THE FOBISIAN June 2021 Term 3 Issue 36

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Federation of British International Schools in Asia eMagazine

June 2021: Term 3, Issue 36


Board Members Anthony Rowlands

Chris Seal

Principal British International School Ho Chi Minh City

Principal Shrewsbury International School Bangkok Riverside

Treasurer

Chair

chris.s@shrewsbury.ac.th

anthony.rowlands@bisvietnam.com

Matt Mills

Martin Towse

Head of School Bangkok Patana School

Principal St. Christopher's International Primary School, Penang

Stuart Bridge

Dinah Hawtree

Head of School Discovery Bay International School, Hong Kong

Principal Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang

sbridge@dbis.edu.hk

principal@powiis.edu.my

Vanita Uppal OBE

Roger Schultz

Director The British School New Delhi

Head of School The Alice Smith School Kuala Lumpur

Secretary & Membership

Vice Chair & HQ Support

martin.towse@scips.org.my

mami@patana.ac.th

CPD

Student Events

Sport

Safeguarding

hos@alice-smith.edu.my

v.uppal@british-school.org

Nick Magnus

Margaret Rafee

Heads' Support

Communications

Headmaster Dulwich College (Singapore)

Principal Sri KDU International School, Malaysia

headmaster@dulwich-singapore.edu.sg

r.margaret@srikdu.edu.my

Headquarters John Gwyn Jones MBE

Siobhan Bland

ceo@fobisia.org

siobhan.bland@fobisia.org

Fariha Ebrahim

Janine Minchin

fariha.ebrahim@fobisia.org

janine.minchin@fobisia.org

Li-May Lim

Jitsaman (Pheung) Chan

limay.lim@fobisia.org

jitsaman.chan@fobisia.org

Executive Office Manager

Chief Executive Officer

CPD & Safeguarding Executive

Student Events Executive

Communications Executive

Accounts Executive

Salinee (Tai) Chooputtaphong Administration Executive info@fobisia.org

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2021-22 Calendar of Events

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NEW! FOBISIA Events 2021-22

STUDENT EVENTS

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Nexus Student Leadership Summit

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Coding Competition

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Celebrating International Women's Day

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Short Story Competition

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Online Poetry Competition

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Race4Good Global School League

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FOBISIA Strategic Plan Cover Design Competition 2021

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Virtual Swimming Championships

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Online Maths Competition

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FOBISIA Voices

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Committee Review & Updates

LEADERSHIP & INSIGHTS

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Quiet on the Sidelines

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Farewell, But Not Goodbye

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Leading Through Crisis: Hong Kong

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The Shadow of COVID

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Why Leaders Must Reach for Their Oxygen Mask

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Valuing Locally Based Staff

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Universally Challenged #06

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Our Member Schools

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Our Affiliate Members

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Coding Competition

FOBISIA Drama Thursdays

Race4Good Global School LEague

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from our

Chair

Dear Colleagues, Welcome to this Term 3 issue of THE FOBISIAN. COVID-19 continues to test our resilience and adaptability, and I am inspired by the way our school communities continue to rally together to support one another through this crisis. Although we are not all in the same boat, with our Member Schools spread over 18 countries across Asia all facing their own unique challenges, we are all weathering the same storm. I would like to congratulate John and the HQ team for their unwavering efforts to provide a collaborative space for our Member Schools to continue to connect and share practice, as well as personal experiences, during the pandemic. I was delighted to receive our 2021-22 FOBISIA Calendar of Events recently; having the opportunity to participate in such a fabulous range of student and CPD events will be a silver lining for many of our staff and students alike. For me personally, the highlight will be the Annual Leadership Conference planned for February 2022 in Bangkok! Despite the fact that almost all of us are wrapping up the school year with extended periods of virtual learning under our belts, we are all in need of a tech detox during the summer break. I would like to wish everyone a restful holiday; stay safe and well and I look forward to welcoming you back in Term 1 2021-22.

Best wishes, Anthony Rowlands FOBISIA Chair - March 2019 to present Principal, British International School Ho Chi Minh City

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from our

Chief

As I come to the end of my second year as CEO of FOBISIA, I am so proud by what we have been able to achieve in what seems like such a short time, despite remaining under a COVID cloud. Since our February issue, we have welcomed two new schools, King's College International School Bangkok and GEMS International School Tropicana Metropark. We also welcomed 13 new Affiliate Members to the Federation during this period, including Education Software Solutions (formerly Capita SIMS), eTeach, indieflix, Linda Cruse, Massolit Online Education, MAXX Design, Ohbot, Oxford International AQA Exams, PositiveEd, Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM), STEER Education, UCL Institute of Education, and Wo Hui Mandarin. I applaud the efforts of our Member Schools in the way that they have continued to support their own communities and connect with one another throughout the year. As we grow as a Federation, the challenge will be to ensure that we continue to provide value to our members. If you asked me a year and a half ago if virtual conferences would provide the same quality and value as to our face to face conference, I would have had my reservations. I don’t think I am alone in admitting I was pleasantly surprised and encouraged by the popularity of our recent Sport & PE and CPD & Safeguarding eConferences, which achieved record attendance, attracting 1,300 participants in total. With more than 120 FOBISIA events in our calendar for next year, we very much look forward to the possibility of many of them being face to face events in Terms 2 and 3, so we can bring our FOBISIA family together again. Wishing you all a wonderful summer holiday period. Warm regards, John Gwyn Jones MBE FOBISIA CEO

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editor's note As we come to the close of another extraordinary school year, we can proudly say we did our best to bring a diverse and accessible range of opportunities for our members to connect this year (albeit virtually) despite everything COVID-19 has thrown at us. Whether it be bringing Affiliates and Schools together on student events, webinars, eConferences of eJAWS, there was something for everyone in the mix. In May, FOBISIA held its second eConference, a combined virtual CPD & Safeguarding event that attracted over 800 delegates and speakers combined. It has been our largest and most successful one to date. We look forward to a the

F O B I S I A ' s T E R M LY e M A G A Z I N E PUBLISHER FOBISIA EDITORS Li-May Lim, Fariha Ebrahim CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE Anthony Rowlands British International School HCMC & FOBISIA Board John Gwyn Jones MBE FOBISIA HQ David Smith Nexus International School Malaysia Rachel Perry Regents International School, Pattaya

28th FOBISIA Leadership event themed Leading in an Era

Kathryn Hall & Nicky Cases Dulwich College (Singapore)

of Change: The Road to Recovery, scheduled to take place in Bangkok from 25 to 27 February 2022.

Suzanne Morris Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong

In this edition, you can read about how FOBISIA Voices came to fruition, the inspired Nexus Student Leadership Summit, the wizardry of the Coding Competition, the brilliant artwork from The International Women's Day Competition and the first FOBISIA Strategic Plan Cover Design Competition! Also, amazing written words from our Short Story and Online Poetry Competitions, Also included are FOBISIA's Race4Good and Virtual Swimming Champions, As a lead-in to our next Leadership Conference, we hear from a range of senior leaders in the FOBISIA family on leadership challenges and insights they have faced this year. We are delighted to share the FOBISIA Calendar of Events 2021-22. With over 120 CPD and student events lined up, we look forward to seeing our members taking up the multitude of wonderful opportunities and awesome challenges that await them. There are 6 wonderful new events added which have been elaborated on page 12. Finally, we bid a fond farewell to our Board Member, Margaret Rafee who will be taking an early retirement and heading home to UK. We hope you enjoy our interview with this extraordinary school leader and FOBISIA champion. I hope you enjoy the last issue of THE FOBISIAN for 2021. Happy reading!

Best Regards, Li-May

Craig Holmes The International School @ Park City Mary Mills-Brown Race4Good Janine Minchin & Siobhan Bland FOBISIA HQ Sean Cary Seoul Foreign School George Pearson The British School Manila Gareth Groves The ABC International School Beth Bown Dover Court International School Dylan Boyd Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang Lewis Keens The Alice Smith School Kuala Lumpur Mark Potter & Cindy Adair Bangkok Patana School Ben Keeling Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong Kate Tomlinson Sri KDU International School Mark Steed Kellett School Hong Kong Quiz from Sporcle.com, buzzfeed.com random facts from bestonline.com

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FOBISIA Newsletter Inserts The FOBISIA Newsletter Insert is an A4 size publication which includes a brief description of What FOBISIA is, upcoming events, highlights of past events, shared collaboratives, a 'did you know' box and FOBISIA Social Media links. Two inserts have been published and shared in some Member School newsletters since it's launch in December 2020. We will schedule to share our FOBISIA Newsletter Insert four times a year, approximately once every two months, and aim to distribute to Member Schools on the first Wednesdays of February, May, September and November. We encourage Member Schools to reserve a page within their newsletter to assist us to raise awareness among your school communities on activities and events and how we aim to create an inclusive environment within our Member School Network.

Enriching teaching

, learning, and the

What is FOBISIA?

student experienc e through collabora tion and support FOBISIA started as a small group of headteachers working in SEA over 30 We are now a diverse years ago. and inclusive community of 79 Member Schools We connect teachers and growing. to share best practice and access leading educa We bring students togeth tional thinkers. er for enrichment activit ies across a range of learni We represent an impor tant educational link betwe ng areas. en Asia and the United Our reach extends from Kingdom. Mongolia to Indonesia, and Kazakhstan to Japan .

UPCOMING Student Events Virtual Swimming Championships Online Short Story & Art Competitio ns Online Strategic Plan Cover Desig n Competition Primary Maths Chall enge Race4Good, Race 1 2021

Student Event HIGHLIGHTS Virtual Dance Comp etition Drama Monologue Challenge Online Design & Technology Comp etition Virtual Film & Anim ation Festival Online English and Languages Comp etitions

Surviving the Pan

demic Schools are experiencin g many challenges, such financial hardship, and as mobility restriction s, isolat exam cancellations. FOBIS IA Member Schools have ion, Demonstrated remarkable all: compa ssion and resilience in Successfully transitioned the face of a global pande from classrooms to online mic; learning within weeks; Collaborated on their respon ses to ensure the safety and wellbeing of studen Maintained teacher motiva ts; and tion and wellfare by sharin g their experiences during the pandemic.

DID YOU KNOW? Online Design & Techno

logy Competition

Virtual Dance Competition

FOBISIA just held it’s first ever virtual conference over 2 days, with a line up of 11 exper t speakers, 48 live sessions, 69+ schools, enriching 500+ Sport & PE teachers!

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FOBISIA 2021-22 Calendar of Events FOBISIA events are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions. Where feasible, host schools will adapt face-to-face (F2F) events to in-country, hybrid, virtual/online formats before cancelling, and notify Member Schools of any changes within reasonable time frames through FOBISIA HQ. Refer to Member Support page on www.fobisia.org for calendar updates.

