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Message from Head of Secondary School, European Section
Posted 14/06/2018 09:56AM

Only Applicable to European Section 

As we approach the end of the school year, it is a time of both looking backwards and forwards. Reflecting upon the year is an important part of planning for the next one and with a move to a new campus it is an opportunity to not only ensure that we transfer and continue everything we love about the school but also build and improve upon areas where change is needed.

We are currently building the timetable for next year and there will be many challenges in ensuring that both primary and secondary can effectively share one campus. In addition, there are some areas of our curriculum where there are inequities and omissions that need to be addressed. Most important in our priorities is to ensure that time is once again given to pastoral care where secondary students are given extended time in homeroom to deal with many social-emotional topics that are of such importance to each age group. Some minor adjustments will also be made in the time allocated to subject areas in the Middle Years Programme to work towards greater balance between disciplines. In our Diploma Programme, we need to standardise time allocated to different subjects at higher and standard level and ensure that students have sufficient time for the core elements of this program. Our overall priority is to simplify our timetable, limit the number of after-school classes and maximise access to teachers for lunchtime and after-school support. We hope to be able to share more information over the coming weeks including confirmation of homeroom allocation and teachers for next year.

We are all very excited for the move and look forward to welcoming all families to the school in August. I wish all families a safe and happy summer.

- David Morgan, Head of Secondary School European Section



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Registration period: 22 June, 2017 – 21 June, 2023

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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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