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President's Letter August
Posted 08/08/2014 02:09PM

Dear students, parents, colleagues and members of our community

We hope everybody had an enjoyable summer holiday and that you are now ready for an exciting and fulfilling year at GESS! On behalf of the Board of Governors, I would like to warmly welcome our returning students, parents and staff back to GESS, and for those new to our school and community, welcome to GESS and perhaps also to Singapore!

We start the new academic year with a special welcome to our new students and staff and also to our new Principal, Mr Swen Trinkler, his wife Janine, and his daughters Marie-Julie and Josefin who will be studying at GESS.

The Board and School Management continue to be committed to GESS’ mission of giving our students roots and wings: valuing our roots founded on German and European cultures, languages and traditions and aiming to provide each of our students with the best possible education, instilling a passion for Learning, Living and Giving and developing their skills to master their future. At the start of the new academic year, we ask all of our community to continue to work with us to deliver a high-quality educational programme for learning, living and giving in an excellent school environment. As well of course as having fun along the way.
One of the best ways to be involved and making your contribution is by becoming a member of our School Association (“German European School Singapore - Deutsche Europäische Schule Singapur”). The Association aims to maintain and enhance the interests of GESS within the Community, Singapore and abroad. For more information of the association, please go to our website.

We are looking forward to seeing all of those returning families and staff and to meeting the new parents, students and staff and introducing ourselves.

Until then, enjoy the beginning of term and the new academic year!

Gina Fyffe
President of the Board of Governors

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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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