SINGAPORE, March 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — GESS, an international non-profit school Singaporecelebrated its 50and birthday by planting 50 trees in his neighborhood in Hillview.
The tree planting event took place on March 27, 2022. It was made in support of the National Parks Board’s OneMillionTrees movement, through the Plant-A-Tree program by its registered charity and IPC, Garden City Fund.
At the event, which was honored by Mr. Liang Eng Hwa – Member of Parliament for Bukit Panjang Constituency and Chairman of Holland-Bukit Panjang City Council – the school’s current students, long-time staff, board and alumni came together to plant 50 saplings .
The school has also launched an internal campaign to raise awareness of the OneMillionTrees movement – a movement that aims to plant one million more trees across Singapore with the community by 2030. The hope is to encourage parents and school staff to contribute to the movement in their own capacity.
A commitment to the local community
When the school moved to its new purpose-built campus at 2 Dairy Farm Lane in 2018, it made a commitment to contribute to the local community and neighboring region. Over the past 3 years, the school has made its state-of-the-art facilities available for community activities, organized exchange programs with local schools in the area, and supported neighborhood programs such as the Share-an-Umbrella project. . This tree planting initiative is part of this ongoing commitment to giving back to the community and the school’s philosophy of caring for the environment.
“At our school, a big part of our education philosophy focuses on teaching our students to use their education to contribute to society and we also want to honor that with how we celebrate our 50th birthday.and birthday,” noted Stefan Pauli, Director, GESS. “We want our students to see that we are very fortunate to have a campus near Dairy Farm Nature Park and we have a duty to the neighborhood of which we are a part.”
50 years of residence in Singapore
As one of the long-established international schools in Singapore, GESS has taken up residence in the city-state since its inception. It was established in 1972 by a group of European expatriate parents who worked and lived in Singapore. The school has since experienced rapid growth, going from an enrollment of 6 students to 1,800 and 65 nationalities in 50 years. While allowing students to embrace their home culture, the school also places great emphasis on helping these students from around the world to connect with Singaporean society.
“Singapore is a country filled with unique opportunities and at GESS, we actively encourage our students to take up these opportunities and forge closer ties with the country. This tree planting activity, as part of our school’s 50th anniversary celebrations, is one such opportunity, which provides our students and the community with a lasting reminder of GESS’s connection with Singapore“said the Chairman of the Board of Governors, Neighborhood Rachel.
German European School Singapore (GESS) is an international school that believes in giving every child the freedom to grow by providing opportunities for diverse talents and interests. The school caters to students aged 2 to 18 and offers the full International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum in English and the German curriculum as well as the opportunity to study over 10 native languages. It also offers the unique Junior Engineer Academy and BeyondClassrooms program, in partnership with industry and business partners, to provide students with more STEAM-related learning opportunities.
SOURCE German European School of Singapore