Heads of Physical Education (HoPE)
Heads of Physical Education Conference 2016, hosted by Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok.
The FOBISIA Heads of PE (HOPE) Conference took place on September 16thand 17th 2016 here at Shrewsbury International School Bangkok. 71 delegates came from all across the FOBISIA network including Singapore, Jakarta and Kathmandu. The two days were a great success, and facilitated important discussions regarding FOBISIA’s competitive sports schedule, especially the future format of FOBISIA games competitions.
As part of the conference, Shrewsbury staff also led an extensive series of CPD (Continued Professional Development) workshops and courses focusing on themes such as performance, technology in sport, and for the first time at Shrewsbury, the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) Trainer Assessor course, where there were 9 successful delegates. Alongside the conference itself, this was an important opportunity to raise awareness of safety and standards in swimming pools across the FOBISIA network; an area which Shrewsbury is committed to being at the very forefront of best practice.
Thanks to all of Shrewsbury’s staff and coaches who represented the school so well at at the conference and training sessions. We were very grateful to them and the excellent feedback received from attendees, and to the conference keynote speaker, paralympic star Andy Barrow.
The speech was just one element in a busy week for Andy at Shrewsbury, in which he also delivered assemblies about nutrition for students throughout the school, several Q&A sessions, and led “Reading the World” classes. Student leaders and PE classes also got to experience what life is like in a wheelchair—both the difficulties getting around everyday obstacles, and the enjoyment of wheelchair sports such as wheelchair basketball, and Andy’s own specialism, wheelchair rugby.
Will Davies-Jenkins, Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok.