Learning

Middle School - German Curriculum

Quick Facts

The first foreign language is English and will be taught from pre-qualification level up to native speakers' level. The second foreign language is either French or Latin.

There are approximately 24 students in a class.

All German school qualifications (Hauptschule, Realschule and Abitur) are offered.

From Grade 8, students have the possibility to participate in the Junior Engineer Academy.

Languages
Curriculum
Class structure/ sample timetable
Pedagogical Concepts
Learning and Language Support
Junior Engineer Academy
Technology
Additional Programmes
Buddy System
Enrichment Activities
Transitions

Languages

The language of instruction is primarily German but art is taught in English and History is taught bilingual (German / English).

  • First foreign language is English.
  • Grade 6 to 9: Students have the possibility of participating in native level English language classes within the IB curriculum stream if they sit for an entrance exam and qualify.
  • Class 6: French and Latin are available as second foreign languages.
  • The Latin-Language-Certificate (Latinum) is awarded at the end of Grade 10, if a student chooses to study Latin as a second foreign language.
  • Class 6/7: If a student is exempt from a second foreign language, a special education course supervised by school assistants will be offered to students to strengthen their knowledge of other subjects.
  • From Grade 8 onwards, students participate in polytechnic lessons if they have chosen not to take a second foreign language.

The exemption from a second foreign language leads to the "Realschulabschluss" certificate.

Curriculum

Middle School is characterised by a range of shared learning experiences and instruction in courses, which have complexity levels that take individual performance differences into account. The basic principle of the Middle School model is to make the educational process as open and flexible as possible for the students. Therefore, it is only at the end of Grade 8 that students are streamed into three different pathways - Hauptschule, Realschule and Gymnasium.

For German, English, French and Mathematics, the Middle School students are grouped according to their competency levels and receive differentiated instruction. The curriculum of the state of Thuringia is the basis for the school curricula at course levels.

In the other subjects, there is normally no differentiated instruction.

Class structure/ sample timetable

  • In Middle School, students are typically between 11 to 16 years of age.
  • The class size is usually limited to 24 students.
  • The school day lasts from 8 am to 3 pm.
  • Each period is 45 minutes long and wherever possible subjects are taught in two periods.

Pedagogical Concepts


Lessons are based on the requirements that schools and students currently have to meet to learn successfully and live autonomously in the 21st Century. Additionally, good command of German, which is the language of instruction in our school, and English is of value within our host country Singapore.

Our pedagogy also creates competencies in these areas:

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Creativity

In order to achieve this in the best possible way for our students, we define different priorities in our school development and accordingly, develop suitable pedagogical concepts, which are regularly evaluated.

Cornerstones of lesson development:

  • Competence-oriented teaching
  • Autonomous Work ("Eigenverantwortliches Arbeiten" - EVA)
  • Cooperative learning
  • Systematic further development of methodological competence
  • Promotion of the German language
  • Targeted use of the latest technology in the classroom
  • Safe and responsible use of digital media

Learning and Language Support

Our Support and Guidance Centre (FBZ -Unser Förder- und Beratungszentrum) organises several chargeable support measures conducted by experienced Learning Support teachers – for example for students diagnosed with dyslexia/dyscalculia, language support for students who grow up bilingual or multilingual. When necessary, assistant teachers (teacher trainees from Germany) support students supervised by our experienced teachers during lessons as well as in the afternoon in our "Study workshop" (Lernwerkstatt). The FBZ works together closely with our school counsellors and nurses.

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Junior Engineer Academy

Students in Grade 8 can apply for the Junior Engineer Academy Programme supported by the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung.

Technology

From Grade 6 onwards every student uses their own laptop (the school provides recommended specifications). The laptop is used as an additional tool during class to support learning in a digitalised world. The aim is to work collaboratively and cooperatively in networks and to facilitate a mature and responsible interaction with digital media in a world that is more and more influenced by technology. Students have access to Office365 and One Note.

Additional Programmes

Participation in the following courses, groups and events is possible:

  • Music groups (brass sections, orchestra, choir, jazz band, rock and pop band)
  • Mathematics competitions (e.g. "Känguru" and "Pangea")
  • National Competition - Foreign Languages (2x National Winners)
  • Robotics Competition
  • South East Asia Games
  • International Culture Festival
  • Varied CCA programme covering music, arts and sports
  • Cooperation with the Lycée Français de Singapour
  • Participation in junior elections
  • Internships (professional experience)
  • Study / professional orientation
  • Youth debates
  • School newspaper
  • Junior Engineer Academy

Buddy System

Even before the first day of school, new students are assigned a buddy from their future class. Contact can be established in advance and the students may even have a first meeting before school commences. This eases the worries new students might have prior to the first day and ensures a classmate is by their side for the first few days to help them and make it easier for them to navigate the school.

