GEMS GEMS Wellington International School Core Values
GEMS Wellington International School has a wide range of activities supporting children’s Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and mental development. The GEMS Wellington International School Core Values set standards that are expected of all GEMS Education staff and students. The Core Values lie at the heart of the WIS holistic approach to education in the school’s planned curriculum and in the school life. GEMS Core Values help all learners to become not only great students but great people. They are as follows: Growing by Learning: students should continually strive to develop their full potential. Pursuing Excellence and continually working to exceed expectations.
Leading Through Innovation and finding the courage to challenge convention. Global Citizenship by producing not just great students, but great people who live with honesty, confidence, integrity and make an active contribution to the local and global community. The school defines this by building a framework of moral values which regulates the student’s personal behaviour and develops pupils’ understanding of society’s shared and agreed values. Teachers provide powerful role models, as they have a major and direct responsibility for moral education. Teachers constantly and consistently exhibit and communicate standards of behaviour for all the students whether it is in the classroom or around the school.
They engage pupils in thinking about their responsibilities during: · daily morning tutor registration, making short presentations to encourage students to think positively at the beginning of the school day; talking to students about a variety of subjects including cyberbullying and how to apply cybersecurity. · weekly assemblies delivered by a dedicated Enrichment team, bringing experienced guest speakers to visit the school to provide their unique insights into real-life challenges. This empowers students to make mature choices for themselves and be aware of the world around them. In addition, as part of the school’s through-school structure, sometimes sixth formers make presentations to younger school years on a range of applicable topics. · daily classroom meetings during CEP (Curriculum Enrichment Program).
During these meetings and assemblies, students are provided with a moral framework of values which guide their relationships with others including keeping promises, dealing with unfairness or injustice and telling the truth. Also, encouraging students to appreciate and respect that people have individual and shared beliefs on which they base their lives; a developing understanding of how beliefs contribute to personal identity. Moreover, teachers talk consistently to students about cyberbullying and how to apply cybersecurity and how it affects society. · Weekly sessions(either during the Islamic lessons for Muslim students, or during Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE) lessons for non-Muslim students) in which a variety of topics are covered which fall under the headings of personal safety, relationships, study skills, citizenship, life skills, careers (specially for Year 10 work experience and how they will represent the school), and effective habits, alcohol and drugs misuse. Pupils also explore a respect for the rule of law and regulations. Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority has launched a pilot programme to improve the quality of teaching and learning at 15 private schools in Dubai.This week the Moral education team from the Crown Prince’s office in Abu Dhabi will be visiting the school, as Gems Wellington International School is part of the pilot programme for this new initiative.
There will be purposeful pre-arranged lessons and excellent presentations and talks to enrich the students. In summary, the “Spiritual, Moral, Cultural, Mental Development” is aimed to equip young people with the knowledge and understanding of acceptable values in society. Moreover, the SMCM model’s attitudes and practical skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly; such as decision-making, self-control, interacting positively and considering others. SMCM will enrich students to have the confidence to act in accordance with one’s own principles and think through the consequences of actions.
SMCM promotes students ‘understanding of basic moral philosophy and the skills of analysis, debate, and judgment at an appropriate level.