GESS

The GESS Philosophy
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.

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Essential Information
Telephone
+65 6469 1131/ +65 6461 0881 (Admissions hotline)
Fax
+65 6469 0308
Email
Type
Preschool, Primary, Secondary, Enrichment
Grades
Preschool - Grade 12
Starting Age
1.5
Curriculum
German, IBDP, MYP, PYP,
Year Founded
1971
Language of Instruction
English/ German
Foreign Languages Taught
Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Mandarin, Spanish
Maximum Student Population
2,000
Current School Population
1,600
Maximum Class Size
Pre-School: 18
Primary / Elementary: 24
Secondary / High: 22 - 24
School Hours
Pre-School: 0800 – 1500
Primary: 0800 – 1445
Secondary: 0800 – 1500
Demographic Breakdown
84% European
4% Singaporean
3% Australian & New Zealand
2% North American & Canadian
3% Thai, Malay & Japanese
4% Others
Nationality Restriction
NA
EduTrust Certified
Exempt
Teacher to Student Ratio
1 ½ Years to 5 Years: 2:17 – Toddler Groups, PreKindergarten, Kindergarten 1+2, Pre-Primary
6 Years to 10 Years: 1:24 – Primary School
11 Years to 15 Years: 1:24 – Middle School
16 Years to 18 Years: 1:18 – High School
Qualification Type
IB Cert, IBDP, German Abitur
Admissions Interview
Yes
Facilities
Age-specific Learning Pods
Air-Conditioned Classrooms
Music and Vocal Instrument Practice Rooms
Olympic-sized Swimming Pool
Indoor Sports Hall
Sports Field
Black Box Theatre
Age-specific Playgrounds
Sensory Garden
Auditorium
Visual Arts Studios
Cooking Lab
Design Technology Studio
Age-specific Libraries
Cafeteria
Term Dates
Term: August – July
Winter Break: 3 weeks
Summer Break: 7 weeks
What Sets This School Apart

GESS is home to 1,600 students of over 60 nationalities across Pre-School to High School. GESS offers a choice between two curriculum – the IB curriculum taught in English and the German national curriculum.

Making of Future Engineers

GESS is the first and only school outside of Europe to offer the Junior Engineer Academy programme, originally incepted by the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung. This programme aims to provide Grade 8 and 9 students exposure to the technical and engineering sectors through collaboration with universities and industry experts in the engineering field. Students will get the chance to work under the guidance of experts from Bosch, XentiQ, Pepperl&Fuchs, NUS Pomeroy Studio and more.

Staying Connected to Mother Tongue Languages

In recognition of the value of learning one’s mother tongue, GESS offers a Dutch and Danish Mother Tongue Langauge Programme from Grade 1 to Grade 12. For all other languages, there is the option for students to subscribe to the Mother Tongue Support Programme that allows them to learn their mother tongue with the support of an external tutor coordinated by GESS. Primary School students also have the Language Enrichment Programme as an additional avenue for them to gain fluency in their mother tongue languages through authentic language-focused activities.

Platform for all Talents

GESS students also have the option to broaden their skillset outside of the classroom and explore their interest in sports, music, arts, technology and more through 90 CCA options and a Vocal and Instrumental Programme (VIP). To further complement these activities, GESS also organises key events such as the GESS Volkswagen Cup (for football enthusiasts), Robocup (for technology enthusiasts), Basketball Invitational Tournament and more to give students the platform to showcase their talents and find the motivation to keep aspiring towards their dreams.

Exciting New Developments

GESS has moved to a brand new, purpose-built campus on Dairy Farm Lane which can accommodate up to 2,000 students. The new campus comes equipped with contemporary facilities that were designed with the student population’s many diverse talents and interests in mind. The range of facilities which includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool, cooking lab, black box theatre, design and technology studio, visual arts studios and more give students the space to dream bigger and go further in their education journey and also provides a space for the school’s many initiatives including over 90 CCA programmes, Vocal and Instrumental Programme and Junior Engineer Academy.