SEPTEMBER 2021 eJAWS

Water Safety in the School Pool - Ensuring Effective Learning in a Safe Environment (Online)

Bangkok Prep

01/09

Invitational

Virtual Dance Festival (Online)

Bangkok Patana

01/09 - 31/10

Academic

NEW! Sustainability: SDG’s Pop Up Book Challenge (Online)

Prince of Wales Isl Int Sch

01/09 - 12/11

Meeting

Drama Committee Meeting (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

07/09

eJAWS & eConference

Curriculum Development & Success with Mary Myatt (Online)

Taipei European School

10/09 - 11/09

Meeting

Sport + PE Committee Meeting (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

13/09

Meeting

Music Committee Meeting (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

14/09

eJAWS

Data Protection: How Can Schools Work Towards Compliance (Online)

St Andrews Bangkok

15/09

eJAWS

Reimagining Education with Blended Learning (Online)

The British Sch New Delhi

16/09

eJAWS

Economics, Business & Accounting for Teachers from SCIE Commerce (Online)

Shenzhen College of Int Ed

17/09

eJAWS

Providing Appropriate Challenge for All: Getting Started (Online)

The British Sch in Tokyo

24/09

eJAWS

Community Service (Online)

The British Sch Kathmandu

24/09

Meeting

Sport + PE: New Staff Welcome Forum (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

28/09

eJAWS

Evidence Based Early Intervention for Children with Learning Difficulties in Mainstream Classrooms (Online)

The British Sch New Delhi

30/09

Academic

NEW! Race4Good Journalism (Online)

Race4Good + Int Teacher Mag

30/09 - 25/11

Meeting & Conference

Drama Committee AGM & Conference (Virtual)

The British School Manila

30/09

Music

NEW! FOBISIA Orchestra (Online)

Music Committee

09/21 - 06/22

OCTOBER 2021 eJAWS

Primary Maths - A Recovery Curriculum (Online)

St. Christopher’s Int Primary Sch Penang

01/10

Drama

Drama Monologue Challenge (Online)

British Int School HCMC

01/10 - 26/11

Academic

Online Maths Competition (Online)

Seoul Foreign School

04/10 - 08/10

Music

NEW! Online Battle of the Bands (Online)

Music Committee

04/10 - 26/11

eJAWS

Student Leadership (Online)

The Alice Smith School KL

7/10

eJAWS

Integrated Technology (Online)

Taipei European School

15/10

eJAWS

Enhancing Curriculum Design & Pedagogy (Online)

Discovery Bay Int Sch

22/10

eJAWS

EAL (Online)

Dulwich College Beijing

26/10

NOVEMBER 2021 Academic

Senior Race4Good, Race 2 2021 with Linda Cruse (Online)

Race4Good

01/11 - 03/12

Academic

Social Sciences Essay Competition (Online)

Shenzhen College of Int Ed

01/11 - 14/01 8


NOVEMBER 2021 (continued) Meeting

Safeguarding Committee Meeting (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

02/11

Invitational

Thailand Volleyball U19 (In-country)

Harrow Int Bangkok + Shrewsbury Bangkok*

06/11 - 07/11

eJAWS

Attributes Based on Approaches to Teaching & Learning (Online)

The British Sch in Tokyo

08/11

Academic

Short Story Competition (Online)

British Int School HCMC

08/11 - 25/03

eJAWS

EYFS Curriculum Updates: Adapting Internationally & Impact on Practice (Online)

Bangkok Prep

09/11

eJAWS

Emotional Intelligence in EYFS: How Do We Get the Children Through This? (Online)

St. Christopher’s Int Primary Sch Penang

12/11

eJAWS

Being an Educator as Creative Leader: Music (Online)

Prince of Wales Isl Int Sch

12/11

Invitational

Basketball U13 + U15 (F2F)

*To be in-country if no international travel is allowed

St. Andrews Bkk + Bangkok Prep *

13/11 - 14/11

eJAWS

Media Studies (Online)

The Alice Smith School KL

17/11

eJAWS

Exceptional Middle Leadership (Online)

N Ldn Collegiate Sch Jeju

19/11

eJAWS

Home, Hybrid & Here: Being Creative as a Designer & Maker in the Current Design Technology Teaching & Learning Environment (Online)

The Alice Smith School KL

22/11

Academic

Visual Arts Competition (Online)

Taipei European School

22/11 - 18/02

Meeting

Board Meeting (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

25/11

Meeting

Heads Business Meeting (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

26/11

Meeting & Conference

Music Committee AGM & Conference (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ + Music Committee

24/11 - 26/11

eJAWS

Leveraging Different Technologies to Support the Effective Use of Student Data to Improve Learning Outcomes (Online)

Garden Int School KL

26/11

eJAWS

Teaching Assistants - Maximising Impact (Online)

Dulwich College (Singapore)

26/11

Invitational

Volleyball U19 (F2F)

Jerudong Int School

26/11 - 28/11

Invitational

Gymnastics (F2F)

Bangkok Patana School

27/11 - 28/11

*If Jerudong International School event is cancelled

*To be in-country if no international travel allowed

DECEMBER 2021 eJAWS

A Roadmap to International-Mindedness (Online)

The British Sch New Delhi

02/12

eConference

How Organisations Facilitate a Culture of Wellbeing with Simon Mann (Online)

Taipei European School + Bangkok Prep

10/12 - 11/12

Meeting

Sport + PE Committee Meeting (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

7/12

JANUARY 2022 Academic

NEW! Virtual Computer Game Creation Festival (Online)

British Int School HCMC

10/01 - 09/03

Meeting

Sport + PE Committee Meeting (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

11/01

eJAWS

Social-Emotional Learning (Online)

Garden Int Sch KL

14/01

Meeting

Music Committee Meeting (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

17/01

JAWS

Middle Leaders Toolkit (F2F)

Bangkok Prep

21/01 - 22/01

eJAWS

Primary Maths (Online)

N Ldn Collegiate Sch Jeju

21/01

Meeting & Conference

Sport + PE Committee AGM & Conference (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ & Sport + PE Committee

26/01 - 28/01

JAWS

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (F2F)

The British Int School KL

28/01 - 29/01

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FEBRUARY 2022 JAWS

The Wonder of Year 1 (F2F)

St Andrews Bangkok

04/02 - 05/02

JAWS

The Positive Power of Education (F2F)

N Ldn Collegiate Sch Jeju

11/02 - 12/02

JAWS

Best Practice SEND Models for an Inclusive Education (F2F)

St Andrews Bangkok

11/02 - 12/02

Invitational

Netball U13, U15 & U18 (F2F)

Dulwich College (SG)

11/02 - 13/02

eJAWS

Where are the Female Leaders in Education? (Online)

Garden Int Sch KL

18/02

JAWS

Learning & Teaching in Physics (F2F)

The Alice Smith School KL

18/02 - 19/02

Games

U13 Friendly Games, Orange Group (F2F)

Sports Camps Australia

20/02 - 24/02

Games

U13 Friendly Games, Pink Group (F2F)

Sports Camps Australia

24/02 - 28/02

Meeting

Board Meeting (F2F)

Bangkok

24/02

Meeting

Heads Business Meeting (F2F)

Bangkok

25/02

Conference

Annual Leadership Conference (F2F)

Bangkok

25/02 - 27/02

Invitational

Squash (F2F)

Jerudong Int School

25/02 - 27/02

Invitational

Rugby U18, U16 + U14 Boys, U15 + U13 Girls (F2F)

Dulwich College (SG)

25/02 - 27/02

Academic

Senior Race4Good, Race 1 2022 w Linda Cruse (Online)

Race4Good

28/02 - 01/04

Academic

Short Film Festival (Online)

The Alice Smith School KL

28/02 - 31/03

MARCH 2022 Games

U13 Friendly Games, Blue Group (F2F)

Sports Camps Australia

01/03 - 05/03

Academic

Secondary Maths Competition (F2F)

The Eng Sch of Mongolia

01/03 - 06/03

eJAWS & eConference

Inclusion: EAL, Counselling & SEN. Common Approaches to Meeting Diverse Needs (Online)

Dulwich College Seoul

04/03

Invitational

Volleyball U13 & U15 (F2F)

Shrewsbury + Harrow Bkk

05/03

Games

U13 Friendly Games, Purple Group (F2F)

Sports Camps Australia

05/03 - 09/03

Meeting

Sport + PE Committee Meeting (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

07/03

Meeting

Safeguarding Committee Meeting (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

10/03

Invitational

Climbing (F2F)

Garden Int School KL

10/03 - 11/03

JAWS

Building an Inclusive, Whole-School Culture of Safeguarding (F2F)

Bangkok Patana School

11/03 - 12/03

Invitational

Tennis (F2F)

Bangkok Patana School

11/03 - 13/03

Invitational

March Madness Basketball U19 (F2F)

Bangkok Prep

12/03

Academic

Primary Maths Competition (F2F)

Haileybury Almaty

14/03 - 18/03

JAWS

Augmented Reality in the Classroom (F2F)

St. Andrews Bkk

18/03 - 19/03

JAWS

The Challenges of Senior Leadership (F2F)

The British Int Sch KL

18/03 - 19/03

Games

U13 Friendly Games, Green Group (F2F)

Sports Camps Australia

20/03 - 24/03

Games

U13 Friendly Games, Yellow Group (F2F)

Sports Camps Australia

24/03 - 28/03

JAWS & Conference

Digital Learning (F2F)

Sri KDU Int School

25/03 - 26/03

JAWS

KS3 English Curriculum Design (F2F)

Regents Bangkok

25/03 - 26-03

Games

U13 Friendly Games, Red Group (F2F)

Sports Camps Australia

28/03 - 01/04

Meeting & Conference

CPD Leaders Meeting & Conference (F2F)

TBC

TBC

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APRIL 2022 JAWS

Music Across All Key Stages (F2F)

Shrewsbury Bkk

01/04 - 02/04

JAWS

University Advising (F2F)

British Int Sch Phuket

08/04 - 09/04

Academic

Poetry Competition (Online)

Taipei European School

15/04 - 09/05

JAWS

Best Science JAWS Ever! (F2F)

N Ldn Collegiate Sch Jeju

22/04 - 23/04

Academic

Student Environmental Conference (F2F)

Regents Pattaya

26/04 - 28/04

Meeting

Drama Committee Meeting (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

26/04

eJAWS

Assessment in Key Stage 1, 2, & 3 (Online)

Dulwich College (SG)

29/04

Meeting

Sport + PE Committee Meeting (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

29/04

Games

U11 Friendly Games, Orange Group (F2F)

Sports Camps Australia

01/05 - 05/05

JAWS

Outstanding Teaching (F2F)

Regents Int Sch Pattaya

05/05 - 06-05

Games

U11 Friendly Games, White Group (F2F)

Sports Camps Australia

05/05 - 09/05

JAWS

Musical Futures (F2F)

Regents Int Sch Bkk

06/05 - 07/05

Games

U11 Friendly Games, Pink Group (F2F)

Sports Camps Australia

09/05 - 13/05

Academic

NEW! Foundation Race4Good 2022 (Online)

Race4Good

09/05 - 27/05

Meeting

Music Committee Meeting (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

10/05

eJAWS

Understanding Driven Enquiry (Online)

Dulwich College Seoul

12/05

JAWS

Primary Mathematics (F2F)

The British Sch in Tokyo

13/05 - 14/05

Games

U11 Friendly Games, Purple Group (F2F)

Sports Camps Australia

13/05 - 17/05

Meeting

Safeguarding Committee Meeting (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

19/05

JAWS

Effective Student Leadership in Schools (Online)

The Int Sch @ Park City

20/05 - 21/05

JAWS & Conference

PE Through the Key Stages: Valuing Activity & Movement Form (F2F)

Bangkok Patana School

27/05 - 28/05

Games

U11 Friendly Games, Blue Group (F2F)

Sports Camps Australia

29/05 - 02/06

Meeting

Drama Committee Meeting (F2F)

Garden Int Sch Eastern Seaboard Ban Chang

01/06

Drama

Drama Junior Festival Years 7 - 10

Garden Int Sch Eastern Seaboard Ban Chang

02/06 - 04/06

Games

U11 Friendly Games, Green Group (F2F)

Sports Camps Australia

02/06 - 06/06

Games

U11 Friendly Games, Yellow Group (F2F)

Sports Camps Australia

06/06 - 10/06

Meeting

Board Meeting (F2F)

FOBISIA HQ

06/06

Games

U11 Friendly Games, Red Group (F2F)

Sports Camps Australia

10/06 - 14/06

Meeting

Sport + PE Committee Meeting (Virtual)

FOBISIA HQ

16/6

eJAWS

Excelling at Middle Leadership (Online)

Sri KDU Int Sch

17/06 - 17/06

MAY 2022

JUNE 2022

FOBISIA events are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions. Where feasible, host schools will adapt face-to-face (F2F) events to in-country, hybrid, virtual/online formats before cancelling, and notify Member Schools of any changes within reasonable time frames through FOBISIA HQ. Refer to Member Support page on www.fobisia.org for calendar updates.

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NEW! FOBISIA EVENTS 2021-22 Sustainability: SDG's Pop-Up Book Challenge 1 September - 12 November 2021 Hosted by Prince of Wales International Island School, Penang This new online competition, launching in September, will invite students from years 5 to 9 to design and make a short pop up book to promote awareness of one or more of the UN sustainability goals or SDGs. The book will need some short narrative and should aim to encourage others to care for and protect the planet and take sustainable actions in everyday life, such as recycling. Students will be able to make their prototype book from cardboard, paper or any other sensible materials. They will be able to use origami, simple mechanisms or utilize printing processes. The hosts will be hoping to see student’s artistic talents, but with an option to include computer aided design or computer graphic skills as well as storytelling.

Race4Good Journalism Competition 30 September - 25 November 2021 Jointly hosted by International Teacher Magazine & Race4Good The FOBISIA 2020 Race4Good was one of the most recent competitions held in the Race4Good format. A variety of races have been held in the last ten years, all of which have made a difference to competitors and to village communities around the world. The competition has generated so many stories of success, bravery, resourcefulness and sheer stubborn determination. These stories have been talked about, but not necessarily written down. We would now like to change that, and capture some of the stories to be told while developing the journalistic skills of young people. This competition, launching in September 2021, will help budding secondary aged writers at FOBISIA schools to learn more about investigative journalism; sources; research; writing and producing stories that stand up to scrutiny. The winners' articles will be published in International Teacher Magazine and in THE FOBISIAN.

FOBISIA Virtual Orchestra September 2021 - June 2022 Hosted by The FOBISIA Music Committee After the success of FOBISIA Voices, we are keen to make sure that our young instrumentalists are not left out. The committee is busy finding a suitable piece for orchestra that can be arranged and sent out to schools who are interested in taking part. The aim is to create a virtual rendition of the piece involving as many students as we can. This is an exciting challenge for all and will again cement the wishes of FOBISIA that Music is for all, no matter where you might be or what is happening around you. 12


Battle of the Bands 4 October - 26 November 2021 Hosted by The FOBISIA Music Committee Using a dedicated website as our platform, the FOBISIA Music Committee intends to offer a chance for schools from across our FOBISIA Community to take part in an online version of Battle of the Bands. Although exact details are still being thrashed out, we will look to offer feedback to all entrants with a couple of categories to help schools/countries who are facing different regulations. An overall winner will then be crowned FOBISIA Band of the Year!

Virtual Computer Game Creation Festival 10 January - 9 March 2022 Hosted by The British International School Ho Chi Minh City In January 2022, BISHM will be taking the regular coding competition and launching it to new heights! This multidisciplinary challenge will give students in years 6-8 an insight into what makes a great video game: you need code to tell the story and allow the player to complete a task or control a character; the visual aspects of the game are part of what makes a player want to keep on playing; the sound effects and music also add to the feel of the game; it takes clever marketing, packaging and advertising to promote a game. A fun masterclass series covering all the necessary game components will culminate in an exciting one day challenge where teams will be given a theme and will work against the clock to apply all their new skills to create and present all the different elements of their game!

Foundation Race4Good 9 May - 27 May 2022 Hosted by Race4Good Following on from the success of the Senior Race4Good, we are excited to introduce the opportunity of learning basic sustainable service concepts through leadership to a younger school audience. Designed to help create global citizens who are the leaders of tomorrow, this Foundation Race4Good will be aimed at students in KS3. The whole event takes place virtually and could be worked into a school curriculum with a whole year group participating to work as a team to uplift a family in a remote / challenging environment. Students are given challenges and a budget and they will need to immerse themselves into the community they are trying to help before presenting solutions to the problem. The strength of Race4Good is that chosen solutions are implemented within a short time period and the students will have the opportunity to view evidence of this taking place. Every participating team will leave a legacy on the community they are working to uplift.

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Nexus Student Leadership Summit David Smith Economics Teacher, Nexus International School Malaysia

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. — Max DePree First Thoughts From the initial idea of a live in person two day conference on Student Leadership skills to the final online only one day summit, Nexus International school created a one of a kind virtual summit attended by nearly 300 learners from around the world. With over 30 schools participating and operating in different time zones there were a number of logistical challenges the technical team had to overcome.

• Dr Rozana Huq, Author, Masterclass Developer Leadership Coach, Employee Empowerment expert

• Sue Langley, Leading Neuroscientist & Emotional Intelligence Expert

• Vaughan Rivett, Entrepreneur & Futurist

Guest Speakers There were 16 guest speakers arranged with ten speaking live and six pre-recorded; the learners had to time their day and work to watch and absorb all the information presented. They collaborated with each other using the technology of StormBoard and a purpose build Discord server. The speakers included: • Alia Durrani, UCL Student & Former Student Leader • Brenda Frisk, Digital Strategist & Company Director • David Griffiths, Principal, Nexus International School Malaysia • David Smith, Economics Teacher, Nexus International School Malaysia

• Fatimah Moors, Student Leader of Nexus International School Malaysia

• Hannah Wilson, Leadership Development Coach & Inclusion Advocate

• The Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

• James ER Unsworth, Deputy Head, Australia International School Malaysia

• Karen Tui Boyes, Champion for Life Long Learning,

CEO of Spectrum Education, NZ Educator of the Year, NZ Speaker of the Year • Morag McCorie, Head of Secondary Nexus International School Malaysia • Neil Marshall-Inns, International Leadership Coach • Phil McCabe, Head of Y11 & Inclusion Teacher • Prof. Peter Stokes, Professor of Leadership & Professional Development

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Key Takeaways Students were surrounded by a wealth of information on leadership skills and how to practically apply their leadership skills. They learned about the brain, how it worked and how emotions impact on us especially as leaders and how to apply emotional intelligence skills to aid our leadership. Students learned that leaders were learners and that they needed to develop practical learning skills that could aid them to understand the complexities of leadership of teams whilst also maintaining their school work. Applications of leadership were discussed like the importance of a recognition of diversity and how to actively encourage and support inclusion and diversity within their school community. They learned about the importance of empathy and looking at your team as people with their own emotions and back stories and the need to engage with them as people. They added to their understanding of leadership looking at how to deal with difficult situations that often arise when leading teams. Technology played a key role in the summit but also contained learning for the students who discussed uses of technology and pitfalls to their use as leaders. Also looking at possible future uses of technology that might add to their tool box. Communication was a key skill often repeated and one the learners admitted in their reflections that they needed to strengthen. They learned some key strategies on communicating to teams and in general as a leader. Following the Five C’s talk there were major themes discussed linking together the leadership skills of capability, caring, commitment, connection and communication. The learners looked at these key skills and how they could apply them in their roles. Most often they learned that leaders were in the end servants and that they needed to display caring and concern for others.

A big big thank you! A big thank you to all the attendees for all your work and effort over one very long day. We hope that you gained a lot out of your time and are able to take back to your schools a wealth of knowledge and resources to use/develop leadership where you are.

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Our amazing guest speakers who gave up their time to prepare and present, not only well thought out materials aimed at the students but, also were very happy to answer any questions and some even offered extra resources to support them in their leadership journey. The Technology team from Nexus International School Malaysia who worked hard preparing what seemed an ever changing program over the course of a year. The support from FOBISIA HQ, especially from Janine Minchin who was both our champion and critical friend, kept us on track and advised us on how to solidify the program. The senior leaders at Nexus International School Malaysia who gave us the green light and the time to prepare and run the summit. 15


Coding Competition Rachel Perry Head of Enterprise, Regents International School Pattaya

status bar and use various magical skills. Kotaro, Key Stage 3 from Traill International School developed a Spell Game where the Wizard (player) uses magic to attack the enemies. And finally, the Wizard in Key Stage 5, Matt from Kellett School wowed us with his machine learning algorithm that allows the program to detect the item that user is holding. The user then must find items requested by the program to complete their magical potion. And many more fantastic entries.

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n February, Regents International School Pattaya hosted the Online Coding competition, challenging students to create a program with the theme of ‘Magic’. The competition was organised by their Year 12 Students as part of their IBDP CAS Project. The students worked extremely hard to create an event that would be fun and engaging especially during these challenging times. There was a wide variety of programs with over 200 entries across the FOBISIA network, students exploring their wizardry magic. The Year 12 students, Ing, Izzy, Gyuhwang and Yangfan have reflected on their experience and the success of the event: As a team we divided the task, created all the promotional materials ourselves, and edited it several times to make them as appealing as possible. The organization of this project was a key element which would influence the success of this competition. With a larger turnout than we could ever have imagined, we focused on maintaining order and organization throughout the event. With over 200 entries across the FOBISIA network, we dedicated a large portion of our time working on finding the most efficient and straightforward method for the production and subsequent sharing of files - for the ease of not only us as a team, but for our fellow competing participants. We are really proud of ourselves as the overall organization of this event was hugely successful, considering our limited time schedule and minor hiccups along the way. There were three levels of achievement, “Wizard”, “Sorcerer” and “Magician”, we made the entries anonymous to make it a fair judge. From 20 judges they ranked all the entries a rank from the 3 levels. With some amazing results, the three main Wizards (winners) created amazing programs. In Key Stage 2, Chinnapat from Regents, Pattaya created a program where the protagonist in the game can click on the

Being able to organise such an amazing event as part of our IBDP CAS Project has been an honour. About this experience, it has taken courage and perseverance to organize and didn’t anticipate how successful the competition would be. The four of us were highly delighted by this opportunity since we all have great interest in computer science. It was extraordinary to see so many entries from schools in different countries. ‘It has been a pleasure being part of such a successful event. We would like to thank all of the teachers who supported their teams, and us, in making the competition work, and we would like to thank FOBISIA for their generous support too.’ Rachel Perry, Host

KS2 Winner & Runner ups Chinnapat, Regents International School Pattaya Diana, Regents International School Pattaya Alice, Harrow International School Bangkok Nina, Harrow International School Bangkok Pimm, Harrow International School Bangkok

KS3 Winner & Runner ups Kotaro Yoshizawa, Traill International School Salmon, British International School Phuket William, North London Collegiate School Jeju Jiwoo, North London Collegiate School, Jeju Akira, Regents International School Pattaya

KS4/5 Winner & Runner ups Matt Pidden, Kellett School Hong Kong Nathan, British International School Phuket Nathanael, Epsom College in Malaysia Jake, Kellett School Hong Kong 16


“Congratulations to you and your team in organizing this

event successfully this year” Lucy, Kinabalu Int School

“Competing in the FOBISIA

Coding Challenge was a really fun experience. The theme of 'magic' facilitated a really wide variety of projects, allowing me to explore the vast area of machine learning and object recognition. I created a game whereby the user has to find items requested by the game to brew a magical potion. The most challenging part of creating the game was initially setting up the object recognition system, as I ran into countless errors and bugs. Once the core system was working, I created a friendly user interface and added game functionality like sound effects and timing systems. Overall, the challenge was a great opportunity for me to practice my coding skills and explore my creativity” - Matt, Kellett School Hong Kong

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“I’ve always loved coding

and wizardry. The theme was just brilliant, and I just loved participating in this competition” Pimm, Harrow Int Sch Bangkok

“The FOBISIA Coding

Challenge was really interesting this year with the theme of 'magic' opening up so many different possibilities. Throughout this experience I have definitely developed my creativity and problem-solving skills and am really grateful for this opportunity. Although the journey was not without its obstacles, I know for a fact that I am a better computer scientist for taking on the challenges and overcoming

“Students enjoyed it. Congratulations

to you and your team for successfully organising the event” - Kamana,

Shenzhen College of Int Education

them.” Jake, Kellett School Hong Kong

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Celebrating International Women's Day Kathryn Hall Director of Art & Design and Technology, Nicky Cases Head of Senior School Art, Dulwich College (Singapore)

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ulwich College (Singapore) hosted the first online art and design competition, setting students the challenge to produce a piece of digital artwork celebrating women and their achievements. The range of work was impressive, with nearly 300 entries highlighting incredible contributions to women in our society; Rosa Parks, Jane Goodall, Malala Yousafzai, Coco Chanel, Emma Watson and Marie Curie were popular selections. It was also fantastic to see the research and presentation of significant contemporary female role models including Amanda Gorman and Emma Gonzalez. The technical skills using Adobe Photoshop, digital photography and Procreate to compose images that had a clear impact were the main criteria for the evaluation process.

