The Vice principal
Mr. Nigel Barrett
I hold a Masters in Education along with a Postgraduate degree in Primary education and a Bachelor degree in Teaching and Learning from Canterbury University, New Zealand.
I have held leadership roles in two well-established schools in Asia, a brand-new International School in Dubai and I am currently Primary Head here at GEMS CIK, Uganda.
After graduating and traveling to England to play rugby and teach, I discovered the world of international education and moved to Kenya where my wife, Valerie, and I spent four years.
Our daughter, Zoe (14) was born in Nairobi and then we moved to Brunei, Borneo where our second daughter, Lea (12) was born.
After five years in Borneo, we then moved to the Philippines where we spent 6 years, followed by two years in Dubai.
My passion for education has never wavered and I believe in the enjoyment of learning and the importance of children being part of a community where they have ownership, a sense of belonging and pride and are challenged to grow and try new things.
Being able to live in a range of different countries and learn first hand about a vast range of cultures is a real privilege.
In the Philippines I really discovered the importance of combining the school community with the wider community to let children experience the world around them through valuable and enriching interactions.
I also believe learning outside of the classroom through residentials is vital to children’s development and have organised trips all around the world.
I am thoroughly enjoying being back in East Africa with my family, experiencing the Pearl of Africa while working in a world class school.
Mr. Ben Green
I hold qualifications from the Universities of Bristol and Oxford and am a teacher of Biology. My own academic interests lie in conservation, African field biology and teaching pedagogy.
Previously Head of Science in Oxford – during this time and as part of teacher exchanges, I worked for periods in schools in Australia, Greece and the USA which gave me my first insight into the educational models and philosophies of international schools.
I have been Head of Secondary at GEMS Cambridge International School, Kampala since August 2017– Formerly at Greshams’ School, UK, I was Head of Experimental Sciences (IB) and House parent at UWC Waterford Kamhlaba, Swaziland which recruited students from 60 countries to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.
Our daughters (aged six and four) are in Year 2 and FS2 respectively, our son (aged two) was born in Swaziland and has joined Pearls. My background is in developing teaching, I have led school improvement projects in several schools, from Oxford and the coast of Norfolk in the UK to UWC Waterford Kamhlaba in Swaziland. I am a keen sportsman, runner, traveller and an experienced cricket coach.
GEMS CIK - with its global educational model, strong reputation for cutting edge technology, development of all learners and commitment to pathways beyond school - will provide me with an exciting professional challenge and a personal adventure for my family.
CIK strikes me as a school stepping confidently forward from a period of consolidation and, at the same time, challenging itself to be relevant, purposeful and of service in a changing world.
My wife and I see ourselves making a positive and important contribution to GEMS CIK’s community and, as we move from the UK to the Pearl of Africa, we hope also to develop an understanding of and commitment to the people, the place and the heritage of Uganda and the East African region.
Mr. Steven Zammit
After 17 years of primary teaching it still amazes me what a privilege it is to work with young minds.
After completing my PGCE, I started teaching in the UK and have worked internationally in Egypt, Malaysia, Nepal and now in beautiful Uganda.
Football, golf, yoga and reading are other passions.
Ms. Katherine Henderson
Teaching and inspiring young people is a real privilege and I love the new experiences and challenges that every day brings.
After graduating from Warwick University I spent five years teaching English as a Foreign Language. After completing my PGCE in 2008, I spent six years working in Key Stage 1, first in the UK, then in Dubai for three years.
This is my third year at GEMS CIK and my time here has provided me with lots of great opportunities.
I love travelling and having the opportunity to explore new cultures while doing a job I love, is a real honour.
Mr. Euan Paterson
I’m a Scotsman, a dad, a Geography teacher, a sport enthusiast and am proud to be working as the Deputy Head of the Secondary School/Head of Sixth Form at GEMS CIK.
