What's Happening at GAAQ

#WeAreGAAQ

Some of our notable events, accomplishments and recognition:

The Knowledge Review magazine named GEMS American Academy one of "The Top 10 Best International Schools in Qatar" for 2018!

Web Linkhttps://theknowledgereview.com/gems-american-academy-qatar-institute-offering-lot-quality-education/

Digital Linkhttp://magazine.theknowledgereview.com/The-10-Best-International-Schools-In-Qatar-2018-December2018/#page=1

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Learn more about GEMS American Academy through this engaging and informative video!

This year, Grade 12 student Andrew Jose was selected to deliver a TEDx Youth talk on the "7 Precepts of Successful Event Organization."

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Arguably, United Nations Day is the biggest day of celebration in the GAAQ community.  United Nations (UN) Day is devoted to celebrating the diversity of our student body through music and dance, cultural performances, parade of nations and the showcase of country specific booths/stalls throughout the school.  

Web Link (Page 9): 

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We introduce you to the reigning, back-to-back Battle of the Bands champions, GAAQ's very own... STEEMGATE!

Check out the band playing one of their winning selections for the judges: 

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A well-deserved applause goes to our students and teachers that are leading the charge for GEMS American Academy to become one of the first eco-friendly, green schools in Qatar.  In our quest to become an approved eco-friendly/green school, 11 educators recently received professional certifications that will help guide GEMS American Academy to become an eco-school.  Also, our Advance Placement (AP) Environmental Science students presented their research and proposals to the Green Initiatives PLC. 

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We are proud of every Grade 12 student at GEMS American Academy Qatar. They represent history as the first graduating class in our school’s history!  The following Grade 12 students have received college/university acceptance letters:

  1. Faris Shaheen: Accepted to George Mason University (Virginia, USA)
  2. Zaine-Eddine Khelifa: Accepted to AFG College with the University of Aberdeen (Qatar)
  3. Alan Shehadeh: Accepted to Oakland Community College (Michigan, USA)
  4. Firas Saidi: Accepted to University of Regina (Canada)
  5. Nicole Gomez: Accepted to Universidad Europea de Madrid (Spain)
  6. Omar Mohammadieh: Accepted to University of Arizona (Arizona, USA)
  7. Kian Horn: Accepted to University of Greenwich and University of Westminster (U.K.)
  8. Alessandra Larrea: Accepted to London South Bank University (U.K.)
  9. Andrew Jose: Accepted to Houston Baptist University (Texas, USA) as a recipient of the Founders Scholarship in the amount of $92,000 USD over 4 years

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Watch Grade 5 student Ceana Marianu discuss the importance of her class's field trip to Kahramaa Awareness Park.  Our students discovered how Qatar produces fresh water and power as they explored what they can do to conserve energy in their daily lives.  These learning objectives tie into the education themes of social responsibility and sustainable development.

In Grade 11, Andrew Jose created the first ever youth business conference in Qatar's history by founding QINOCON, the Qatar Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference, in 2018.  Students from Grade 8/Year 9 - Grade 12/Year 13 were invited from various schools in Qatar to learn about turning ideas into organizations and get a chance listen to the inspiring stories of real-life entrepreneurs.  Qatar's own Khalifa Al Haroon aka "Mr. Q" was one of the guest speakers who spoke at GAAQ about his journey and passion for creating ILoveQatar.net.

The first annual Language Day at #WeAreGAAQ is part of a worldwide annual observance held in February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity as well as highlight multilingualism.  This event was first announced by UNESCO in 1999 and it was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008, also known as the "International Year of Languages."
Our Grade 2 - Grade 5 Music Teacher, Mr. Martin Farragher, was a featured interview on both Oryx FM and then QBS Radio with Elias.  In this clip, Mr. Martin is explaining his musical background, his passion and his past and current music projects.  We are extremely proud of such talented faculty here at GAAQ!
In early February 2019, second grade classes held a tree adoption ceremony to celebrate the official adoption of one of our new palm trees in the front of the school.  Our students diligently worked together to raise the 2,000 QAR needed to adopt their tree.  They showed our core values of tenacity as they did not give up until they met their goal.  They showed purpose as they worked together to complete a special task.  They showed respect for our school by joining forces to improve our beautiful learning environment.  Therefore, a plaque was created to display the names of all students who contributed to this initiative and it will be displayed in front of our tree for many years to come.
Below, you will find a video of our Lower School students dancing to a song in honor of Qatar National Day.  This is defining day celebrated each December that commemorates the unification of Qatar in 1878 and the country's independence on 3 September 1971.  This extraordinary day has served as a time of national pride and is a driving force behind the national identity among locals and expats.  After a 2007 decree, Qatar National Day is celebrated annually on 18 December.
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In honor of Qatar's public holiday, Sports Day, GEMS American Academy hosted Sports Day for our Lower School and Upper School students.  This event is commemorated every second Tuesday in the month of February.  This day is dedicated for sports and fun activities to promote the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle.