Service Day – The joy of togetherness

On June 21st 2016, GEMS World Academy in Switzerland exuded with energy and action from PYP to DP.  It was their second annual service day!
Grades 5 to 11 cooperated in many activities on campus. There was a group beautifying our garden under the supervision of staff members. Another set of students pretended to be 90 year-old people with the ‘Me Elderly’ activity led by the Red Cross. The aim of this was to develop empathy and respect for the elderly. One of our teachers led the making of a film for Graduate Women International, a NGO supporting education for women. The group produced three different clips with much insight and sensitivity.
In school, students were also working with Amnesty International or baking to fundraise for Medair, an NGO devoted to supporting vulnerable populations in emergency situations.
There was much laughing and thinking in the corridors of the school, but our pupils also conquered outside territories, taking care of animals at a local shelter, cooking for the homeless in Geneva or collaborating with our neighbours from L’Espérance, an organisation devoted to the education of special needs and handicapped students.
Earlier in the school year, the school had raised funds for L’Espérance during a charity gala and we took the opportunity to present this cheque to them. The money will be used to expand their playground with special equipment and installations.
In the afternoon, the sponsored fun run organised by grade 8 was a wonderful success. This was followed by a school talent show and the inauguration of the Friendship tree which completed a community oriented day in the most beautiful way.
The feedback received from organisations working with our students was exclusively positive. Amnesty International saluted GEMS students’ engagement with global issues. Graduate Women International wrote thanking our students profusely. The Medair representative were impressed by the effort and good spirit displayed in the bake-off organised by Grade 10. Thank you to all for your participation and engagement.

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