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In This Issue:
1. Welcome from Colin Bell, COBIS CEO
2. Dates For Your Diaries
3. COBIS Student Competitions & Events
4. New Member Schools
5. Professional Development
6. School Member News
7. News from COBIS Schools Around the World
8. COBIS Webinars
9. Supporting Member News
10. Contact Us
Welcome from Colin Bell, COBIS CEO
As I write, the COBIS Conference for Teachers and Support Staff at St Catherine’s British School in Athens is wrapping up after two days of excellent speakers and sessions. On behalf of COBIS, I would like to thank St Catherine’s for hosting this event and I hope that delegates from your schools came back buzzing with new ideas and knowledge which they can put into action in your classrooms.
I was delighted to meet with colleagues at the recent British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) Conference in Qatar. Thank you to BSME for the invitation and the opportunity to present to conference regarding Safeguarding and the International Task Force on Child Protection, a topic which is of the highest importance to our family of COBIS member schools and those within BSME, FOBISIA, LAHC, CIS, ECIS and NABSS. I was also honoured to join colleagues at Inspiring Futures, our valued COBIS supporting members, at a Reception held at the House of Commons last month. The excellent work accomplished by The Inspiring Futures Foundation which offers specialist careers guidance training, was celebrated and shared by attendees. I would like to thank our colleagues at Inspiring Futures for this invitation.
On behalf of COBIS, I would also like to congratulate all students who recently took part in our COBIS student competitions – the COBIS Primary Creative Challenge and the COBIS World Debate competition, which was held at the British School in Bucharest last month. The team from The Edron Academy in Mexico City were the worthy winners of the 2015 title in what was a very closely fought competition. I would also encourage you to watch the videos from the COBIS Primary Creative Challenge which are now on our YouTube channel – links are provided below. This year’s theme, Come Dine with Us! generated some fantastic entries which will undoubtedly have you salivating!
Finally it’s all change at COBIS Head Office this month as we bid farewell to our latest COBIS Intern, Tamsin Gordon, and welcome our newest recruit, Amy Carter. On behalf of all of us at COBIS, we’d like to thank Tamsin for her excellent contribution over the last six months. Tamsin is off travelling around Australia, New Zealand and Asia for the next four months so we wish her well.
We would like to welcome Amy, who has extensive experience living and working overseas after several teaching placements in Spain and one in Tanzania. Amy is the third COBIS Intern and the scheme continues to go from strength to strength, helping young graduates to gain valuable work experience in the field of international education. We would like to welcome Amy and we look forward to many of you meeting her at our forthcoming COBIS Annual Conference in May.
Dates for Your Diaries
COBIS Conference for Teachers and Four-Day Middle Leaders’ Programme
Future Learners – The Challenge of a New Environment
20-21 March 2015 (Middle Leaders 19-22 March 2015)
The British School of Beijing, China
COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff
Stakeholder Engagement: the Past, the Present and the Prospective
23-24 April 2015
Dubai College, United Arab Emirates
Safer Recruitment for International Schools Course
9 May 2015, London
34th COBIS Annual Conference
Measuring Success: Wellbeing, Resilience, Education and Leadership in British Schools Overseas
9-11 May 2015
Park Plaza Hotel, London
Advanced Child Protection Course
12 May 2015, London
IPML Facilitator Training
12-14 May 2015, London
COBIS Student Competitions and Events
Good luck to all schools taking part in all of our competitions and events. To get your school involved, go to www.cobis.org.uk/COBIS_Student_Events
The Edron Academy Wins the COBIS Student World Debate 2015
The team from The Edron Academy in Mexico City were the worthy winners of the 2015 COBIS Student World Debate competition which was held at the British School of Bucharest from 6-8 February 2015. The all-female team (pictured right) were on fine form as they battled some excellent teams from COBIS schools around the world to take the title from last year's winners, the British School in The Netherlands.
The host school were runners up in what was a very closely fought final which debated whether advertising does more harm than good. The Edron Academy proposed the motion with the British School of Bucharest opposing. It was the first time that The Edron Academy had entered the competition, although the team has previously competed in debate competitions in the Americas.
The winners of the Plate competition were the team from St George's International School in Luxembourg with Rygaards International School in Denmark as the runners up.
