The Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) launches its website!
Alongside the change in acronym from FOBISSEA to FOBISIA and the development and launch of a new logo. FOBISIA is incredibly excited about the launch of it's website. Finalsite (www.finalsite.com) is renowned for it's development of websites for schools, so was the perfect choice for developing a site for a federation that works for and supports schools in Asia.
The website too launches FOBISIA into the Social media platform.
Our aim is to have more people visiting the site than ever before, not just for schedule information but to post pictures of their own participation in FOBISIA events. We're looking for all-round engagement.
The website has a contemporary look and now with links to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can involve teachers and students alike throughout Asia.
This event will bring together Heads and Senior Leaders from our member schools for professional development and networking opportunities to promote high-quality British education.
For more details, visit our Conference page.
Thank you to our Platinum sponsor, Furnware
FOBISIA thanks FURNWARE as our Platinum Sponsor at the 2018 Leadership Conference in Bangkok. Details on FURNWARE can be see on the Affiliate Membership pages
In 1988 Ronald Stones OBE, who was then the principal of British International School, Jakarta, suggested that Headteachers of Britsh Schools in South East Asia meet in order to discuss matters of mutual interest, and offer each other support in delivering a British type curriculum far removed from home base.
The first meeting was hosted by Mr. Stones in Jakarta in November 1988 and was attended by 5 heads: Mr. Abidin of Kota Kinabalu International School, Mrs. Goodban, Tanglin Trust School, Singapore, Mrs. Cloutt, British School Manila, Mr. Thomas, Bangkok Patana School, & Mr. Eales, Alice Smith School, Kuala Lumpur.
The inauguaral meeting was judged a great success, and it was agreed that the that the experience had been of benefit to all – so much so that it was decided that the meeting should be held annually with a different school acting as host each time.
In 2013, the membership agreed to change FOBISSEA to FOBISIA (the Federation of British International Schools in Asia) to better reflect the growth in the Asian region.
The overall aim of the Federation is to promote excellence in good British-style education in our schools, and to provide opportunities for inter-school competitions and enrichment programmes.
The Games and the Music Festival are now well established in the calendar of the Federation of Schools and provide a most valuable platform for students and staff to join together in a spirit of enjoyment and cooperation. FOBISIA also provides a forum for professional dialogue between the Heads and staff of British International Schools in the region, supporting professional development, training and contact.
From a very humble beginning, the Federation has grown over the past thirty years to be an organisation known and respected all over Asia and beyond, serving the interests first and foremost of all FOBISIA students, teachers and schools.
British education awards recognise leading initiatives
The British International School Awards took place on Monday 22nd January 2018 in London. Headteachers and senior leaders from many international schools located around the world attended the gala event which took place at London's Grand Connaught Rooms.
The awards, hosted by British International Schools Magazine and ISC Research, highlighted some exceptional initiatives spearheaded by British international schools and educators that are helping to strengthen Britain's education brand globally. Nominations included schools from 38 different countries.
British International School of the Year 2018 was awarded to the British School in New Delhi, India. Expanding from 250 to 1,200 students, the school is accredited and recognised by 15 reputable education organisations, achieving exceptional results at IGCSE and IB Diploma, and is considered to be one of the best British schools in the world as well as one of the best schools in India. Its digital citizenship outreach project, which supports student safeguarding, and involves both students and parents, has been independently accredited by the Common Sense Education Accreditation Team which described the school's dedication to teaching young people how to be safe, responsible digital citizens as inspirational. School Director, Ms. Vanita Uppal OBE received her award from Ms. Emma Goodwin, CEO of WCBS.
"There are some exceptional initiatives that British schools are making independently, all around the world," said Emma Goodwin. "International schools, large and small, frequently amaze us with their innovative and rigorous educational approaches and commitment to sustained best practice. It often takes platforms like the International School Awards to raise the profile of these initiatives to a level that all schools can learn, benefit and be inspired from."
In the category awards, the British International School in Chicago, US was recognised for Creativity in Learning. The school has set up a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) corridor which includes science labs, art studio, robotics workshop, design technology lab and a maker space to encourage students to move from room to room gathering inspiration, materials, skills and advice to bring their ideas to life; an approach that is developing academic, social and personal success amongst its students.
