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The GMS Story Timeline

GEMS Millennium School, Sharjah founded in 2010, is a day-boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18 years. With around 2,200 students and more than 150 faculty members, GMS, as it is fondly called, has firmly established itself as a premium school known for academic excellence and an exceptional variety of after-school enrichment programmes.

A child's first experiences of school are instrumental in shaping how they view learning. Our outstanding Early Years Programme covers Pre-KG and the Kindergarten years. The curriculum is designed to allow your child to discover interests and talents as well as equip them to become life-long learners. Our nurturing and inspiring purpose-built learning spaces offer a safe, caring and happy environment where a child believes that they are capable of anything.

The hallmark of a quality school is its ability to develop happy, creative and mindful students. Hence, all activities are designed, executed and evaluated based on this vital yardstick. We believe that our students can achieve excellence in an atmosphere of encouragement and acceptance. Affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, India, GEMS Millennium School is an inclusive school that believes in inspiring a passion for learning, encouraging emotional and intellectual vitality, and empowering students with the confidence and courage to achieve their dreams. To support this, GMS offers an enriched curriculum that is engaging, challenging and robust. The curriculum centres around the GEMS Core Values: One Team, Excellence, Always Learning and Care.

Our students achieve outstanding examination results, which are among the best in the region. They experience outstanding personal development, ensuring that they secure places in world-leading colleges and universities.

The School has state-of-the-art facilities filled with vibrant learning spaces which ensure that learning is joyful and experiential. The classroom and learning spaces provide multiple resources, including meaningful uses of technology, for enhanced and extended student learning. GEMS Millennium School, Sharjah is a vibrant and pulsating campus with a charged atmosphere that is conducive to every student realizing his/her true potential. We aim not only to provide students with quality education but also to inculcate a feeling of mutual respect and harmony.

Our staff of highly qualified and experienced teachers is committed to knowing, understanding and celebrating every child, and leading them to their personal best. A strong partnership between school and parents creates the foundation for positive relationships, which helps students to be confident and successful individuals, and the school to grow and flourish. 

 

 

GEMS Millennium School Timeline

2010 - 2011

  • School opened its doors to students on May 23, 2010. GMS as it is fondly known, is co-education day boarding school patterned on the lines of The Millennium School, Dubai.

2011 - 2012

  • In its 2nd year, the school grew to 1,200 students and 100 staff members

2012 - 2013

  • In its 3rd year, the school grew as more students, teachers and parents joined the GMS family.
  • Athmaja Kavia Bijo receives the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum award

2014 - 2015

  • Priyanka Parimelazhagan receives the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum award.
  • With 5 years behind it, the school recognised the need for an exchange of information and practices and began to collectively push for better things for students and parents alike.

2015 - 2016

  • Meenakshi Jayakumar is declared winner of the prestigious Munsheed Sharjah award.
  • Athmaja Kavia Bijo and Jayant Ramganesh receives the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum award.
  • Jayant Ramganesh receives the Sharjah Award for Excellence in Education.
  • Rahul Kandekar won the Sharjah Innovation Award
  • Beautifully choregraphed musical production, The Lion King was staged

2016 - 2017

Educational Initiatives

  • 1st batch of Grade 10 took the CBSE Board Exams – attained a School Average of 81.3%
  • Introduced PIE Worksheets
  • Introduced the Afternoon Self Enhancement Programme
  • Applied for Senior Secondary School CBSE affiliation
  • Introduced Just-a-Minute, Math Olympiad, Science Olympiad, Spell Bee, and G.K. Quiz
  • Introduced Field Trips for the Senior Grades
  • Optimised utilization of School facilities
  • Achieved recognition as a Common Sense School
  • Installed softboards in corridors and classrooms to provide a stimulating learning environment

Infrastructural Improvements

  • Remodeled the School Lobby
  • Painted School interiors and focus areas
  • Installed CCTVs to cover the campus
  • Refurbished the: Pantry, Music room, Auditorium, and Offices - Principal, Head of Primary, Counsellor and Administration
  • Created new Activity spaces: iLab, Makerspace, Traffic Park, and Math Lab
  • Created an additional Clinic on the First Floor

Stakeholder Satisfaction

  • Open Door Policy – Students, Parents and Staff do not need an appointment to meet any School Leader, including the Principal and the HM
  • Instituted the Parent Forum with 17 members
  • Resolved compliance issues with Teacher approvals
  • Introduced the Staff PDP and 360 degree feedback
  • Calibrated students numbers and classroom allocations to meet SEZ regulations
  • Released the first School Yearbook – Montage
  • Started the official Facebook page
  • Started the School Newsletter
  • NPS improved from -4 to 8
  • Introduced Team jerseys for students
  • Introduced Awards and Incentives for Staff and Students: Teacher of the Month Award, Principal’s Special Awards for Students and Administrative Staff, and Performance based allocation of Management Points

Major Achievements

  • Meenakshi Jayakumar won the Munshid Sharjah Award; Received from the Ruler of Sharjah – the only non-Arab   to have won the Award
  • Rishabh Java won the Gulf 3D Printing Olympiad
  • Lifted the Millennium Melodies Winners Trophy
  • Won First Prize at Chrysalis for Arabic Poetry Recitation
  • Won Second Position at the National Round in the Hindi Utsav Debate Competition

2017 - 2018

Educational Initiatives

  • Introduced the Academic Laureate Badges
  • Introduced the Golden Ribbon Awards
  • Introduced Star Student of the Section
  • Introduced the Reading Programme
  • Wider range of activities offered - Creative Park, Canon Photography, Story Telling Stars and Microsoft Academy
  • Instituted the Eco Club
  • Achieved CBSE affiliation for Senior Secondary
  • Overall rating in the GEMS Internal Review moved from Acceptable to Good
  • Organised a Career Fair – 30 universities participated
  • Appointed Specialist Physical Education Teachers
  • Introduced Hydroponics
  • Introduced Malakat At’tabeer – The Talent Search Contest
  • Introduced Girls Soccer
  • Additional Supervisor appointed
  • Achieved recognition as a Miscrosoft Showcase School
  • Started BYOD for Grades 3 to 8

