German European School Singapore (GESS)


By adminexpat - Posted on 09 December 2013

Students at the German European School SingaporeAddress: Main Campus, 72 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289760
Junior School Campus, 300 Jalan Jurong Kechil, Singapore 598668
Website: www.gess.sg
Telephone: +65 6461 0881
Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English, German
Ages: 18 months to 18 years

Background


Founded in 1971, GESS has evolved from being a modest German school teaching six pupils to becoming a centre of learning for students from countries around the world. GESS is now one institution consisting of two sections. The German section of GESS offers all major German school leaving certificates, while the English-medium European section offers International Baccalaureate (IB) programs from pre-primary to high school level.
 

What the school says


GESS has strong European foundations and believes in developing confident, forward-looking students through a celebration of respect, openness and inclusiveness. GESS is recognised for its languages and offers a choice between two main curricula: the German Abitur or the English-speaking International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. Many other languages are offered as part of the unique "mother tongue" and language enrichment programmes. The school caters to students of all ages, starting from 18 months to graduation at 18 years. A new purpose-built campus with brand new facilities will open in August 2018 at Dairy Farm Road.
 

Curriculum


Students at GESS can opt for either the IB curriculum or the German school-leaving certificate. GESS is also the only school in Singapore to offer IB students the option of the German Language Diploma which opens many doors to German universities for them. Regardless of the curriculum, all students receive personalised attention and a holistic education that goes beyond the classrooms. There is also language support available to encourage mother tongue education, especially for Dutch and Danish speaking students. 
 

Fees


There is an entrance fee of 2,945 SGD per student. Annual tuition fees vary according to the section and grades but range from 18,240 to 23,060 SGD for the German Section and from 26,040 to 34,180 SGD for the IB programme. Fees are payable bi-annually.  
 

Location


Both the Junior School Campus (serving pre-primary and primary school students) and Main Campus (serving kindergarten and secondary school students) are situated at either side of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

GESS is set to move into a brand new custom built K12 campus on Dairy Farm Road in August 2018. The two existing campuses will be consolidated into one purpose-built school with state-of-the-art facilities. With the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve at our doorstep, there will be ample opportunities for students to learn outdoors and see classroom lessons come alive in the natural environment.
 

From the head teacher


"My philosophy towards education is centred on 'student-led learning' and empowering students to evolve into adults by their early twenties; adults who are mature and feel responsible for the world around them. I also believe that it is also not difficult to teach young people as long as you succeed in showing them convincingly that the topics and themes you are teaching are of relevance to the world around them and their lives, and this is what we strive to do at GESS. 

We are also adept at giving children the gift of languages and producing multilingual students who are strong candidates to work and study all over the world. Many of the parents who send their kids here welcome the strong sense of community that makes the school another home for their children and that we put in the effort to look out for each child’s development regardless of differing abilities."
 

Quotes from parents


“GESS has a joyous approach to learning and a good balance between work and play. In addition, it’s a small school and, despite having grown, it’s still small enough for the teachers to know all the students. The school feels like an extended family and I think my two boys have felt very welcome and at home since their first day. I really like that classes open up for students to showcase their annual project to parents and there is always so much enthusiasm on their faces. You can tell that the children feel appreciated for their efforts and this enhances their sense of responsibility and self-esteem”
– Elisa Bonzi and Antonio Bertoletti with Matteo (13) and Luca (6)
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