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Incredible high school trips
Posted 30/11/2017 08:54AM


high school students in hungary"Incredible high school trips - Hungary" & pdf - 29th November 2017


High school trips have come a long way since most of us were at school, and International Schools seem to offer even more exciting ones! Here are few places that have been on the agenda for some lucky students, from camping to community involvement – it’s been an important part of their education.


Student: August Norup, Grade 12
School: GESS
Location: Budapest
Duration: One week

The KARMUN conference is a three-day simulation of the United Nations’ regular work; high school students play the role of diplomats and learn tactics for negotiation and debate. The ultimate goal of the conference is for students to become more informed and effective citizens of the global community.

When our Model United Nations team met at Changi Airport in March, we were all in for a big adventure. It took 20 hours to reach Budapest, and after a night’s rest we woke up to a beautiful city. The people were friendly and the palaces were mind-blowingly huge and intricately decorated. A night cruise on the Danube River and a visit to the Opera House were two of the many highlights.

The conference’s opening ceremony was held in the astounding Hungarian Parliament building and we felt like members of the Legislative Assembly. Our delegation did a fantastic job, delivered great opening speeches, held various interesting debates and got most of the resolutions passed.

We met many great people, and all agreed that the trip felt too short. It was hard to leave behind our newfound friends and a city that we would all have loved to explore a bit more. We were treated to a view of the brilliant blue sky over Budapest as we flew out of wonderful Hungary.

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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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