Heads of Physical Education (HoPE)

Heads of Physical Education Conference 2017-18, hosted by The British International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

BSKL was the host of this years Head of PE FOBISIA Conference. Over 80 delegates attended including Directors of Sport, Heads of PE and teachers, who travelled from around Asia to BSKL for the FOBISIA AGM and Professional Development courses. Three expert speakers were flown out from UK and 2 other locally based experts also contributed to the professional development programme whose profiles are below. A huge thank you to all who contributed to the successes of the course. A special thank you to Canterbury, Hong Kong for sponsoring kit, Universal and Bishops Sports for their prize giveaways and also Les Elfes who donated an all expenses paid Ski Trip for 2 people to Switzerland. For the full article please see here.

Harrie Thomson, The British School of KL


Heads of Physical Education Conference 2016-17, 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.


The Federation of British International Schools in Asia. (FOBISIA)
39/4 Todsamon Clubhouse Building
M FI, Soi Lasalle 39/1, Sukhumvit 105, Bangna
Bangkok, Thailand 10260   Phone: +66 82 574 1110
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