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Service as Action


Through their participation in service, students can become more confident, self-regulated learners. In the MYP at GESS, all students are expected to complete meaningful service during the academic year. As the MYP curriculum is relevant not only inside the classroom but also in the world outside the school, the ideas for service activities sometimes naturally emerge when a particular topic is taught.

MYP students at GESS should, through their engagement with service as action:

  • become more aware of their own strengths and areas for growth
  • undertake challenges that develop new skills
  • discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities
  • persevere in action
  • work collaboratively with others 

  • develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding
  • consider the ethical implications of their actions.


Examples of former service as action activities


Grade 6

Our grade 6 students recycled clothes and used these to map and track the origin of clothes for an Individual & Societies unit that places Singapore within the region. These clothes were then donated to the Salvation Army. In addition to this they shared Art lessons with local peers from less fortunate backgrounds through Singapore’s TOUCH organisation.

Grade 7

While learning about Separation Methods in Science, the grade 7 students made posters about conservation of water that were displayed around the school for other members of the community to see. The grade 7 students were also involved in beach cleaning activities, to put the knowledge they gained in the Individual & Societies unit ‘Threatened Habitats’ into practice.

Grade 8

Grade 8 participated in making “I love Singapore flowers” for the Chingay parade in appreciation of the Singapore 50th year celebration. These flowers were made from recycled plastic bags thus emphasizing the concept of reduce, recycle, reuse. They participated in an activity to build relationships with the elderly people of Singapore by making Chingay flowers with them. They also assisted the elderly people by taking them for a walk at the Botanical Gardens.

Grade 9

The grade 9 students took up the challenge of volunteering at the offices of the TOUCH organisation. They held a health awareness camp for GESS parents and children. The grade 9 students also sought to have a positive effect on the environment in their German class. They wrote a diary entry in German about a particular environmental challenge and how this affects them.

Grade 10

Our grade 10 students participate in a service trip to Cambodia and India during Enrichment Week. To support this trip, they are involved in fundraising activities, for example, doing organizing a family activity day, bake sales, washing cars and a charity run.

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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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