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News from the Board of Governors
Posted 19/06/2020 01:03PM

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES

Dear Class of 2020,

We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all of you for graduating in the most unusual circumstances, in a year that will be remembered for some time. You managed to step up to the plate, took responsibility for your own learning and finished school – many of you with outstanding results and others of you still anxiously waiting to learn what your results will be. We hope that the celebrations which will need to take place in a much smaller circle than in other years will be just as joyful, as they are for sure well deserved.
We know you imagined the last months of your school life very differently and are probably worried what the future will bring for you in a shrinking world economy.
Do not fear. This experience will make you more resilient, will teach you how to be flexible and adapt to different circumstances, skills that will be valuable in a world that is changing at a faster pace than ever before. We hope that GESS has given you the necessary tools to be a life-long learner and to contribute positively to tomorrow’s world.

What this crisis has taught all of us is that you do not need to be in the same city to remain close with your friends and loved ones. Many of you will go abroad to study or start your first job, we want to wish you lots of success and happiness in your new endeavours and hope that you will stay in touch with GESS through our Alumni Program. We are proud of our graduates and would like to celebrate and share your success within our school community.
To a bright and prosperous future for you, our leaders of tomorrow.

REMINDER VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING

We would also like to remind our Association Members of our Digital Townhall Meeting which will take place tomorrow night at 7:30pm. Honorary Treasurer Florian Weidinger will present the budget for AY 2020/21 which will be brought to the Association for approval at the AGM in November, speak about challenges caused by COVID-19 and different student number scenarios and share measures the school is preparing to mitigate the risks. Furthermore, we are honored that his Excellency, the German Ambassador Dr. Ulrich Sante will update the Association on the measures the German Government is taking to support German schools abroad during this meeting.

If you are an Association Member and have not received an invitation to this event please contact board@gess.sg as soon as possible. Please note this is a Member’s only event and registration is necessary to be able to attend. The registration link can be found in the invitation which was sent out on Saturday 13th June.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Although the summer holidays will not be the same this year, the Board of Governors would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of the GESS community for their support, co-operation and understanding during this most challenging year. We are all in this together and as a strong community, we will continue to work together and support each other to ensure our school continues to provide the best education possible to all our students and to remain financially secure into the future.

For those families and staff members leaving GESS we wish you safe travels and a smooth transition in your new home wherever that may be. To the rest of our community, please try to enjoy the time away from school, perhaps try some new hobbies and doing more things together as a family. Many of our staff will be working through the holidays to ensure that GESS is ready for the new academic year. We will keep you informed of what the new school year will look like when the situation becomes clearer, closer to the start of school.



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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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