I am incredibly passionate about giving students a broad educational experience both in and beyond the classroom which is why I was attracted to the GEMS network.
I already feel at home at CIK and have immensely enjoyed working with the sixth form team to give the most senior students in the school the best possible springboard into life after GEMS.
My interests outside education are predominantly sporting having played representative cricket and rugby.
That said, the arts, philanthropy and outdoor education form a large part of my educational philosophy and I look forward to continuing to contribute to the already outstanding curriculum on offer at GEMS CIK.
Ms. Naomi Kabanyomozi
I have been teaching for over a decade, 11 years to be precise in International schools in Uganda. I have worked in Early Years and Key Stage Two, my favourite being Early Years. I am currently teaching in Foundation Stage Two and I am the Early Years Leader at Gems CIK. I have a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Education and a Master of Arts
Degree in Public Administration and Management from Makerere University. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, traveling, dancing, singing and spending time with my family.
Ms. Paula Wakwima
I have over twelve years of experience in education in a range of roles from leading maths, science and assessment as a teacher and Deputy Head teacher in Uganda and UK Catholic primary schools.
I hold a range of related qualifications: BSc(JHons) in Computer Science with Management; MA in International Development in Education, PGCE, NPQML, Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies (CCRS), Maths Specialist Teacher (MAST).
In my current role as Head of IT, I take a lead on the digital vision for the school in terms of curriculum, resources and staff development.
I also manage the school assessment data, recording and reporting.
I am married to Dan Wakwima (Primary PE) and we have a son in Primary. Together we enjoy travelling and swimming
Mr. Peter Sawers
I have over 15 years experience in leading boarding facilities in East Africa and South Africa. My goal in life is to influence the lives of young people and to help them achieve their full potential in order to grow up into young men and women of substance.
I have chosen to come to Uganda to continue assisting in the development of young people which I was able to successfully accomplish in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa at various schools.
My heart beat is to provide a drum of change for a new generation in Africa.
I am passionate, driven and dedicated to providing young people with an opportunity to discover their full potential in a learning environment which strives not only to provide a high standard of moral and social values, but also to instil and to mould principles that will last them a life time.
I know the value of moulding a
spiritual belief system at the same time respecting and appreciating diverse faiths and allowing our students to express and participate in these belief systems.
Nelson Mandela once said that,“we do not measure ourselves by our successes, but by how many times we fell down and got back up again.”
I personally know what that means and so the very backbone of my role as Boarding Director is to teach, encourage and guide our boarders to never give up dreaming and striving for what they believe and to keep getting up when they fall.
Ms. Hannah Green
Having graduated with a Masters in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge I then moved to the University of Oxford to complete my PGCE in Secondary Science.
I taught in Oxfordshire schools for nine years in a variety of positions, including pastoral Head of Year for more than 180 students.
I also completed an additional qualification in PSHE teaching. When we moved as a family to Swaziland I was appointed as the first SEN Coordinator at Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA, working with students and teachers to ensure all were able to make progress.
Alongside this I ran a Women’s Empowerment community service project, lived in the Junior Boys’ Hostel as House Parent and ran sexual health education across the school.
Outside of school I am kept busy by three young children but love good food and opportunities to travel.
I am delighted to take up the role of Associate Director of Boarding at GEMS CIK and to provide academic and pastoral support to the students in my care.
Mr. James O'Hagan
I am from Glasgow in Scotland and have been teaching for 20 years.
In Scotland I worked mainly in the Learning Support Sector where I have held two promoted teaching posts.
One of these positions was Principal Teacher at the Activ8 Project in Glasgow where I worked with teenagers with Social, Emotional and Behavioral problems having worked with students receiving long-term psychiatric care.
I have a PGCE in Secondary Computing from Glasgow University and a PGC in Support for Learning.
I come to Kampala having completed a three-year post at GEMS American Academy in Abu Dhabi. I am a keen hiker and runner and recently took part in the Dubai Marathon.