The DIAMUN hosted 650 delegates from 13 international schools and 15 local schools from 13th -16th of March 2019. DGPS BAGGED THE BEST DELEGATE SCHOOL AWARD.
The students won 8 out of a total of 17 awards!!!
BEST DELEGATE AWARD: Aditya Ashok, Danesh Sutaria and Pashan Sidhwa
BEST POSITION PAPER: Aarav Kanar, Aymen Azmie, Anishan Sidhwa, Ami Mehta and Partha Shetty .
Congratulations to the entire team! We are very proud of you all!
Athletes from grades 7 to 13 displayed their great form as they joined in the 3000m run organised by the P.E. department on January 31.
There were three teams with seven runners in each team in boys and girls categories.. The team with the lowest collective timing secured the first position.
Following is the tally:
1st position – Green Team (Captain Laksh Agarwal) – 47 minutes
2nd position – Red Team (Captain Manoviraj Lal) – 49 minutes
3rd position – Yellow Team (Captain Jai Mansukhani) – 50 minutes
1st position – Green Team (Captain Sophie Furtado) – 62 minutes
2nd position – Red Team (Captain Sarah Barros) – 63 minutes
3rd position – Yellow Team (Captain Masooma Abbas) – 65 minutes
Amongst the boys, individual trophies were awarded to Matthew Barros, Laksh Agarwal, Manoviraj Lal and Mohammad Anas for attaining the top four timings. For the girls, the trophies were awarded to Mariam Omar, Tanika Sequeira and and Kritika Kumari.
It was a great morning at school. The athletes had fun supporting and cheering for each other.
Dubai Gem runs to raise Environmental Awareness
February 24th was an active day for Dubai Gem. It was the day the annual Green Run was held at the Iranian Club, to raise awareness and funds about and for the environment. The event was open to all senior school students and they were challenged to run their best in 20 minutes.
From the girls, Mariam Omar of 9-A and Sarah Barros of 10-B ran the most; a total of 10 rounds (4000 meters). The event was successful for the boys as well, thanks to Manoviraj of 11-D, Matthew of 12-D, Jai of 12-E, Laksh of 10-D and Ayman of 10-D who ran 12 rounds (4800 meters) each.
Mrs. Laxmi Mohanraj and Mr.Rabie ensured the smooth running of the event.
Article by: Laksh Agarwal, 10-D
All IGCSE, AS and A level art students of Dubai Gem had the pleasure to attend a workshop conducted by the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) University on February 12. The workshop focused on the courses offered by the university such as Product Design, Multimedia Design, Fashion Design and Strategic Design Management, and the career opportunities in those fields. Ms Maggie, who held the workshop, engaged the students to get their creative juices flowing. Each student was provided with a notebook and pencil to map out their thoughts and jot down important points.
FUNDAMENTALS OF DESIGN: Ms Maggie started off the workshop with a video presentation on DIDI and its moto: Working together for the advancement of humanity. She went on to explain the fundamentals of design — analysis, innovation, prototyping and story-telling. She dwelt on each process in detail while giving useful anecdotes and examples.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: She talked about the job opportunities that included App Designer, Interactive Exhibition Designer, Smart Wear Designer, Recycled Materials Designer, Inclusive Designer and Harsh Condition Habitat Designer.
She also talked about recent inventions that used the courses of the DIDI. Eg; designing clothing for the people of determination would use skills learnt from both fashion design and product design; about the importance of critical thinking and team work and communication, especially for designers.
ACTIVITY ON BUILDING SHAPES: At the end of workshop the students were given little hexagon structures to bring out students’ creativity. Extremely motivated and enthusiastic, the students built eccentric and complex structures, some of which resembled flowers and buildings. It was an enriching and intellectually stimulating experience that left each and every student with a clear understanding of what the design industry demands.
Report by Nidhi Dave, Grade-12
Dubai Gem Private School’s flag was raised high on the morning of 15th February as students, parents and teachers participated in the tenth annual Dubai Cares Walk for Education. Students enjoyed post-walk activities, such as the Irish band and ice cream offered at the venue. The students had an exciting time and were happy to have had the opportunity to help those in need; they hope to participate next year, as well.
Student reporter: Olivia Thomas 10B
The students from years 7-10 were enthralled to begin the LitFest week with a sensational educational play Galileo by the Theatrical Group Artspot. The performance was based on the well-known scientist Galileo Galilei’s journey of discovery, unravelling the mysteries of the universe.
Speak Up Challenge
Secondary students voiced their opinions on pressing issues in the first Speak Up Challenge organized as part of LitFest 2019. The topics ranged from values such as respect, tolerance and leadership to pressing teenage issues including body image and social media. The purpose of this challenge was to enhance public speaking, improvisation, and wordplay keeping in mind the importance of communication as one of the key soft skills in the 21st century.
