FOBISIA is the Federation of British International Schools in Asia and has been in existence for 30 years, when it was set up by a small number of Headteachers who wanted to create a group that could support each other. FOBISIA’s membership has since grown from 4 schools in 1988 to 61 schools at present. Annually, the federation hosts a leadership conference, where senior leaders can meet and undertake a programme of professional development over a three day period. This year, the conference took place in Bangkok from Friday, 2nd November to Sunday, 4th November. The theme of the conference was ‘Leading Inclusivity’. Good practice was shared at the event, with some very interesting and inspiring keynote speakers. I also attended two meetings on the days before the conference. On Thursday, it was a meeting of FOBISIA’ s Executive Board followed the FOBISIA Heads’ meeting on the Friday.
BIS HCMC participates widely in various FOBISIA events, with sport seeing the largest student involvement. We have been involved with the FOBISIA Games for many years and send teams to participate in all relevant age groups. Sport is a wonderful part of school life and we place a great deal of importance on its value in helping to develop good human beings through promoting:
- Work ethic
- Pursuit of personal excellence
- Respect of self and others
There is no doubt that sport develops a sense of friendliness among children whilst bringing a sense of team spirit to their lives. It helps children to develop mental and physical toughness making them strong and active. I was very pleased that Mr McLoughlin contacted me this week outlining the success of the U14 Boys basketball team who are City Champions. As Mr McLoughlin goes on to explain:
“I have coached this year group for 4 years, the first year we played 11 games and lost all of them. From there we built year on year, securing a 4th place finish, a 3rd and finally we were awarded the Champions this year, beating ISHCMC 40-29 in the final. I had 52 boys trial for 24 spaces, therefore we had to have two teams. This is the first time we have ever had a B team in the U14s. The B team was made up of mostly Y7 students playing against mostly Y9 boys from smaller A schools. Our B team battled its way to an outstanding 3rd place finish. The squad has been outstanding all year, listening and learning, playing incredible basketball.”
It was an absolute pleasure to meet with the squad in my office today and to hear from them first-hand about their success and what a great feeling they get out of experiencing success with their team. This was a wonderful way to finish the school week. Next week I will be meeting more successful BIS sporting teams and some of our talented musicians – watch this space!
I do hope that you all have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.
Anthony Rowlands, Principal