art Competition

ECIS Math Quest

Mini Grey

A Tale Unfolds Returns

The whole of Primary worked together on a phenomenal piece of artwork inspired by Yvonne Coomber. Our students were awarded the best Group Work piece by the COBIS Art Competition judges.

Mini Grey made this year’s Book Week one to remember! Mini once was a primary school teacher and is now a successful author and illustrator writing books such as ‘Traction Man’ and ‘Egg Drop’. Students were excited to welcome her into their classrooms to hear her talk about her brilliant collection of books and learn how she draws her unique illustrations.

Math Quest is a Math challenge for elementary school students, a fantastic opportunity for students to demonstrate their strong ability to work as a team. St George’s came 3rd out of 25 competing schools - the highest for St George’s to date! St George’s will host this unique event in 2020.

Primary students were extremely fortunate to receive workshops by A Tale Unfolds, an organisation that helps bring teaching and learning to life through the means of technology. The students learnt how to create outstanding videos improving their writing, creativity and digital ability. Staff also received oneon-one training and the supporting resources so that these projects can be continued in class.

I would like to extend my special thanks to the staff, students and parents of St George’s, without whom the school wouldn’t be the friendly, positive and welcoming community we are all so proud to be a part of. Best wishes,

Ms Claire Nuttall

Head Teacher (Primary)

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Highlights in Secondary Mr Mark Fleet

Head Teacher (Secondary)

It has been another highly successful, productive and eventful year in the Secondary section of the school. Starting the year with another set of excellent examination results; our A Level results were not only significantly better than the UK average but also higher than the Independent Schools Council averages in almost all categories. There has again been an abundance of day trips, residentials, guest speakers, conferences, concerts, workshops, performances, shows and competitions that the students have engaged with; organised by our committed staff. Here are a few highlights of the year.

Bugsy Malone

Secondary students put on a fabulous performance of Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone. The students brought this 1976 American-British musical comedy to life.

Ballroom Dancing - Easter Disco

Secondary students performed their own version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet to a packed house at Mierscher Kulturhaus, focusing on the central theme of Hamlet’s madness. The students should feel proud of their achievement as the response from the audience was incredibly positive.

During physical education students learnt how to waltz, cha-cha, foxtrot and tango so that they could impress during their Easter Disco.

Society of Heads A-level Art Exhibition

Year 10 Trip to Iceland

Choir Trip to Düsseldorf

June 2018 saw the Year 10 students heading off on their Key Stage 4 residential trip, on this occasion to Iceland. Over the course of the week the students were able to experience a number of geological wonders such as; tectonic plate boundaries, a range of amazing waterfalls, a geyser, hiking on a glacier, relaxing in a thermal pool and enjoying the cultural delights of Reykjavik.

History Visit to Hinzert

Year 11 students visited the former German concentration and work camp at Hinzert. The concentration camp was used to imprison hundreds of Luxembourg citizens during the Second World War. Students learnt many important aspects of Luxembourg’s history, for example that tragically Luxembourgish resistance fighters were imprisoned and later executed for their courage in fighting the occupying forces.

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In January 2018 the school took part in the Society of Heads annual A-level Art exhibition in the Livery Hall, Guildhall London.

Our newly formed Secondary Choir along side their Director, Mrs Trono, performed with over 140 girls from around Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America in the AMIS Middle School Honor Girls Choir Festival at the International School of Düsseldorf.

Erasmus+ trip to Athens

St George’s students travelled to Athens as part of the school’s Erasmus+ project. The project, entitled ‘Ready, Steady, Work!’ focuses on preparing young people for further study and eventually for the workplace. Visits during the week included a trip to the University of Piraeus for a talk from the Careers Department and a session with the National Centre for Qualifications looking at the European Common Framework for Qualifications.


World Maths Day

Year 7-8 students took part in World Maths Day, a fun competition which measures speed and accuracy in arithmetic and numeracy skills on the Live Mathletics platform. The students finished 37th in the Hall of Fame for their year group. Globally, approximately 4 million students participated in the competition supporting UNICEF.

Year 8-9 UK Maths Trust Team Challenge

Four students from Key Stage 3 were selected to represent St George’s at the Mathematics Trust Team Challenge in Cambridge, England. The UKMT Team Challenges promote mathematical dexterity, teamwork and communication skills. The students performed admirably coming 14th out of 32 competing teams.

The Generation Euro Award Winners

Time 2 Act iGCSE Workshop

Nikki Sheehan

Oxford Professor Chemistry Visits

St George’s is delighted that the Year 13 economics students won the Generation Euro Award run by the European Central Bank (ECB). At the ‘Grand Finale’ students met Mr Gaston Reinesch, the Governor of the Luxembourg Central Bank, who offered the students the opportunity to apply for an internship at the bank over the summer holidays.

During Nikki’s visit to St George’s she stressed the importance of never giving up. Students were also given the opportunity to ask questions about the inspiration behind her storylines. Students took part in writing workshops where Nikki inspired them to write stories based on their greatest fears and desires.

Years 10-11 students participated in a series of workshops with the Educational Theatre group Time2Act from the UK, an essential part of their study of Shakespeare’s play Macbeth for their iGCSE Literature exam. Students examined key characters and their motivations as well as analysing key themes and contexts such as the power of unbridled ambition, corruption in high office and the divine right of kings.

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Year 12 and Year 13 A-level science students were privileged to receive a visit from Professor Christiane Timmel from the University of Oxford. She discussed the science behind how birds are able to navigate their way across the World. It was an extremely engaging talk which will be remembered fondly by our students.

