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News from the Board of Governors
Posted 08/06/2020 01:55PM

Dear GESS Community, it has been a while since we last reached out to all of you as we think it is best to keep communications, the need for which is plenty at the moment due to the COVID-19 situation, centralized and not add unnecessarily to the many emails you are currently receiving.

Today though, we would like to give you an update about our Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), which under normal circumstances would be held in spring. Unfortunately, due to the social distancing measures by the Singapore Government which will stay in place even in Phase II of the Singapore Reopening Plan, we will not be able to hold an EGM. The EGM serves several purposes, with the main one being the approval of the budget for the next academic year. Unfortunately, our Constitution did not foresee a situation like the one we are currently in and does not allow for digital voting and the possibility of a virtual meeting. We will rectify this at the next Constitutional Review. Thankfully though, the Constitution does also not require us to hold an EGM and the budget for AY20/21 can be approved at the AGM in November 2020

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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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