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Visit from Mrs Buedenbender
Posted 06/11/2017 03:15PM

Visit of Mrs BuedenbenderOn Thursday, 2 November, 2017, GESS received a high-ranking visitor from Germany. We welcomed Mrs Buedenbender, the wife of the German Federal President Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at the Main Campus. This visit is definitely one of the highlights of this school year. The arrival of five cars and two police officers on motorcycles was in itself spectacular. The students had interesting conversations with Mrs Buedenbender who was especially interested in finding out how German students experience life abroad. The visit proceeded according to protocol and we witnessed how open and friendly Mrs Buedenbender is. We appreciate the time she took to talk to the students and write a nice message in our guest book. Some of our Pre-School students had previously painted a nice picture of Singapore’s landscape under the guidance of Mr Focke-Wurster and we gifted this painting to Mrs Buedenbender.

We would like to thank Mrs Buedenbender for visiting GESS and hope that we will soon be able to welcome her and her husband back to GESS.

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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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