Student Leadership

Leadership opportunities for students, at GEMS World Academy

At GEMS World Academy, students are exposed to a variety of leadership opportunities that reflect the unique blend of interests within the community. There are over 250 student leaders at GWA, ranging from innovation and entrepreneurship influencers, to house and grade-level captains.

The responsibilities of these student leaders include organising activities that create community spirit, raising awareness, and supporting peers and families through creative action. The leadership roles link back to various phases of the core IB programme and encourage students to actively discover ways in which they can develop themselves and connect to other cultures, through service and actions.

The Student Executive

Perhaps the most significant of such leadership roles are those within the Student Executive Council. This group comprises of six students – three male and three female – who are quasi-elected through a series of hustings, interviews and votes from students and teachers. They hold office for a year from the month of February in Grade 11. The key responsibilities of the Student Executive Council include acting as Community Ambassadors, managing the School Student Executive Council, attending the Board of Advisory Governors and liaising with all other sub-committee groups in the senior school.

The GWA Community Speaks Up

  • Meet our Student President 2019-20

    Siena-Maree McKenna:

    “Leadership qualities such as authenticity and integrity will be important traits for any future career… The diversity of community members that I’m able to engage with will help me make a strong transition from school into a professional career.”


2019-20 Members

The six students identified for these roles must not only exhibit outstanding academic performance, but also possess a balance of tact, diplomacy, creativity and resilience. The Student Executive Council is the perfect platform to nurture and empower these valuable traits, and create future global citizens with values that GWA aspires to instil in the entire student body.

House Captains

House Captains are responsible for organizing events and activities which generate community spirit, raise awareness or support peers and families through creative action.

  • The opportunity to be able to bring a whole community together as one through so many different pathways; through sports, activities and just the pure sense of familiarity, has introduced me to a new side of me that I never knew I had. It's the comfort in the presence of a second family that makes it such a good experience.

    Sameera Kapur

    Zuhr House Leader

  • Being a house captain, has allowed me to not only interact with different age groups but also experiences what it feels like to be part of a second family. I am grateful to have been given this opportunity and to proudly honor and represent my house.

    Ginevra Fontana

    Razi House Leader


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