Senior Years Principal Message: End of the school year and looking ahead

Last weeks and days of a school year are always busy – semester exams are in full swing, teachers are busy marking and standardizing summative assessments to ensure consistency of marking standards between teachers, and of course writing semester reports which will be published on ManageBac on 14th June at 4:00 pm. 

Here are some highlights of other Secondary Years activities and events which are taking place:


We just had our very first prom at Marina Bay Sands last Saturday. It was well attended and I would like to thank the Grade 11 prom committee (led by Mr Fletcher and Mrs Cox) for an outstanding evening.


It will take place on Friday, 1st June at the Hilton Ballroom. It is a special milestone in the lives of the 2018 graduates as well as the entire school community. Agin, I would like to thank the organizing team led by Mr Cox.


Our Grade 11 students will be going to Tioman Island on a science-focused trip. This is an IB compulsory project that encourages students to appreciate the environmental, social and ethical implications of science. This exercise is collaborative and interdisciplinary and provides an opportunity for students to explore scientific solutions to global questions. 


 I hope many parents will join us for the annual end-of-year and student awards assembly.

When: Thursday, 14th June
Time: 11.30 pm
Where: Auditorium (Level 4)

This event is a celebration of our students, their successes, achievements and contributions to school life in front of their peers. If you are unable to attend, we invite you to join us via this live streaming link.

 In my last newsletter entry, I shared some exciting updates we have planned for the next academic year, such as the Middle/High School sections (still within the Secondary Years as a division) and the continued growth of our Diploma Programme by adding three new subjects.

I would also like to update you on new educators joining us in August 2018:

Hazel McClure  – SY Counselor: Hazel holds a dual UK/Ireland nationality and has had over 20 years of counseling experience in the international school context in the Middle East, Europe and Asia; most recently in the Philippines. 

Gabor Csaczi – DP Economics/MYP Individual and societies: Gabor is a dual UK/Hungary citizen and will be joining us from Qatar where he has been teaching Business studies. Gabor holds degrees from UK universities in Business, Finance, Engineering management and Manufacturing systems as well as in Education. Gabor is also a qualified swim coach.

Szilvia Cseko SY Learning support. Szilvia is also a UK/Hungary citizen and is joining us from Qatar after more than a decade of learning support work at schools in the UK, Hong Kong and Qatar. Szilvia holds a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of London.

Ria Millington Design. Ria is a dual UK/Barbados citizen and has been teaching Design for over a decade at a number of the UK and international schools across Asia and the Middle East. Ria holds a master’s degree in international education from University of Bath (UK) and also has degrees in Design teaching, and silversmithing and metalwork.

 Matthew Roberts – Individual and societies. Matthew is originally from the UK and is currently the Head of Humanities department at an international school in Germany after having taught a range of subjects at international schools in Singapore, the Czech Republic, as well the UK. Matt is a marathon runner and a jazz drummer.

 Ella Arentz – PE. Ella is originally from Australia and is currently working as a PE teacher at an international school in Sweden after also having taught at an international school in the UK. Ella has been very active in extra-curricular activities, such as Duke of Edinburgh assistant, morning gym sessions, yoga classes, basketball coach, netball coach and leader of the Horse Riding Club and cross-country coach, and has facilitated and chaperoned multiple adventure type school trips and camps.

Finally, I would also like to let you know that Mr Mark Gardner has decided to pursue another opportunity and will be leaving us at the end of this academic year. Mark has been a key member of the Educational Leadership Team since joining GEMS (Singapore) in 2015. He played a key role in our successful authorization as an IB World School and established a very strong Middle Years Programme (MYP) for our students. I would like to express my gratitude and wish him all the best in his new appointment in India.

I am pleased to announce that after an extensive search, we have appointed Kylie Begg as our new MYP/IGCSE Coordinator from August 2018. Kylie is originally from New Zealand and will be joining us from the Bavarian International School where she has held a number of roles in her 6 years there, including an Assistant MYP Coordinator and Pastoral Leader for Grades 6-9. Prior to Germany, Kylie also worked at the Australian International School (Singapore) and English International School, Prague as well as schools in the UK and New Zealand. Kylie is also a Mathematics and Science teacher with a Master’s degree in Education (Gifted and Talented Education). Kylie is a certified Google Apps for Education Educator and MYP Workshop leader, as well as a children’s book author. Kylie will be joining us with her husband Matthew Roberts and their two daughters.

Please join me in welcoming our new teachers!








Jan Stipek,  Secondary Years Principal, GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

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