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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…

A Peek into our Colleagues’ Interests and Hobbies Outside School

What do the GEMS teachers and staff members get up to when they’re away from work? Read on to find out I teach art and design at Westminster School, Dubai. In my spare time I combine my love for art and accessories and design hand-painted handbags, laptop bags, iPad covers and other fashion accessories. It gives me immense joy to see my art used in everyday life. I specialise in paintings inspired by the masters Van Gogh and Claude Monet, who are my favorite artists. Rukhsana Chowdhary, Westminster School Dubai I can recall distinctly the first trip I took with…

School Of Rock

Four teachers from GEMS Founders School – Al Mizhar discovered their mutual love of music, so forming a band was the next logical step. On the surface it wouldn’t seem like Head of Year 4 Cillian Gavin, Data Manager Julius Sequeira, Music Teacher Aashish Valsalen, and PE teacher Jehu Arroz have a lot in common.…

A Peek into the Lives of SSC Staff Outside of Work

I have been growing herbs on my flat’s huge balcony since 2015. I have an aquaponics garden with Red Tilapia and I have grown mint, lettuce, chillies, basil, rosemary, Ajwain, lemon balm, and spinach. – Ahmad Bhatti, Sourcing Manager — Schools I like to be occupied, so during my free time, I love to play the piano, go for horse riding in the desert (by night under the full moon is the best), release my stress with boxing and yoga, and do dune bashing in the desert. I love to learn ASL (American Sign language). – Sophie Gernigon, Manager —…

What Does the Gems Global Team Do in Their Free Time?

I always thought that photography was only for creative people, but I always loved taking pictures. With my age catching up with me, I wanted to start documenting my life’s memorable moments more often. Every picture I take tells a story to my family and friends, giving them a gift to keep and pass along.…