Hosted by the Alice Smith School this year, the Primary FOBISIA Games were a huge success. The team's coaches outline the sporting highlights and their experience as a whole.
U9 Girls – written by Mrs Farag
This was my first FOBISIA as a coach rather than a parent but based on
this year’s experience, I hope it won’t be my last. What made it such a
wonderful experience? Why, the fabulous teams that we worked with, both coaches
and children. The U9 girls were my focus and what an easy job it was. Coaching
sessions were hard work but the girls made sure that they had fun as well. They
worked together as a team in every aspect of the games and that was very
evident at the games themselves.
We started with athletics on Thursday - Sophie, Jess, Hannah, Valeria
and Robin all won medals in a total of 5 of the 7 track events. Valeria
and Robin managed to create 3 FOBISIA records between them and the highlight
for the team was the U8, 4 x 100 relay where they won confidently. The
athletics continued with the field events where Josie joined the medal train.
In total, the girls medalled in 12 out of the 13 events, an amazing
accomplishment. Valeria even managed another FOBISIA record to match Robin’s 2.
After a short trip and lunch break, the games resumed with swimming. The
U9s had 9 events in total and incredibly, they won medals in all of them,
including gold in a very exciting freestyle relay. It was an exhausted but
happy group of girls that adjourned to the hotel and funnily enough, there
wasn’t a squeak out of them all night!
Friday was the day for T-ball where the U9 boys and girls joined forces.
The team played their hearts out and there were some fantastic individual
performances but luck was not with Alice Smith in that competition. However,
the team took pride in being very close losers to the eventual medallists
including Harrow and Tanglin and it was a great learning experience.
Saturday was football day and as temperatures soared, so did the games.
The team was determined to win their first match against Garden as they had not
managed to meet them before in the U8 tournament run by Garden, which had to be
cut short due to weather a few weeks previously. There was a lot of pride to
play for but the girls won quite easily, 2-0 in the end. Further wins against
BISJ, Tanglin and a tough match against Harrow ensured that the final match
against Bangkok Patana was the match for the gold. The fact that Patana had beaten
Alice Smith in the Phuket U8 final meant that our backs were up and we were
determined. With huge home support, the team played like a dream. Valeria was
superb in goal and Josie was a rock in defence. Jess and Robin ran their legs
off in midfield. Hannah once again was the super sub and Sophie was like a
lethal butterfly, light touches on the ball but deadly in accuracy. With a
final score of 2-0, we took the gold in what was a magnificent end to a great
The girls went home Sunday, tired but happy. What memories do they have?
Hot days, huge team spirit, endless team talks (thanks Mrs Farag), incredibly
positive and supportive parents and finally, a school that put on an amazing
FOBISIA Games 2014. Well done Alice Smith!
Under 9 Boys – written Mr Kerr
Athletics – On day one of the FOBISIA games, the U9 boys had a busy day
ahead of them with a morning full of Athletic events and then an afternoon of
Swimming. The field events kicked off early morning for the boys; with Adam and
Josh entering the chest pass, Noah and Oliver entering the 3 spring jump, Evan
and Noah entering the high jump and Pete and Evan entering the Long-jump. The
boys started the morning well with Adam securing Bronze in the T-ball throw and
Silver in the Chest Pass, Evan taking Silver in the Long-jump and Gold in the
high-jump, Oliver throwing a massive 19.44 m to take Silver in the coit throw
and Noah grabbing joint gold in his high-jump event. The second part of
the morning saw the boys take to the track. All of the boys who competed were
outstanding in their effort and Evan Fejer stole Silver in a dramatic 100m
dash. We finished the morning in style the whole U9 team winning gold in the
shuttle relay race.
Swimming – The afternoon saw the boys take to the pool. Tired from the
Athletics but eager to begin the swimming events, the boys were excited and
ready. Adam and Oliver both swam good races in their 50m backstroke, Evan won
Gold in the 50m breast stroke with a rapid time of 49:23. Pete teamed up with
the boys to swim the 200m medley with a great effort in just 3:38. Just like
the morning mixed event that had been so spectacular for the whole U9 team,
once again, boys and girls, teamed up for the mixed tire relay. The team lead
the race the whole way without much pressure from other lanes, all the boys and
girls in the team had a part to play and Evan took the race home in style
securing another Gold medal for each competitor.
T-ball- The boys again teamed up with the girls to take to the field of
T-ball. With the sun beating down and the expectations high the U9 did
themselves proud and with many fantastic displays of bating and fielding. With
so many tight games all who won their games did so by only a few runs. The whole
team should be very proud of their performances.
