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Dutch Mother Tongue Programme
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Dutch Mother Tongue Programme


dutch flagDutch native speakers, in addition to English and German, have an option to follow Dutch as an additional language within the regular school day.

Dutch Mother Tongue Programme
offering at GESS

GESS is among the top international schools in Singapore. The school’s European focus and strong community atmosphere is what makes students and parents feel at home from the moment they arrive.

GESS is proud to be able to offer Dutch mother tongue language classes for our Dutch and Belgian students. In collaboration with LanguageOne, GESS employs qualified and trained teachers to provide the Dutch language programme.

Dutch class at the international school GESS






Kindergarten and Pre-Primary / Peuter en kleuterklassen

Dutch mother tongue classes can be organised twice a week for Kindergarten and Pre-Primary students. For more information, please enquire via the Head of Pre-school. Please also note that we will only be able to offer a Dutch mother tongue class if we have sufficient student numbers.


Primary School / Lagere school

Dutch Mother tongue lessons are taught in two age groups at the Junior School Campus:
  • Groep 3, 4 en 5 (grades 1, 2 and 3)
  • Groep 6 en 7 (grades 4 and 5)

Lessons take place from 1.15pm – 4pm on Wednesday afternoons. There are roughly 4 to 5 students per group.
Parents are invoiced separately for these lessons at the cost of 2000SGD per child per year.

Secondary School / Middelbare school

  • The Dutch programme is integrated into the timetable for grades 6-12.
  • GESS and LanguageOne provide four lessons (4 x 45 minutes) per week.
  • Grades 6–10 take Dutch Language and Literature following the IB MYP framework.
  • Grades 11–12 take Dutch Language A (Language and Literature) following the IB Diploma programme.

Please get in touch with our admissions team to learn more about our Dutch Mother Tongue Programme.

The students follow the equivalent of one lesson per week of Dutch culture classes. The purpose of these classes is not only to expose students to additional native language development but also to cover elements of the Dutch humanities programme; facilitating better reintegration to the Netherlands/ Belgium should he or she have to return.

For further information on the Dutch Programme at GESS, please follow the pages below. The information is available in Dutch and English.

kids enjoying dutch culture


Advantages of learning German

Germany is by far the largest business partner to the Netherlands and with approximately 105 million mother tongue speakers, it is the most spoken language in the European Union. More information on the importance of learning German can be found on Actiegroep Duits’ (Action group German) website.

Inge Jansen


Nederlands Moedertaalprogramma brochure

"GESS is a great school and the opportunity of learning your mother tongue makes you feel you are back home even though you are far away."

Manon , Grade 11

"GESS is a school with a variety of different nationalities and languages spoken. Dutch at GESS is taught by wonderful teachers who successfully help to maintain our mother tongue and Dutch cultural values for our future."

Lorraine , Grade 11

"GESS is a green school with great diversity and openness towards new people."

Helene , Grade 11

"The Dutch lessons at GESS are not only educational but also fun and allow us to sustain our Dutch heritage while developing international relationships."

Nicholas , Grade 11

"The Dutch programme at GESS helps me to remember where my real home is."

Lisa , Grade 10

"The Dutch classes are smaller, enabling the teacher to easily focus on each individual student."

Ruben , Grade 10

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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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