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GESS - International School Singapore
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About GESS - International School Singapore


GESS Singapore is an international not-for-profit school that believes in developing confident, forward-looking students by celebrating our values respect, openness and diversity. GESS offers two main curricula: the English-speaking International Baccalaureate (IB) programme and the German Curriculum. The school caters to students of all ages, starting at 2 years all the way to graduation at 18 years.

In August 2018 GESS has moved to a new purpose-built campus with brand new facilities at Dairy Farm Lane. In 2021 GESS is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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Curriculum

German, English, IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Max Class Size

24

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23 Reviews of GESS - International School Singapore

Average Ratings

Overall 2.59
Facilities 3.06
Academics 2.61
Teachers 2.50
Sports 2.50
Music & Arts 2.50
Science & Tech 2.94

Reviewer Nationalities

Indonesian (2) Singaporean (1) Finnish (1) German (2) Austrian (1) Malaysian (2) British (1) American (1) Indian (1) French (1) Dutch (1) Swiss (1) Polish (1)

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Yang, 02/07/2022 @ 10:02:57
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The campus is spacious and very modern equipped. Teachers and staff are friendly. It is a non profit school so you can see what you paid is really used in learning and teaching activities and to keep the very competences teaching team.

Lanny, 16/06/2022 @ 16:34:18
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Does not have the right culture to teach children about respect, trust, caring and diversity.

Jeslin , 14/06/2022 @ 07:42:55
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Great working and teaching experience

Anna Jonas, 24/05/2022 @ 08:35:18
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The school has been home for my children for the last 4 years and we are overall very happy with the commitment of the teachers and how they are supporting our children. The new campus is just amazing and has such a nice and friendly feeling.

Joko, 17/05/2022 @ 09:48:38
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Our children were very happy here and studied at GESS for 7 years. We especially liked the Dairy Farm campus and the sports facilities and programmes available. We are an active outdoor family and our kids have lots of hobbies and interested which they could follow in the after school programmes.

Marie Z., 10/05/2022 @ 04:38:56
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GESS is a very nice and warm community school. Teachers are very experienced and motivated. I really appreciate how the teachers try to care for all our children's needs and come up with individual support ideas. The facilities are wonderful and are providing our students with excellent opportunities to pursue their passions. I am very glad that the school is also looking into learning opportunities that are not related to the classroom only. They recently launched a Programme where corporates and other organizations offer exclusive programs for students to explore their interests and talents. I highly recommend this school to other families.

Former, 03/04/2022 @ 17:15:45
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Worst when it comes to prevention and handling bullying. Kids are very often left to themselves without sufficient adult supervision. When incidents happen, school management is busy coming up with excuses rather than constructive intervention. There is no structured approach that enables effective resolution.

A student, 16/03/2022 @ 14:24:11
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The school is simply unable to hire capable Teachers. It’s so bad that one of the teachers has been absent for 18 periods this school year with no video lesson compensation. That’s is a absence rate of 14.5%. The school has had to replace the whole math department twice now because all the teachers they hired in the past were incapable with few exceptions. Teachers also don’t show any respect to students. It is understandable that students are supposed to respect teachers, but I have had problems with teachers enjoying the power they have over students. It’s perverse how these grown adults derive pleasure from talking down on students (this is mostly to middle school teachers. The high school teachers are respectful).

Family in Singapore, 31/03/2021 @ 11:24:46
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This school was my children's haopy home for many years but now I have take out my family because the school has become very commercial. The new general manager had made many new rules that difficult for families. The advance school fee payment is the worst in Singapore and I am very sad I have to take out my children because of this. Not recommended especially in these difficult times for families with covid. This GM no care for family's situation

Lilli, 25/03/2021 @ 01:55:18
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The school is very overrated. The teachers especially in the German section are very rude to students and if you want to go to Realschule in the German section the school doesn´t . As a student the food is very overrated and the price you pay monthly is just too much for the service you get. The whole system is totally chaotic. They cover up things that happen for example that a student got beaten up and the school didn´t even mention it. The school gets involved in your privat life and the teachers pretend tocare about you. The school handles every student thats out of line with the title ADHD and they have no expierience in working with kids. Which is bad because they are a school.

