Dear BSB Sport Followers,
As I wrote to you last Newsletter, the next few weeks marks one of our busiest times of the year for sport & BSB.
Starting Wednesday 9th March, our U13 FOBISIA team departs for St. Andrews Green Valley (STAGV), Thailand, which as I expressed last Newsletter, looks to be one of our best as well as largest squads we have ever entered for the U13 FOBISIA games. The 2016 (STAGV) host has given us the following website to follow all of the action as and when it happens: http://sagvfobisia.weebly.com/ . Our team arrives back to Beijing on Tuesday 15th March just to have the FOBISIA Golf Team departing which marks the first time we have entered a team in this event. The tournament is being hosted by one of our FOBISA B2 Group Schools Kolej Tuanku Ja Afar (KTJ) from March 16th – 17th. The squad will come back to Beijing Friday 18th March.
Not that we take a break from local competitions with so much happening on the international side, our U19/U16 boys & girls football teams have a whole list of scheduled matches with other ISAC schools these next 3 weeks and will also be playing in the annual Dragon Cup (Varsity Boys/Girls @ ISB/BSB) and Tiger Cup (JV Boys/Girls @WAB) Football Invites on Friday March 11th & Saturday March 12th.
Our final sport trip in March is our ACAMIS Swim squad. For the second year in a row, they are participating in the annual ACAMIS Swim Invite event being hosted by Dulwich College Suzhou (DCSZ), and the Suzhou Singapore International School (SSIS). Dates for this meet are March 18th & 19th. BSB is entering 28 swimmers in total which is almost double from last year.
Finally the weekend of Saturday March 19th is the ISAC U14/U13/U12 boys & girls ISAC Basketball Exchanges. BSB will enter teams in all 6 divisions as well as host the U14 girls on the day. I look forward to reporting on some excellent results and experiences.
Also, stay posted on our blog (click here) or look to the BSB Facebook page (click here) as when results & pictures come in we will post everything we can.
March also marks the beginning of planning for the 2016-2017 academic year. I will be attending the annual ACAMIS AGM meeting on March 4th & 5th being held this year at ISB. ACAMIS dates typically begin the scheduling process for the BSB sport calendar, which is followed by the ISAC AGM, hosted at BSB March 8th & 9th, which allows us to set our local league sport events, and FOBISIA typically follows after the U13 games conclude in later March. Once we have all of these dates, we then take some time up and until the last Sport event at BSB, which is typically the primary FOBISIA games in late May, to look at the curriculum/PE calendar as a whole to see if we want to make any changes/additions etc. to what we offer on the PE/Sport curriculum side.
As many of you are aware all students at BSB participate in our House Sport competitions from Reception all the way up to Y13. Regardless of your level of sport ability your son/daughter plays competitive sport through PE lessons within curriculum. This is something all of us at BSB are very proud of and will continue to develop and expand when and where we can as these benefit all students no matter their level of participation.
However, another big part of our planning and especially important for students in secondary, is our annual PE survey which we do around the ACAMIS/ISAC/FOBISIA scheduling meetings which happen in March. In the last Newsletter I formally shared some figures (attached again for reference) from last academic year which again highlight BSB’s growth within sport and creating more and better opportunities for all of our students, but it is really the students who have driven this growth through their active voice and feedback within what we offer on the PE/Sport side. Our sports programs starts in curriculum and it is from the feedback students give us to numbers that show up on our teams that speaks volumes to what they desire in a program. I feel we are getting this right but any and all feedback, no matter positive or constructive, is an area to develop and improve upon. This feedback has been overly positive and I will again formally share this with year groups and with the secondary Student Guild as we always want to keep the channel open to students. Though we have not conducted this survey in primary lessons, I will also be formally speaking with the Student Government Body on the primary side to also gather their feedback as this is very important to have for the overall picture.
Again I look forward to reporting some great results as we make the final few pushes of Secondary sports before the exam Season begins and ISAC teams formally end for the academic year. As always please feel free to email me anytime if you have any further questions regarding sports/PE at BSB.
Update from: Mr. Travis Washko, Director of Sport & PE