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Latest Enrichment News & Updates 

Friday 21 January 2022

What is the latest announcement from KHDA ? 

KHDA announced that activities in school have been ‘put on hold until the end of January’. However, KHDA has given their approval for 62 of our Enrichment Clubs to now take place online. 


How will this impact the Enrichment Programme?

We have moved to an ‘Online’ Enrichment Programme. This means that 62 of our GWA clubs will now take place online from Monday 17 January until Thursday 27 January. The online clubs begin at 4pm and finish at 4:30pm. No clubs will take place face to face on our campus during this two week period. 


The full list of available Online Enrichment Clubs can be viewed below:

Primary Enrichment Clubs - Online Update

Secondary Enrichment Clubs - Online Update

Friday 04 February 2022

This week has certainly been a busy week as we resumed our on campus enrichment and sports clubs following the lifting of the KHDA covid restrictions. Numbers at our sports enrichment clubs are once again very impressive, with our new club’s touch rugby and volleyball for secondary students and athletics for primary students. Academic enrichment and intervention clubs in Spanish & French, IA support in mathematics and business are available as additional support for our students. Our primary and secondary orchestras, choirs and drama rehearsals are back on campus too. We have all enjoyed the energy and atmosphere of all the enrichment activities this week.

Is there a DASSA update about competitive school sports fixtures against other schools in Term 2? 


Yes, Dubai Affiliated School Sport Association - DASSA have said that all competitive school matches against other schools in Dubai will start on the week beginning 07 February for secondary students and 21 February for primary students. 


Can we still register for Enrichment Clubs ? 

Sign up has now closed for our internal ‘free’ GWA Enrichment Clubs in Term 2. 


You can still register for the ESM Active paid clubs and the ESM Active Families ‘free’ activities. To register, please click on this link: . If you have not done so already, you will need to create a user login before you can register.  If you need assistance with registration, please email: 


Do you have a contact for ESM Active & ESM Active Families?


Yes. If you require further information, please contact:


ESM Active: Mr Faizel Simon directly : 

ESM Active Families Mr Lee Holloway directly :

Friday 28 January 2022


What is the latest announcement from KHDA and how will this impact the Enrichment Programme?


KHDA announced that all our sports and enrichment activities can resume on campus from Tuesday 01 February. 


Please note that the clubs scheduled for Monday 31 January will take place online using the zoom links already shared.


Is there an ESM Active & ESM Active Families update ?


Yes. ESM Active and ESM Active Families programmes will begin on Monday 31 January on the GWA campus. 


If you require further information, please contact:


ESM Active: Mr Faizel Simon directly : 

ESM Active Families Mr Lee Holloway directly :


Is there a DASSA update about competitive school sports fixtures against other schools in Term 2? 


Yes, Dubai Affiliated School Sport Association - DASSA have said that all competitive school matches against other schools in Dubai will begin from 08 February.  Team sports will be limited to 6 teams per league, allowing matches to be played within a 5-week period. There will be no finals days/weeks. Aquathlon, athletics, cross country and swimming competitions have been postponed until March. 


Can we still register for Enrichment Clubs ? 


Yes. To register, please click on this link: 


We will be using the ESM Platform for all future Enrichment Club registrations. ESM is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to view programme information and complete club registration. When you register through the ESM Platform, the system keeps track of your information in your UserID profile. If you have already enrolled in the ESM platform in Term 1, you do not need to create a new username and password. 

ESM Platform: Step by Step Guide to Register


Sign up has been extended until Thursday, 03 February, 2022. If you need assistance with registration, please email: 

Can we still register for Enrichment Clubs ? 

Yes. To register, please click on this link: and create a user account. 


Please note, parents/carers must create the user login before any GWA Enrichment Clubs/ESM Active or ESM Active Families Clubs can be booked. The ESM Platform: Step by Step Guide to Register explains how you can create an account. Sign up has been extended until Thursday, January 27, 2022. 

If you need assistance with registration, please email: 


What is the latest update from ESM Active about Paid Clubs? 

ESM Active activities will commence from Monday 31 January until Friday 26 March 2022 for Term 2. A total of 8 weeks of exciting activities awaits! We know that some parents have had some queries regarding the missed weeks, but ESM has made some provisions in order to make up for the lost time. Term 2 was initially 10 weeks. With the loss of the initial 4 weeks, ESM is now extending the date to include the Week Without Walls (week of 07 February), which was initially excluded and the last week of term (week of March 21).

Once the programme commences, ESM will start calculating and processing the credit notes for parents who signed up at the start and missed weeks. The credits will be reflected in your ESMActive wallet for you to use at a later stage, either for a new activity this term or for next term. The credit can also be redeemed for any other activity, including ESM Camps, music lessons, etc., via the ESMActive platform. All students who sign up now will only be charged for the remaining weeks. Thank you to everyone for your patience while we navigate the current KHDA guidelines and protocols. If you need any clarification, please contact Mr. Faizel Simon, / +971 4 3697817 who will review case by case.


What is the new ESMActive Friday Programme?

he ESMactive Fridays programme run by ESM Holiday Camps has been developed to introduce physical literacy and multi activities at an introductory level to all in our care. Children will participate in various activities within the safety and security of the school premises.


This physical literacy and multi activity programme will run from 12 pm – 4pm every Friday on the school premises with parents registering through the ESM portal as they currently do for ESM Active/ESM Active Families and the GWA Enrichment Programme.  

The offering would be AED622 per child per term on a first come first serve basis with a maximum of 15 children per age group (Ages 5 – 7 and Ages 8 – 11). The programme will start on the Friday 04 February 2022 and will finish on the Friday 25  March 2022 (7 weeks).

Unfortunately the STS bus service will not be available to children staying behind attending this programme.

Registrations are now open, please see the registration guide HERE.

**24-hour lockout**

There is a 24- hour cut off period where you cannot register onto a programme that starts less than 24 hours before that particular class.

This is a child safeguarding protocol to ensure that all class teachers have the correct lists of children to be brought to each activity. We are not liable to guarantee your child a place on the activity if they are booked with less than 24 hours to go to the class and they will be added to the register for the following week. For more information, please email Jasmin at  


What is the latest update from ESM about the ESM Active Families Programme?

GWA & ESMActive Families Project, the exciting free for all initiative bringing our families back on to our school campus with sports and learning opportunities, started this week with the Adult Activity programmes happening on the school site. All  student programmes will begin from Monday 31 January. 


The provision covers a range of activities including adult sports leagues, language and music classes, parent and infant lessons, and much more, all completely free of charge. 


The full schedule of activities is, with registration taking place on the ESMActive Families System – Adult Activities tile – Family Activities tile – Book an activity tile – Select School/Term. 

Bookings are on a first-come-first-served basis, so you’ll need to act quickly to sign yourself and your family members up for up to two ESMActive programmes. 


Of course, your family’s safety continues to be our priority, especially as in-person events resume, and we can assure you that COVID safety protocols will be fully adhered to for all scheduled activities.


Queries can be directed to

Tuesday 28 December 2021

In an effort to keep safe from the rising cases of the Covid 19,  KHDA have announcement  that no sports or extra curricular activities can take place during the first two weeks of semester 2.  All Enrichment clubs including ESM active and ESM Families are expected to begin week commencing Monday 17 January 2022. This is subject to change, we appreciate your understanding with this news. 

Sunday 19 December 2021

New Working Week: Enrichment Update. Following the announcement by the UAE Government, we have had to restructure all Enrichment, ESM Active and ESM Family schedules to move in line with the introduction of the UAE’s new working week. Please read more information here:

Thursday 08 December 2021

Centre of Excellence - Athletics Scholarships - GWA are proud to announce that as part of our Centre of Excellence programme for athletics, we are now offering athletics scholarships to students at GEMS World Academy. The scholarships give all students a fantastic opportunity to receive a year of free athletics coaching, delivered by Team GB athletes / coaches, as part of a world class athletics programme. Being selected to receive a GWA athletics scholarship is a huge achievement, and we therefore encourage parents to apply. Being part of such an elite athletics environment at GWA can only help develop your child’s transferable skills, and better them in their chosen sport.  


