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Language Enrichment Programme in Primary School


Since August 2015, German and European Section students can select a weekly 90-minute language enrichment course from our new cross-sectional Language Enrichment Programme (LEP) in Primary School.

What is the LEP all about?

  • Building fluency in home languages (English/German) as well as 11 different family languages
  • Engaging in fun, interactive, authentic language-focused activities
  • Developing cultural knowledge, identity and pride
  • Celebrating diversity across the Primary School

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Why is the LEP a good idea for your child?

  • Research shows that maintaining and building fluency in home languages is key to academic success. Bilingual students demonstrate superior thinking skills, higher academic results and benefit from more opportunities later in life.
  • Home usage is not enough to maintain a language. Ninety additional minutes a week will make a difference, especially in helping your child become comfortable using your language outside the home.
  • We want children to know their languages and identities count at GESS. We value all languages and cultures as they make up our students’ complex identities.

How does the LEP work?

Taught by experienced teachers and facilitators, LEP courses will strengthen vocabulary and fluency through fun and interactive games, stories, arts and crafts, music, and more.

  • In home languages: courses emphasize oral language skills, cultural awareness and identity, and connecting with students’ countries of origin. Where enrollment is sufficient, groups will be differentiated by age (Foundation to Grade 2 or Grades 3 to 5).
  • In German and English: courses include Arts and Crafts, Language Kaleidoscope, Music and Visual Arts, World of Games, Booster courses and Homework Support.

Parents select from a menu of course options and register online through the CCA Portal.

The LEP is entirely optional for all students and costs $520 per course per school year.


Giovanna Platania

Programme Coordinator

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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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