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Academic Board

Christoph Zänglein, Principal

Principal, Deputy Principal, High School Coordinator, Teaching Degree for German Gymnasium in English, German and History at the Julius-Maximilian-Universität Würzburg and the University of Texas at Austin, course of lectures certificate in German as a foreign language

Work experience and professional focus:
Christoph Zänglein became a teacher at the Johannes-Butzbach-Gymnasium in Mittenberg, after finishing his teacher internship and before he was employed at the German School Istanbul from 1991 – 1997. He taught at the Friedrich-List-Gymnasium Gmünden until 2002, was at the Deutschhaus-Gymnasium Würzburg (advisor of the course of lectures) and returned to a German School abroad (German School Washington, D.C.) from 2004 – 2010, first as the High School Coordinator and then as the Deputy Principal. Being the Deputy Principal at the Bayernkolleg Schweinfurt from 2010 – 2012, he was then assigned to be the Principal of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gymnasium Schweinfurt. Since 2009, he was a speaker for the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA), the Bavarian Professional Development Academy Dillingen and the Office of the Representatives for Gymnasiums in the region Unterfranken.

André Beinert, Head of German Section

Teaching degree for secondary schools in Mathematics and Physics
Academic studies completed at the University of Dortmund

Work experience and professional focus:
Mr. Beinert taught at secondary school level in Germany before his move to Singapore in 2002 when he joined the German European School Singapore in the German Section. He was promoted to Head of High School German Section in 2006. In addition to that, he was in charge of coordinating all timetables across school. In 2009, Mr. Beinert became Head of German Section and Vice Principal. In this position he is the key person for German education at GESS. Furthermore he gained detailed knowledge of the IB curriculum when  he taught various courses in the Diploma Programme of the European Section.

Eva Noorduijn, Head of European Section

Joint Honours BA in French & International Relations, Reading University, Reading, UK
Certificat d'Etudes Politiques, Institut d'Etudes Politiques Paris, France
PGCE - French and PE/Games, Homerton College Cambridge, UK
CELTA with distinction, International House Lisbon, Portugal

Work experience and professional focus:
Mrs. Noorduijn joins GESS from the International School of Geneva and has a great deal of experience in the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. She has formally worked for the International Baccalaureate regional office in Geneva and in schools in Turkey and Portugal. Mrs. Noorduijn was born in the Netherlands and educated in Holland, England and France. She speaks English, French and Dutch and has learnt Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish. She truly has an international perspective and has a personal understanding of the issues that third culture children experience.

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CPE registration number: S72SS0010G
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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