Senior Category Years 10-13 Winner: Camille, Dulwich College (Singapore) Representing Margaret Hamilton Finalists: Sumin,The International School @ ParkCity, Malaysia, Representing Ryu Gwansun Makwan, Regents International School, Pattaya Representing Emma Gonzalez

Middle Senior Category Years 7-9

Junior Category Years 3-6

Winner: Rathamon, Wellington College International School, Bangkok Representing Ada Lovelace

Winner: Ananya, Shrewsbury International School Riverside Campus Representing Amanda Gorman

Finalists: Jianhua, The International School @ ParkCity, Malaysia Representing Marie Curie

Finalists: Ruoyi, Dulwich College (Singapore) Representing Mary Jackson

Maya, The International School @ ParkCity, Malaysia Representing Eliza Schuyler Hamilton

Pongnisa, Wellington College International School, Bangkok Representing Valentina Tereshkov

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Senior Category

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Middle Senior Category

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Junior Category

Congratulations to all the schools that entered: • Dulwich College (Singapore) • The British International School of Kuala Lumpur • Haileybury Almaty • International School ParkCity, Hanoi • Kinabalu International School • King Henry VIII College, Malaysia • Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang • Regents International School, Pattaya • Renaissance International School, Saigon

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Shrewsbury Int School Bangkok Riverside Campus Shrewsbury Int School, Bangkok City Campus St. Andrews International School, Bangkok St. Christopher's International Primary School Taipei European School The Alice Smith School Kuala Lumpur The British School in Tokyo The International School @ ParkCity, Malaysia Wellington College International School, Bangkok

All winning artworks can be downloaded as postcards on the FOBISIA website here, under the 'Online Art' tab.

Short Story Competition Suzanne Morris English Teacher, Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong

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his year, Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong offered to host the annual FOBISIA Short Story competition for all affiliated schools. The DCSPD Senior School Literary Society had a session to decide on what the theme for this year’s competition should be. They looked at previous years’ themes and came up with the criteria - it had to be something inspiring but ambiguous to give opportunity for a

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The deadline of March 1st came, and we received hundreds of entries across the categories. Students from year 3 to year 13 responded to our theme, taking time to write original and creative short stories. Teachers from FOBISIA affiliated schools provided us with feedback to say how much they had enjoyed the process and many of

them incorporated the theme "Spark" into other areas of their curriculum, for example, one school were inspired to learn the history of Fireworks! The English department at DCSPD thoroughly enjoyed reading all the stories and found it difficult to shortlist – we were so happy to see all

the different ways the theme had been interpreted - from sci-fi to historical fiction; fantasy to horror and more! There were just so many wonderful stories. Dulwich College’s favourite poet and rapper Mark Grist chose the winning entries from the shortlist and recorded a video announce the winners. Watch the video here.

Sparkling Joy Ying Han Bangkok Patana School Once, there was an underwater city called SeaVille, they had the cleanest sea water in the ocean. In SeaVille there lived two mermaids, who were best friends, called Yaya and Isa. Yaya loved helping out and was very convincing. Isa hated cleaning up, but she was a kind-hearted mermaid. The two best friends were in year four, and they went to Seashell Academy. Their birthdays were in the same month, so they decided to do a joint birthday celebration this year. Two days before the party, Yaya and Isa were walking to school and they passed the playground that they always went to. Overnight, rubbish had been left everywhere! There were masks, hand sanitizer bottles, plastic bags, cans…… all drifting around. Some sea turtles were left tangled in piles of broken fishing nets, they were starving, and some couldn’t even breathe. Fish were trapped in plastic bags, some were stuck completely in one, whilst some had their head inside. They all looked so helpless and scared as they couldn’t see where they were going. Crabs hung onto some cans and mask strings, some of their pincers were tangled with the mask strings making them unable to move freely. All the sea creatures were struggling and desperately crying for help. Yaya froze. “EWWW! This place is disgusting! It stinks too! Let’s get out of here fast!” Isa yelled. Yaya jolted back to reality and shook her head in disbelief, how could Isa leave like that? Yaya thought angrily. Suddenly Yaya had a brilliant idea, “I know! Let’s get our friends together to do the cleanup as the birthday gift for us, instead of giving us fancy gifts!” “What? Clean up?!?! Isa looked shocked. “Isa, don’t you love our playground and clean water? Don’t you feel pain when the sea creatures suffer?” Yaya asked. Isa reluctantly agreed with Yaya. Immediately, Yaya and Isa went to school to gather all their friends. Everyone wanted to help to do the big cleanup. When they got to the playground, one group was in charge of collecting all the rubbish. Another group was helping the sea creatures to get out of the plastic bags, cans and bottles. As well as untangling and cutting off the broken fishing nets and mask strings. The last group were busy categorising all the rubbish and putting them into different bags with labels. Then they sent all the rubbish that they collected to the Recycle Factory. A few hours later, the playground looked like it was newly made, and the sea water was once again the cleanest in the ocean. When they had finished, the sea turtles danced around the mermaids, the crabs used their pincers to clap along with the sea turtles dancing and the fish lined up to kiss each mermaid on the cheek to show how grateful they were. Everyone’s eyes were sparkling with joy. The two best friends had an unforgettable birthday.

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What's in a name? Yves Brighton College Bangkok

I already know what’s inside the box. I pretend to my mum I don’t. I tear the corner on the right to reveal the letters “OG”. Ripping the corner on the left I see “ELEC”. Finally I pull away the paper in the middle and see “TRO D”. I release a yelp of excitement, my mum’s face lights up and she asks, “What is it?” As if she doesn't know! I have been following Raul Tux on the internet for years. He founded the company Pet-tech. I even subscribed to him on YouTube. He was the one who invented the ELECTRO DOG, a biomechanical dog friend, fully upgradeable, voice-activated AI. It’s almost like a real dog. Maybe better because it doesn't leave. Not like my Hugo. With tears forming in my eyes, I rush to hug my mum, “You're the best.” She hugs me and I can hear a croak in her voice, “I know it’s not the same as a real—“ “Mum, I love it,” I say, not wanting her to finish. My Mum clears her throat, “So, Eliot, what‘s his name?” “I don’t know,” I wonder. “But I’ll think of something.” I rush upstairs to sit on my bed and plug my dog into my computer with a cable. With a few clicks of the mouse I upload data from my computer. “Let’s see how smart you can get,” I say with a chuckle, watching the progress bar move to 99% But before it can finish, huge sparks fly from the dog. A sound like a crackling radio makes me jump back. In a metallic voice, the dog says something. I walk closer to hear better, but the crackling stops. Through a mouthful of cereal the next morning, I ask my mum, “Can I take my dog to school?” She thinks a moment and replies with an eye-roll, “Just this once.” In tutor group, I get out my new pet. When it begins walking and jumping, the whole class crowds me like I’m famous and shout things like, “What is it?” and, “I want one!” Just then, the dog’s eyes begin to spark again and the same crackly voice says, “Hi Eliot, it’s me! Where am I? Can we go to the park?” “It must be broken.” I say nervously and quickly stuff the dog into my bag. At break, I make the dog do some cool tricks like fetching my rucksack and soon an even bigger crowd swarms me like bees. The dog scampers up and says, “I’m sorry I ran away all those years ago.” “What did you just say?” I ask breathlessly. “I didn’t mean to get lost. But I’m back now, Elliot.” All the kids around me gasp in amazement. After school, I burst through the door shouting “MUM! MUM! You have to see this!” And get out my dog to show her what it said to me. “Come on, do what you did before.” But the dog says nothing. “Maybe it's broken, we should take it back.” My mum says softly. “I’m sorry Eliot.” However, with a pounce, the dog jumps into life and looks at my mum. “Oh hi, Eliot’s mum. I’m hungry. Can I have one of those nice biscuits you used to give me?” I fall to my knees and hug him tightly. “I knew it was you!” I say. My Mum is speechless. But after ten minutes she slowly asks, “So have you got a name yet?” “Yes, I say with a nod, “Hugo 2.0”.

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Fallen Star Pimrapat

British International School Ho Chi Minh City

Day descends into a moonless night, darkness bleeding into the sky like indigo ink. A sprinkle of stars glisten, giving the illusion of a thousand blinking eyes. Red and orange and yellow leaves lick over the ground like a forest fire. In the dark, a girl sits beneath a naked tree, painting. By her legs are two glass jars filled - nearly to the brim - with water. As the girl studies her painting, a streak of light plummets from the sky. The ground shakes, the water in the jars sloshing onto the girl’s legs. She looks up, just in time to see the falling star before it lands nearby. Immediately, the girl stands up, her watercolour pad falling to the ground, her brush rolling away. Picking up the lantern, she runs for her bike, hooking the lantern onto one of the handlebars, and takes off in the direction of the star. A cold wind blows at the girl’s cheeks and the lantern goes out, but she does not stop, continuing to ride on the starlit path. Finally, she arrives at a lake. The water is so clear she can see the bright ball of blue seemingly floating in the depths. Without hesitating, the girl pulls off her shoes and dives in. She cuts through the water like a blade until she reaches the star. As she extends her hand to touch it, time slows, a snapshot of the moment. The halo of bubbles around the girl’s head stills, suspended in the glassy water. So does her white dress and her hair, which billow around her like a cloud. Soft light from the star illuminates the girl’s features; the curling, dark lashes that cast shadows onto her cheeks, startlingly white hair, the tip of her round button nose. And then time slowly speeds up until it is back to normal, snapping the girl out of her trance. As she rises out of the lake with the star - her star - there is a change. The wind blows a little harder, the stars shine a little brighter, the chirps of crickets ring a little louder, the world spinning a little faster. But the girl does not notice. The star is taken home in the lantern, guiding the girl on her journey back with its beacon of light. One would expect a star to shine more brightly, but it gives out only a soft glow. like bioluminescence. The girl stops at the tree to collect her paints and brushes and jars, then she continues her route home along the dirt road. As the girl pedals, she hums softly, but there is no one in many, many miles to hear it. For many weeks, the star accompanies the girl on her painting trips; to the beach, to the mountains, to fields of green. It always sits in its little lantern carrier, unmoving, and hangs next to her while she sleeps. Even if the star does not respond when she speaks to it, the girl feels a lot less lonely for it. Day by day, the star shines brighter and time moves faster, but the girl keeps the star because she is no longer alone. Time passes until day and night begin to last only a few hours. Everywhere the girl goes, life is dying out, the little star absorbing the life in nature. Plants are wilting and animals are dying. Nearly too late, the girl realises that her selfishness has cost the world: the star is absorbing more and more time every day. So the girl starts sewing. She sews, not stopping until finally, a magnificent hot air balloon with stripes the colour of night and day extends up towards the sky. Girl and star take to the skies. As they float higher and higher, the girl holds the ball of sparks in her hands. Birds fly by, beholding this scene in wonder as the girl and star keep rising towards the darkness of space. The girl looks up. Above her is a scene she could never have imagined. The solid dome of space around the earth stares back at her. Hanging down from strings are stars. Thousands of stars. They all shine in different colours; red and blue and yellow and green and orange and pink. And then the hot air balloon comes to a stop as it bumps into the top of the dome. The girl looks around. She does not dare touch any of the stars in case the threads holding them up break off. With a strand of her hair, she ties one end around the star and the other to the sky-ceiling. Not far off, another star has a paper tag attached to it. The girl reaches out to see what’s on the tag. It’s a picture of a child holding a star. The girl smiles. The weather is not so helpful on the way down. Upon leaving, the girl finds out that it has started raining. She tries in vain to protect the flames of her balloon, but it goes out, and the hot air balloon starts descending rapidly. The situation could not be worse as a bolt of lightning strikes the cloth of the balloon, setting it on fire. The burning balloon tumbles from the sky like a falling star. In her last moments, the girl closes her eyes, at peace. Her spirit leaves her body, rising up to join with the other stars. At last, they are reunited.

