WEK’s innovative thinkers share their perspectives on humanity at the 2022 TEDxGEMSWellingtonAcademy conference

Most of us are familiar with TED Talks – the polished speakers, signature black background and classy presentations, but you don’t have to be Simon Sinek to take to the TEDx stage. Students at GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail got the opportunity to share their thoughts on Humanity at the TEDxGEMSWellingtonAcademy conference this term. TEDx is a grass roots initiative created in the spirit of TED’s vision of sharing ‘ideas worth spreading’. TEDx is under the authority of TED but locally organised, and WEK has a license to host their own events. The presentations at this year’s conference explored…

Radio star Chris McHardy chalks up a new first at WSD – and proves a class act

Dubai Eye 103.8 radio presenter Chris McHardy has a way with words, but his mouth ran away with him recently when he told listeners of his popular Off Script drivetime show that teachers had a ‘cushy number’. Straight on the phone was Matt Lecuyer, Principal of GEMS Winchester School – Dubai, who politely suggested Chris back up his words with actions by becoming a teacher for the day at WSD. Never one to duck a challenge, Scotsman Chris gamely agreed to run three classes at Matt’s school – a general one with a bunch of very well behaved but excitable…

She’s got a fast car: DAA teacher wins Mini Cooper just by opening a bank account!

Jessica Day, a KG teacher at DAA, had to take a seat when she received an unexpected call from the bank. Jessica had opened an account with Emirates NBD last year, and last month the teacher from Tennessee received a call telling her that she’d won a Mini Cooper, just for opening an account. Jessica, who joined GEMS last year, opened the account shortly after arriving in Dubai and, even though she recalls seeing the competition at the time, never thought for a second that she would win. “When I got the call, I was so shocked, I just didn’t…

Our IB students lead the way as results season begins

GEMS students studying the IB have yet again recorded impressive results in their exams. A total of 534 Grade 12/Year 13 students from seven GEMS schools sat the IB Diploma, achieving an average point score of 35.2, outperforming this year’s international average of 32, with a pass rate of 97 per cent – significantly above…

Diana Award: Ten young heroes awarded the ‘highest accolade for humanitarian work’

The Diana Award is the only charity set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her belief that young people have the power to change the world. The annual awards recognise and celebrate young people’s dedication to humanitarian and social action. The students, from seven different GEMS schools, were celebrated in a virtual award ceremony hosted by The Duke of Sussex and HRH The Duke of Cambridge on 1 July – Princess Diana’s birthday. The Diana Award is the longest running award for young people that is given to individuals and groups through a retrospective nomination process only.…

Higher Learning: Find out which GEMSters have completed the most GEMS U courses this year

GEMS U, the interactive learning and development platform gives staff access to over 3,000 different courses covering business, project management, MS Office and more. All courses are free and can help employees of all levels develop their skills, acquire new ones and maintain their passion for learning.Many of the courses can be watched and completed in a lunch break or over a lazy weekend, and these five GEMSters have led the way completing the most courses this year (September 2021 to June 2022). 1. Michael Guzder VP Education, SSC 104 courses 2. Jonathan Bramley VP Communications, SSC 70 courses 3.…

GEMS For Life: 109 GEMS students successfully complete internships

Over the last few weeks, 109 GEMS students have graduated from their GEMS For Life internships. A huge congratulations to the 23 schools who participated in these work-based learning experiences. Our thanks are extended to Microsoft, Investec, Chalhoub, Al Ansari Exchange and iXperience for all the opportunities and support they have provided. At the end of the placements, students receive a certificate of completion and a full report on their performance against 12 21st-century employability skills. Each student’s school also receives a full, personalised report that provides additional information to support the students as well as excellent evidence for inspections…

Wow, what a Wellington Gala!

