Every child managed to achieve, whether medal winner or not – although there were a lot of medals jangling! We were especially pleased to see the trophy that the boy’s football team brought back too!
The FOBISIA experience needs great resilience and stamina. It requires children to be confident in applying, in the first instance, and then commitment to training hard to secure a place in the team. There is a lot of competition and, sensitivity is required by those who succeed and resilience needed if they don’t. And then the hard work really begins! The team training schedule is gruelling, but the thrill of the travel and being part of the team compensates for the hard work. All our BISS team came back tired but full of chat about their experience. They even managed some pretty energetic dancing on the final evening, apparently!
FOBISIA is only part of a full range of competitive sports in which the school takes part. Throughout the year we have primary teams participating in netball, rugby, football, swimming and basketball. Children’s weekends are often busy as they travel to other schools to compete and represent us and they always do this well.
At BISS we encourage competitive sport for a variety of reasons. It teaches children to ‘Be Ambitious’; to set themselves goals and then work hard to achieve them. But more importantly it teaches them about competition and how to win or lose with grace. They realise that they may be disappointed and may not be the best at everything, but with effort and determination they can improve. Taking part in competitive sports is always a positive experience when well managed. It can motivate and challenge to do better, allowing opportunities to overcome fears and nerves - all of which are lessons for life.
The lessons of competition are best learned when young, and in a caring environment surrounded by supportive adults; best when there are teachers and parents are working in partnership. A big thank you goes to our hard working staff and supportive parents – I heard our parents were the most enthusiastic of all the schools represented! The children have really benefitted from this partnership.
Finally, congratulations go to all of our keen, committed FOBISIA stars – we are so proud of you!
Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary