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BIS Ethical Leaders

22 September 2015

An Phu Secondary Campus is thrilled to have hosted this year’s highly successful FOBISIA Student Leadership Conference.

The British International School welcomed 57 student leaders from 15 FOBISIA schools in South East Asia to discuss the theme of ‘Ethical Leadership’. The two day conference began on Friday morning with the words of our Head Students, who had independently organised the event with the support of teaching staff.

“As student leaders, we face multiple challenges and opportunities. This gives us a common perspective on leadership that connects all of us together.” Hikaru Hotta, Head Boy, said. “But it is the decisions that we make as student leaders and the way that we implement them that determines our ability to lead ethically.”

The student delegates were anticipating that collectively they would get a lot from each other by sharing experiences and ideas. Niyati Karia, from elc International School, Malaysia, was particularly excited about “comparing approaches and execution.”

Following a series of ice breakers, Sean O’Neil, Assistant Head Teacher, kicked off a series of challenging workshops. The first was to take a closer look at “The Challenge of Ethics”.  This was ultimately a question that set the tone for the gruelling forty-eight hours ahead.

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Students also participated in a positive leadership workshop with decorated education professional Clive Leach, from the UK.

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Day two focused on developing on the lessons learned from day one in a school context. Delegates were asked to take a closer look at the leadership models they currently practice and to analyse whether they could or would change them. They were asked to consider their schools and whether or not they are democratic.

These students are the face and voice of student led projects across some of the best schools in South East Asia. There is a strong possibility that in the conference at An Phu Secondary Campus there was a future leader, someone who will become an extremely influential person in the coming decades. It was an honour and a privilege to watch our potential future leaders at work.

In the words of JK Kazzi, Deputy Head Boy:

"I am so appreciative of having had the opportunity to take part in the 2015 FOBISIA Student Leadership Conference because, not only did I learn so many valuables lessons, but I also was able to share a lot about my own experiences and views on leadership which were warmly and accepted and developed over the course of the conference. I have come away from the conference with 55 new friends from all across South East Asia, and have already made plans to catch up with each and everyone of them. I am so grateful for having hosted this event and met so many young and aspiring leaders like myself, because it reassures me that the future of our society is in good hands!"

In the words of Wen Xin, Deputy Head Girl:

"It was a fantastic opportunity, and a great pleasure of ours, to have hosted this year's FOBISIA Leadership Conference. I hope that the students, as well as the teachers, had a great experience and enjoyed their time at the conference. Throughout the two days, we discussed about ethical leadership, practised our listening skills, learned about the dangers of bad leadership and worked on developing other aspects of our leadership skills. We also had the opportunity to listen to the various challenges faced by other student leaders as well as the many creative ideas that are implemented in their respective schools. I hope that everyone took away new ideas and embraced the lessons and skills learned. I hope that everyone will flourish in their respective roles as student leaders in their schools. We all took a lot away a lot from the conference, but most importantly, we have made a lot of new friendships over the two days!"

Thank you to all the students, teachers and parents who were involved in making the FOBISIA Student Leadership Conference such a wonderful success.

A special thanks to the parents who travelled with the student delegates and had the opportunity to be shown around town by our wonderful PTG. We hope that you enjoyed your time in HCMC!