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Alumni Story: Sabrina Gress
Posted 24/10/2017 10:00AM

Alumni Questionnaire

Today’s Alumni QnA has been answered by Sabrine Gress who attended GESS from 1994 until 1998. She is currently working as an interior design assistant and a draughtswoman in Bad Kötzting in Germany. 

1.  What do you miss most about your time at GESS? What is your fondest memory when you think of your school days at GESS? 

I remember a school that really felt like a family. The students basically knew each other from elementary school up to graduation. The relationship between students and teachers was super and usually not reduced to acadamic performance. Teachers always had an open ear for our issues.

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

Often I think about weekends at Newton and also Far East Plaza which were both favourite meeting places. And of course, I also remember all the sports activities, starting from the first Asian Games to basketball and all the swimming competitions. I miss the hawker food and food courts where you could get food any time. And I also miss the wonderful class trips we made, which, I guess, were not always easy for some of our teachers.

3.  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?

Yes, it definitel had. To accept other people and other cultures is something I took home. To welcome someone who is new rather rejecting him or her. To bascially give everyone a chance.

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

After finishing school I did an apprenticeship to become a draughtswoman. Later I added the training as Interior Design assistent in Munich. I am still an active basketball player and enjoy swimming.

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

I am working for an architecture company with really nice colleagues. In my spare time I work as a baskeball coach for a sports club and train the girls under 16 and under 18 teams. Before I was the swim coach. This is something I really enjoy doing.


GERMAN

Der heutige Alumni-Steckbrief wurde von Sabrina Gress beantwortet. Sie war von 1994 bis 1998 an der GESS. Derzeit arbeitet sie als Bauzeichnerin und Assistentin zur Innenarchitektur in Bad Kötzting. 

1.    Woran erinnerst du dich noch gern, wenn du an deine Zeit an der GESS zurück denkst?

Ich erinnere mich an eine Schule, die wie eine große Familie war. Die Schüler kannten sich eigentlich von der Grundschule bis zu den Abiturjahrgängen. Das Verhältnis Schüler / Lehrer war prima und reduzierte sich nicht nur auf schulische Leistungen. Man hatte immer ein offenes Ohr für unsere Schülerprobleme. Es war wie eine große Gemeinschaft in der man aufgefangen wurde.

2.    An was erinnerst du dich am meisten rückblickend auf die Zeit in Singapur?

Oft und gerne erinnere ich mich an die Wochenenden am Newton, auch Far East Plaza war ein beliebter Treffpunkt. Besonders natürlich die ganzen sportlichen Aktivitäten von den ersten Asienspielen bis zu Basketball - und Schwimmwettkämpfen usw, an die vielen Hawkers an denen man zu jeder Tageszeit leckeres Essen bekam, und an die tollen Klassenfahrten, die für manche Lehrer sicher nicht immer einfach waren.

3.    Hatte die Zeit in Singapur einen Einfluss auf dein zukünftiges Leben?

Ja, ich denke schon. Andere Menschen und Kulturen zu akzeptieren. Wenn jemand neu ist, ihn aufzunehmen und nicht gleich abzulehnen. Jedem eine Chance geben.

4.    Was ist seither passiert?

Nach der Schule habe ich eine Lehre zur Bauzeichnerin gemacht und später noch die Ausbildung als Assistentin zur Innenarchitektur in München. Freude am Sport besonders Basketball und Schwimmen habe ich noch immer.

 6.  Was machst du denn zur Zeit gerade?

Ich arbeite in einem Architekturbüro mit sehr netten Kollegen. In meine Freizeit engagiere ich mich im Sportverein und trainiere im Moment die Basketballjugendmannschaft der Mädchen (U16 und U18), nachdem ich lange Zeit das Schwimmtraining übernommen hatte, das macht großen Spaß. 



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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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