Programmes for Middle School

Unique learning opportunities and after-school programmes for our middle school students

At GESS International School, we believe in empowering our middle school students with the freedom to grow and develop their interests beyond the curriculum. We offer our students both integrated and after-school programmes including competitive sports and over 100 after-school and co-curricular activities (CCA). Our programmes are taught by professional tutors and educators who mentor and guide our students to discover their passions as well as build confidence.

New Electives Programme

GESS is one of a few international schools in Singapore that offer an integrated Electives Programme that gives our students the opportunity to pursue their passions, develop new skills and become more independent.

All middle school students choose an elective from our weekly Friday afternoon programme (2 lessons). Electives are taught by GESS teachers, who engage and challenge students to explore talents and passions and develop new skills. The current options are:

Computing and Design Technology Outdoor Education and Fitness Arts
Outdoor Education
Video and Media Creation
Session Musicians
Mountain Biking
Painting and Drawing
Role-Play Strategy Games

Service as Action programme

We inspire our students into inquiry as they identify, research and implement solutions to real-life problems. Students develop and participate in three activities per year of which one must be an independent project.

GESS students are encouraged to take initiative and action by using their abilities and talents to respond to current global and local issues and show cultural awareness.

The GESS Service as Action programme enables our students to take on challenges that develop new skills including planning and working collaboratively with others.


  • Over 40 after-school sports activities
  • 19 competitive sports teams for boys and girls
  • Sports competitions including competitive matches with other international schools in Singapore and the region
  • GESS swim gala and sports day

Find out more about sports and swimming programmes.

Music and arts

  • Showcases and performances
  • Vocal and Instrument Programme (VIP) private professional music lessons
  • Wind Instrument Programme
  • Orchestra
  • Jazz, rock and pop bands

Find out more about arts and music programmes.


  • Junior Engineering Academy
  • Young Scientist Programme
  • Senior Sustainability Programme
  • Maths Enrichment Club
  • Design Technology
  • Science Olympiads
  • Digital Literacy Programme
  • Integrated technology skills

Find out more about STEM programmes.

Leadership and global citizenship

  • Model United Nations
  • Debate Club
  • Grade assemblies and public speaking
  • Student-led showcases and exhibitions
  • Student Council
  • Class Council
  • Enrichment trips overseas to Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, India and more
  • Community projects