GEMS Akademia International School - "EVENTS"
Literaria is a literature festival of GEMS Akademia International School. In this fest, the school focused on the literary and cultural diversity on a global platform. It captured the essence of all cultures linked by a thin thread (six degrees of separation). Our Chief Guest was His Excellency Eaknarayan Aryal the Consul General of Nepal. The student council welcomed him with a Guard of Honour and an “Uttariya” in true Indian tradition.
This year’s LITERARIA was experienced through the eyes of Goopy and Bagha, immortalised by the legendary film-maker Satyajit Ray. The programme was interspersed with songs, dance and skits; each representing a country of the world. The event concluded with the song 'We Are The World' and a vote of thanks by our Principal Ms Aditi Mukherjee.
Parent's Day Celebration
The love between a parent and their children is Always and Forever.
The celebrate this special bonding between parents and children, GAIS organized Parents Day in the school on 23rd June ’17 where the students of Nursery to Grade V expressed their feelings for their parents by singing, dancing, and recitation.The wonderful performances was which were enjoyed by the gathering.
Mr. Lawrence Hartnett addressed the parents and Principal Ms. Aditi Mukherjee gave the Vote Of Thanks.
Parents participated enthusiastically in the game: Bombing the City, winners were given prizes followed by refreshments which were served for the guests. It was a happy day for the parents and their children.
EduSports Partner League
21st to 23rd of June, 2017 marked the second edition of EduSports Partner League (EPL) at GEMS Akademia International School. This is the first time that the girls of GEMS Akademia experienced the magic of soccer. There were about 75 girls and around 250 boys who participated in this soccer extravaganza! Exceptionally talented players were identified and later felicitated in this event. The children showed skill and finesse while they tackled and dribbled the ball. GAIS is eagerly looking forward to another edition of EPL in the coming year!!
World Environment Day
World environment was celebrated on 16.6.17 by planting of saplings by grade II A. The saplings were brought by the students. They planted the saplings in pots painted by grades 6to 8. The little ones learnt how to plant saplings and this would help in keeping our environment clean and healthy. They were helped by teachers in the activity.
Rabindra Jayanti celebration
The GEMS Akademia family paid homage to Nobel Laureate Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore through a short cultural programme on his 157th Birthday. The lighting of the inaugural lamp was followed by an invocation composed by Rabindranath Tagore and presented by the teachers of the school. The cultural programme was enriched with Tagore’s dance drama Pujarini-based on a Buddhist legend, a song ‘Purano sei diner kotha ‘ and its Scottish Version ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and a series of dance performances based on Bhanusingher Padabali and several others works of Tagore by students from the Primary and Senior sections. There were also songs by the teachers, several prose and poetry recitations, and a violin recital. The vote of thanks and singing of the National Anthem brought the programme to a close.
Inter – House Cricket Competition
The Inter House Cricket Competition was held over three days, for the first time there were separate matches for girls and they really enjoyed the game.
The matches were for 5 overs each for the junior students and girls and the senior boys had their matches of 7 overs each.
Students were very enthusiastic to play and there was a spirit of healthy competition in all the houses, and everyone had a lot of fun within the rules of the game.
The results are as follows:
2nd May 2017: Winners: Ruby
Mixed Team - Girls:
2nd May 2017: Winners: Topaz
3rd May 2017: Winners: Sapphire
5th May 2017: Winners: Sapphire
World Dance Day celebration
World Dance Day was celebrated in our school on 28th April 2017. The children performed three dance forms - Bollywood Hip-Hop, Lyrical Jazz and Indian Classical Dance. As part of the programme there was a short prayer, as well as a short talk on the importance of celebrating World Dance Day.
Inter House Creative Writing Competition ‘SRIJANI’ 2017
The Language Department of GAIS conducted the Annual Inter House Creative Writing Competition 'Srijani' on 27th & 28th April. The students of Primary, ICSE & CIE departments participated very enthusiastically. Entries were received in all four Languages- Hindi, Bengali, Spanish & French.
The certificates were distributed to the winners at a special assembly conducted on 12th May.
World Book Day ‘DEAR’ programme
GAIS celebrated the World Book Day with its DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) programme on Tuesday, 25th April across all grades from III to X. Students, Teachers and support staffs participated by keeping all activities and work aside to read books from 9:20 AM to 9:50 AM. A few students were also found borrowing books from the library while bubbling with excitement. GAIS looks forward to many more DEAR events in the future with aim of inculcating reading habits among all its learners.
Earth Day Celebration- 2017
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22nd. It is a day to educate others on small, yet effective changes that we can make in our everyday life to reduce our environmental impact and bring awareness to current environmental issues.
At GAIS, Earth Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm. The teachers took the initiative and enacted the ‘Chipko Movement’ to make the students aware of the importance of trees for life on earth. Students also made Earth Day Badges, wrote slogans and prepared collaged to celebrate this very important day.
7th Foundation Day celebrated on 18.4.17
Silver Zone French Olympiad, 2016
The Silver Zone State Level French Olympiad, 2016 saw the GAIS champs don several winning feathers on their caps!
The State Level Winners are as follows:
Rank 2ND State Level-Ahmed Aradhya Islam, Grade VII
Rank 7TH State Level-Aryaman Ghosh, Grade VIII
Rank 15TH State Level-Anushka Mondal, Grade IX CIE
Rank 16TH State Level-Tanishka Agarwal, Grade IX CIE
Rank 34TH State Level-Mansi Agarwal, Grade VII
GAIS is proud of its achievers and wishes them all the Luck for their future!
Teachers ‘Assembly, 17th March
Teachers ‘Assembly, 17th March, 2017- The final assembly for the academic session, 2016-2017 was planned and conducted by the teachers at the end of the successful completion of the Final Term Examination. The assembly started with a short prayer, highlights of school-news of the session gone by, the thought of the day, and a teacher choir singing, ‘Forever Young’ by Bob Dylan. There was a short skit on the constructive usage of time and finally, distribution of certificates and trophies of excellence in school, Nazariya and Agaz-e-Dosti. The singing of the National Anthem brought the event to a satisfactory conclusion.
Nazariya National Level Painting Competition
“NAZARIYA” the national level painting competition portraying children’s view on environment saw students from GAIS participating along with schools from across the country. The competition was held both at the School & National Level where our pupils emerged victorious with their interpretation of nature/environment.
At national Level, Troy Thomas won the 3rd prize in the Junior Level Competition while Nandika Bhutoria won the Sub-Junior Consolation prize.
The other School Level achievers were:
1ST Sakshi Agarwal
2ND Keya Ghosh
3RD Tanisha Agarwal & Mansi Agarwal
1ST Nandika Bhutoria
2ND Shayaan Khan
3RD Rajrup Das
1ST Troy Thomas
2ND Aftab Hussain
3RD Dola Shil
The Kindergarten 2 Graduation Day was held on 15 March 2017. Apart from the parents and families of the students, our Director, Ms Hilda Peacock, Principal Ms Aditi Mukherjee and the HOS Mr. Lawrence William Hartnett were present. After the Welcome Speech by Co-ordinator Ms Sumita Chatterjee, and an address by the HOS, a video presentation featured the year- round activities of the pre-schoolers and speeches eloquently delivered by the children of Kindergarten 2. The graduating class presented two lively performances. Following the awarding of Certificates to the Graduating students, some parents shared their appreciation of the contributions of the school to their children's development. After the vote of thanks proposed by the Principal all present were invited to refreshments.
