Surabaya European School

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Surabaya European School
Surabaya European School
Pakuwon Golf & Family Club Villa Bukit Regensi,
Pakuwon Indah, Surabaya 60123

Republic of Indonesia
TypePrivate, Day School
PrincipalNicholas Rowdene
GradesMontessori-Year 11

Surabaya European School (SES), Indonesia is a British international school that was established in 1997 as the first Montessori school in Surabaya with an AMI (Association Montessori International)-trained teacher. In 2001, in collaboration with the British International School Jakarta, the school grew to embrace the British National Curriculum. SES subsequently progressed to full Cambridge International Examinations accreditation[1] in 2011 and administered its first on site Cambridge examinations in a newly constructed campus the same year. In 2015, SES adopted the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), to run in unison with the Cambridge International Curriculum, for students in year 2-6.

SES School Vision[edit]

‘In a caring and supportive environment, our school community develops self-motivated learners with a global perspective so that they are empowered to create positive change in their world and beyond’.[2]


SES offers Montessori education for students from ages 3-6, the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) for the primary school, and the Cambridge International Curriculum for Key Stage 3 and IGCSE education for secondary school students. SES is a registered Cambridge International Examinations School and Examination Centre [1]

SES graduates go on to study A levels, IB Diploma, High School Diploma and Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the US, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Indonesia or their home country institutions. Many of these students continue their University studies in the same countries. Alumni have transitioned to UWCSEA and Phillips Academy in Andover.

SES is registered with the Indonesia Ministry of Education as Satuan Pendidikan Kerjasama (SPK/ a school with international cooperation). It is in line with the MoE rule number 31/2014. [3] [4] [5]


The campus has a gymnasium, swimming pool, dance studio, table tennis, science laboratory, primary and secondary computer laboratories, football field, tennis courts and play areas.[6]


SES is a Mac School. It has Primary and Secondary ICT computer labs equipped with iMacs as well a Macbook trolley with a class set of macbooks to be used in other classrooms. The Primary school has a set of iPads for classroom use. A strong wifi signal is available in all parts of the school.

A secure online learning environment is provided with separate parental and student logins. Teachers in certain subjects also make use of google classroom.


An after school activities programme is offered from Year 2 onwards. The programme includes activities covering sports, arts (music, drama, visual art), leadership, clubs and special interests.

Sports available vary from term to term some of the most prevalent ones include athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, gymnastics, hockey, swimming, tennis, touch rugby and ultimate frisbee.

Students participate in the International Award (Duke of Edinburgh) program and have gone on expeditions in various parts of Indonesia and Thailand. SES is a licensed Independent Award Centres (IACs) by the International Award organization.

Many secondary students take part in MUN (Model United Nations) program. Past conferences have included travel to Malang and Bandung in Indonesia and to Doha, Qatar for the THIMUN Conference.[7] The Hague International Model United Nations.

All students participate in community service. Current projects include supporting the Yayasan Abdi Asih HIV Shelter in Surabaya and children with leukaemia at Dr Soetomo Hospital through education.

In 2015, SES secondary students constructed a recreation room in a joint venture with Somerset Hotel & Serviced Residence at Zoe’s Kindergarten. The building is dedicated in memory of Zoe Choi Man Suen, who was a member of the Surabaya European School community who died in December 2014.


The school has a house system that is used for both sporting and academic purposes. The four school houses are Sura, Baya, Garuda and Komodo. Students are placed in these houses when they start school at SES.

Surabaya (Suroboyo) is locally believed to have derived its name from ‘suro’ (shark) and ‘boyo’ (crocodile). According to a local myth, these animals fought to be known as the most powerful and strongest animal in the area.[8]

Sura (Blue) is represented by a shark Baya (Green) is represented by a crocodile Garuda (Yellow) is represented by the legendary bird-like creature Komodo (Red) is represented by a Komodo dragon (large monitor lizard)


  1. ^ a b Cambridge International Examinations - Find a Cambridge School Retrieved 8 March 2017
  2. ^ "SES School Vision." Surabaya European School. Retrieved 8 March 2017
  3. ^ "Primary School Registration Indonesian Ministry of Education" Retrieved 18 April 2017
  4. ^ "Secondary School Year 7 - 10 Registration Indonesian Ministry of Education." Retrieved 18 April 2017
  5. ^ "Secondary School Year 11 Registration Indonesian Ministry of Education" Retrieved 18 April 2017
  6. ^ "Our Facilities Retrieved 8 March 2017
  7. ^ THIMUN Qatar Retrieved 8 March 2017
  8. ^ Irwan Rouf & Shenia Ananda. Rangkuman 100 Cerita Rakyat Indonesia dari Sabang sampai Merauke: Asal Usul Nama Kota Surabaya (in Indonesian). MediaKita. p. 60. ISBN 9786029003826. Retrieved 8 March 2017.

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Coordinates: 7°17′38″S 112°39′57″E / 7.293983°S 112.665755°E / -7.293983; 112.665755