From the Principal


Message from the Principal

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our school which provides quality education for children from age 3 – 16. Surabaya European School (SES) was established in 2001 to cater for parents seeking an exacting curriculum that would transfer well into all educational systems. We now are proud to have alumni who have successively transitioned to schools in Europe, USA, Canada, Singapore and Australia. Our school has a diverse student population of over 15 nationalities, allowing for one of the core values of cultural appreciation to exist within the community.

We are the only school in Surabaya that combines Montessori education for students from ages 3-6, the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for junior school, and the Cambridge International Key Stage 3 and IGCSE education for secondary school students. The combination of inquiry-based learning and internationally-recognized, rigorous academic standards offered by these programs provide an excellent framework for out students’ development.

The school is an inclusive international community in which each student is valued in their own right. Students are encouraged to develop their talents, to realize their potential and to strive to achieve their personal best in all they set out to do. The well-being of every student is at the heart of all we do and our small size and family atmosphere allow me and my colleagues to maintain a close watch of each child’s development.

We also provide a range of sporting, cultural, academic, community service and adventurous activities as part of our Co Curricula program. Our staff and overall community invest a significant amount of time and effort into this program, which we consider to be essential to our students overall development. Our program includes the internationally recognised IAYP (International Award For Young People) and Model United Nation (MUN) activities that allow our children to interact with other cultures and the environment in varied domestic and international contexts.

My personal vision and educational philosophy is for students to be creative, apply their knowledge, be captivated in their learning and be inspired to know more. I am always happy to meet anyone who is interested in our school and to talk about this unique, amazing and caring place that I am proud to be a part of.

Nick Rowdene

Principal