Special Assembly on International Mother Language Day by ICSE and CIE
The importance and influence of mother tongue in one’s life is utmost. The Akademians of GAIS found the perfect opportunity on 21st February - International Mother Language Day to show their love and respect for the language. The main purpose to celebrate this day is to promote awareness of language and cultural diversity across the world. The program started with a pledge and a prayer in Bengali by Rabindranath Tagore. A Short skit followed detailing the historical events that led to 21st February being celebrated as ‘Bhasha Diwas’ or 'International Mother Language Day'. The students also paid tribute to the martyrs through recitation and a beautiful dance performance, the student’s rendition of ‘Ami Banglaye Gaan Gayi’ mesmerized the audience. Our children from Thailand gave tribute to their mother language ‘Thai’ by singing their National Anthem. The assembly was concluded with the motivational song ‘Itni Shakti Humein Dena Daata….’ presented by teachers and students.
BLESSING CEREMONY OF GRADE 10 (ICSE) SECTION
“The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” said the great philosopher LaoTzu.
Similarly, the journey forth for a student from the school starts with the Grade X examinations.
This year the Blessing Ceremony for the students of Grade X (ICSE) was held on February 20, 2017. The students of Grades VI to IX along with all the teachers were a part of this occasion.
Mr. Lawrence William Hartnett, the H.O.S. and GEMS representative began the proceedings of the morning with an invocation to the Almighty. Mrs. Hilda Peacock, Director, GEMS Akademia International School elucidated the importance of examinations in the life of a student. She laid great emphasis on life - long learning, evaluation and discipline. Mrs. Aditi Mukherjee, Principal, GEMS Akademia International School addressed the gathering with a narrative based on – ‘We create great things unknowingly’. The ambiance was heightened with a harmonious presentation - “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing” by the students of Grade IX. The ceremony came to an end with the handing over of mementos on behalf of the school.
It was a moment of great pride for the teachers who set sail the ocean liners that they have built of the sailboats that came in their care.
“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
A friendly Cricket match between Sourav Ganguly Academy and Team GAIS
The young Stars blazed away! Sixes, Fours and the techniqueswere mind blowing. GAIS team won the match.
BLESSING CEREMONY OF GRADE 10 (CIE) SEC TION
“Excellence is the best ink with which to make your mark in the world.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo
It is with this spirit that the Blessing Ceremony of GEMS Akademia Global School for the IGCSE batch of 2016-2017 was conducted on 3rd February 2017.
Reading of sacred hymns from the Bhagawad Gita marked a fitting beginning of the beautifully orchestrated programme. Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowing in the wind’, performed by a team of students and teachers from the CIE section, filled the ambience with melody. The poem ‘Block City’ by R.L. Stevenson was recited as a dedication to our outgoing IGCSE batch this year, to inspire them to achieve their full future potential. The students of Grade VII CIE put up a beautiful performance entitled ‘Deep Siksha Ke’ to further motivate them.
The performance was followed by our Principal Ma’am’s inspirational speech addressing the students, enlightening them about their journey that lies ahead.
The heartwarming programme concluded with the blessing of students individually by the teachers in which they were presented with handmade-cards, roses and pouches of stationary.
It is ceremonies like this that remind us that in GAIS, the meaning of education is so much more than academic results, but focusing on holistic development and instillment of correct values for our future citizens.
Buddy Camp organised on for grades 3,4 & 5
Camping activities give children an opportunity to hone certain life skills while having fun. The overnight buddy camp held on the 3rd of February in our GEMS Akademia International School introduced innovative ways of learning life and management skills to children of Grades III - V. This camp emphasized self-reliance, discipline and responsibility and overall personality development. It also had creative sessions on Art & Craft, Zumba Session, Pitching tents, Strategies on how to cross a river, climbing a rock face, campfire and much more.
Professionals from “Hooghly River Camp” taught the children different ways of crossing a river and climbing a rock face using ropes and harness. This instilled the belief that each individual is capable of using their physical and mental strength together to face and overcome the challenges of various situations in life.
The Children also learnt the nuances of gardening and how to care for plants and thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and understood responsible independence. They had a wonderful 24 hours with their friends with music and dancing around the evening campfire. Pizzas, Maggi and a hearty Continental dinner added to their enthusiasm. The camp concluded with when the buddies sat and watched a movie together.
GAIS - Where every experience is a like skill.
Saraswati Puja celebration at GAIS
Devi Saraswati is the Goddess of music arts wisdom and learning. From the earliest mention during the period of 'RigVeda', till this day, Devi Saraswati is invoked to bless the devotees with greater boon of learning, music, art and culture and last but not the least - wisdom.
She forms a part of the divine trinity which retains and regenerates the Universe and is invoked on the fifth day of Spring or Vasant Panchami.
We at GAIS too invoke her to grant us wisdom and learning.
Cancer Awareness Walk
WE CAN. CANCER CANNOT.
CANCER - the dreaded C word that eats away at lives that still had so much potential.
It is empowering and exhilerating to be a part of a cause that joins hands to fight this malice. A call that actually makes a difference by spreading awareness that is critically necessary for prevention and early detection.
GAIS is proud to be a part of this wonderful cause called CANCER WALK, in which several city schools participated. The students were really excited and made beautiful banners, placards and charts that had slogans of fighting cancer.
The walk started on a sunny winter morning from Harish Chandra Park, Hazra - a venue made delightfully bright and colourful by balloons that were distributed to all the participatory children. It was extremely heartwarming to see the children with their banners held high, balloons tied to their wrists and faces proudly smiling. A 30 minute walk lead us to the destination - The Citizen’s Park, beside the Victoria Memorial. A fantastic event awaited us there with some celebrities from Tollywood and reputed city doctors. Along with a lovely music performance, extremely important messages were spread about Cancer awareness, how to take precautions and how Cancer can be fought if detected at an early stage.
The event ended with children releasing their colourful balloons up in the sky and adorning each other with colours of dry Aabir.
Along with the balloons, a hope soared in the morning sky - a hope of joy, of bravery and the will to fight against all odds.
Road Safety Campaign
GAIS students participated in a Road Safety Campaign on 13th January, 2017, in the Taratalla, Chowrasta and Thakurpukur areas. 36 senior students and Faculty Members were actively involved. This was in collaboration with Kolkata Police and the respective Police Stations.
Mrs Anjali Shah coordinated the campaign. Students at the allotted areas held placards relating to Road Safety. Traffic personal gave them the microphone and they explained the traffic rules and zebra crossings etc. to the public. Kolkata Police and GAIS really appreciate the effort by our students for creating awareness among the people about Road Safety.
"NAZARIYA" a National level Art Competition
"NAZARIYA" a National level Art Competition was held at GAIS on 13.1.17 under the supervision of the Art Department for students of Grades I to IX . There was enthusiastic participation again this year, and we look forward to several receiving national recognition for their artwork.
Week without walls: Primary Section
We have a deep rooted connection with nature. It reminds us of the divine, shapes our imaginations, divides our day and inspires many thoughts.
