GEMS Akademia International School - "EVENTS"
Special Assembly at GAIS
The students of 8 and 9 CAIE presented an assembly lesson on the theme 'Acceptance' at the morning assembly in November. While the pupils of Grade 8 dramatized a classroom scene on accepting a new student from a different country in the middle of the session, the ninth graders presented a panel of diversity. Each one of them introduced themselves in terms of nation, culture and heritage. The students brought their presentation to a harmonious end by holding hands as one to the song, "We are the world, We are the children". The assembly was successful in striking a chord among all present deepening the realization that our biggest identity is in being human.
PRISMATIC at GAIS
To commemorate International Science Day on 10th November, the students of GAIS and GAGS participated in the Inter House Science and Mathematics Fest 'PRISMATIC'.
Students from all the four Houses - RUBY, EMERALD, TOPAZ AND SAPPHIRE were most enthusiastic in their presentations.
The students of Classes III to VIII participated in Model Making in two categories :
Category I -- Classes III to V
Category II -- Classes VI to VIII including CAIE
While model making for classes III to V were individual efforts, there were also a participating group ( comprising 2/3 students) from each class for each subject.
The models were judged by Ms Rita Sarkar, Ms Sumita Chatterjee and Mr L W Hartnett.
Based on the assessments of the judges, the following students were awarded certificates :
Shreedhar Mishra, Sahin A Molla, Umesh Hansda -- EMERALD -- FIRST
Yogesh Agarwal, Ayantik Mondal -- TOPAZ -- SECOND
Saonjhora Mondal, Rishav Shukla, Gloria Thokcham -- EMERALD -- FIRST
Riya Ghosh, Shreetama Sardar, Lakshya S Vijayan -- SAPPHIRE -- SECOND
Archita Agarwal, Aaheli Roychowdhury, Sreya Dutta -- RUBY -- FIRST
Sneha Samanta, Kainat Dewan -- EMERALD -- SECOND
CLASS VIII (CAIE)
Aftab Hossain, Raj Narayan Sikdar, Aishani Das -- TOPAZ -- FIRST
Faiaz Nafis, Shrean Pramanik, Ishan Agarwal -- RUBY -- SECOND.
Christmas Celebrations - 2018
Christmas, the religious and cultural festival is celebrated annually across the globe to commemorate the birthday of Jesus Christ. This festival brings the message of God's gifts of peace, joy, love, hope and forgiveness to all mankind. The Pre-Primary children celebrated Christmas very cheerfully. They came dressed in red, green and white, wore their Santa caps and reindeer antlers and were all ready to sing, dance and make merry. A brief assembly was followed by a dance performance. Our Principal, Director, teachers and all the students also danced to carols. The children were thrilled when Santa came along with his sack of gifts. At the class party on the lawn, everyone shared the snacks sent from home while carols played in the background. The children of the Primary Department presented an assembly to celebrate the birth of Jesus when God is found in a baby. The children presented a Nativity play seriously and in all simplicity while enjoying several light moments. The special assembly was followed by the visit of Santa to all the classes. The day ended with the children singing and dancing to popular Christmas Songs. All the children enjoyed themselves immensely and went back home full of joy and the holiday spirit. We wish everyone Tidings of Joy for Christmas and the New Year.
Literary Fest was organised by the Literary Club of GEMS Akademia International School on 13.12.18.A bengali book written and edited by our students was released. It was organised in association with Penguin
Publishing House. Four eminent authors Aditi Singhal, Rama Krishnan Pillai, Ms Khairunissa and Ms Rupal Kevaliya graced the occasion and interacted with the students and parents. Students from grades 1 to 8 participated in the fest. Students of four different schools were also invited for the fest. It was a very enriching experience for the students of GAIS.
Boarding PSA -End Of Term Culmination
On 15th December 2018, the Boarding Section of GEMS Akademia International School, held an end-of-term culmination of PSA (Post School Activities). The theme for the function was, "Unity In Diversity !". At this event, the Boarders were offered a platform to showcase some of the skills they had learnt in the last six months.
Parents of all the Boarders were invited to attend the day-long function where they were treated to an exciting and enjoyable array of entertainment, sporting and culinary delights.
The children of the Boarding Section put up a wonderful cultural-cum-entertainment extravaganza and displayed their talents in dance performances, as well as, their expertise in playing various musical instruments. They also displayed their talent in both Eastern and Western vocal performances and mimicry. Their Music Teachers also played a special number. This was followed by a sumptuous lunch, thoroughly enjoyed by parents and students alike.
Post-lunch, some sporting events such as: a Volley-ball match between parents and students (gents), three-legged race for Ladies and Gents with their wards and a Tug-of-war between parents and students (both ladies and gents).
