GEMS Akademia International School - "EVENTS"
Education-cum-fun Tour to Shantiniketan for Boarding Students
On the 6th and 7th of October the entire group of boarders were taken to Shantiniketan on an ‘ Education-cum-fun Tour . Shantiniketan is recognised as one of the seats of Indian Knowledge, Wisdom and Learning.
The children had the opportunity to visit this serene and scenic township and to experience some wonderful moments. They were taken to some of the famous historical sites such as : the Deer Park, Kopai & Kopai River, Srijoni Silpagram and Amar Kutir. They visited a local ‘Haat’ where the children bought mementos and souvenirs of the local handicrafts for their loved ones back home.
They visited “Visva Bhari University” founded by Rabindranath Tagore, experienced the natural serenity of the campus, and saw the historic architecture and academic setting of the entire University. In the Museum they saw a multitude of personal and official effects of the great “ Educationist, Nobel Laureatte, Musician, Philosopher and Writer!”
Although it was an arduous and tiring trip, the students returned with a greater awareness and understanding of the diverse qualities of the genius that was Rabindranath Tagore.
A trip to Singapore
On the 6th of October 2018, 24 children and 3 teachers of GAIS visited Singapore on an educational trip. This was to break barriers and introduce our senior school children to a country only as big as Kolkata, but which has developed immensely in the last 50 years. Singapore is known to have one of the highest greenery densities in the world. Collaborating with World View Education, this trip was the second stage of the 3 phase programme to know, learn and practice Eco-sustainability, Environmental Priorities and overcoming natural challenges through planning, technological development and participation. The focus was on 3 key areas :
1. Learning how to create a sustainable living environment.
2. Ensuring that this sustainability is practised in everyday life and surroundings, and
3. Contributing to international academic collaboration.
This 6-day visit was extremely successful in its outcome and effect. Students were engaged in envisioning a clean eco-friendly and sustainable surrounding and seeing how this helps in balancing economic growth against environmental challenges.
Teachers Day Celebration at GAIS
Teachers’ Day at GAIS commenced with a prayer, and then some wonderful performances by the students. A classical dance, was followed by a fusion of classical and western songs. Along with very exuberant dances and harmonious singing, there was an exciting Magic Show. A fun game involving the teachers with "technical" assistance from the students brought the heart warming celebration to an end. Appreciative remarks from teachers and school leaders followed the programme. Everyone enjoyed the spirit of oneness and the joy of teachers being honoured on their special day.
Career Guidance Seminar
GEMS Akademia International School, Kolkata hosted a Career Guidance Seminar on 2nd September 2018 for our students appearing in their Board examinations in 2019 (ICSE/ISC/CAIE) and seeking overseas education opportunities in recognized institutions in the USA.
IDP (International Education Specialists) was introduced as an organisation which provides complete services including detailed course and institution counseling, application submission, scholarship guidance, offer acceptance, visa assistance, tuition fee payment, pre-departure orientation and on-shore support.
The following universities from the US were represented at our school campus :
1. University of South Dakota
2. Portand State University
3. University of Delaware
4. Indiana – University-Purdue University Indianapolis
5. George Mason University
This seminar provided a broad overview of the numerous career options available to students of every stream, with an introduction to career planning. It was an interactive seminar which assisted students in identifying career options and appropriate higher education routes for each, thus enabling them to determine the steps they need to take to equip themselves for the world of work
GISMUN at Gurgaon
GISMUN 2018 was organised by GEMS International School, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon on 1st and 2nd September 2018. Around 300 delegates from about 16 schools in the Delhi NCR like Royal Oak International School, SCR Public School, Scottish High International School, Manav Rachna International School, etc. had taken part in the two-day Conference. With the guidance and support of a teacher escort, 7 students from GEMS Akademia International School, Kolkata also attended and formed part of the following Committees:
UN Security Council- 1. Sorurya Chatterjee (United Kingdom)
2. Nidhi Tulshyan (India)
General Assembly- 1. Shreyan Dokania (Qatar)
2. Nand Rathi (Vietnam)
3. Karishma Agarwal (Germany)
Human Rights Council- 1. Sharon Sharma (U.S.A)
2. Farhana Sheikh (Qatar)
Achievements: 1. Farhana Sheikh (Qatar) received a special mention in the Human Rights Council.
