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International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme


 

Welcome to the European Section of GESS!

The English speaking European Section of GESS is a fully fledged International Baccalaureate World School and one of the few in the world who are authorised to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (IBDP). Authorised International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools have successfully demonstrated a commitment towards meeting all the standards, practices, and requirements in developing each programme as stipulated by the IB.


Two Curriculums at the international school Singapore

 

One of the best IB Schools in Singapore

Since opening in 2005, the European Section has grown rapidly to become one of the best IB Schools in Singapore with a reputation for quality education and a strong community feel. The vast majority of our 600 students are European passport holders, for whom GESS represents a vital connection with home. Students are thus provided with a safe, friendly and familiar environment in which they are challenged to thrive as they grow into independent and responsible global citizens.

Our academic and pastoral programmes are designed to support this demographic and ultimately to prepare our students for returning to Europe or for entry into European universities. To this end, we endeavor to support mother tongue language acquisition so that our students do not lose this vital connection with their home culture. Fortunately, given the high entry requirements into European schools and colleges, this also means that our students are especially well prepared for study all over the world, particularly North America, the UK and Australia.

Our Primary School of the European Section and the German Section is located at the Junior School Campus at Jalan Jurong Kechil while the Secondary and High School of both sections are based at the Main Campus at Bukit Tinggi Road. The distance between both Campuses is only 10 minutes by car.

The Pre-School department provides education from 18 months to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age.


Primary School

Following the IB philosophy of student-centered, inquiry-based teaching and learning, the European Section Primary School focuses on individual student growth in the fundamentals - literacy and numeracy - while also broadening minds through inter-disciplinary units of study. In addition, we offer a well-rounded curriculum of specialist subjects, including music, art, information and computer technology, and physical education.

Please follow the link for further information on the Primary Years Programme.

Middle School

Throughout the MYP, students are empowered with skills and understanding, enabling them to successfully enter the high school. 

Please follow the link for futher information.

High School

Our Secondary School students in the European Section are prepared for university entrance or for reintegration into their national programmes. A high proportion of our students achieve the highly sought after bilingual IB Diploma, gaining them access to the best universities around the world.

Please follow the link for futher on the Diploma Programme information.

Educational Programmes

GESS's European Section supports a great variety of supporting programmes ranging from language, learning support to ICT. Please browse through the following pages to learn more about this offerings. 

Languages

IT@GESS

Learning Support

Co-Curricular Activities (CCA's)

We offer an extensive range of Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) in all areas such as sports, robotics, science, computing, music, art, drama, and languages. A door-to-door bus service after CCAs is available. Secondary CCAs cover sporting disciplines, with an emphasis on extending skills, and other activities aimed at supporting the curriculum and helping students excel in fields of their personal interests, such as Model United Nations.

Please follow follow this the link to our CCA's offerings.

Vocal and Instrumental Programme (VIP)

Each year, through our Vocal and Instrumental Programme (VIP), more than 350 students learn from qualified instrumental teachers how to further develop their music and voice skills.

Please follow follow this the link to our VIP Programme.

C.A.R.E@GESS

Through charitable work and hands-on community service, C.A.R.E.@GESS offers educational value to our students, who learn about the importance of social and environmental responsibility, whilst supporting our neighbours in Asia. 

Firmly embedded in our curricula, our community and environmental programmes run from Pre-School to Grade 12 ranging from beach clean-ups to a hands-on project in India that supports rural Indian communities to improve their livelihoods.

Please follow follow this the link to get an overview about the C.A.R.E activities at GESS.


GESS Head of European Section Eva Noorduijn

Eva Noorduijn

Head of European Section


Comparison of IB results at GESS and international IB results

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IB Curriculum

The English speaking European Section of GESS is a fully fledged International Baccalaureate World School, and one of the few in the world who are authorised to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Since opening in 2005, the European Section has grown rapidly to become a school with a reputation for quality education with a strong community feel. We now have over 600 students. The vast majority of our students are European passport holders, for whom GESS represents a vital connection with home. Students are thus provided with a safe, friendly and familiar environment in which they are challenged to thrive as they grow into independent and responsible global citizens.

Our academic and pastoral programmes are designed to support this demographic and ultimately to prepare our students for returning to Europe or for entry into European universities. To this end we endeavor to support mother tongue language acquisition so that our students do not lose this vital connection with their home culture. Fortunately, given the high entry requirements into European schools and colleges, this also means that our students are especially well prepared for study all over the world, particularly North America, the UK and Australia.

The Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age.

 

German Curriculum

Since the school was founded in 1971, the school has evolved into a school with two sections. As an accredited “Excellent German School Abroad”, the German Section of the German European School Singapore (GESS) offers all major German school leaving certificates. The European Section is an authorized IB World School offering education in English across all three IB programmes.

The German Section supports the students to develop their German roots. We give them wings for the linguistic demands of a globalized world through our differentiated English programme from grade 1 onwards. In secondary school some subjects are taught in English. Our students are benefitting from numerous bonding activities and have additional space to enjoy the internationality of the school.

Our Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age. 

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