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News at GESS

Dear parents, Dear colleagues, Dear GESS community,
Posted 11/05/2018 12:00PM

European Union Film Festival 2018Together with the celebration of Europe Day, many events took place this week, that our school participated in. Many of our students were actively involved in these events. I would say that the highlight was the opening ceremony of the European Union Film Festival at the National Gallery Singapore on 10 May. Our students and the GESS Marketing Department also contributed to its great success. Do not forget to see one or more movies shown during the festival.

All good things are worth waiting for: the Senior Management Team (SMT) approved the Inclusion Policy, which supports diversity, on 8 May and forwarded it to the G&A Sub-committee. I hope that the board will then approve it in the board meeting in June 2018 so that we can work with this in the next school year. It was a lot of work to create this document and continuously adapt it to recent developments. Thank you very much to Oliver Guenter and his team. I am very much looking forward to support your children in an even more purposeful way.

The written exams of the IB Diploma are ongoing until next week while the oral Abitur exams in the German Section are just being prepared and will start on 21 May. Ms Bauni from the ‘Kultusministerkonferenz‘ KMK will be the chairperson of the exams. On this occasion it will also be possible to discuss topics about school development in Germany with the KMK representative.

I would like to thank all teachers who supported us during the exam period, and will continue to do so, by marking, examining, keeping minutes and supervising the exams as well as taking over covers and helping to prepare our students and enabling them to take their exams in a very professional manner.

The Parents Networking Night will take place at Picotin Express on Thursday, 17 May at 7pm. It would be nice if you were to come to this event.

I wish you and your family a nice week.
Christoph Zänglein

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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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