GEMS Alumni

Staying Connected with GEMS Alumni

Claire O’Neill – Manager, Alumi Relations shares the latest information about the brand new GEMS Alumni application Download the app now When students graduate from GEMS, they enter the big world of business, whether their paths lead them to university, employment, travel, a gap year or a combination of any of these. GEMS Alumni go…

Secret lives

A brief peek into our colleagues’ interests and hobbies outside school During the summer, my daughter and her husband, who are avid birders, convinced me to join them in birdwatching. My home in Kerala is surrounded by trees and a variety of birds. On my first day, it was a pleasure to observe five birds…

Creating communities of compassion

One teacher is taking Jewels of Kindness & Respect forward with plans to introduce a compassionate training programme for students “Compassionate integrity is one of the most important skills we need to instill in our students. Therefore, we need to nurture and grow this value. GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis (WSO) initiated this programme in…

In case you missed it

FORMER UN SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON BECOMES AN AMBASSADOR OF GWA The co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens will provide practical advice to GEMS World Academy students to demonstrate how they can make change Former secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon has teamed up with GEMS Education to become an ambassador…

Top 10 lunchbox swaps

Dietitian Jordana Smith shares 10 simple ways to transform your lunch into a healthier meal Full fat Greek yoghurt pot for Fruit yoghurt Greek yoghurt has a higher protein content so will make you feel fuller for longer. Add some chopped fresh fruit, nuts and seeds to the pot to mix in once you are…

Strengthen the building blocks

The purpose of Technology Disruption Office is to challenge the “status quo” by disrupting from within to create agile, scalable and future-ready technology capabilities for the education needs of today and tomorrow Atechnology disruption roadmap is being executed in a phased manner over the next three years – Fix the Fundamentals (FY18-19), Strengthen the Building…

Start your fitness journey

Paul Slater, Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment shares tips for improved health As we move further into the new year, many of us will be trying to stick to resolutions to get fit, lose weight and eat healthier. The benefits of taking regular exercise have been scientifically proven. Unfortunately, it is apparent that…

GEMS Rewards wellness offers

Ramp up your health and fitness in 2020 with these discounts available through the GEMS Rewards App BOUNCE A freestyle multi-activity playground with wall-to-wall trampolines. Rebound exercise (trampolining) delivers these health benefits; • Coordination and agility: increases body and spatial awareness, balance and coordination• Low-impact exercise: provides an all-round workout while reducing the risk of…

Move more

How two schools are encouraging children to move away from inactive influences such as computers and TV and more towards physical activity and sports Jason Kearins, Head of Primary PE at GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis How many minutes each week do students partake in PE?When a student joins the academy in FS1, they…

Support in action

Teaching assistants are a much-valued asset in the school community and so their health and well-being must be a priority Teaching Assistants (TAs) support children with their learning activities in a variety of ways in the classroom, as well as encouraging children with their educational and social development. Their role may include helping children who…

Lighthouse school

What it means for DAA to be named an Apple Distinguished School What does it mean for DAA to be named an Apple Distinguished School?It means that we act as a lighthouse school that is willing to share our practice with the wider education community. It also means that our journey isn’t over, in fact,…

Head first

Twenty GEMS staff completed a two-day mental health first aid training course last November

Giving back

Two primary school teachers share their personal experiences of volunteering in Malawi Carly Williams and Sarah Smith, both primary teachers at Jumeirah Primary School in Dubai, embarked on a two week trip to Malawi last July. Their objective was to deliver teacher training to 20 teachers all linked to schools through the UK charity Inspire…

Building the family-school partnership

Principal of GEMS Millennium School, Sharjah, Teresa Varman explains how their engagement strategy has reaped benefits not only for students, but for the entire school community Schools are about people. The better everyone strives to contribute, and the better each person works with their colleagues, the greater the school. When it comes to school improvement…

We are family…

Dr Linda Rush, Senior Vice President, TELLAL Institute, shares the latest on the roll-out of a Quality Assurance Programme for improved communications across GEMS schools As we know the very best student learning experience is gained through knowing the child and family better. In light of this, GEMS has made a conscious decision to engage…