Community

Help for Parents


Parent Support

As a community focused school, GESS offers a variety of programmes and services to support our families. Please also view the Help for students page to find out about the services and programmes available for your child.

Parent Committee

Parent Committee

The Parents' Committee is an important link between GESS parents and the school. The Committee conveys the views and interests of the parent community to the School Management and the Board of Governors, promotes collaboration throughout all sections of the school and upholds and enhances the GESS Community Spirit. You can contact the Parents' Committee via email Parents.Committee@gess.sg.

Buddies Committee

Buddies Committee

The Buddies Committee helps new families with settling into life in Singapore and GESS. Our Parent Buddies are GESS parent volunteers who can answer your questions about living in Singapore as well as organising new family social events. You can contact the Buddies Committee by email at buddies@gess.sg.

For our new students in Primary and Secondary, another boy or girl will be assigned as your child’s Student Buddy.

Parent Representative

Parent Representative

Each class at GESS has a nominated Parent Representative who is the link between parents and the school. Parent representatives are elected by the parents once a year. You can contact the Parent Representative if you need any help or support with school problems.

Community Club

Community Club

The Community Club is designed to bring parents, staff members and students closer together and to meet people who share the same interests, be it in sports, current affairs or just about anything. To contact the group leaders or coaches, or to ask a question, you can contact communityclub@gess.sg

Homeroom teacher

Homeroom teacher

The student’s Homeroom teacher is the main point of contact for academic and class questions. The Homeroom teacher’s contact information will be shared with parents before the start of the new school year, once the class is allocated.

School Services

School Services

The School Services department is the main point of contact for parents regarding all administrative questions and requests for example changes in address, contact details or other personal information such as renewed passport/immigration pass. Parents should also contact School Services if their child is not feeling well and cannot come to school. School Services can be reached at +65 6469 1131 or via email at school@gess.sg.

Office Hours:
  • Monday - Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
  • Monday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm (School Holidays)
Events & Calendar

Events & Calendar

PARENT EVENTS

There are different events for parents at GESS that enable parents to get informed, become an active part of the GESS community and make friends with other parents.

Please check the school calendar below for more information on upcoming parent events.

JOIN THE EVENTS TEAM

The Events Team plays a major role in strengthening the GESS spirit, as well as, supporting school projects and adopted charities. Each year, the Events Team organises two major events to bring the school community together: Christmas Bazaar and International Summer Party. If you would like to get involved, please contact the Events Team at eventsteam@gess.sg.

Calendar

The GESS school year starts in August and ends in June. Find below the dates of the semesters, school breaks and public holidays for 2020/21.

School Semester / Holidays Dates
Semester 1 17 August 2020 to 22 January 2021
Semester 2 25 January 2021 to 24 June 2021
Mid-term break 12 to 18 October 2020
End of year holiday 18 December 2020 to 10 January 2021
Chinese New Year break 12 to 21 February 2021
Mid-term break 5 to 18 April 2021
Summer break 25 June to 15 August 2021
Public Holidays Dates
Deepavali 14 November 2020
Chinese New Year 12 February 2021
Good Friday 02 April 2021
Labour Day 01 May 2021
Hari Raya Puasa 13 May 2021
Vesak Day 26 May 2021​
Complaint Management

Complaint Management

Conflicts and complaints are not unusual in the day-to-day operations of a school. Sometimes they are the result of misunderstandings and sometimes they are due to human error. With the following rules, GESS wants to support all members of the school family by providing constructive guidelines to handle conflicts and complaints in accordance with our School Vision and Mission that stand for openness, honesty and mutual respect.

Lost & Found

Lost & Found

LOST & FOUND

Any general items found will be left in the Lost and Found area outside the School Shop. All the lost items will be disposed on the last Friday of each month, or on the last day before school holidays. If students are missing something that is more valuable, they can also check with the Front Desk.