This event provided excellent exposure for the students as it not only trained them in the art of public speaking and debating but also diplomacy, knowledge of foreign policy and international relations. It also provided them the opportunity and enriching experience of interacting with students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. They researched and debated on challenging agenda topics like the Syrian Refugee Crisis, the South China Sea conflict and the LGBTQ community, all of which which play a pivotal role in current world affairs.
CISCE Regional Football Tournament at GAIS
GEMS Akademia International School hosted the three-day CISCE Regional Football Tournament (WB & N.E States) from 28th August to 30th August 2018. The 59 participating teams came from schools across West Bengal and other North Eastern States. All teams displayed remarkable skill and sportsmanship, with some spectacular goals and equally spectacular saves Several matches had to be decided by penalty shoot outs. The final day was graced by the presence of Mr. Nabarun De, Secretary, CISCE, West Bengal and North Eastern States, who witnessed a truly hard-fought final between the two well-matched teams, the final score being 1 - 0 in favour of St. Augustine's School, Kalimpong. The three day program concluded with the Prize Distribution and speeches from our special guest and members of the SLT. Selected players from this tournament would represent the region at the Nationals later this year. ➢ Winner: ST. AUGUSTINE'S SCHOOL (Kalimpong ) ➢ Runner Up : PATKAI CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Manipur).
Raksha Bandhan at GAIS
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Richard Bach
The students of Pre-primary and Primary celebrated Rakhi (Raksha Bandhan) on 24th August with enthusiasm and joy. They made the Rakhis themselves and tied them to the wrists of not only their classmates to celebrate the special bonds of love and friendship, but also on the wrists of their teachers, Principal, Headmistress and other members of the school to show and express their gratitude. It was yet another joyful day for the junior wing of GEMS Akademia International School to see all the wrists adorned with the colourful Rakhis.
DAY I - 72nd Independence Day Celebration
The students and staff of GEMS Akademia kick-started the three day Independence Day celebrations on the 13th of August, 2018 in an innovative way. They visited various departments to thank their members for their services in making India a better place to live in. These are the same people who can be called our modern real life heroes who work selflessly to make our lives comfortable. While we remember the unsung heroes who lost their lives fighting for India’s independence we forget about our real life heroes who sacrifice so much of their own just for us.
The students and staff visited 18 different departments to personally thank their members for their efforts to work for us all through the years. We visited the Army, BSF Headquarters, Railways, Electricity Boards, Water Supply, Fire Department, Traffic Police, Kolkata Police, State Transport, Blind School, Animal Welfare, Old Age Homes, Cancer Hospital and St Xaviers’ College. The members were presented with a Thank You Card, a National Tri-Colour and sweets as a token of gratitude. This was highly appreciated by the all the recipients.
A walkathon to the nearby old age home, cyclothon to the Army Camp, the song recital - Vande Mataram and a dance recital on Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” were the highlights of the event. Various other cultural programs like the flash mob, fashion parade, songs, recitation and dance performances were enjoyed by all.
DAY II - 72nd Independence Day Celebration
On 14th August, our Pre-Primary and Primary students celebrated Independence Day with a special assembly. It began with a student singing Vande Mataram followed by the English recital of the lyrics, and the united taking of the Pledge to India. A short cultural program which included two dances and a song was performed by the students. The programme ended with singing of the National Anthem.
Day III - 72nd Independence Day
On the 15th of August all the staff and students from the Middle and Senior Sections of the school, gathered to be part of the finale of the three-day-Independence Day celebrations. The programme began with a March Past by the members of the Student Council, and the hoisting of the National Flag. This was followed by a brief cultural programme which included songs, a dance, the formation of several human pyramids, and an exciting Karate display. . The programme ended with the singing of the National Anthem by all present.
The GAIS Girls Team participated in the football tournament organised and hosted by La- Martiniere for Girls, Kolkata. We won our first match against St. Paul's Mission School(5-0), and in the semifinals beat CIS (2- 0)
We played and lost to Modern High School 0-2, in the final, emerging Runners-Up. The Best Player and High scorer was PALAK SINGH (of Grade VII) . We congratulate our team and coach for their fine efforts.