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Joining a New School What to expect & how to ensure a smooth start Outdoor Learning Exploring the benefits for your child Scholarships Top tips for a winning application Family Getaways Holidays you’ll remember forever

MESSY PLAY The perfect blend of fun and learning

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Welcome... Welcome to the launch issue of World of Education, brought to you by GEMS Education, one of the world’s largest private K-12 education providers. Backed by our extensive experience and unique insights gained in countries across the world, as well as the expertise of our principals, teachers, and educationalists, the magazine is your essential guide to all things pertaining to pre-school, primary school, secondary school, and beyond. We aim to inform, entertain, and empower our readers by addressing and providing expert advice on the most pressing matters faced by families with children of all ages. Whether you’re in the process of choosing the right school, curriculum, after-school activity, summer camp, or even university programme, whether you’re seeking advice on helping your child with homework, exam revision, or sports training, we have you covered. And we’re not stopping there, because World of Education goes well beyond schools and academics to cover every aspect of family life as a whole. From child-friendly restaurants, attractions and weekend activities, to packed lunches and recipes that guarantee to put a smile on your kids’ faces, from family fashion, birthday parties and home décor, to half term getaways, short breaks and the ultimate family holidays, this is your magazine for ideas, inspiration, and advice you can trust.

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82 News



6 All the Latest Education News

36 Empowered to Innovate 40 At the Cutting Edge

71 Achieving Peak Performance 73 Positive Body Image 75 Exercise with Fun

Meet The… 12 Principal, Simon O’Connor 15 Career Counsellor, Sarah Radwan

Academics 16 Messy Play 18 The Benefits of Outdoor Learning 23 Arabic as a Second Language

Arts 24 Mini Masterpieces 28 In Tune with Students’ Futures

Sports 30 Sporting Centres of Excellence 34 GEMS Sports Series

Student Focus 42 My Journey to the World Schools


Debating Championship 45 The Next Sofia Coppola? 47 Against All Odds

77 Thinking Outside the Luncbox 78 Healthy Recipes for Your Little Ones

Life Beyond School

82 Hello Singapore! 86 Baku The Future

48 How to Nail that Scholarship 51 Higher Education Scholarships 56 A Summer at Stanford

Parents 60 Joining A New School 65 Anti-bullying 101 67 Spending & Saving Smart


Home 90 Tips on How to Style Your Balcony and Garden

Free Time 96 Sharing Quality Time & Fun 99 Pure Spa Indulgence




Find out what is going on in the world of education

Sumana Chatterjee

Dubai Schools Raise AED800,000 for Dubai Cares Pupils at GEMS Our Own English High School – Dubai (OOD), GEMS Winchester School – Dubai (WSD), and Jumeirah Primary School (JPS) raised funds totalling AED800,000 for Dubai Cares. The charity organisation works to improve children’s access to quality primary education in developing countries. Inspired by the Year of Zayed and the school’s Golden Jubilee year, students at OOD raised AED500,000 for Dubai Cares’ Education in Emergencies programme, which supports children affected by conflict, natural disasters, and epidemics.

WSD and JPS together raised a further AED300,000 for Education in Emergencies as well as Adopt a School, a programme also under the aegis of Dubai Cares. Amal Al Redha, Director of Fundraising at Dubai Cares, commented: “It’s overwhelming to see UAE young minds come together to help their underprivileged fellow students flourish in their educational journey. We would like to thank the students, parents, teachers and school management for their efforts, which will generate a long-lasting impact in the lives of children who aren’t as fortunate as we are.”

WORLD SCHOLAR’S CUP Students from Dubai’s GEMS Modern Academy (MHS) took part in the World Scholar’s Cup in Barcelona this summer, and managed to walk away with the trophy in both the junior team category and the individual category, beating away competition from more than 3,000 students from over 60 countries. The tournament’s theme this year was ‘An Entangled World’, covering six subjects: human relationships, the history of diplomacy, braving the distance in art and music, the science of memory, black markets in social studies, and voices of the inseparable in literature. Each round had different ways of testing students, including debates, essays, and answering questions from the judges. Sumana Chatterjee, head of the Modern Debating Society and World Scholar’s Cup at MHS, who coached the Dubai students who triumphed at the tournament, said: “They were thrilled with the win because of the hard work they put in. They have sacrificed their holidays for this. We’ve been studying since January, but they have achieved something that they will remember for the rest of their lives.” Issue 1 - September 2018

CRICKET CHAMPIONS A school in Dubai has been making a name for itself on the UAE cricket scene. Namita D’souza, a student at The Winchester School – Jebel Ali (WIN), represented the UAE in the Women’s Indoor Cricket World Cup 2017, also qualifying for the first phase of the Women’s World Cup in Thailand. Namita will also be part of the UAE team for the second phase of the qualifying matches in Amsterdam.

Three further students from the school, Marlon Malcom, Karthik Meiyappan, and Aryan Lakra, were part of the UAE Cricket team that was crowned U-19 Western Region Champions. Aryan also represented and captained the U-16 team (2016-2017), and walked away with the same title. Meanwhile, Adithya Shetty was captain of the UAE U-16 team (2017-2018) when it picked up the Western Region Champions trophy, Mayank Bansal represented the Dubai region when it won the Inter-Emirates Cup, and Krtajna Prem received the UAE’S Premier Youth Sports and Fitness Award for 2018 in the U-16 category. All three are students at WIN.

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Students across the UAE celebrated exceptional exam results this summer, achieving top grades spanning all examination boards and curriculums.

Standout A-Level students included Varun Menon from The Winchester School – Jebel Ali, who achieved five A* grades, while top-performing students in the IB exams included Ameerah Parvez from GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis, who achieved the highest score possible of 45. Meanwhile, CBSE schools part of the GEMS Education network attained an impressive 99.9% pass rate in the Grade 12 board exams. Top performers included Avelyn Thazhuthadath K from Our Own English High School – Sharjah with 98.4%; Anya Rafi from Our Own English High School – Dubai with 96.8%; and Parvathi Shine, also from Our Own English High School – Dubai, with 96%. In terms of GCSE and IGCSE results, top performers included Mahmoud Khalid Salah from Our Own English High School – Al Ain with 14 GCSEs including 13 A*s, and Esha Sharma from The Winchester School – Jebel Ali with 13 GCSEs including 10 A*s.

saving the ghaf tree Students at a school in Dubai have been out planting trees as part of an initiative organised by Electrolux. The home appliances multinational supports schools by teaching them about the importance of the ghaf, the UAE’s national tree, organising discussions and activities centred on sustainability.

Supported by Electrolux, GEMS World Academy students in Grades 1-3 had the chance to take part in an informational presentation, plant a ghaf tree seed, and learn more about local non-profit organisation Goumbook, which raises awareness among the local community on sustainability and green living, and plants ghaf seeds to encourage new growth. A drought-tolerant, ever-green tree native to the desert, the ghaf is a resilient plant, good for the soil, and requires little water. Ghaf trees grow naturally in the desert and wadis across the UAE, but are currently under threat and at risk of becoming extinct.

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Linking Space Exploration to the Curriculum Tapping into the potential of young minds, the UAE Space Agency is aiming to transform the nation into a hub for space education. It will assist schools and universities by providing seed funds to start degree courses in space science, have astronauts give lectures in schools, conduct summer camps, and open research centres. Dr Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space agency, said: “We are doing a lot of exciting stuff. We are conducting four summer camps, with one in Australia. We are also including some space topics in the school curriculum. It is inspiring to engage young minds, especially in the field of astronomy.” Khaled Al Hashmi, Director of Space Missions, Science and Technology at the UAE Space Agency, added: “We are working with the UAE University to start a new space programme, which will be part of the curriculum. We are seeking to link the curriculum to two types of project, one is concentrating on building capabilities and the second is innovativeness. This will help us to move forward to achieve our goals.”

AI UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME The UAE’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) undergraduate programme has been launched by the British University in Dubai (BUiD), with seven new bachelor degree courses available in IT, engineering, business, and architecture. The new four-year undergraduate programmes are expected to attract a large number of students. BUiD has also announced that it has entered a collaborative agreement with two universities in the UK, allowing students to earn a double degree. “We have established a partnership with the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow, which gives students the opportunity to finish two years here and then complete the other two in the UK,” said Abdullah Al Shamsi, ViceChancellor of BUiD. Scholarships worth a total of AED4.5 million will be offered, with 12 full scholarships available to students securing an average of above 95%, and another 12 half-scholarships available to students securing an average of over 90%. In addition, high-achieving students can avail 10% discounts.

DUBAI EDUCATIONALIST RECEIVES HONORARY DEGREE A Dubai-based educationalist widely recognised as having made outstanding contributions to education in a number of international settings, was recently presented with an honorary degree by a UK university. Sir Christopher Stone, who is Chief Education Officer at GEMS Education and responsible for overseeing the quality of teaching, learning, and curricula across all GEMS schools in the UAE, serving 120,000 children and 8,000 staff, received the Doctor of Education honoris causa degree from Liverpool Hope University at the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral.

“I am simultaneously humbled and delighted to be awarded an honorary doctorate by my alma mater, Liverpool Hope University. It is such an honour and ranks as one of my proudest moments.”


GEMS FOUNDERS SCHOOL – AL MIZHAR GEMS Founders School - Al Mizhar (GFM) is the newest addition to the GEMS family of schools, providing some of the most inspirational people, the most up-to-date facilities, and the widest range of educational opportunities available anywhere in the world. Facilities and Campus Highlights The school is an exciting place to learn, with specialist facilities that include prayer rooms, a cafeteria, a parent cafÊ, science laboratories, and a library. For sports enthusiasts there is a large football pitch, multi-purpose outdoor sports court, and a multipurpose hall used for a variety of events and sports. There are also computing facilities, an innovation lounge, art rooms, a drama/dance studio, music rooms, and indoor and outdoor play areas. And there is no doubt that one of the campus highlights is large interactive LED screens in all classrooms.

Student Ages and Curriculum

Senior Leadership Team

GFM offers the National Curriculum for England, with a variety of traditional and vocational pathways that reflect the international community of the school. Initially, the school will offer education for students from FS1 to Year 8, but this will expand in the years ahead to incorporate students from FS1 (three years old) to Year 13 (18 years old).

The school Principal, Nigel Cropley, leads the Senior Leadership Team. Nigel moved to Dubai in 2006 when he joined GEMS Cambridge International School - Dubai, first as Head of Primary, and then Vice Principal. Before taking up his new role at GEMS Founders School - Al Mizhar, he was Principal of GEMS Winchester School - Abu Dhabi.

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USPs and School Mission

GFM’s mission is to care for and educate its students in a considerate, positive, and inclusive environment, instilling a passion for learning and problem solving. This will allow its young people to become responsible, resilient, and confident global citizens. To ensure high academic standards and to support the UAE Vision 2021 the school will focus on computational thinking programmes, inclusivity and success for all by providing a range of academic and vocational pathways, social responsibility, and mindfulness.

Classes and Extra-Curricular Opportunities GFM will offer traditional qualifications such as IGCSE/GCSE and A-Levels in a number of subjects, plus BTEC vocational qualifications, or a combination of both, to ensure that all students succeed. These qualifications are recognised at universities around the world. There will also be a variety of extra-curricular activities before and after school, along with longer term projects and one-off events.



Meet the…

PRINCIPAL Simon O’Connor has been the Principal of Jumeirah College since July 2013 and was runner-up at the GEMS Exceptional Heads of School Awards earlier this year.


orld of Education (WE): Tell us about your background in education?

Simon O’Connor: I’ve taught in a variety of schools, including very challenging schools in the UK. Before coming out to Dubai, my experience was in a grammar school in Medway in Kent. Medway is one of the most socially deprived areas of the UK and that experience was a great example of how education can be an agent of social mobility. WE: How would you compare the Medway and Dubai experiences? SO: In many ways they are very similar, although the expectations are incredibly different. In both schools there is a focus on teaching and learning, on individual students and personalised education, and a constant striving for excellence at every level. WE: How do you help students with the transition to Jumeirah College? SO: We have a comprehensive transition programme, assigning buddies to students and helping them to get a friendship group up and running as quickly as possible. We need students to settle in quickly, be confident, and understand that asking

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questions about how things work is part of the daily routine. WE: What makes the learning environment in your school different? SO: Firstly, I am lucky to work with a phenomenal teaching staff. The second thing is our culture, which revolves around openness and acceptance of whatever someone wants to do. Students can explore what they want to be good at without expectations of gender or cultural background. WE: What do you see as the main elements when equipping children for the future? SO: Skills and competencies that are transferable. There will, for instance, be very few environments in the future where communication skills are not required. Whether that is presenting in a job environment or talking to a panel, communication skills are very important. Digital awareness, flexibility, and confidence are important too, as are resilience, empathy, and an appreciation of hard work. It is the awareness of the skills that students are going to need, and helping them understand their strengths and weaknesses within those areas, that will really equip them for the future.

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“Students can explore what they want to be good at without expectations of gender or cultural background.”

Simon has been teaching for 20 years in a variety of different school contexts. His key interests are teaching and learning, curriculum design and assessment, and leadership models across schools. Before coming to Dubai, Simon worked as Curriculum Lead at a successful grammar school in Kent, UK, where he was also responsible for the management of a teaching school and working across an academy chain of schools. Simon took up his current role as Principal of Jumeirah College in August 2013, leading what is one of the highest performing schools in the Middle East. Although non-selective, the school’s results consistently outperform many of the top selective schools in the UK and internationally.



Meet the… CAREER COUNSELLOR We catch up with Sara Radwan, Careers and Higher Education Counsellor at GEMS Wellington Academy – Dubai Silicon Oasis, to learn more about how she helps students navigate the world of work.

“University years will shape your future. They will set your path towards independence and a career you will hopefully enjoy and excel at.”

World of Education (WE): What is your background? Sara Radwan: I am a Jordanian, raised and educated in Virginia, United States. I moved to Dubai as a 22-year-old graduate and got my first job as an Admissions Specialist with Michigan State University. I then joined Rochester Institute of Technology, setting up its undergraduate Academic Advising Department in Dubai. As an Academic Advisor, I noticed how many students were unprepared when they joined universities. So after a break from work to take care of family, I decided the perfect role for me would be to work with young adults prior to their university studies as a school-based Career Counsellor. And that’s how I arrived at my current job at GEMS Wellington Academy - Dubai Silicon Oasis. WE: What are you responsible for? SR: I am responsible for academic and career guidance; students can schedule appointments with me to discuss subject Issue 1 - September 2018

choices, curriculum preferences, and career aspirations. I deal with all the administrative tasks related to applying to universities. I also allocate opportunities for students in terms of scholarships and grants. I introduce students to new programmes that are in line with the job market and top universities, as well as more unconventional destination choices, plus pre-university programmes. I also hold university fairs and workshops, arrange campus visits, and establish contacts with various industries to provide students with work experience and summer internship opportunities. WE: What do students and parents most commonly ask or need help with? SR: They need guidance on subject choices to meet university demands; curriculum pathways when facing crossroads; what subjects to choose for career-related programmes and university placement options; and internships and summer programmes.