It is a privilege to regularly witness and be involved in these events and this exceptional learning community. The steadfast dedication and professionalism of the Secondary staff, coupled with the vitality and drive of the students here at St George’s is what makes this school so unique. My thanks must go to staff for providing and being actively involved in these wonderful opportunities; to students for always fully engaging with them; and parents for their continued support. Best wishes,

Mr Mark Fleet

Head Teacher (Secondary)

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Primary School Council, 2018

Primary

School Council The Primary School Council is a student body that is authorised to put forward initiatives throughout the Primary school. The exciting thing about the Council is the independence that the students have to drive forward their ideas and promote change within their surroundings. This independence has an extremely positive impact upon the whole school. During the 2017-2018 school year, Primary students made the decision to sponsor a new charity, the Fondatioun Kriibskrank Kanner (Aide aux Enfants Atteints d’un Cancer) a local charity that helps children and their families to beat cancer or a rare lifethreatening disease. Fondatioun Kriibskrank Kanner runs three establishments in order to offer the best possible support to children and their families: La Maison des Enfants in Luxembourg hosts all activities and administrative assistance. La Maison Losch in Brussels offers a temporary shelter for parents whose children are being treated at one of the main cancer treatment Centres.

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L’Appartement de Convalescence on the Belgian coast allows families to retreat and to recuperate in proximity to the sea. Similar to previous years the School Council has been busy coming up with new fundraising initiatives; this year they hosted several successful dress-up days and a raffle at the Easter Ball which in total raised €534.65. To top off a busy year, the students organised and

set up a ‘Sponge the Teacher’ stand at the Annual Summer Fayre which proved very popular, they also

sold custom-made tea towels featuring students and staff from each Milepost.


The Primary Council holds a meeting every two weeks to discuss their new improvement ideas, their fundraising initiatives as well as to give an overview on how their projects are going. New improvement ideas are presented to the Primary Extended Team (EMT). Below are a few of the ideas that were accepted: Discussed and got approval for a new surface for the Basketball court in the Mile Post 3 playgroup. The replacement of plastic coffee cups with paper cups in the canteen and all staff rooms. Developed a new set of values and a created the Values Tree.

Eco Schools Committee An Eco Schools Committee was introduced, this committee is made up of Primary and Secondary students, it was setup to help raise awareness of the impact the School has on the environment. During 2017-18 the members of the Eco Committee conducted a studentled environmental audit of the school premises and practices, the students identified areas in which they felt improvements could be made. Towards the end of the academic year the students created a plan which they hope to put in action during 2018-19.

Each year the Primary School Council goes from strength to strength, it is evident that the students respect their roles on the School Council and take their position seriously, they are making the Primary school a better place by listening to their fellow students. The Primary Council should be very proud of all their achievements and initiatives during the 2017-2018 year. They have contributed to the School, to their chosen charities and to the wider community.

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Secondary

School Parliament The Parliament is a way for students to get involved with the school - it gives us a real sense of being part of the way the school is run and lets us also have our say on what we do and how our school life should be. It’s that spirit of the students having a voice, a say in things, that I like most. Not only that, but we are also helping those who need it most through our efforts, and I think that it’s simply wonderful to be able to make someone else’s life better in such a fun way.

- Siddarth V (Year 8)

The Secondary School Parliament is a student body at St George’s that allows students to contribute to the running of the School by organising a wide range of activities and initiatives. Thirty committed students are allocated in four different Ministries:

The Ministry of Education

The Ministry of the Environment

The Ministry of Charities

The Ministry of Sports & Arts

In 2017-2018 the students organised a range of projects and fundraising activities in order to support various charities. Here is some information on the selected charities and some of the highlights:

Trips & Special Guest Speakers

Students were visited by representatives from all three of their chosen charity organisations: Luxembourg Air Rescue, Fondatioun Kriibskrank Kanner and United World Schools. These visits highlighted the important work these organisations do and how the students’ support is invaluable to each one of them. The Luxembourg Air Rescue LAR invited a group of students from the School Parliament to take a tour of their base, a fantastic opportunity for them to speak with the pilots, medics, and administrative staff who help save lives. Fondatioun Kriibskrank Kanner A representative from Foundatioun Kriibskank Kanner spoke to Year 10-11 about the organisation’s work and how our students’ fundraising has supported children with cancer and their families. United World Schools (UWS)

Year 10 students were involved in a workshop as part of their English lessons with Suzanna Worth from United World Schools (UWS). In partnership with UWS, St George’s sponsors a school in the village of Pea, Cambodia where children were growing up without an education and were forced into child labour.

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Annual Fundraisers & Events

Halloween Fancy Dress Competition Students organised their annual Halloween Fancy Dress Competition with fun games and sweets for sale. They raised enough to continue sponsoring a child in Tanzania for a full year and also to donate to Fondatioun Kriibskrank Kanner. Easter Egg Hunt This year’s Easter Egg Hunt was an exciting event that also included an egg decorating competition, the funds raised supported the Khama Rhino Sanctuary in Botswana, where a group of Year 12 students volunteered as part of World Challenge. The Shool Parliament also got involved with other events including the Summer Fayre, anti-bullying week and selling cakes for ‘Relais pour la Vie’.

World Challenge Botswana & Zambia

independence and confidence.

World Challenge is a life changing expedition. Year 12 students learn how to work as a team, enhance leadership skills and have the opportunity to develop their

This year’s challenges widened our students’ outlook on life. The group volunteered at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary in Botswana, where they met local communities, trekked with the Kalahari Bushmen, went white water rafting on the Zambezi river, saw the famous Victoria Falls and had the chance to see the big 5 on safari. In order to take part in this once in a life time experience, students raised money on their own initiative by organising movie nights, cake sales and taking on small jobs such as baby-sitting and tutoring in their spare time.

The Ministry of the Environment What the Ministry has achieved so far: Throughout the year students have been sharing environmental facts and information with each other. They celebrated Environmental Awareness Day by dressing up in bright colours and learning more about the importance of being environmentally friendly. Students’ request to change the schools default search engine to Ecosia was accepted. Ecosia uses money made from advertising revenues to plant trees. Three members of the Ministry attended the 99 ideas workshop in Luxembourg, where young adults from 16-25 years of age share ideas to make Luxembourg more environmentally friendly (one student was selected to present their ideas in front of the Luxembourg Parliament). The students have worked closely with the Eco Schools Committee to ensure the school is doing its best to help the environment. Annual Report 2017-2018 19


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St George’s Scooter Club


Student Diversity

St George’s offers a world class international education to over 770 students aged 3 years to 18+ years from 58 different countries. The figures below reflect the different countries of the world represented at St George’s. It is this internationalism that plays an integral part of making St George’s an exceptional place to learn.

