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Everything you need to know about this school's exciting new campus
Posted 06/03/2018 03:33PM

 

"Everything you need to know about
this school’s exciting new campus"

expatliving.sg & pdf - 6th March 2018

 

Are you looking for an international school with a European outlook, an established history of success and a gorgeously green setting? It may sound too good to be true, but the soon-to-open new GESS campus at Dairy Farm easily ticks those boxes and more.

With the launch pegged for August 2018, the brand new, purpose-built campus will be up and running for the new school year. With facilities for Kindergarten through to Grade 12, students from the two existing campuses will finally come together in one single location. Here’s what you need to know.

Where is it?

The school sits on the doorstep of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, just by Hillview MRT (Downtown Line) – now, you don’t get much greener than that! As well as enjoying gorgeous views, students will have plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and see classroom lessons come alive in the natural environment.

It’s not just the surroundings that are green either. The entire campus is eco-friendly and gets the “Green Mark Gold Plus” stamp of approval from the Singapore BCA (Building and Construction Authority).

What’s on offer?

With students of over 50 nationalities, GESS has a pretty diverse make-up. To cater to the unique abilities of each child, they have invested in some cool-sounding facilities.

Does your child have a flair for the creative? Then they’ll love breathing life into their ideas at the Maker Space or Design and Technology Center, or cooking up a storm in the Cooking Lab.

More the sporty-type? Young athletes can take their training to the next level in GESS’s sports complex with its fully equipped gym, sports halls and Olympic-sized swimming pool.

For those inclined towards the performing arts there is the Vocal and Instrumental Programme Center, which includes a recording studio, and a spacious 400-seater auditorium.

In line with GESS’s emphasis on languages – German is offered from Kindergarten to Grade 12, Danish and Dutch from Grade 1 to 12, plus there are Italian, French, Spanish and Mandarin options also available – it’s no wonder they’ve also set aside a dedicated space for languages. Classrooms for each language are grouped together with each cluster decorated in a way that immerses students in the language learning experience.

Age-specific learning pods are another interesting feature. Designed to foster collaborative learning and a sense of community for students within the same grade range (e.g., primary school, secondary school, high school), these also provide a space for students to get together, exchange ideas and hold grade level presentations.

New campus
2 Dairy Farm Lane, 677621

Main campus (current location)
72 Bukit Tinggi Road
6461 0881 | gess.sg



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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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