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Posted 26/10/2018 04:33PM

What an exciting first quarter of the school year we have had. A smooth transition into the new campus. Many successful events to showcase our new home to the GESS Community, the German Community in Singapore and our friends and partners. Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, the Singapore Foreign Minister and Mr. Andreas Michaelis, Secretary of State of the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany together with the Ambassadors of Germany and many other European countries, representatives of our industry partners and the Singapore and German Government officially opened the new campus on 13 September 2018. This historic occasion marked the end of the largest project undertaken by the School Association. And what a project, after more than six years and thousands of hours of work by many, many people, our new campus was completed on time and within budget!

With the successful completion of this project and the move to our new campus, I have decided that it is the right time for me to step down as President of the Association. I have thoroughly enjoyed my six years serving on the Board where I have had the opportunity to work with so many dedicated and talented people drawn together by the shared desire to make GESS the best school for all our children. I will miss the camaraderie but with the project finished, it is a very appropriate time for someone else to take the helm. Thank you all for your support.

Best Regards,
Thomas Hufnagel

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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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