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The Walls Are Alive! Learning through Art at GESS
Posted 03/05/2018 03:03PM

 

"The Walls Are Alive! Learning through Art at GESS"

sassymamasg.com & pdf - 24 April 2018

 

The new GESS campus on Dairy Farm Lane is set to come alive with interactive, adaptive walls showcasing the world’s greatest art for students young and old

We’ve told you all about the amazing new Dairy Farm campus opening up later this year at GESS, mama, but details are just now starting to trickle out about some of the cool new initiatives happening at the school once all grades are brought together under one roof.

It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that the state-of-the-art Dairy Farm Campus will be a place where learning happens beyond the classrooms; the walls will literally come alive to feature artwork, music, and a variety of other materials, all in the name of enabling students to form connections with concepts they learn in class.

The goal is to create a space that will make every moment as engaging, dynamic and relevant to students’ experiences as possible. It’s not often that an entire campus space is adapted to feature works with a ‘learner-centric’ value; the artwork and other pieces on the wall won’t be just purely decorative. Instead, they will tie in strongly with the lessons being taught in GESS’s state-of-the-art classrooms, from kindergarten up through the older grades!

Big or small, students’ comprehension and interaction with the world around them will be enhanced, as these highly interactive artworks bring concepts to life in a radically new and exciting way, stimulating interdisciplinary thought and inspiring students to think deeply about the ideas that drive art.

Besides their inspiring surroundings, students can delve even deeper into these exciting concepts with digital learning resources expressly designed and made available through iPads.

At the heart of this initiative is the desire to help students extract ideas from the past, see their applicability in the present, and innovate for the future. True to the school’s European foundations, selected works will primarily be of European origin; imagine seeing the Mona Lisa, or a Monet for that matter, on your school hallways, mama. How could you not feel inspired?!



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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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