Learning

Middle School - IB Programme

Quick Facts

Student to teacher ratio is approximately 24:1.

Mandarin, French and Spanish are available as third language options.

First school outside of Europe to offer the esteemed Junior Engineer Academy programme.

Eight subject groups to choose from with a very remarkable design and technology programme.

Guided by the IB MYP principles, and recognising that between the ages of 11 to 16, students are forming their own identity in relation to the larger world around them, our curriculum focuses on inquiry-driven learning and higher-order thinking skills.

Languages
Curriculum
Class Structure / Sample Timetable
Pedagogical Concepts
Learning and Language Support
Junior Engineer Academy
Technology
Participation and Service
Buddy System
Enrichment Activities
Transitions

Languages

The language of instruction in the IB curriculum stream is English. To celebrate our school’s cultural roots, students also study German. Other languages are available at either mother tongue or acquisition level.

Mother tongue level options: German, Dutch and Danish

Acquisition level options: French, Spanish and Mandarin

Tuition in other mother tongue languages may be possible and is organised through our World Languages Coordinator.

Languages are delivered according to IB assessment standards although additional external examinations are also available in French (DELF) and German (DSD).

Curriculum

Grade 6 to Grade 10 students follow the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP). Students study a combination of subjects including (1) languages, (2) mathematics, (3) integrated sciences, (4) individuals and societies, (5) design, (6) arts, and (7) physical and health education.

All subjects are assessed according to four sets of criteria and awarded a grade on a 1-7 grade scale.

Class Structure / Sample Timetable

Our middle years curriculum is designed for 11 to 16 year old students. Class sizes vary but are typically capped at a maximum of 24 students. The school day comprises 7 x 45 minute blocks from 8.00 am until 3.00 pm. This includes lesson time, support sessions, study time, extra-curricular opportunities and lunch.

Pedagogical Concepts

The Middle Years Programme is a student-centred approach based upon the following six principles of teaching and learning: inquiry, concept-based, global contexts, collaboration, differentiation and assessment.

Throughout the program, there is emphasis on the development of skills and this essentially influences approaches that allow students to access all areas of the curriculum.

Learning and Language Support

Support structures are available within the school to remove barriers to learning. School counsellors support students' social-emotional needs and work closely with the homeroom teachers.

Our learning support team is available to help those with diagnosed learning needs, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and attention disorders. Students will have dedicated learning support lessons in lieu of a third language and further personalised support as needed.

In addition, our learning support and English department work with all teachers to ensure that students with limited English skills are supported within their mainstream classes.

Junior Engineer Academy

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

Technology

The school has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy and in the Middle School this device is a laptop (according to school recommended specifications). All students are issued an Office 365 email account as well as access to the Microsoft suite of collaborative applications including OneNote. Each subject area will use appropriate blended learning comprising of both e-resources and offline materials.

Participation and Service

Service and action are core components of the Middle Years Program. Each student is required to select activities such as sports, arts or academic enrichment clubs, that demonstrate personal growth and experiential learning. Participation and reflection are equally important and students are expected to evidence their participation and achievements. "Think Global, Act Local" is an important aspect of the service element of this core curriculum requirement.

Buddy System

All new students are assigned a buddy from the same homeroom with as close a match as possible in terms of personal and academic background. The buddy will ensure that the new student finds their way around school and is familiar with the various systems in place. As the buddy is in the same homeroom they will be classmates beyond the initial first days and weeks.

Enrichment Activities

The aim of our trips and enrichment activities draws upon a combination of both academic and pastoral objectives and the goal is to meet some of the core requirements of the MYP.

Grade 6 - Bintan Trip
Grade 7 - Tioman Trip
Grade 8 - Theatre Project (Malaysia)
Grade 9 - Careers Experience Programme (Singapore)
Grade 10 - Social Project (India and Cambodia)

Transitions

The Middle Years Programme has two important transition points for students entering from the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and exiting into the Diploma Programme (DP). Students from Grade 5 and Grade 10 participate in a number of transition events, including information sessions and taster days, to ensure that they are fully prepared for the changes that take place. Staff from both programmes collaborate closely during this important period of time.

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.

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Entry Requirements

  • For entry into grades 6 to 8, students must possess B1 (intermediate level) knowledge of English.
  • For entry into grades 9 to 10, students must possess C1 (advanced level) knowledge of English.

Further Information

School Fees

School Fees

School Fees

Fee element Fee (SGD)
Entrance fee* 2,945.00
Tuition per year 30,730.00
Development levy² 4,890.00

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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) 1,390.00
Co-Curricula Activity fee per semester per course 260.00
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.