Every year, the celebration of Flag Day at Dubai Gem Private School, reflects a symbol of unity, patriotism and loyalty to the UAE and its wise leadership, and adherence to the values of the union established by the UAE’s Founding Fathers.
This year too, Dubai Gem Private School took the opportunity to promote and celebrate UAE values by the celebration of National Flag Day on November 2nd, 2017.
At 11am, all the students from Primary and Secondary schools, along with the entire school faculty, gathered in the school quadrangle, each holding a small UAE flag. The ceremony commenced with speeches from the school prefects, followed by the Principal, Mrs. Humera Ibrahim, who underlined the significance of Flag Day and also elaborated on the symbolic meaning of the flag, its colours and what they represent.
This was followed by an enthusiastic and spirited singing of the National Anthem by the students. Then it was time for the much-awaited flag hoisting ceremony, which was led by the Head Boy, Aayaan Mehta and the Head Girl, Prarthna Lal.
Lastly, the celebration ended with the students waving their flags proudly as they were dismissed.
Once again, Dubai Gem Private School eagerly joined the country in celebrations, by hoisting the flag in honour of the country’s past, present and future efforts.
As part of breast cancer awareness week in Dubai Gem, students from Years 9-13 got the chance to attend a stand-up comedy performance on October 25, 2017. The show was hosted by Dubomedy, the pioneers of the local comedy community in the UAE, as part of their “Clowns Who Care” initiative that was created in 2009.
The show was held in order to raise awareness about breast cancer and to bring joy, love, light and support for people with the disease.
The performance began with Dubai Gem welcoming Mina Licionne, who is originally from the US, and has worked on Broadway and in Cirque du Soleil as part of her illustrious career. Needless to say, Ms. Licionne lit up the hall with her stream of jokes while, at the same time, reminding students of the importance of breast cancer awareness.
She was followed by comedians Ms. Zara and Ms. Shaima, who both had the audience in splits with their wit and comedy. Wrapping up the memorable day, was the self-made singer/songwriter, Ibby V.K., who played a few popular hits, as well as some of his original music, which truly energized everyone in the hall.
Not only did the stand-up comedy show brighten up the students’ mood, but also exposed them to the various voluntary initiatives that are taken by individuals to show their support for breast cancer awareness.
The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2016, is a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that people around the world enjoy peace and prosperity. These seventeen goals were the subject of an informative, action-packed assembly conducted by environment enthusiasts from Years 8-12 on October 29, 2017, under the guidance of Ms. Bella Toscano.
The assembly opened with a brief video outlining each of the seventeen goals, ranging from eradicating poverty and social inequalities to ensuring the availability of clean energy and maintaining sustainable cities.
This was followed by a presentation by Israa (Yr.10), who listed simple yet practical ideas for practicing sustainability in our everyday lives. Later, Aditya (Yr.11) and Esha (Yr.12) spoke about the specifics of ‘Goal 13: Climate Action’, which identifies the global issue of climate change as ‘the defining crisis of our time’. They detailed the adverse impacts of climate change on human society and encouraged the audience to support the UNDP goals by following Abraham Lincoln’s philosophy: “Think anew, act anew.”
A recitation of ‘The World’s Largest Lesson’ by students of Years 9 and 10, was followed by the late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s presentation of: ‘A Letter From 2070: Save Water’, to reiterate the dire outcomes of climate change years from now, unless we act now!
The assembly concluded with a video of DGPS students sharing what the Sustainable Development Goals mean to them, followed by a melodious rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Heal the World’ performed by the School Choir.
This assembly was successful in making students aware of the seriousness of climate change and motivating them, to adapt a sustainable lifestyle and actively contribute to making the world safer and happier.
Shubha Kamath- Year 10
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, otherwise known as Pinktober, Dubai Gem showed its support by holding the annual Pink Week. Not only did the wide array of activities engage the students, but also helped them realize the importance of raising awareness for a cause.