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5

4

Bulgaria

Ireland

1

25

China

11

Finland

7

3

3

65

95

Australia

Columbia

France

Italy

8

1

Cyprus

Germany

17

1

1

2

Czech Republic

15

Greece

2

1

22

5

1

Belarus

Denmark

Hungary

Kazakhstan

39

4

4

1

Belgium

Egypt

Iceland

Lithuania

4

2

22

15

Algeria

Argentina

Austria

Azerbaijan

Brazil

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Canada

Estonia

India

15

Israel

Jamaica

Japan

Luxembourg


I would like to thank Miss Post for the way she has helped my son so far. He is new to St George’s and has had to work hard to catch up. Last week Miss Post arranged for all his teachers to give him a sticker to show how well he has improved. My son absolutely loved this and I would like to thank Miss Post for this gesture. And to thank the school in general for the wonderful atmosphere you have created for the students.

St George’s has families from

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countries

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1

4

2

3

14

2

2

2

2

3

Malta

Slovenia

Ukraine

1

2

156

2

56

6

25

3

12

Netherlands

Sri Lanka

Russian Federation

1

7

1

New Zealand

Sweden

Serbia

2

10

49

Macedonia

Malaysia

Mexico

Mauritius

Pakistan

Philippines

Poland

South Africa

Spain

Romania

Switzerland

Thailand

Uruguay

Zimbabwe

United Kingdom

Portugal

United States

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Nationalities Represented

Teaching Staff

Student-Adult Ratio

Staff Seniority Awards (September 2017)

Gold

(10+ Years)

Mr Hastings Mrs Michlmayr Mrs Morris Mrs Radcliffe

Mrs Ramage Mrs C Thomas Mr Thomas Ms Watson

Silver

Mrs Bargache Mr Colling Ms Crowther Mrs Firth

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(5 Years)

Ms Gillen Ms Lagny Delatour Mr Plata Acevedo Mrs Pine

Bronze

Mr Brown Mrs E Brown Mrs D Brown Mrs Bydder Mrs Carroll Mr Edwards

I appreciate how Ms Nuttall and Mrs Roberts praise children by describing what they did well during their performances; instead of just saying "good job".

Mrs Thompson Mr Thompson Mrs Treinen Mrs Tyrrell

Mrs Van T’hof-Buijs Ms Werner Mr Wicker

Ms Meares Mrs Mills Ms Nuttall Ms Plahe Mrs Prentice Mr Roe

Mr Turner Mrs Wicker-Kelly Ms Williams

(3 Years)

Mrs Gisto Mrs Goberville Mr Gonzalez Mrs Horan Mr Jadama Ms Jansson

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Learning Through Giving St George’s is a caring and supportive community committed to helping others. Students of all ages were encouraged to get involved in fundraising activities for their selected charities throughout the 2017-2018 school year. The School’s charitable contributions totalled €9,552.49 between September 2017 - June 2018 for the following causes:

Save the Children

For children in need

Ilula Orphan Program

Community-based service organisation that is changing the lives of children and their families in Tanzania

Movember

Supporting men’s health issues

Fondatioun Kriibskrank Kanner

Supporting children with cancer and terminal illnesses in Luxembourg

Relais pour la Vie

Luxembourg Air

Rescue Support for those suffering from cancer LAR is a humanitarian air rescue organisation with the aim of saving human lives worldwide

United World Schools

Creates educational opportunities for children living in the world’s poorest regions

World Food Programme

The United Nations World Food Programme works towards a world of Zero Hunger

Suubi Community Projects - Uganda

Is all about giving hope. Their motto is ‘helping communities to help themselves’.

The Royal British Legion Asks the nation to recognise the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces of the past and by today’s generation

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Summer Fayre, 2018

Alumni attending the Summer Fayre, 2018

80’s Disco, 2018

Friends of t S George’s

The Friends of St George’s, also known as the ‘Friends’, was established in 2014 as a parent organisation within the School community. The Friends of St George’s are an active, warm and inviting organisation made up of St George’s parents. This organisation helps organise events and its members serve as ambassadors to new and existing families. During 2017-2018 the Friends of St George’s built a partnership with Awesome Cause Foundation, who have kindly offered to match each of their fundraising efforts, making a huge impact on this year’s chosen charity, The Lauren Patterson School in Uganda, a school named in honour of our former colleague who was tragically murdered in Qatar. This year, the Friends of St George’s raised over €12,000, over double the amount they raised last year thanks to the Awesome Cause Foundation.

Their main fundraising events included: Freshers & Followers (16th September 2017) An information day to help families integrate into the School and Luxembourg. Clubs’ and associations’ representatives from the Luxembourg community gathered at St George’s to provide more information about their services. Christmas Quiz (1st December 2017) An adult team quiz night with a member of the board of governors as the quiz-master. The amount raised was €530 which was donated towards the Arts Scholarship. 80’s Disco and Silent Auction (24th February 2018) This event was for all the parents to enjoy and dress-up in 80’s gear, an ideal event for them to get to know one another and also raise funds for The Lauren Patterson School in Uganda. The amount raised was €5,100 which was generously matched by the Awesome Cause Foundation making the total raised €10,200 for the school in Uganda giving hope to Ugandan parents by helping them to pay for school fees, sponsoring children and to build a permanent classroom block. Summer Fayre (16th June 2018) The Summer Fayre is a fun community event for everyone to enjoy! Stands of all different nationalities are set up selling traditional food and goodies. Overall this event raised an incredible €6,130 for World Food Programme, Foundatioun Kriibskrank Kanner and The Lauren Patterson School in Uganda. 26

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Afternoon Tea and Hat Party, 2018

Afternoon Tea and Hat Party, 2018

Informal Fundraising Events:

Gingerbread House Making Workshop Afternoon Tea and Hat Party Metz Cultural Tour Wenzel Walk in the City Second Hand Ski Gear, PE Kits and Halloween Costume sales where the money raised was donated towards the Arts Scholarship

Social Gatherings:

A Walking group meets on a regular basis to walk in the region of Luxembourg City and surrounding areas. Coffee mornings are available at the start of a new half term, as a small get together to touch base and set the next term’s activities in motion.