Together we can guide the next generation of champions. To apply, and for more information please use the following link:

Thursday 18 November 2021

Sports Communication – SOCS: As part of the DASSA Sports organization, we are using an online communication system called SOCS. It provides sports fixtures and results information. Our Term 1 sports fixture information can be viewed here:  GEMS World Academy - DASSA Sports League

Finalists Announcement: The Schools Compared Award 2021 finalists have been announced this week and we are delighted that GEMS World Academy has been shortlisted for ‘Best School for Sport in the UAE 2021’. We are among some of the best schools in Dubai and look forward to the award competition in December.

End of Term 1 Enrichment: A reminder to all our community that Term 1 Enrichment Clubs end on Tuesday 30 November. A small number of sports fixtures will take place between 05-09 December, but no other practices or organized activities will be running. Term 2 Enrichment commences on Sunday 02 January 2022. The Term 2 Enrichment Programme information including our new sign up procedure and the schedules of clubs and activities will be shared with our community next week.

Thursday 04 November 2021

DASSA Sports- This week we enjoyed the camaraderie and adrenalin rush that sport provides as our DASSA competitive fixtures returned. Over 150 students represented our Academy in Football, Basketball and Netball across our Primary and Secondary divisions.

We continue to operate within a set of guidelines from DASSA and KHDA but we do see this as a significant step in moving closer to a ‘new normal’. It has been vital to have this support to ensure our young people benefit from the positive impact that good quality physical activities and competitions can bring to our students’ wellbeing. Being part of a team – whether a traditional sport such as football or as a representative for our Academy in a competition – gives our students that much needed sense of belonging to our community.

As part of the DASSA Sports organization, we use an online communication system called SOCS. It provides sports fixtures and results information.


Our Term 1 sports fixture information can be viewed here:

GEMS World Academy - DASSA Sports League

Thursday 28 October 2021

KHDA and Dubai Sports Council have approved competitive school sport fixtures for this academic year. These fixtures will begin next week. Please take a look at the DASSA Covid Protocols Video Link

GEMS World Academy – Dubai in Partnership with ESM -We will be launching the GWA Active Families programme in partnership with ESM, which will see additional free provision of activities across the Academy. To enable us to provide in line with the needs of the GWA community, we would greatly appreciate your help in filling in this questionnaire.

These activities will be starting after the Winter break, with a schedule of events being made available from 02 January 2022. We envisage GEMS World Academy-Dubai to be a central community hub, inviting GWA parents, families and the local surrounding community to become part of the wider school community.


ESM Active – Update - Hamilton Aquatics pride themselves on delivering a high-quality swimming programme in a safe and fun environment. Their teachers and coaches have a wealth of experience and receive regular ongoing training, and because of this, they are the cutting edge of swimming lesson delivery, so you can be sure your child is participating in the most comprehensive and innovative swim programme in the Middle East.

We have agreed with Hamilton Aquatics that if you are a new joining swimmer with them you can use our special school discount code GWASWIM10 to receive a 10% discount. This applies for new joining members only.

Please follow the below steps to register with Hamilton Aquatics and book a FREE assessment

  1. Register an account by visiting:


    2. Download the “Hamilton Aquatics App” from Play or App store

  2. Book a FREE assessment to see which level suits your child’s ability

  3. Book, pay and track your child’s progress all on online using their swimming platform Hamilton Bay. Use discount code GWASWIM10

  4. You can also contact Hamilton Aquatics on or by calling +971 4 450 8832

Thursday 07 October 2021

The Dubai Affiliated School Sport Association (DASSA) who organize Dubai Schools competitive sports league have announced that competitive sports leagues will begin week commencing 24 October 2021. At present, a number of ‘trial fixtures’ are taking place to help ascertain what school sports competition will look like before we being the competitive leagues and welcome visiting schools onto our campus for competitive sports fixtures. Until we receive the confirmed set of new competitive sports guidelines, we will continue training but do understand that sports may be modified as per DASSA rules. More information will be shared with the GWA Community once it is released by DASSA.

For now, please familiarize yourself with both the parent and student DASSA Code of Conduction for students, parents & spectators.


Monday 23 August 2021

As per the latest KHDA Back to School Guidelines #TogetherAgainDubai, our Enrichments can take place on campus. This is wonderful news and we look forward to taking a step closer to a more normal experience in our Enrichment Programmes. This will however have an impact on the numbers permitted to attend each club, depending on the club; numbers will be capped to ensure social distancing and covid protocols. The number allowed in each club is indicated on the schedules and club descriptions.

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