At GEMS (Singapore) we create unique opportunities for our students to participate in various projects to develop active, internationally-minded, compassionate young people who want to make a difference in the world and evolve as global citizens.
Great learning provocations provide students with real-life, authentic learning experiences enabling them to transfer newly acquired skills to everyday life and learn how their personal actions can affect the future. We are very proud that the latest environmental provocation inspired our Grade 4 students to explore diverse sustainability issues and find solutions to environmental problems and has been featured in a national newspaper, the Straits Times.
Please join me in congratulating our Grade 4 team for arranging such an amazing learning experience for our students. Credits to Mr Darby and Mr Poynting for conceptualizing and coordinating the provocation, Ms Wong, Ms.Hinton and the rest of our Grade 4 educators for making it happen. We are very proud of all the Grade 4 students for taking part in this activity, learning about environmental sustainability issues and making the wider community aware of such an important issue.
By Audrey Tan, Environmental Correspondent
Given the chance, most young people would jump into pristine clean water for a swim, but on Tuesday (Nov 5), 80 students at international school GEMS World Academy (Singapore) in Yishun had to dive into the school's Olympic-sized swimming pool which was littered with plastic bottles. They thrashed about amid the trash, using their hands to bat away the rubbish to clear a path through the "polluted" waters. The children had plunged straight in to learn about the plastic plague wreaking havoc in the oceans. The Grade 4 students, aged between nine and 10, took on the role of sea turtles and navigated through the "polluted" waters to finish different tasks, such as finding food and hiding from predators.
It would be very hard for them to find food in dirty waters. And if there's no food, sea animals end up dying. I feel really sad for poor sea creatures because they have to go through this every day, all because of human actions. Sayuri Lahoti, 9
Sayuri, who had already urged her parents not to use plastic bags, said that as a result of the pool session, she has been inspired to take part in beach clean-ups. A spokesman for the school said the activity was part of a broader theme of "Sharing the Planet" that its Grade 4 students are learning more about.
This activity helps our students learn about the rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things. As students learn about the environment and sustainability, they will immerse as global citizens and more likely will carry these habits into their adult years.
Early & Primary Years Principal