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June 29, 2021


‘Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.’

To inculcate the leadership qualities in the students and give them a feel of the functioning of the administrative body, a school prefectural board was formed after scrutinous interviewing and selection. 

The selection procedure for various positions this year had to be tailored keeping in mind the changed circumstances. The most challenging task was the selection process which started with nomination along with a speech, video uploading and finally voting. The process was successful, transparent and was completed with speed and efficiency. 

The investiture ceremony was conducted on 19th June 2021 on a virtual platform so that we could facilitate participants to take the charge of student leadership. The programme began with comperes Ms. Rhea Fernandes and Syed Raheela who marked the show with their excellent vocal skills. It was followed by the recitation of the Holy Quran by Afiqa Abdul Kader of Grade 12 and the English translation by Fiza Zubair of Grade 12. Gokul Krishna, former head boy and head girl -Angel Jacob gave the welcome speech.

‘True leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.’

It was mesmerizing to hear from our School leadership one after the other. They appreciated the efforts and emphasized the importance of leadership. SDO-Mr Amol Vaidya addressed the gathering and wished the student leaders complete responsibilities entrusted to them in the year ahead. He also mentioned the efforts taken by the School in promoting children's democratic and social skills and offered his support in the future. His words of advice were highly motivating to the students. Chief Guest for the event Mr. Antony Koshy, Principal GIIS-Dubai, addressed the gathering with his motivational speech. He congratulated the newly appointed school Prefectorial Board for their preparedness to take responsibility. He asked them to use these opportunities and balance them well with academics to excel in both. He wished well to all the members of the Prefectorial Board. The Principal GIIS Abu Dhabi - Dr Heena Rachh, congratulated young leaders and encouraged the elected leaders to be dutiful and responsible.  

The Leadership Team invested in the office bearers and administered the oath. The portfolios of the elected student leaders were displayed along with their photographs. It was a proud moment for all the parents to witness their children being invested as they embarked on a new journey as leaders. The event concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Soham Shinde and Arleen Monterio, School Head boy and Head Girl.


It’s not the will to win that matters - everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters. -  Paul "Bear" Bryant.

Stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit go into winning but the greatest of these is spirit. With this spirit of sportsmanship, GIIS Abu Dhabi took great pleasure in organising the first ever Virtual Inter GIIS Sports Valedictory ceremony on Saturday, 19th of June 2021 at 9:30 a.m. (UAE time).

‘So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can't be done. But all it takes is imagination. You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits’.

No one could have imagined such a resounding success of the GIIS Abu Dhabi’s INTER GIIS EDUCATOR AND STAFF ATHLETA WEEK 2021-2022 (SEASON 1). It was a teamwork that started almost 2 months in advance to put things in place under the wit mind of our Principal Dr Heena Rachh. It was an overwhelming kick start to have our school website for keeping smooth sports events. Registration for the events was closed on 26th April 2021. All the campuses participating showed their love, passion and commitment toward sports.  For a hustle free sports event, all details about each event were highlighted mentioning rules and regulations for the same. A website was created where all the necessary information like the registration form, day wise events details, how to do the activity, rules, timings, uploading the videos etc. was given.

In the Gold category (Male and Female)- Above 40 yrs., there were 10 events namely Step in Step out, Wall ball, Catch and Clap, Skipping, Speed Bounce, Tuck In Tuck Out, Tap Up Tennis, Bottle Flipping, Plank and Burpees. 

In the Silver category (Male and Female) - Below 40 yrs -  the above ten events were included.

It enabled our staff from across the GIIS campuses to compete and participate actively for a historic beginning of a Virtual sports event in this pandemic. Above all certificates for the top performances in each category were given, thanks to the wonderful intellects behind the organizing of Virtual sports event, Principal Dr Heena Rachh, Sports HOD- Mr Bitto Saini and the whole team.

The Sports Valedictory ceremony was conducted on the 19th of June, 2021 on a virtual platform so we could felicitate winners of our virtual war of nerves. Our comperes were Ms. Jelitha Rose, Ms. Merlin Maria and Ms. Aafreen Fatima. The programme began with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Mr. Jasir followed by the English translation by Ms. Syed Raheela.

We had our SDO Mr. Amol Vaidya- Senior Director operations, Principal Dr. Heena Rachh and Mr. Rathin Kandhadia- Associate Director, Global Indian International School as the Chief Guest to grace the occasion. We also had Principals from all the various campuses participating and the faculty members of GIIS schools in total attendance.

‘Good leaders know how to unleash positive traits in others. ‘

With this thought, we invited Mr. Amol Vaidya to address the gathering and give an insight into the importance of Sports and Physical Fitness during the pandemic. Sadly, the country had lost a great sports champion Milkha Singh on this day for whom we paid homage for 2 mins . Amol Sir also reminded the gathering that this particular day was being observed as the Stroller’s Day emphasizing again the importance of walking or about fit in general.

After this thoughtful and enlightening speech, we invited our Chief Guest Mr. Rathin Kandhadia – a versatile leader and an articulate speaker to address the gathering.

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.

It was mesmerizing to hear from our School leadership one after the other. They appreciated the efforts and motivated the participants to do much better. 

The winners’ names were announced for various categories, including best athletes and the overall champion schools and athletes. Merit certificates were awarded for the first three positions among male and female categories. The Overall Champion School was awarded to GIIS Kuala Lumpur with 64 points in total. 

The final part of the segment was vote of thanks by none other than Dr. Heena Rachh who herself is a sports enthusiast and a national level sports champion. Her speech had a ring of hope and true spirit of sports and the beauty of physical fitness in it. 


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