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Looking Back At The Year & Student Awards

Jan Stipek, Secondary Years Principal June 21, 2019
Looking Back At The Year & Student Awards

Let me start by recognizing that we are a busy school: six lessons a day, followed by a huge range of extracurricular activities, lunchtime rehearsals, meetings, catch up sessions with teachers, fundraising events, student vs teacher games, Open Mic sessions and the Lunch of Rock, Assemblies and school trips. So when one moves a 100 miles a minute and gallops through the 7-day timetable, another needs a moment to reflect to realize how much fun we actually had.

I am looking at our wonderful yearbook for the 2018-2019 academic year and thinking what an amazing year we have had. These are the most memorable moments that I will always remember:

Trips and community service
  • Rice planting and mud fishing in Vietnam
  • Pouring concrete in Borneo
  • Hanging out with village kids in Laos
  • Community service in Cambodia and Northern Thailand
  • UN women day and gender equality initiatives
  • The ever growing and well-established Think Pink
Sports events
  • Seeing our athletes proudly wearing their GEMS sports teams at home and away games
  • Inaugural GEMS games in Dubai
  • Lunchtime friendly teacher vs students games
Personal project
  • Discovering what grade 10 students are really passionate about
Arts events
  • DP Visual Arts Exhibition
  • Open Mic
  • The Addams Family – the enthusiasm, the passion and the talent of everyone involved

Flipping through the yearbook, I realize there are truly too many events to mention and as the GEMS community, we all will need to go through the pages and make connections with our own memories and experiences.

I am very thankful to wonderful teachers who care about our students and spend more than eight hours a day with them. Thank you, all for your guidance, your knowledge and your passion for what you do day in and day out.


Student Award Assembly

I am very happy to be able to close off the year with the Student Award Assembly. the event is a celebration of student achievements, talents and contributions. I would like to congratulate everyone who has been nominated for one of these awards - there can only be one recipient in the end but having made it to the final selection is a major achievement.

I am very pleased to announce the winners of each of the category: 

Academic Awards

The award is based on grade point average.

Grade 6 - Rhea Sheth
Grade 7 - Edwin Cheah Boon Xuan
Grade 8 - Aurora Corbellini
Grade 9 - Evren Oral
Grade 10 - Alicia Soosai
Grade 11 - Hilary Chng Tze Qi, George Shery Ponodath  

Teacher Awards

Teachers have voted for a student representing the GEMS Core Values and the IB Learner Profile characteristics in the best possible way.

Grade 6 - Marianella Jae Exconde
Grade 7 - Edwin Boon Xuan Cheah
Grade 8 - Sam Poder
Grade 9 - Anushka Bhatia
Grade 10 - Josh Grundhoefer
Grade 11 - George Sheri Ponodath 

Contribution Awards

These awards will recognize specific efforts and/or successes in discrete areas of school life, outside the academic curriculum.

Service As Action Award - Isabelle Jeffries (Grade 7) 

For the student who has gone above and beyond in this area of the MYP (Grades 6 – 10). Nominated by HR teachers (G6-10)

CAS Award - Jade Thurlow (Grade 11) 

For the student who has gone above and beyond in this area of the DP. 

The Caring Award - Isabelle Jeffries (Grade 7)

For the student who has consistently gone out of their way to befriend and make welcome other students showing care and concern beyond the norm (grades 6 – 11). Nominated by all 

Innovation Award - Odin Schaeffer (Grade 8)

For the student who has demonstrated innovation and creativity in the areas of technology and/or 

Special Awards 

Artist of the Year  - Dhafin Praditya Rizaldi  (Grade 10)

Chosen by the Arts Department and awarded to the student who best meets ALL the following criteria:

  • shown the highest level of achievement in any field of the arts
  • consistently made a positive contribution to the arts at GWAS
  • acted as a role model for other students in this field
  • consistently modelled the GWA Core Values and IB Learner Profile Attributes in this 

Sportsperson of the Year  -  India Bowles (Grade 9), Tyler Yap (Grade 9)

Chosen by the PE Department and School Team Coaches and awarded to the student who best meets all the following criteria:

  • shown the highest level of achievement in any sport
  • consistently made a positive contribution to the sports at GWAS
  • acted as a role model for other students in this field
  • consistently modelled the GWA Core Values and IB Learner Profile Attributes in this field
  • one male/one female award

Student of the Year   - Sam Poder (Grade 8)

 Chosen by the whole SY faculty and awarded to the student who best meets the following criteria:

  • is consistently high achieving in their academic subjects
  • models the GEMS Core Values
  • models the IB Learner Profile Attributes
  • is perceived by all (Faculty and Students) to be a role model around school

Congratulations to these students and I wish everyone a very happy, relaxing and safe summer.

See you back in August! 

 

Jan Stipek
Secondary Years Principal

 

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