Enrichment Activities

  • Grade 6 - Bintan (Indonesia)
  • Grade 7 - Tioman (Malaysia)
  • Grade 8 - Theater Project (Malaysia)
  • Grade 9 - Career Orientation (Singapore)
  • Grade 10 - Social Project (India and Cambodia)

Our grade trips across both the German and IB curriculum streams usually take place before the Easter holidays. During these trips both academic and social goals are pursued.

Transitions

The transition from Grade 5 in Primary School to Grade 6 in Middle School is facilitated through close cooperation between the class and the Grade 5 and 6 academic teams. Students experience a transition day whereby the Grade 5 students spend a day with Grade 6 students to get to know their future subjects and teachers and get a taste of a day in the school life of the older students. The class teachers of both grades are involved in the handover from Primary School to Middle School.

At GESS, apart from the direct pathway to the "Abitur", there is also the possibility to take the "Hauptschulabschluss" as well as the "Realschulabschluss"

Social Projects

Touch Community Services
Social service for the needy in the local community​

Touch Community Services

Social service for the needy in the local community​

Both the German curriculum and IB curriculum stream students have been actively collaborating with a local charity called Touch Community Services.

Grade 6

For instance, following a talk from TOUCH about the lives of the elderly and young disadvantaged children in Singapore, the Grade 6 students took action by organising a bake sale to raise funds to support TOUCH's initiatives.

Grade 8

Grade 8 students, for their part, sat down with the elderly to paint plant pots as a gift for Chinese New Year. They also hosted these elderly at GESS for an afternoon of games and tea.

Social Learning Projects
Development projects in India and Cambodia​

Social Learning Projects

Development projects in India and Cambodia​

Every year, the Grade 10 students go on a trip to either India (2 weeks in Kerala) or Cambodia (10 days in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap).

India:

The students execute development projects that are meant to improve the lives of the locals in the long run. Past efforts have produced a 150 000 litre water tank for an entire village community and a refugee house for mentally ill women.

Cambodia:

The students implement projects to help people who have suffered in the civil war and are striving to rebuild their lives. They work with 2 different NGOs - Tabitha Foundation and Husk - while there, and among other things, construct simpl houses that could house up to 5 people and strengthen the structure of houses to ensure they withstand monsoon rains. The students also participate in the community life there through cooking sessions etc.

Our holistic approach to learning

Entry Requirenments

German language skills must be at a near native or native language level, as teaching is in German.

Further Information

School Fees

School Fees

School Fees

Fee element Fee (SGD)
Entrance fee* 2,945.00
Tuition per year 21,770.00
Development levy² per year 4,890.00
Grade 6A & 7A - Wind Programme 1,307.00 per year

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* Entrance fees consist of an enrolment fee of S$2,000.00 and non-refundable registration fee of S$945.00
² First year only, from second year onwards and for the third child onwards, it’s reduced to S$2,445.00


Miscellaneous Charges (if applicable)*

Fee element Fee (SGD)
Excursion Grade 6 650.00
Excursion Grade 7 750.00
Excursion Grade 8 800.00
Excursion Grade 9 300.00
Excursion Grade10 1,600.00
Learning Support (per semester for two weekly lessons) 695.00
Co-Curricula Activity fee per semester per course 260.00

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* Fees are approximate, based on 2017/2018 academic year costs

Holiday Calendar & Academic Year
Bus information
School Uniform

Holiday Calendar & Academic Year

The academic year (approximately 180 school days) comprises of two semesters. The first semester begins in August and ends in January. The second semester begins in February and ends in June. All Singaporean public holidays are observed.

Bus information

GESS has a local school transport provider, who provides coverage of the main island of Singapore. All seats in every bus are fully equipped with safety belts and there are bus attendants on board. The children will be picked up at your home and brought back safely to your doorstep every day or to the nearest possible pick up point around your house. In addition, the school bus service also offers home drop-off after the Co-Curricular Activities (CCA). Registration for bus service can be done directly upon school registration, but is possible at any other time as well.

School Uniform

Like all schools in Singapore, GESS has a dress code. Students are to remain in school uniform for the entire school day, when on campus after school, as well as, during school trips, unless taking part in a CCA that requires a specific alternative attire.

All items of the GESS uniform are embroidered with the GESS logo. The full uniform is available at the GESS school shop.