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Social Learning - Cambodia


A Project of Grade 10

The Grade 10 Social Project in Cambodia fits into our social learning model as it allows our students to have the opportunity to give back to people who are less fortunate, have suffered greatly from civil war and are trying to recover and improve their quality of life. GESS works with two NGOs in Cambodia.

The trip lasts 10 days and covers the cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. It provides a good chance for teachers and students to bond and work side-by-side away from the regular school and classroom environment.

In Phnom Penh, GESS works with the Tabitha Foundation, which aims to help people in villages to become self-sufficient and non-dependent on donations. With the Tabitha Foundation, our students build simple houses in cooperation with the Cambodian people, who will eventually live in them. It is a greatly rewarding feeling when the completed house is handed over to the families (of up to 5 people) who will eventually move and live in the single-room construction that our students built with their own hands.

While in Phnom Penh, our students also visit some of the historical sites (the Killing Fields and S21 Tuol Sleng Museum) to provide historical context for why they need to work and support the people of Cambodia.

Our students next travel to Siem Reap and work with the NGO Husk. Husk works with some of the poorest of the poor to ensure that their housing will withstand the effects of the monsoon rains. In comparison to the Tabitha houses, Husk takes a very different approach. Here, our students use palm plants and wire; taking on board some of the traditional methods of construction.

Husk also works with the local people to develop their English language skills so that they may be able to get a job in Cambodia’s ever-growing hospitality industry. The communities also engage in environmental construction in which our students also help to construct buildings using recycled plastic bottles.

While in Siem Reap the group visits the amazing temples of Angkor Wat. The students also learn how to do some Khmer cooking and put their simple Khmer language skills into good practice in the race around the city with our Khmer tuk tuk drivers.




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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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