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“Both of our girls at­tend GESS (Ger­man Euro­pean School Sin­ga­pore); Emma is in Grade 8 while Car­lijn is in Grade 6. I like the open class­room morn­ings where par­ents are in­vited to at­tend les­sons. It’s a good way to see and talk to the teach­ers and ob­serve the classes. GESS or­gan­ises a few of these each year and it’s great for po­ten­tial stu­dents and their par­ents to join.

The IB pro­gramme is very dif­fer­ent from the cur­ricu­lum we were used to in New Zealand, where we lived pre­vi­ously. It took some time to get used to the dif­fer­ent way of pre­sent­ing knowl­edge and an­swer­ing ques­tions. But with some help from class­mates, Emma man­aged to catch up pretty fast. Car­lijn has re­ceived the guid­ance she needs and even made some jew­ellery and a nice chop­ping board in the shape of the North Is­land of New Zealand dur­ing her de­sign and technology les­son. Car­lijn’s co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­ity is foot­ball and she has a great coach. Emma plays vol­ley­ball and is in the school orches­tra. The con­duc­tor has helped her a lot, es­pe­cially since she had only played the vi­olin for six months when we joined. They also have an ex­change pro­gramme with an orches­tra in Kuala Lumpur.

We chose GESS as the school teaches Dutch dur­ing reg­u­lar class­room hours. We felt that it would be a good op­por­tu­nity for the girls to im­prove their Dutch, which is the lan­guage we speak at home. The Dutch classes are small and stu­dents get in­di­vid­ual at­ten­tion. Also, the school cel­e­brates Dutch hol­i­days, and even holds movie nights with stu­dents from other schools. If you’re Dutch, con­sider GESS as your kids will be able to learn the lan­guage within school hours.”

It’s a good op­por­tu­nity for the girls to im­prove their Dutch, which is the lan­guage we speak at home.

Main Cam­pus, 72 Bukit Tinggi Road | 6469 1131 Ju­nior Cam­pus, 300 Jalan Jurong Kechil | 6461 0802

Huub and Nienke Dashorst, Dutch; Emma (14) and Car­lijn (11)

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