WE: Any pitfalls students should be aware of? SR: Most important is to always choose subjects and career pathways that are in line with your aptitudes. Finding a balance between subjects that you’re passionate about and subjects that you’re good at is crucial. WE: What essential advice would you give students for life beyond school? SR: University years will shape your future. They will set your path towards independence and a career you will hopefully enjoy and excel at. Enjoy the experience, study abroad, travel, meet new people, and learn as much as you can!

“Finding a balance between subjects that you’re passionate about and subjects that you’re good at is crucial.”



EMBRACE THE MESS Next time you spot your little one getting their hands dirty and making a mess, don’t put a stop to it – join in! Because there are multiple benefits to messy play, argues Jade Peter-Swain, Executive Principal at Little GEMS International – Al Barsha. Jade Peter-Swain, Executive Principal


f you have a little one attending nursery or school, chances are you have seen them taking part in messy play activities. While it is a huge relief to see all that mess happening in the classroom and not at home, it is important to recognise the huge benefits that sensory-rich messy play brings to a child’s development. Children are naturally curious and explorative, and they have an innate desire to discover the world around them. They do this best using all their senses, especially their sense of touch. Whether it is squeezing noodles through the gaps in their fingers or pounding a ball of dough, children relish close contact with materials and substances.

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And believe it or not, there is a science to this. When a young child immerses his or her hands in a tray-full of ‘gloop’, for example, sensory receptors in the muscles and joints pass information to the brain about the position of the body in space and the movement of body parts relative to one another. It is helpful to imagine a child’s brain as a network of roads and highways, all under construction. Each time your child takes part in messy play activities, synapses strengthen in the brain. This speeds up neural pathways and supports cognitive development by organising experiences and registering capabilities. Put simply, stimulating a child’s senses encourages learning. But the question is what kind of learning?


What can parents do to support sensory-rich messy play activities? A mess full of uses Children use messy play to communicate how they feel about the world. Malleable materials allow children to express themselves through their creations, venting emotions such as frustration, anger, or excitement. Messy play is particularly important during the settling in process because it provides an opportunity for children to transition by being self-occupied and developing a sense of agency and resilience in a non-threatening way.

It can also be used to bring order to a world that may seem chaotic at times. This happens as children make new connections and accommodate new information based on what they already know. They are learning to self-regulate and adapt their behaviour to changes in the environment around them. At the same time, messy play allows children to gain control and mastery of materials and objects. They get to explore scientific concepts such as mass, volume, and transformation, as well as developing fine and gross motor skills such as hand-eye coordination, balance, and grip. Best of all, there is no end product with messy play, so there is no pressure to produce something or achieve a set target. Instead, children can simply play for play’s sake, which is hugely beneficial and rewarding. So, the next time your little gem is making a mess, think twice before whisking them away! Messy play experiences are important to every child’s development and provide the foundation for all future learning.

1 Have two or three large washing up bowls at home. Fill the bowls with wet or dry messy play materials, such as shredded paper, large pasta shapes, flour, sand, shells, shaving foam, baked beans, tinned tomatoes, or jelly (not raw).

2 Using one material at a time, encourage your child to explore using their hands.

3 Get messy with your little one! Use texture, shape, colour, and action-related language. For little ones not yet speaking full sentences provide a running commentary about what you see, how it feels, and the noises it makes.

4 Make the messy play materials with your child. It’s more beneficial for your child to see the ingredients that make dough and the changes that are taking place during the chemical reactions.

5 Get your little one to tidy and clean the messy play at the end of the experience. This will let them see the full science of the experiment and learn grit and resilience in the process.

Children are naturally curious and explorative, and they have an innate desire to discover the world around them.

Note: Small messy play materials may present a choking hazard to younger children, and parents must assess the risk involved for their child. Also, edible play materials are often best used with younger children who tend to put objects and materials in their mouths.



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THE BENEFITS OF OUTDOOR LEARNING Holding lessons outside the classroom offers huge potential to enhance and maximise learning. Charlotte Rayner, Outdoor Learning Coordinator at GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis, explains. “I work with my team to ensure our outdoor spaces and natural learning areas are used to support students in meeting the objectives of the curriculum,” says Charlotte Rayner, who joined GEMS Education in 2011 as a Foundation Stage 2 teacher. “Having access to nature and free play enables children to best learn how to achieve life skills that are just as important as academic success.” It didn’t take long for Charlotte to realise that many children lack knowledge and experience of the environment in which they live, having never being on a trip to the beach or the park, for example. “After a little research, which included some older students, we discovered that children played mostly in their bedrooms or at the mall, so there were no opportunities for free, unsupervised play that allows children to just be children.” The findings led to a series of discussions and presentations, after which the decision was made to turn the VIP carpark at GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis (WSO) into the school’s first nature-based learning area. “Outdoor learning gives students the chance to enhance their learning in all subjects in a way that they enjoy, that is enticing and motivating, and above all in a way that teaches skills that

can’t be taught in a normal classroom with four walls and an interactive board,” explains Charlotte. “These skills include decision making, negotiation, dealing with conflict, and using initiative – which many children don’t seem to have because of a lack of play, but which our outdoor learning programme encourages.” In Dubai, due to the infrastructure and environment, it can be difficult for children to engage in play that is spontaneous, and it is mostly up to parents to organise opportunities for play. The natural area at WSO gives children the chance to play together with school friends, where they are free to an extent to create, imagine and socialise, using their initiative to make decisions. And when problems arise, teachers purposefully keep their distance and rarely intervene. “Because that’s how it works in life,” says Charlotte. “Personally, I feel that children have lots of pressure to achieve academically, and it’s through play that they can release stress and anxiety. This is not a priority for many people, but is should be as it helps children to cope.” Charlotte explains that many children do not have access to nature despite research showing that nature helps people to relax. “We have some children who just like to lie down under the trees and close their eyes,” she says.

Charlotte Rayner, Outdoor Learning Coordinator

A typical lesson Charlotte’s outdoor lessons are broken into two sections. A small group focuses on objectives aligned to curriculum targets, such as science and geography, while the rest of the class has access to the natural learning area, where they follow the ethos of Forest Schools, exploring freely and investigating whatever takes their interest. This works very well; thanks to Charlotte’s play-based approach and focused fun approach to teacher-led learning. A typical lesson might include activities such as ‘magic toothpaste’, building fairy houses for math, fires for changing materials, caring caterpillars that grow when loved – whatever the agenda, classes are always fun and take into account students’ ideas and suggestions.


“Personally, I feel that children have lots of pressure to achieve academically, and it’s through play that they can release stress and anxiety. This is not a priority for many people, but is should be as it helps children to cope.” “And I allow this as children need their own space.” In addition, accessing nature allows youngsters to learn about the world around them, and the children who attend Charlotte’s outdoor learning lessons make discoveries by exploring plants, animals, insects, and even the weather. “They are the ones asking questions, wanting to find out more information,” says Charlotte. Outdoor learning provides a multitude of benefits, but Charlotte believes many people don’t understand the value and advantages it provides for children. “I feel that every child should have the opportunity to access outdoor lessons, where adult-led learning sits happily alongside play-based learning. My advice would

be to research the benefits, see the potential, and try it!” Indeed, research shows that children are more motivated and willing to learn – with an improvement in academic results – when they take part in outdoor learning lessons. And for Charlotte, the most important aspect is that they are enjoying their learning: “They love being outdoors and in today’s world, children are spending less and less time outdoors. Outdoor learning lessons should be incorporated into the school timetable so that every child in every year group has access to some form of outdoor learning experience, not just to encourage academic success, but also for their mental health and well-being. It also gives them the opportunity to pick up a wide variety of life skills.”

Advice for parents Research the benefits of play and allow children to take risks. Take your child to the beach, mountains or desert, and have a go at camping. Outdoor play provides children with the skills they need for life. As Charlotte always says to parents, “We want children to leave school with great academic results, but we also want them to be ready for the world. Going for an interview might be scary, but if they’ve played and taken risks, children will be able to deal with the emotion.” And while there is a perception that outdoor play is just for younger children, it’s not just the Early Years that like to play outdoors. Just ask Charlotte; she’s a pro at hide and seek!


“Greeting children in the morning using Arabic, for instance, is a small act that can go a long way,” says Deema Alalami.

ARABIC AS A SECOND LANGUAGE With its own alphabet and sentences that read right-to-left, Arabic is often seen as challenging. A special report in The National newspaper claimed the ancient language is at risk of becoming a foreign one in the UAE. Deema Alalami, Vice President – Arabic Language & Islamic Studies at GEMS Education, explains how parents can help to reverse this trend.


o matter what your motivations, introducing the Arabic language into your child’s daily routine will have multiple benefits. Educators who live and work in the UAE have the professional duty to create learning environments that encourage students to use the language of the host community. Parents,

too, play an important role in this – one that’s often overlooked. While it is true that a school’s leadership team plays an integral part in encouraging students to learn Arabic, it is equally important that they receive encouragement at home. Greeting children in the

morning using Arabic, for instance, is a small act that can go a long way. Sending them off to school or meeting them on their return using an Arabic phrase will also send the right message. There are a number of motivating and engaging campaigns that encourage children to use Arabic more regularly. The Arab Reading Challenge, for example, is one that GEMS Education students are particularly engaged in, with pupils around the world reading millions of books as they compete against each other to see who can read the most. It is important that parents support this kind of initiative, because once you integrate language learning into your child’s routine, you are likely to see new linguistic and cognitive development. So while it is undoubtedly easier to stick to just one language, the benefits of teaching children a second language are numerous. To compete in the global marketplace, our children must learn foreign languages – just think of the huge advantage your children will have when they go for their first job interview. In fact, a good start to learning Arabic is the phrase ‘you’re hired!’



MINI MASTER PIECES It’s never too early to start developing artistic talent – and at one Dubai pre-school, children have been taking inspiration from some of the legends to create their own mini masterpieces. At Little GEMS International – Al Barsha pupils have ample opportunity to study different artists and their techniques in a way that is experimental and imaginative. The resulting works speak for themselves and prove that, no matter how young you are, there’s an artist in everyone just waiting to find expression.


Andy Goldsworthy Playing with the colours used by British sculptor, photographer, and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy in some of his works including the ‘Magical Land’, four-year-old Olivia and three-year-old Liv, were keen to observe the visual effects of form and colour. Olivia particularly enjoyed counting the number of seashells required to create a spiral, while Liv enjoyed applying glue to the shells.

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Joan Miró Beginning with music and movements, and progressing to ICT, three-year-old Ezra, used a variety of Miró techniques to recreate the Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist’s most famous pieces. Ezra’s favourite collaborative works were ‘Sonnens’ and ‘Blue Star’. Sonnens represents bright colours, spontaneity, and automatism, while Blue Star, which sold at auction for GBP23.5 million in 2012, marks Miró’s transition from figurative to abstract art.


Pablo Picasso


Four-year-old Kiki, and Four-year-old Kiki, had a wonderful time recreating Picasso’s ‘The Woman in Hat and Fur Collar’. Kiki did a light green watercolour flat wash alongside his friends. He then used acrylics to paint the different colours he identified on the famous painting, carefully building up distinct colour relationships by combining different colours without blending. Ghala, meanwhile, observed how the colours red and yellow were used by Picasso to express happiness.

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Jackson Pollock Setting out to create paintings in the style of American painter Jackson Pollock, children used their fine motor skills to squeeze paints into droppers, which they then squeezed from above to give a rain-like dripping effect. They also used Pollock’s flicking technique to create this beautiful masterpiece of the Burj Khalifa.

Wassily Kandinsky Looking at Kandinsky’s favourite paintings and discussing the shapes and colours he used, children were inspired to make their own tree collage using Kandinsky’s favourite shapes. They began by drawing different sized circles on large pieces of paper while listening to music and moving to the rhythm. They then used scissors to cut out the circles, before pasting them onto the tree. Three-year-old Jude, enjoyed using quick brush strokes a nd observing how concentric circles were made on a paper plate. While working on his peacock painting, he proudly declared, “I am Wassily Kandinsky!”




STUDENTS’ FUTURES Playing a musical instrument is not just fun, it also helps develop a host of important skills. Karen Hobbs, who manages Delta Learning’s Music Hub, explains.

Music education is often marginalised in schools due to curriculum constraints. Often, it is given far less teaching time than subjects perceived as being more academic in nature, such as English, Maths, and Science. However, the success of a student cannot be defined by qualifications alone, and youngsters should leave school as dynamic, impactful global citizens, equipped to play a leading role in whatever walk of life they choose. The arts, including music, are a vital part of this. Research has shown that the study of music ensures the development and education of the whole child, and that it can help students to develop and improve not just musical skills, but also skills that are transferable across a curriculum. That’s because scientists believe that the changes in brain structure and function caused by music training can lead to improvements in general cognitive skills such as memory, attention, and reading ability.

How to Learn and Play If you are looking for quality music instruction and your child attends a GEMS Education school, GEMS Music Hub could be the answer for you. Managed by Karen Hobbs, the Music Hub offers students the opportunity to learn a musical instrument as part of a group in the curriculum or individually through one-on-one lessons for children of all ages. Students can also listen to professional musicians perform, as Music Hub teachers visit schools in September each year, giving students and parents the opportunity to try instruments and speak to the teachers and suppliers of musical instruments.

The three areas of musical study in the classroom – performance, composition, and listening and appraising – help students to develop skills such as confidence, the ability to work as part of a team, communication (verbal and non-verbal), problem solving, and creative thinking. Music in the classroom promotes cultural understanding too, as students listen to and understand music from different times, places, and traditions.

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Music Hub also offers a variety of musical competitions and events throughout the school year, including ‘The Apprentice’, ‘Aspiring and Young Musician of the Year’ competitions, and ‘Music Day’. In addition, students who are already accomplished musicians can also become members of the orchestra, wind band, string ensemble, and choir. These ensembles rehearse on Saturdays at GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis and have performed at venues including Dubai Opera and Atlantis, The Palm.

