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Primary School Sport: Term 2 gaining momentum

All our Sports ECAs and teams are up and running with so many new and old exciting opportunities for our children.

It’s great to see so many children trying new sports with our touch rugby attracting over 50 children and also cricket with over 20 children. Gymnastics continues with high levels of attendance and our football and basketball have massive numbers as normal.

In the coming weeks we will be giving as many children as possible the opportunity to represent St Andrews International School Bangkok. Both our U9/U11 boys B and C teams will be playing in TISAC festivals and U11 children in the BISAC tournaments, plus all our U11/U9 girls will get the opportunity to play in their TISAC festivals.

This week the U11 girls bounced back, after a tough tournament at the weekend, with a great display in their BISAC friendly winning convincingly and giving them confidence before their BISAC friendly with HIS on 30 January and their BISAC tournament on Saturday 2 February.

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Unfortunately, due to the poor air quality, the U9 boys TISAC friendly was cancelled but this will be rearranged for children to play.

Next up:

  • 28 January - U11 Boys B team - TISAC Festival @ Regents - 1.00 p.m. start/ midday leave
  • 30 January - friendly @ Harrow for our U11 teams (U 11 Boys A and B teams, U11 Girls A)
  • 2 February - End of season BISAC tournament (Patana) and festival (Harrow). We hope to enter U11 boys A, B and C, plus U11 Girls A.
  • 5 February - U9 Girls Flames and Blaze teams - TISAC Festival @ Soccer Pro, 1.00 p.m. start.

ECAs & Sports Training Cancelled this Friday

To help preparations for Fun Day run safely and smoothly, all ECAs and sport training that normally takes place at the Primary campus on Friday afternoons have been cancelled this week. Please ensure that your children are collected promptly at 2.30 p.m.

Last Week

Last weekend we had a great weekend of sport. Here is a summary of the events at the HIS International Tournament and our very first Gymnastics FOBISIA.

70 children represented STA at the HIS International football 7s, with A and B teams in both U9 girls/boys and U11 boys categories. The level of competition was impressive across all age groups with schools from Hong Kong, Singapore and China. Our teams did not disappoint and worked incredibly hard for their team mates.

In the girls’ tournaments the U11 were 2nd place after the first day and played some excellent football, but unfortunately, due to losing the majority of the team to the gymnastics competition on Saturday the team found Saturday's finals day a difficult task. Thank you to those girls who worked so hard for each other.

The U9 girls had both an A and B team and were amazing on Saturday. Both our teams beat BISAC opposition and only lost to the 2 Thai football academies that were in the tournament. I am really happy with the growth of girls sport at this U9 age group and the level of football is getting better with each tournament. Our U9 girls finished 3rd and 4th.

The U11 boys became Champions in the highest standard of football I have seen at U11 level. After looking like the tournament may have slipped by them, they came back and produced an incredible performance in their last game to win and be crowned champions, eventually winning the tournament by just one goal. These boys are a fantastic team and have made some great progress as a team over Term 1. The U11 boys found some tough opposition playing against all A teams but acquitted themselves brilliantly and at times played some excellent football.

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We have never before taken a team to the Gymnastics FOBISIA so this was a massive achievement. Our girls and boys gymnasts were exceptional and produced some fantastic results.

We placed in some high positions (8th out of 20 + schools) with our children finishing higher than schools that have had established gymnastics programmes for many years. In our boys team Matthew was 2nd on the vault and 5th on the floor, while Ross was 3rd on the floor and 6th on the Pommel horse.

Our gymnastics programme continues to grow with so many new children both girls and boys looking to train and compete for STA. We have many more competitions coming in 2019 and it is an exciting time to be part of this growing sport for STA.

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Swimming

The swim team officially welcomes our students back to Term 2 ECA and Swim Squad and we hope that everyone has settled well. Just a quick reminder that we are approaching the end of the two-week period where any changes to ECA and Swim Squad can be made.