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Primary School Academic Achievement

Aside from the termly assessments in English, Mathematics and Science, students are also evaluated using standardised assessments on an annual basis. St George’s conducts the Progress Test in English (PTE) and the Progress Test in Maths (PTM).

What is the Progress Test in English (PTE)?

The Progress Test in English is a series of tests of English for students from age 5 to 14. The tests are differentiated according to age, students are tested from Year 1 to Year 6.

The test for the youngest children comprises a short section that tests phonic knowledge and skills with a reading comprehension exercise based on a single passage.

Children aged six and seven are tested on their English skills and comprehension.

The older Primary students are tested on their English skills (spelling, grammar and punctuation) with a test of reading comprehension based on a narrative and linked non-narrative text.

English, Year 6 (ages 10-11)

May 2018

% of questions answered correctly by St George’s students compared with the average drawn from 35,000 peers.

St George’s

English Skills: Grammar & Punctuation

English Skills: Spelling

Test Average

66%

Authorial Technique

67%

Reading Comprehension: Narrative

48%

Retrieval

77%

52%

62%

73%

59%

Simple Inference

80%

64%

71%

57%

Reading Comprehension: Non-Narrative

75%

54%

Complex Inference

65%

47%

As you can see from the above results students at St George’s scored significantly higher than the standard average, despite our large percentage of non-native English speakers.

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What is the Progress Test in Mathematics (PTM)?

The Progress Test in Mathematics (PTM) is a series of age-appropriate tests to ensure that students are making and maintaining good progress in mathematics. Each test assesses aspects of mathematical skills and knowledge, together with the key process skills of fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem-solving. The PTM series consists of eleven tests: 10 tests covering the age range 5 to 14+ years (Progress Test in Mathematics 5 to 14), plus an additional test for students aged between 11 and 12 years, which can be used as a transition test for entry to secondary education (Progress Test in Maths 11T). For the youngest children (PTM5, PTM6, PTM7 and PTM8) the teacher reads the questions and the answer options aloud so that the need to read is minimal. PTM8 to PTM14 tests are in two parts: Mental Maths, and Applying and Understanding Maths. Mental Maths questions are timed and played from an audio file (or read by the teacher).

Mathematics, Year 6 (ages 10-11)

May 2018

% of questions answered correctly by St George’s students compared with the average drawn from 35,000 peers.

S George’s t

Test Average

Geometry

70%

62%

Statistics

61%

54%

Fluency in Conceptual Understanding

70%

62%

Mathematical Reasoning

65%

56%

Problem Solving

65%

55%

Fluency in Facts & Procedures

82%

80%

Measurement

62%

59%

Numbers

72%

65%

Ratio and Proportion

61%

46%

Algebra

72%

52%

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Secondary School Academic Achievement Overview

St George’s Secondary school is a caring and supportive learning environment where there are high expectations of all students. The Secondary school has 269 students, small enough to be able to focus on the individual needs of the student, but large enough to offer a broad and balanced academic curriculum.

St George’s Curriculum

St George’s International School is proud to offer the National Curriculum for England and Wales. This curriculum prepares our students for their role in an increasingly challenging and rapidly changing world. Students learn in a stimulating, caring and supportive environment where academic excellence is balanced with opportunities for personal development. The National Curriculum leads to IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations which are taken at the age of 16 and then later A Level examinations taken at the age of 18, qualifications recognised and highly valued by universities worldwide.

Results 2018

Students at St George’s perform consistently above the UK average. To establish individual learning targets, St George’s also conducts standardised testing.

IGCSE

A/S Level

A2 Level

391 exams taken

129 entries

66 entries

19 subjects

15 subjects

17 subjects

93% A*-C Grades

81% A-C grades

95% A*-C grades

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Overview of the Results 2018 IGCSE

Pass Rate

5 + A*- C Grades

C or above

A*/A Grades

2018

100%

92%

93%

58%

2017

100%

89%

88%

47%

2016

100%

95%

93%

61%

A/S Level

Pass Rate

C or above

A/B grades1

2018

98%

81%

66%

2017

97%

75%

67%

2016

96%

83%

65%

A2 Level

1

Pass Rate

C or above

A*/B grades

2018

100%

95%

88%

2017

99%

88%

74%

2016

100%

80%

55%

There is no A* grade available at A/S Level. Therefore the percentages shown represent A/B grades for A/S level exams.

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University Destinations 9

Students will be attending UK Russell Group1 universities

70%

of all A-levels were

A* or A Grades

The graduating class of 2018 secured places at the following universities: University

Degree Course

Aberystwyth University

Creative Arts

Camberwell University of the Arts

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Court Theatre Training Company

Acting

Hofstra University, New-York

Economics

Hull University

Business Management

Lunex University

Physiotherapy

Maastricht University

European Law

Oxford University

History

Oxford University

Mathematics

Sheffield University

Engineering

St. Andrew's University

Biochemistry

UCL

Environmental Geoscience

UCL

Medicine

UCL

Mathematics

ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon

Computer Science and Business Management

University of Bath

Aerospace Engineering

University of Cambridge

Architecture

University of Creative Arts

Digital Film and Screen Arts

University of Durham

History

University of Warwick

Biochemistry

University of Winchester

Geography

1

Russell Group universities have huge social, economic and cultural impact locally, across the UK and around the globe.

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6

students are attending World 50 universities!


Year 12-13 Bonding Trip, Avignon in Provence.

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The Graduates of the Class of 2018

I will miss the studentteacher relationship, the feeling of ease and unquestioned support that was made available to me. Eleanor

University: University of Durham Course: History

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Jonathan Tanya

University: University of Oxford Course: History


Ethan

University: University of Bath Course: Aerospace Engineering

A seemingly difficult passage through Sixth Form education was made a lot easier by the fantastic help we as students received from our teachers. Whether it be assisting us with our personal statements, supporting tough decisions or helping us through difficult times, they were always there to provide a helping hand. The advice we received was second to none and I can’t wait to put everything I learned here at St George’s into practice.

Tanya

University: University College of London (UCL) Course: Medicine

The close relationships we were able to form with our teachers at St George’s made lessons more motivating and allowed us to feel comfortable asking questions about the content of the course.

Let me thank you and the entire St George’s team once again for your efforts to develop my son’s competencies. The great results he received are proof of his high level as a student and the high level of the school. These results would not be possible without the great atmosphere the school created and the support provided to fully develop my son’s potential. I cordially thank the St George’s team for their dedication, patience and passion in the development of great students. Annual Report 2017-2018

- A Parent of a graduating student, 2018

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Alumni Reunion 2018 at the Summer Fayre

Our Alumni Association At St George’s we believe that the achievements of our alumni are a tangible reflection of our School. This year, the St George’s alumni association on Facebook has grown to over 350 members. This interactive group enables the School to send updates, communicate upcoming events, interesting facts, nostalgic photos and so much more. The alumni have the opportunity to network with each other and to share what they are up to.

Emma Graduated: 2017 University: University of York Course: Law

The school’s diverse and accepting attitude has made me more comfortable with living abroad.

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William Graduated: 2017 University: Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences Course: Physiotherapy

St George’s prepared me very well. The level of education and the amount of work needed for the exams is almost beyond that needed for university. In university you are dropped in at the deep end but St George’s made me comfortable with my capacity to work hard and organise myself.

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Margaux Graduated: 2017 University: London South Bank University Course: Business Management

St George’s prepared me very well for University, the school helped me to become more independent and much more confident with my work. I have achieved things I never thought I would have.


Alumni Reunion 2018 at the Summer Fayre

See what some of our Alumni have to say...

Arnaud

Annique Graduated: 2017 University: University of Exeter Course: Geography

My biggest achievement since leaving St George’s is earning a place on a Global Leader Experience in Budapest run by the University of Exeter, I will work and represent the University internationally.

Graduated: 2017 University: University of Bath Course: Aerospace Engineering

Sophia Graduated: 2017 University: Kings College London Course: Philosophy, Politics & Economics

St George’s encouraged me to aim high and achieve my goals.

St George’s gave me an interest in learning and becoming a life long learner. At university this has helped me to dig deeper into my subject.

Emilie Graduated: 2018 University: University of Oxford Course: Mathematics

St George’s gave me the skills to start the next stage of my life at university confidently and securely.

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COBIS Secondary Games Team

Mérite Jeunesse expedition, Luxembourg

Extra-curricular Activities St George’s provides each and every child of any age the opportunity to develop skills, talents and sportsmanship. Students throughout Primary and Secondary have the chance to compete locally, nationally and internationally in a variety of disciplines. During the academic year 2017-18 we have seen an increase in enrolment for extra-curricular activities, the most popular clubs being Sports and Languages. This year 83 clubs were offered, 12 more than last year.

Primary Clubs (54 clubs)

Languages 18%

Arts 43%

Sport

During the academic year 2017-18 St George’s offered Primary students 18 Sporting options and 12 for Secondary, these include Football, Basketball, Ballroom Dancing, Mixed Martial Arts, Athletics, FitKick, Scooter and Yoga.

Additional Languages

Sport 33%

Secondary Clubs (29 clubs) Languages 14%

The school provides options to learn a new language or brush up on one you already know; this year St George’s offered Luxembourgish, Mandarin, Italian and French lessons.

Support

St George’s also offers clubs that support lessons such as Further Maths and English as an Additional Language (EAL).

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Science 6%

Arts 34% Sport 42% Science/Mathematics 10%


Basketball/Floorball Tournament, Graz

COBIS Secondary Games, Sheffield

Unified Basketball / Floorball Tournament

Students in Year 6 to Year 8 travelled to Graz, Austria to represent St George’s in a Basketball and Floorball tournament against unified international teams from Slovakia, Italy, Germany and Austria. They made the School proud by bringing home Bronze and Silver medals.

COBIS Secondary Games

The Secondary COBIS games were hosted yet again in Sheffield. Twenty-three schools from around the world came together for three days of intense sport consisting of Swimming, Athletics and Football. St George’s demonstrated a strong sense of sportsmanship throughout the competitions, they came 9th overall - a brilliant achievement. Taking part in the COBIS games is a privilege for students giving them an excellent opportunity to compete against and build strong bonds with students across the world.

Mérite Jeunesse

The Mérite Jeunesse, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, is the world’s leading youth achievement award offered to students from Year 9 to 13. There are 3 levels: Bronze Award, Silver Award and Gold Award and each award is comprised of four sections in the areas of Community Service, Skill Development, Physical Recreation, Expeditions and, for the Gold Award only, a Residential Project.

The kids really enjoyed attending St George’s and it certainly made our time in Luxembourg more rewarding. We hope the kids can maintain their friendships into the future. - A former St George’s Secondary Parent

Expeditions this year have included Bronze expeditions in Echternach and Clervaux, a Silver expedition in Troisvierges and a Gold expedition in the Interlaken region of Switzerland. In these expeditions students work together in small groups, demonstrating their teamwork, communication, campcraft and navigation skills.

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Shakespeare’s Macbeth Primary Choir and String Ensemble

The Arts

Students from Nursery to Year 13 are granted plenty of creative freedom in their artwork. Older students are involved in projects in which they have the freedom to express their own individual creativity.

Art

St George’s Annual Art exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for students to display an abundance of originality conveying all the hard work they have put into their work throughout the academic year. This event provides an ideal occasion for students, staff, parents and friends to admire and discuss the creative arts in a supportive and positive environment.

Media

The media students finish the year with a major screening event showcasing all their hard work achieved throughout the year.