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SPORTING CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE The UAE’s leading sports services provider, East Sports Management (ESM) is working to take school sports to the next level by developing new Centres of Excellence for sports. We chat to the organisation’s Commercial Director, Paul Lightbody, to find out more.


port is an integral part of a student’s life, helping to develop physical aptitude, improve self-esteem, encourage discipline, and cultivate leadership skills – all characteristics that are vital in adult life. The benefits of playing sports at school are clear, and giving children the opportunity to try a variety of sports results in an increase in participation levels that help young people lead healthier, more active lifestyles. And that’s where ESM, the country’s leading sports service provider, comes in. “Virtually every child dreams of playing professional sport at an early age and ends up adopting a team or individual sport,” says Paul Lightbody, ESM’s Commercial Director. “The likes of Usain Bolt, Ronaldo, and Serena Williams

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mean so much to young minds. They are heroes to countless young athletes, footballers, and tennis players. Whatever the sport, few children would turn down the chance to compete for their country and stand on the podium to receive a medal. Very few realise that dream, but that doesn’t mean they should not have the opportunity to try.” Playing and excelling in sports also teaches children the importance of hard work, perseverance, learning from failure, and seizing opportunities when they arise. Many Olympic athletes started playing their sport at school, and without that regular practice, their subsequent success may have eluded them. Of course, not every child will become an Olympic athlete, but having a role model can provide valuable motivation.






Centres of Excellence (COE) “Our goal at ESM is to get more children into sports,” continues Paul. “This does not mean they will all end up playing international cricket, or whatever their chosen sport is, but there are so many other opportunities to get involved in. From the medical side, such as sports psychology, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation, to sports management, which covers marketing, coaching, sports law, and governance, and even becoming the Managing Director of Manchester United.” Indeed, the global sports market generates around USD100 billion a year and is a major revenue generator in the world economy. It makes perfect sense, therefore, for schools to develop COE, where it is not just about training, but also nutrition, psychology, and biology. “We want to take school sports in Dubai to the next level,” says Paul. “We have been working closely with Principals, PE Department Heads and Athletic Directors to define a school-specific sporting identity. By involving all the stakeholders, we can build continuity and create a solid pathway for schools that want to commit themselves to a long-term programme in order to create a COE, which takes

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time. Much like a Michelin star restaurant, it doesn’t simply open with a Michelin star; it has to develop and create a point of difference through hard work and quality performance. Likewise, our COE will promote consistency, development, engagement, and quality coaching programmes.” ESM is working with GEMS Education to create several COE across the education provider’s network of schools, with each designed to foster ambition, innovation, and opportunity. “They will be platforms that provide leadership, research, partnerships, support, and training in a focused sporting discipline, striving for excellence by providing inclusive, affordable, accessible programmes for all age groups and abilities, from grassroots to elite athletes,” says Paul.

For the Love of the Game The COE will focus on specific sports, including rugby, swimming, football, fencing, athletics, and cricket. Their structure will consist of one hub, and four or five satellite schools. Paul explains: “The COE for cricket, for instance, is GEMS Heritage Indian School, with four other schools acting as satellite hubs that will follow the remit and curriculum pathway of the COE. Throughout the school week, young cricketers

throughout Dubai will practice at the satellite schools, before converging on GEMS Heritage Indian School on weekends.” Far from ignoring other sports, ESM will continue to encourage children to take part in a variety of sports. Yet for students who have a real passion and talent for a particular sport, Paul and his team are looking to provide them with the best coaching, facilities, and opportunities available. “Naturally, this new model presents a few logistical challenges,” admits Paul. “But we are working together with STS (School Transport Services) to support us with our transport requirements. Our aim is to make sure that young people can take part no matter what their financial circumstances. We will provide value without dropping standards, allowing students to play at multiple locations with unlimited access for a single monthly membership fee. “There are a lot of good young athletes out there. The new COE are for those youngsters who enjoy playing and want to push themselves as far as they can go. That is why ESM and GEMS Education are taking sport seriously, providing value and options for the sports stars of the future.”





The result of a partnership between GEMS Education and ESM (East Sports Management), GEMS Sports Series is aimed at increasing the well-being of students and the wider community. The Series offers opportunities for young athletes to improve their ability to succeed across multiple sport disciplines, while showcasing their talents on the big stage. GEMS Sports Series’ main objective is to host a variety of championships that offer a truly competitive, inclusive, and active platform for students from all backgrounds, allowing them to go head-to-head against their peers in a variety of sports. By working with ESM Events, specialist technical partners, and GEMS Education’s PE teachers, the Series saw over 2,000 students of all ages participate, with over 800 awarded for their efforts.


“The impact GEMS Sport Series has already made on students is both impressive and encouraging for a number of reasons,” says James Bowring, Managing Director – ESM Events. “The GEMS Swim Cup, created last year, along with existing events like the GEMS Triathlon, confirms that children and families have a great desire to compete and be active. We are simply giving them the stage to be the best they can be, and are thrilled to this year expand GEMS Sport Series with new tournaments to benefit even more students. We also have our eye on bringing additional events to the Series in the months and years ahead.” The 2018-2019 GEMS Sport Series includes triedand-tested events including the GEMS Athletics Cup, Badminton Cup, Basketball Cup, Cricket Cup, Dodgeball Cup, Football Cup, Netball Cup, Swim Cup, Tennis Cup, and Triathlon. But the Series also includes new events such as the GEMS Relay Race, Karate Cup, Gymnastics Cup, and Special Olympics. Each event will be staged at state-of-the-art venues to offer athletes the ideal environment to compete at the highest level.

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Innovation has become a bit of a buzzword within education, but how exactly does it manifest itself and what impact is it having? We speak to Michael Gernon, Chief Education Innovation Officer at GEMS Education, to find out. Michael Gernon has a professional life rooted in innovation. As the Founding Principal of the ground-breaking Royal Society of Arts Academy, he was head of one of the most innovative schools in the UK, serving one of the most deprived areas in the country. Innovation created opportunities for students and their families that they had never experienced before. Every student went on to university or high-end employment; many being the first in their families to do so. So, it is no surprise that when Michael first joined GEMS Education as CEO and Principal of Dubai’s GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis, his focus was on building it into a pathfinder school, establishing an innovation team, and all the while keeping an eye on the future. And it’s a philosophy that Michael has taken with him into his current role as Chief Education Innovation Officer. “Our vision for innovation is a simple one,” says Michael. “We innovate to continually improve what we do in our schools, improving student outcomes, and thereby preparing all our students for the future.”

Ideas for Life No other education company has a team – fittingly named GEMS X – dedicated exclusively to innovation, research, and development. And the fact that GEMS Education has invested in these areas is a clear indication of its intent. “We have three key pillars to support our work,” says Michael. “The first is based around curriculum, teaching, and learning - all designed to create a unique GEMS Futures Curriculum. A second focused on innovation research and school improvement, ensuring that teachers and leaders are equipped with the latest thinking, and professional development to deliver the future of education. And a third based on innovation partnerships to deliver new ways of schooling.” The world of the future will be very different from what it is today, which is why GEMS Education is taking steps to ensure it is preparing its students accordingly. With this in mind, the organisation’s innovation strategy over the past three years has been focused on creating building blocks for schools based on robotics and AI, exponential thinking, maker education, and digital transformation.

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“We innovate to continually improve what we do in our schools, improving student outcomes, and thereby preparing all our students for the future.”






Students exhibit their innovations during GEMS X launch event


“We have partnered with key universities and companies such as Carnegie Mellon, Singularity University, Harvard Project Zero, LEGO and Microsoft,” explains Michael. “In each of these building blocks, schools have had the option to implement a number of key initiatives. A computational futures framework, which includes all aspects of robotics, computational thinking, and coding programmes, is already available to all GEMS Education schools and students of all ages – even in KG and Foundation Stage. However, our focus on the future is very clear. The skills, capabilities, and dispositions that are required for future employment are different from what we have today. Schools will be thinking about this during the coming year as we launch a significant consultation on the future of work, employability, and learning.

“We have partnered with key universities and companies such as Carnegie Mellon, Singularity University, Harvard Project Zero, LEGO and Microsoft.” “In addition, we are also launching the GEMS Student Employment scheme – the first of its kind within the region – which will ensure our students have access to internships and work-based experiences in leading-edge companies within the region.

Powering What’s Next Michael continues: “Creating and embedding our GEMS Futures Curriculum is a key priority for the coming year, as this will become the gateway to other initiatives, in particular the creation of a GEMS Virtual School. We also want to ensure that our partnerships with key companies and universities add significant value for all our students within this space. “Alongside this, we are hoping to create a number of centres of technological excellence to forge ahead in research and development in the application of key technologies and artificial intelligence in learning. This will help GEMS Education students to feature significantly as next-generation influencers and ‘ones to watch’.”

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GEMS Education is also looking to expand its current youth accelerator programme, which is already the largest of its kind in the region, with the expansion aimed at creating even more opportunities. In addition, by establishing an innovation and research park as part of its partnership with innovationfocused Area 2071 based in Dubai, GEMS Education is opening up a much broader set of challenges and experiences for its students across all sectors. Michael concludes: “At a time when qualifications – while extremely important – are less of a differentiator for success, we are seeing a move in both the US and UK towards students being selected for university or high-end employment based on the wider skills, qualities, and experiences they possess. By continually engaging in unique innovation programmes and opportunities, we know that GEMS Education students are best placed than most to embrace what will be a very uncertain future.”

“In addition, we are also launching the GEMS Student Employment scheme – the first of its kind within the region.”



AT THE CUTTING EDGE Technology is altering the education sector like never before. From online courses to automating feedback and scoring, opportunities to learn are now more accessible than ever. Asha Alexander, Principal at The Kindergarten Starters, introduces some of the most useful tools – and chances are your child is using them. Disruptive technologies are redefining the possibilities for sustainability, cost efficiency, and access to higher education. We are living in an exciting time – when anyone can access free online videos on practically any subject they want to learn. Through live webinars, students can watch videos as they are happening and participate in real-time class discussion through online chat, helping them learn in an accelerated fashion and develop global perspectives as the world becomes their classroom.

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Asha Alexander, Principal, The Kindergarten Starters

As education providers, we are constantly looking for new ways to implement digital learning strategies, fully aware that education and technology are continuously changing. Here are just a few of the digital tools and platforms that have changed how we teach and how we learn.



Bring Your Own Device

Self-paced learning tools such as Mindspark help schools offer personalised learning with the ability to adjust levels of abstraction and even the number of times information has to be repeated in accordance with the pace of a student’s learning. Nothing speeds up learning processes more than shortening the feedback loop. Mindspark provides instant feedback, building confidence in young learners and motivating them to improve their reading skills.

Today’s learners have an intuitive relationship with technology and social media, and it is vital we use these to complement the learning taking place in the classroom. At Kindergarten Starters, we seamlessly integrate technology into the curriculum through our Bring Your Own Device programme, all the while ensuring that the development of interpersonal skills does not suffer as a result of excessive screen time.

Mindspark asks students questions synchronised with their current learning level. It intuitively understands a child’s learning capacity and calibrates accordingly. It provides granular content that enables real learning and gives in-depth feedback on every response to the child. Teachers can keep track of students’ activity in real-time.

This approach has encouraged students to interact and engage in topics utilising their devices, and the accessibility features are especially beneficial to students with special needs, as well as those who are not confident enough to participate in class.

In addition, the alignment with the CBSE syllabus makes it easy for teachers to run Mindspark as a complementary learning tool. By providing detailed reviews of student performances, teachers can recognise strengths and areas for improvement, helping them to adjust their teaching strategies in lessons.

Accessibility for students who are absent from school has been increased through the use of Kinteract, a portfolio and assessment platform. Options that were unheard of before are now possible. Kinteract helps teachers to identify the progress of individual children and even whole groups, and it helps identify areas that require attention. Student outcomes are tagged to the curriculum to create a structured learning journal with photos, videos, student conversations, written work or project work. Kinteract helps to track progress and share that information with parents, keeping them up to date with their child’s learning journey through real-time analytics and data reporting.

Reading A-Z Reading A-Z has more than 1,000 levelled books in multiple genres and formats to meet the need of every student. Levelled readers are spread across 29 levels of difficulty to improve reading rate, accuracy and expression in English. Benchmark assessments evaluate each child’s progress in skills and strategies, with instruction then adjusted as needed. At Kindergarten Starters, we have found that time spent reading at appropriate levels increases reading performance for all students. With 100% non-native English learners, as well as some with special needs, in our classrooms, Reading A-Z has enabled language proficiency by providing a vast array of material written for various developmental levels and learning disabilities.


MY Learning GEMS Education’s Personalised Online Learning Ecosystem (POLE) is built around the MY Learning virtual environment. It’s transforming the way teachers organise learning experiences for children. MY Learning ensures all parties are well connected and functioning productively. The streamlined homework and task management feature is widely used and allows parents to monitor their child’s activity and progress reports. Communication is improved between parents and staff through instant messaging and sharing of files. It also enables the school to build surveys, quizzes or skills, and collect data to inform learning.




THE WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATING CHAMPIONSHIP Competitive debate is a challenging yet hugely rewarding exercise in pure logic and strategy, says Varun Menon, a student at GEMS Winchester School - Jebel Ali.


very year, some of the most articulate and incisive high school students from around the globe come together to participate in the World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC), the premier forum for competitive debate at high school level. Many aspiring debaters dream of representing their country on the world stage at this high-profile event, and I was honoured and delighted to be chosen to attend this year’s in Zagreb, Croatia as a delegate of the UAE National Debate Team. I was first involved in competitive debate as an overzealous and rather argumentative sixth grader, testing the waters of the 2011 World Scholar’s Cup, a popular competition that includes various short debates. My ‘debut’ came during the Cup’s regional round held in Dubai, and resulted in my being awarded a ‘consolation certificate’ that I gripped tightly as I enviously watched the other debaters sweep away all the medals and trophies. The experience served only to motivate me. I began by shadowing my seniors at school, diligently attending their practice debating sessions in an attempt to assimilate as much as possible. I was a fish out of water at the time – a math and physics geek lost amid intellectual discourses on politics, ethics, sociology, and economics. Nevertheless, as I refined my argumentative skills, I began to view my talent for mathematical logic as an asset and abandoned my initial brute-force ‘argue the point ad-nauseam’ approach. I recognised debate as an exercise in pure logic and strategy, drawing parallels between the gestation of a powerful argument and the construction of an elegant mathematical proof. This interpretation of persuasion being as much of a science as it is an art proved to be successful, and I was soon passionately engrossed in competitive debate.

