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Posted 31/01/2019 01:16PM


We are pleased to announce that Markus Helms has joined the Board as a nominated Ordinary Board Member. His expertise in management, finance, IT and governance/audit of over 20 years will further strengthen the Board’s ability to serve the School Community in the years to come.



On the 19th January, GESS had the pleasure of hosting the Regional Meeting Asia of WDA (Association of the German Schools Abroad). Rachel Ward and Jürgen Seitz welcomed Board Members, General Managers and Principals from 11 German Schools in Asia and Australia. The WDA is the organisation that represents the interests of all the German Schools Abroad to the German Authorities. The main topic of discussion was the new proposal by the ZFA (German Authority responsible for the German Schools Abroad) for better quality management in German Schools Abroad (AQM). The WDA used the morning to gather feedback about the proposal, to be better prepared for the upcoming discussions and decision process with the German Authorities. Other topics discussed included fundraising, strategies for filling teacher vacancies (German Section) despite fewer applications and marketing of German Schools Abroad. We would like to thank Kirsten Zarcone for organising this event on behalf of GESS and the WDA and GESS’ support crew for their help throughout this event.

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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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