As members of FOBISIA (Federation of British International Schools in Asia) we are able to participate in a variety of events over the course of an academic year. FOBISIA schools normally host and organise these events which encompasses the following areas: Design Technology, Drama, Environmental Conference, Sport, Mathematics, Model United Nations, Music, Student Leadership plus online competitions.
As relative newcomers to FOBISIA (March 2017) we have been able to participate in the FOBISIA Under 15 Games, The Environmental Conference, MUN, a Design Technology competition and some online competitions.
FOBISIA Under 15 Games
On Thursday 2nd of November the U15 FOBISIA squad returned from Phuket, Thailand where they had been competing in the FOBISIA games. This was the first time students from SKISS had participated in the FOBISIA Games which sees top international schools from around Asia competing in a series of sports over 4 days.
We are absolutely delighted to announce that the tour was incredibly successful with some outstanding team and individual performances. The competition was divided into 4 sporting categories and SKISS finished in the top 3 in each event, which is truly incredible as this was our first time participating in the games. We are especially pleased to announce that we came first in the Athletics competition.
FOBISIA Under 13 Games
The Under 13 FOBISIA squad performed fantastically across the three days of competition although it was the first time students in Years 7 and 8 had participated in an international sports tournament. In a highly competitive division including strong teams from Nepal, Thailand and Singapore the team performed superbly across the four disciplines of Football, Basketball, Swimming and Athletics. The highlights of the tour included 3rd place in the Boys football and the 2nd place in the Athletics.
In part being inspired by the successes of the Under 15 squad, the Under 13 squad simply picked up from where the Under 15s left off and returned from Phuket with a ton of medals, making it an unforgettable experience for all!
F1 in Schools Competition
In September Mr Bartok and a team of five students participated in the FOBISIA “F1 in Schools” competition, hosted by Garden International School. “F1 in Schools” is a world-wide competition that requires students to design and race a scale model car. The car must be designed using 3D Design software (Autodesk Fusion 360) and built using a 3-axis milling machine. In addition to producing a functional car, students must also prepare a 20-page portfolio to document the design process as well as a verbal presentation to explain their design journey.
Our team name was ‘Fire Flash’ and much like a real Formula 1 team, students had to raise money for sponsorship to aid in the building of their car and to cover the costs of their team branding (team shirts, display boards, promotional material). The team worked for one hour per week for over 4 months after school to prepare for the event and had displayed much resilience to overcome unforeseen issues along the way. The team placed 6th in the competition which was an excellent achievement.
FOBISIA Environmental Conference 2017: Kathmandu, Nepal
In March 2017 students from Years 9 and 10 attended the 2nd FOBISIA Environmental Conference in Kathmandu, Nepal.
It was an exciting opportunity to take part in an international conference to discuss issues that are affecting people and countries across the ASEAN region. With such a diverse range of people there were a number of fantastic discussions about the future environmental sustainability in Asia. The students also took part in a number of practical tasks to develop ways to help poorer communities in Nepal.
Day 1 - Students learnt how to build houses from earth, plastic and gravel followed by a trek to a peek 2500 above the Kathmandu Valley where they learnt about air pollution and its effects on the environment.
Day 2 - Students learnt ways for rural communities to light and ventilate their homes using sustainable materials. Solutions included constructing lights from plastic bottles and ventilation using an ingenious filtering system. The students also designed new wood burners as a way of reducing harmful air pollution in small rural huts and improving the health prospects of women who spend many hours cooking. The second part of the day students learnt how to create sustainable ways of protecting houses from earthquakes
Day 3 - Students took part in a scientific conference and discussed sustainability issues that affect them across Asia. Students from SKIS did a great job describing development and Eco Schools in Malaysia. A tour of the centre also provided the visitors with the opportunity to see practical solutions to problems people face in the Himalayas. There were some fantastic examples of how to produce energies using sustainable technologies in rural areas as well as the different crops and plants they grow across the region.