It was indeed a pleasure to see all the parents participate sportingly and wholeheartedly in all the activities which created a warm and homely ambience for all present. The quality of the children's performances was a noteworthy take-away for the day.
Award to our student for ‘Best Creativity’ by WBCPCR
Another feather in our cap
Sudipto Das Grade IX CAIE has won the prestigious ‘One Minute Film’ competition conducted by The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights ( WBCPCR) and International Justice Mission.
Category: 'Best Creativity'
The children were asked to create a positive message (video) on online sexual exploitation. Jury members included stalwarts of the film and cultural faternity and the Child Rights Commission had set the guidelines. There were three categories under which awards were given - CONCEPT, MESSAGE & CREATIVITY. Sudipto did us all proud by winning the Best Creativity Award.
This is indeed a great achievement. The Award ceremony was held at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre'
Lipichitra - 2018
The Language Department of GEMS Akademia organised 'LIPICHITRA': a poster making competition in Bengali, Hindi, French and Spanish giving an invaluable opportunity to the students to showcase their creativity and language skill and to raise awareness of their surroundings. The themes of the competition were distributed among three groups according to their grades:
Group A (Grades V & VI). Topic- We Need Pets.
Group B (Grades VII & VIII). Topic- A World Without Animals.
Group C (Grades IX & XI). Topic- Humans-Animals: Interdependence for existence.
The first topic helps the children to realize how important faithfulness and loyalty are, how important it is to respect and assist the fellow species who have their lives completely dependent on us. The other two warn them about their social happenings, how corruption in the environment is growing and defeating the wellness. These let rise to thoughts of the measures to be taken to have a brighter future.
'Fungamia 2018' the much awaited Winter Carnival, was held on 9th December 2018 in the GEMS Akademia International School campus.
The Carnival was inaugurated by the lighting of the lamp by the Principal Mrs Aditi Mukherjee the CEO Mr Lalit Bhutoria, and GEMS representative Mr Lawrence W Hartnett. Renowned industrialist, MLAs, leaders and bureaucrats graced the occasion. The extensive field was turned into a colourful fair ground with festive game stalls, food stalls & music, both recorded and live.
The audience was mesmerized by the acts of the renowned Illusionist, Mr David Nobo, and enjoyed being a part of his world of illusions both on stage and in the audience. . Mrs Usha Uthup, with her stage presence, warm melodious voice, and enchanting ways captivated and held the crowd in her world of music. The entire carnival ground became a dance floor with everyone tapping their feet to her evergreen numbers.
The upcoming Gems City and the beautiful school campus of GEMS Akademia International School attracted people from different parts of the city. The festive spirit and enthusiasm of the crowd of visitors and participants made 'Fungamia' a truly memorable occasion
The fifth edition of ZAPPUS, the Inter School Sports Fest was organized by GAIS on 30th November & 1st December 2018 in the school campus. There were 20 schools in all, including the Host School.
The Opening Ceremony on 30th November featured a specially choreographed dance with a sporting theme portraying ‘Let the Games Begin’. The competition was declared open by the Director of our school after a motivating speech.
All of us at GAIS are grateful to those schools which participated and encouraged us, and we look forward to having all of them with us again next year. We congratulate all the Winners and Runners-Up.
Winner: GEMS Akademia International School
Runner Up: St. Anthony's High School
Winner: Sri Aurobindo School
Runner Up: GEMS Akademia International School
Badminton (BOYS & GIRLS –TEAM)
Winner: Sri Aurobindo School
Runner Up: DPS North Kolkata
Winner: Pailan World School
Runner Up: Asian International School
Throw Ball (GIRLS)
Winner: GEMS Akademia International School
Runner Up: Mudiali Girls High School
Table Tennis (Boys)
Winners: Vivekananda Mission School
Runner Up: St. Stephen's School
Table Tennis (Girls)
Winner: Asian International School
Runner Up: Future Foundation School
Friendly Football Match (Girls)
Winner: GEMS Akademia International School
Runner Up: Asian International School
World Culture Day
Culture is a vital bond in the lives of people. It influences their views, their values, their humour, their hopes, their loyalties, and even their worries, fears and beliefs. In order to promote and create awareness among our pupils of the diverse cultural identities of all countries across the globe, GEMS Akademia International School observes World Culture Day on an annual basis. This year it was held on 29th November 2018 in the presence of our Chief Guest, CEO, School Leaders and parents who had turned up in large numbers.
The students and their teachers wore the traditional attire of the different countries they represented, and also performed vibrant dances and activities accordingly. The event began with a colourful Parade of Nations followed by the cultural programme.
Later, at the exhibition of art, craft, and exhibits of food, currency, monuments, etc, the students spoke about the country they were representing along with their traditions and cultures. The countries being represented this year were Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Russia and Thailand. The students and parents greatly benefited in preparing for this, as they learnt as much as they could about the country they represented.
