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GEMS World Academy (Singapore) Parent Newsletter
June 2014
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Preparing this generation of students with the academic skill-set to tackle tomorrow’s careers
 
Dear <firstname>,

Ready, set, go for a summer holiday? This will be a final newsletter until August when we move into the new campus buildings in Yishun – so, on behalf of the entire GWA Faculty and Staff, we hope you enjoy the short time away from Singapore making more wonderful family memories.

June 3, we hosted our annual Founding Families and Faculty summer send-off at Spruce, in Phoenix Park. Lend Lease construction project manager Tim O’Neill presented a slide show and update on the new school readiness. We are right on schedule for the new student-parent orientation September 1 and 2. First day of school is Wednesday, September 3. Thanks to the more than 175 student, parents, faculty and staff attending, the food, drink, balloons, magician, face-painting created a carnival picnic like atmosphere for the evening event. A special highlight was our first GWA students modelling the school uniform.

A special thanks to those who could attend and meet and greet each other as well as the education leadership team and current Singapore teachers who have made choice to transfer to our school. Our GWA Family is valued – and we thank you all for choosing to be part of it!

Finally, enrolment has certainly picked up this past month and has resulted in the need for additional teachers at specific grade levels. Please inform family friends with school age children that the admission/registration fees waived against tuition will continue through the end of August --- and any other fees deposited to another school reimbursed as a tuition deduction. Enrolment is on-going and open throughout the school year, until classes are at capacity.

Educationally yours,
Dan E. Young
Founding Head of School/CEO
 
 
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Meet our Teachers
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Ken Barker (Athletics Director and PE Teacher)
Mr Ken Barker joins the Singapore team from our sister school, GEMS World Academy (Dubai). Ken currently serves as Athletic Director and MYP PE teacher, with previous roles being the Head of Elementary PE and ASA Coordinator at the same school. Ken’s intimate experience of what makes a GEMS school extraordinary, and having been involved in start-up institutions previously, will greatly enrich the learning opportunities provided to families.
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Steve Betts (Aquatics Coordinator and PE Teacher)
Mr Steve Betts brings to the team at GEMS World Academy (Singapore) world-leading experience as a Physical Education teacher, and highly qualified swimming coach. Steve joins the GWA faculty as Aquatics Coordinator and school-wide Physical and Health Education teacher.

Steve brings to the GWA (Singapore) community the benefits of his Olympic experience, having been the Kuwait national coach at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Global Education expertise; Teachers - 'the best of the best':
  Professional Development'latest developments and best practice in education'
  Outstanding Results – GEMS students have been accepted into:
Last year over 90,000 teacher applications throughout GEMS Global network were received, but only over 800 were hired
 
Over 150 courses offered each year to teachers either online or at the school
 
12 out of 15 universities worldwide
6 out of 8 top Ivy League universities
The top 50 universities in the UK
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The GWA-Singapore Advantage  
Expert Parent Speaker Session – Supporting the Development of your Child:
Presented by Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of Governors – London Academy of Excellence
On Tuesday the 27th May GEMS World Academy (Singapore) was delighted to host Mr Barnaby Lenon, former Headmaster of Trinity School Croydon and Harrow, as part of GWA (Singapore) on-going educational speaker series at the Raffles Town Club. The topic of Barnaby’s talk focused on “Supporting the Development of Your Child”. Barnaby’s session was very insightful and he explored the sometimes challenging pathway in supporting, guiding and extending our children.
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GEMS Education:
Antarctic Adventure
Students at GEMS schools are provided with amazing opportunities!

A team of 9 students from GEMS Modern Academy in Dubai became the first school team to join Sir Robert Swan as a part of the International Antarctic Expedition (IAE) 2014.

Twice the size of Australia, Antarctica is 5.4 million square miles of ice, and contains 90% of the world’s ice and 70% of the world’s fresh water. Antarctica is one of the only places on earth untouched by Human residents. The expedition gave students a better understanding of the environmental concerns that are facing the world and specifically Antarctica. The group from Modern that braved sub-zero temperatures and camped out on the Arctic ice, and are now Youth Ambassadors who will continue to do their part to save the continent.
 
 
GWA (Singapore) receives BCA Green Mark Award  
Disney star visits GEMS World Academy
Disney Star, Jason Earles visited our sister school, GEMS World Academy Schools in Dubai recently. The actor, best known for his role as Jackson Stewart on Disney's hit Show 'Hannah Montana' and currently 'Kickin’ it', spoke to students about his journey, on acting and what it was like to work with Miley Cyrus. His visit was a part of a short film writing competition held exclusively for GEMS Students, where the winning student had their short story made into a quick film, and had their school visited by a Disney actor
 
 
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GWA Mission Statement The Academy promotes inquiring, knowledgeable, reflective, and caring learners who develop personal skills to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Reflected in a variety of defined outcomes and assessments, our divisional I.B. programs support students to become compassionate, lifelong, and actively involved learners who recognize the differences among people and will contribute to a better future global society.
 
 
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