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Perseverance pays off Over the next few years my team and I gathered momentum, ranking well and sometimes winning at most major competitions we attended, including the Gulf Debate Championships, Middlesex University Dubai’s Fearless debates, the Dubai Schools’ Debate League, and the World Scholar’s Cup – where we were placed as the top team from the Middle East and Central Asia at the 2015 Global round in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2015, my mentor Ms Glenda Clark nominated me as a delegate from my school to try out for the UAE National Debate Team. The experience presented a steep learning curve as I was exposed to a whole new level of competition, eloquence, awareness, and skill among the other nominees. I quickly knew that I was out of my depth, so it was no surprise when I was knocked out in the first round. A year later, I gave it another go and progressed much further, this time reaching the final round before conceding defeat to five exceptionally talented speakers who represented the UAE at last year’s WSDC in Indonesia. Thankfully, my perseverance was rewarded at the third attempt, when I qualified for this year’s team after several rounds involving debate, speech writing, a knowledge test, team building exercises, and an interview.

The world stage WSDC is a forum that pushed my skills as a debater past familiarity and presented an incredibly steep, yet rewarding learning curve for the team and I. We stepped into the metaphorical ring oblivious to the level of competition we were up against. Our first debate served as a baptism by fire, as we faced New Zealand, a veteran team. While we lost the debate, we were not disheartened, and quickly realised that we had to adjust to the technicalities and expectations of the competition. After a pep-talk and performance review from our coach, Gareth Wright of Jumeirah College, we proceeded to the next round, which entailed a debate against Poland. After an hour of contentious exchange, the outcome was a unanimous victory in our favour. By the end of the competition we had bettered the record of last year’s UAE team, with four wins and four losses, leaving us agonisingly close – just a single win – from breaking into the elimination stages. Nevertheless, we left the event with renewed appreciation for the art of argumentation and its nuances. Over the ten days, we had learnt how to craft detailed and sophisticated arguments on any subject under the sun, how to defend a view against rigorous contention, and how to engage with the intricacies of opposing viewpoints. The experience will stay with me for a lifetime.

What it takes A good debater has strong knowledge of current affairs, a sound understanding of argumentation, and most importantly, the ability to listen, understand and, respond innovatively to a range of arguments. Becoming a good debater takes many hours of research, reflection, and practise. Luke Oung, Head of Year 13, Debate Coordinator, and Head of Student Leadership at Cambridge International School – Dubai, co-manages the UAE National Team, alongside Gareth Wright, Head of Science at Jumeriah College, and Glenda Clark, Head of Sociology at English College. They offer the following advice to aspiring debaters: Learn the World Schools Debate rules and format Read, in depth, articles related to current affairs Know what is going on in the world around you, both nationally and internationally Study the impacts of different political structures and major historical events Learn key concepts of reasoning and argumentation Watch previous WSDC final debates Practice speaking styles in front of the mirror Ask a friend to film you debating and Luke Oung, Head of Year 13, Debate Coordinator, critiquing yourself and Head of Student Leadership



Think only adults can make award-winning films? Think again. Because Dubai has its very own young star director in the making. Suhana Afeez is a Grade 7 student at GEMS Our Own English High School – Dubai. She is the director behind a gripping short film that recently won awards in three categories at the 2018 edition of the Children’s International Film Festival (CIFF). ‘Ananya – a Selfie Secret Unveiled’ picked up the Best Film award in the age 10-13 category, as well as the Best Storywriter and Best Editor awards, recognising the amazing skills and talents of Suhana and the six classmates who ably assisted her in the production. The film revolves around an encounter between three girls and a supernatural entity while taking a selfie. Their bold journey to unravel the mystery of the spirit reveals unpleasant truths and traits of human behaviour, including jealousy, and judgment. The CIFF jury, which included renowned personalities from across the film industry, was clearly impressed by the crafting of Suhana’s film, which wove together fear, surprise, and suspense to create an unforgettable story. Suhana Afeez, Director (centre) supported by cast and crew Catherine Shaj (left), and Aparna Thyagarjan (right)



When 18-year-old Smit Khandelwal was hospitalised by a sudden brain haemorrhage, school and exams had to be put on hold. Now, two years later, he is determined to use the life-altering experience to help others.


ack in 2017, Smit Khandelwal was all set to clear his Grade 12 board exams with flying colours. An academically gifted science stream student, he was also the Sports Captain at his school, Our Own English High School – Sharjah (Boys). Then, all of a sudden, everything changed when he suffered a massive brain haemorrhage, leaving the left side of “No difficulty his body paralysed. The haemorrhage also led to a series of medical is too big. People challenges that prevented him from sitting his exams. And yet far from a tragedy, Smit’s story is one of hope, determination, and success against all odds. Because, after a year of exceptional physical and mental struggle, Smit eventually graduated with an impressive 83.8%. “It came out of nowhere,” recalls Smit. “I was sitting to have dinner one day, and then I just fell.” The haemorrhage caused hemiplegia (paralysis) and a series of other problems that put him in hospital for seven months.

do not seem to understand that if a difficulty has been given to you, it has been given for a reason. And it is up to you to learn and grow from it.”

Life as a Cyborg “They had to cut out a part of my skull to allow the swelling to take its course,” explains Smit. “My craniotomy, where they remove a bone flap from the skull, was carried out in Dubai, while the cranioplasty, where they put the bone flap back, was done in India. The cool part is that I am now a cyborg, and I have a microchip inside me to keep me alive.” Looking to the future, Smit says his main goal is to improve his health. “I won’t see myself as 100% fit until I start playing football again,” he says. “But my on-going, long-term goal is to use the insights I have gained from my experience to help others in similar circumstances.” To do this, Smit is determined to acquire formal knowledge of biomedical engineering and work in neuro rehabilitation – “Because rehabilitation is the hardest part of the entire journey, to make the most of your second life.” Asked what advice he would give to anyone going through a similar challenge, Smit responds without hesitation: “No difficulty is too big. People do not seem to understand that if a difficulty has been given to you, it has been given for a reason. And it is up to you to learn and grow from it. You are not supposed to give up, you are supposed to have the strength to move on, push through that difficulty, and learn from it.”




Everyone wants a scholarship – and there are lots out there. But how do you ensure your application has the best chance of success? Read on for our top tips.


ost, if not all, scholarships require applicants to submit a formal letter or statement, giving students the opportunity to highlight their achievements, goals, and aspirations in their own words. Yet while this is undoubtedly a valuable chance to put forward a compelling case for why you deserve financial assistance and support, there’s no denying that it can also be a daunting and difficult task. That’s why we’ve put together some essential advice that should stand you in good stead and help you nail that all-important scholarship.

Write your own application This is your application and your chance to communicate your personality. Don’t rely on other people to write it for you, as your individuality just won’t come through. Most scholarship applications have further steps in the process and if you did not write the letter they won’t match up.

Proofread This is where your parents can assist you. A second pair of eyes can always help to spot mistakes you may have missed. Always double-check your work and have it reviewed by someone else. The best application letter can be let down by poor spelling, grammatical errors, and typos.

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Preparation is key Applying for a scholarship is not a last-minute thing. You need to present evidence of your achievements, as well as copies of your academic records. Give yourself time to not only source these, but also put together a comprehensive picture of your hopes, dreams, and accomplishments.


The largest student scholarship opportunity in the UAE Let your passion shine through Maintaining a focus on your goals and aspirations is at the heart of an effective application. Passion is what might differentiate you from the pack.

Tailor your application You will hear this from various experts again and again – and there’s a reason for it. You need to clearly show that you are the right candidate for the scholarship, and to do that you need to communicate your personality and individual traits and attributes. Because if you don’t, someone else will.

Get your teacher to look over your application Let someone with ‘fresh eyes’ look at your application – and who better than your teacher?

GEMS Education has launched a new merit-based scholarship programme open to both existing and new students enrolled in a GEMS school who meet the set criteria. The scholarships offer concessions ranging from 25% to 100% off annual school fees and are designed to reward students excelling in creative and performing arts, academics, sports, innovation and digital technology, and Arabic studies. “One of the driving forces behind our scholarship programme is to provide avenues for talented children to pursue their preferred career choices,” explains Dino Varkey, Chief Executive Officer at GEMS Education. “By not limiting the programme to just academics, the scholarships will encourage students to harness their full potential, unlocking the genius within every child.” Prior to being considered for a scholarship, students must first meet the enrolment eligibility criteria for entry into their school of choice. After careful review of applications, long-listed candidates move on to the next stage of the assessment process.

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HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS Some schools go above and beyond college counselling by providing students with scholarships and financial aid for their post-secondary studies at university. With its growing UniConnect programme, GEMS Education is the perfect example. Navigating the minefield that is university and post-secondary choices is a tricky task at the best of times – even more so when you factor in the importance of ensuring you get the choice right. Thankfully, college counsellors are commonplace in schools nowadays, offering valuable advice on options and pathways. Yet one education provider is going even further.

ACG EDUCATION As New Zealand’s largest provider of university foundation studies, ACG pathway programmes provide an ideal transition to university study and an opportunity for speakers of other languages to study at an English-speaking university.

GEMS Education’s UniConnect programme offers scholarships, financial aid and other opportunities to students across the GEMS network applying to universities and higher education institutions across the globe. Launched in 2017, the initiative already boasts an impressive list of partner universities, with more coming on board every month. Read on for details of some of UniConnect’s international partners.

ADELPHI UNIVERSITY Offers degree programmes in its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing and Public Health, the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, and the Robert B Willumstad School of Business.

Location: University of Auckland, AUT University, and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand Average tuition: N/A Scholarships: Foundation scholarships of NZD2,500.

Location: Garden City, New York, USA Average tuition: USD34,034 Scholarships: Available through the International University Alliance, offering on average 20% of Year 1 tuition, with a total scholarship opportunity over the next three years estimated at USD3,000,000.

AMITY UNIVERSITY Offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, with a focus on path-breaking innovations in science and technology, a globally benchmarked infrastructure and record job offers

AUBURN UNIVERSITY A public research university consisting of 15 schools and colleges, offering degree majors in aviation management, business administration, graphic design, journalism, and nursing, among others.

Location: Dubai, UAE; India; Singapore; London, UK; Mauritius; China Average tuition: AED35,000 Scholarships: GEMS students are awarded either full or 50% scholarships based on academic merit.

Location: Auburn, Alabama, USA Average tuition: USD28,400 Scholarships: Available through the International University Alliance, offering on average 20% of Year 1 tuition, with a total scholarship opportunity over the next three years estimated at USD3,000,000.

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY Consists of seven schools and colleges, offering degree majors in accounting, art history, computer science, film and media arts, music, and political science. Location: Washington DC, USA Average tuition: USD43,103 Scholarships: Available through the International University Alliance, offering on average 20% of Year 1 tuition, with a total scholarship opportunity over the next three years estimated at USD3,000,000.

BUCKSMORE EDUCATION Part of the Oxford International Education Group, Bucksmore offers a host of summer schools across various locations in the UK. Location: Cambridge University, Oxford University, London, Brighton, Surrey Average tuition: N/A Scholarships: 20% scholarships on all summer programmes and one-on-one tuition.


FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY Offers over 190 bachelor and graduate degree programmes, including accounting, business administration, computer science, environmental engineering, and law. Location: Miami, Florida, USA Average tuition: USD19,588 Scholarships: Available through the International University Alliance, offering on average 20% of Year 1 tuition, with a total scholarship opportunity over the next three years estimated at USD3,000,000.

IE UNIVERSITY Offers numerous undergraduate and graduate degrees through its schools of law, international relations, architecture and design, communication, and social, behavioural, and data sciences. Location: Segovia and Madrid, Spain Average tuition: EUR19,800 Scholarships: Two annual scholarships of 50% on the bachelor’s degree or bachelor´s dual degree.

MIT-WORLD PEACE UNIVERSITY The university is a centre for scientific, educational, technological, and spiritual development, offering programmes including engineering, subsurface engineering, marine engineering, medicine, pharmacy, insurance, lighting, design, retail management, and business administration. Location: Pune, India Average tuition: N/A Scholarships: 50 scholarships ranging from 50% to 100%.

GLION INSTITUTE OF HIGHER EDUCATION & LES ROCHES GLOBAL HOSPITALITY EDUCATION Specialists in hospitality management, both schools offer a diverse range of degree programmes. Location: Glion, Bulle, and Bluche, Switzerland; Marbella, Spain; Shanghai, China; London, UK Average tuition: CHF37,000 Scholarships: GEMS Hospitality Scholarship of 25%

INDIAN SCHOOL OF HOSPITALITY Founded by hospitality veteran and former managing director of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, South Asia Dilip Puri, ISH is a self-financed degree college with an expert faculty and an advisory council comprised of international industry leaders and influencers that aims to reimagine hospitality and culinary education. Location: Gurgaon / Gurugram, India Average tuition: N/A Scholarships: First-year GEMS students benefit from 10% scholarships, after which they are eligible for several scholarships and awards. 

PWC’S ACADEMY Offers a variety of training courses, based on the best practices of PwC’s global network of firms and the individual experiences of its experts. The Academy is a Platinum Approved Learning Partner of ACCA and has strategic partnerships with professional qualification bodies such as CFA Institute, CIPD, ICAEW, IMA, NASBA, PMI, and CIPS. Location: Various Average tuition: N/A Scholarships: Total of 218 scholarships ranging from 10% to 35%.

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY Specialists in business, engineering, design and the physical, social and life sciences, with leading academics at the forefront of their specialism. Location: Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai, and Malaysia Average tuition: AED52,000 Scholarships: Total of 112 scholarships ranging from 30% to 100%.

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY Originally established as a military school, the university now offers over 200 degree programmes. Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Average tuition: USD27,000 Scholarships: Available through the International University Alliance, offering on average 20% of Year 1 tuition, with a total scholarship opportunity over the next three years estimated at USD3,000,000.

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UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI Offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate studies through its various colleges.

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A group of Dubai students had the opportunity of a lifetime to not only visit Stanford University in the US, but also take part in the YouGo at Stanford summer enrichment programme in August. Here’s what was involved.


hen it comes to summer camps and enrichment programmes, there’s a huge variety to choose from, not just in the UAE, but also further afield – which is where YouGo comes in. A ‘leadership innovation accelerator’, YouGo provides young people with the opportunity to experience elite university life and develop skills to reach their full potential. And this summer, 45 students from GEMS Education schools had the chance to take part in the YouGo at Stanford programme, which took place on campus in California from 4 -11 August. “The goal of YouGo at Stanford was to create a truly eye-opening, wow experience through visits to well-known global companies, sessions with leading innovators and enrichment courses on the fundamentals that drive success,” says YouGo’s founder, Liam O’Hagan. “Students are left with fresh knowledge, experience and relationships that they can draw upon when they pursue the next stages in life, be it applying to a great school like Stanford or not. For Stanford, the programme introduces the school to a brilliant group of future applicants, and creates an unprecedented degree of global diversity on campus during the summer term.”