Music

Music is an important part of school life at St George’s – it provides younger students with opportunities to practise and perform to a high standard. The level of musical talent at St George’s is exceptional and it continues to grow each year. This year music proved to be extremely popular increasing from 196 students to 258 students participating in music lessons. Music lessons increased significantly, St George’s provided 2,750 music lessons per term, almost double the amount from the previous year. Out of the top three instruments played, 94 students attend piano lessons, 43 students participate in guitar lessons and 20 students go to singing lessons. St George’s Choirs The School’s Choirs have grown considerably and students have the opportunity to join the Primary Choir or Secondary Choir. During the year 2017-2018, the Primary and Secondary choirs joined forces to sing a beautiful programme of choral music as part of the 150th Anniversary celebrations of Hamm Church conducted by Ms Trono and Ms Bydder, accompanied by Mr Orr and supported by a large audience of local residents and school parents. One of the choir highlights was the song ‘A Million Dreams’.

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St George’s Art Exhibition 2018

St George’s Art Exhibition 2018

3 New String Ensembles

Due to popularity St George’s created three new String Ensembles, primarily made up of violin and cello players. There are 2 in Primary and 1 in Secondary.

Guitar Club

Due to high demand St George’s introduced a Guitar Club in January 2018. Twelve students took part in this club.

Dance: Ballroom, Latin, Ballet

Dance has proven to be extremely popular over the last year. St George’s has introduced 7 new Dance Clubs all teaching students new technical skills. At the end of the Year the Dance Clubs put on a show demonstrating their newly learnt talents.

Jazz Brunch: The Arts Scholarship

St George’s Scholarship for the Arts has been a great success enabling the Faculty of Arts to work closely with The Friends of St George’s and the wider community to host fundraising events. A very successful event was the Jazz Brunch hosted in coordination with UNESCO Jazz Day. The event raised €940 for the Arts Scholarship. Overall the Arts Scholarship raised €4,635.45 this year, bringing the total to almost €7,000. All funds will be awarded to students who show exceptional diligence, dedication and excellence in their chosen artistic field during the next academic year. The Scholarship will aid students in the development of their careers in the arts through the provision of professional instruments or by funding enrichment courses for the arts.

AMIS Festival

The AMIS (Association of Music in International Schools) Honor Jazz Festival and High School Honors Band were held in Singapore, hosted by the United World College of South East Asia. On each of these occasions, one of our students was invited to attend

Jazz at the British Embassy

St George’s Jazz Combo was honoured to be invited to perform at the residence of the British Ambassador as part of the celebrations for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel.

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Rated Excellent by the

Independent Schools Inspectorate

In March 2018, St George’s was proud to announce that the School was rated ‘excellent’, following an inspection from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). The framework of the report has changed since St George’s was last inspected in 2015; in terms of regulations and formal frameworks the report allows the inspectors now to only state whether the School is compliant with the eight British School Overseas Standards. The majority of the new report is dedicated to the quality of the students’ learning and achievements and to the quality of their personal development. In both categories St George’s was judged to be ‘excellent’ – the highest grade possible.

This impressive inspection result is due collectively to the hard work and dedication of the students themselves as well as the teaching and assistant staff at the school, and the framework of support the administration staff provide. In addition, the Board of Governors provide unstinting encouragement and guidance to the School. Parents and families of students provide the final element of support for, and loyalty to, the School community of which we can all be very proud.

In terms of the quality of the students’ personal development, the inspectors stated:

‘Students are self-confident and are determined to give their best in all situations. Selfreflection and peer assessment are exceptionally strong features of class work throughout the school, with students developing a clear awareness of their strengths and area for improvement.’ [3.18]

The inspectors commended the quality of leadership and management of the School. The inspectors noted that: During the inspection, the ISI ‘The governors ensure that the inspectors found that: leadership and management - Dr C. Barkei, Principal, April 2018 ‘Students of all abilities and demonstrate good skills and ages display outstanding knowledge, and fulfill their communication skills. Their written work is of a high responsibilities effectively, so that other standards are quality and demonstrates considerable analytical consistently met within the context of a British-orientated capacities. After arrival in the school, students develop International school operating in Luxembourg, and they fluency in spoken and written English rapidly. They actively promote the well-being of the students.’ [2.19] relish discussion, debate and public speaking through assemblies and in competitions.’ [3.10]

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Parent Feedback We would like to send our sincere gratitude and thanks for all the effort, support and collaboration in the education of our daughters; to the management, teachers and all people of St George’s International School. We have no doubt that we made the right choice by choosing St George’s and I am sure we would choose it again if we were to return to Luxembourg.

99%

of leavers agree their child was happy at St George’s

- Former Parent, Leaving Questionnaire

Leavers Survey 2017-2018 I found it easy to approach class teachers if I had a concern or question I felt I was well informed about my child/rens' progress in school The school and staff enabled my child/ren to achieve high academic standards in their work I feel the level of work to be completed at home was age appropriate School Management handled any complaints that I voiced well The school encourages and achieves high standards of student behaviour I feel that there is a high level of care given to students I feel that we gave a good level of support to our child/ren and to the staff through participation in school life, parent teacher meetings, information meetings I would be happy to recommend St George’s to friends or colleagues My child/ren have been happy at St George’s N/A

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School Services School Canteen

The School offers a canteen service to all its students and staff. The meals are freshly prepared on-site offering a wide range of healthy dishes that suit a variety of tastes. Desserts consist of fruit and yogurt with the occasional delicious treat thrown in as a surprise. The self-service salad bar is very popular amongst all the year groups. In addition, the School’s caterer offers sandwiches as an alternative option for students, with orders possible on a weekly or daily basis. As the number of students grows, so does the number of lunches served – the canteen served 88,800 hot lunches to hungry students, approximately 11,700 more than the previous year.

After-school Care/Homework Club

It was decided towards the end of 2017-18 that Fun Club would be renamed ‘After-school Care’ in 2018-19. Afterschool care remains extremely popular and the School does its utmost to accommodate children in Reception up to Year 6. Four extremely popular ‘After-school Care’ Clubs were offered to 84 students during the 2017-2018 school year. Secondary Homework Club was very well utilised by students in Key Stage 3.