Prior to the Pink Week, students from Years 7 to 11 put their creative skills to the test by making posters with inspirational quotes which they put up around the school. This was followed by the sale of pink ribbons to raise money for the Al Jalila Foundation, which aims to set up and fund locally-based research into the epidemiology of breast cancer in the UAE.
Following this was a fun-filled yoga session, appropriately named Pink Yoga, which encouraged the active involvement of parents and teachers. Held on the 24th and 25th of October, was the much-loved Pink Zone; which included activities that got students engaged outside the classroom in order to raise funds. Among the favourite attractions were ‘Identify the Song’, ‘Hoops’ and a Photo Booth.
Years 9-13 were given the chance to attend a stand-up comedy show on October 25, 2017, hosted by Dubomedy as part of their “Clowns Who Care” initiative. With the sole purpose of bringing joy, love and light for people with breast cancer, Mrs. Mina Licionne and her team lit up the hall with their stream of jokes while, at the same time, reminding students of the importance of breast cancer awareness.
Wrapping up the memorable comedy show with a few songs, was the self-made singer/songwriter, Ibby VK.
The Pink Week drew to a close with ‘Pink Accessories Day’ on October 26, which saw the students sporting pink ties, socks, bracelets, etc. to express their support for this cause. Parents were also encouraged to wear pink during the Open Day.
The week saw Dubai Gem students became part of the larger community, as they undertook voluntary initiatives with great enthusiasm, to show their support for breast cancer awareness.
Ami Mehta-Year 9 and Rameen Aslam-Year 11
The Eco-Warriors of DGPS, Senior school, organized an assembly in the main Hall, to mark World Food Day, which is internationally celebrated on October 16 every year.
The assembly started off with a recitation from the Holy Quran by two girls from Year 7; followed by the singing of the National Anthem, which was led by the school choir.
The main aim of the assembly was to make the students aware of the amount of food we waste on a day-to-day basis; this was achieved by engaging with the audience through a ‘Q&A’session in Arabic, followed by a skit on the amount of food we waste or discard in our very own school. The choir joined in with an adaptation of the hit “Shape of You”, to illustrate the ways we waste food.
The main guest of the assembly was Mr Zack H. Abdi, CEO of Provectus, a company that provides sustainable alternatives in collaboration with industry experts from the region. Mr. Abdi spoke about how we should make the 3R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) an important part of our daily lives.
The assembly ended with the awarding of the certificates to the winners of the Ribbon-Making competition, held during the ‘Pink Week’. The assembly concluded with our Principal Ms Ibrahim, thanking Mr Abdi, the students and the teachers who had helped put the assembly together; she also urged the students to recycle and help make the school as eco-friendly as possible.
1st Scouts Activity
Venue: Dubai Scouts Mission
On 7thOctober 2017, the Scouts from Years 6,7,8 and 9 along with their parents were invited to a special orientation conducted at the Dubai Scouts Mission. The students took the scouts pledge. This was a proud moment for some of us who had joined for the first time. The students were then escorted to the field where they were introduced to different activities including the scout clap, knot making, tug-of-war and various other team building activities. In the mean time parents were given a presentation on the international trip to Switzerland being conducted this year. The activities were supervised by Mrs. Andy, Mr. Amro and Mrs. Laxmi Mohanraj who were extremely helpful. At the end of the session the students were tired but excited and were definitely looking forward to the weeks to follow.
2nd Scouts Activity
Venue: Dubai Scouts Mission
On 14th October 2017, the scouts gathered in the main field at the Dubai Scouts Mission where they were divided into various groups of 20 scouts each. There were various activities like quad biking, pedal carting and team building. The instructors were very helpful and explained the correct procedures to use the bikes in order to avoid any injuries. We got ample time to enjoy each activity. The students thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the day and were very pleased to do something they had not done before. It was a tiring but a fun filled day.