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GEMS World Academy (Singapore) is a co-educational international school located in the town of Yishun in the northeast corner of Singapore. The age range for the school is 2 to 18 years, owned by GEMS Education and offers all four International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes as well as Cambridge International Examinations (IGCSE).[1][2][3]

GEMS World Academy in Singapore
Address
2 Yishun Street 42

Yishun
,
768039

Singapore
Information
School typePrivate International School
Religious affiliation(s)Multi
Founded2014
FounderSunny Varkey
School districtSingapore
PrincipalNeil White
PrincipalJan Stipek
Head of schoolRichard Henry
Faculty110 academic; 40 teaching support; 26 admin (2020)
Age range2 - 18 years
EnrolmentOver 60 nationalities
Average class size14 to 24
Education systemIGCSE, IB
Classes offeredNursery to Year 12
LanguageEnglish, French, Mandarin and Spanish
Hours in school day7
CampusUrban
Campus size5 hectares
AccreditationInternational Baccalaureate, Cambridge International School, Council of International Schools, WASC, CPE, CEEB, EduTrust Singapore
Website

According to the school it focuses on all-round development, including language development and commitment to community and service.[4]

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History

In 1959, two teachers, KS Varkey and his wife Mariama arrived in Dubai, which at the time was a burgeoning trade centre on the Arabian Gulf. GEMS Education was founded by their son, Sunny, in 2000 and has grown into an international company with schools and education services in more than 13 countries. GEMS World Academy (Singapore) was opened in September 2014 as the company's first school in Southeast Asia.

Facilities

The school occupies a five-hectare campus in the heart of Yishun, which is 25 minutes from Singapore City Centre. Facilities include[5] a state-of-the-art auditorium, art and music rooms, a contemporary design centre, an innovations suite, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, an all-weather sports field and two libraries containing over 27,000 books.[6][7]

Leadership team

The school's leadership team[8] is made up of:

  • Richard Henry (Head of School)
  • Neil White (Principal, Primary Years)
  • Jan Stipek (Principal, Secondary Years)
  • Michael Gilmour (Deputy Principal, Primary Years)
  • Sean McAuley (Deputy Principal, Secondary Years)
  • Mark Petterson (Deputy Principal, Secondary Years)

Ownership

GEMS World Academy (Singapore) is privately owned by GEMS Education which is an international independent schools group. Founded in 2000, GEMS Education is a global advisory and educational management firm, and is the largest operator of kindergarten-to-grade-12 schools in the world, with as of 2015, a network of over 70 schools in over a dozen countries. GEMS provides pre-school, primary, and secondary education and has offices in the United Kingdom, the United States, Singapore, India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Kenya, and the United Arab Emirates.

Curriculum

GEMS is one of seven IB Schools in Singapore offering all three IB programmes.[9]

The GEMS Nursery programme (ages 2-3) is inspired by the principles of the Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy[10], which places the child at the centre of the learning journey with play-based learning.[11]

The Early Years programme (Pre-K to KG2) for ages 3-6 is designed to lay the foundations for a love of lifelong learning. The programme is driven by the beliefs and values of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) which is a leading curriculum framework for international primary education.[12]

The school's Primary Years programme (Grades 1 to 5) is for ages 6-11 and focuses on inquiry-based learning under the framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). Mathematics, Languages, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Music and Visual Art are taught through integrated units of inquiry. A STEM programme adopts an integrated approach to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.[13]

International schools in singapore

There are more than 30 international schools in Singapore serving approximately 40,000 students (April 2015). These schools target mainly expatriates as Singaporeans need approval from the country's Ministry of Education to enrol at an international school.[14]

Fees for international schools are above SG$20,000 per year (April 2015).[14]

International schools follow different curricula, often dictated by their target nationality. Many follow the British, the IB and/or PYP/MYP systems while American and Australian schools, for instance, will follow the curriculum of their own country.[15][16]

In the media

              

References

  1. "GEMS World Academy (Singapore)". Which School Advisor. 9 July 2020.
  2. "GEMS World Academy (Singapore)". International Baccalaureate. 9 July 2020.
  3. "GEMS World Academy uses the International Baccalaureate to inspire students". Study International. 9 July 2020.
  4. "Schools in Singapore: Four education options for expats". Expat Living Singapore. 9 July 2020.
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  6. "International schools in Singapore: HUGE GUIDE 2014". Expat Living Singapore. 9 July 2020.
  7. "GEMS World Academy (Singapore)". Which School Advisor. 9 July 2020.
  8. "The School's Leadership Team". GEMS World Academy (Singapore). GEMS World Academy (Singapore). Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  9. "GEMS World Academy (Singapore)". Which School Advisor. 9 July 2020.
  10. "Guides for Expats – Preschools". Singapore Expats. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  11. "GEMS Nursery Programme". GEMS World Academy (Singapore). GEMS World Academy (Singapore). Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  12. "GEMS Early Years Programme". GEMS World Academy (Singapore). GEMS World Academy (Singapore). Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  13. "GEMS Primary Years Programme". GEMS World Academy (Singapore). GEMS World Academy (Singapore). Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "GEMS World Academy to enrol 3,000 students by 2017". Straits Times. 9 July 2020.
  15. "International or local school in Singapore". HoneyKids Asia. 9 July 2020.
  16. "Guide to international school curriculums in Singapore". HoneyKids Asia. 9 July 2020.

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