Head of School Message: Planning Ahead…

Important Dates for Semester Two and Beyond

2018 has begun with a flurry of activity at GEMS World Academy (Singapore). We have welcomed many new families into the school and our community has been actively engaged in a wide variety of events and activities within the first few weeks. What a great start to the new calendar year it has been.

The leadership team has been planning ahead and we can confirm the dates for the next Academic year (2018-19).

Aug 13 - New students orientationJan 7 - Teacher PD (no students)
Aug 14 - First day of the new school yearJan 8 - Students return to school.
Oct 6 - 22 - School holidaysFeb 4 - 8- Lunar New Year Holiday
Oct 22 - Teacher PD (no students)Mar 30 - Apr 15 - School holidays
Oct 23 - Students return to schoolApril 15 - Teacher PD day (no students)
Dec 15 - 7 - Jan School holidaysApril 16 - Students return to school
June 21 - Last day of the school year

But before we get to the new academic year it is going to be busy this semester with a plethora of activities for students and parents, so I thought it best to outline the key events that will be taking place.

All details are available on the Events Calendar on our school website, click here.

Key Dates for Semester Two (January to June 2018)

February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018
30 Jan - 2 Feb: G5 Camp to BintanTBC Feb/Mar: PY Math Parent Engagement Workshop16 Apr: SY Parent Engagement Workshop: What type of music is most conducive to studying?1 - 18 May: DP exams1 Jun: SY Graduation Day
7 Feb: SY Chinese New Year Assembly1 Mar: SY Parent Engagement Workshop: Financial Planning for University19 - 20 Apr: EY/PY Student-led conferences2 May: EY Swim Gala7 – 12 Jun: G11 Group IV Trip
5 - 9 Feb: G10 IGCSE Mock exams5 - 9 Mar: DP Mock exams
3 May: PY Swim Gala9 Jun: Family Fun Day
8 Feb: EY/PY Chinese New Year Assembly11 - 16 Mar: G8 & G9 Week-without-walls to Laos9 - 10 May: Grade 5 PYP Exhibition14 Jun: PY Award Assembly
19 - 22 Feb: Language and Cultural Week12 - 16 Mar: G6 Week-without-walls to Pulau Ubin16 May: SY Parent Engagement Workshop: Conflict during MYS14 Jun: End of school year
19 Feb: SY Parent Engagement Workshop: Assessment in the MYP22 Mar: SY Parent Engagement Workshop: Concept-based learning26 May: Prom Night
20, 21 Feb: ISA (Grade 3-10)21 - 23 Mar: G4 Camp to Pulau Ubin28 May - 1 Jun: SY Semester Exam
21 Feb: Cultural Day26 - 29 Mar: DP Visual Arts Exhibition
22 Feb: SY Spelling Bee Competition30 Mar - 15 Apr: Mid-semester Holiday
26 Feb - 2 Mar: Book WeekTBC March: EY/PY Inquiry Parent Engagement Workshop
27 Feb: MYP Personal Project Exhibition

Please note: This year Language week and Cultural Day, (previously known as UN Day) have been combined into one celebration. By doing this, we are encouraging the students to discover different languages and embrace various cultures as they learn to become global citizens.

There are various activities scheduled for the week and all these activities will take place during school hours. It is our aim to embed activities into the school curriculum as much as possible.






Richard Henry, Head of School, GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

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