Our Primary Department conducted a "Week without Walls" with the first few periods each day conducted in the open, in our natural surroundings. Apart from their regular classes they had music, story telling, Science classes taken by the Head of School, Principal and Headmistress. Students enjoyed the experience of being in classes without walls, and so did the teachers.
Play Learn and Grow Together at GAIS
Children learn best when parents share in their growing up and learning through shared activities, experiences and stories. Recognizing this, GAIS organised a two-hour session of Parental Engagement - ‘Play, Learn and Grow Together’ in the school on 28th of January. Children of the Pre-Primary and Grades 1 and 2, and their parents, participated in activities like Musical Hoola Hoops and Decorating Cupcakes. A special demonstration of decorating cup cakes was given just prior to the event by Ms Garima Mahnot, Special Guest for the day. Ms Mahnot owns a very successful bakery –Chocó lust.
The children walked the ramp with a parent, wearing clothes made of recycled materials such as Newspapers, CDs, Spoons, Plastic Bags, an so on. Several children spoke very confidently about the importance of saving our Planet. In a surprise event the Pre-primary students were blindfolded and asked to recognise their mothers using their sense of touch. They were very successful in doing this. Participants and all winners received attractive prizes. Most of the parents wanted many such parent-child activities in the future as well.
ANNUAL SPORTS DAY AT GAIS
The Sports Meet 2016 at GEMS Akademia International School..Day 2...spectacular performances by our Akademians. .Drill..Acrobatics...Hundred meter flat race..Relay race..and more...All of them are the shining Gems of GAIS who have made us proud..Enjoyed to the fullest. ..
GAIS bags the 2nd position amongst 55 schools in the Eco-Acheivers Quiz, organized by Rotary club of Kolkata Yuvis and Inner Wheel Club of Metro Maidan and SAEVUS. Held on 10th December 2016 at The Heritage School, Kolkata, the quiz was conducted by Quiz Master Mr. Rajib Sanyal.
LANGUAGE RECITATION COMPETITION’KAVYAHAAR’
On 5th December, 2016, The Language Department of GEMS Akademia International School organised 'Kavyahaar', a recitation competition for the students of Grades VI to IX. The preliminary rounds were held in the last week of November, when students were selected for the final round. The language categories were Hindi, Bengali, Spanish & French. The eminent panel of Judges appreciated the efforts of the school in promoting these language and recitation skills in the children, and gave valuable suggestions for further improvement.
Geographical Trip to DIAMOND HARBOUR
A geographical trip to Diamond Harbour. ..Children did a survey in the village of Bhagabanpur. ..collected primary data as a part of their project work...They got hands on experience of research work...Children enjoyed thoroughly. ..As a geography teacher I would like to thank Gems Akademia International School and my management for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this project work.
‘Early Age Crayons’
GAIS held the ‘Early Age Crayons’ competition for Primary students this week. The drawing competition helped the children with a channel for expressing their colorful imagination and ideas on paper. The winners were awarded with certificates at the end of the event.
Felicitation of Harsh Jalan
Harsh Jalan, who scored 94% at the AS level and was the National Topper in Biology, was felicitated at the school assembly this morning. He thanked his teachers, and the school for enabling him to achieve these results, and gratefully appreciated the whole-hearted support of his parents
Ms Gouri Bhattacharya , Harsh's Biology Teacher, and Ms Santa Das teacher of Achira Bhattacharya, (National Topper in English 2015) were also felicitated for their significant contributions to the success of these students in particular.
World Culture Day 2016
"Celebrating cultural diversity means opening up new perspectives for sustainable development and promoting creative industries and cultural entrepreneurship as sources of millions of jobs worldwide – particularly for young people and especially for women. Culture is a sustainable development accelerator whose potential has been recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations."
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
The celebration of World Culture Day marks unity in diversity. However, as humans we are united through our culture no matter how different we are in race, traditions, ethnicity and religion. We celebrate life and being one in spite of the differences!
The Akademians of the Primary Section at GEMS Akademia International School, celebrated 29th November as the World Culture Day, keeping in mind the core values propagated by GEMS - that of Global Citizenship and Growing by Learning. Children understand and celebrate cultures around the world and learn to respect each for its uniqueness. Take a look at how our gems shared their knowledge of diversity in culture.
PARTICIPATION IN A PROGRAMME FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE
The students of Gems Akademia International School participated in a programme organised by the Dignity Foundation which is an organisation which is a non profitable organisation for the Elderly people. Our school took part in a cultural programme on the occasion of International Day for Older Persons. A cash donation was also given by Gems Akademia. This really inspired our children and were very enthusiastic to attend this function.
The Fourth edition of ZAPPUS, the Inter-School Sports Fest with a total participation of 22 schools, including the host school, was organized by GAIS on the 25th & 26th November 2016 on the school campus. The Opening Ceremony on the 25th featured a very sporting dance choreographed to indicate the five games in the competition. The competition was declared open by the Chief Guest after a motivating speech.
We at GAIS are grateful to all who participated and encouraged us, and look forward to having all of them with us again next year. We congratulate all the Winners and Runners-up:
Basketball - Boys
Winners : Calcutta International School
Runners-up: GEMS Akademia International School
Basketball - Girls
Winners: Calcutta Girls High School
Runners-up: GEMS Akademia International School
Badminton - Mixed
Winners: The Future Foundation School
Runners-up: GEMS Akademia International School
Throw ball - Girls
Winners: Loreto Day School, Sealdah
Runners-up: GEMS Akademia International School
Winners and Runners-up: Bridge International School
Football - Boys-
Winners: St. Stephen's School, Dum Dum
Runners-up: Calcutta Public School, Kalikapur
THE TELEGRAPH AMBUJA REALTY AWARD
GAIS got featured in 'The Telegraph- Metro', as one of the merit winners of the Ambuja Realty Awards for excellence in 'Maintenance and Eco-friendly Initiatives'. This is the fourth consecutive year that GAIS has won this award. #TheTelegraphMetro #LifeAtGAIS
Issue date - 23rd November 2016
Page number - 18
INTER HOUSE SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FEST
In honour of INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE DAY on 10th November, the students and teachers of GEMS Akademia had organised 'PRISMATIC 2016' - the INTER HOUSE SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FEST. This Fest gave the students the opportunity to read, explore and then illustrate through models, charts and their verbal explanations their understanding of many current and practical concepts and issues that involve Mathematics and Science in everyday life.
There were a few colourful Rangolis as well. Time well spent, away from the class, but nevertheless learning!
The GAIS team celebrated children’s day with a new twist this Friday as the school came together for a day full of exciting activities and special events prepared by the teachers for their dear students. The teachers stepped out of their classrooms showcasing brilliant talents in the form of classical dance, drama, and music. The children actively participated in the activities and enjoyed the show.
BLOOD DONATION CAMP @GAIS
In a recent blood donation drive, by the Terapanth Yuvak Parishad, Kolkata, GEMS Akademia International School has come forward to take part in this social activity by organising a blood donation camp at #GAIScampus on 15th Nov from 10.00 am onwards.
The Language Department organized 'Lipichitra,' a poster making competition on the 3rd and 4th of October 2016 for Grades 6 to 10. The topic was 'Festivals of India.'
The prize winners were awarded certificates at the assembly on 11th November,2016.
Participation in Junior fest Abhivyakti-Heritage School
Congratulating our sparkling gems on winning 2nd position in The Heritage School Dance Competition. All of us at #GAIS are proud of your achievement.
