This coming week, I will be attending the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) Conference in Macau. Our school has been a member of this prestigious organisation for nearly 10 years, and it offers some fantastic opportunities for our students to participate in music, sports, arts and online competitions all throughout the region. The conference starts with an executive meeting where school heads and directors will discuss and exchange ideas to ensure the smooth running of several different FOBISIA events that our school can and will be participating in. The conference will also feature a discussion on Activating Learning with three keynote speakers:
Baroness Susan Greenfield – MIND CHANGE: HOW 21st CENTURY TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE WAY WE THINK, FEEL & LEARN,
Tom Sherrington – WHAT DOES EVIDENCE-INFORMED TEACHING LOOK LIKE
Julie Stern – WORLD-CHANGING SCHOOLING: DESIGNING LEARNING FOR INNOVATION & TRANSFER
These conference speakers should provide some very interesting ideas and suggestions that will help develop our school’s involvement in future FOBISIA events and competitions.
On Monday 11th November, we shall be celebrating the national festival of Loy Krathong . This festival is a beautiful Thai evening celebration for families and friends. Everyone in the community is encouraged to wear traditional Thai costumes on this day at school.
Here are some additional details on the celebration provided by our Thai Department:
The celebration at the Primary School will include two rounds of assembly in the Sports Hall with the first round taking place from 8:15 to 8:45 am for Years 1-3. The second round will be from 9:00 to 9.30 am for Years 4-6.
As Loy Krathong is a Thai cultural celebration, students will have a wonderful opportunity to view a classical Thai Ramayana masked dance performed by students in the Thai Dance ECA club. The music will be directed by Ms. Alice and the Thai Traditional Instruments club.
One of the highlights of this celebration is the creation of the krathong float. Students in Years 3-6 will be making their own krathongs in their classes, while early years students will create their kratongs with support from Year 6 students. The theme for this year’s Loy Krathong celebrationin the Primary School is “Saving the Planet”. In this spirit, parents should help their children remember to bring their own cloth or recycled plastic bags for bringing back their handmade krathongs.