Pyramid of Success Participants followed the John R. Wooden ‘Pyramid of Success’ course, which teaches the ideals, values, and principles required to achieve success, and undertook their own innovation projects, which they presented to the YouGo board. Participants also had the chance to hear from current Stanford University students on the competitive application and admissions process, while living on campus enjoying the same access as an enrolled undergraduate student. The programme included visits to Apple, Issue 1 - September 2018


The programme included visits to Apple, Facebook, the Golden Gate Bridge, and AT&T Park to catch a baseball game between San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros. Guest mentors, meanwhile, included Tim Stearns, Stanford Biology Department Chair; Michael Moe, CEO of GSV Asset Management; and Ed Wajda, Global Head of Multiple Briggs & Stratton Businesses. In addition, through GEMS Education’s UniConnect programme designed to offer scholarships to students seeking admission to institutions around the world, more than AED31,000 in scholarships was awarded to the GEMS students who attended YouGo at Stanford.

Students Have Their Say Riva Tulpule, a student from GEMS Modern Academy – Dubai who attended the week-long programme at Stanford, said the programme was a blend of top-class coursework, adventure, sports, and an overall experience of campus living in the US. “The days were super busy, with activities starting at 8.30am. The schedule was planned very well with daily industry visits and guest lectures in the mornings, along with afternoon classroom sessions and evening team activities. The industry visits and tours of campuses of top companies like Apple and Facebook truly inspired me.” Commenting on the John R. Wooden course, Riva said: “The various discussions were more

based on practical utility and on real life examples and references, which helped my understanding of the topics. I’m now going to try to apply what I learnt to my studies.” Another student who visited Stanford this summer, Aryan Bhatt, who is also studying at GEMS Modern Academy – Dubai, pointed to the Innovation Accelerator programme as the highlight of the experience. He said: “It showed me a more focused approach to the various aspects of achieving success in life. The lives of the students at Stanford, and the huge amount of effort they had to put in to uplift themselves in the community to achieve success, made me realise the importance of unlocking my inner potential.”

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The Core of Leadership in Modern Organisations By: Dr. Ajith Kumar V.V. Organisations get into trouble when egos and personalities get in the way of business interests and goals. The higher one goes up the corporate ladder, the greater the risks of him or her entering disputes with other people who also hold power in the organisation. Conflicts of personalities at a senior level will have a negative impact on the organisation’s reputation. It is, therefore, important that people in the top positions have the right leadership skills. Leaders have to lead by example and should ensure that their personal views do not interfere with business interests. In this context, a leader’s main focus is to make sure that the entire team’s — his followers, goals are aligned with the organisational goals. He should see to it that the individual and organisational goals are not clashing, and this can be done by making employees understand that the organisation’s welfare and interest are the priority. Leaders should maintain peace when conflicts arise among the key members of the organisation and maintain control over office politics by keeping the communication lines open and regularly assessing the situation. For a leader, the best strategy is to refrain from reacting when discussions are emotionally charged. Instead, he or she must focus on the holistic objectives and the best ways to achieve them. The greatest obstacle, in fact, is not the opposition, but the lack of self-control on the part of the leader. People often become resistant to change, particularly if they believe it will lead to diminished responsibility. Therefore, it is vital for a leader to know how to effectively deal with behaviors that go against the company strategy. During a difficult conversation, for instance, people often get defensive. To control the situation, a leader must maintain a level of calmness and prepare an appropriate defensive strategy in an objective manner. A difficult situation can be improved by discussing how an individual’s behavior is making one feel. This will enable people to empathise and understand what emotions they are exhibiting and why

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people react the way they do. Emotional stability is very important, and the way one deals with and takes care of the people in an organisation is the key to success. If the leader is able to create an environment where the team feels that they are taken care of, the team members will accomplish their tasks efficiently and will work towards the achievement of the organisation’s goals. Leaders need to be innovative and creative, and ensure that they are up to date with the latest technological advancements to keep on par with the rest of the world. If organisations fail to employ the latest technology and tools in their operations to increase efficiency, they will be out of the market. Leaders play an important role in identifying the key technological developments and how they can be integrated to ensure the effective utilisation of resources, which will also help in not only achieving the organisation’s goals, but also in steering the organisation to the right direction and creating the much needed competitive advantage. Needless to say, adaptation to the dynamic environment in all aspects is imperative for all leaders. Employees are the key resources for any organisation. Hence, leaders should ensure that they hire the right kind of manpower with the necessary skills, and see to it that they know their roles and are in line with the organisational goals. If employees are regularly updated and trained on the recent technological developments, and if the leaders are able to create a culture where people can express their ideas freely and are encouraged to be creative and innovative, then the leader will not be just a transactional leader — a leader who promotes compliance through rewards and punishment, but can blossom into a transformational leader, one who creates a vision and make changes through inspiration. We need leaders who can transform organisations and who have excellent emotional stability and communication skills to convince and direct the teams in accordance with the mission and vision of the organisation.


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A New School

Transitioning to a new school or even a new country is challenging for the whole family. But support is available, and there are various steps students and parents can take to smooth the process. Angelika KĂźster, Head of Curriculum K-12 at GEMS International School, explains.


ne of the biggest concerns for any parent moving their family overseas is choosing a school for their child. A good education is widely recognised as an important ingredient to success in later life, which is why choosing the right school and ensuring a smooth transition is so important.

For the most part, schools are private in the UAE with a wide array of choice, providing a unique educational landscape for expat children. The debate as to whether your child should attend a local school and ease their transition into the host country culture does not arise here, with most students attending private schools instead of local ones. Boasting more than 11 different curricula, with a focus on Indian, American and British education, as well as the International Baccalaureate, the UAE offers a huge choice.

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“A good education is widely recognised as an important ingredient to success in later life, which is why choosing the right school and ensuring a smooth transition is so important.�

Researching different options online and involving your children in the process, before creating a shortlist of schools to be visited, can be a great way of allowing children to get used to the idea of moving to a new school and country. Upon arrival, set aside time to visit the schools on your shortlist together with your children. Even schools that offer the same curriculum can have a different atmosphere and appeal.

School Support Once you have decided on a school, it is useful to find out more about its communication channels and possible induction programmes. How do students and families gain access to information about the school? Is there a parent

portal, a digital platform of choice; will you receive important information by emails and newsletters or through your children in hard copy format? Find out if your chosen school runs a special induction programme at the start of the school year for new students to ease the transition and help students acclimatise. Often, schools assign a buddy to each new student, pairing them up with a responsible peer who will share at least some of their classes and can help them find their way around school and settle into a routine. For primary aged children, class teachers normally keep a close eye on how new students are settling in. Besides teachers,

school counsellors can also play a major role in facilitating a smooth transition, touching base with students on a regular basis, including both informal chats and more formal sessions. Many schools also recognise the importance of helping students and families settle quickly into their new community and therefore, plan appropriate events. These might include a special welcome from the school leadership team, a welcome barbecue, or another type of social activity that bring new families together and provides the opportunity to meet existing members of the community.


The Issue of Language Most international schools use English as their main language of instruction. If English is not a student’s first language, or if they have had no prior experience of English, this may seem daunting at first. Yet schools are wellequipped to support children, who are not yet proficient in English, enabling them to not only communicate confidently, but also successfully access the curriculum and engage in learning.

Being supportive and listening to your child’s feelings can help them learn to regulate their emotions. It is important for children to perceive you as positive and not overwhelmed by the change. Actively seeking opportunities to socialise and make contact with other families with children of a similar age is particularly helpful for younger children. This allows them to play on home turf while fostering new friendships. Connect with other parents, volunteer as a class parent (if

possible), or support school initiatives to become involved in the school. Change is difficult at the best of times, but parents have some control over managing that change. Depending on their age and prior experiences, children tend to view the move to another country with a mix of excitement and trepidation, while parents are often paralysed with fear, riddled with guilt and anticipation. Remain patient and know that the first few weeks are hard, but that most children will adapt within that period – many even quicker.

Most schools have programmes that support students, who need to develop their English. Nearly all children will advance quickly in their basic interpersonal communication skills, but may take more time to acquire academic vocabulary. During this time, it is important for families to maintain their mother tongue to allow children to continue to create new understandings in a language in which they are already proficient.

Keeping Busy Starting out at a new school is a great time to start new hobbies or make sure that earlier interests continue. All schools have a plethora of activities on offer, but there is a wealth of additional activities on offer across the UAE. Encouraging your child to sign up for and take part in extra-curricular or after-school activities is a great way to help them meet and make new friends. Stick to your family routines and traditions. In times of rapid change, routine is of great comfort, and knowing what is expected at home can provide a safe haven. Having your regular ‘Friday movie night’ or similar events can provide a sense of the familiarity. Be prepared for good and bad days. Check in regularly with your child, not just about school but also how they are feeling. Are they settling in or are they missing old friends back home? It is easy with social media to stay in touch and it is important to maintain old friendships.

About the Author Angelika Küster is a German national who attended two schools in her hometown before going to university, so the idea of schooling in different countries and potentially in different languages was completely alien to her. Angelika’s schooling took place within very predictable parameters and in the language of her childhood, yet she has since worked in different school systems across several continents, with her own children now attending their fourth school in a different country. These experiences have given Angelika unique personal and professional insights into the subject. She admits that it has not always been easy. Love and support have been crucial ingredients in easing her family’s different transitions. However, Angelika is confident that her children are more adaptable and more able to cope with change because of their experience of different schools. It has also broadened and enriched their view and understanding of the world.

Choosing the Right School Every child, every family, and their circumstances are different and it is important to establish what works best for your individual situation. Key questions to address before beginning your search for the right school include: Do you want to maintain your child’s connection to their home culture and stay within the same education system? Is there a school that will educate your children in their mother tongue, or that provides it as a curricular offering? How transferable do you need their high school certificate to be in order to allow them to gain access to university?



Working within a framework based on humanity, empathy, warmth, and trust, LightHouse Centre for Wellbeing Psychotherapist Ross Addison practices Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in a holistic way that ensures clients’ goals are met. Here, he tackles the age-old problem of bullying.

It is important for parents to ensure their home environment is peaceful, supportive, and nurturing, especially if they learn their child is experiencing bullying. A bullied child may already be experiencing low self-esteem and lack of confidence; getting in trouble more will only increase those thoughts and elevate anxiety.

The most common signs of a bullied child are changes in behaviour, including: Becoming less vocal Avoidance of certain situations School refusal A desire to be anti-social Sleep deprivation Homesickness Reduction in academic grades Anxiety-related concerns – these could include the emergence of separation anxiety, traits of social anxiety, panic attacks, OCD traits, or sometimes a combination of these symptoms

The rules for bullying are very straightforward; it’s not an acceptable behaviour anywhere, ever. And it is important that parents and children react promptly to bullying: If parents know that their child is being bullied, they must get in touch with the school immediately. The school will have policies in place to support victims of bullying. Parents should check in regularly with their child. This doesn’t have to focus on bullying and can simply take the shape of one-on-one time where anything and everything is up for discussion. The laws in the UAE are progressing quickly in terms of protecting children, with authorities including the police and Dubai’s KHDA working closely together to ensure child safety.

The rules for bullying are very straightforward; it’s not acceptable behaviour anywhere, ever.

What should children experiencing bullying do? It is vital to know that bullying is not acceptable. Do not put up with it. Report the incident to your School Counsellor, Principal, or Assistant Head Teacher. If needed, reports can be completely anonymous. Most of all, though, communicate with your parents should an incident arise.

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SPENDING & SAVING SMART World of Education looks at how parents can balance education and lifestyle spending.

Paying for tuition while still maintaining an enjoyable lifestyle can be a challenge for many parents, who naturally want to provide the best level of education for their children. Striking the right balance for your individual circumstances is therefore hugely important, and although there is no perfect formula, there are a number of simple steps you can take that will help you successfully manage both worlds with the same budget. Organise your budget plan Many people are put off by the word ‘budget’ because they associate it with restrictions on spending and the imposition of a frugal lifestyle. That’s a misconception, though, because budgeting does not make you spend less, rather it allows you to spend smartly. Take the following steps to get your finances in order and establish a realistic budget. Track your expenses You may be surprised at how seemingly small daily costs can quickly add up. To help you track this, there are numerous apps available, such as Wally, which lets you take a photo of your receipts instead of manually entering numbers, as well as Mint, which displays your credit score and how much money you have at any given time across multiple accounts and cards.

shopping and don’t buy other items. Postpone unexpected purchases by a week to see if you still want the item or if you are able to find a better price for it. Watch out for the holidays This can be a stressful time in terms of your budget. Plan ahead for holiday gifts, decorations, and parties, and book your travel plans early. Creating and maintaining a budget will take an investment of time, but you will reap the rewards for years to come.

Live within your means As you track your expenses, decide how much you can allocate to each part of your life. Plan how much you can put toward housing and utilities, transportation, food, lifestyle, insurance, family education, recreation, and so on. Staying on budget Staying on budget can be hard, but try your best and follow these tips: Avoid impulse purchases Be aware of what triggers you to make impulse purchases. Try to stick to your list when


Lifestyle Savings As long as you have taken care of your essential expenses and financial priorities first, there is no need to beat yourself up or feel guilty about that expensive handbag or dinner at a fine-dining restaurant. Especially if you make the most of any rewards or loyalty programmes available to you. If your child attends a GEMS Education school, for example, you will have automatic and exclusive access to the GEMS Rewards programme, which is specifically designed to give back to families. The GEMS Rewards app features an extensive array of two-for-one deals and discounts across dining, beauty and fitness, attractions and leisure, retail and services, and hotels. Out of the over 800 merchants included on the app, 300 offer non-depleting discounts allowing you to keep going back to your favourite merchants. Also part of the GEMS Rewards programme is the GEMS Ambassador programme, which offers parents a 4% discount on their tuition fees for every referral successfully enrolled in a GEMS Education school, while the GEMS NBAD/FAB Credit Card offers up to 4.25% discount on school fees. In addition, The Marketplace is an exclusive online store where users earn GEMS Points with every purchase. These earned and accumulated GEMS Points can then be used to pay school fees.


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Achieving Peak Performance The secret to bringing your A-game goes deeper than you think. Dr Maryam Matar, Scientist, Genetics Expert, Vice Chairman of Dubai Cares, and Founder and Chairperson of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association, explains. A growing body of evidence suggests that the most important factors behind achieving peak performance are sleep, exercise, nutrition, and meditation – all of which are strongly linked to epigenetics, which is the study of heritable phenotype changes that do not involve alterations in the DNA sequence. Lack of proper sleep is linked to lower grades, as it affects concentration, memory, and the ability to learn. Sleep deprivation negatively affects brain functions associated with the frontal lobes, which are essential for intelligence, decision- making, and abstract

thought. Not just that, but DNA methylation – perhaps the most widely recognised epigenetic mechanism – is implicated in the connection between sleep and the body’s ability to fight off infections and diseases.

