This weekend the FOBISIA Leadership Conference is being held in KL. Alice Smith is a founding member of this regional federation that now has 55 member schools throughout Asia. The aim of the Federation is to promote excellence, high achievement and good practice through British-style education in schools
The first meeting was hosted in Jakarta on November 1988 and was attended by 5 heads, Mr. Eales, from Alice Smith School being one of these. Matters of mutual interest in delivering a British type curriculum far removed from home base were discussed. A number of British International Schools had been running very successfully in South East Asia long before this, but they had always been self-contained and operated independently of one another.
As a result of this initiative FOBISSEA (the Federation of British International Schools in South East Asia & East Asia) was born! As the National Curriculum developed in the 1990’s, ties strengthened. In 2013, the membership agreed to change FOBISSEA to FOBISIA (the Federation of British International Schools in Asia) to better reflect the growth in the Asian region.
FOBISIA is not just about the Music Festival or the Primary and Secondary Games, though both the Music Festival and the Games are what most people are aware of. It also exists to provide a forum for professional dialogue between the Heads and staff of British International Schools in the region., supporting professional development, training and contact. It is also beginning to act as a lobby group, making British organisations in the region aware of our schools and what we can offer. Companies who are investing in the region, whether they are from the UK or elsewhere need to know that there are quality international schools in Asia. FOBISIA is becoming a very important service organisation that can help ensure that this is indeed the case.
FOBISIA provides opportunities for student to participate in inter-school competitions and enrichment programmes. The Games and the Music Festival are now well established in the calendar of the Federation of Schools and provide a most valuable platform for students and staff to join together in a spirit of enjoyment and cooperation. From a very humble beginning, the Federation has grown over the past twenty-five years to be an organisation known and respected all over Asia and beyond, serving the interests first and foremost of all FOBISIA students, teachers and schools. It has been another amazing week of learning and activity at both campuses. Best wishes to our secondary SEASAC teams this weekend as they participate in Football and Volleyball competitions.
Have a safe weekend.
Head of School
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