WATCH: Unfolding the art of origami

If you visit GEMS American Academy – Qatar, you’d be forgiven for thinking they have a rather generous allowance for flowers. In fact, the school is lucky to have origami-obsessed SENCO teacher, Dipak Subba, on hand who shares his passion and creates exquisite decorations which can be seen all around the school. Click here to watch Dipak in action. If you have a special talent or hobby that you’d like to share or want to nominate a colleague, get in touch with GEMS in 10 by emailing newsletters@gemseducation.com.

Lessons from the RewirED Summit

The RewirED Summit, led by Dubai Cares, draws attention to the current state of global education.The three-day event was held at Expo 2020 Dubai, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Border Security Council, and was attended by over 2,000 participants, the majority of whom were teachers and education leaders. Annamma Lucy, a teacher at GEMS our Own, Sharjah – Boys was one of the attendees, and here she shares her top takeaways from the influential summit. Young people’s perception of careers in education The RewirED Summit brought together all…

Get your school on the ‘Best Schools in Dubai’ list

Which School Advisor (WSA) is one of the most popular school websites in the UAE. The site receives 3 million page views annually, with half of all visitors to the site actively looking for a school place. One of the popular search pages is the ‘Best Schools in Dubai’ list (what else would you type into Google if you were looking for a school in Dubai?), but at the time of writing only 17 of our 28 Dubai-based schools are on the list. So, we’re on a mission to get all our schools rated, and ensure they maintain their rank!…

WATCH: Unfolding the art of origami

If you visit GEMS American Academy – Qatar you’d be forgiven for thinking that they have a rather generous allowance for flowers. In fact, the school is lucky to have origami obsessed SENCO teacher, Dipak Subba on hand who shares his passion and creates exquisite decorations which can be seen all around the school. Click here to watch Dipak in action.

Read all about it! GEMS in the media

Hardly a day goes by without GEMS Education featuring the media. Whether it’s one of our amazing students or teachers or insights from our leaders, we share some of the highlights here. Jumeirah College Dubai student Sagarika Sriram was featured as a spotlight story on Time.com (14 January 2022). In the article, the student eco-activist speaks about how small changes can change the world, the Kids for a Better World digital platform she created, and organising local clean-ups on the beaches and in the deserts of Dubai. Click here to read the full article and watch the video. Which School…

Roots and culture: More than 80 GEMS students from seven different schools plant 1,000 local trees to populate Al Mushrif Forest

GEMS students from across the network joined forces to support an initiative by Dubai Youth Council and Dubai Municipality to plant local varieties of tree in Al Mushrif Park. Over 80 upper school students from seven schools in Dubai and Sharjah took time out of their winter breaks to grab shovels and spades to help Dubai Municipality plant the trees in Al Mushrif Park. The initiative is part of a collaboration with Dubai Youth Council to engage young people in better understanding the cultural importance of the Al Sidr and Ghaf trees in the UAE. The Ghaf is the UAE’s…

From classroom to boardroom: GEMS students make their voices heard with new Student-CEO Consultation Panel

Student Voice’ has taken its place firmly at the top of the agenda following our launch of a series of Student-CEO Consultation Panels designed to involve pupils in their schools’ decision-making processes. The panels give Group CEO Dino Varkey the opportunity to discuss recommendations and suggested new initiatives for the running of GEMS schools with representatives of our 122,000+ student body. As a starting point, the panels have compiled a new student survey due to be launched in May 2022, examining student sentiment in our UAE-based schools, as well as students’ ideas for potential improvements. The six student panels staged…

GMA students attend iCAN! Children’s Summit to Celebrate Year of Hope

Students from Dubai’s GEMS Modern Academy took part in the 2021 iCAN! Children’s Summit, which took place at the school and at the India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The Summit included workshops, entrepreneurship simulations, performances and presentations that inspired its attendees to think about how they can be the change they want to see when it comes to sustainability and safeguarding the future of people and the planet – all aligned closely with one of Expo’s key themes. The three-day event was organised by Design for Change, one of the largest global movements that empowers children to unleash their iCAN!…