COBIS would like to thank the host school, the British School of Bucharest for hosting a fantastic competition, and in particular Elisabeth Citron and Sarah Palmer for their incredible organisation of this event. Thanks also to Headmistress Jo Puddy-Wells for allowing COBIS to host the competition at the school. A lively social calendar was also arranged alongside the competition, enabling students from all teams to get to know one another and form global friendships.
Congratulations to all teams that took part in the 2015 COBIS Student World Debate competition and we look forward to another closely fought competition next year!
COBIS Primary Creative Challenge
'Come Dine With Us!' was the theme for the 2015 COBIS Primary Creative Challenge, with KS1 and KS2 students creating a stunning array of mouth-watering culinary delicacies from around the world.
In total, 41 films from more than 20 COBIS schools were submitted showcasing how to prepare drinks, desserts, snacks and main courses from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. All the fantastic films can be viewed here on the COBIS YouTube Channel.
Congratulations and well done to all the students who took part and thank you to all the staff and parents who offered their support and guidance.
Congratulations to all our Primary Creative Challenge Winners!
Key Stage One Winners:
Key Stage Two Winners:
Each school has won a subscription to Oddizzi.com and Lonely Planet Kids books. To watch all of the great entries, click here.
Thank you to our friends from Oddizzi for partnering with COBIS to run the competition and for generously providing winning schools with a free subscription to Oddizzi.com plus Lonely Planet Kids books. Thanks also to Browns Books for Students for providing books for two of our winning schools who already subscribe to Oddizzi.com.
COBIS Young Scientist Film Awards
There is still time to register for the COBIS Young Scientist Film Awards. If you are taking part, then please note the deadline for the first cut submissions is 11 March 2015. Enter your film by this date for feedback before final submissions are due on 6 May 2015.
For inspiration from last year's competition click here or for more information and to register click here.
COBIS Art Competition
The COBIS art competition is new for the 2014/2015 academic year and is open to all students from EYFS to Key Stage 3. Schools can submit up to three entries in each Key Stage. Each category will have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place award with fantastic prizes for both students and schools being provided by Serif Europe and Eric Parry Architects.
The theme is “I live in this beautiful place…” To enter, teachers should submit a photograph of the student's artwork with their name, age and school name by e-mail to Catriona Lawless on email@example.com before 20 April 2015. For more information, click here.
COBIS Student Achievement Awards
Each year COBIS schools can nominate up to 3 students to receive a COBIS Student Achievement Award which recognises outstanding individual achievement and contribution in any aspect of school or community life.
Students are eligible for the award:
- For outstanding academic achievement at GCSE, A Level, or IB.
- In Primary Schools, the Award could be given for outstanding academic achievement throughout KS2.
- For sustained, high level contributions to the wider life of the school.
- For significant contributions to the school’s charity fundraising activities.
- For a single act of bravery (e.g. assisting in an emergency medical situation in which a life was at risk, rescue of another student in danger during an expedition, etc.).
- At the discretion of the Head of the school in the context of local circumstances or events.
To nominate a student at your school, click here. Awards will be distributed at the COBIS Annual Conference in May.
New COBIS Member Schools
COBIS would like to welcome staff and students from the following new schools into membership. On behalf of all of us at COBIS, we look forward to working with you.
Brookhouse School, Kenya
COBIS would like to welcome Brookhouse School in Nairobi, Kenya into membership. The school is already accredited by CIS, NCUK and IAPS and can now add COBIS Member status to this list.
Director John O’Connor said upon accepting COBIS membership, “Brookhouse is delighted that our application for COBIS membership has been approved. This reinforces our commitment to continuous improvement of the delivery of quality education”.
British International School of Cracow, Poland
COBIS is delighted to welcome our first member school in Cracow, Poland into membership. The British International School of Cracow will be 10 years old this August and educates over 200 pupils aged 3-19.
Headmaster Dr Stanislaw Kwiecinski was delighted to accept membership on behalf of the school adding, “the British International School of Cracow accepts COBIS Member status with great pride”.
Scientia School, Dubai
Scientia School in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has been awarded COBIS Candidate School membership ahead of opening in September 2016. The school will be located in the Al Barsha area and will welcome pupils aged 3-11 on opening.
Founding Principal, Dr Mike Vizzard, was delighted to receive COBIS Candidate School membership and looks forward to accessing quality COBIS services ahead of the school opening next year.
