Parents planning ahead for a move to an international education for their children, or searching to move and making the comparisons between international schools within Singapore, here’s what you need to know about the new German European School Singapore campus. After almost a decade in the planning and building, the purpose-built campus located on a greenfield site at Dairy Farm will open in time for the start of the 2018 school year.
Hear from GESS Principal
“Since 2008, we’ve been operating two campuses to cater for strong demand; joining the two into one consolidated site will bring the school community closer together,” says GESS Principal, Christoph Zänglein.
The $135 million campus development is an exciting chapter in the school’s development. “We are thrilled with the new campus, which can accommodate 2,000 students. It’s close to the current campuses and therefore still convenient to the majority of our community – plus, the location opposite the Nature Reserve means we retain the close-to-nature feeling that our community enjoys.”
Hours of consultation and decision- making were poured into designing the campus. Christoph says there were three main ideas: to retain a sense of belonging for the students who are coming together into a bigger site, to facilitate communication between teaching staff, administration and management, and to make the most of the site’s physical location.
Indeed, the ecologically responsible design has exceeded the standards of Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark. GESS received a Gold Plus Award for features such as a “green” façade that minimises solar exposure and optimises wind ventilation.
Apart from the noteworthy facilities at the new campus, why else would a parent choose to send their child to GESS?
Christoph says that the not-for-profit school, established in 1971, provides students from 50 nationalities with European foundations, and a choice of the International Baccalaureate (taught in English) or German curriculum.
“Languages, culture and traditions are celebrated and embraced,” he says. German is offered from Kindergarten to Grade 12, Danish and Dutch from Grades 6 through 12, and Danish from preschool. There are also Italian, French, Spanish and Mandarin options.
“Our aim is for our students to display a balance of respect and open-mindedness so that everyone is empowered to become a confident and forward- looking individual, ready for the complex challenges of tomorrow’s world.”
GESS In A Nutshell
Opens: August, 2018
Where is it: Dairy Farm Road
What ages and grades: 18 months to 18 years, Kindergarten to Grade 12 Curriculum: English-speaking IB, and German
How can I get there: Hillview MRT (Downtown Line) and public bus stop out the front, bicycle paths are planned for the area
Budget: $135 million
Size: Opening with 1,600 students and 250 staff; maximum capacity is 2,000 students
What new facilities are students excited about?
- The Design and Technology Centre, and Makers’ Space
- Opportunities for physical activities and learning about nature at nearby Dairy Farm Nature Park and Bukit Timah Nature Reserves
- Developing culinary prowess at The Cooking Lab
- A 400-seat auditorium and arts, music and drama rooms
- Vocal and instrumental programmes delivered in the Recording Studio and VIP Centre
- Sports Centre with competition sports fields and Olympic-sized swimming pool
- Opportunity to learn Dutch, Danish, German, Mandarin, French, Mandarin or Spanish in designated language clusters
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