LOST ID CARD

If the GESS identification card is lost, please report immediately to Facilities at facilities@gess.sg. The card holder bears the replacement cost of SG$30 for lost and/or damaged cards.

GESS Portals Guide

GESS Portals Guide

GESS Engage

GESS Engage is an app that is used for parent and school communication. You can see your child’s timetable, attendance, school reports, school news and contact your teacher all in one app. It is accessible via the app or desktop: https://engage.gess.sg/

User Guides: Desktop / Mobile App

GESS Myinfo

Use the portal GESS Myinfo, if you want to update your basic profile information (name, phone number, email address, postal address) or to top up your child’s student ID card. You can access the portal via this link: https://myinfo.gess.sg/

PARENT PORTAL

All forms, policies and useful information for parents is available online in the Parent Portal. You do not need a username or password to access the Parent Portal. Please visit: www.gess.sg/en/parent-portal

SCHOOLSBUDDY (New CCA Portal)

SchoolsBuddy is where you register your child for our after-school programmes. On this site you can register your child for:

  • After-school activities (CCA)
  • Senior Sports Programme
  • After-school language programme for Primary (LEP)
  • Afternoon programme for German primary students (ENP)

Please visit: https://gess.schoolsbuddy.net/

SEESAW

Seesaw is an app used by our Preschool and European Section Primary School. You can see information about your child’s learning, classroom activities, photos, videos and project work. The app provides a window into your child’s school life and can be shared with family members. Each class has their own log in details for SeeSaw and you will be sent the QR code to register for your account.

SPORTS PORTAL

Find all the latest news about our sport teams like for example match reports, fixtures & results, photo & videos as well as the sport calendar here in the Sports Portal: http://sports.gess.sg/

School Bus

School Bus

GESS offers a door-to-door school bus service for students in Kindergarten to grade 12, from most areas of west and central Singapore and a shuttle bus service from the East Coast and Sentosa.

School bus fees are calculated by distance and are invoiced for each semester. The fees include the after-school bus at 16:30.

For route timings and availability, please check with the School bus office:

Email: bus@gess.sg

Phone: +65 6461 0873

Canteen

Canteen

Lunch is included in the school fees for Preschool students. For Primary and Secondary a range of hot and cold meal options is available in the main canteen. Meals cost 5-6 SGD and students pay at the canteen using their student ID card. Your child may also bring their own lunch from home.

If your child has dietary restrictions or allergies, please let your homeroom teacher know.

School Material

School Material

School materials and workbooks can be purchased in the School Shop.

Click the link below to find the workbooks, schoolbooks, reading lists and school materials lists.

Invoicing & Payment

Invoicing & Payment

School fees invoices

School fee invoices are sent twice a year by email for each semester. 50% of the annual tuition fees and development levy will be invoiced in each semester. You can find information about the school fees here.

For payment methods available and information on GIRO monthly payments, please visit the payment methods page.

If you have any questions about school fee invoices, payment options or to change who the invoice is sent to, please contact our Accounts department.

Email: accounting@gess.sg

Phone: +65 6461 0838

Student contract

Student contract

Student contract

All families must sign an annual student contract for their child. The contract is sent electronically in April and must be signed within 14 days.

Withdrawing from GESS

There are two withdrawal deadlines each academic year:

  • 15 October for leaving at the end of semester 1
  • 31 March for leaving at the end of semester 2

To withdraw your child from GESS, you must complete the online withdrawal form by the deadline or the next semester’s fees may be due. Notifications by email, phone call or note to teacher will not be accepted. There is no proration of school fee invoices for students leaving partway through the semester.

By the last day of school, the Student Release form must be completed and signed by the Library, IT and Accounts department. Please make sure you return all books and materials to the school and handover your child’s student ID card and parent ID card to the Accounts department. You can keep your parent ID card if you have another child still enrolled at GESS.

For school reports, confirmation letters, entry test invigilation or teacher recommendation letters, please contact School Services.

Email: school@gess.sg

Phone: +65 6469 1131