Dubai Gem Private School celebrated the founding of the United Arab Emirates as a federation with an assembly, on November 29th. The assembly commemorated not only the 46th UAE National Day, but also Commemoration Day-to remember and pay respects to the martyrs who have given their lives in the service of the UAE- as well as the birth anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The assembly commenced with a speech in Arabic about the UAE’s National Day by Israa Rehan (translated by Vedika Manghnani) of Year 10. This was followed by a video on the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The significance of the National Day for our school, was described by Sayed (Yr10), who also addressed the audience in Arabic. Head Girl Prarthna Lal, and Head Boy Aayan Mehta, further elaborated on the history and development of the UAE as an open, tolerant and culturally-diverse nation with accelerating growth in almost all fields, from education to sustainability.” For expatriates, the UAE National Day is an opportunity for us to express our gratitude and good wishes to the UAE,” Aayan Mehta said.
A short presentation followed, conducted by Year 10 students, Israa and Afiya on UAE’s current developments, including the upcoming Expo 2020, which was then followed by a video featuring members of the school community expressing their feelings about the UAE. Then it was time for a skit enacted by the Year 10 students, about the culture and traditions of the UAE.
With the dual purpose of entertaining and exhibiting the lively Emirati music and dance, the girls of Year 5 performed the iconic ‘Khaliji’ dance, where the hair is the main element highlighting the rhythmic movements of the dancers.
The school choir then awed the audience with a melodious rendition of ‘Emarati’, after which Shaheera Waseem, Midhat Salman and Amna Naeem (Yr 7) recited a poem celebrating the UAE. Finally, the boys of Year 7 rounded off the proceedings with a performance of the the traditional ‘Ayala’ dance, more commonly known as the ‘stick dance’.
The assembly was our way of celebrating the union of the seven Emirates, as well as the unique culture and traditions of the land we live in. In tribute to UAE’s National Day, students and teachers wore clothes comprising of one or more of the flag colours.
The School day ended with all of us still in a celebratory mood!
Shubha Kamath- Year 10B
Stunning design projects, innovative technological adaptations and the creative genius of students from over 90 different global Universities, were on display at the Global Grad Show 2017 at the Dubai Design District.
DGPS Art students from Years 10 – 12 were fortunate to be able to view the exhibition, accompanied by Ms. Maria, Ms. Vijita and Ms. Anusha, on November 14. The Global Grad Show is an event that aims to build a community of creative excellence which challenges and surpasses the expectations of a typical society.
The show saw a wide-ranging display of over 200 captivating design projects submitted by the cream of design teams from over 90 international universities. The display also included a nostalgic exhibition of Graphics RCA, that celebrated the evolution of Graphic Design from the early 60’s to modern day.
The ABWAB tent made of recycled mattress springs that showcased various art pieces, posters and even furniture from around the Middle East region, was of special interest to the students. Meanwhile, Ikea showed off a play of concepts that aroused the child within the viewer to see joy and comfort in all the furniture exhibited there.
It was indeed a wonderful and fascinating learning experience for the students of Art from DGPS, with each student having come away with something valuable to learn from the myriad manifestations of art forms on view at the show!
Shubha Kamath – Year 10
As part of the ‘Clean up the World’ campaign, Year 8 students of DGPS, began with a cleanliness walk around the school campus on November 21, 2017.
‘Clean up the World’ campaign, is a global community-based environmental movement, designed to inspire and empower communities around the world to clean up ad conserve their environment.
The campaign is a movement that brings together businesses, community groups, schools, governments and individuals in a range of activities and programmes that positively improve local environments. It is held in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and currently, over 70 groups are part of this campaign in the UAE, including our very own DGPS.
Ms Mahua, Ms Laxmi, Ms Naela, Mr Jawed, Mr Hany and Mr Rabie from the senior school were the teachers-in-charge of supervising the students as they went around, cleaning the environment.
The boys and girls of Year 8, put great effort into collecting as much trash as possible, with some of them even competing amongst themselves for collecting the most litter. The students’ enthusiasm made the whole exercise a fun activity.
The outing lasted for nearly an hour or so, after which the students gathered around for a group photo, posing with the litter they picked up along the way.
Overall, it was a great way to start a Tuesday morning for all the Year 8 students and teachers who were part of this amazing campaign.
Dubai Gem marks Diabetes Awareness Week
Dubai Gem marked Diabetes Awareness Week-from Sunday, 19th November to Friday, 24th November 2017, with the aim of spreading awareness and educating the school community about diabetes.
Several activities were conducted through the course of the week to achieve this, including a boot camp, a football match between the students of Years 12 and 13, and a Zumba session, all designed to get students active and convey the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Diabetes Awareness Assembly
On Sunday, the 19th of November, a Diabetes Awareness Assembly was held in the school auditorium. Nurse Rebecca, from the school’s medical staff team, began the assembly with a presentation explaining the causes, risks, modes of treatment and preventive measures of diabetes, a disease that affects 371 million people worldwide. This presentation was followed by a speech from a Year 8 student, Kashish Bulchandani. Kashish – a diabetic since the age of 2, described how diabetes had affected her life and how, despite this, she has managed to rise above the everyday challenges and live a near-normal life, stating exercise as her key to being able to do so.
The Boot Camp, conducted on the 20th of November, is an annual event that challenges students from Years 7 to 11, to complete a course of physically challenging exercises. Novice exercisers and fitness enthusiasts alike, participated in a sequence of jumping jacks, high-knees, lunges, jump-squats, skipping, sit-ups and push-ups.
The event, organized by the P.E. Department with the help of Year 12 and 13 students, was not only enjoyable but was also successful in creating awareness regarding the importance of fitness in leading healthy lives.