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Online Poetry Competition Craig Holmes Head of English The International School @ Park City

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his term saw another new FOBISIA event; a Key Stage Three poetry competition which was hosted by The International School @ ParkCity, Malaysia. Students were invited to write on the theme ‘Lost Worlds’ - a title which left plenty of room for interpretation and creativity. Setting up the competition we chose to keep the instructions to a minimum - indeed, the only ‘rule’ was that poems should address the given theme. More than anything, poetry is an expression of deep emotion and we wanted students to feel free to express the thoughts, ideas and feelings inspired by the title without constraint. The results were wonderful. We were delighted with the response to the competition, receiving 106 entries from 22 different schools. It was very obvious from the wide range of high quality writing that schools, teachers and students had engaged enthusiastically with the task. Perhaps inevitably, many students choose to write about their own experiences over the last 15 months or so coping with the pandemic which has affected all of us. Others chose to link ‘Lost Worlds’ to an environmental message, urging readers to consider the effect our actions have on the world around us. There were poems about growing up and the loss of childhood innocence, fantastical descriptions of long lost civilisations, fascinating historical interpretations and a number of poems that took us all the way into deepest darkest space. The talent and creativity on display gave the judges an extremely difficult task. After much heated debate the ISP English Department drew up a shortlist of finalists which was shared anonymously with the school staff who were invited to vote on their favourites. The results were extremely close but I’m sure you will agree that we emerged with 3 admirable runners up and 3 very impressive winners. Thank you to all of the schools and the students who participated. It was a joy to read all of the entries we received and inspiring to see the English language used so deftly and so passionately to express such a range of emotions and ideas.

As we grew… Sailing though the green lands, Majestic dragons by our side! Wings on our backs, swords in hand In our imagination we can ride! The swings were our horses, The slides our jungle vines, Our imagination was an endless source Our ambitions grew and we climbed. Chopsticks were our fairy wands, Pots were our royal drums, The Kingdom was near the pond The only rules were set out by mums! As the trees got older, so did we… The green-lands were left unexplored. The dragons weren’t by our sides, Our wings were left unused, Rust grew on the swords. The horses were left abandoned. The jungle vines rotted away. A wall blocked out our imagination stream. We fell off our ambition tree. Our kingdom fell, the drums broke, The rules by mums disappeared… As time passed, our ambition tree began to rot – Our creativity flew away like dust on a windy day. And our imagination stream dried up – All that was left was this dull world…

Minh Anh British Vietnamese International School, HCMC

Last but not least, huge congratulations to the runners up and to the winners; you should be very proud and I am sure the readers of THE FOBISIAN will enjoy them as much as the judges did.

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The jungle is a mystery A dark, uncharted land A tangled mess of trees With their branches hand in hand The jungle is a labyrinth Of emerald-green leaves Vines slither across the ground And crawl onto the trees The jungle is a playhouse Where monkeys chatter away Swinging about the canopy All throughout the day The jungle is a symphony Chirps echo all around From up above in the trees And down below in the ground But the jungle has a secret And it’s waiting to be told In the heart of every tree trunk In all the creatures, young and old The jungle has a secret It’s right here for you to find The jungle wants to trust you And in return, you must be kind…

Roselyn The International School @ Park City KL

Take a step outside of your home Take a deep breath then begin to roam Cautious at first then venture through the dark Run your ringers atop the old tree bark Walk through the jungle and by the plains Eventually, you find the remains Leftovers from a place gone so long ago The grave of a place we barely even know After the woods, deserts and mountain tops After the snow, hail, rain and the dew drops Hike by the ruins learn about the past Since all we know is that time passes too fast Reach the temples and delve into the culture Take the time to build what’s left of the sculpture Reminisce on the fractured, bombed cities When once was a child, always filled with queries Do you remember the freedom to laugh and run? To adventure and do foolish things for fun? As the clock ticked on we all matured We forgot the abolished dreams, now obscured All of the happiness from when you were a kid Slowly died out, became broken as they did Only to be looked on as shattered pieces When you move on, the happiness eventually decreases You finally found it, the forgotten lost world The long lost youth you could never return.

Kadijah Sri KDU International School

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I am lost in my own world, A vagabond, on an endless sojourn, Trekking through the lands uncharted, A brave new world, I have seen many things in my time; Lands of industry, lands of bondage, Beguiling waterfalls, coruscating ice, Rusted nickel, oxidized dime, These were the things I saw in my prime, I have smelt many things in my time: Noisome scents, noxious scents, Fragrances that curdled my nose, Odoriferous thistle and thyme, These were the things I smelt in my prime,

You folded me at my corners as Your mother tucked you in tight. I now rest on your nightstand Collecting dust. You used to spend hours with me. My stories made you laugh. But you no longer need to live through my pages. You’re All grown up. My stories never age though My pages may be speckled and Browned. I’ll always be here; Waiting to be read even if Your mother isn’t still Here to tuck you into Bed.

Bella Dulwich College (Singapore)

My joints are weary, legs shrunken by atrophy, Enervation is all-consuming, Tribulations are all that exist in my world, An endless catastrophe, I am never... alone, There is always that presence, await-ing me, A primal monster, incarnate rage, Tracking, watching, surveil-ing me, Shadows lurk in every corner, Curling up the spires like snakes, Cadavers haunt the borders, Up until day breaks, A thousand restless nights torment me, A thousand corpses of my beloved plague me, A thousand vituperations vex me, Gone is my life, gone is this world, Threnody, Requiem, Dirge.

Justin Seoul Foreign School

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Do you remember the days? When we laughed and played in clear blue bays, Without a care in the world With the vibrance of youth The water fine and pure as glass, Do you remember the fun? When we bathed in the dazzling sun Reinvigorated with the vitality of health Running around on luscious green grass Shining like emeralds in the rosy light, Do you remember the ease?

Wandering in the cool night breeze Composed, collected and content Crisp air being inhaled with each long breath The five senses most acute, Oh and the stars – Looking up in the night sky; How they dazzled with their brilliant glow Like beacons of hope leading the lost traveler home: How they shone with a vigor, an intensity Displaying a universe of endless possibilities Just waiting to be discovered The hopes, the dreams, the aspirations of a generation The heartbeat, the driver, the motivator The future lives in the limitless skies.

Bays tainted black with waste. Skies darkened into a grey haze, The air too thick to breathe. Grass withering and wilting, The wind hissing and howling as we speak. Smoke billowing out from factories, Like dark tendrils of resentment, Harbored over the years. Contaminating our planet, With its toxic touch. The waste flowing into the water, Tarnishing it forever with its malignant touch. The water smeared a permanent shade of black. And the stars; The stars are gone, Faded away into oblivion. The hopes. The dreams. The aspirations. All disappearing as they dim. The remnants of a lost world.

Kevin Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong

Except. Now it’s all gone.

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FOBISIA Race4Good Global School League ®

Real People — Real Problems — Real Impact Mary Mills-Brown Operations Manager, Race4Good & Janine Minchin Student Events Executive, FOBISIA HQ

FOBISIA Race4Good 2021 Race 1 Winners - Regents International School Bangkok

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magine being told that in the span of five weeks, students in your school could create vital new business, improve healthcare, uplift numerous families, and put smiles on the faces of pupils in a remote school on the other side of the world – all without having to leave their homes or classrooms. Through her unique leadership programme – Race4Good - Linda Cruse has made this a reality for hundreds of students across the world and in March 2021 teams from six FOBISIA schools became these students.

Designed to get everyone involved, the race format provided numerous opportunities for students to contribute their skills, passion, time, and expertise. Each student chose to support one or more of six race Hubs within their school team. The hubs are designed to cover a range of interests and disciplines including finance, technology, creativity, wellness, language, and research. Some students opted to lead a Hub, share leadership with others, others simply volunteered their available time.

The existing FOBISIA Race4Good programme has been designed for pupils in years 10-12. Students from these year groups in our six participating schools came together to form dynamic teams, supported by international business mentors. They competed against each other for the chance to sustainably uplift a carefully chosen community. By having the opportunity to engage and uplift a vulnerable village - in this case families living in the village of Bung, in the High Himalayas of Nepal - the students had a unique platform to develop critical life skills, including leadership, teamwork, entrepreneurial thinking, observation, cultural sensitivity, compassion, empathy, and emotional intelligence.

Over five weeks and three exhilarating rounds, our six school teams - Discovery Bay Hong Kong, Dulwich College Seoul, Dulwich College (Singapore), Epsom College in Malaysia, Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang, and The Regents International School Bangkok, drew on the wide range of talents and interests found within the group and channelled these into tackling a diverse range of challenges. In a short space of time they developed family-level uplift plans and cooperatives, improved healthcare in the village, enhanced education for young pupils, and devised sustainable uplift for the wider community. But this was no paper exercise! Winning plans were implemented in a matter of days and shared with teams in the form of inspirational and unforgettable videos. 28


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After five exciting weeks, just two teams remained and the judges had a tough decision reviewing proposals and questioning the teams on their plans. The Regents International School in Bangkok were finally crowned FOBISIA Race4Good Champions for this second edition of the FOBISIA Race4Good. Watch the full story of their race here. The success of this project and feedback from participants has inspired FOBISIA and Race4Good to look at expanding the age groups that the race can be offered to and a Foundation Race4Good event has been developed. The Foundation event will be shorter but still based on teams. You can find out more about this and other new events for next year on pages twelve and thirteen.

Race4Good was a unique and incredible opportunity for our students, simply like no other. Led by international humanitarian and leadership expert, Linda Cruse, I have personally seen students transformed by the Race4Good experience.

- Darren Lim Jen Zen, Humanities Teacher, Prince of Wales Island International School, Malaysia

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FOBISIA Strategic Plan Cover Design Competition 2021 Janine Minchin Student Events Executive, FOBISIA HQ & Siobhan Bland Executive Office Manager, FOBISIA HQ

design brief to create a pictorial representation of their interpretation of FOBISIA’s Vision, Mission and/or Values, using any medium they wished.

