Generations of students have benefited from the well-rounded education at Gan Eng Seng School (GESS). Founded in 1885 by a philanthropist of the same name, this school is among the oldest in Singapore. Located on Henderson Road in the western end of Singapore, GESS consistently ranks in the nation’s top 50 schools.
The school originally opened in the Telok Ayer Street shophouses and moved to eight different locations during its history. Currently the GESS campus at No. 1 Henderson Road was designed by 11 architects, led by GESS alum Jimmy Lam (’83). The team incorporated the Dragon and the Ship, two symbols on the GESS crest. Red and green, also from the school crest, are the featured color scheme. Many other academic institutions such as Crescent Girls’ School and Henderson Secondary School are around in the area.
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Gang Eng Seng was a Chinese businessman who grew up poor and wanted to provide opportunities to other impoverished students. Early on, he realized the advantages of English/Chinese bilingual education. Originally named the Anglo-Chinese Free school, it was for poor boys only. Renamed in 1932, GESS is now co-ed.
Students can choose either the 4-year Express or 5-year Normal courses leading to the GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations. Subjects include traditional courses in Mathematics, Science, Humanities, English and Literature. Students also complete modern coursework in topics such as Technology and Student Management.
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Gan Eng Seng School near Artra boasts well rounded students and offers award winning extra-curricular activities. The GESS National Police Cadet Corps have been regular winners of the Gold or Silver Overall Proficiency Award since 2000. Beginning in 1985, the GESS Cadet Corps have ranked in the top 5. GESS also received bronze and silver National Youth Achievement Awards.
Alumni actively participate in school life. The Gan Eng Seng School Old Students Association regularly holds an Annual Dinner, which includes teachers. They hold an April Ball to fund scholarships. Events like the Student’s Mentoring Scheme and Career Forums enable alumni to give back to the GESS school community.