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GESS' Groundbreaking Ceremony
Posted 10/05/2016 04:02PM


Yesterday was GESS' Groundbreaking Ceremony to announce the development of our new campus, opening an exciting chapter in the school’s story as we merge our two existing campuses into one purpose-built school with state-of-the-art facilities!

The Groundbreaking Ceremony took place on Dairy Farm Road and was attended by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Michael Pulch, European Union Ambassador to Singapore, Dr Michael Witter, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore, and Dr Bettina Fischer, Regional Representative of the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad. During the ceremony, the President of GESS’ Board of Governors, Dr Hufnagel, and Principal, Mr Battenberg, shared updated details on the campus, along with future plans for the school.

We are so excited to have reached this milestone and can’t wait to move in to our new school premises in 2018!



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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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