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ith more than 30 years of shared history, FOBISIA has grown in strength from being a small group of Heads, to a network of over 80 British-style international schools throughout Asia. There have been many twists and turns in the conversation about how best to manage growth within the Federation, not just in terms of membership, but also the expectations of members, in particular around student enrichment and CPD. In June 2020, The FOBISIA Board made a firm commitment to working with its Member Schools to develop and articulate a strategic plan for the

Federation. FOBISIA’s Strategic Plan remains faithful to the Federation’s values, and articulates its goals and provides guidance in achieving them with a two-year outlook to August 2023. What better way to remind everyone that students are at the heart of FOBISIA, than to invite students to design the cover for the Federation’s first ever strategic plan! In February this year, FOBISIA HQ launched a student competition to find a winning design. The online competition was open to students from Years 5 to 13 who were given a broad

We were delighted to receive 72 entries for this competition from 10 Member Schools, with more than 700 students taking part within their own schools. Entries ranged from digital dioramas to whimsical watercolours to dazzling drawings, showcasing the huge range of artistic talent that resides within our Member Schools. Thank you to all of the students and Member Schools that participated: Bangkok Patana School, The British School Manila, Dulwich College Seoul, Haileybury Almaty, Kinabalu International School, Prince of Wales Island International School Penang, Taipei European School, The British International School of Kuala Lumpur, The British School in Tokyo, and The International School @ ParkCity. 30


FOBISIA HQ’s judges had their work cut out for them. The judging criteria included the degree to which the entries were ‘on brief ’ and promoted FOBISIA, as well as their originality, accuracy, techniques used, visual appeal, and message clarity. FOBISIA’s CEO John Gwyn Jones MBE had the difficult task of reviewing the shortlist and picking a winner from the many designs that had scored highly. Still, a cover was needed and a winner there had to be! After much deliberation, the winning design was chosen. Congratulations to Isadora in year 6 at The International School @ ParkCity for this wonderful design. The judging team also chose four runnersup from the shortlist and we are sure our readers will agree that the field was strong. Congratulations to the following students for their fabulous designs:

“The top 10 entries were very impressive and hard to choose from. I felt that Isadora’s design was original, visually appealing and creative in the techniques it used and it clearly tells the FOBISIA story. We are delighted that Isadora’s design will feature on the FOBISIA Strategic Plan once it is published in August 2021.” - John Gwyn Jones MBE, FOBISIA CEO Ashley, Year 5, Taipei European School

• Ashley, Year 5 Taipei European School • Celine, Year 8 Kinabalu International School • Jianhua, Year 9 The International School @Park City • Yena, Year 8 Dulwich College Seoul

Jianhua, Year 9, The Int Sch @ Park City

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Virtual Swimming Championships Sean Cary Aquatics Coordinator, Seoul Foreign School

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ith “no” so often being said in the last 15 months a “yes” can be so powerful and motivating in times when many events were postponed or cancelled altogether. And this is what we at Seoul Foreign British School had the courage to do. Swimming is one of the few sports that does not require an opponent to be in the same venue to compete. Offering a virtual meet with as much flexibility and time for schools to get in any competition was the least we could do as hosts to ensure students in our FOBISIA schools had the experience and excitement of what it meant to be a part of an international competition.

While virtual meets were not uncommon in swimming prior to COVID-19 it was not our first choice as hosts; indeed, we still hope to host an in-person meet in the future to make-up for the one we had to cancel in 2020. So why do a virtual meet, when competitors can be in the same venue watching, waiting and racing against each other in the future? Virtual meets are training platforms for an eventual in-person meet in the future. Knowing you are preparing to compete against an opponent who is not your teammate can drive a competitor to be stronger, and faster than before, improving on their own personal performance.

As a coach of this event we were bound by the restrictions that were in place by our host country and school. We had our swimmers in the water as often as we could. We took every opportunity to swim and prepare for this competition as it was the only competition that we were able to compete in. If we were told that virtual competition was going to be the only competition, we would take it. Watching our swimmers compete and find success in the pool gave their training efforts relevance. It gave them time together. Time to connect. Time to build a team for the future. A drop of normality in a pool of uncertainty.

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Online Maths Competition George Pearson Primary Deputy Head, The British School Manila

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rom March 15th -18th 2,342,057 maths questions were answered by more than 3,312 students from 33 FOBISIA schools during our annual Primary Maths FOBISIA Competition. The competition was held in collaboration with Education Perfect. The goal was for children to answer as many maths questions as they could over the first four days of the competition in order to gain points for their school. Overall, Taipei European School achieved the highest total points and Dulwich College, Suzhou gained the highest points per student average. After the initial competition the top 20 Year 6 students, by highest individual score, qualified to take part in the second part of the competition to establish the FOBISIA Primary Champion Mathematician 2021. After two rounds of extremely challenging questions and some very strong competition, the students in the top three places were:

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Joint 2nd: Jeff - Taipei European School Joint 2nd: Eric - British International School, Ho Chi Minh City 3rd: Terry - North London Collegiate School Jeju Thank you for the amazing effort from all the participating schools and students, to EP for supporting us with this event and congratulations to the winners!

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FOBISIA VOICES Gareth Groves Head of Performing Arts & Co-Chair FOBISIA Music Committee, The ABC International School

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OBISIA Voices was born out of a desire amongst our community to interact and perform together, something that is an inherent part of being musical. Since schools started to close due to COVID-19 measures back in January 2020, many schools have been unable to run practical music sessions, with many providing online learning opportunities which for some schools are still in place today. When brainstorming ideas about what we could offer the FOBISIA community, we came up with the idea of commissioning a song about hope and the fact that ‘There Will Always Be Music’. After developing a relationship with leading British composer Alexander L’Estrange when the FOBISIA Youth Choir of HCMC with The International Choir and Orchestra of HCMC gave the Asian premiere of his work Zimbe! back in 2017, we made contact again and both he and his wife Joanna were delighted to get involved with the project. With the kind support of our sponsors, Engage, MTA, White Canvas + and SchoolHouse Agency we set about recruiting schools to take part. We were delighted to welcome 24 schools from 10 countries. The song was released to schools at the beginning of January 2021 and was an immediate hit with everyone who heard it. The challenge however, was that

many schools were now finding themselves in unforeseen lockdowns and restrictions on singing within classrooms. True to the nature of our teachers, students and the community spirit that embodies FOBISIA Music, people rallied and supported one another, with some even producing YouTube tutorials that would help those students learning from home. When we reached the deadline of the end of March, we were so grateful to have the help and professional support of Alex and his team from SchoolHouse Agency, bringing together well over a hundred videos and audio tracks to produce the finished product which was released on the 1st June, which we are so proud of today. The final two mentions, however, must go to the host school, The ABC International School, for allowing me the freedom to create and run with the project and also FOBISIA HQ, who communicated so brilliantly and effectively in bringing the many strands together seamlessly. I really hope that the whole FOBISIA community enjoyed the song and to use some of the lyrics to summarise, I know that everyone can not wait until “one day we’ll be singing together again”.

Watch the video:

There will always be Music


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Drama Committee Update By Dylan Boyd, Media Coordinator, FOBISIA Drama Committee

FOBISIA Drama has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 2012 with the first drama festival aptly titled ‘New Beginnings’ hosted by Garden International School, Kuala Lumpur. Since then, the festivals have gained momentum, so much so, that there is now a need to host at least two festivals a year; a junior and senior. The festivals are a perfect platform for allowing students from different schools to come together under one uncompetitive but creative vision in delivering the best possible theatre they can. It also allows the students to be immersed in the culture they immersed in the culture they live in and to allow for new friendships to be forged and memories to be made. The recent pandemic might have slightly dampened the momentum of the festivals, but it has also allowed for more opportunities such as being the first FOBISIA committee to launch monthly ‘Drama Thursdays’, bringing teachers and educators together online to share good practice and to overcome some of the difficulties drama teachers face with distance learning. In addition, the FOBISIA Online Monologue Challenge was an immense success and as a result it is believed that these new platforms will continue for some time to come. As we emerge from the pandemic, it may be worth exploring the possibilities of hosting a festival in the near future. If you would like to know more about what this entails and the support available, then initially speak to the FOBISIA Student Events Executive janine.minchin@fobisia.org, or reach out to any of the committee members for more information. It is nothing new that drama is excellent for the imagination and the creative mind, by allowing the students to think of fresh and exciting ideas. Drama helps promote empathy and understanding, which assists in students’ abilities to relate to different situations, backgrounds and cultures; encouraging compassion and tolerance for others. Furthermore, drama allows students to express various emotions and encourages them to both understand and deal with their feelings; which is more important now, in the current situation, than at any other time. The FOBISIA Drama Committee realise that keeping drama going in a pandemic is not easy but the importance of the subject is even greater than ever. During lockdown, most drama educators faced daunting challenges as the subject requires live action, and students need to co-create socially in a shared space. However, it is evident that the drama community is stronger than before and have made the necessary adaptation to help ride out the pandemic. There is no doubt that FOBISIA Drama will continue to grow and adapt for many years to come.

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SPORT+ PE Committee Review By Lewis Keens, Chair, FOBISIA Sport and PE Committee

Despite being a challenging year for PE & Sport, our Member Schools have worked hard to create opportunities for students to collaborate and compete. Bangkok Patana School kicked off our year of virtual sport with a FOBISIA-first; our very own Virtual Dance Festival. We had 61 separate entries, from 10 schools, demonstrating creativity and teamwork through a whole host of jumps, turns, travels, gestures and genres. At the end of November, Bangkok Patana School made the most of the in-country rules allowing sport, hosting a Bangkok-schools Gymnastics Invitational comprising of 7 schools and over 300 participants. Across two days, gymnasts spanning a range of MAG/WAG levels set aside their nerves and demonstrated their dedication to training with some outstanding individual and team performances. As we welcomed in the new year, final preparations were made to roll out the PE & Sport eConference, our largest ever event with 540 participants from 56 member schools. We also welcomed colleagues from 6 British Schools in The Middle East (BSME), as we look to develop partnerships with organisations to support the teaching and coaching of sports across the world. We welcomed some wonderful speakers offering expert opinion and sharing research on aspects of pedagogy, leadership, coaching, psychology and well-being. Offering an online event couldn't compare to the connection and atmosphere of the real life event, yet the opportunity for wider access was appreciated by all. Many schools made the most of the online format and allowed their extended coaching teams and teacher-coaches to access high-quality professional development sessions alongside full time staff and PE & Sport leaders. During our annual AGM we said goodbye to several committee members; thank you to Kowk Chow, Harrie Thomson and Susanne Chambers-Hatherly for significant contributions in their respective roles supporting our Member Schools. We were pleased to welcome Anna Sheppard, Katie Allen, Steven Kenny, Gareth Pearson and Hannah Marshall onto the newly formed committee. Term three has seen the completion of Seoul Foreign School’s Virtual Swim meet, which you can read more about on page 32. We were also looking forward to reporting on British International School HCMC’s adapted in-country FOBISIA Games, but unfortunately a spike in numbers in Vietnam just before the games prevented the event taking place - the latest twist in a year of twists and turns! The work that the team at The British International School, Ho Chi Minh City have put into planning a localised version of the games will not go to waste however, and the structure may well be one that other countries can look to use next academic year, should international travel remain a challenge. Keep smiling and stay active!

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Music Committee Update

By Gareth Groves & Elizabeth Bown, Co-chairs, FOBISIA Music Like all areas of FOBISIA, the Music Committee has embraced technology and enjoyed regular communication with one another. As is always the case at this time of year, some colleagues are getting ready to start new adventures. Paulette Wilkinson will be leaving her current position at British International School Phuket and heading to Egypt. Paulette has hosted and attended many festivals over the years and we thank her for her unfaltering commitment to FOBISIA Music. Clayton Duggan will be moving from The British School New Delhi to start a new post in Sweden. Clay has also been an active member of the committee hosting the Music Teachers Conference in 2018. Finally we want to wish Chris Koelma all the very best for his return back to Australia. Chris who is currently at Garden International School Kuala Lumpur has been an active member of FOBISIA for many years. We wish all three of our committee members all the very best. We do however get to welcome two new members to the committee. David Spencer, who is currently Head of Creative Arts at Discovery Bay International School and Cristyn Draper who is Head of Junior Music at North London Collegiate School Jeju. The new Music Committee have had their first virtual meeting and are excited for the year ahead. Whilst the aim is to get back to normal as quickly and safely as possible, we are determined to create student events that can hopefully cater for all eventualities. Have a read about what we have planned for 2021/22 in New Events on page 12! As a committee we have two important roles to consider. The first being the students from all of our schools and the second being the various Music teams that make these events possible. For our teachers, we are currently focusing on two CPD events. The first will be an eJAWs, hosted by POWIIS, Penang on Friday 12th November and the second will be an online Music Teachers Conference, on 25th and 26th November. Both will allow for important CPD opportunities in a very quickly changing world making sure we are fully able to create yet more opportunities for our schools to keep music thriving within our FOBISIA community.

