FOBISIA Leadership Conference  

Tanglin Trust School Singapore is delighted to be hosting the 2015 FOBISIA Heads and Senior Leaders conference in the year of their 90th anniversary. The date of the conference is 7-8 November. The theme this year is ‘Be Inspired!’ and they are excited to announce that the famous British explorer, TED lecturer and sustainability champion, Robert Swan will be opening the conference to set the tone. They will also have the guest speaker Roy Blatchford (Director of the National Education Trust) as well as many inspiring workshop leaders on a broad range of topics.

This year’s conference will fully utilise technology, with a microsite, iPad/mobile phone app and twitter feed, which will be displaying live feeds during the conference to encourage engagement and discussion.

All conference details can be found at:


Bangkok Patana School was pleased to host the 2014 FOBISIA Heads’ and Senior Leaders’ Conference from 7th to 10th November.  The conference was attended by about 220 delegates, which included the heads the FOBISIA member schools along with senior leaders, exhibitors and presenters.

The theme, “Thinking Outside the Box”, was echoed through more than 30 professional development workshops and keynote speeches. Khun Mechai Viravaidya, the first keynote speaker, captivated his audience by talking about how he and his teams have had to come up with innovative ideas to deal with social challenges such as promoting birth   control, preventing the spread of AIDS, improving rural schooling and reducing poverty.  Other speakers at the conference included Bambi Betts, the CEO for the Academy for International School Heads and a revered practitioner   who has worked with over 100 international schools; Andy Hinds who is renowned for supported heads and senior teachers in improving the quality of learning for students; professional coach Clive Leach and Fran Paffard, who is a senior lecturer in Early Years at the University of Cumbria, UK.

Bangkok Patana students also played a big part in the conference, introducing keynote speakers and sessions as well as touring delegates around the campus. “The conference showcased ten very confident students across a number of age groups. They took complete leadership presenting in front of a very senior audience and being articulate and confident,” said Head of School Matt Mills.

Feedback from the conference has been good. “It was an amazing conference; you sounded all the right inspirational sirens, the motivational lights were ablaze, the calm organisation was impeccable, the engagement of the young people you serve was awesome…” said Gary Benfield, FOBISIA’s newly elected Chairman.

Tania Donoghue, FOBISIA Executive Officer said, “The highlight of the conference was the supply of high quality professional development for senior management combined with equally passionate educationally based organisations, which a common thread amongst all was empowering and giving the best to our students in Asia.”


 Dear FOBISIA Head of School, Senior Leaders, Affiliate Members and Exhibitors,

Bangkok Patana School is delighted to host this years' FOBISIA Heads' and Senior Leaders' Conference.

Please find enclosed the details of the Conference 2014/2015 to be held from Friday 7th November through to Monday 10th November, 2014 (Executive Committee Members, please note that there will be an Executive Committee Meeting on Friday, 7th November, 2014 and for all Heads of School the Business Meeting and AGM will be on Monday 10th November, 2014 finishing at 5:00 p.m.)

On behalf of Mr. Matthew G. Mills, Head of Bangkok Patana School, his Organising Committee and the FOBISIA office, we would appreciate if you could please facilitate the registration details at your earliest convenience for both the Conference and Hotel reservation.

Annual FOBISIA Heads’ and Senior Leaders’ Conference 2014

“Thinking Outside the Box”

Bangkok Patana School, Bangkok, Thailand

Friday 7th November – Monday 10th November 2014

Dear Colleagues,

We are all excited to be hosting this year’s FOBISIA Heads’ and Senior Leaders’ Conference in the Kingdom of Thailand. The country has recently experienced significant political upheaval as the country seeks major electoral reforms. As I write to you the country is being governed by the National Council for Peace and Order, however in many terms life goes on as normal for most Thais, expatriate workers and visitors. Can I guarantee this political situation is going to be resolved by November’s conference date? Absolutely not! But I can say to you that this has been going on for well over a year now and we have had minimal disruption to the school programme, with only one day’s closure during this time. So it is full steam ahead for this year’s FOBISIA Heads’ and Senior Leaders’ Conference!

You will notice that this year’s FOBISIA Heads’ and Senior Leaders’ Conference is following the FOBISIA Business Meeting format as we are holding all of the meetings at the host school. As Bangkok Patana School is one of the largest schools in Asia, we have the space and facilities to cater and support a large professional conference. As a school head, I also think it is important to keep the focus in schools rather than hotels, that don’t have the student learning heartbeat. Speaking of students, you will see lots of students at the conference, leading tours, introducing key notes, or just helping you get to your next So in conclusion, at this year’s FOBISIA Heads’ and Senior Leaders’ Conference in Bangkok, things will be a little different as we share top quality professional development opportunities, meet colleagues over sumptuous meals, take in a free foot massage and be entertained by student performers whilst experiencing this year’s overarching Leadership Conference theme, ‘Thinking Outside the Box’.


We have negotiated a special rate at the 5-star Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel for the conference delegates This offer will only be available to us until 30th June 2014. All daily rates are in Thai Baht.

