At GEMS (Singapore) we create unique opportunities for our students to participate in community service projects to develop active, internationally-minded, compassionate young people who want to make a difference in the world and evolve as global citizens. We aim to inspire contribution to society in a sustainable fashion throughout life by developing a service ethos, entrepreneurial activities and community spirit.
From principles into practice
Our Experiential Learning Programme (ELP) supports and enhances teaching and learning experiences to engage students in real-world issues and where students learn through experience and reflection. The programme supports learning throughout the curriculum and also provides specific opportunities within the academic year for students to engage in experiential learning activities, connecting the curriculum beyond the classroom in a variety of contexts. These opportunities may include but are not limited to an ELP orientation at the beginning of the school year, in which students engage in team-building activities, familiarisation with the IB programme, investigative challenges and cultural exchanges based within the school and around Singapore. Highly effective student learning does not exist within subject-specific silos. GEMS (Singapore) will bind learning through the written classroom curriculum, real-world learning and various field trips, Service as Action and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS).
The Week Without Walls is experiential education at its prime. The programme is offered to students to engage in service-learning and in cultural exchanges, become involved in community-based projects, develop interpersonal skills, investigate curriculum links, and explore aspects of the IB Learner Profile. Students will engage in sustainable service and/or gain awareness of issues that transcend national borders. Students will often plan and work as teams, strengthening their teamwork for a common goal of the greater good.
Service as Action is a key component of the GEMS (Singapore) academic programme. It helps students connect what is learned in school with the real world and develop lifelong skills such as communication, collaboration, understanding and reflection. It also facilitates learning by encouraging your child to step out of their comfort zone and immerse themselves in challenging situations. Service projects will change your child in profound ways and foster individual growth. This can happen in school, at the local food bank or at a distant destination. The end results of these connections are memorable experiences that help the students understand their shared guardianship of our planet and responsibility toward others. Through community service, your child will leave their mark on the global and local community.
Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is at the heart of the Diploma Programme, involving students in a range of activities that take place alongside their academic studies. Students will be involved in a range of activities beyond the academic classroom and encouraged to develop their own projects to demonstrate initiative, perseverance, a challenge and develop skills such as collaboration,problem-solving and decision-making. These may include visual and performing arts, sports, film, health, community service and many others.
GEMS (Singapore) students are offered a great mix of cultural exposure, physical challenges, community engagement and service-as-action opportunities in Singapore and abroad. Our students have travelled to South Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia and have worked alongside the local community on a range of activities such as visiting local schools, helping students with their day-to-day activities or teaching them English and games. Our students are also highly engaged in various projects across Singapore. Examples include monthly visits to an elderly home, fundraising activities such as a concert for the flood victims in Kerala (India) and bake sales to raise money for the purchase of stationery and books for underprivileged children in Cambodia. Other Service as Action includes environmental projects such as the Beach Clean-Up.