GIS Parent Association


Welcome message from GISPA

On behalf of all the parents here at GIS, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you. As a parent of a child enrolled at GIS, you are now a member of the GIS Parent Association (GISPA). The GISPA Board is a group of elected parents whose main focus is to enhance the academic and social experience of the GIS community, and this can only be successful by embracing diversity, enhancing relationships with the parent community, and collaboratively working with the school. 

We have some exciting events planned for this academic year, so keep an eye out for our updates on our Facebook page and our announcement board in the main school reception. You can also get in touch by introducing yourself to any one of our members (wearing the red lanyards), who will be more than willing to assist you and answer any questions. If you are interested in getting involved, feel free to drop us an email. 


We look forward to meeting you,


Facebook page: GISPA – GEMS International School Parent Association

Email: [email protected]


Get to know GISPA

To ensure our community knows 'who is who' we have tried to make it easy by introducing ourselves, along with a photo and a little bit about each of us. Please say hello at any time, we would love to get to know you.

  • Sandra Martinho

    "Hi, I'm Sandra Martinho from Portugal. I have 2 boys at GIS; Andre in Grade5 and Rafael in the Diploma Programme. I arrived in Dubai in January 2019. My passion is to work with people, supporting them to connect with themselves and others. I love to spread the message about growing self-consciousness and building love and empathy."

  • Isabelle Alves da Silva Neves

    "My name is Isabelle Alves da Silva Neves and I am from Mauritius. I have 3 girls studying at GIS. Shana in Grade9, Kaylee in Grade7 and Tegan Grade1. I have lived in Dubai for the past 10 years. I am an artist and mosaic art teacher."
  • Paola Farchi

    "My name is Paola Farchi from Italy and I have one boy at GIS in Grade 6. We moved to Dubai six years ago from Rome, where I was working in the advertising industry. Since moving to Dubai, I have been able to follow my passion to be a teacher. What I would love to achieve is to spread and inform our community about the Italian culture."
  • Thera Hoebe-Bosch

    "My name is Thera Hoebe-Bosch, from the Netherlands. I have three children; Thijs in Grade 4, Daan in Grade 2 and Lies in Pre-KG. This is our second year in Dubai and GIS. I would love to learn more about the people here and all the cultures that represent our school and Dubai."
  • Kapil Sachdeva

    "My name is Kapil Sachdeva, I have two children at GIS, one in Grade 7 and the other in Grade 5. This is my second year at GIS and second in GISPA. I have been a Dubai resident for three decades. I am an outdoors adventurous person and feel extremely fortunate to have the luxury of time to spend with my children and to follow my hobbies and passions that keep me grounded."
  • Mafalda Ferreira

    "My name is Mafalda Ferreira, I'm a mother of two children. One is already in college and the other is in Grade 5 at GIS. I have lived in Dubai since December 2018 and have always worked at schools, so i am always happy to help."
  • Ivonna Aleman

    "My name is Ivonna Aleman, from Peru. I am the mother of 3 children; Luciana in Grade 4, Luna in Grade 3 and Dario in Grade 5. We have been living in Dubai for 10 years and in GIS since the school opened. I am happy to help in any way I can."
  • Suad Saleh

    "My name is Suad Saleh from Kenya, originally Arab. I have 1 boy at GIS, studying in Grade 5 called Alwy. I have lived in Dubai for 12 years. I am an Events Coordinator and an Artist."
  • Alessia Pearse

    "My name is Alessia Pearse, I was born and raised in Ireland but have an italian mother. I am 33 years old and have three boys, Kai, Nico and Xander. I moved to the UAE from Australia 10 years ago and have lived in 4 of the 7 emirates so far! We have also lived in Scotland and Azerbaijan within those 10 years. I have a passion for photography and I create spray paint art."

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