Football – On the final day of the FOBISIA games the U9 boys took to the
field to face their competitors in five 12 minute long football matches. With
Noah’s incredible reaction speed in goal, Evan’s dominance at the back, Adam
and Josh’s skill in the mid-field and Pete and Ollie’s freighting shooting
ability the final day was building up to be a good one. Alice Smith U9s first
two matches saw them come up against two very good teams: Tanglin Trust School
of Singapore and Patana of Bangkok. After a slow start against Patana losing to
a good team the boys were unfortunate against a very good Tanglin Trust,
scoring first with Josh scoring from a corner but Tanglin just got the edge
winning 2-1. After their first two loses the boy’s came out fighting with a
great performance against British School or Jakarta and then two fantastic
draws against Harow International and Garden International School of Kuala
Lumpur with a very silky turn just on the edge of the area Pete English tucked
away his first FOBISIA goal. An all-around frustrating day for the boys with so
many close draws and loses, the U9 boys should be very proud of their
resilience and determination they should during the competition.
U10 Girls – written by Mrs Blake
After a very successful first day of competition in the pool and on the
athletics track, Day 2 saw the U10 team take part in the T-ball stage of the 3
day FOBISIA competition. Training sessions leading up to the games had left the
team feeling confident and hungry to put their fielding and batting skills to
the test against all 5 of the other International schools. Our opening game
against Harrow International (HIS) was an exciting start to the competition with
KLASS winning comfortably 14:10 . The second match was against the British
International School of Jakarta (BISJ). Both schools played very well but
amazing fielding skills demonstrated by KLASS in the second innings lead to
another victory. The final score was 15:11 to KLASS.
Our third game was against the mighty Tanglin Trust School (TTS). KLASS
confidence and skills were really put to the test throughout both innings as
Tanglin proved to be a force to be reckoned with. KLASS however demonstrated a
great determination to win and win they did 16:13. Our fourth game against
Garden International was extremely evenly matched. At full time there were only
2 runs separating both teams! The final score was KLASS: 11 and Garden: 13. The
final match against Patana (BPS) was a great, nail-biting game from the outset
as once again both teams were very evenly matched. After an incredibly hard
fought match the final score was KLASS: 16, Patana: 20. Overall KLASS finished
in a very creditable 3rd place which was an absolutely
wonderful achievement! Congratulations to the whole of the U10 team for
demonstrating great fielding and batting skills, determination, teamwork and
sportsmanship throughout all five matches.
Fabulous Five Aside Football
Day 3 of the FOBISIA Games was the day that many children had been
greatly looking forward to, particularly the U10 girls. Last year in FOBISIA
2013, the girls had won gold in the football competition in the U9s category.
Could they continue their success this year and win the under 10s age group?
This was the big question on each of their minds. Our first match was against
Patana. After tasting defeat in T-ball the previous day, the girls had
everything to prove. The game was exciting from the start as Lauren scored an
early goal. Patana tried to make a comeback but they had not expected the
strength and skills of our amazing defenders Sophia and Angelina. Try as they
did to break through our defence Patana just could not score, Lauren however
could. She scored two more goals before the final whistle, resulting in the
final score being 3:0 to KLASS. It was just the start we needed!
The girl’s second match was against Tanglin who from the warm-up session
looked to be a potential challenge. The Tanglin team took an early lead and
KLASS very soon after responded with a great equaliser. The game continued with
KLASS having several great shots at goal but none quite finding their way in.
Tanglin continued to try to score a winning goal but Natalie with some great
saves denied them their opportunity of a win. The final score was a hard fought
Our next match was against Harrow, who try as they might were no match
for our incredibly, awesome team! Ella in true Ella style, ensured that no
players took the ball past her at all, instead she intercepted the ball and
went on to score a fantastic goal! Truly wonderful goals were also scored by
both Siobhan and Lauren. The final score was 3:0 to us. This had been an
extremely exciting, entertaining game to watch with the girls playing a very
high standard of football. With two games remaining, the girls knew that if
they were going for gold they would need to continue to play at this high level
and win both matches.
Their next match was against BIS Jakata which the girls thought might be
an easier win however, things did not go quite as expected. We soon learnt not
to underestimate the opposition as with only a few minutes remaining the score
against BISJ stood at 0:0. We had certainly had some shots at goal but none had
quite met the target. At last our break came in the form of a free kick. Lauren
took the free kick and…scored superbly! The whole team were jubilant! The final
score was 1:0 to us.
The most nail biting game of all was yet to come KLASS vs the mighty
Garden International. We had everything to play for. A win would mean a gold
medal for KLASS but with two extremely strong players in the Garden team would
they stop us in our tracks? Ella, Sophia and Angelina set themselves the task
of marking the strongest players and what a great job they did as very few
shots at goal by Garden were made and each time a shot was taken, Natalie was
there in exactly the right place to stop them all. Meanwhile Siobhan and Lauren
were working as an amazing team up front, this time all the shots were on
target! Siobhan scored two super goals and Lauren one. The final score
was an awesome 3:0 to KLASS.
