Taipei European School
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|Taipei European School|
No. 727 WenLin Road,
Taiwan, Republic of China
|Type||Private International School|
|Chief Executive Officer||Dr Allan Weston|
Taipei European School is registered as a legal entity in the form of a non-profit foundation supervised by the Department of Education within the Taipei City Government.
The Taipei European School (TES) has attracted regional and worldwide attention with its unique model for integrating German, British, French, and High School sections in terms of their curricula, administration, finance, buildings and facilities. The Taipei British School (TBS), École Française de Taipei (EFT) and Deutsche Schule Taipei (DST) began around 1990 in response to the needs of expatriate families with young children living in Taipei. The schools soon realised that there was much to be gained by joining forces to establish a combined European campus. This would allow the schools to share facilities and resources but still teach their own respective national curricula.
The school has a total enrolment of 1,450 students from over 50 countries. Taipei European School is authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation to deliver the Diploma programme, and is classed as an IB World School. TES is also a member of FOBISIA (Federation of British International Schools in Asia) and affiliated to AEFE (Agence pour l'Enseignement Français à l'Étranger), and BVA-ZfA (Bundesverwaltungsamt-Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen).
The Taipei European School operates on two campuses: Swire European Primary Campus (EPC) at WenLin Road and Swire European Secondary Campus (ESC) at JianYe Road on Yang Ming Shan.
Swire European Primary Campus – WenLin Road
Swire European Primary Campus was completed in 2007 and consists of three buildings: the Central Resource Area (CRA), the Infant Building and the Junior Building. The Central Resource Area is a four-story building which houses common facilities such as the cafeteria, the library, three ICT suites, a multi-purpose room, the Parents' Café, administrative offices, the uniform shop, a maintenance room and an underground car park. It is connected both to the Infant Building and to the Junior Building.
The two-story Infant Building contains general classrooms for the British Infant Section, the French Maternelle and the German Kindergarten, as well as shared specialist facilities. A multi-purpose room, an outdoor playground with play structures, as well as grassed and astroturfed areas, are also located in the Infant Section.
The five-story Junior Building houses the British Junior Section, as well as the French and German Primary School classes, and includes many shared specialist teaching facilities. There is an outdoor play area as well as two astroturf sport fields.
In 2009, a series of exciting improvements to outdoor spaces on the campus began with the construction of a solar roof, known as the PV-Frisbee because of its unique design, which simultaneously provides energy for the school and shelter for the infants’ playground area. Other developments included the erection of large awnings to provide students with shade from the sun, and a new juniors’ playground.
The Primary Campus is conveniently located just three minutes’ walk from ZhiShan station on the red line of the Taipei metro system in ShihLin District, which is famous for its night markets where you can sample a wide range of Taiwan’s unique foods. The city centre is only about 15 minutes away by car, bus or train.
Swire European Secondary Campus – Yang Ming Shan
The two buildings in the secondary campus are referred to as Phase 1 and Phase 2. The construction of Phase 1 was completed in 1998 and the construction of Phase 2 in 2002. Both these buildings are 4-floor high.
The Phase I building contains different Departments and specialists rooms. This includes:
- A music suite
- A fiction library
- 2 computer labs
- A multi-media room equipped with 22 21-inch desktop iMac (for students involved in visual arts, music and film courses)
- 3 science labs
- A fine art and 3D art room
- Drama and performance area
- A mini-football pitch
- An outdoor basketball court
- 1 cafeteria
- 2 atriums with steps, suited for performances and assemblies .
The Phase II building contains:
- Physics and chemistry labs
- 1 non-fiction library
- 1 cafeteria
- 2 computer labs
- 1 art rooms, equipped with a kiln
- An indoor gymnasium
- A sport field with artificial astro-turf - recently renovated
- 2 outdoor basketball courts, one behind the Gym, and one in the sports field.
- And also an atrium, bigger than that of Phase I's
Most of TES uses interactive whiteboards as a way of teaching students. The Smart board allows teachers to write on electronic whiteboards which can transfer and receive information from the computer.
Currently Taipei European School has about 1380 students in total, with British section students as the majority.
Students originate largely from Europe and North America, with British, French, German, American and Canadian as the dominating nationalities from the areas. Another great portion of the student body are children of expatriates from Latin America, Africa, and economic capitals of Asia such as Singapore, Japan, and Korea. Counting the whole number of nationalities present in the school among the students, it makes the Taipei European School the most diverse and multi-cultural learning environment in the country. The school currently has students and faculty from over 50 different countries.