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It’s clear that moderate and regular physical activity is essential for everyone. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently, improving the health of organs such as the heart, lungs, and kidneys. It’s recommended, therefore, that children age two and up participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate

“The most important factors behind achieving peak performance are sleep, exercise, nutrition, and meditation”

intensity physical activities daily, with frequent breaks incorporated. A good indication of overall health and biological age can be found in telomeres – unique DNA repeats found at the ends of the genetic material-bearing chromosomes. Research shows that telomeres can be protected by exercise, healthy eating and social support – yet one of the most effective interventions is practicing meditation and mindful activities. Doing so activates the telomerase enzyme in our DNA, enhancing our overall health and well-being. Finally, in terms of nutrition, studies show that a diet filled with balanced nutrients as well as alkaline water supports development, brain health, and the immune system. So, how can parents encourage their child to do all of the above? It’s simple, be a model parent and provide your child with opportunities to be active.

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Foods to Fuel the Day We asked Clinical Dietician Nadeen Taha what kinds of food provide sustained energy release through the entire school day. Here’s what she had to say: “Breakfast is essential for children in order to improve memory and concentration, with wholegrain cereals and toast, bananas, scrambled eggs, nut butter, and homemade bran muffins just a few foods that provide muchneeded energy. Pack a healthy lunch that includes three or four different food groups to keep your child’s energy high: perhaps homemade stew or dhal; a bagel with tuna, sweet corn, and low-fat mayo; wholegrain tortilla with beans and cheese; or brown pasta and chicken salad.” Having graduated from the University of Toronto and Mount Sinai Hospital, Nadeen trained in Toronto’s North York General Hospital and is now based in Mediclinic Dubai Mall and Mediclinic City Hospital, also in Dubai.

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POSITIVE BODY IMAGE Developing a positive body image can help students feel empowered and meet their goals. But in the age of social media it is not so easy to do. Elena Aldridge, Director of Positive Education at GEMS World Academy – Dubai, offers some practical advice.

Let’s try a quick exercise. Put down the magazine you’re reading, stand in front of a mirror, and take a good look at yourself. Now consider how you feel about your body. If you think you look great, congratulations! You’re in a small percentage of people who don’t think that they should look better. Most of us get influenced by social media and are constantly under pressure to change and improve.

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 ick out five things you P love about your body, not because of how they look, but because of what they do for you.

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The National Eating Disorders Collaboration, based in Australia, defines body image as ‘the perception that a person has of their physical self, and the thoughts and feelings that result from that perception’. It is important to understand that there are four aspects to be considered when we think about body image: how we see ourselves (perceptual body image), how we feel about ourselves (affective body image), what we think about ourselves (cognitive body image), and how we behave as a result of the first three (behavioural body image). A positive body image does not necessarily mean that we see ourselves as perfect, but that we see our flaws, recognise our insecurities, and still accept our bodies, seeing them as perfect for ourselves. Research in positive psychology has shown that a positive body image translates into a feeling of empowerment and a raised level of selfefficacy. These ensure an individual’s optimal functioning, both physically and mentally (Snyder and Lopez, 2005).

 ave a gratitude diary that H can serve as a first-aid kit. When the negative body image spiral appears, read the things you expressed gratitude for.


 ecome a social media B ‘critique specialist’. Do not compare yourself to others and remember that they also have their own imperfections.


 ry some positive T affirmations at the beginning of your day – for example, “I will be kind to my body and accept myself exactly as I am.”


 void diets! Instead, eat in A moderation and exercise.

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With hectic schedules during the week, it’s tough enough for parents to go to the gym, never mind with the kids. But what if gyms offered something for all ages?

INNERFIGHT The InnerFight Kids class revolves around playing, learning, and racing, with children taught about nutrition and core functional movements. Youngsters have a strong capacity for high intensity training using body weight, while feeling like it was an hour of exercise disguised as fun. ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES:

LITTLE GLADIATORS This one-of-a-kind, all-in-one kids’ fitness centre is on a mission to improve the health and well-being of the nation’s citizens. Inspired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who is a vocal advocate of healthy lifestyles, Little Gladiators is a dedicated facility that offers a wide range of activities for children and their families.

Gymnastics CrossFit Weightlifting Personal Performance Coaching Endurance programmes Corporate Performance and Motivation Age: For kids’ classes, the starting age for children is five, going up to 12. However, there are exceptions, as InnerFight believes all children should try the class once to see how they adapt.

ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Gymnastics Interactive wall climbing Tree climbing Yoga Cardio Kickboxing Spa Swimming pool with qualified instructors leading all lessons Age: Children of all ages, from as young as two, are welcome at Little Gladiators, although most are between five and 14. Location: Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Contact Number: 04 240 8709 Website: Little Gladiators also hosts pool parties for birthdays and special occasions, as well as private family swimming lessons.

FITNESS4LIFE Stay fit with some of the best concepts from around the world. With three branches up and running, ladies are in for a treat with the fourth branch, Fitness4Life Ladies opening soon, becoming the only ladies’ gym in Dubai Silicon Oasis and the surrounding neighbourhood. The gym will be equipped with top-of-the-line equipment and facilities, employing world-class training methods and staffed by dedicated personal trainers. ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES (LADIES):

Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Contact Number: 04 321 2899 Website: Kids’ classes take place on Tuesdays at 5.30pm and Saturdays at 9am, with an adult Strongman Class operating at the same time on Tuesdays and a Cardio Club for adults on Saturdays – meaning families can train together.

Reaxing (neuromuscular training) Sauna GX classes Personal trainers Kids Daycare Park (playground and trampoline) ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES (KIDS): Kickboxing Muay Thai Swimming Classes Trampoline Age: The starting age for children is five years up to 15 years. Anyone aged 16 and above is considered an adult. Location: Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai Contact Number: 04 333 5730 Website: Make sure you are one of first 100 women to sign up for classes to receive an amazing discount!


CafÊ Restaurant - Pâtisserie - Catering - Chocolates Enjoy breakfast with your family in a kid-friendly atmosphere at anytime of the day. Several of our locations also welcome the most playful little ones in our dedicated kids rooms! Check out our locations page to find your nearest restaurant.

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Thinking Outside the

Lunch Box

Packing lunchboxes daily for the fussiest little consumers in your life can be truly testing at times. So here’s a week’s meal plan to get you going...

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Avocado slices or guacamole

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Pineapple chunks

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Deli Roll-ups Whole-wheat pretzels


Celery Cinnamon-sprinkled apple slices Coconut macaroons

Cold Noodle Salads Cubed chicken/tinned fish



Quinoa Salad Tomato, mozzarella and basil skewers

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Pear slices

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Poke & Co was established while keeping healthconscious working parents and families in mind. With the concept originating from Hawaii, the word ‘Poke’ means to cut/slice into small pieces. The dishes evolved greatly through Hawaii’s multicultural influences through Japan, Korea and China and started to become a worldwide global trend. Poke bowl meals are easy, quick, delicious, and not too expensive.

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SWEET POTATO QUINOA SALAD INGREDIENTS Kale Sweet potato Quinoa Cherry tomatoes

Sunflower seeds Walnuts Pomegranate

METHOD Mix all the ingredients for a healthy and wellbalanced start!

ACAI BOWL INGREDIENTS Strawberries Banana Granola

Chia Seeds Frozen Acai purĂŠe Seasonal fruits (optional)

METHOD Mix all the ingredients for a quick start to your day

MEDJOOL DATES BROWNIE INGREDIENTS Organic almond flour Organic gluten free flour Organic coconut oil Organic coconut sugar METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes. Then drain it and blend the dates until they are smooth.

Medjool dates Flax seeds Cacao Dairy free and sugar free chocolate 4. On an 8x8-inch pan, grease with oil and spread the mixture. 5. Bake for 20 minutes and cool before cutting.

3. Add all the ingredients to the blender and process it again until smooth.


10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ORGANIC DAIRY FARMING With consumers becoming increasingly health conscious and mindful about where their food comes from, organic is gaining rapid popularity in UAE. This growing interest in organic is also spreading from the dominant organic fruit and vegetable category to other groceries, such as organic milk. To find out more about what organic really means when it comes to dairy, we spoke to Torben Sonderby, an Arla organic dairy farmer from Northern Europe, for his top ten facts about organic dairy farming. 1. Additional standards are met on animal welfare One of the most important things for me, as an Arla organic dairy farmer, is animal welfare. All of Arla’s cows are looked after according to Arla’s strict quality and welfare routine, Arlagården, which makes sure that we keep our dairy cows healthy, comfortable and well fed at all times. When you choose organic milk, you can be confident that additional standards have been met on animal welfare and sustainability. Some of these additional standards include ensuring cows are always out on the grass during the summer, and that they must have a soft bed to lie on when they are inside. 2. Organic cows are free range My cows, and in fact all Arla Organic cows, are free range meaning they graze outside during the months of spring, summer and fall. They absolutely love the lush green farms, and you can even catch them running and jumping around right now as they’re welcoming spring this year! This is great for ensuring a healthy milk yield. During the winter months, we will always put the cows’ welfare first and choose whether it is best for them to stay indoors or outside.

farmers only use natural fertilizers and these produce less greenhouse gasses than synthetic ones. 5. Organic means no added preservatives The milk our cows produce is 100% organic. Arla Organic milk is ultra-heat treated and safely packed in order to reach UAE while it retains all its natural and nutritious goodness. There are no preservatives used at all. Once the packs are opened, the milk should be refrigerated and consumed just like fresh milk, within 3 days. 6. Hormones or antibiotics to stimulate growth is prohibited Organic farming practices strictly prohibits the use of hormones, antibiotics or any drugs in animal feed for the purposes of stimulating growth. Although this is an organic farming practice, Arla does not use hormones or antibiotics in the farming methods for any of its conventional milk either!

3. Cows’ feed is 100% organic too My cows eat a 100% organic diet of grass, corn and clover, in just the right amounts, which gives them the best possible nutrition every day!

7. Organic farming is on the rise With increasing awareness around health and naturalness, there has been a global shift towards organic products, leading to an increase in organic production. This is no different for UAE which now has 54 local organic farms, Following its success, the ADFSC this year signed agreements with 25 more farms to help them go organic in addition to current 54 farms. Starting 2019, around 20 farms will be converted to organic every year.

4. Organic means working with nature, not against it Organic farming is a way of producing food that respects natural life cycles. It minimises the human impact on the environment and operates as naturally as possible. For example, organic

8. You can tell if it’s truly organic by its certification mark Organic food production is subject to statutory control. Arla Organic Milk complies fully with controlled organic standards and regulations as certified by the Ministry of Environment and Food of

Denmark. This certification is reviewed every year to ensure Arla is continually meeting these high organic standards. Next time you’re in the supermarket, you can look for the certification on the Arla Organic Milk pack. It guarantees that it has been produced in accordance with strict environment and animal welfare rules. 9. Organic doesn’t have to be expensive! As Arla is the world’s largest producer of organic dairy products, it means they can leverage their strong milk supply to provide the Arla Organic Milk range as one of the more affordable organic milks currently available in UAE. 10. Organic can be for everyone I believe, and Arla believes, that organic should be available and accessible for all. This is why Arla is 100% committed to making organic milk a natural and mainstream choice for everyone. On my recent visit to Dubai, I was thrilled to see the interest from consumers and retailers in the milk I produce at my farm, and even more so when I saw kids and adults alike enjoying their favorite variants of Arla Organic Milk! To find out more about Arla Organic Milk, visit us at or find us on facebook and instagram (@ArlaArabia)

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Hello Singapore!

Renowned for its shopping malls, street markets, exquisite restaurants, charming colonial attractions, and outstanding natural beauty, the citystate is the perfect family destination.




ingapore is a bewitching blend of east and west, and a melting pot of Malay, European, and Chinese cultures. The city-state is also easily one of the most child-friendly and hassle-free countries to visit in Asia – so while organising a holiday for the whole family is always going to be a challenge, Singapore boasts enough culture, attractions and variety to ensure there’s a smile on everyone’s face. Read on for some essential inside knowledge on where to stay and what to do. WHAT TO DO Universal Studios Singapore Prepare for a fun-filled day at the Universal Studios Singapore. Experience rides, shows, and attractions spread across seven zones, including Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, and Madagascar. It is the first movie theme park in Southeast Asia, bringing to life your favourite blockbuster films and TV series, such as Transformers, Jurassic Park, Puss In Boots, and much more! One-day ticket: AED203 per adult, AED150 per child (up to 12 years). Alternatively, get the Universal Express or Universal Express Unlimited pass priced AED80 and AED134 respectively. Parents with young toddlers are in for a treat, too. The baby swap option allows parents to take turns on rides, and swaps their turns without having to re-join the queue. For Muslims, the vicinity has restaurants providing halal food, and a prayer room as well. TIP


Madame Tussauds Singapore – Sentosa Interact and strike a pose with your favourite A-listers and legends at Madame Tussauds, the famous wax museum and tourist attraction. In addition, race against the finest in ‘Virtual Reality Racing Experience’, and help save the world alongside Ironman, Spider-Man, and Captain America at the Marvel 4D Cinema. From AED85 per adult and AED59 per child (up to 12 years). TIP

Singapore Botanic Gardens Nature lovers should head for a stroll in the beautiful Singapore Botanic Gardens to take in picturesque lakes, flora and fauna. The Gardens have been developed along a four-core concept, each displaying an energising exhibit of attractions. Tanglin is the legacy centre holding the old top choices and charms of the historic Gardens; Central is the tourist-belt of the Gardens; Bukit Timah is the instructive and revelation zone; while Tyersall-Gallop was created with the 2017 opening of the Learning Forest. Free entrance. TIP



Madame Tussauds


Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, and Qantas fly directly to Singapore from the UAE.


AED2,850 per adult AED1,1710* per child

Six days/five nights Al Rostamani Travel Group *Prices are subject to seasonal offers


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The Merlion is the official mascot of Singapore

Book your tickets online to save.

Sign up for any of the workshops, guided walks or tours.


Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Wildlife Reserves Singapore Marvel at animals in their natural habitat. Visit Jurong Bird Park to be thrilled by an aviary housing more than 600 birds and a 30 metres high waterfall. Appreciate the beauty of delicate freshwater ecosystems at River Safari, home to endangered species including the giant panda, manatee, and Mekong giant catfish. Then head to Night Safari, a 13-time winner of Singapore Tourism Board’s ‘Best Attraction’ award, and discover wildlife through an unforgettable experience. Bird Park: AED80 per adult, AED54 per child (up to 12 years) River Safari: AED86 per adult, AED56 per child Night Safari: AED126 per adult, AED83 per child Purchase the Park Hopper Plus and enjoy TIP access to all parks including all tram, boat and carousel rides: AED235 per adult, AED182 per child.



