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Danish Mother Tongue Programme
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Danish Mother Tongue Programme


danish flagOur Danish Mother Tongue Programme supports the maintenance and development of the Danish language for native speakers, who are part of an international school setting throughout the child’s education starting from 3 up to 18 years. The programme is an integral part of the timetable and there are no additional fees for it.


Kindergarten and Pre-Primary

Danish lessons are run as part of the Midday Programme twice a week from 12.30pm - 3pm.

Primary School

As of August 2015, Danish is integrated into the school day as an alternative to German foreign language. Students receive nearly 5 hours per week of Danish language and culture fully embedded into the PYP Programme of inquiry.

Middle School

Danish class at the international school GESS

In the MYP, children can study Danish for 3 hours per week as a third language at native speaker level. The focus is on language and literature, drawing on Danish culture and media.


High School

In the IB Diploma Programme, students can opt for Danish A Language and Literature (native language level) as one of their six mandatory subjects.


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CPE registration number: S72SS0010G
Registration period: 22 June, 2017 – 21 June, 2023

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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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