News at GESS

Thank you for attending the AGM on Wednesday 27th November 2019
Posted 02/12/2019 11:27AM

With the holidays fast approaching, last Saturday's Christmas Bazaar was a fabulous way for everyone to get into the holiday spirit. It was wonderful to see so many people enjoy our students' music performances, buy handmade gifts, eat, drink and be merry. The Board would like to thank the Events Team and all the volunteers, students and staff who helped make Saturday's Christmas Bazaar a huge success.

The Board would also like to thank all members of the Association who joined last week’s AGM. With only 58 Members present and 9 Members represented by proxy, we were unfortunately unable to reach the quorum required to approve the suggested constitutional changes. This is a disappointing outcome and we would like to urge all Members of the Association to attend our EGM in spring and participate actively in shaping the school’s present and future.

President Rachel Ward presented the achievements of the last academic year and Principal Christof Martin shared his impressions of the first 100 days at GESS and outlined his main ideas for the future of the School. The Association approved the Financial Statements presented by Honorary Treasurer Florian Weidinger, the appointment of J.K. Medora & Co. LLP-DFK as auditors for FY 2019/20 and the School Tuition Fees for academic year 2020/21.

The elections for 5 Board Members were conducted and the following Members were elected/re-elected for a two-year term:

  • Vice-President: Jürgen Seitz
  • Honorary Treasurer: Florian Weidinger
  • Ordinary Board Member: Wolfgang Klemm
  • Ordinary Board Member: Reto Brosi
  • Ordinary Board Member: Elke Simon-Keller

A special thanks to Stefan Adam from the German Embassy for overseeing the election. The Board sincerely thanked outgoing Board Member Thomas Pressentin for his time and contribution in the Finance, the Board Development, the IT Sub-Committee and the Project Management Team and outgoing Honorary Treasurer Roger van Baal for his special dedication and guidance in the last years, his many contributions in the Finance, the IT and the HR Sub-Committee. We are very happy to announce that Mr. van Baal will continue to serve at the GESS Fund Board.

A more detailed summary of the AGM proceedings will be available in the upcoming issue of the Association News. Association Members can also access all AGM Documents in the Association Portal. 

If you are not a Member of the Association and would like to join (there are no fees involved), please complete the online application form. 

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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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