The Counsellor and Head of Chancery, Deputy High Commission for the People's Republic of Banglesh, Kolkata, Mr.B. M. Jamal Hossain was the Chief Guest. He greatly appreciated the event and the educational values it imparted. Later he interacted with the Bangladeshi Students who shared their experiences with him.
The cross cultural symbiosis of nations beyond political boundaries, created an ambience of tolerance, curiosity and respect for each other’s rich and glorious heritage. It also tied in with the school attempt to help our students to think globally and act locally.
Traffic Week –Pre-Primary
With the Land Transport theme in mind our Nursery children were taken on a toto ride around the school to get first hand experience about travelling in a mode of transport which is different from the usual bus or car. They made traffic signals and learnt the importance of each traffic light. As they drove around the school campus the safety rules we should follow while travelling in a toto were explained. The children enjoyed this experience even as a very important lesson was taught through this fun activity
Special Assembly - Singapore Trip
Several students of GEMS Akademia International School conducted a wonderful assembly on 15th Of Nov 2018 sharing the experiences of their trip to Singapore.
This was the speech by Awrthi Sarkar, A Level :
"What a hot day! I thought November was a winter month. Well, it used to be 10 years ago. Do you realise that this is an effect of global warming? All of us here are aware of global warming being caused by human activities, but how many of us actually stop and think: Are my actions included in those "Human Activities"? Last month, 27 of us visited Singapore to Stop, Think and Realise how we contribute to the degrading health of Mother Earth.
Singapore's care is an example of the type of treatment Mother Earth deserves. Not only the government but every person living in the country also actively serves nature. Let me share an incident: we were on a walk through Mac Richie which is a forest when we were asked to gather 5 things that could help us survive in a forest. Among the 5 things that I had collected, there was a small branch of leaves which was lying on the forest floor. A passer-by stopped and warned me that plucking anything from nature is strictly unexpected in their country. That reaction was a clear indication of the consciousness and ownership qualities of the people. Singapore is certainly a country that invests on intelligence. The Art science Museum is an example. Besides collecting water from the rain, this museum displays technologically designed artwork. We had a good time playing with stuff at the museum. One of my favourites was a slide that had projected fruits which were cut once someone used the slide. Here, we were also asked to create structures which were tested for strength. What we learnt from the exercise was that any architectural beauty which we make needs proper planning and a strong head. Another thing that we got to know at the lotus-shaped water collector was the positioning of air conditioners; they should be on the floor and not at the top where we usually place them because this helps in cooling faster, so saving a lot of energy. Singapore allows Nature to serve the nation fully. At Gardens by the Bay, there are super trees that are artificial and display a sound and light show every evening using solar energy. Mesmerizing is what I'll call that show. Recycling is another regularly practised habit there. Newater, a water recycling company, recycles wastewater to make it drinkable. When we visited the company, not only did we receive an explanation of all the recycling processes but we were also made to imagine ourselves as particles and had to pass through the stages of the recycling process practically. At the end of our tour to this facility, we had to take an oath to follow the steps which popped up as bubbles on a big screen. Here, we also learned about a few steps we can take to save some water and energy. Some of my friends will now distribute leaflets, I hope we will all try to follow these steps. Singapore uses a large percentage of its available energy to maintain the artificial beauty that they have made. We don't need to build anything artificial because we have enough: the Sundarbans, the Thar Desert, the K2 and Kanchanjanga mountains, the Indian Ocean, rivers, plateau, etc We are blessed. We don't need to use much energy to maintain these; all we need to do is love, care and respect our blessings. In a way, mother earth is biased towards us. So let's take advantage of instead of moaning for more, Let's pamper Mother Earth just the way she pampers us.”
Children’s Day Celebration at GAIS
Nehru Jayanti is celebrated as Children's Day across the country. GEMS Akademia arranged for a spectacular programme for the students.The morning began with a surprise when the special assembly for the Secondary section conducted by the Principal and teachers ended with a shower of colourful balloons from the rooftop onto the assembled children ! It added a special touch to the celebrations,in addition to the colourful clothes the children wore.
The Pre-Primary children had a class party where they sang, played their favourite games , danced to peppy music and watched selected movies. There was much excitement when they were taken to the school park where they played and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Later in the morning, the teachers put up a very entertaining show for the Secondary students. The hour long programme of dances and drama was enthusiastically cheered and enjoyed by all the children. The programme concluded with all the teachers assembling and wishing the students through a specially composed song, Happy Children's Day.
The talent of the teachers, the quality of their performances, and their willingness to perform for the children, really helped to strengthen the special bonds between teacher and student. The snack packet provided to all on their way home helped filled any gaps that there might have been.
All in all, it was a very memorable day for the whole school. Everyone received a special snack packet to take home.
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.