29th November, 2017
'Success for all as lifelong learners'
As the National Day holiday approaches I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a relaxed and enjoyable weekend.
GEMS Wellington International School students, staff and parents have thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful Heritage week culminating in our National Day celebrations yesterday. I would like to thank all members of our outstanding school community for the support, participation and generosity in making the celebrations memorable, learning focused and highly enjoyable for all members of our community. In particular I thank our Emirati families whose generosity of time, energy and resourcing added significantly to our most ambitious heritage week yet here at GWIS with a museum, entertainment galore, student leadership opportunities, special guest speakers and visitors all contributing to an atmosphere of celebration and aspiration. Students reflected on the 46 years of the UAE in a range of interactive and interesting ways ensuring greater appreciation and understanding of the culture and heritage of this wonderful country our children can all proudly call ‘home’.
Your children will have their personal favourites memories of the week. I was particularly touched by the levels of engagement and enjoyment observed during peer led learning sessions where older students taught elements of social studies to our younger students, resulting in wonderful dialogue, communication skills development and interaction.
Other favourites such as the presentation by Mohammed Balooshi, a motorcross champion and KTM UAE driver, the Dubai Police dogs demonstration, the camel and falcon study and the traditional dancers, live Emirati craft, food sampling, henna demonstration and our Primary Parade which were enjoyed by all too.
A very special well done to students who took part in our Arabic Assembly yesterday, showcasing wonderful drama and presentation skills, outlining the history of the UAE in a creative and highly entertaining manner. To our choir who performed the National Anthem each morning - thank you too. To our student dancers and musicians who entertained during lunch times in our cafe and Jamal and his mum Mrs Madhi Al Mosawi for running a trinket and gift counter, providing real life learning shopping opportunities for students, thank you too! The list of contributors is a long one; I am so appreciative of you all and feel incredibly privileged to lead a school where parents are so active, contributing to wonderful learning opportunities and outcomes for our children.
Mohammed Balooshi, as mentioned earlier, present his story of perseverance, commitment and hard work to students in Year 7. The underlying message throughout the week has been one of dream big and work hard; we can all be thankful to have the opportunity to live in a city where dreams become reality on a daily basis and where in the words of His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum “The race for excellence has no finish line”. If you have a moment, please check out D6 of Facebook live link to gain a flavour of all that happened here at GWIS during the week.
Other highlights this week included Tea and Tunes where 28 Primary students, all solo instrumentalists, entertained a wonderfully appreciative audience in the Falcon Centre. TEDx on Monday saw 19 students, staff and visitors present their “Ideas worth Sharing” in a lively and thought-provoking manner organised by our 6th Form students led by Adam Khan Qureshi, Ali Syed, Sannah Ratra, Milad Khedri, Aura Jagada, Sufi Valadbeigi and Maggie Gonzalez.
Secondary sports highlights this week included a magnificent win by the Under 15 Boys’ cricket who beat Kings Al Barsha by 65 runs. The Under 14 Boys’ football team won their match against DIA and the Under 19 Boys’ basketball team beat CIS 39-37.
Our Primary School have been equally successful this week. Wins for the Year 3A, Year 4A, Year 4B, Year 5B and Year 6B Football Teams mean that GWIS have won 5 out of the 8 leagues in Dubai South this year – an incredible achievement with at least 7 teams in each league competing to be champions. Huge congratulations to all of the students involved in all of our teams. The Red Ball Tennis team beat GEMS Metropole School 9-3. They are now top of their league with one game to play next week. The Green ball Tennis team beat Wellington Silicon Oasis by 12 points to 0, their first ever whitewash victory, to finish the season in 2nd place in their league. A fantastic result. I would also like to mention our Swim team who took part in the GEMS Triangular Swim Gala at GWA. For some of our Year 2 students, this was their first time representing the school And all that in a single week!
Wishing you all some time to relax in the days ahead and looking forward to welcoming you all back to school on Monday 4th for the final two weeks of term; they promise to be action-packed and learning focused.
Again, thank you for your wonderful support; what a very special community we are creating here at GEMS Wellington international School.
Wishing you a restful weekend,