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Valeria Fragozo Quiroz, a week ago


The school is really cool and the people are really nice there are really cool places to go when you need to be calm

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Oguma Aoi Maria Gracia, 3 months ago


The school is a very big and nice school, the teachers are trained well. My family is smart, because we all went to the same school GESS!!

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Family Singapore, in the last week


This was a lovely home for my three children until the school became very commercial / business after got new General Manager. I very sad that due to my family job situation not clear, this General Manager ask me to pay for next semester but no want help my family because maybe my husband lose job. We pay 45000 SGD but no know if can study next semester and school no want help. I very hope new principal can make school better because now no good.

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PC10, a month ago


the food is equivalent to airline food and cost too much, the library is to small and is often full, some teachers don't know whats happening

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Siva Gopal Thaiyalan, 7 months ago


My feedback is specific to the Pre-School section and I would not recommend sending any children here. Our child has been attending the pre-school here since Mar 2019. The major concern has to do with the lack of integrity. Our child came home with rashes on her forearms since returning to school after the circuit-breaker. We checked with GP and identified that it could be the sand from the sandpit in the school that might be causing the eczema to act up. But on one of the days one of our child's classmates had thrown sand at her face and body which caused a major eczema flare up. I received a call from the first-aider informing us that our child was experiencing an allergic reaction and that they were applying ice and antihistamine cream on her. But we were not told that this was a result of sand being thrown at our child. During pick-up after school, I deliberately made sure that I was one of the last parents so that I'd have some time to chat with the teacher about the eczema. We had enough time to chat and at no point during this conversation did the teacher mention that another child had thrown sand at our child, and that was the trigger for the eczema flaring up. Shockingly, it was my child who told me this while driving back. My wife called the teacher after school to ask if what our child was saying was true and it was only then that it was made known to us about this incident which was the cause the allergic reaction. According to the teacher she was aware of this incident, and another teacher had attended to our child, changed her clothes and brought her to the first-aiders. Surely, the adults in the room would have known this incident and surely one of them could have informed us sooner. We can't help but wonder why this crucial piece of information was withheld from us? This is important so that we can respond appropriately and give an accurate narration of the events to the doctor. When we asked the teacher, she said she had intended to tell us about this incident later in the day and the focus of the conversation during pick-up was simply on what the school had done to treat the problem. Does not make sense and utter lie! The teacher did not tell me anything about the treatment; it was the first-aider who had given me a comprehensive run-down on the phone. The teacher went on to say via WhatsApp message: "to be honest.. I'm not quite sure the throwing of the sand would have caused the reaction all over her body.. other kids have been playing in that sand for the past 2 weeks now and no one else has had any reaction.." Really? So much empathy and care. Hypocritical also because this teacher herself told me that she thought that the sandpit was not cleaned since Circuit-Breaker and that she's informed the School Management to clean or change the sand in the pit. Another parent also told me that her child has been having eczema reaction since returning to school after circuit-breaker. We had highlighted this to the teacher who brushed this off lightly. This is not the first time this teacher has not told us about injuries that had happened in class and we had to find out ourselves once and from another parent whose child had bitten our child on another occasion. Coincidence? We also inquired what the school had done with regards to the boy throwing sand at our child, particularly since the teacher told us that particular child has been a "handful" in class. The Asst Head of Pre-School replied with a sweeping statement that the school "always respond to incidences small or large in age appropriate ways, as we see Preschool as the place where children learn about socialising with others, how to behave and treat others within a learning community". Really? Is that what you say to the parents of a child who was bullied in school? In consultation with our doctor who specialises in paediatric allergy and immunology, we decided that we should withdraw our child for one semester at least and allow her to heal. But the school will not refund the fees for the semester, even with doctor's memo. So much for compassion.

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