WSO are hailed as Inclusion ‘Champions’

GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis (WSO) has received special recognition from Special Olympics UAE thanks to its robust programme of unified sports which sees students of all abilities playing together. The ‘Unified Champion Schools Programme’ was launched by Special Olympics UAE in 2019, and was designed to make sports and youth leadership in public and private schools across the UAE more inclusive for all students. The programme aims to integrate students with intellectual and learning difficulties with their peers and other students in an inclusive, supportive school environment where all can thrive. More than 280 schools in the UAE…

AAQ music teacher goes from singing to Grade 3 to performing at the Grand Prix

For Martin Farragher, who performs as Faraway Martin, music has always been a part of his life, from singing in bands in his home-country of Ireland to performing at weddings. The guitar-playing teacher swapped singing to Grade 3 students for performing at Qatar’s inaugural Formula 1 Grand Prix in November 2021. Martin, landed a last-minute opportunity to play on the main stage of the Formula One Qatar Grand Prix, which saw him headline on the Saturday evening. For the music teacher, music is a passion that he gets to share with his students at GEMS American Academy – Qatar (AAQ)…

GEMS’ education leaders share their New Year wishes, visions and aspirations

There’s nothing like the start of a new year to take some time to reflect and review, improve and inspire. Here, some of our Principals and school leaders look back on 2021 and share what their hopes and wishes are for the year ahead. Michael Guzder, Vice President – EducationWhat was one of the best things that happened to you, or your school, in 2021?My youngest daughter got married and the elder one had a baby. Describe the past year in three words.Hope. Family. Vaccinations. What was the best book you read (or listened to) in 2021?Success Is Not an…

All together now!

GEMS Group Cultural Co-ordinator, Kevin Oliver, has been directing GEMS productions for almost 30 years and is a stalwart of the UAE stage scene. Taking performing arts to new heights and exposing students to the rigours of the arts industry, Kevin and the GEMS Student Choir are getting ready for an exciting performance at the December 12 opening of RewirEd Global Education Summit led by Dubai Cares, at Expo 2020 Dubai. It’s hard to miss the blue-haired teacher-mentor-playwright, Kevin Oliver when he enters the room. Whether he’s teaching Performing Arts at GEMS Modern Academy or directing the choir for a…

I share my birthday with the UAE

The whole nation celebrated the UAE’s 50th anniversary, but for Susan Thomas, a chemistry teacher at GEMS Our Own English High school – Dubai, the event was even more special because she was born on the same day as the nation she now calls home. Here she shares how her life has become intertwined with that of the UAE 2 December 1971 marked the beginning of a federation, and it also marked my humble birth in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh in India. Little did I know that my life and destiny would be so profoundly intertwined with that of this great…

Cambridge International School – Dubai students scoop 50 medals at World Scholar’s Cup 2021

24 students from Cambridge International School – Dubai competed in The World Scholar’s Cup on 26-27 November. The World Scholar’s Cup is an international team academic programme with more than 15,000 students participating each year, and this year Team CIS proudly won over 50 medals. The highly anticipated event had been postponed for two years due to COVID-19, which only heightened the students fervour to compete. The competition includes rigorous activities aimed at developing students holistically and equipping them with knowledge and skills they can utilise outside of school and in the world of work. The four main team events…

Festive traditions from across the network

As a diverse organisation, the festive season is an opportune time to learn about each other’s cultures and traditions. Read more to find out how some of our GEMSters will be celebrating the festive season. Nicole Haynes, Principal/CEO at GEMS Westminster School – Ras al Khaimah The song that really gets me in the festive mood is… Jingle Bell Rock. My favourite winter tradition is… Decorating the Christmas tree, eating mince pies and listening to Christmas songs. What I love the most about the festive season at my school is… it is an opportunity to come together as a community to…