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GESS - What's beyond the school gate?
Posted 23/08/2017 11:34AM

 

"GESS - What's beyond the school gate?"

expatliving.sg & pdf - 22nd August 2017

 

In under a year, the students of GESS will settle into their new school campus at Dairy Farm Road, just across from the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The purpose-built $135m campus boasts numerous ecologically friendly features and will open with 1,600 students (capacity is 2,000) and over 300 staff in August 2018.

The focus on hands-on learning will continue and facilities at the new campus will really turn up the notch for students – to the point where they may not even know what to do first! Develop culinary prowess at the Cooking Lab? Take to the stage in the 400-seat auditorium and practice in the arts, music and drama rooms, recording studio and a vocal instrument centre? Play sport on competition-sized sports fields and do laps in the Olympic-sized swimming pool? Get creative at the Design and Technology Centre and Makers’ Space? As the cliché goes, the sky really is the limit.

Even though it’s a big campus, GESS will maintain a sense of community for students (who range in age from 18 months to 18 years) through distinct learning pods dedicated to each age group. And language clusters in the primary and secondary school provide the physical structure to underpin GESS’s focus on languages, and providing Europeans foundations for tomorrow’s world.



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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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