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Quiet on the Sidelines Mark Potter Head Football Coach, Bangkok Patana School without distraction. This is something that has stuck with me.

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Concentrate without noise Over many years of observing my wife drive, she will often listen to music, the radio or a podcast while driving. She then goes about singing along or offering her thoughts on what she is listening to. This is always the case until she is lost or needs to park - then she immediately turns off the radio. At first, I thought it was quite sweet and never really questioned it, until one day I asked her why she had just turned the radio off - she told me to “shut up” and proceeded to park. After she parked, I asked her again and she said that having no noise helped her concentrate THE FOBISIAN: June 2021, Term 3, Issue 36

My previous job before arriving here was working with elite players back in the UK in a Premier League academy. My old boss Paul ‘Noddy’ Holder had a few clear maxims that he expected from his coaches, one of which was "be loud during the week, quiet at the weekend”. I have brought this ethos with me to my role here at Bangkok Patana School. In training, I have asked our coaches to be loud and to reinforce key messages from the session's topic (similar to a learning outcome within a classroom), taking the time to speak to everyone; as individuals and in small groups. We should be descriptive and prescriptive, setting the highest standards using technical but age-appropriate language. In matches, I have asked our coaches to observe and offer positive reinforcement, whilst adding 'reminders' only when needed. I have asked them to control their emotions, to never raise their voice to a shouting level, and to only use their 'coaching voice'. On occasion, especially during festivals for the younger children in our programme, I have asked them to observe from afar, giving the

players opportunities to learn, play and make mistakes with absolutely no fear.

To remind and not chastise Reminders come into play when a young player continues to make the same or a similar mistake over and over again, in this instance, I have asked the coaches to offer some guidance on how to get out of that predicament. This should always be done calmly and fairly without showing any frustration or exacerbation. They should address the child by name first (so they know you are talking to them) and offer clear and concise information. Reminders also come into play when one of our players are not representing our school appropriately or not displaying the right levels of commitment, hard work and attitude. Some children require these reminders more than others!

Your role In my experience, I have found that during match situations (playing against external teams) young players have far too much to think about without having to respond to and action the instructions from the adults on the side-lines. This is their opportunity to show their learning. This is their opportunity to succeed or fail (both are fine).

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This is their opportunity to play the game - after all, it is their game. As coaches and parents, it is our job to help the children learn and improve. The best way for them to do so is by allowing them to make their own decisions. Shouting “SHOOT” when a young player is near the goal may make them change their original decision, it may put them off completely or they may indeed shoot and score. As a parent, you might not realise that we have been working on "creating off the ball"; asking players to scan for their teammates and pretending to shoot before playing a Through Pass. If the player was to shoot, we have lost our opportunity to observe their learning.

Everybody hears but not everyone is listening In one of my previous roles within the Football Association in England, we did a small anecdotal test to see if people can listen and understand what going around them whilst doing a task. We asked two coaches to stand eight metres apart and they had to play a game of one-bounce"; a game in which players must pass the ball to one another whilst only touching the ball once and bouncing it once (harder than it sounds). Whilst doing this, the other coaches would shout out football-related commands: "PASS", "SHOOT", "TACKLE". When this happened, the player's performance dropped; they lost their rhythm and required more than one touch or bounce. We put them off; we become their 'car stereo'.

Whilst doing the same exercise, we set about shouting random words for a minute. Again, they struggled to complete the task but did manage to continue for a minute. We then asked the players to recount the words which were shouted to them. They got 2 out of 15 words correct - one was their own name and randomly, the other word was 'pig'. This further reinforced that shouting from the sidelines had a detrimental effect on performance - the performers were hearing but not listening!

Waiting to praise We were recently playing a fixture against another school and I observed their coach who is a genuinely lovely bloke, and who cares so much about his players improving quickly that he feels that he has to help them get to their destination ahead of time. During the match, their goalkeeper had the ball at his feet and tried to select a pass to one of his teams mates feet. On two or three occasions, we managed to intercept the ball and have an opportunity to score.

In the lead up to these mistakes (learning opportunities), the coach told the goalkeeper to pass and unfortunately, the player failed to execute. The coach was exacerbated and the child felt exposed - after the seventh time of trying, the goalkeeper did play an excellent raking pass to one of his teammates who then went on to create a goal. This was the highlight of my afternoon and I was excited to hear the positive feedback from the coach. Instead the coach queried ‘Why couldn’t you do that the last six times”. My heart sank and it further reinforced that what we are doing is the right thing for the young players in our care. My father has often said to me “there is a reason you have two ears, two eyes and only one mouth”. This is something I have passed onto our coaches. In speaking with Mr Mills around this topic he offered this quote by Robert Tew - “You are always responsible for how you act, no matter how you feel” and we collectively urge our wonderful parent community to look and listen before offering anything other than positive feedback. 40


Farewell, but not goodbye to a respected leader and FOBISIA champion Margaret Rafee - Sri KDU International School Where and how did your teaching journey begin, what brought you to Asia, and how do you feel about the end of the journey? My teaching career began in Luton, U.K. in 1979 when I was appointed as a French teacher, in a catholic secondary school, immediately after graduating from St. Mary’s, Strawberry Hill, with a B.Ed in French and English Literature. I arrived in Malaysia in 2013, after a long and successful career in the U.K., culminating in 10 years of headship at Alperton Community School, in the London Borough of Brent. After ten years leading this school, I felt I had done everything I could, bringing it to Ofsted outstanding and securing the funds for a new school building. I decided to leave it to someone else to move the school forward. THE FOBISIAN: June 2021, Term 3, Issue 36

Although I took early retirement, I was not ready to “hang up my boots” and I decided to try something completely different. By then, my children were independent adults, so I decided to fly the nest with my husband and go international. We had always had a fascination with Malaysia, as my husband was born in Sri Lanka, in a Malay family. When I saw the job advertised at Sri KDU International School, I thought it would be a great opportunity to spend a couple of years getting to know Malaysia. However, my passionate commitment to any school I join and my wish to make it the best that it can be, has led me to spend eight wonderful years here. I would have liked to spend ten years leading the school, as I did at Alperton, but the global pandemic has put a stop to that. I have accomplished a great deal

in a setting I didn’t expect to experience, so despite the pandemic cutting it short, I still feel fulfilled at the end of my journey. I have had the opportunity to meet amazing students, excellent staff, supportive parents and developed a deep love for Malaysia. I have many happy memories from my 43 years in education and those gained in Malaysia will be some of the best and most long-lasting.

How long have you been involved with FOBISIA and how did you become involved with the FOBISIA Board? I spent three years building up Sri KDU International school to a British standard which I thought worthy of being a member of FOBISIA, thus in 2016 we successfully applied for membership. I proudly presented the school at the March 2017 41


Heads Business Meeting in Beijing. Although I was a very experienced school leader, I still felt like a “newbie” in FOBISIA, I therefore decided to gain as much as possible experience for the school in our first and second academic year with FOBISIA. I believe strongly in giving back to any organisation I am benefiting from, so in November 2018 volunteered myself for the board and was delighted to be elected by colleague heads. I took up the Communications portfolio as this is one of my areas of interest and expertise. Not only have I had the privilege of working with outstanding school leaders who are Board members, I have been supported by amazing colleagues at HQ in Tania Donoghue, Siobhan Bland and most recently Li-May. I have also relished working with John Gwyn Jones since he became CEO of FOBISIA, especially on the numerous pre-membership visits we have done together. I will really miss being part of the Board but I hope to continue to give back to FOBISIA as a lifetime Associate Member.

What role did FOBISIA play in supporting your leadership at Sri KDU International School Malaysia? School leadership can be very tough and lonely unless you have a great support network. From the moment the school joined FOBISIA, I have felt supported by a professional family. Having so many seasoned international Principals to turn to for advice or just to provide a listening ear is what sustains one as a school leader. I also became closer to the other Principals/Heads of School in Malaysia who are FOBISIA members. The formal training I have been able to get through

Ms. Rafee dressed as The Queen of Hearts for World Book Day, April 2018

FOBISIA, especially at the annual leadership conference has also been invaluable. I have been able to hear keynote addresses and join workshops with top educationalists in a way which would not have been possible without FOBISIA membership. I have also been able to visit other FOBISIA schools in other parts of Asia to learn how other school are led by great role models.

How has Sri KDU benefited from its FOBISIA membership? Most importantly our students have benefited from being part of a wider British schools’ community. They have had the opportunity to meet, compete with and become friends with students from throughout Asia. They have had amazing experiences at the FOBISIA Games and in other collaborations in Music, Drama and other academic domains. It has been especially important to keep them connected throughout the pandemic and the way that FOBISIA kept these opportunities alive in the online environment has been a lifeline for many young people. The FOBISIA Voices project was the pinnacle of this collaboration and the feeling of being a part of a bigger community

in these challenging times has been invaluable to the school community.

What are your most memorable FOBISIA moments? I have so many great memories but there are two that stood out: 1. Being able to visit the Great Wall of China when my first Heads’ Business Meeting was in Beijing 2. The whole trip to the English School of Mongolia in Ulaanbatur for a March Heads’ Business meeting but especially staying in the national park, enjoying to the Mongolian throat singers at the lavish banquet organised in our honour, visiting Dinah Hawtree’s yurt and seeing the whole group, including my husband but not me, horse-riding. Of course, also meeting and listening to the inspiring Graham Hill , the headmaster of the school.

What do you cherish most about FOBISIA? The camaraderie and the feeling of being a part of the FOBISIA family.

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prospect for me as I cannot imagine not working in a school. I will spend more time with my grandson which is the whole reason for leaving earlier than I planned but I do intend to continue doing some consultancy or volunteer work in schools. I hope to be doing more work with the DfE on their iQTS qualification as well as supporting expatriates returning to the U.K. to teach; I aim to become an Assigned Consultant for ISQM with EDT, so that I can keep on visiting international schools and sharing my experience. Many underestimate the significance of cultural differences as well as parental aspirations in this part of the world.

Visit from French Lycée Andre Maurois, Oct 2019

I may return to some of my advisory work for Oftsed which I had done before and may become a school governor. Then in my spare time I plan write my memoirs or a book on school leadership, focussing on the differences of leading a school in the U.K. and internationally. Personally, I hope to do lots of walking on the beautiful Welsh coast as I intend to settle in Cardiff or its whereabouts. I hope through being a lifelong individual member of FOBISIA, I will be able to continue to give back as a new head mentor or even perhaps by doing pre-membership visits if they remain virtual! THE FOBISIAN: June 2021, Term 3, Issue 36

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LEADING THROUGH CRISIS: HONG KONG Ben Keeling Principal, Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong

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he unusually early arrival of Chinese New Year was long foreseen. Traditionally facilitating a period of mass territorial transit, it marked the beginning of a new chapter following months of political upheaval. Little did we know how significant the break would prove. The first coronavirus related death within Hong Kong arrived almost immediately afterwards and we didn’t see students on campus again until May. Government response has proven remarkably effective. We are able to boast of one of the lowest transition rates in the world, but the impact of isolation weighs particularly heavy in a region where the average apartment size is just shy of 650 square feet. Acting as a critical point of sacrifice,

our education system has suffered severely - some would say necessarily. Among the most significantly disrupted in the region, perpetual change has been the only predictable feature and the irregular beat has been operationally exhausting. But such swift evolution has also acted to enliven and inspire. New habits formed, a specific and quite spectacular vernacular has arisen. While tempting to long for the banality of normalcy, professional learning is often stimulated by pressure and opportunity always emerges from challenging circumstance.

