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LanguageOne - Partnership

Dutch Language and Culture programmes

LanguageOne offers Dutch Language and Culture programmes in an international school setting from Pre-School up to the IB Diploma Programme. At GESS, the Dutch programme is integrated in the timetable of grades 7 – 12. The teachers of LanguageOne are qualified en experienced in teaching Dutch within the IB curriculum. LanguageOne's Head Office in The Netherlands gives the teams the knowledge and support might need.


Up to date and academically rigorous

International School in SingaporeLanguageOne, through the provision of teachers and regular support visits, guarantees that GESS' Dutch programme is up to date, academically rigorous and properly resourced. It furthermore allows us to support and counsel our Dutch and Flemish community wishing to return to the Netherlands or Belgium for their university years.

Recognized diploma

The secondary school programmes focus on achieving a Dutch or an internationally recognized diploma. From the age of 16, our students may also sit the CNaVT-exam wit LanguageOne.

LanguageOne falls under the supervision of the Dutch Inspectorate for Education that is positive about the quality of education at GESS.

More information on LanguageOne can found here: www. languageone.nl


Inge Jansen


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"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

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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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