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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…

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…

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…

A global stage

Principal of The Kindergarten Starters, Asha Alexander shares her inspiring initiatives in climate change literacy Asha Alexander says she didn’t see it all coming but when you speak to her, it quickly becomes clear why she has made a global impact in the area of environmental education and climate change teaching in such a short…

A spotlight on wellness

How three schools are taking important steps this year to improve the well-being of their students and staff Wellington Primary School, Dubai Responses from Joanne Urry What steps is your school taking to improve well-being?WPS has chosen to undertake a Well-being Award over the next year. This takes the school through the process of identifying…

Sunny Varkey, Founder GEMS Education

Message from the founder

Dear colleagues, Firstly, congratulations to all the 2019 Mariamma Varkey Award nominees and winners. It fills me with great pride to hear your stories; how you inspire your colleagues and the next generation. Your passion and dedication is evident and your work is a clear example of excellence. Excellence is one of our refreshed GEMS…

The Technology Disruption Journey

Today’s digital world has revolutionised our lives – from how we communicate, travel, shop and bank through to how we access and receive healthcare. In short, the way we live has been positively disrupted. The education industry is also being disrupted by forces from multiple directions – technology giants are getting deeper into education and other competitive schools are joining the race. The technology disruption journey at GEMS Education is aimed at challenging the status quo by disrupting from within to create agile, scalable and future-ready technology capabilities for the education needs of tomorrow. These initiatives are being executed under…

Get Reading

The Eco Heroes and the Plastic Planet by Colette Barr The third book in ‘The Eco-heroes’ series highlights how plastic is present in so many aspects of our daily lives. Filled with humour and enchanting illustrations, it touches on traditional culture, family and friendship, whilst delivering a clear message on plastic pollution and ocean conservation. When a group goes on a trip to the beach, their day out has some eye-opening consequences and they learn valuable lessons about why we all need to use less plastic. Save me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl Acclaimed food writer and…

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Safeguarding our Students

Paul Slater, Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment and Sara Hedger, Head of Safeguarding and Child Protection share their priorities Our CEO recently identified a key priority for GEMS as keeping our students safe and ensuring that our staff and adults who use our sites return home safe and well to their families every…

Ian Plant (Head of Secondary) with three Year 12 GFS students

Stand Out from the Crowd

How the IPQ offers students an alternative route to A Levels On 7 October, Dr Emma Thompson visited Dubai, presenting her research on the value of project-based qualifications. From the University of Southampton, Dr Thompson shared her research on the value of extended project qualifications to students and universities. She drew on her collaborative research…

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…

World-first in climate change for GEMS

World-first in Climate Change Teaching for GEMS

GEMS The Kindergarten Starters has 300 climate change teachers, including the first Arabic teachers in the world to qualify GEMS Education celebrates the first school in the world to become fully UN Climate Change certified, with 30 senior leaders and all 300 teaching staff, led by Principal Asha Alexander to lead as Climate Change Teachers,…