Harrow International School in Bangkok, Thailand received the Outstanding Community Initiative for training 300 teachers at refugee camps on the Thai/Myanmar border since 2010. 140,000 refugees live in camps along this border with extremely limited educational provision. For the past seven years, staff from Harrow Bangkok have worked with Mobile Education Partnerships, a UK charity, to offer Cambridge examinations, educational support and community initiatives to these camps.
Other winning schools included Jerudong International School, Brunei (Outstanding Strategic Initiative for its student-led Outdoor Discovery Centre), Nadeen School, Bahrain (Outstanding Pastoral Care Initiative for its approach to engaging disaffected students and accelerating learning), Dulwich College Seoul, South Korea (Outstanding Teaching Initiative for a project to embed long-term learning in maths), British School Jakarta, Indonesia (Outstanding Digital Technology Initiative for school-wide digital citizenship), Silver Oaks Schools and College, Pakistan (International Impact Award for its global collaboration with schools to show we have more in common than separate us), Dover Court International School, Singapore (Outstanding Senior Leadership Team of the Year) and Mr. Ed Goodwin OBE, the Principal of St Christopher's School in Bahrain received an award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to International Education.
British schools, teaching and learning approaches, curricula, qualifications and educational resources are increasingly in demand by schools and parents around the world. ISC Research data indicates that British oriented schools overseas now number 4,187.
The British International School Awards 2018 were hosted by British International Schools Magazine with the support of ISC Research, and sponsored by leading school information management supplier, WCBS.
The British School Kathmandu (TBS) has won the prestigious UK Times Educational Supplement (TES) 'British International School Initiative of the Year' award - the only category open to international schools at the 2016 Independent School Awards. TBS was established in 1966AD in Kathmandu to seek to develop healthy and happy, well-rounded individuals who are confident, thoughtful, and adaptable, able to embrace and influence an ever-changing world. TES is the preeminent weekly newspaper in the UK focusing on school-related news and features. This awards complements TBS's excellence from the British school regulator Ofsted, and as quoted in the report 2016 - 'The British School (TBS) Kathmandu is an excellent school: it provides an outstanding quality of education and demonstrates an exceptional flexibility in meeting the learning and personal needs of its students.'
"The school used long-standing relationships forged through a student-led development initiative to make a significant contribution in the aftermath of the April 2015 Nepal earthquake," says the TES website. "It reopened after just two days, providing a safe haven for students. The school also offered its hall as a base for Médecins Sans Frontières, it took in children from other international schools, and its grounds were used as a campsite for those without homes. Teachers expanded their timetables to cover for absent colleagues and taught outside in temporary classrooms."
"Public exams took place as normal. There was, however, a feeling that more could be done. Each of three primary schools with which the school partners had been severely damaged, one destroyed completely. The British School, Kathmandu raised £350,000 in a few months, and a year later all have been rebuilt. Despite serving the poorest communities, the partner schools have started their new academic year with some of the finest and safest facilities in the country."
John Moore, Principal at TBS since 2013, praised the support the school received from other organisations during the crisis. "We cannot speak highly enough of all those who came together to support the school ranging from the British agencies such as the Embassy and the British Gurkhas Nepal to colleagues in Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) or the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). When it came to rebuilding the Dhading schools we must thank the government of Nepal, the Ministry of Education and the Department of Education Sanothimi alongside the District Education Office Dhading for everything they did to support the children and young people in working so collaboratively on the 5 projects we have completed so far. It has been a genuine team effort reflective of the strength of the Britain-Nepal relationship".
Chris Decker, BoG Chair at TBS since 2016 said - "Winning the TES Award is a great achievement for The British School. It is wonderful to see the school recognized for its work in the community and reflects the school's, and in particular the dedicated staff and student's, commitment to the wider community in Nepal".
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The school is housed in a purpose-built campus with outstanding facilities in the safe and family-friendly suburb of Shunyi, which is only 20 km from the city centre of Beijing, which is without doubt one of the most exciting and culturally rich world capitals in which to live .
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