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GESS in ExpatLiving"GESS" & pdf - 28th July 2017


Many parents don’t anticipate how difficult it is for children to hang on to their home language as the school language gradually dominates. Why should they persevere?

“Maintaining fluency in family languages is vital: not only does it help to anchor a child’s sense of identity as they move around the globe, it also ensures they maintain ties with family, and eventually study or work in their countries of origin. Surprisingly, there is a strong correlation between maintaining fluency in family languages and academic success in an additional language. So, it’s really worth the effort.”

What to expect: German and English are core languages at GESS and are offered at multiple levels of proficiency from preschool to Grade 12. All primary school students have the opportunity to attend Language Enrichment Programmes, joining fun, activity-centred groups supporting ten languages: Swedish, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Danish, Russian and Korean. From Grade 6, students choose from French, Mandarin and Spanish. In the European Section at GESS, students can study Danish or Dutch as mother tongue in both primary and secondary school.

72 Bukit Tinggi Road (Kindergarten and Secondary School) 
300 Jalan Jurong Kechil (Pre-Primary and Primary School)
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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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