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Hidden talents – Extraordinary UAE Principals captured at their very best … when no one is looking. Campbell Douglas, Principal of GEMS Wellington Academy, and a secret life in Music.
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We thought this lovely video of Campbell Douglas, Principal of GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail, secretly being absorbed in music when he believed that no one was watching, was worth sharing. It really delighted us and made us think…

Sometimes it easy to forget that UAE Principals are a talented bunch, with their own gifts and passions. Too often we never learn what these are – but Principals do not come into education without caring deeply about education and students. We know of artists, authors, musicians like Mr Douglas – and many Principals too, still insist on teaching the subjects that fascinate them, this on top of their huge responsibilities leading a school.

The secret musician. Campbell Douglas, Principal of GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail in Dubai, caught up in playing the piano.

Mr Douglas told us:

“Caught off guard. I’ll practise for next time!

So pleased we have our own baby grand for our reception.

A fantastic resource for our super-talented students.”

And Principals too, it seems!


Further information

Principal and CEO of GEMS Wellington Academy, Al Khail, Campbell Douglas is a Music graduate by training with expertise in whole child development, the broader Arts and Music Theatre. A graduate of the University of Auckland, Mr Douglas went on to study for his Masters in Educational Administration at Massey where he achieved First Class Honours. He brings to GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail two decades experience in education, latterly in China as Director of both Dulwich College in Suzhou and Zhuhai, both UK curriculum schools founded as overseas campuses of Dulwich College London. Mr Douglas developed his career as an educationalist at Fraser High School in New Zealand where he was instrumental in developing the Arts. Mr Douglas has a deep seated commitment to inclusion and has a strong record in ensuring that in the schools he has led, no child is left behind. His experience in the Arts has seen him produce landmark productions of Phantom of the Opera, Cats and the Secret Garden.

Read our glowing review of GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail here

Visit the official GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail web site here.

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