The year-long celebration of GEMS Our Own English High School – Dubai’s 50th anniversary is going to be quite something, with a wide array of activities, initiatives and events taking place throughout 2018. The school will celebrate its past successes, rejoice in achievements of the current students and staff, and look confidently towards the next half-a-century and the future leaders being educated there.
GEMS Dubai American Academy is also celebrating a very special year. The school turns 20 this year. Today recognised as one of the only “Outstanding” American curriculum schools in the U.A.E., it has many fans out there and we hear from three of them, who share their experiences of this extraordinary school.
Another recent celebration saw Nargish Khambatta, CEO and Principal of GEMS Modern Academy – Dubai, being presented with the inaugural GEMS Exceptional Head of School Award. Celebrating the achievements, hard work and leadership of some of our most respected educationalists, the awards saw several of GEMS Education’s finest heads of schools nominated, and we congratulate them all within the pages of this issue of GEMS Family.
There has been success on the sports field too, not least when more than 250 ‘athletes’ gathered at GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail for the GEMS Sports Series – GEMS Triathlon. There were people of all ages and abilities competing over what was a sprint course format, which meant that the race was shorter and much more spectator-friendly than other triathlon events in the U.A.E. Oh, and they all got to the school by 6.00am to run, swim and cycle just for the fun of it. Now that’s dedication!
And it is with great pleasure that we reveal that GEMS is now certified to the recognised global standard for health and safety management systems: BS OHSAS 18001:2007. This standard was introduced globally in order to help organisations demonstrate sound occupational health and safety performance. We look at what it means to you as parents and how it relates to your children.
As usual, there is a cornucopia of other stories and news items within these pages, and we hope you enjoy reading them. Don’t forget, if you have any GEMS related stories, get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!