The girls finished overall in a much deserved first place. Huge congratulations
girls, you were absolutely amazing! Your excellent skills, determination and
great team work were a real inspiration to others.
U10 Boys – written by Mr Atkinson
On the final day of the 2014 FOBISIA games the flagship event rolled
into motion, the beautiful game had finally come to the fore of this
prestigious event. The U11 boys walked out into the sunlight knowing that the
weight of expectation fell on their shoulders. The world of football were well
aware of their skill, technical ability and unflinching resolve to end with
victory. Each of our courageous players had been on an emotional journey over
the last 2 seasons of football as they battled to refine and strengthen their
game, all in preparation for such moments, moments that create a legacy for the
I can honestly say with great pride that these boys were exceptional, as
they faced down every challenge that was thrown at them. Felix Green after
months of injury concerns and determined rehabilitation showed why he is the
undisputed leader of our merry band as he patrolled the defense with such
authority and maturity that the opposition were reduced to finger crossing
desperation in their attempts to score. Sam Wake can only be described as a
beast, unflinching in the physicality required for high level football, he
never stopped working whilst always maintaining his composure to create a
constant heartbeat in the middle of the park. Kieran gave everything I could
ever ask for in midfield as he combined snake like hips and magical trickery
with speed, power and an undying competitive edge. Asked to perform many
different roles throughout the day, it was fantastic to see Kieran to revel in
not just moments of individual genius but also in the moments of team work and
shared glory. Kasper Williamson was a rocket on the pitch and must be every
defenders worst nightmare as he combines velocity and explosive punch, each of
his attacking runs causing constant problems. He is a player unflinchingly
focused on his performance and thus every coach’s dream as he gives everything
in every battle. Then comes the flying Dutchman, the man with the golden boot.
Marnix can strike a ball with more technical proficiency than most Ballon D’or
winners. Like the postman he constantly delivers and for someone who lives and
breathes football he was more than deserving of such a glorious victory. Then,
we come to Jayden Ramsay the young man I am most proud of in this glorious
KLASS victory. Jayden is an excellent outfield player who is capable of changing
a game, but during this tournament he stepped up as goalkeeper, a position he
neither wanted to do or was accustomed to. Despite this he was faultless
throughout and showed outstanding bravery, understanding and humility as he
knew the team was in need and that a team’s performance is bigger than an
individual, that all parts of the machine must be present and in all great
deeds a sacrifice is needed. I was truly taken back by how Jayden accepted this
role and subsequently flourished in an environment of constant pressure and
Overall the team were exceptional as they romped to victory and were
crowned deserving champions. In some games they were stretched and under
pressure as goals were hard to come by, but they showed their experience and maturity
as not once did they panic, patiently playing their brand of high level
football and trusting themselves, their teammates and their ability. In other
games they were unstoppable sweeping teams aside with flowing grace. An
all-round performance that cemented them as champions. Every single boy should
treasure the day and treasure each other, as in a football career these moments
are rarer than we realize.
U11 Girls – written by Mrs Hayward
What a fantastic group of girls - they really understood what it was to
be part of a team. Even when in competition they were always there to support
each other and it was a pleasure to be their coach. Their teamwork showed
through, when Ahaana, Yasmin, Erin and Sadie won the 4 x 50m freestyle and
medley relay and broke the school record for both. Ahaana and Sadie also
broke individual school swimming records.
In addition to the medals won in athletics, swimming and T-ball there
were many moments when these girls showed great character. Katie had come from
being ill just days before the competition but worked so hard through the games
and was so tired but did not complain once. Mia stepped up to become goal
keeper in the football tournament when Ahaana injured herself. She had
never played goal keeper before but took on the role and did brilliantly. Even
stopping a goal being scored by using her face left her undeterred. After
Ahaana hurt her knee, she didn’t stop supporting the other girls – even
offering to hop on (literally) when it looked like we needed someone. Yasmin
showed what a great team player she was. She stepped up to run the 800m in the
athletics when we really needed someone. Sadie was exhausted by the last
football game as we had no subs and she hadn’t stopped running all day, but she
pulled herself together and still kept running. Erin was there for everything
and smiled her way through the games.
The year 6 girls were fantastic ambassadors for Alice Smith and I feel
very lucky to have been at the games with them.
U11 Boys – written by Mr Thorpe
Y6 performed incredibly well. Outstanding performances in the pool
and the Athletics track on the first day with many children already collecting
the best part of them medals each. The second day saw Tee-ball and after
an initial set back in the first match, they all worked hard to gain a bronze -
superb team effort. Finally the football - girls did well against strong
opposition and the boys won - personally I don't think they had any chance of
losing! What more can I say - they worked as a team, cried as a team,
cheered as a team, lived as a team and ate as a team!