School Culture
What truly makes GESS a home away from home to our students is our unrelenting adherence to the European values of respect, openness and inclusiveness. We observe these values in everything we do; from hiring staff who have strong multicultural sensibilities to creating a safe space for students to display and celebrate their diversity and promoting intercultural dialogues. We are also committed to creating a bullying-free school and our counsellors are constantly at work to raise awareness, empower every student to take a strong stand against bullying and help students build a supportive network of friends.

In the spirit of inclusivity, GESS also prides itself in being an academically non-selective school that accepts students of differing abilities and makes them feel valued and respected. As a community school, we work hard to get to know every student within the community, discover their personal strengths and interests and guide them towards the right avenues for growth. We are delighted to journey with your children at their pace and in their time.

As a community school, we also encourage and promote parent involvement in the school and this comes in the form of our Parents’ Committee, Events Team, Buddies Committee and more. We have a wonderful community bond built collaboratively by actively engaged parents, teachers, staff and students.
Financial Information
Annual Tuition Fee
Preschool (Toddle Programme to Pre-Primary) : SGD 5,300.00 to SGD 25, 730
Primary School: SGD 18, 880 to 26,950.00
Middle School: SGD 21, 770 to 30, 730
High School: SGD 23, 870 to 33, 510
Application Fee
Included in Entrance fee
Application Fee Refundable
No
Admission / Enrolment Fee
$2,945
Deposit
NA
Building / Facility / Development Fee
$4,890
Parents Association Fee
$160
Other Fees
Transport
1- way: $595 - $851
2-way: $843 - $1,300

Annual Development Levy: $4,890

EAL (English as an Additional Language): S$ 2,780 per year/child.

Learning Support: S$ 2,780 per year/child.
Discounts
A reduced development levy of $2,445 is applicable annually in the 1st year for the 3rd child onwards and for all students from the 2nd year onwards.
Programs Available
Extra Curricular Activities
The Co-Curricular Activities Programme (CCA) at GESS offers a wide range of CCAs from various sporting and artistic disciplines to social activities and natural sciences that reflect the school's diversity of talents and ideas. It is open for students from Pre-Primary up to Grade 12. Currently GESS offers some 90 activities, aimed at different age groups and covering a variety of disciplines from Sport, Music and the Arts, through to Science & Technology and creativity at both campuses. These activities are considered part of the school's educational programme, and therefore a large proportion is financed from school fees.

Amongst the CCAs offered are:

Sports: Volleyball, Football, Basketball, Table Tennis, Golf, Swimming, Track & Field, Gymnastics, Taekwondo, Tennis, Yoga, Badminton
Performing Arts: Circus, Theatre, Expressive Dance, Tap Dance, Hip Hop, Breakdance, Choir, String Ensemble, Jazz Band, Orchestra
Language & Culture: Chinese, Italian, French, Arts & Crafts, Art Jamming, Painting
Science & Technology: Robotics, Computer Programming, Photography & Film Making, Digital Arts & 2D Animation, Math Competition and Scratch Programming
Lifestyle: Fashion Design, Art Nebula, Cooking, Model United Nations
Enrichment Activities
Some examples of enrichment activities in GESS

Primary School:
Blue Dragon Swimming Gala
Vega Kits for Kids
Language Enrichment Programme
Eight Week String Programme
Excursions: Zoo, Sentosa, Malaysia

Secondary School:
Junior Engineer Academy Programme
Overseas Trips to Bintan and Tioman
Theatre Project in Malaysia
Careers Experience Programme
Social Project in India and Cambodia
Robotics Competition
Pastoral Care
Yes
Special Needs Support
Yes
English as a Second Language
Term: August – July
Winter Break: 3 weeks
Summer Break: 7 weeks
CONTACT INFO

Website: http://www.gess.sg/

Contact Number: +65 6469 1131/ +65 6461 0881 (Admissions hotline)

Email Address: info@gess.sg

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2 Dairy Farm Road, Singapore

2 Dairy Farm Road, Singapore