If the German European School Singapore (GESS) is in the back of your mind as a potential school for your little ones (and frankly given its 45 year history and superb reputation, why wouldn’t it be on your list) then remember this: a new campus will open at Dairy Farm Road in August 2018.
Dignitaries including Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, the European Union Ambassador to Singapore, and Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore and Dr. Bettina Fischer, regional representative of the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad joined the Board of Governors, parents teachers and students at a groundbreaking ceremony on 9 May at the new campus site.
Not only will the new campus be a state-of-the-art, purpose built and environmentally friendly –it will also amalgamate the current two campuses (junior and senior) into one site.
Included in the $135 million plan for the three-hectare site is an undercover Olympic-sized swimming pool, indoor sports halls with three basketball courts, a 400-seat auditorium, Black Box Theatre, roof garden, cooking studios, dedicated primary and secondary school libraries, and gorgeous play facilities for the pre-schoolers.
Something unique to GESS is the European Cultural Centre, a venue designed to host events which encouraging the sharing of European culture. Children will have the chance to interact with visiting speakers such as authors, actors, politicians and others, sure to be an eye-opening experience.
The new campus location next to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is an irresistible opportunity for sustainable education and fostering links to the environment among students. The campus itself boasts environmental credentials that meet the governments’ high standards: 500 trees, a rainwater harvesting system for irrigation, photovoltaic cells for solar energy and other efforts to reduce energy consumption. Work continues on partnerships with European sustainability companies who offer specialized environmental technology that can be utilised on campus.
One of the oldest international school in Singapore and established in 1971, GESS runs two curriculum streams, International Baccalaureate (IB) and Arbitur (German IB) with teaching in German and English for children from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Multi-lingual and not-for-profit, GESS is home to more than 50 nationalities. The new campus can accommodation up to 2,000 students.
GESS plans to move from its current locations at Bukit Tinggi and Jalan Jurong Kechil into the new school by the June 2018 and be operational at the new campus by August 2018 in time for the new school year.
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