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:
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.
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:
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
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
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
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:
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:
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:
Congratulations to these students and I wish everyone a very happy, relaxing and safe summer.
See you back in August!
Secondary Years Principal