Café Melba An oasis that is perfect to chill out. Pick from its allday breakfast menu or gourmet sandwiches. With plenty of events happening for little ones and adults alike, Café Melba has become a regular haunt for bookworms, foodies, parents, and music lovers.

The Southbridge Hotel A boutique property situated in the heart of Chinatown and Singapore’s Central Business District, the Southbridge offers easy access to major tourist attractions such as Marina Bay Sands, Orchard Road, and Sentosa, and is just 20 minutes from Changi Airport. Cost per night for a Deluxe Queen Room from AED220.

Maxwell Food Centre At Maxwell Food Centre you’ll find local options like Tian Tian Chicken Rice, recommended by the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand, as well as British classics like shepherd’s pie. Waku Ghin Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands has received rave reviews for its European and Japanese menu. With the freshest ingredients used to create mouthwatering dishes, you can expect to experience one of the best meals you are likely to enjoy in Singapore. Pricey, but worth it. Most restaurants in Singapore offer childTIP friendly dining facilities. Be sure to keep a look out for eateries that offer free dining for young ones with every adult main course ordered.

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Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre A top pick for families with children, with easy access to Singapore’s finest entertainment and dining spots. Also, experience authentic flavours at Singapore’s most awarded Indian restaurant, Tandoor, or indulge in local cuisine at Window on the Park. Cost per night for a Premier Room (2 adults, 2 children) from AED468. Resorts World Sentosa Festive Hotel The fabulous location, family and childfriendly environment, and the wide range of fun amenities make Resorts World Sentosa Festive Hotel the ideal getaway. Conveniently located near Festive Walk, it puts you just minutes away from Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, and Adventure Cove Waterpark. Cost per night for a Deluxe Garden Room from AED946.

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BAKU The Future Travel back in time as you wander through the atmospheric streets of the Azerbaijani capital. Then take in the electrifying modernity of a city that’s transforming at lightning speed.


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Azerbaijan Airlines and FlyDubai fly directly to Baku from Dubai.


AED1,730* per person

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Icherisheher Baku’s marvellous Old City boasts an abundance of architectural monuments such as caravanserais, hammams, mosques, and residential buildings. Despite only occupying 22 hectares, it’s home to a number of exquisite landmarks such as Shrivanshah’s Palace. Built in the 15th century, this museum complex highlights the city’s fascinating combination of medieval structures and Islamic heritage, with influences ranging from the East to Andalusia. Don’t forget your camera!

Avaz Dining & Lounge A traditional restaurant that aims to represent Azerbaijani culture, Avaz Dining & Lounge offers not only typical recipes from the country’s rich gastronomy, but also local jazz and folk music performances. Delicacies include sea bass with ginger and vegetables.

With the current boom in tourism to Azerbaijan, we encourage you to book your stay well in advance. Hotel personnel are generally multilingual and most likely to communicate in English, Russian, Turkish and Arabic.

Highland Park Located in the heart of Baku, this beautiful park has long been a favourite leisure destination among locals. Locally known as the ‘Viewing Square’, the park is unique due to its breath-taking landscape.

Bilgah Beach Hotel’s Waterpark This fun-filled waterpark features 15 speed slides‚ numerous interconnected outdoor swimming pools, and relaxing sun decks. Waterslides not to be missed include the ‘black hole’‚ a rafting slide‚ multi-slides‚ a tunnel free-fall‚ a kamikaze slide‚ and a wave slide. Entry: AED55 per adult, AED33 per child. Shopping Head to Yaşıl and Taza for some exceptional bargains. Alternatively, make your way to the city’s huge malls including Park Bulvar and Port Baku for high-end shopping.

Bilgah Beach Hotel Located on the Caspian Sea coast, the Bilgah Beach Hotel offers a private beach, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a Turkish hammam with plunge pool, and a spa centre. The five-star hotel also boasts a children’s water park with a variety of slides, tennis and basketball courts, and a mini-football field. Cost per night for a Deluxe Room with balcony from AED294.

Scalini Serving fine Italian food, Scalini offers aromatic Mediterranean flavours and is unquestionably one of the best options for those who wish to have an alternative to traditional Azerbaijani cuisine. The menu includes homemade ravioli and gnocchi, and of course, tiramisu and gelati.

Fairmont Baku Flame Towers This five-star luxury haven is part of the iconic Flame Towers complex, with cypress-lined boardwalks and café-filled streets. Offering 318 superbly appointed rooms, including 19 serviced apartments, it sits in the heart of Baku, wrapped by the wondrous Caspian Sea. Cost per night for a Twin Standard Room from AED522.

Café City This warm, inviting spot is popular among locals, serving a menu of delicious options such as prawn tempura and deep-fried dumplings, eggplant cooked the oriental way, potato pastries, smoked beef rolls, salads, fresh soups, pastas, pizzas, and home-made desserts.

JW Marriott Absheron Baku This fine property is located within easy reach of 28 Mall, the Azure Shopping Centre, and the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. The 237-room hotel offers five restaurants, a spa, fitness centre, and an indoor pool. Cost per night for a Deluxe Room from AED694. ALL PRICES CORRECT AT TIME OF PUBLICATION



La Mer The ideal family playground, La Mer offers the best of sun, ocean and outdoor fun in Dubai’s Jumeirah neighbourhood. A fine addition to the city’s urban shoreline, the retail, dining and leisure destination includes wide palm tree-lined pedestrian boulevards, spray painted street art and laidback charm. Head to the La Mer beach to indulge in beach sports, skateboarding, and even an outside gymnasium. It’s certain to end up as one of your favourite places to eat, play, and loosen up.



Shop at La Mer’s boutiques La Mer offers a carefully curated mix of stores, selling everything from trendy casual-wear and beachwear, to designer sunglasses, watches, and skincare products. Stores include Via Rodeo, Swims, LA Rags, SevenFriday, Glassing, Hamac, 98 Coast Av., Sephora, and Make-Up Lab.

La Mer offers an enticing mix of dining outlets with a number of cafés and restaurants lining the shoreline and split into La Mer North and La Mer South.

Play at Hawa Hawa The coolest inflatable playground in Dubai, Hawa Hawa is for children, teenagers and even adults, and features two dune-shaped domes with seven peaks of various shapes and heights. It’s the perfect place for running, jumping, climbing, playing tag, rolling, and sliding in an open and safe environment next to the beach.

Roti Rollers If you love sandwiches and dote on Indian street food, this new urban sandwich brand is for you. Creating novel offerings from classic favourites, it’s where old meets new, and east meets west. Cuisine: Indian and Pakistani Meal for two: AED145

Aprons & Hammers Aprons & Hammers is all about good times and great food. Take in the lively atmosphere in an electric industrial setting by the water as you enjoy massive portions of freshly caught seafood. Cuisine: Seafood Meal for two: AED280

Miyabi This casual Japanese eatery offers an elaborate menu of authentic dishes, ranging from salads and light bites, to a wide selection of ramen and other noodles, bowl meals, and hotpot. Korean flavours are also served. Cuisine: Japanese Meal for two: AED200

Make a splash at Laguna Waterpark La Mer is home to Laguna Waterpark which features five waterslides, two play areas for kids and a surf park that is a first-of-its kind in the region. Whether you’re looking for a laidback afternoon, a blast of excitement, or are keen to surf some waves, Laguna Waterpark offers something for thrill-seekers and chill-seekers alike.



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Choosing a Style - Mix and match different materials and colours for a unique look!


Gardman hanging basket with artificial fuchsia AED199

Choose Your Greens - Plants can add life to be a stunning addition to a hot, sunny balcony. Choose plants that require minimal care and attention for example, Bougainvillea.

Artificial succulent AED12

Monbazillac drop hanging chair AED999


Your Balcony

Looking to make the most of your balcony space? Lynne Merry, Regional Visual Merchandising Manager at ACE Hardware offers her tips on how to go about it.


Space - Look at how much space you have and then maximise it to your requirements. Make sure you stick to a theme.


Make it Cosy - It’s all about the ‘after dark effect’; best achieved by using suitable lighting and using general decorative accessories like cushions.

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Storage - If you are short on space, choose pieces that can be folded and packed away, or invest in some heavy tarpaulin to cover and protect your furniture if you intend to leave it outdoors.

Rattan Garden Clock AED119


Your Garden


Lighting - Use everything from large corner lanterns down to tiny tabletop candleholders to create a wonderfully cosy atmosphere.

Solar LED String Lights with Metal Cage AED59

Your garden may already be beautiful, but with the right additions it has the potential to become one of the most attractive features in your home.


Outdoor Lighting - As an alternative to conventional landscape lighting, try hanging multicoloured string lights. Set up soft-glowing spotlights to showcase impressive sculptures or floral arrangements.


Feature Display - Make your garden more child-friendly and inviting like adding a water feature or fountain.

Ambience 3 Step Water Fountain with LED Light AED699

Java 4pc Rattan Sofa Set AED6,499

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We have magically combined Brunch & lunch to bring you a terrific saturday! Capturing quality weekend time with your family is delightful. Whether a large party of nearest and dearest or just you and the kids. Saturday Blunch at Yalumba has everything you could possibly wish for! A sublime range of international dishes, imaginative drinks, lively entertainment and plenty of amusement for the young ones; face painting, pizza making, kids movie marathon, magic show, competition and much more! AED 119 from 12.30PM - 3.30PM | Kids free up to 12yrs old

+971 56 991 9329 | +971 4 702 2455 | | | Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre | Airport Road, Dubai, UAE


WITH BIG BUS TOURS! Beat the ‘back to school blues’ with exciting learning outside the classroom on board our live-guided tour! Hop On and Discover panoramic views of the city and fascinating facts about the city of dreams! Hop Off and Explore historical and modern sites and attractions.

Book your school tour today Email or Call our hotline 800 Big Bus (244 287).






at the Long Beach Campground from Bin Majid Beach Hotel! To enter the competition to win this dreamy stay, here is what you need to do on Instagram: Upload a family camping shot Use the hashtag #binmajidxgems Follow @binmajidhotelsandresorts and @gems_education

Closing date for entries is 31 October 2018.

The family with the most likes and shares by 31 October 2018 will win the staycation!

We are giving away a staycation at the Long Beach Campground from Bin Majid Beach Hotel to one lucky winner. The winning family will receive a one-night stay in authentic deluxe tent for two adults and two kids! Terms and conditions*

This offer is valid for one families (two adults + two kids each, below the age of six) Valid only on Thursday, 8 November 2018 The pass is non-saleable, non-transferable, non-refundable

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IS IT TOO LATE TO BLUNCH NOW? Relish and make memories by winning a Family Blunch to Yalumba at Le Meridien Dubai! Yalumba has combined brunch and lunch for the perfect Saturdays. All you have to do is answer this simple question:

Closing date for entries is 31 October 2018.

When did the Family Blunch launch in Yalumba? The first two families to answer the question by 31 October 2018 are in for a treat!

Terms and conditions*

This offer is valid for two families (two adults + two kids each, up to the age of 12) Valid only on Saturdays until 29 December 2018 The pass is non-saleable, non-transferable, non-refundable

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Terms and conditions apply*

Closing date for entries is 15 November 2018.



Quality Time & Sharing


If you are looking for simple ways to spend time with your children at home, sharing quality time together, appreciating each other’s skills and developing teamwork, here are four fun, time-honoured ways you can build a closer bond with your kids – and not a screen in sight.

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Taking Flight with a Paper Aeroplane There are many skills parents can pass on to their children: how to ride a bike, how to catch a ball, and, of course, how to make a paper aeroplane. At first it’s best to practise making a simple aeroplane, such as the basic arrow. You can then progress to something more advanced. The internet also has a wealth of designs and information, including how-to videos. For the Arrow, you will need paper and a flat surface to work on. The following instructions have been adapted from a wonderful website called 1. Fold the paper in half, lengthways, and then unfold so you have a nice crease. 2. Fold the top right hand corner over to meet the centre line formed by the first fold, and then repeat folding the top left hand corner. 3. Starting at the tip of the point, make another fold, folding each side over so the edges meet the centre line. 4. Turn the plane over and fold it in half, creating the arrow shape.

Make a Simple Glove Puppet Punch and Judy, and Sesame Street characters are just a few examples of how glove puppets have been used in amusing ways to communicate all kinds of messages. And children of every age still love to create and play with them. Thankfully, making a glove puppet is a fairly straightforward task. All you need is a few basic supplies and some determination. Every glove puppet needs its own character, and what could be better than that perennial children’s favourite – a monster? To make a simple monster glove puppet, flip a glove upside down and use the fingers as feet. The possibilities for monster personalities are virtually endless, especially when you tap into the imagination of your kid. Why not opt for a single Cyclops-like eye, a j-shaped nose, and a big toothy grin. You can even flip the glove over and turn the fingers into scary hair. Making a glove puppet is a great way to expand reading comprehension. Children who can tell a story successfully will advance faster in reading and other areas of education. By using glove puppets, a child can make a statement clearly without being ill at ease or nervous.

5. Fold the first wing over with the line of the fold running nearly parallel to the centre line of the plane, about one inch from the centre, and then repeat with the other wing. 6. We have take-off!

Fun Things to do with a Balloon Balloons can brighten up any day and make things more fun! Here are three of our favourite fun things to do with balloons that will bring a smile to anyone’s face: If you like a little competition, balloon tennis is a great game. Use paper plates and wooden ice lolly sticks to create tennis racket. Then clear a large space – preferably free of breakables – and blow up a balloon, hitting it back and forth with the ‘racquets’. Balloons are educational, too. Add a bit of science to your fun by introducing your child to some fundamental motion activities. Take a ping pong ball and place it on a flat surface. Blow up the balloon and then release the air, using it to propel the ball across the surface. You can even enjoy races using balloon power, using the air to power a lightweight toy across the finish line. For some messy, sensory fun, get out the child-friendly paints and a few sheets of paper. Blow up a balloon only partially and show your child how to create a painting by dipping the balloons in the paint and using them to make circular shapes in different colours. Balloons are fun, inexpensive, and the foundation of some remarkable craft products and games. Make lanterns, centrepieces, and even invitations. Just let your imagination run wild.

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PURE SPA INDULGENCE Pamper yourself after a stressful week in the most luxurious spas and retreats the UAE has to offer. Read on for our top five picks.