Students in the secondary expressed their creativity and knowledge of the English Language at the English language Exhibition through innovative board games, 3D models, vocabulary games, collages, quizzes and scrapbooks. Displays of students’ skill and creative writing included winning stories, poems and other exemplars. The Exhibition motivated the students to present their understanding in enjoyable ways. The Reading Challenge corner in which the presenters calculated reading speed was very popular among students and teachers alike. Reading Literacy linked to other subjects such as Math and Science was also a distinctive feature of the exhibition.
Each year, KenKen International conducts a competition, the biggest Math puzzle competition in the world that brings together the best KenKen players from around the globe to compete for the title of International KenKen Champion.
Created by Japanese Math teacher Tetsuya Miyamoto in 2004, Kashikoku-naru-Puzzle translates literally as “A Puzzle That Makes You Smart”. Hitting that exact right combination of mathematical calculation and logical reasoning, it soon became an international sensation under the name KenKen. As the story goes, “Ken” translates as Cleverness, so KenKen is Cleverness-Squared. That’s an apt description for this arithmetic grid-based brainteaser.
Dubai Gem Private School introduced the KenKen Championship last year. Its prime objective was not to find the best puzzler in the UAE but to get students to solve at least a few puzzles everyday, which ultimately helps them improve their basic math skills.
In KIC 2018, 21 students from DGPS (secondary school) won bronze medals and 3 students won silver medals. Ruhal Kanth of Year 9 appeared in the National Level Competition. Ms. Elham from KenKen International UAE felicitated the medal winners in a prize distribution ceremony held in the school. Vice Principal Dr Poonam Mahindra received a KenKen memento for Dubai Gem Private School.
KenKen puzzles are not only interesting for kids, but also a powerful tool to build problem-solving aptitude and perseverance skills in students. The school encourages every student to solve these puzzles and participate in future championships.
January 31, 2019 was a memorable day for me, Samar Fatima. It was the day when my heart was pounding hard. I tried to calm myself in vain. I was really nervous because I had never been to an inter-school competition. I was at JSS International School in Jumeirah Village Circle for an Islamic festival.
Around 150 schools participated in the competition. I was representing my school that selected me to recite a Surah from the Quran. After I finished reciting, I anxiously walked towards the auditorium. After a while, the school started announcing the results. I was flabbergasted when my name was announced for the 3rd position in the junior category. Everyone congratulated me and I was presented with a trophy and a certificate. I thank the Islamic department for choosing me and giving me the opportunity to show my talent and make me gain confidence. I hope to be surpassing this feat in the future.
Samar Fatima – 8B Student reporter
Science enthusiasts across Years 7 to 11 presented a range of spectacular projects and models at Dubai Gem’s much-awaited annual science exhibition held on January 23.
“How science and technology could be used to combat real-life issues” was this year’s theme of the exhibition.
Some of the exhibits from Year 8 included a colourful home-made pH indicator that measured the acidity of substances, as well as the classic “elephant’s toothpaste” that showed a chemical reaction between yeast and hydrogen peroxide.
The Year 9 projects were based on a variety of interesting topics, from magnetic levitation, prosthetics, and nanotechnology to neurology, physiology, and bioluminescence. Students also explored the important concepts of energy production, transportation, anatomy and even electrophoresis (DNA cutting). The exhibition was an opportunity for students to bring out their creativity and innovation; besides working models and detailed charts, students also touched upon the matter of increasing the sustainability and cost-effectiveness of preexisting or new techniques used in the vast field of science.
The Year 10 students presented three exhibits – the first explained the Law of Vibration; the second explored the use of polymers in today’s world and commented on the importance of biodegradable products, and the third was a water filter built by four Environmental Management students. This project aimed at raising awareness about how the populace in rural areas filters the water. All three exhibits were very well presented and contributed greatly to the success of the fair along with all the other exhibits.
The Year 11 students also presented three exhibits, which were based on nanotechnology, plasma, and sustainable transport achieved through the laws of physics. Students connected the topics of nanotechnology and plasma to real life by discussing how these technologies could be used to reduce different types of pollution, particularly air and water. The school would like to thank its teachers, ancillary staff and students involved in making this year’s Science Exhibition a resounding success.
Report by: Khushi Desai (8-A), Albern Agnel (9-E), Sarah Barros (10-B), Shiza Zia and Shubha Kamath (11-B); Student Reporters
First Prize – Website Creation
Shaydon D’Souza – Yr 12 D
Rohan Sagar – Yr 12 D
First Prize – Animation
Olivia Thomas – Yr 10 B
Nidhi Kothari – Yr 10 B
Sophie Furtado – Yr 10 B
Second Runner up – Digital Design
Zaid Kalsekar – Yr 5E