Education is a multi-faceted process. We understand that for children to become exceptional adults, holistic education is required. Students are encouraged to participate in various extra-curricular activities extending beyond the rigid realm of the classroom, encompassing art and culture, science and sports.
The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including:
The school conducts regular events on an inter-school and inter-house level. Some of the competitions are on elocution, debating, recitation, dramatics, quiz, essay writing, yoga and music.
Creative and Performing Arts
Music and the performing arts, including public speaking, also play an integral role in helping students explore new and creative ways of expression. The school offers various courses in creative and performing arts including:
Look Who’s Answering Quiz Club
The Look Who’s Answering Quiz Club was initiated in 2000, and is one of the unique features of the school. The main objective of the programme is to instill a general awareness among the student community vis-à-vis science, literature, technology and current affairs, outside the realm of the formal syllabus and to promote their quizzing ability.
It is well-structured and categorized into five groups. The preliminary round ensures that every child from Grade I to 8 participates, followed by subsequent elimination through monthly written quiz tests. The grand finale witnesses forty finalists from the five groups.
The programme also involves the Teachers’ and Parents’ Quiz, further strengthening the GEMS parent-student-teacher partnership.
The Eco Club creates awareness about environmental issues and creates an interest in studying and researching areas relating to the environment. Celebration of ‘The Earth Day’, Can and Paper Recycling Campaigns, Eco Poster Painting Competitions, Eco Quiz and Clean Up Campaigns are some of the activities of the Eco Club.
In order to complement classroom teaching with real life experience, students undertake field trips on a regular basis. Visits to museums, factories and wildlife centres all form part of a structured programme of tours and trips where pupils get an opportunity to balance theory with practice. A number of additional excursions, including picnics are also part of the planned curriculum.
The school regularly conducts and participates in many Inter-School Cultural Activities. Adequate training is provided to help children compete with knowledge, skill and expertise.
The School hosts and organises the acclaimed 'Our Own Inter-School Soccer Tournament' held annually in the month of October. Along with UAE schools, the tournament also attracts the participation of schools from neighbouring GCC countries. The prestigious Our Own English High School rolling trophy is presented to the winning school annually.
Inter School Story Writing Competition
Creations - Inter School KG Teaching Aid Competition
'Creations' is an innovative exhibition and competition related to conversion of scrap materials into ingenious teaching aids which help students understand concepts better, faster and in a more memorable way. The competition is open to all GEMS managed schools in the UAE.
Charity events are hosted annually to raise funds for charities, namely Red Crescent Society, to benefit children. The events, organized and hosted by our students are a valuable way for our students to learn responsibility, creativity and team work, while providing opportunities to learn the importance of aiding others in need.