We also have the Marlin Mayhem Swim Champs coming up on the weekend of 2 & 3 March. Please do sign up via the google form if you haven’t already done so. The deadline to submit the form is Friday, 8 February. Please don’t miss out on the chance to represent our school at one of the most talked about international school swim meets.

Tennis

All students are welcome to join in our growing STA Tennis community. Weekday and weekend opportunities available for everyone! Contact tennis@standrews.ac.th for more information.

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Term 2 (just some of the events in Term 2)

  • 28 January - TISAC U11 Boys festival - 12pm leave - 1pm-2.30pm - U11 C team

  • 30 January - Football friendly @ Harrow, Boys A and B, Girls A - U11

  • 2 February - BISAC Girls and Boys Flames U11 Football Tournament

  • 2 February - BISAC Football Festival U11 Boys B and C teams

  • 5th February - U9 TISAC festival @ Soccer Pro - 12.15 leave - 1pm-3pm - U9 A and B teams

  • 7 February - U9 Invitational Tennis Vs Bangkok Patana

  • 9 February - U11 STA Invitational Tennis

  • 12 February - TISAC U11 Girls Festival - 12.15 leave - 1-3pm @ Soccer pro

  • 12 February - TISAC U11 boys festival - 11am leave - 12pm -2pm - U11 B team

  • 2-3 March - Marlin Mayhem

  • 16-17 March - BISAC Swim Champs

  • 23 March - BISAC Athletics U11

  • 26 March - TISAC U9 Girls Football Tournament @ Soccer Pro

  • 26 March - TISAC U9 Boys Football Tournament @ 107

  • 30 March TISAC U11 Football Tournaments - Boys @ 107, Girls @ BIST

  • 30 March - Gymnastics Moose Games

Sporting Conferences

We appreciate that you are often hearing different acronyms - TISAC, BISAC, FOBISIA - that we are involved in but may not know much about them. We hope that the following overview will therefore be useful.

We are currently members of four conferences or organisations:

TISAC: Thailand International Schools Activities Conference

We have been members for many years. This has 16 schools involved which vary in size from small to very large. Currently, we mostly enter Blaze teams in TISAC. There are leagues and tournaments in several sports from U9-U19 and next year, TISAC will also start its own multi-sport Games for Primary children.

BISAC: Bangkok International Schools Athletic Conference

This is our first year in BISAC. The 12-school membership includes the largest international schools in Bangkok in leagues and tournaments across many sports, from U9-U19, split into four seasons through the year. BISAC schools also run invitational tournaments.

FOBISIA: Federation of British International Schools in Asia

This has three major multi-sport Games per year (Primary, U13 and U15) that take place in Phuket against other schools across Asia. There are also single-sport events in Tennis, Golf, Swimming and more, which take place across Asia and provide some amazing travel opportunities.

NAE: Nord Anglia Education

We are part of the South East Asia division and meet for a U11 multi-sport Games once a year. Our schools take it in turn to host the NAE Games.

In addition, we are part of the wider circuit regionally which means we are invited to a whole range of other events across Thailand.

Currently we are able to offer STA students opportunities through these conferences in Football, Basketball, Swimming, Tennis, Badminton, Golf, Teeball, Track and Field, Triathlon, Cross Country.

If you have any questions about these conferences, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Damon (damon.se@standrews.ac.th).

Some of the Events coming in Term 3

  • 27-28 April - BISAC Gymnastics

  • 3-5 May - BISP Flying Fish Swimming

  • 4-5 May - BISAC U11 Tennis

  • 9 May - TISAC Badminton Tournament

  • 11 May - Harrow Football Festival

  • 18 May - NIST Gymnastics

  • 25 May - Mini Marlin Mayhem

  • 30 May - U9 Invitational Tennis vs Bangkok Patana

  • 8 June - U9 Orange Ball Tennis Tournament

  • 10-14 June - Primary FOBISIA Games

If you any questions about Primary Sport you can either email Mr Damon (damon.se@standrews.ac.th) our Head of Primary PE or book an appointment to speak to him about the opportunities your child’s/children’s will have at STA.

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