Start your fitness journey

Paul Slater, Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment shares tips for improved health As we move further into the new year, many of us will be trying to stick to resolutions to get fit, lose weight and eat healthier. The benefits of taking regular exercise have been scientifically proven. Unfortunately, it is apparent that…

GEMS Rewards wellness offers

Ramp up your health and fitness in 2020 with these discounts available through the GEMS Rewards App BOUNCE A freestyle multi-activity playground with wall-to-wall trampolines. Rebound exercise (trampolining) delivers these health benefits; • Coordination and agility: increases body and spatial awareness, balance and coordination• Low-impact exercise: provides an all-round workout while reducing the risk of…

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…

Support in action

Teaching assistants are a much-valued asset in the school community and so their health and well-being must be a priority Teaching Assistants (TAs) support children with their learning activities in a variety of ways in the classroom, as well as encouraging children with their educational and social development. Their role may include helping children who…

Lighthouse school

What it means for DAA to be named an Apple Distinguished School What does it mean for DAA to be named an Apple Distinguished School?It means that we act as a lighthouse school that is willing to share our practice with the wider education community. It also means that our journey isn’t over, in fact,…

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…

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…