CHI, THE SPA Drawing inspiration from the legendary Shangri-La, CHI, The Spa is a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. Achieve relaxation and inner balance thanks to the spa’s principles of vitality, fitness, and beauty, all combined to form unique therapies. Discover vegan and ‘Sense of Place’ treatments that provide a whole new level of pampering and relaxation. Guests can also customise their personal spa journey for the ultimate indulgence. Location: Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Contact: 04 405 244

JAZZ LOUNGE SPA The perfect place to unwind, recharge, and forget the stress of daily routines thanks to some top-notch treatments. Catering to today’s modern men with four branches across the UAE, the spa offers a range of professional and unique services in a relaxing, contemporary environment. Both male and female therapists are on hand to offer an extensive treatment menu, which includes everything from nail care to facials, massages, and hair services. Location: Golden Mile Galleria 1, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Contact: 04 241 1424

OFFER Treat yourself to a day of pampering, total relaxation, and culinary pleasures. Unwind with a 60-minute massage of your choice, followed by full access to pool and spa facilities. Continue your day of indulgence with lunch at Dunes Café, with international dishes that will delight the finest of palates. Available Sunday – Thursday; AED599 per person. GEMS Rewards members get two-for-one on an hour’s Body Wrap or Body Scrub, Deep Cleansing Rose Facial or Signature Asian Blend Massage.

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Your little ones can get a complimentary coloured hair spray (upon request) after getting a haircut while watching cartoons on the TV screens and iPads.

OFFER Rejuvenate yourself and get 20% off a 60 or 90 minute Thai massage in the month of September. GEMS Rewards members get 20% off haircuts and stylings (excluding Juniors), 20% off Fusion Mani + Pedi treatments, and 20% off 60-minute Deep Tissue Massages.


RE-SALONS & SPAS A contemporary and casual destination dedicated to serving your wellness needs. Choose from a host of spa and beauty treatments, along with creative and innovative services designed to make you look good and feel even better. Relax with massages and facials, rejuvenate through indulgent salon treatments, and rediscover yourself courtesy of the spa’s home services, corporate wellness packages, ‘sparties’ and much more. Location: Jumeirah Park Plaza, Jumeirah, Dubai Contact: 600 522 557

OFFER Enjoy unlimited spa services for only AED1,299 a month. GEMS rewards members can avail 10%-30% of on kids sparties, beauty and spa services.

TAO SPA Ensuring complete relaxation and rejuvenation, the spa provides customised and attentive treatments focused on high service standards. The sleek, modern design merges with the natural ambience of an oriental oasis, providing a welcoming and comfortable setting, perfect for enjoying a variety of relaxing and invigorating treatments. Location: The Mall, Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai Contact: 04 227 2304

OFFER GEMS Rewards members get 30% off all services, valid until 31 January 2019.



Located at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort, this spa embodies its healthenhancing philosophy, enabling guests to immerse themselves in a unique world of physical and mental renewal. An oasis of serenity, relaxation and rejuvenation, it’s a place where privacy and quiet are of the utmost importance.

‘Mommy Hours’ on Mondays include pool access, high tea at The Lounge and a choice of any three treatments (back massage, mini facial, foot massage or scrub). Offer valid from 17 September 2018; every Monday from 9am – 1.30pm; AED275.

Location: The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi Contact: 02 616 9999



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Introduces Hype Kids Calling all hype kids and hype babies. The children’s streetwear revolution is now in the UAE with the launch of ‘Hype Kids’ collection in-store and online. Targeted towards the flyest kids on the block wanting to keep their style game fresh, the collection features trendy clothing, footwear and accessories from brands such as Givenchy, Paper Plain, Akid, Stella McCartney, Adidas, Puma, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand and many more.







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Price Point (2017-2018)

Contact Details

GEMS Wellington Primary School Location: Sheikh Zayed Road

FS1 to Year 6 Opened: 2007

AED42,508 to AED53,582

T: 04 343 3266 E: W:

GEMS Wellington International School Location: Al Sufouh, Sheikh Zayed Road The IB Curriculum is also offered at this school

FS1 to Year 13 Opened: 2005

AED43,050 to AED93,658

T: 04 348 4999 E: W:

GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis Location: Silicon Oasis The IB Curriculum is also offered at this school

FS1 to Year 13 Opened: 2011

AED36,540 to AED82,511

T: 04 515 9000 E: W:

GEMS Wellington Academy - Al Khail Location: Al Khail

FS1 to Year 11 Opened: 2013

AED52,000 to AED85,000

T: 04 339 6233 E: W:

Jumeirah College Location: Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah

Year 7 to Year 13 Opened: 2000

AED71,508 to AED89,385

T: 04 395 5524 E: W:

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School Location: Al Safa 1

FS1 to Year 6 Opened: 1996

AED40,036 to AED50,466

T: 04 394 3500 E: W:

GEMS Royal Dubai School Location: Al Mizhar 1

FS1 to Year 6 Opened: 2005

AED37,554 to AED47,351

T: 04 288 6499 E: W:

GEMS Al Barsha National School - Boys Location: Al Barsha South 2

FS1 to Year 10 Opened: 2016

AED42,000 to AED62,00 T: 04 506 9222 E: 10% Discount (2018-2019) (AED37,800 – AED55,800) W:

GEMS Al Barsha National School - Girls Location: Al Barsha South 2

FS1 to Year 10 Opened: 2016

AED42,000 to AED62,000 T: 04 506 9222 E: 10% Discount (2018-2019) (AED37,800 – AED55,800) W:

GEMS Metropole School - Motor City Location: Honsho Road, Motor City

FS1 to Year 12 Opened: 2014

AED33,792 to AED45,056

T: 04 550 7200 E: W:

GEMS Cambridge International School - Dubai Location: Al Garhoud

FS 1 to Year 13 Opened: 1983

AED17,825 to AED24,202

T: 04 282 4646 E:

GEMS Founders School - Al Barsha Location: Al Barsha South

FS1 to Year 9 Opened: 2016

AED22,000 to AED29,000

T: 04 882 4323 E: W:

The Winchester School - Jebel Ali Location: The Gardens

FS1 to Year 13 Opened: 2003

AED13,542 to AED30,210

T: 04 882 0444 E:

GEMS Winchester School - Oud Metha Location: Oud Metha Road

FS1 to Year 11 Opened: 2011

AED11,261 to AED19,473

T: 04 337 4112 E: W:

GEMS Vertus School - Al Waha Location: Dubai Land

FS1 to Year 8 Opened: 2018

AED34,000 to AED38,000

T: 04 307 3000 E: W:

GEMS FirstPoint School - The Villa Location: The Villa Dubai

FS1 to Year 13 Opened: 2014

AED39,368 to AED67,340

T: 04 278 9700 E: W:

GEMS Founders School - Al Mizhar Location: Al Mizhar

FS1 - Year 8 Opened: 2018

AED23,000 to AED30,000

T: 04 519 5399 E: W:

The Westminster School - Al Qusais, Dubai Location: Al Qusais

FS2 to Year 13 Opened: 1995

AED8,101 to AED15,243

T: 04 298 8333 E: W:

Wesgreen International School Location: Qarayen 3, Sharjah

FS1 to Year 13 Opened: 1991

AED14,930 to AED47,465

T: 06 534 6333 E: W:

GEMS Westminster School - Sharjah Location: Sharjah School Zone Area

KG1 to Grade 12 Opened: 2012

AED12,000 to AED23,000

T: 06 542 6323 E: W:

GEMS Cambridge International School - Abu Dhabi Location: Baniyas City, Abu Dhabi

FS 2 to Year 13 Opened: 2013

AED20,500 to AED34,900

T: 02 510 4343 E: W:

GEMS Winchester School - Fujairah Location: Al Qasar Road, Fujairah

KG 1 to Grade 9 Opened: 2016

AED22,000 to AED31,000

T: 09 222 0502 E: W:

The Cambridge High School Location: Mohammed bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi

KG 1 to Year 13 Opened: 1988

AED14,500 to AED30,700

T: 02 552 1621 E: W:

GEMS Winchester School - Abu Dhabi Location: Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi

FS 2 to Year 9 Opened: 2013

AED16,800 to AED23,100

T: 02 403 5499 E: W:

GEMS Westminster School - Ras Al Khaimah Location: Seih Al Uraibi, Ras Al Khaimah

FS 2 to Year 12 Opened: 2013

AED11,000 to AED18,000

T: 07 203 5999 E: W:



Price Point (2017-2018)

Contact Details

GEMS Modern Academy Location: Al Ain Road, Abu Dhabi

Pre KG to Year 12 Opened: 1986

AED47,900 to AED58,200 AED28,065 to AED51,368 Grade 11 to 12 (IB) AED66,917

T: 02 203 3333 W:

The Millennium School - Al Qusais Location: Al Qusais

KG 1 to Grade 12 Opened: 2000

AED16,555 to AED24,345

T: 04 298 8567 E: W:

GEMS New Millennium School - Al Khail Location: Al Khail Road

KG1 to Grade 10 Opened: 2013

AED20,963 to AED29,348

T: 04 339 6533 / 04 445 2900 E: W:

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Contact Details

GEMS Heritage Indian School - Dubai Location: Al Khail Road

KG1 to Grade 9 Opened: 2016

AED14,000 to AED22,000

T: 04 338 4008 / 04 445 2960 E: W:

Our Own Indian School Location: Al Quoz

KG1 to Grade 12 Opened: 1991

AED5,944 to AED12,117

T: 04 339 1188 E: W:

The Kindergarten Starters Location: Garhoud,

KG1 to Grade 5 Opened: 1990

AED7,207 to AED9619

T: 04 282 4090 E: W:

Our Own English High School, Dubai Location: Al Warqa’a 3

KG1 to Grade 12 Opened: 1968/2011

AED7,090 to AED15,002

T: 04 236 1335 E: W:

Our Own High School, Al Warqa’a Location: Al Warqa’a 1

Grade 1 to Grade 12 Opened: 1968/2005

AED8,557 to AED14,763

T: 04 280 0077 E: W:

GEMS United Indian School Location: Baniyas West, Abu Dhabi

KG 1 to Grade 10 Opened: 2016

AED9,000 to AED18,000

T: 02 205 9777 E: W:

GEMS Millennium School - Sharjah Location: Sharjah School Zone Area

KG1 to Grade 12 Opened: 2010

AED16,000 to AED23,000

T: 06 535 8176 / 6 535 8176 E: W:

Our Own English High School, Sharjah - Girls Location: Industrial Area-6, Sharjah

KG 1 to Grade 12 Opened: 1982

AED7,030 to AED13,190

T: 06 538 6486 E: W:

Our Own English High School, Sharjah - Boys Location: Sharjah School Zone Are

Grade 1 to Grade 12 Opened: 1982/2007

AED8,250 to AED12,980

T: 06 535 5227 E: W:

Our Own English High School - Fujairah Location: Al Faseel, Fujairah The National Curriculum for England is also offered at this school

KG 1 to Grade 12 Opened: 1988

AED5150 to AED10,950

T: 09 222 7127 E: W:

Our Own English High School - Al Ain Location: Manasir Area, Al Ain The National Curriculum for England is also offered at this school

KG 1 to Grade 12 Opened: 1992

AED4,600 to AED9,200

T: 03 767 9747 E: W:

GEMS New Our Own Private High School - Sharjah Location: Sharjah School Zone Area

KG 1 to Grade 5 Opened: 2018

AED14,000 to AED18,000 After discount AED8,400 to AED10,800

T: 06 532 7547 E: T:



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Contact Details

Dubai American Academy Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha

KG1 to Grade 12 Opened: 2016

AED22,826 to AED84,511

T: 04 704 9777 E: W:

Bradenton Preparatory Academy Location: Sports City

KG 1 to Grade 12 Opened: 2009

AED32,421 to AED79,258

T: 04 818 3600 E: W:

Al Khaleej National School Location: Al Garhoud The UAE National Curriculum is also offered at this school

KG 1 to Grade 12 Opened: 1992

AED15,320 to AED29,316

T: 04 217 3900 E: W:

GEMS American Academy Location: Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi The IB Curriculum is also offered at this school

KG 1 to Grade 12 Opened: 2007

AED50,300 to AED70,100

T: 02 557 4880 E: W:

The Sheikh Zayed Private School - Boys Location: Al Khalidiya, Abu Dhabi

KG 1 to Grade 9 Opened: 2015

AED47,900 to AED58,200

T: 02 203 3333 W:

The Sheikh Zayed Private School - Girls Location: Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi

KG 1 to Grade 12 Opened: 2015

AED29,000 to AED66,900

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Price Point (2017-2018)

Contact Details

GEMS World Academy Location: Al Barsha South

Pre KG to Grade 12 Opened: 2007

AED64,414 to AED111,813

T: 04 373 6373 E: W:

GEMS International School - Al Khail Location: Al Khail Road

Pre KG to Grade 11 Opened: 2013

AED47,477 to AED72,000

T: 04 339 6200 E: W:

GEMS International Primary School Location: Abu Dhabi

KG 1 to Grade 5 Opened: 2018

Under Approval

GEMS World Academy - Abu Dhabi Location: Fatima Bint Mubarak Street, Abu Dhabi

KG 1 to Grade 5 Opened: 2007

AED39,900 to AED58,400

T: 06 641 6333 E: W:



Price Point (2017-2018)

Contact Details

Little GEMS International - Al Barsha Location: Al Barsha 3

Grade 1 to Grade 4, EYF Opened: 2014

AED52,000 to AED55,000

T: 04 399 5244 E: W:








Everyone loves a good read, especially when it’s associated with the New York Times bestseller’s list. Here are a few recommendations for a perfect escape:




WONDER R. J. Palacio

FINDING AUDREY Sophie Kinsella

Step into the uplifting world of August Pullman (Auggie for short) as he braves starting mainstream school for the first time. Born with a rare facial deformity, Auggie becomes the unlikeliest of heroes to enter Grade 5. And although Auggie wants to be treated as a regular kid, his classmates can’t seem to get past his differences. While portraying a community’s endeavours with concern, empathy and acceptance, this New York Times bestseller proves that Auggie’s remarkable tale will bring everyone together and showcase that you can’t integrate when you were destined to stand out.

A mixture of humour, psychological perspective and romance, Finding Audrey narrates the life of a 14-year-old girl dealing with anxiety and depression. Shutting herself up at home after being cruelly bullied at school, Audrey starts making progress with the help of Dr Sarah, and with Linus, her brother’s friend by her side, Audrey begins to rack up courage to face the world again. Get ready to laugh, fantasise and believe with Audrey as she realises that even when you have lost hope, love can still find you.

Get ready to fall in love with the two protagonists of the highly awaited sequel to New York Times bestseller The Rosie Project. Starring now married New York residents Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman, the novel opens with the pair awaiting the unplanned arrival of another addition to their family. While Don attempts to overcome the challenges of fatherhood, his unorthodox methods get him in trouble with the authorities. With his best friend Gene moving in with the couple after leaving his wife Claudia, Don struggles with work, getting Gene and Claudia back together, and staying on the good side of the social worker – so much so that he almost forgets the most important hurdle in his life; he may not be there when Rosie needs him most.




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