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Alumni Questionaire: Nicole Michel
Posted 09/05/2014 12:03PM

Alumni Questionaire: Nicole Michel

Name: Nicole Michel

Years attended GESS: 6 years in the late seventies

Nationality: German

Current location: Germany, Potsdam

Current occupation: Team Leader Industrial Design Interiors 


Alumni N. MichelWhat do you miss most about your time at GESS? What is your fondest memory? Save

The international classmates and teachers, Pfadfinder, the acting and chorus groups.

What do you miss most about Singapore and your life there? If it has been a while, what do your remember most about your life in Singapore? 

The friendly mentality of Singapore people. Good weather. Beautiful culture and landscape. Intelligent people. Green city

Do you think your time in Singapore and your time at GESS had an impact on your future life? If so, can you describe it?  

Until today I feel at home in multicultural teams. Leading my international design team in Germany fulfils my life with great pleasure. I love to understand the different ways of thinking and guide this in an effective work process and result.

Is there any piece of advice or any experience you may like to share with current GESS students of fellow alumni, e.g. choosing the right university, finding a job etc.? 

It is important to pay attention in school an repeat the studies at home. This is the most effective way to keep the workload low and the mind steady.

Tell us a bit about where you went after you left GESS and what happened to you.  

Returning to Germany after the time in Singapore was quite a cultural shock. I expected to “come home” and feel at home, but I felt like a stranger. German kids identified me as a foreigner. I would have appreciated very much my teachers at the time teachers to make my classmates understand my situation.

What are you currently doing and what plans do you have for the future? 

I am working as an Industrial Designer at Bombardier Transportation in Germany (Hennigsdorf near Berlin). Together with my team I design trains for the various parts and cities of the world. We design metros, regional trains and high speed trains. This includes the interior, exterior and the driver’s cab.

The Singapore Downtown line for example has been designed by my team, together with an external British consultant design team. I enjoy traveling to the different countries for which we design the trains. It brings me great pleasure to to find solutions for what is to design to meet various mental settings of specific cultures and to meet the regional requirements and specifications.

Furture: I am looking forward to design the next metros for Singapore and with my team.



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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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