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…

Innovation Team of the Year

GEMS Technology in the news

Enterprise Transformation Summit & Awards Technology Infrastructure Team’s efforts in consolidation & standardisation efforts was recognised as “Innovation Team of the Year 2019” GEMS CONNECT 1.1The latest upgrade is here! As you all know, we launched our GEMS Connect mobile app in June. Following positive feedback from the parent community, we have introduced a number…

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…

Movies and Streaming

Set in London, this romantic comedy centres around a young woman named Kate (Emilia Clark). After a string of bad luck, Kate accepts a job as one of Santa’s elves in a Christmas-themed shop that stays open throughout the year. She meets Tom, played by Henry Golding, while on the job and a relationship –…

Nikki Beach

Friday fun

Make the most of your free time at our top beachfront hangouts 1. Saadiyat Beach ClubRelax on a sun-shaded terrace along this pristine stretch of beach and indulge in an al fresco feast of mouthwatering BBQ grills, live cooking stations, a seafood spread and a cheese bar, every Friday from 1-4pm. One of Abu Dhabi’s…

Baku old town

Best of Baku

Looking for a nearby destination to celebrate the National Day weekend? With its medieval town and fascinating culture, Baku makes for an intriguing break LOSE YOURSELF IN HISTORY After a three-hour flight, start your journey in Azerbaijan’s capital city in its Unesco-listed İçəri Şəhər or “old city” – a cobblestoned labyrinth of ancient mosques, mansions…

The CineConcert Series of Harry Potter at Dubai Opera

A Grand Stage

Two music teachers from GEMS Wellington International School share their experience of singing in the CineConcert series of Harry Potter at Dubai Opera Joe William Steede, Head of Performing Arts What do you teach? I am the Head of Performing Arts and my main subject is music.What was the performance, what was your role? It…

Ameda Mascarenhas with her students

Accelerated Success

One trainee teacher from India has assumed a leadership role after only four years Back in 2015, Michael Guzder, Vice President—Education, recruited trainee teachers from colleges in India. Our Own English High School, Dubai (OOD) was chosen as one of the schools to place these teachers for training. Ameda Mascarenhas was one of three trainee…

US/IB Schools

First Impressions Count

Thank you to our incredible front of house teams Front of house staff are often the first people that new parents meet and greet. That first impression counts and contributes to the face of our brand and to the broader GEMS community. This is why GEMS recently hosted an afternoon tea in the School Support…

Best Practice

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…