On the 21st of November 2017, Dubai Gem organised a football match, with the Year 12 students competing against those from Year 13. The match took place in the Iranian Club’s football field, with students from Years 7-11 turning up to cheer them on.
The match was an intense one, with both sides pushing hard to get on the scoreboard. The first half ended with the juniors ahead by one goal scored by Nikhil Laxmisan. Despite the efforts of the Year 13 students, the junior team did not relent through the second half, and the match ended with the final score remaining 1-0.
Conducted by the girls of Years 12-13, the Zumba session was held in the school auditorium on Tuesday, 21st of November. The dance-based exercise was led by Bhavika, Aaminah (Y13) and Anushka (Y12), and had students and teachers dancing to popular songs.
The Zumba session was a great success amongst students of Years 7-11, who appreciated the break from the school day and found the session an entertaining and fun way to stay fit.
In addition to these activities, students across all Year groups wore blue t-shirts to school on Tuesday, and designed blue cards that were put up around the school campus with facts about diabetes on them (blue being the official colour for Diabetes Awareness Month). The week was, overall, a great success in educating the school community about diabetes and the importance of leading happy, healthy lives!
Shubha Kamath, Nandish Karmani, Manoviraj Lal
Celebrated on November 10th, World Science Day for Peace and Development, highlights the significant role of science in our society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.
An Assembly for World Science Day, was held in school on the 19th of November and conducted by the students of Years 11-12.
The Assembly commenced with a speech in Arabic by Fizzah Zaidi (Year 10). After this, Purvi Harwani and Rameen Aslam of Year 11, addressed the audience and spoke to them about World Science Day, its objectives and the 2017 theme: Science for Global Understanding.
Following this, a brief video was shown on the history of World Science Day- which was first proclaimed by UNESCO in 2001and celebrated worldwide for the first time in 2002.
The Year 11 students then listed the strengths and limitations of scientific developments and the infinite and exciting possibilities that robotics has created.
Finally, in keeping with the Assembly’s theme of science and innovation, the winners of the DGPS Science Fair 2017, held on October 31st, were awarded for their creative exhibitions!
The Assembly, as well as the World Science Day Poster-making Challenge, was successful in spreading UNESCO’s idea that science, peace and development are both, interlinked and sustainable.
Vedika Manghnani and Shubha Kamath- Year 10
“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.” –Edwin Hubble
Science- an ever-changing body of knowledge- is governed by the need for exploring and expanding the boundaries of human knowledge, and is fuelled by curiosity. Without the scientific developments made across centuries, life would not be as we know it today!
The DGPS Science Fair, an annual opportunity for students to ignite their curiosity and explore these vast fields of science, was held on October 31, 2017. Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony by our Principal, Ms. Ibrahim, and an opening speech by Head Girl Prarthna Lal, the Science Fair 2017 was inaugurated and opened to thunderous applause.
Students across Years 7 to 12 showcased their passion for science by investigating topics that ranged from the physics of vacuums and submarines, to experiments that displayed the wonders of chemistry. Projects such as the ‘Gesture-controlled Hand’ and ‘Life on Mars’ brought in the theme of innovation, while the ‘Wind Turbines’ exhibit and an idea to collect clean water in our school using plants, presented ways to developing sustainable living.
Students, parents and teachers moved from stall-to-stall interacting with the vivid displays and models and participating in on-the-spot quizzes.
Originality, creativity and remarkable application of knowledge were evident throughout the exhibition!
Teamwork and its fantastic results were on full display for all to see! The entire school community left the exhibition, enlightened and inspired and full of admiration for all the Science Fair participants!
Following are the list of winners:
- Energy Conservation and Sustainability
|First Position||Second Position|
|Year 7 & 8||SUSTAINABLE WORLD
Midhat, Samar, Sarah, Shaheera (7B)
Hamza, Rehan, Syed
|Year 9-11||21st CENTURY REVOLUTIONARY CAR
Rida, Vedika, Garima, Zeinab, Simran, Simar (10A)
|WIND TURBINE GENERATED VILLAGE
Prarthna, Rhea, Shiza, Insiya (10B)
- Science and Technology in the Changing World
|First Position||Second Position|
|Year 7 & 8||WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION MISSION
Abhay, Praseeth, Shyam S, Rahulan (Y8)
|ROBOTIC RUBIK CUBE
Abbas, Hussain, Gokulan (8D)
|Year 9-11||EV3 ROBOTICS
|GESTURE CONTROLLED HAND
Madav, Kush, Tushar (10E)
|Year 12 & 13||COLONY OF MARS
Filzza, Ricardo, Muffadel, Kyati (Y12)
Hassan Abdulla (Y12)
3. Innovative and Inexpensive Designs and Technology
|First Position||Second Position|
|Year 7 & 8||STRUCTURE OF ANIMAL CELL
Kushi, Aliya, Zaha (7A)
|Years 9-11||HYDRAULIC CLAW MACHINE
Zahra, Miskah, Ami, Tabassom, Fiza (9A)
|PARTS OF THE BRAIN: MARVELS OF THE MIND
Sideeqa, Oarsh, Naomi, Hend (9A)
|Year 12 & 13||LIQUID BODY ARMOR
Sasi, Zain, Esha, Sasha (12)
|REFLEX ACTION: PHANTOM PAIN
Zenia, Ravvidya, Ankush, Gaurav, Fahad (Y12)
Special Prize for displayed models: VACUUM CLEANER by Ibrahim, Sayed, Mohit, Ali (10E).
Shubha Kamath- Year 10
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