STUDENTS MAKING COMPOSIT PIT
As part of their environmental awareness, some of our students went outdoors to see how Composting happens in the school . They put all the green waste in the pit and covered it with a layer of soil, so the process of composting could take place. They learned the value of composted soil as a natural and organic fertilizer.
Our students get regular opportunities such as this to experience and watch first hand natural processes at work.
HEALTH CAMP FOR GAIS STAFFS
At GEMS Akademia International School we nurture happy, enthusiastic, healthy, motivated and productive employees.
Health camp organized at GAIS under the aegis of Bajaj Allianz and in collaboration with renowned Doctors of Kolkata.
WORLD RUN DAY
WORLD RUN DAY was observed this morning at GEMS Akademia International School. Students could run for any distance they felt they could manage. All participants had some healthy fun while they ran.
VISIT TO THE INDIAN MUSEUM
Our students of Grades 6 and 7 visited the Indian Museum, the oldest and largest museum in India, with over 100,000 antiques and artifacts. They admired the paintings and wondered how the colours were so real and vibrant. They were most enthusiastic in the "Egypt" room, with its real mummy, and many other Egyptian artifacts.
A tourist from Europe admired Kainat Dewan's (from Grade 6 C) sketch of a Buddhist sculpture. She also asked if she could have the autographed sketch to take back to Europe. It's always a good feeling to have the work and talents of our children admired and appreciated.
BOOKAROO WORKSHOP AT BITM
Workshop at GAIS - "Museum of a Million Hamlets
Glimpses of yesterday’s workshop-"Museum of a Million Hamlets", conducted by Mr. Parnab Mukherjee. It was a great pleasure to have this leading alternative theatre director, spoken word performer, independent media analyst, curator and a performance consultant by profession at the #GAIS campus.
Concept of SHAKTI BY AKADEMIANS
Mahisasuramardini or the one and half hour audio montage of Chandipath narrates that Durga is the primeval source of power, all qualities reside in her. She is one and yet known by many names. She is Shakti - the mother of all energy and forces.
The senior school students of GEMS Akademia International School presents their concept of Shakti, as the entire state of Bengal gears up for the much awaited celebration of Good winning over Evil - Durga Puja.
Photography - Sandipto Mukhopadhyay, Grade XI
Concept - Rohit Roy, Grade XI
Models - Sourav Singh, Sourav Dev and Arnab Kumar Deb, Grade XI
Voice-over - Ahmed Aradhya Islam, Grade VII and Anubhav Mukherjee, Grade VIII
Special Thanks to
Mr. Kalyanasis Sengupta - Coordination
Ms. Issani Paul Chowdhury - Script
Mr. Subhradeep Chatterjee - Editing
Events Team and the ENTIRE Academic & Non Academic Members of GEMS Akademia International School.
Eye Screening Programme
GEMS Akademia International School in association with The International Association of Lions Clubs Eye Screening Programme for School Students, organised an Eye Testing Camp at the school premises on 3rd October, 2016. 800 students benefited from this camp spearheaded by 5 Doctors and 5 Lion Club Members.
Finale of Inter House Declamation
The Finale of Inter House Declamation was organised at GAIS on 3rd October for the students of Grades VI to VIII.
Ms. Ankita Mitra, famous theater personality judged the participants on verses recited from Shakespearean plays. Expression, pronunciation, intonation, memory and overall presentation were the parameters of judging. The winners of the event are as follows:
1st - Aardhya Islam-Grade VII – Topaz House
2nd - Anwesha Chakraborty –Grade VII B – Ruby House
3rd - Arunima Pahari-Grade VII A – Sapphire House
1st position-Nisha Dubey-Grade VIII A – Ruby House
2nd position-Anubhav Mukherjee – VIII A – Emerald House
3rd position-Priyanka Mukhopadhyay- VIII A – Topaz House.
Competitive swimming builds the whole child physically, mentally, psychologically, and socially. GEMS Akademia International School organized an Inter-House Swimming Competition for the students to help them succeed at high-quality physical education
ANTHE Scholarship Examination
The ANTHE Scholarship Examination organised at National Level by Aakash Institute was held for our students at GAIS on 23rd October, 2016.
Students of Grades VIII and IX appeared for the Entry Level to the Foundation courses, while Grade X students appeared for the entrance to the competitive classes for Engineering and Medical.
We wish our students success in the Examinations.
An Orientation Program was organised for the students and parents of Grade X, ICSE on 5th October, 2016.
The Headmistress highlighted the important pointers about ICSE 2017 and also stressed the selection of the right Board for the students after completion of ICSE.
The subject options offered at GAIS for the ISC 2017-18 session were discussed and the proforma stating the same was given to parents.
At the Q & A session following the Orientation, all queries of parents and students were answered to their satisfaction.
#ranked no1 school
The Annual Education World Rankings organised by the Education World India School Ranking award surveying some of the best Schools in India and the world.
GAIS once again emerged at the forefront and was rated 1st in Kolkata and 3rd in West Bengal in the category of the Best Day- cum- Boarding School 2016.
The Principal, Mrs Aditi Mukherjee, received the award on behalf of the School at the Awards Ceremony in New Delhi on 24-09-2016
The School proves that hardwork and sincere efforts pave the way to success.
It implements activities and methods which give the students freedom to ideate, discover, create, persist and learn in a holistic manner.
GAIS is linked up with Educomp, ExtraMarks, Ummeed, Edu Sports, GEMS - world leaders in K-12 education, and various other organisations, and continues to make its presence felt in the academic and sporting world.
An Excursion to Dooars
An excursion to the foothills of the Himalayas in North Bengal was organised for the GAIS students of Grades VII - XII from 28th September - 2nd October., 2016. A team of 92 students accompanied by 9 teachers undertook the adventurous tour to the tropical forests of Dooars - rich in wildlife and natural vegetation. The students went for a Jungle Safari through the Gorumara National Park, visited the Rhino Camp at Medla and witnessed the Jaldhaka Hydel Power Plant and the Bindu Barrage at the Indo-Bhutan Border. The team also visited the ‘Viewpoint’, a place considered heavenly for nature lovers and also got the chance to mingle with and experience the local culture of the Tribals of Lataguri district. The final stop before heading home was Samsing-Suntalikhola through the meandering roads lined with tea-gardens. The overall experience enriched the learning of young pupils and left an indelible impression on their young minds. This first pan-school excursion served as an eye-opener to our bright pupils and triggered their quest for further such exploration in the future.
How to Cope with Examination Stress and Anxiety
At a recent workshop in school the middle and senior school students learned how to cope with examination stress and anxiety and do well in their examinations.
Special Assembly on Janmashthami
The Primary Section organized a special assembly on Janmashthami, which focused on Lord Krishna as a mentor, guide and ideal friend, and stressed his leadership qualities. The Class Prefect badges for the Primary Section were also awarded during this special assembly
Released a book in Bengali
At Assembly today, the students of Grade VI released a book in Bengali written by them " রাজস্থানেরকেল্লাযাত্রা " & " সবুজেরদেশে "
Teachers were also honoured at the same Assembly with Rajorshi Manna of Grade X - A singing a song in tribute to all teachers. This was followed by a short inspirational story told by Mr Lawrence Hartnett, and closed with the singing of the National Anthem.