People and Places The heady combination of pragmatic necessity and creative abandon has accelerated progress across the sector. The education system under review, we are more effective learners, communicators and contributors as a result of our digital exploits. Technological implementation has been revolutionised and there is no turning back. While very few of us would have volunteered for the undertaking, we will be galvanised by our experience in time, good habits rewarded. Some lessons have proven satisfyingly counterintuitive: urgency is often the friend of compassion,

operational agility the raffish partner of prudent planning. Others confirm longstanding truths - among them one stands above all others: schools are about people, not places, and they play a critical role in the lives of families, communities and society. As a consequence of our experiences: • We have learned that constraint inspires invention • We have grown more accepting of change and more willing to embrace informed spontaneity • We have become more directly connected to parents as creators and partners. Challenging times often bring a community together. The disruption in Hong Kong has been as invigorating as it has been exhausting. When the dust settles, we will emerge stronger and more united. Only the silver linings will remain.

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THE SHADOW OF COVID Kate Tomlinson Head of Primary, Sri KDU International School

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he monitoring and evaluating of teaching and learning remained a high priority for us when we first entered lockdown and the world of Virtual School in Malaysia in March 2020. With a pending Inspection and a genuine desire to help teachers adapt their pedagogy, we spent a huge amount of time each day watching teachers deliver sessions (live or recorded) and looking intently at student outcomes. As time progressed, we noted that we were learning so much more about our teachers and the learning taking place with our students than we had ever truly known before. Watching the teachers in short snippets and seeing children’s learning across all subjects in the learning platform was enlightening and revealing in ways that our previous monitoring (namely book scrutiny, scheduled drop-ins and lesson observations) never was. The staff became very used to us being present in live sessions and we were always welcomed as being supportive rather than perceived as ‘watchful’ or ‘threatening’.

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Once we returned to school (albeit briefly!) in August 2020, we felt we had learnt so much about our teachers and our children by doing these informal drop ins and instant feedback sessions that we did not want to return to our normal cycle of monitoring with formal drop ins and lesson observations. As a result we introduced the ‘Student Shadow’.

Benefits of the Student Shadow in comparison to more traditional monitoring strategies:

Two students each half term are allocated to each SLT member by the Deputy Headteacher following her progress conversations with teachers. In our small Primary, this means that 6 students are ‘shadowed’ each half term. This would amount to 36 over the academic year. The 2 allocated students are ‘shadowed’ on two days chosen by the SLT member and their learning behaviours and outcomes observed in each of their lessons. As a ‘high heeled shoe fan’, the Student Shadow days are always days for flat footwear as they involve moving from place to place and ‘hopping’ between classes / rooms in order to observe both of the allocated students simultaneously.

2. Teachers are less anxious and nervous and welcome the Shadow as a form of support to ensure children are getting what they really need from our provision.

At the end of the two days, we feedback to staff via email in just a few sentences about what we saw and noticed about the student; offering recommendations for how their learning experience and outcomes might be improved. In some cases, we look at data on record and triangulate this with other things, for instance, wellbeing concerns / report. We also feedback to teachers anything we observed which we thought was outstanding or effective practice and publish this to all staff in our whole staff communications.

1. The monitoring focus firmly shifts to learning rather than teaching. It is non-threatening to staff since the feedback is always about how we can help student learn better.

3. Whilst the Student Shadow days are intense, it affords us the opportunity to observe a large number of teachers over a short period of time. Formal / lengthy lesson observations have informed us less, taken more time and been less impactful. 4. The Shadows have given us a ‘child’s eye view’. Indeed, timetabling and the structure of the school day have been emerging discussions after we ourselves experienced what it was like for a Y2 child to have swimming, then Mandarin, then Music all in one afternoon or start their day with a specialist teacher rather than their class teacher. 5. The scheduled and informal nature of the Student Shadow allows Senior Leaders a window into true and authentic teaching. There are no ‘bells and whistles’ which we are all so used to seeing within prepared and scheduled formal lesson observations. As a result, feedback is more impactful.

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WELLBEING: WHY LEADERS MUST REACH FOR THEIR OXYGEN MASK Mark Steed Principal & CEO, Kellett School Hong Kong

Eating healthily and prioritising sleep over boozy brunches and late nights out may sound dull, but, from both a personal and corporate wellbeing perspective, it is time well spent.

2. Manage your time One of the problems for many school leaders when Covid-19 struck was that they did not have any working capacity to cope with the crisis. In this context, day-to-day time management is even more important than ever. Here are three ways to do this:

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ales of travel and exploration anecdotally offer two contrasting models of leadership.

There is the "Titanic model", where the captain is the last to leave the ship. Then there is the ‘aviation model’, where we are reminded to "put on your own oxygen mask first before helping others". Both offer important insights: being a leader is about supporting others, especially in a crisis. But as the aviators acknowledge, this is only possible if leaders overcome their selfless instincts and are in sufficient physical and mental good health to help others.

School leader wellbeing: Five ways to practise self-care Here are five ways that leaders can look after themselves while handling a crisis.

1. Physical basics: diet, exercise and sleep Physical health is an important component in maintaining strong mental and emotional health and its foundations are good diet, exercise, and sleep. It is vital to find time for these basics. I have come to realise that being tired and "hangry" can impact not only on my personal wellbeing, but also on that of the school.

Prioritise: I have always found Eisenhower's "Urgent-Important Matrix" a great help in prioritising my time. Leaders need to live in the "Important – Not Urgent" quadrant; and keep enough space in the week to create space for crises. Living in the "Important – Urgent" quadrant is a recipe for a heart attack. Allow breathing space: For the past 18 years of headship, I have set aside one working day that remains free of meetings and appointments. It is a day when I can clear the inbox, work on governors’ papers or strategic plans, and occasionally visit other schools or attend off-site meetings. Schedule tasks: I have recently moved from to-do lists to scheduling tasks in my calendar. This not only necessitates making informed decisions about priorities, but it also defines how long to spend on the task and allocates that time during the week. This practice is a particularly effective antidote to procrastination – essential for those of us who are inclined to bump to the bottom of the list those dull uninspiring tasks that we know must be done.

3. Trust your team: step back, don’t step in When the adrenaline is pumping in the midst of an acute crisis, the temptation is for leaders to go into overdrive and to try to micromanage the situation. Instead, you need to do the opposite: to step back, retain the overview and trust the team to do their 46


jobs. By doing this, you allow those around you to grow, develop and to show leadership in their own areas. Most importantly, empowering others allows the team to rise to the challenge, meaning that it will be even better prepared to face the next challenge.

4. Switch off ... your smartphone School leaders need to break away from the "always on" culture in order to have the essential downtime that allows them to recover. This is particularly difficult if they remain permanently connected to work via their smartphones. Here are three ways to disconnect: Schedule your 'do not disturb': My smartphone is set so that I only receive calls or messages from my favourites (my family) every day between 8pm and 7am. This makes for quality time at home and a much better night’s sleep. Use your out-of-office: I put my out-of-office function on at weekends (from 4pm on Fridays until 7am on Mondays) and in the school holidays. It sets expectations for those sending out-of- hours emails and goes a long way to modelling a wellbeing culture for the school community. Have a regular digital detox: During the holidays, I try to have at least a week totally disconnected from work emails, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. During this time, I also disconnect my work email accounts from my phone and change the settings; turning off my notifications so that I am not disturbed by the buzz, beep or the tempting little red numbers that pop up every time I receive an email, message or retweet.

appropriate to lay this at the door of our nearest and dearest. Coaching has been commonplace for executives for some time, and increasingly is part of the school leader toolkit. Coaching is a great way to get work back into perspective. I find it particularly helpful to be made to reflect on situations and to work through the associated feelings and emotions. It has helped me to make better, more considered decisions and to approach challenges in a more measured way. To be most effective, coaching needs to be a regular part of the routine, say once every two weeks. This enables the coach and coachee to develop rapport, understanding and trust – to work on areas of weakness when things are going well; and be better placed to provide support when times are tough. This article is based on Mark Steed's keynote session, 'Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First: Some Reflections on School Leader and Staff Wellbeing' delivered at COBIS' 39th Annual Conference. Reprinted with permission from Tes.

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VALUING LOCALLY BASED STAFF

groups are integral) but also because of the army of locally hired teacher assistants, sports instructors, cleaning and grounds staff, catering staff, transport staff, security and more! These loyal and Cindy Adair hard-working staff who are Assistant Principal, Bangkok Patana passionate and highly-qualified, School help us create the unique international school experience that many of our students and their parents truly value. The othing prompts a bit of immaculate grounds, the tasty, healthy introspection international buffet lunches, like a Global Pandemic. As a Senior Leader in a vibrant, the door-to-door transport and high-performing International the safe and secure campus are all thanks to their daily School, we often look outwards to other schools in dedication and service. Not just that but they help us; their the region and throughout clumsy and at times gormless the world to emulate best practice, recruit the best staff expatriate colleagues navigate and source opportunities for the red tape associated with living abroad, smoothing the our students. Enter border edges when we slip up or fail restrictions, lock-downs and to understand the nuances an almost complete halt to of culture. I have been filled International travel as we with gratitude over and over know it… as our local staff have helped One of my key reflections on this me navigate getting a new passport in a pandemic, helped time, is now more than ever I have been afforded the time to a colleague with back pain obtain a more suitable chair invest in our locally hired staff and in doing so, build stronger for their home office while relationships and better mutual delivering online learning and understanding across cultures. phoned to check on another colleague in a field hospital Many international schools (asymptomatic but very scared) thrive, not because of their every single day for two weeks senior leaders or expatriate until they came home safely. staff (although both of these

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Often professional learning is not always offered to these staff on a consistent basis and in my own office team we have taken the opportunity to meet once a week for a dedicated hour of learning. The team brainstormed the topics they wanted to cover and then we have prepared bespoke bilingual workshops. We have covered Safeguarding, English for Emailing, Risk Management, Event Management, Google Docs and Cross Cultural Understanding – the latter topic resulting in a fascinating discussion filled with giggles, as we explored different cultural norms within our Thai and nonThai team members. The staff had the chance to ask questions they’ve always wanted to know but been to afraid to raise. Like, “Why don’t you eat very much rice?” and “Why do you wear 48


your shoes inside?” They also felt safe to ask more challenging questions like, “Why are the attacks on Asians happening in your home country?” which was a chance for us to unpick racism, violence and stereotyping. I have been reminded that my admin team are holders of Master degrees, small business owners, pet lovers, parents, fitness enthusiasts and we’ve connected on a deeper level thanks to the pandemic. Doubtless if this world event had not occurred we would have been busy hosting events, planning fixtures, attending meetings and writing risk assessments for trips and excursions and probably would not have paused to share in the learning we’ve done together. As we emerge from this pandemic (and we will) I am determined to continue to invest time, and energy in my local team in a more consistent manner. THE FOBISIAN: June 2021, Term 3, Issue 36

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Random Facts The Australian government banned the word "mate" for a day. In 2005, Australian Parliament took a few citizen complaints a little too seriously and banned anyone on their staff from using the word "mate" while at work. Fortunately Prime Minister John Howard objected and the ban was overturned within 24 hours. (source: abcnet.au) Water makes different pouring sounds depending on its temperature. If you listen very closely, hot and cold water sound slighly different when being poured. The heat changes the viscosity of the water which changes the pitch of the sound it makes when it's poured. What we feel as heat comes from the molecules of the water moving faster. Cold water is thicker and therefore makes a slilghtly higher-pitched sound. (source: npr.org) Chinese police use geese as sentries. You've heard of police dogs, but police geese? As of 2013, 12 police stations in rural area of China have begun to use geese as sentries. They are alert animals that can create a lot of noise and commotion, which creative Chinese law enforcement officers are taking advantage of. While this trend has yet to spread throughout China, Dongwan police claim that the geese have already stopped at least one theft (source: chinadaily.com.cn)

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