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Reading Festival 2018
Posted 11/04/2018 01:00PM

Reading Festival 2018 PosterWelcome back to GESS! We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable Spring Break. Here in the Library we are looking forward to an activity-packed week for our annual Reading Festival, which will take place from 23 – 27 April 2018. As announced before the holidays, we will be welcoming ‘Drei ??? Kids’ author Boris Pfeiffer to both our school campuses – and that is just one of the highlights of the festival. Here are just a few of the other exciting events on offer:

  • Book-related online quizzes, so your kids can dazzle their friends with their knowledge!
  • Book recommendation walls for the children to make suggestions for books they would love to see in our library.
  • Mystery readers at the Primary School library.
  • The Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Challenge - from 10:00am to 10:10am on Thursday 26 April. The whole school will stop what they are doing, pick up a book and read for ten minutes! Why not set a reminder and join in at home?
  • Short Story Writing Competition at the Main Campus – this year’s theme is ‘Bad Choices Make Good Stories’ and there are movie, book and pizza vouchers to be won! Our budding authors are invited to submit their short stories (300 words or fewer) by 25 May. Winners will be announced on 22 June.

To round off the week we will also have the popular Book Face Photo Booth at the Main Campus and Book Character Dress-up Day at the Primary School on Friday 27 April – always colourful, creative and fun events! We look forward to seeing the children’s costumes and perhaps surprising them with a few of our own!

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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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