The students of GAIS celebrated Teachers Day with a lot of fun, frolic and entertainment. The celebration began with the cutting of the ceremonial cake, by our Principal Ma'am and other teachers. The entertainment package included songs, a drama-"Opposites" and several energetic dance performances. A special Rabindra Sangeet was dedicated to all the teachers. These pictures tell some of the story!
Ms. Salony Priya Workshop with Teachers
A special workshop on "Basic Counselling Skills for Educators & Administrator to act as Pastoral Guides" was organised at GAIS last Saturday. The workshop attended by 28 senior school teachers was spearheaded by special educator, Ms. Salony Priya. The 7 hour interactive session focused on Experiential learning, Skill Based training for Educators & Administrator, Addiction & Abuse, Convictions & belief systems and Basic idea & skills for counselling.
Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated
The pre-primary students of GAIS celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi by sketching, painting and decorating Lord Ganesha in their Art & Craft Activity Class.
Indian School of Business and Finance
On 9th of September 2016, resource persons from the Indian School of Business and Finance addressed our senior students. They shared options for future careers, opportunities available abroad, as well as courses offered by ISBF itself. The Question & Answer session that followed proved useful in clarifying doubts.
On the onset of India's 70th Independence Day, a special themed assembly on “A salute to the mother land” was organized at GAIS.
The Assembly began with a prayer and a pledge by students. Students paid tribute to freedom fighters for their great efforts, hard struggle and sacrifices made for the independence of our nation. A student of Grade IX sang a patriotic song in honour of our mother land.
Also on this day students who have excelled in the board examination were felicitated along with winners of Youth Fest 2016 and “Student of the Month” from all the grades.
Session with the Human Resource Department
The Senior School Students recently had a session with the Human Resource Department of GAIS, to understand the organizational structure of our school. They were briefed about the various aspects of employment, labour law compliance, administration functionalities and some aspects of recruitment, dismissal and chain of command.
Throw your dreams into space like a kite and you do not know what it will bring back... a new life, a new friend...
Celebrating festivals is an important way to teach our children diversity of cultures and live harmoniously. Today at GAIS the students of primary and pre-primary flew kites along with their teachers to celebrate Vishwakarma Puja at the school premises.
Salony Priya, noted Counseling Psychologist working at GAIS
Salony Priya, noted Counseling Psychologist working in the area of Education Management, Human Development Training & Educational Consulting, conducted a workshop for the GAIS students. Effective Goal Setting, Enhancing Leadership Skills, dealing with choices and desires, were some of the topics they discussed.
These psychological counseling programmes are very helpful in enabling and empowering adolescents to think positively about and for their futures. The children enjoyed the interactions.
Aakash Institute held an Orientation Programme in the school
Aakash Institute held an Orientation Programme in the school which was attended by students from grade 8 upwards along with their parents and teachers. It was a counseling session, aimed at introducing the tie-up between the school and Aakash Institute motivating the students about doing well and cracking the Medical and Engineering Entrance Examinations. The information shared helped many of the senior school students get a perspective regarding the career choices they will be making in the future.
Fire Drill was Conducted in School
A fire drill was conducted in school by Mr. Kajol Sinha, Fire Engineer with the students of grades 2 to 10, along with all their teachers and other staff of the school. He specified all the Dos and Don't s to be observed in the event of a fire, and had the security staff demonstrate how children and adults should be evacuated in cases of injury, etc. It was a very useful exercise.
Annual Health Check-ups at GAIS
The school conducts annual health check-ups at which the school doctor carries out routine medical checks for all students, the reports of which will go to their annual report card. Students with coughs and colds, or viral fevers are treated by the doctor, and nursing staff and made to rest in the school infirmary. We encourage our students to maintain hygienic and healthy life styles so they don't fall ill too often.
An Inter-House Cricket Tournament
An Inter-House Cricket Tournament for boys was recently organized. There were some very exciting matches. The winners were ; Primary: Emerald; Middle School : Topaz; Senior School : Ruby.
The all round development of children continues to be a clear objective.
International Youth Day (IYD)
International Youth Day (IYD) is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues concerning the world's youth.
At GAIS today, the students entered, entertained and enjoyed themselves in the two major events of the day's celebrations ... JAM and a Ramp Walk...the students sang, performed magic and skits, a beat boxing number, and ended with a rousing fashion show. The results will be declared on 15th August 2016.
Celebrated our Country’s 70th Independence Day
We celebrated our country’s 70th Independence Day in a special way this year. We invited senior citizens from an old age home, Shanti Niwas, to our Flag Hoisting ceremony. We felicitated them and handed over tokens to honour them. As part of the ceremony there was a March Past by the students, followed by the hoisting of the flag by the Principal. Our special guests were escorted home soon after with take-away snacks and fond memories.
An entertaining programme of dances and patriotic songs was presented by the students in the Sports Centre in honour of the occasion, concluding with the singing of the National Anthem.
ASISC Zonal Creative Writing Competition
Anubhav Mukherjee of Grade VIII participated in the ASISC Zonal Creative Writing Competition and Mom Mondal of Grade VIII participated in ASISC Zonal Drawing Competition held on 20th August.
Nisha Dubey of Grade VIII made GAIS proud, by securing the 2nd position in the Preliminary Round of ASISC Declamation held on 20th August.
Her topic was Sachin Tendulkar's Farewell Speech.
Wishing Nisha all the very best for the next level of competition.
Grade VII students enacted a drama
Grade VII students enacted a drama, ‘The Boy Comes Home’ by A.A. Milne in their scheduled English Literature class today, as a part of their Non-Formal Assessments in Term 1.
The students participated in auditions, idea-ted the costumes and also role-played in terms of cross-gender and dual-characters' performance. The entire class of VII participated in this act together, facilitated by their English Teacher.
Edusports Partner League
At GEMS Akademia International School, systematic and planned endeavours are implemented to nurture the latent potential among the upcoming sportsmen and women through intensive training and structured theoretical classes in a variety of sports like Cricket, Football, Badminton, Basketball, Swimming, Billiards and Gymnastics as part of the Physical Education curriculum in the CIE and ICSE departments.
The three-day long Edusports Partner League [EPL] was kick-started by the HOS, Mr Lawrence William Hartnett and the Principal of GAIS, Mrs Aditi Mukherjee on 30th June’16. The parents of all the participants had been sent personal invitation letters prior in the week to be present during the event and provide support as well as encouragement to their children, thereby being a part of their holistic development through sporting education.
The students ranging from grades III to XII came up with a range of answers on being asked about what they had learnt from the EPL by the Principal before the Prize distribution ceremony. They shouted words like ‘Teamwork’, ‘Practice’, ‘Co-operation’, ‘Friendship’ and phrases like ‘Never Give Up’ and ‘Giving the Best’ ! The school also benefitted from the successful staging of the first EPL by presenting an Intra-School Platform before the talented sporting individuals of the upcoming generation as well as communicating to the parents that they are welcome to mentor their children’s dreams while being assured about their quality education to qualify for global citizenship.
Acknowledging the important role that parents play in the lives and progress of their children, GAIS celebrated Parent's Day, with some wounderful dances from the Pre-Primary, Grade 1 and Grade 2 children. GAIS also organised an interesting Quiz and a Team Building game for the parents. The programme was enthusiastically supported and appreciated by the parents and children alike
International Yoga Day
On International Yoga Day the students of GAIS performed several yajnas along with many others all over the world. Students are encouraged and expected to practise meditation and relaxing techniques while on the way to school. The benefits of yoga are explained often so that its practice becomes prevalent.
