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Alumni Questionnaire: Torsten Herzog
Posted 04/09/2014 04:08PM

Name: Torsten Herzog

Years attended GESS: 1982 - 1987 as elementary school teacher

Nationality: German

Current location: Germany/Taiwan

Current occupation: retired

1.  What do you miss most about your time at GESS? What is your fondest memory?

The very friendly attitude amongst teachers, staff, parents and students. Teaching at a school without tight bureaucratic guidelines is a rare opportunity.

There are many fond memories. 

2.  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 food, the out door life, the weather, the variety of cultures and the friendly people. 

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? 

Singapore was my first working place followed by more than 13 years of work and life experience in Asia.

It had of impact of building a large network of friends in the Asian and Pacific region that I retain until today.

4.  Tell us a bit about where you went after you left GESS and what happened to you. (Any interesting information you like to share with fellow alumni, funny, adventurous, entertaining stories that make an interesting read are welcome!)

After Singapore I went back to Germany, then to China, back to Germany, then to Hong Kong, now back in Germany.

All in all 13 years of Asia changed my life. And now it will be Asia again so very soon. 

5.  We would love to get a quote from you on why you would recommend GESS to other students, parents or teachers. 

To live in another country will always extend your life experience. This definitely also applies to the GESS. The school is a very advanced and highly skilled place of education in Asia and offers lots of various opportunities for your future life. 

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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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