GEMS Awareness Day 2017 was one of our biggest GADs yet

On 9 September 2017, we were joined by 1,700 new GEMS teachers, plus scores of head teachers, presenters, network leads, sponsors and key figureheads from GEMS Education. The teachers travelled from schools in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and across the UAE to the GEMS Awareness Day induction event held at Atlantis, The Palm.

Proceedings were kicked off in style with our very own GEMS Education Carpool Karaoke featuring Sir Chris Stone as he drove to GAD 2017, collecting Tony Little, Dino Varkey and Nasif Kayed en route.

Haven’t seen it yet? Watch GEMS Education Carpool Karaoke now!

GEMS Education’s founder, Sunny Varkey, offered a warm welcome to the new teachers, saying:

“I believe teaching is a calling, a vocation and not simply a job. By joining the GEMS family your passion for this noble profession should transform yourself into a master-practitioner and that, coupled with strong partnerships with parents, will enable the children you teach to succeed.”

Sharing the limelight on this special occasion, the first cohort of TELLAL’s teacher trainees had their official graduation ceremony as part of the GEMS Awareness Day opening session.

Following the opening address, the new GEMS recruits selected three interactive and informative sessions from an action-packed agenda which included UAE culture and Arabic language, wellbeing, inclusion and innovation strands. The GEMS IRD zone was in full swing showcasing some of the cutting-edge technology on offer in GEMS schools, while TELLAL’s Virtual Reality Classroom offered an opportunity to test-drive the avatar simulation which is one of our core reflective tools used in teacher training and PLD. The new teachers also had the chance to meet the leads from their subject-specific and special interest network groups.

Our Real Life International Teachers, Angela and Aaron, who have shared their journeys as they move to the UAE to start their new teaching jobs, were also at GAD. You can watch Aaron’s GAD Highlights and his mildly embarrassing, but hugely complimentary, shout out from Sir Chris Stone.

Lunch was served in the impressive Asateer Ballroom Tent, and gave the new teaching recruits a chance to mingle with each other, before heading home to their respective emirate and GEMS school, armed with new knowledge, skills and enthusiasm.

The smooth-running of proceedings in the run-up to and on the day of GEMS Awareness Day 2017, is a testament to TELLAL’s capacity to organise and stage large scale conferences and education events.

We would like to say a big thank you to our sponsors who included Emirates NBD, Budget and Middlesex University, and to all of our fantastic presenters who inspired, educated and intrigued our new teachers.

Read the coverage of GAD 2017 in The National and Education Journal Middle East.

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