Inter House Basketball Tournament
GEMS Akademia International School has organized an Inter house Basketball competition. It was held at the sports center in school campus from 11th to 13th of May,2016.. Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire and Topaz - Four houses participated in the game.Topaz house was declared the winner.
A Trip To The Town Hall
On Tuesday, 10th Of May, 2016, the students of grades VII, VIII, IX CIE set out for a Field Trip to the Town Hall, Kolkata. A Town Hall personnel accompanied the GEMS Akademia International School team through the audio-visual trail and explained in English even though an audio commentary was playing in Bengali in the backdrop. It started with Early Kolkata’s depiction, Monosha Mongol kabyo that talks about the city of Kolkata, Job Charnock’s contribution, Battle of Plassey, Bengal Renaissance, Founders of the Bengal Renaissance, Music of Kolkata, old instruments for playing songs, Photo Galleries on Mechanical Technology, Steamboats on Ganges, Electric Graph, Great Trigonometrical Survey. The tour proceeded through a Craft’s Village, the Indian Freedom Struggle, The Golden Time. The Panoramic Projection starting with the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 and ending with the freedom of India from the British Rule in 1947 was the highlight of the day! The tour was also took the team through the Sporting, Literary, Performing Arts and Celluloid domains of the City of Joy and finally ended with the gallery of Nobel Laureates who had worked in or belonged from Kolkata. The students posed for group photographs after completion of the Field Trip with their teachers outside the Town Hall and even in the School-bus. Students thoroughly enjoyed their journey back, having learnt immensely on the golden heritage of the city of Kolkata, once known as Calcutta, the Capital of British India.
Mother's Day Celebration
Mothers are Special. This Mother’s Day our students did something special for their mothers.
They wrote letters and made cards to honour their mothers for the love, care, sacrifice and selflessness they always have for their children.
An Educational Trip to BITM
To give our young and inquisitive students of grade VI and VII an exposure to the wonders of Science and Technology, a visit to Birla Industrial & TechnologicalMuseum was organized by the GEMS Akademia International School. Around 120 students along with 10 teachers visited BITM on 6th May 2016.
Students were exposed to numerous science hands on models, where they learned various scientific concepts in fun ways.
Language Inter House Creative Writing Competition
The Language Department of GEMS AkademiaInternational School organized ‘Srijani’, an Inter-House Creative Writing Competition (in Hindi, Bengali, Spanish and French) from 02.05.16 to 05.05.16 in the respective language classes. Interesting topics were assigned according to the various Grades of the students. The best compositions were judged on the basis of spelling, framing of sentences, vocabulary, content and presentation. Certificates were awarded to the winners by Mr. Lawrence William Hartnett at a special assembly on 13th May, 2016.
English Inter House Creative Writing Competition
“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” – Gustave Flaubert
Writing is the primary basis upon which our work, our learning, and our intellect is judged. It helps us express who we are as individuals.
The Inter House Creative Writing Competition was organized by the Department of English on 25th April, 2016 to hone the writing skills of students and help them express their thoughts and ideas, The competition was held over two rounds where students were judged on the basis of their imagination, creativity, style, presentation, content and vocabulary.
The students participated very enthusiastically and expressed themselves quite creatively. The competition provided a welcome change from the daily classroom teaching – learning, and also a chance to develop their creative sides.
The Winners were awarded Certificates at a special Assembly on 13th May 2016.
GAIS celebrated “Panchishe Baishakh” the 155th birth anniversary of the bard, Rabindranath Tagore on the 9th of May, 2016 Monday. Rabindranath Tagore is the poet who celebrated life and expressed every human emotion through his poetry. The students presented “Rhitu Ranga” or the Dance of the Season, a part of his famous dance-drama "Chandalika" was also staged by the students, here at GAIS. It celebrated life, colour and exuberance of the bard’s wonderful creations.
School Annual Function 2016
The 31st. January was a very proud day for the Akademians, the first annual function of the school was held in Kala mandir in two parts. The junior school performing from 10 am to 12 noon and the senior school performing from 2 pm to 4 pm. The juniors took the audience all around the World introducing them to different characters and songs of various regions of the World. The seniors too gave an applauding performance with the grand finale standing out to be the best of performances
Nitrides: The rainbow material
Young students with curious mind, from GEMS Akademia international school participated in a scientific session was organised by BITM Kolkata in collaboration with British council on 28 January 2016. Students attended the session with much enthusiasm at around 10.30 am at BITM. The talk was graced by eminent scientist Professor Carol Trager Cowenfrom department of physics, University of Strathclyde. Professor Cowen gave an insight about gallium ( indium) nitrides, their generation, types, future research going on in making Nitride based semiconductor Light emitting diodes(LEDs) and the difficulties faced by scientist all over the world in developing Red light emitting LEDs.
Professor Carol in a very lucid and easy way told the young group of students how these LEDs can be helpful in reducing energy consumption crisis, reduce global warming etc. During the talk students got an insight of the present international scenario in the fields of research and development in Nitride based semiconductor LEDs. The session concluded with Professor Carol answering in an interactive question answer session
A Thrill-filled Happy Street
The hostel students of grade I to V had a thrilling experience on the streets of Park Street on 17th. Of January. The students played cricket, football, street drawing and had fun dancing with their friends on a chilly winter morning. It was a wonderful experience for them as they enjoyed themselves in pollution and noise free streets of Kolkata. It was a privilege for the students to participate in the event organized by the school.
TTIS Challenge 2016
The prelims of the TTIS challenge 2016 were held from 20th. – 22nd. January, at City Center, Salt Lake. GAIS students of grade 10 and 11 participated in B-boying, X-factor and Tug-Of-War. They put up a good fight in the above mentioned events and learnt a lot from the other participants. Although the competition was very tough one GAIS managed to qualify for the 2nd. Round. It was really a good exposure for the students.
A Visit to an old age Home
All the boarders from grades 7-12 got the opportunity to visit an old age home, ”The sisters of the poor” on 16th. January. Students distributed old clothes collected during the joy giving week, to the inmates of the home. The place was very neat and clean. The students sang songs for the inmates which they really enjoyed showered their blessings on them. The children prayed in the nearby chapel for the aged. After interaction with senior citizens, they were moved by the story of each of the inmates.
Alchemia 2015, A Science fest was organized by GAIS on 27.11.15.Around 11 schools participated in various competitions, such as Quiz, Model making, Rangoli, Best out of waste, Cartoon Creation and photography. GAIS had also set up games stalls for fun and entertainment. GAIS students won laurels in all the categories except quiz.
A VISIT TO ANTARAGRAM
Date: 24th Nov’ 2015 No. of participants: 31 students accompanied by 2counsellors, 1 special educator. 20 boarders and 11 day scholars went for a visit to Antara Gram to have an orientation on substance abuse. After initial introductory session, the students interacted with few inmates (mixed group of alcoholics, drug addicts, smokers, etc.) along with a psychiatrist specialised in substance abuse. Students got to know their case history: how they started, how they got into addiction, effect on their social and personal lives, emotional conditions related to addiction, physiological effects, withdrawal symptoms, co-dependence and substance dependence, treatment and relapse, etc. Students even got practical evidence, in an open forum how an established engineer got into drug addiction and ruined his career and social life and spending his days in a rehab centre. The patients realised and admitted, “social life is not about whatsapp, tweeter and facebook….it’s your family and surroundings”.