For the first time ever, students from the Wellington Cluster came together to perform alongside stars of London’s West End in a glittering gala This month, the stars of the Wellington Cluster and those of London’s West End aligned to form a shining constellation of music, drama and dance. Students and staff from the cluster had been preparing for the event for months, and as Covid had cancelled a number of previous school performances, this was a highly anticipated event for the entire community. The event was held at WSO, GEMS’ Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts and Theatre Technology,…

30 ways to improve your public speaking

Michael Guzder, Vice President – Education, is arguably one the organisation’s most eloquent and passionate public speakers. Having honed his speaking skills over years of giving addresses to large audiences, Michael shares his professional tips and personal memories to help you, your students or even your children master the art of public speaking. Here are a few, very simple tips, for parents, colleagues, pupils and would-be speakers. And note that this isn’t rocket science, nor is it a cut-and-paste job from Google! There’s a plethora of resources on public speaking and you can definitely download and read innumerable scholarly articles…

Green-fingered students go back to basics with weekly farmers’ market selling produce grown on campus

Students at WSQ have redefined the term ‘local produce’ by selling produce on campus, that was grown on campus – you can’t get more local than that! If you find yourself at GEMS Wellington School Qatar (WSQ) during pick-up time on a Thursday afternoon, you may be pleasantly surprised to spot a group of Year 7 and 8 students selling okra, spinach, coriander, basil and a variety of freshly harvested vegetables and herbs. The Thursday afternoon ‘Farmers’ Market’ is the culmination of a series of interlinked environmental initiatives undertaken by members of the WSQ Eco-lution Club. From humble beginnings to…

OOD’S longest serving teacher, Ghazala Dar, retires after 37 years

Ghazala shares her fond memories of Mariamma Varkey, founder of the first GEMS school in Dubai, and what she plans to do next One of Dubai’s longest-serving school teachers is retiring after 37 years of dedicated service to the same school and under seven different principals. Ghazala Dar, who has been teaching Urdu and Islamic Studies for over three decades, will be bidding adieu to GEMS Our Own English High School – Dubai on Thursday 30 June. “I leave with a heavy yet very content and happy heart. The experience has been unlike anything else,” says Ghazala. “I completed my…

In Pictures: GEMS schools celebrate their high-achieving female students with the Sheikha Fatima Award 2022

This term, across the network, schools have been recognising their outstanding female students. The Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Award for Excellence is given to one female student in every UAE school. In previous years, schools have come together to celebrate in a jointone ceremony, but due to Covid restrictions earlier in the year this was not possible this year. Nevertheless, this year, our schools still ensured that their girls were properly recognised in school assemblies or even cluster-wide ceremonies. The Sheikha Fatima Award was established in 2005 to recognise female students’ outstanding academic performance, leadership skills and their…

Listen Up! GEMS Education has launched its first official podcast – School of Thought

The School of Thought podcast brings together our experienced principals, teachers and education experts to discuss the big topics affecting educators and learners GEMS education has launched its own official podcast where our world-class educators and specialists talk all things education. Hosted by Hfu Reisenhofer, Senior Communications Manager, the podcast aims to cover every aspect of the learning journey, speaking to some of the leading voices along the way. School of Thought aims to uncover the hottest topics, answer the most pressing questions and solve the biggest challenges facing learners, educators and parents today. Episode one tackles the timely topic…

Look: GEMS Class of 2022 graduation gallery

Share in the joy of our student’s graduation ceremonies. Senior students are preparing for the next exciting step in their lives as they leave the school environments they have known and loved, the teachers that have guided and supported them year after year, and the friends they’ve made.

A day in the life of… a science laboratory technician

At GEMS Education there is no such thing as a typical day. In this feature series, we shine a light on some of the different roles across our schools and offices. This week, meet Sindhu Jacob a science laboratory technician at GWA, who has been with GEMS for seven years. Whether she’s organising the Bunsen burners or stitching blazers, there’s never a dull moment for Sindhu. How does your day begin?My day begins at the end of the previous day. I ensure the equipment required for the practical classes are set up for the next day. Once I come into…