Infrastructural Improvements

  • Senior block constructed and modifications made to the existing building in line with the approved plan
  • CleverTouch interactive TVs installed in all classrooms
  • Access Control Doors installed
  • New School Signages fixed - Frontage
  • Installation of an additional 25 CCTVs
  • AED 145,000/- worth of books added to the Libraries
  • Senior School Computer Lab upgraded
  • Switched to energy-saving LED lights across the School
  • Track and Field inaugurated
  • Flooring in the  KG Play Area changed
  • Canopies replaced with new fire retardant ones
  • Two 10- ton ACs installed in the School Reception
  • Raised staircase railings
  • Multipurpose Hall makeover; upgradation of projectors and flooring, 2 video walls and a complete AV upgradation
  • Prayer rooms and washrooms for drivers created outside.
  • Parent ID made mandatory for own transport users
  • Lifts, ramps and accessible toilets installed

Stakeholder Satisfaction

  • Local Advisory Board instituted
  • Redrafted the Vision and Mission of the School
  • NPS improved from 8 to 14
  • Parent Forum membership increased from 17 to 27
  • The You Said We Did Initiative was very well received

Major Achievements

  • Hamdan Award Winner – Anupama Avarankunnuathu Padincharethil
  • 3 students qualified for the CBSE Nationals
  • Several victories at Inter-School competitions
  • Excellent ASSET results with significant improvement in Math and Science; among top performing school in English
  • Won Best Female Singer and Most Colourful Team at Rangoli Gulf 2017
  • Rishabh Java won the Gulf 3D Printing Olympiad for the second consecutive year
  • Won the DEWA Robotics Competition
  • Four TDOs won top prizes at the Art Competition organized by WSS

2018 - 2019

Educational Initiatives

  • First batch of Grade 12 took the CBSE Board Exams; School Average was 80.2%
  • First batch of graduating students; Graduation and Farewell Ceremonies organized
  • CBSE Grade 10 results - The School average was the highest amongst all GEMS CBSE schools with the highest scores in Math and Science across all Schools
  • Started the Inter Class Theatre Competitions
  • Started the Young Entrepreneurs Challenge
  • Joined Generation Global as member
  • Invested the first batch of School Council members
  • Organised a GMS Family Sports Day
  • Organised the first overseas field trip to NASA, USA
  • Introduced the Kindergarten SEP Programme
  • Introduced the Overnight Camps – for Boys and for Girls
  • BYOD from Grades 3 to 10
  • Introduced Read Theory, Reading A to Z to promote reading

Infrastructural Improvements

  • Kindergarten FABLAB created
  • Kindergarten ‘Imaginarium’ set up
  • Primary TinkerLab created
  • Learning Niches created
  • Substantial investment in devices and new technologies
  • Spent AED60,000/-+ on books for the libraries
  • Set up the Kindergarten Library
  • Wireless connectivity improved with additional ARUBA sets
  • MDM for all devices installed to ensure online safety
  • Two trolleys of iPads and one trolley of laptops added

Stakeholder Satisfaction

  • All non-compliance related issues resolved
  • Parent Satisfaction Index consistently above 85%

Major Achievements

  • Hamdan Award Winner – Kashinadh Pranesh
  • School was awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag
  • 15 students qualified for the CBSE Nationals
  • Won almost all of the top Inter-School competitions in all fields, including FLL
  • Significant improvement in ASSET scores in Math and Science; among top performing school in English
  • 100% of the student population participated in extra-curricular activities and 60% of students won prizes in competitions

2019 - 2020

Educational Initiatives

  • Introduced the Green Thumb Project – Organic Farming
  • Staged Sinhaasan – a theatrical spectacle involving the Middle and Senior School
  • Organized an interactive session with Nobel Laureate, Mr. Kailash Satyarthi
  • Introduced PITSCO – the only School outside the USA with a PITSCO Lab
  • Arabic introduced as a Second Language in Grade 9
  • CBSE Grade 10 Board Exams – School Average 86.2% - highest average across all GEMS CBSE Schools; Highest subject averages in Math, Science, Malayalam and Painting
  • Extended the subject options to include Marketing, Informatics Practices and Painting in Grades 11 and 12
  • Introduced I Start Arabic
  • Introduced the CBSE Artificial Intelligence course in Grade 8

Infrastructural Improvements

  • Middle School Collaboratory created
  • Swimming Pool flooring changed
  • EPDM Flooring of the KG and Primary play areas changed
  • 30 new air-conditioning units installed
  • External cracks repaired
  • School façade painted
  • School bell system upgraded
  • Telephone system upgraded
  • Internet connectivity improved with an additional dedicated line

Stakeholder Satisfaction

  • NPS increased to 26
  • Number of LAB members increased by 2 persons
  • Parent Forum membership increased – apart from the main Parent Forum groups, smaller class-wise groups of parent member were also included

Major Achievements

  • Received an overall ‘Good’ in the SPEA inspections. Rated highest amongst all inspected schools with 95% of parameters being rated Good or better
  • Recognised by SPEA for being among the top performing Schools in PISA
  • Rated ‘Developed’ in all 13 stands of the DLE
  • Sharjah Excellence Award winner – Anupama Avarankunnuathu Padincharethil
  • 12 students qualified for the CBSE Nationals
  • 85% of students won in inter or intra-school competitions; 100% have participated in various competitions

 

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A 60-Year Legacy

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