Room categories Rates

Deluxe Room - Single Thai Baht 4,300++ (approx. US$ 131++)

Deluxe Room - Double Thai Baht 4,800++ (approx. US$ 146++)

Banyan Tree Club Room - Single/Double Thai Baht 5,500++ (approx. US$ 167++)

One Bedroom Suite – Single/Double Thai Baht 6,200++ (approx. US$ 180++)

The above room rates are quoted on a per room, per night basis inclusive of

 Breakfast

 24 hours in-room internet access

All schools are to make their own accommodation booking by completing the hotel reservation form and emailing it to:

The hotel needs confirmation of your bookings as they are holding over 140 rooms for our conference. If you are unsure who will be attending along with yourself, please indicate a name of any senior leader when making the booking. The names can be changed at a later date.

Annual FOBISIA Heads’ and Senior Leaders’ Conference 2014

Can you get your PA/Administration to confirm your room bookings as soon as possible as the hotel wants to secure the rooms for us due to additional demand from potential other guests? This will be much appreciated. The bookings can be made via this email and

Business Meeting and AGM

We will have our Business Meeting and AGM on Monday 10th November to allow for, and not to compromise, a focus on professional development for ourselves and our Senior Leaders during the Conference on Saturday 8 I attach the registration form for you to complete and confirm your attendance and participation. Details of how to make payment for the Conference Fee (US$650) is included in the registration form. Please ensure you pay all the bank charges for any transfers (on both ends). If you are uncertain whom will be attending indicate A.N. OTHER (1/2) on the registration form. There is also a section to indicate if your spouse will accompanying you (and the associated costs).

We need confirmation of who is attending from your school by Monday 30th June 2014. Therefore please complete the Registration and email it to

CPD Programme

The CPD programme will run on Saturday 8 confirmed key note speaker and workshop leaders for these sessions:

Key Note Speaker:

Meechai Viravaidya is the founder of Thailand’s Population and Community Development Association (PDA), one of country’s largest and most successful private, non-profit, development organisations. Since 1974, PDA has initiated community-based family planning services, innovative poverty reduction and rural education programs, large-scale rural development and environmental programs, as well as groundbreaking HIV/AIDS prevention activities throughout Thailand. For his efforts in various development endeavours, Mechai Viravaidya has been awarded numerous honours and honorary doctoral degrees including the United Nations Gold Peace Medal (1981), the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service (1994) and listed as one of TIME Magazine’s “Asian Heroes” (2006). Khun Mechai and PDA have recently been the recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates Award for Global Health in 2007, the Skoll Awardees for Social Entrepreneurship in 2008, and the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health in 2009.

Workshop Leaders:

Bambi Betts is the CEO for the Academy for International School Heads (AISH), the director of both the Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership (PTC) and the Teacher Training Center for

International Educators (TTC) as well as founder of the two additional training centres for international educators, including counsellors and school business leaders. Bambi has been a director, principal and teacher in international schools for over 25 years. She has been a consultant in over 100 international schools, conducting professional development sessions on a wide range of topics related to the effective international school. She has written many articles on practical ways to improve international schools and authors a regular column in the The International Educator (TIE). Bambi will be delivering a series of workshops that provide a toolkit for leaders.

Andy Hind, a former primary Head Teacher, is now a senior consultant with ES4S Ltd, an independent consultancy company. He is also an NCTL leadership consultant and has trained with OFSTED. Andy is driven by a passion for improving the quality of learning for all learners and he currently supports over 600 schools, educational networks and local authorities, both in the UK and overseas. His role is in supporting and advising head teachers, senior leaders, teachers, assistants and governors on improving the quality of learning and teaching in their organisation. Through a range of thought-provoking and challenging approaches, Andy assists schools in reflecting on their current status and growing towards being genuinely effective learning organisations. Andy’s workshops will focus on school improvement and improving the quality of learning for all learners.

Clive Leach works as an organisational coach and facilitator in the corporate and public sectors in Australia, Asia and the UK. He is a graduate of the Master of Organisational Coaching Program at the University of Sydney and a certified Realise2 Strengths practitioner. He believes “Young people and adults who can identify and work to their strengths are more likely to have higher levels of well-being, resilience, engagement, achievement and satisfaction in school, work and life in general!” He has successfully facilitated workshops for students, staff and parents at a number of FOBISIA schools with this philosophy as a central theme in the sessions. Clive will be delivering a number of sessions on Positive Education using strengths based approaches and coaching strategies.

Fran Paffard currently works as a Senior Lecturer in Early Years at the University of Cumbria, and as a freelance consultant. She has also worked as a Regional Adviser for the National Strategies, an Early Years Advisory Teacher, EMAS advisory teacher, a primary and nursery teacher, a playgroup worker and worked with children with learning difficulties. She has written articles for Training, advancement and co-operation in teaching young children (TACTYC) Early Education, and early years Educator, and chapters in The Early Years: A Reader, and Desirable Literacies. Fran will deliver two workshops, one entitled ‘Thinking Big - An introduction to Philosophy for Children’ and the second entitled ‘News from the Front – innovations and debates in current early years thinking.

Call for Presenters

As well as the top quality speakers presenting at the conference we would like to hear from any delegates who are interested in contributing to the programme. We are looking for delegates who would be willing to deliver a workshop, facilitate a discussion or provide a presentation. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity please email Jackie Houghton at

I appreciate we are all extremely busy at the moment but I would like to request that you all make your hotel reservation as well as complete the conference registration form by Monday 30th June 2014. Thanking you in advance for your support and looking forward with huge enthusiasm to welcoming you to Bangkok Patana School in November 2014.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew G Mills

Head of School

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 
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