School Buses

The School continues to offer a free bus service to the following areas: Bertrange, Canach / Moutfort / Sandweiler, Kirchberg and Fentange / Hesperange / Bonnevoie. Approximately 267 of the School’s 560 families utilised the bus service during the 2017-2018 school year, which is 48% of families. Students leaving by An average of 128 students school bus on an take the bus on a given average afternoon morning and 139 students take the bus in the afternoon.

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Technology Transforming Learning The use of technology in the classroom has the potential to enable teachers to deliver transformational learning opportunities. The use of iPads, tablets, laptops, whiteboards and interactive table tops continue to support learning by producing excellent outcomes for students of all ages.

iPads and Laptops

The use of technology in the classroom is transforming the face of education more and more each year. In addition to the 80 iPads available around school, each milepost in Primary has an iPad and laptop trolley accounting for 23 iPads and laptops, enough for each child in a class. It has become evident that having iPads and laptops available in each classroom enables our teachers to deliver more diverse methods of teaching that engages the students.

Parent Share

Parent Share was implemented in Foundation stage in order to enhance parental engagement. With Parent Share parents can now be part of their child’s learning process through photographic and video evidence. Teachers share reports and observations of each child, enabling parents to continue developing their child’s learning at home. Parents also have the ability to share the child’s progress at home with the teacher.

Premium Interactive Flat Panel

Throughout 2017-18 the school trialed a new award-winning interactive panel for immersive learning. After successful feedback from teaching staff, the school purchased four screens that will be implemented for the start of the 201819 academic year.

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Seesaw

Seesaw was introduced in Primary during the academic year 2017-18, allowing teachers to build a comprehensive record of each students’ learning. Parents can sign up and view their child’s learning in action. Seesaw enables teachers to track and monitor each child’s progress throughout their time enrolled at the school.

Micro Bit

This device makes programming very simple and easy to comprehend. Students are able to learn how to write scripts in less than an hour. The Micro Bit has been tested and will be implemented in classrooms in Primary from 2018-19 preparing students for future jobs.

Microsoft Office 365: Our First Paperless Classroom

During the 2017-18 academic year, Microsoft Office 365 was fully implemented in school, enhancing classroom and school collaboration. In Secondary many lesson plans are fully operated by Microsoft Office 365, with students frequently using Teams and OneDrive which, in turn has led to our very first paperless class, an initiative encouraged throughout the school.


Information Technology Parent Communication Whole School App

In January 2018, St George’s launched its first whole school application to facilitate smooth communication from School to parents. By June 2018, app.

1,134 parents, governors and members of staff had downloaded the

The app has proven to be extremely useful and informative - eventually it will be the main gateway to all the channels of parent communication.

New Newsletter Format

A new format for the newsletter was introduced at the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year. The new and improved newsletter is now sent out via Mailchimp, the largest marketing automation platform. We are now able to see which parents open the newsletter, which emails bounce back, the links most clicked, the time that most people read the newsletter and much more. According to a communications survey sent out in January 2018, over 90% of our parents preferred the new version of the newsletter.

Absolutely love the new format! I think it's great, really user friendly and so much easier to read on a mobile! Thank you, hope it stays this way. - St George’s parent, Communications Survey

Additions to the Website Online Shop

A school online shop is a new addition to the website, alongside an online payment system. The shop sells merchandise and school items such as T-shirts, water bottles and school bags. The school shop was implemented in April 2018 and continues to grow.

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Finance January - December 2017 Transfer from stability fund 1.7%

Income Government subsidies 27.9% Tuition & Fees 71.4%

Like all international schools, St George’s relies on tuition fees as its main source of income. However, the School also benefits from the generous support of the Luxembourg Ministry of Education. The amount of assistance received for operating costs varies each year and is proportionate to the number of students in the School. Further details on the amount of subsidy received can be found on page 57 of this report.

Furniture, Equipment 2.9%

Other 3.5%

Buildings 8.9% Educational Expenses 6.6%

Expenditure

Great staff make for a great school – that is why salaries and related personnel costs account for the main expenditures of the School.

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Salaries 78.1%


1.

Summary of Income and Expenditure Accounts (January - December 2017 (EUR)) Jan-Dec 2017

Jan-Dec 2016

Net Tuition/Application Fees + Ancillary Activities

8,351,842

7,839,211

Subsidies from the Luxembourg Ministry of Education

3,142,649

3,130,767

2,837,417

Subventions du Ministère de l’Education Luxembourg

Parents Fundraising - Net (1)

3,501

1,223

564

Fonds levés par les parents

194,100

90,040

20,723

Transfert du Fonds de Roulement

Other Income (2)

-8,330

12,691

-723

Autres Produits

TOTAL INCOME

11,683,762

11,073,932

9,903,892

TOTAL PRODUITS

Jan-Dec 2017

Jan-Dec 2016

Jan-Dec 2015

CHARGES

9,129,262

8,352,134

7,887,486

Salaires et Frais Liés

766,797

795,492

663,869

Matériel Didactique

1,041,521

961,324

753,199

Immeubles (Entretien, etc)

Furniture + Equipment (including IT)

334,828

603,096

68,706

Mobilier et Equipement (y compris Informatique)

Other Expenses

411,354

361,887

330,633

Autres Charges

11,683,762

11,073,932

9,903,892

TOTAL CHARGES

INCOME

Transfer from Stability Fund

EXPENDITURE

Salaries + Related Expenses Educational Expenses Buildings (Utilities, Maintenance, Sports Facilities, etc)

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

Jan-Dec 2015

PRODUITS

7,045,912

Frais de Scolarité/Admission et Activités Annexes

Notes : The School’s 2017 accounts were audited and approved by Luxembourg Government in February 2018. (1)

The accumulated net amount raised by parents (€5,356.09) is ring-fenced and planned to be used in 2018.

(2)

The Other Income includes both the Income and the Expenses linked with the Erasmus project

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2.

Balance Sheet as of December 31st, 2017 (EUR) 31st Dec 2017

ASSETS

31st Dec 2016

31st Dec 2015

FIXED ASSETS Land

ACTIF IMMOBILISATIONS

264,999

264,999

264,999

Terrain

Buildings and Equipment (Net Cost)

2,774,684

4,637,490

4,993,054

Bâtiments et Equipement (Coût Net)

Total

3,039,683

4,902,489

5,258,053

Total

CURRENT ASSETS Subsidy Receivable

ACTIF CIRCULANT 6,592

6,592

299,611

Subventions à Recevoir

24,341

0

0

Autres Créances

Bank - Stability Fund Accounts

2,275,546

1,199,416

1,218,572

Banque - “Fonds de Réserve”

Bank - Building Fund Accounts

32,407

see below

see below

Banque - Comptes “Building Fund”

see below

385,497

see below

Banque - Comptes d’Epargne et Courants

12,307

9,202

7,198

Caisse

Total

2,351,193

1,600,707

1,525,380

Total

TOTAL ASSETS

5,390,876

6,503,196

6,783,433

TOTAL ACTIF

Other Current Assets

Bank - Current Accounts Petty Cash

LIABILITIES

PASSIF

EQUITY Retained Earnings

- 151,506

- 151,506

- 151,506

Report à Nouveau

0

0

0

Résultat Exercice

Stability Fund

2,093,955

1,854,415

1,210,941

Fonds de Réserve

Total

1,942,449

1,702,909

1,059,435

Total

2,486,355

2,705,569

2,912,955

Refundable Deposits

342,513

329,593

326,879

Cautions Remboursables

Accounts Payable

118,296

713,087

0

Comptes Fournisseurs

0

123,452

0

Autres Charges à Payer

see above

928,587

2,314,047

Banque - “Comptes Building Fund”

Bank - Current/Savings Accounts

501,263

see above

170,117

Banque - “Comptes d'Epargne et Courants”

Total

962,072

2,094,718

2,811,043

Total

5,390,876

6,503,196

6,783,433

TOTAL PASSIF

Current Year Profit/(Loss)

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES Loans

Prêts à Long-terme

CURRENT LIABILITIES

Other Current Liabilities Bank - Building Fund Accounts

TOTAL LIABILITIES

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3.

Luxembourg Government Subsidy Law

The School receives three types of subsidy that have been in force since January 1st, 2004: 1. Per student subsidy to support annual operating expenditure for all students age 3+ on September 1st. These amounts for 2017 were: Primary students €3,310 Secondary students €6,751 The law does not allow for the subsidy to permit the School to make a surplus, and if a loss is made, the Government does not provide any further support. However, negotiations with the Government have resulted in approval for a Stability Fund. Contributions to this Stability Fund are invoiced as a separate item to parents and the amounts received are held in a separate bank account. If the school suffers a loss, the amount of the loss can be recovered from this Stability Fund. The Stability Fund is now capped by the law to 50% of the salaries and related charges in 2012. 2. Maintenance subsidy up to a % of the standard government cost per m³ for school buildings. For maintenance of building infrastructure only. The School started to receive this Subsidy in 2010. Since 2014, the maintenance subsidy has amounted to 1% of the standard cost per m³ for school buildings. 3. Building subsidy covering up to 80% of Government-approved quotes for buildings.

4.

Stability Fund Bank Accounts

Transfers into, and out of, the account (EUR):

Year

Amounts In

Out

Balance

2006

130,485

0

130,485

2007

216,581

-65,164

281,902

2008

294,557

-384,595

191,864

2009

366,495

0

558,359

2010

121,480

0

679,839

2011

114,078

-77,319

716,598

2012

5,545

-59,792

662,351

2013

211,922

0

874,273

2014

115,701

-94,892

895,082

2015

774,472

-450,982

1,218,572

2016

1,567

-20,723

1,199,416

2017

1,166,170

-90,040

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5.

Building Fund Bank Accounts

Building Fund contributions have been in operation since 2003. The accounts have two principal uses. First, they provide a short-term credit facility for the financing of any building. Once the total cost of the new building, net of government subsidy payments, has been finalised, the net cost of the building may be transferred to a long-term loan. The repayments on this loan are then financed by drawings on the Building Fund. Transfers into, and out of, the account (EUR):

6.

EUR

Amounts In

Paid for Constructions

Loans

Balance

2003-2007

682,307

-1,915,057

1,645,530

412,780

2008-2010

1,498,286

-3,552,401

1,134,990

-506,345

2011

689,629

-728,087

-169,819

-714,622

2012

1,000,000

-769,985

607,502

122,895

2013

750,000

183,228

-227,247

828,876

2014

1,147,334

-150,968

-227,688

1,597,554

2015

132,120

- 3,819,857

- 223,863

- 2,314,047

2016

930,916

675,307

-220,763

-928,587

2017

3,082,067

-1,893,158

-227,915

32,407

Budget Jan-Dec 2018 (EUR)

INCOME

Jan-Dec 2018

PRODUITS

Net Tuition/Application Fees + Ancillary Activities

8,601,970

Frais de Scolarité/Admission et Activités Annexes

Subsidies from the Luxembourg Ministry of Education

3,591,362

Subventions du Ministère de l’Education Luxembourg

Parents Fundraising - Net

0

Fonds levés par les parents

Transfer from Stability Fund

0

Transfert du Fonds de Roulement

Other Income

0

Autres Produits

12,193,332

TOTAL PRODUITS

TOTAL INCOME EXPENDITURE Salaries + Related Expenses

CHARGES 9,607,185

Salaires et Frais Liés

847,334

Matériel Didactique

1,005,940

Immeubles (Entretien, etc)

Furniture + Equipment (including IT)

412,058

Mobilier et Equipement (y compris Informatique)

Other Expenses

406,883

Autres Charges

12,279,400

TOTAL CHARGES

-86,068

RESULTAT

Educational Expenses Buildings (Utilities, Maintenance, Sports Facilities, etc)

TOTAL EXPENDITURE NET RESULT

Christopher Cheesman, Chairman of the Board of Governors Annual General Meeting, June 21st, 2018

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