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CAS - Trip to Bali


Every March during project week, grade 11 students embark on their second CAS trip to Bali. They spend one day doing social work at a local school, such as teaching English to the Indonesian children and, in return, get taught a bit of Bahasa by them. Afterwards, they all play traditional games together.

The aim of this social learning project is rather fostering the interaction with local children than getting physical work done. As part of the trip all students usually go on a day long trek as well, during which they climb a volcano and visit remote villages, learn to play "gamelan" and dance the traditional Balinese dances. Finally, the day concludes with white water rafting down a river close to Ubud.

Quotes from students - March 2014

Samantha Van Mil

"I have took part in organizing and thinking about a teaching lesson for the children at the Orphanage. At first, I was nervous and scared to teach, I did not know what they expected and how good their english was. It turned out that this was very fun to do. The children in all four classrooms were nice and joined actively in the lesson we had planned for them. I was interested to know how they lived, and one girl who was 16 years old tried to explain to me in her broken English how they lived. I liked this activity the most because even though their English was not perfect, they were not afraid of trying to speak English, even though they would make mistakes. For the last lesson, my group did a game of "Chinese whispers" at which the class made up a sentences in Balinese and we had to repeat the sentences. It was so funny to them that we made so many mistakes and it seemed like we had some kind of bond built. I like that idea."

Jessica Vetters

"We continued our walk around the volcano for a couple of hours which was really cool, and I thought it was absolutely beautiful and like something I had never done before. I will never forget this hike up and around the volcano. But this wasn't the only mesmerizing activity. We also did white water rafting which was absolutely beautiful as well and fun."

Caroline Lindegaard

"The entire walk was amazing, up the mountain at 3am, reaching the top at 5.00 - 5.30am then having breakfast with the sunrise. Then we kept going up the mountain. It was really beautiful."



David Morgan

Head of Secondary School
European Section

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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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