This is a section for students aged between 3~11, and is located in the WenLin Campus. It currently enrolls approximately 325 students. 
A typical Infant Section day starts at 7:55am and ends at 3:00 pm. There are 8 lessons in a day, each of them being 40 minutes long.
The Head of the British Primary Section is Mrs Ruth Martin
Key Stage Three Section
The KS3 section in TES is located in the YangMingShan campus. It consists of students between 11~14 years old, and they follow the UK National curriculum . In this program students have a wide variety of subjects, including mathematics, science, English, two foreign languages (usually French and Chinese), physical education, geography, ICT, history, drama, art and music. The multifarious subjects allow students who continue their education in TES to have full range of choices in IGCSE.
A typical KS3 day starts at 8:00am with ten minutes of registration and meeting with form tutors. There are 8 lessons with 2 recesses and a lunch break. School finishes at 3:00pm, and students are encouraged to participate in extra curricular activities both during and after school. Examples include TES Secondary Choir, sports teams, drama plays and Environmental club.
The current head of British Secondary Section (Key Stage Three) is Mrs. Chrysta Garnett
High School Section
The High School Section is for students from H1~H4 (equivalent to grades 9~12 in the American system). It offers the IGCSE (International General Certificate for Secondary Education) program for the H1~H2s. In this course students take the mandatory courses (English, science and mathematics) and have the freedom to choose between the other subjects (such as the Arts, geography, business and PE).
They are expected to complete a number of courseworks over the 2 years for most of their subjects. These are graded by either Cambridge or Edexcel depending on the course. The school currently adopts CIE (Cambridge International Examinations), the exam board offered by UCLES (University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate)
The IGCSE is an internationally accepted qualification which allows students to continue their education at IB if they have met the grade requirements. It is the international equivalent of the GCSE examinations taken in Britain.
The IB Diploma Programme is offered to most students in TES after the completion of IGCSE. In IB students choose from 6 subject groups: Language A1, Language A2 and B, individuals and societies, experimental sciences, mathematics and art and electives.
The IB programme also requires students to take the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, complete an extended essay on a topic of their own choice, and complete 150 hours of Creativity, Action, Service, in order to incorporate balance with the demanding academic portion of the programme. Without the completion of these requirements a student cannot obtain the IB Diploma.
For those who do not meet the requirements for IB, a TES student can also take the TES diploma that is offered. .
The Head of the High School Section is Mrs. Chrysta Garnett.
Sport is regarded highly in Taipei European School, and nearly 70% of the students in each year group participate in at least one sports team every year. TES offers the KS3 teams the opportunity to compete in U13 and U15 FOBISSEA, an overseas interscholastic sporting tournament held every year which holds opportunity for the pupils to compete against others of their own age from British international schools across Asia.
In the High School Section, the sportspeople take part in 3 main activities: Football, Basketball, and Volleyball. These teams compete in numerous tournaments hosted at the Morrison Academy and the Taipei American School, with the Soccer programme extending to an overseas tournament for women and men U18 in Phuket, Thailand against numerous international schools. Extracurricular activities such as Swimming, Fitness, Table tennis and Badminton clubs are also offered for those interested.
Within the school, the students are involved in the House Cup, which they really enjoy, in which they are split into four separate Houses: Bora, Sirocco, Mistral, and Marin (named after different Asian/European winds). Every semester the Houses compete against one another in various sports and competitions for House points, and the House with the most points receive the House Cup at the end of the year.
Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs)
Taipei European School offers a wide range of ECAs for all students. High School students are particularly encouraged to participate in as many different kinds of ECAs as possible, as this is beneficial for their own experiences. In addition ECAs are mandatory for the IB students, and thus the school offers a diverse range of activities suited to their needs.
The ECAs that TES offer include, but not limited to:
- Culinary Club
- Fitness Club
- Swimming Club
- Jazz Band
- Secondary School Choir
- High School Choir
- TES Select Choir
- Chess Club
- Environmental Action Group
- Gardening Club
- Journalism Club
- Chinese Literature Club
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
- Model United Nations
- International Awards
- Robotics Club
- Chinese Literature
- Peer Mentoring
- Peer Tutoring
- Bilingual Debating Club
- Sudoku Club
- Hip Hop Dance Club
- Martial Arts
- Web Design
- Film Club (including filming and editing of films)
- Table Tennis
- Various sports teams (Football[soccer], basketball, volleyball, swimming)
- International General Certificate of Secondary Education
- Taipei American School
- Taipei Japanese School
- Morrison Academy
- Kaohsiung American School
- American School in Taichung
- Hsinchu American School