WORLD CULTURE DAY
We at GAIS respect and celebrate our diversity and recognize that there are many things that unite us all.
To celebrate this unity we organized 'World Culture Day' on Tuesday, 24th November. It was a day when the Primary Department represented different countries arround the World which were Nepal, Africa, UAE, Thailand, Japan, Chaina, Spain India, Egypt, Australia and United Kingdom. The classrooms were decorated with artefacts that belonged to these countries. Children made passports which the used to visit these countries. They perform various dances, sang songs, recited poemsand sang national anthems of these countries. This made our students open-minded learners since they understood and appreciated cultures and were open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other indivisuals and communities.
INTER SCHOOL INVITATIONAL GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
GAIS Basketball Girls team participated in the Inter School Invitational Girls Basketball tournament held at Calcutta International School, from 23rd to 25th Nov’2015 . They went up to the semi-finals. This event helped the team in preparing themselves for the upcoming Inter School event ’ZAPPUS’ to be held at GAIS in December2015.
PEARSON NATIONAL SCHOOL QUIZ-2015
GAIS sent four teams, comprising of two members in each team, for the Peason National School Quiz 2015, held at the Rotary Club of Kolkata, on 18.11.15.GAIS qualified in the first round competing with 20 other schools. Students from grades 5 to 8 participated in the quiz. It was a big exposure for the students who gathered lots of information from the event.
ASISC BASKETBALL NATIONALS- 1ST TO 3RD NOVEMBER
The ASISC basketball nationals was held at Gandhinagar from 1st to 3rd of Nov 2015. GAIS played with Karnataka and Kerala in their league matches.Our school gave a good fight to the opponents. This first experience made them technically more matured and confident in the game.
ASISC BASKETBALL (BOYS)
GAIS hosted the boys ASISC Basketball tournament on 10th and 11th of September.2015.Six schools participated in the events. They were St Francis Xavier, DPS New Town, The Heritage,St Marys and Joseph, Adamas International School, Sri Sri Academy and Gems Akademia International School. The chief guests who honoured the occasion were Miss Rekha Chowdhury, an Asian Basketball player and Mr Sujoy Biswas, President of ASISC West Bengal chapter.GIAS won the Junior Category against DPS New Town. The finals for the Senior Category was played between Sri Sri Academy and St Francis Xaviers.
EDUCATIONAL TRIPS OF PRIMARY DEPARTMENT
The Primary department organized educational trips to Victoria Memorial,BITM and Science City for grades 3,4 and 5 respectively. The students of grade 3 gained immense knowledge on the cultural heritage of West Bengal from the Victoria Memorial Trip.Grade 4 students enriched their experience on the universe and the heavenly bodies through their BITM trip. The demonstration inside the only Mock-up underground Coal Mine in India was the main attraction there.Grade 5 students had an exciting and thrilling experience on the Time Machine at Science City.They also learnt about the Earth and its universe, reflection and refraction.
ASISC SWIMMING (BOYS) COMPETITION
GAIS students participated in ASISC Swimming competition held on 11th and 12th of September,2015, at IIT Kharagpur campus. Abhishek Singha Roy, Dharia Arora, Anurag Saha and Arnab Deb participated in the 50m Free Style, 50m Backstroke and 4*50m relay.The students were accompanied by Mr. Sujit Roy.
Inter House Creative Writing Competition
The creative writing Inter House Competition 'Srijoni' organised by the Language Department gave an opportunity to the students from grades 6 to 10 to go outside the bounds of normal academics and present their thoughts artistically through the topics " A day without studies", "If you were a teacher" and "A day in an island with your friends" . This resulted in exciting outcomes through all the four languages Bengali, Hindi, French and Spanish.
Inter House Poster Making Competition
GAIS Language department organised an Inter house poster making competition in which the students participated energetically with great zeal and enthusiasm. The preliminary round was held from 14th to 16th of September, 2015. The students brought out their imagination colourfully on the topic 'Go Green' supported by thought provoking slogans. The final round was held on the 24th of September, 2015 in which the selected participants from each language and house took part. The topic ' Swachh Bharat' was perfectly sketched and presented along with a slogan. Two winners from each grade.
Cooking can actually be a great learning experience for kids. Some of these include how to cook, good hygiene and healthy eating habits. The best way to involve kids is to let them get hands-on. Most children learn quickly by doing tasks themselves.
One of the greatest benefits of letting kids cook is the sense of achievement and self-sufficiency that they experience. More importantly, they are likely to be less picky about eating food if they have helped to prepare it. Keeping all these facts in mind the students of Pre-primary prepared healthy salads and sandwiches in their classrooms and got to savour their own dishes.
The Bournvita Quiz Contest‘2015’
The Gems Akademia International School bid farewell to the month of August with the most challenging event of the year “The Bournvita quiz contest”. The responsibility for selecting and preparing the children for the same was taken up by teachers: Mr.Amrito Sengupta and Mrs.Sangeeta Karmakar. Students of grade seven and eight participated in it, both the teachers and the students put their heart and soul in preparing for the competition. Finally on 28/08/2015 the children comprising four teams of two each reached Gyan Manch at 9 in the morning. Despite all effort, our children scored a 20/25 while the highest score was 23 and second highest was 21, we missed it by 1 mark. It was indeed a tough competition in which out of 50+ schools only 6 were selected. Nevertheless we promise to strive harder next time and win the competition.
Educational trip to Science City
Students went to Educational Trip on 24th Aug'15 arranged and organized by Science Department. Students enjoyed and learned lot of things through various shows like 3-D show, Adraline Rush and Dry Ice Show. They learned many new things such as about Sardines, dry ice, Nanotechnology etc. Also their concepts on various topics were cleared through hands on activities. Overall it was a very enriching learning experience for students.
Field Trip To Jorashanko Thakurbari
Learning beyond classroom helps to unclip the wings of imagination of students. The minds of the young learners are free to explore and this makes learning more effective. So instead of learning about the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore in classroom, the English and Language Department of GEMS Akademia International School organised a field trip to Jorasanko Thakurbari to get a glimpse of Kabiguru’s ancestral house where he spent most of his childhood days and took his last breath.The students visited the museum which offered details about the history of the Tagore family including its involvement with the Bengal Renaissance and the Brahmo Samaj. The students also acquired a first hand knowledge of Tagore’s link with the outside world like China and America.The students noted down the important life events of Tagore and they were asked to submit a write up on Tagore’s life and works. The students also got a clear picture of an ancestral house which they were asked to describe in not less than 250 words under the topic ‘A Visit To An Ancestral House’. The students also appreciated the paintings of Abanindranath Tagore and realised that art is an expression of human soul. The visit to Jorasanko Thakurbari was an exhilarating experience for all and it helped to bridge the gap between education and practical learning.
