Art Takes Over

Claire Rimmer, Arts Subject Leader February 1, 2019
Art Takes Over


Our aim as always was to develop an awareness and provide opportunities for the arts to be integrated every day in many different ways.

Our focus this year was to look at and promote the sustainability of the Arts by integrating and appreciating it on a more regular basis.

The week consisted of 5 days, over 30 different activities and events, 5 student and/or staff musical performances, 2 Open Mic Showcases, 18 Local artists showcasing work, 8 parents sharing their expertise, more than 20 teachers running and/or supporting events and impressively 20 GEMS students offering workshops and displaying their work.

Whilst all elements contributed to a wonderful celebration of the Arts and we thank everyone involved, a special mention has to go our energetic Zumba instructors who worked with all ages across the school both in class time at lunch, and two of our fabulous parents. Helen Hinton proved to be a big hit amongst her interactive Early Years audience with her hands on music workshops, as well as with the older students during Wednesday’s showcase.

Hamish Betts, founder of Inspired Arts was also a highlight with his fabulous, creative vision for our collaborative mural in the canteen. If you haven’t seen it please go and check it out - combining many of our schools' different nationalities in the watermark and showcasing the four ‘wild cats’ of our school houses, this artwork beautifully adds to the history of our school’s culture and environment.

Much to the fascination and delight of our students, the mural progressed through several stages, from sketch to polished end product, under the capable direction of artist Hamish Betts.

All students from Grades 4, 5, 6 and 7 participated, gaining valuable insight into the planning, implementation and sheer hard work involved in producing artwork of this scale.

The artwork depicts twisting coils of fabric, each representing one of the four house colours of the school (red, blue, yellow and green). At the end of each length of fabric is the respective ‘wild cat’ of each of the four houses: Leopards, Cheetahs, Tigers, and Panthers. It looks fantastic!

Please review the Early/Primary Years Seesaw posts and our student-created Jaguar Raw for more photos capturing all aspects of the week.

We would like to thank Hamish for devoting his time, energy and talent in order to provide this wonderful experience for our students.


The Addams Family Musical

We are delighted to invite you to the Secondary Years The Addams Family Musical performances. The musical production team, cast, orchestra and crew consists of over 68 students (from Grades 6 to 12) supported by 10 teachers; the entire team has worked tirelessly since September 2018 putting in long (and late) hours.

On behalf of the entire production team, I sincerely hope you will join us for one of these performances in the GEMS (Singapore) Auditorium:

Performance Schedule:

Opening night: Friday 22 February 2019
Time: 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:45 pm)

Matinee: Saturday 23 February 2019
Time: 3:00 pm (doors open at 2.45pm)

The performances are open to GEMS students, family and friends (who do not need to be GEMS students). Tickets are free of charge but all seats must be booked using an online seat reservation system which will be available to you nearer the time.

We are looking forward to seeing you there! We hope you enjoy a taster of the students creating props to entice you further.


Artistic Opportunities

Look out for more information coming your way in regards to an inter-school talent show and art exhibition between our neighbouring GEMS Schools in KL and Penang. We won’t have quite the same range of attire that the sports team travelling to Dubai had, however, we are looking to take a group of performers to Penang to compete and showcase some of the fabulous skills our students at GEMS - Singapore have to share.




Claire Rimmer,
Arts Subject Leader



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