With the holidays now upon us and as we come to the end of this first semester, there is much to look back on and celebrate. Whilst it is impossible to list every individual event or achievement, I would like to recap some of the highlights across the different divisions of the school.
In the Early Years, the children have been highly engaged by the new learning environments that have been, and continue to be, created specifically for them. This semester also saw our youngest students showcase their enthusiasm for sport in their own EY Sports Day.
In the Primary Years, it has been great to see the students share their learning with their peers through collaboration across the different grade levels.
Field trips to places like Changi Beach, National Museum and Singapore Zoo have helped successfully connect the learning taking place in the classroom to the wider world.
We have seen meaningful action taking place, from children choosing to recycle their snack wrappers to the school-wide fundraising that took place as part of our Think Pink event. Our semester culminated with our musical, The Nutcracker, which gave every student from KG2 to Grade 5 the opportunity to be involved in a whole school performance.
This semester has also included a range of parent workshops and parent involvement in different committees, which has helped further understanding of what we do and why we do it. The feedback and suggestions received from parents will ensure a collaborative approach to moving forward as a school community.
We now look ahead after the holiday break to a busy second semester with several key events taking place in the third quarter.
- Arts week will take place from January 22nd-26th, providing students with several opportunities to participate in a range of different activities and workshops related to the Arts programme here at GEMS (Singapore).
- A wide range of different class activities and assemblies to celebrate the Lunar New Year will take place from February 5th-9th. This year Uniting Nations Day and Language Week have been combined with the Language and Culture Week.
- In conjunction with the Languages Department, we are planning a Cultural Day on Wednesday 21st February to celebrate our wonderfully diverse community.
- Book Week will take place from February 26th through until March 2nd. Students and teachers will be involved in a series of events and activities celebrating reading and fostering a love of books, culminating in a book character parade.
On behalf of all the Early and Primary Years teaching faculty, I would like to thank the Parent Teacher Community (PTC) for kindly arranging the coffee appreciation event for teachers, recognising all their hard work and commitment.
As I have stated many times, what defines an outstanding school is not facilities, but rather the people within it and we are very fortunate to have such a group of committed and talented teachers here at GEMS (Singapore).
We have much to be proud of. I would like to thank all of our families for their continued support throughout the semester. For those students and families leaving GEMS, thank you for all your contributions to the school in the time you have been with us and we wish you well in the future.
Finally, I wish you safe travels, happy holidays and look forward to seeing everyone return for the new semester on January 10, 2018.
Neil White, Early/Primary Years Principal