Field Trip From The Science Department to BITM
On 21.08.2015 students of grade 8 and 9 (ICSE) went for a field trip to BITM, Kolkata. In the trip they gained an immense scientific value on different scientific items they observed. They saw the 3D show where the students observed the show on the Great Wall of China, next they went to the special science show where they performed activity by themselves under the supervision of expert, next they went to the artificial coal mine which was spectacular for the students. At last they went to the experiment show on development in high voltage electricity from lightningand static electricity. In this programme the students participated themselves.
Visit to The Kolkata District Science Seminar at BITM
On 19 th of August, 2015 BIRL INSTITUTE OF TECNOLOGICAL MEUSIUM organized a science seminar at the Kolkata district level. The topic of the seminar was HARNESSING OF LIGHT, POSSIBILITIES AND CHALLENGES. Twenty eight schools of Kolkata participated in the programme. It was of immense educational value for the student. ARHAM JAIN of grade-9 of our school, GEMS AKADEMIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL participated in this seminar. By attending this programme Arham Jain gained the confidence to speak in the public and learned how to use light for the benefit of mankind.
Rhymes are good for the brain. Not only does the repetition of rhymes and stories teach children how language works, it also builds memory capabilities that can be applied to all sorts of activities. Rhyme books are often a child’s first experience with literacy: Even before they can read, children can sit and learn how a book works. This extends to the pictures and music associated with rhymes: it is a full visual and oral experience. The Kindergarteners and Grades 1 and 2 students even the shy ones—felt confident about singing, dancing and performing their favourite rhymes because they are so easy to grasp and had fun in the process.
The Science City Trip on Aug 4th
It's 8:30 in the morning on a bright sunny day and we are sitting in the school bus on our journey to science city. We all are ecstatic about the visit as the exhibits are regarded as very good. We started our wonderful trip with a visit to our ancient predators. Then we watched a stunning 3 D movie about the aquatic African life and the beautiful coast of South Africa. Also, we watched another movie projected on a huge dome shaped theater. It was exhilarating to see Da Vinci's vision coming true in today's world. Mesmerized by all this we went on to visit a lecture on nano technology and enjoyed watching many models related to use of science. The models helped us to apply science in our day to day activities and we understood that a world without the application of science is difficult to imagine. We got to know that it is involved everywhere. Sometimes we instantly come to know about it while sometimes we have to get deep down in it. Also, to explain scientific ideas we do not require big instruments but through the things we use everyday science can be explored. We should not forget that it was just a fall of an apple which provoked Newton. All in all, it was a life time opportunity with great educational value and we all are grateful to our school for the visit.
Investiture Ceremony 2015 @ GAIS
Leaders have the quality to transform a vision into reality. The squad of student leaders in the form of the Student Council of GEMS Akademia was formed on 31st July 2015 to ‘let their light shine’ and imbibe discipline and excellence among Akademians. The deliberation of the Council is in alignment to the vision and mission of the school INGENIO et LABORE……
The little ones of GAIS spoke confidently about their Favourite toys through Show-and-Tell. They demonstrated an understanding of listening and speaking skills for effective communication. The students spoke clearly, by guiding the listeners to understand important ideas, describe people, places, things and locations, thus increasing their vocabulary by speaking in complete sentences, following and creating a sequence, and paraphrase about their favourite toys.
RABINDRA JAYANTI @ GAIS
Rabindranath Tagore’s 154th birth anniversary, was commemorated on the 7th of this month, reminiscing his lifetime, at GEMS Akademia International School. There were sublime prayers, pleasant songs, delightful dances, a suggestive play and spoken words that encouraged and enlightened the students.
The programme began with the prayer, BIPADE MORE ROKHWA KARO, followed by HEY NATUN amidst the lighting of the candle and the offering of a garland of fresh flowers. The group song ORE GRIHABASHI and the prayer WHERE THE MIND IS WITHOUT FEAR were noteworthy. The group dance GAHON KUSHUM KUNJOMAJHE was a visual treat. Finally, TASHER DESH was enacted ... It was adapted to make it apt for our time. This drama which Tagore had written in 1930 is about a prince who liberates himself from the shackles of his mind, only to find himself on an island where totalitarianism is in practice. But ultimately he rouses women to revolt against the system. The art, music and clothes used in this are characteristic of colours and sounds that are not commonplace. The drama involves fancies about fate, society and radical changes that may be considered utopian.
The finale of this eventful day came about with a vote of thanks.
Labour Day @ GAIS
On 2nd May the Senior Management felicitated the team members of GAIS notably the ‘unsung heroes’ - the dedicated and efficient support staff of the school. By acknowledging the contribution of one and all, the school reaffirmed that it holds the GEMS core values of World Citizenship and Universal Values at the center of all its activities.
The programme began with an invocation which sought the blessings of the Almighty on everyone associated with the school. This was followed by a Kathak performance by two senior students. The incoming Principal, Ms Aditi Mukherjee, who assumed office on that day, was welcomed by the CEO, Mr Lalit Bhutoria, Management and the entire school. Thereafter the significance of Labour Day was explained to students and staff members. Follwing a special number from the teachers, some folk songs were put up by the members of the housekeeping staff, and solo singing performances from the staff, Estate Manager and the Transport Manager. There was also a skit by the Transport Department in addition to a song from the drivers. The students were very excited to see these staff performing such different roles.
Our Support Staff is the ‘backbone’ of the school and their often silent and unobtrusive service plays a vital role in the smooth functioning of the organization. The Labour Day programme provided a perfect opportunity to recognize the contribution of these staff members. They were given a token of appreciation for the services rendered, and the best performing members were honoured by the Senior Management Team.
In her vote of thanks the Headmistress , Ms. Srabanti Basu, lauded the efforts of the staff members for putting up a commendable performance, and thanked them for their dedicated work throughout the year.
The function ended with the entire audience singing the National Anthem.
World Dance Day @ GAIS
World Dance Day was celebrated in GAIS on the 29th of April,2015. The students from Grades 1 to 10 put together a show that comprised various dance genres, like Mixed Afro, Jive, Rock and Roll, Street Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet and Cinematic Dances based on some hit movies. The entire presentation was stitched together with an appropriate commentary. There were no dull moments, and events followed one another in rapid succession. The GAIS Sports Centre reverberated to the beat and rhythm, and everyone present enjoyed the celebration of dance, music and movement.
Manners are important as good manners give children a huge social advantage – by understanding good manners they understand what is socially acceptable behaviour, it gives them the skills to get on with others and very importantly be liked by both peers and adults. By understanding basic table manners, children are at a considerable advantage as they have the skills and confidence to eat appropriately and follow the correct Table Etiquettes at any social gathering/restaurants. Keeping these in mind the classrooms of Pre Primary sections were converted into restaurants where the little ones were guided about the various do’s and don’ts to be followed while eating out at a restaurant.
World Book Day is an annual event celebrated by people in over 100 countries all over the world on the 23rd of April. It is a very important event organized annually by UNESCO to promote reading. The date was chosen as it is the death anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all of whom died on the same day in 1616. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors.
This day helps encourage people, especially young people, to read books, to discover the pleasure and knowledge contained in them . and through the power of the printed word give rise to new thinking, inspiration for the future, and learning from the past to prepare for the future.
At GAIS 23rd April is celebrated with the D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) programme throughout the school . All students , teachers , Admin. staff and visitors are encouraged to read through this event .
The young Stars blazed away! Sixes, Fours and the techniqueswere mind blowing. GAIS team won the match