The British International School Yangon, Myanmar
COBIS is delighted to welcome our first member school in Myanmar. The British International School Yangon has recently been approved for COBIS membership.The school opened in August 2014 and educates 74 children aged 2-10 years. The school is part of the British Schools Foundation (BSF) and is the 7th BSF school to join COBIS.
New COBIS Accredited Member Schools
COBIS would like to congratulate the following schools who have become COBIS Accredited Members following successful BSO inspections:
COBIS would also like to congratulate the following schools who have undergone successful BSO inspections and retained COBIS Accredited Membership:
Recent CPD Events
COBIS Conference for Teachers and Support Staff: Excellence and Happiness: Creating a Collaborative Learning Ethos for the Whole School
& Four-day Middle Leaders’ Course: Leading Learning from the Middle
28 Feb - 3 March 2015
St Catherine's British School, Athens
Congratulations to colleagues at St Catherine's British School in Athens for hosting a successful COBIS Conference for Teachers and Support Staff and a four day Middle Leaders' Programme delivered by Karen Ardley Associates. The conference programme featured a range of thought-provoking and inspirational sessions including excellent keynote addresses by Will Ord, Gervase Phinn and Sir John Jones. Participants took part in diverse workshops ranging from Mindfulness to Pupil Voice to Samba Drumming, and enjoyed a fantastic gala dinner in central Athens. These two events were attended by delegates from schools in Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, El Salvador, Greece, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
COBIS Conference for Teachers: Beijing, China - 20-21 March 2015 **LAST CHANCE TO BOOK - Book Your Place Now**
Future Learners - The Challenges of a New Environment
The British School of Beijing, Shunyi
Delegates are still welcome to register for the COBIS and BSB Professional Learning Conference taking place at the British School of Beijing, 20-21 March 2015. A revised programme has been published – click here to download it. COBIS Schools can also access a new, reduced delegate fee of £200
For more information and a booking form, please click here.
A four-day programme for Middle Leaders will run alongside the conference, 19-22 March. Click here for more information.
2nd COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff: Dubai, UAE
23-24 April 2015
**BOOKING OPEN - Book Your Place Now**
Stakeholder Engagement: The Past, The Present and The Prospective
Dubai College, UAE
Booking is open for the 2nd COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff. The conference is filling up quickly and early booking is recommended. The programme will cover a range of topics including:
- Marketing & Admissions for British International Schools
- Alumni Engagement
- Establishing a Development Office
- The Customer Journey
- Media Relations for Schools
- Parent Engagement
- Social Media and Technology
- And more
Click here to view a draft programme.
For more information and a booking form, please click here.
COBIS Conference for Teachers, Leaders and Support Staff: Lagos, Nigeria - 16-17 April 2015
Students Taking Ownership of Their Learning **POSTPONED**
Grange School, Lagos
With regret that after due consideration by colleagues from Grange School, Lagos and COBIS, the decision has been made to postpone the COBIS Conference for Teachers, Leaders and Support Staff. This high quality conference was due to be hosted by Grange School in Lagos, Nigeria, between 16-17 April 2015. The reason for postponement relates to the rescheduling of the forthcoming Parliamentary elections and the elections for state governors and assemblies. The intention remains for Grange School to host a COBIS Professional Development Conference during Easter 2016. COBIS will continue to work with Grange School to this aim.
34th COBIS Annual Conference, 9-11 May 2015, London
Measuring Success: Wellbeing, Resilience, Education and Leadership in British Schools Overseas
Sponsored by TES Global
Heads, Governors, Deputy Heads and other Senior Managers are invited to register for the 34th COBIS Annual Conference (Park Plaza Hotel, Victoria, London).
Click here to download a copy of the draft programme
Click here to view a copy of the conference flyer
See below for more information about additional courses running alongside the conference.
COBIS Spark - at the COBIS Annual Conference
COBIS leaders sharing innovation and best practice
COBIS colleagues are invited to participate in a new initiative at the COBIS Annual Conference (9-11 May 2015). COBIS Spark will be a chance for leaders from COBIS Schools to give short presentations (maximum 7 minutes) to other delegates about an area of innovation or best practice within their school. Spark events (also billed as TeachMeet) have taken place successfully in a number of international schools in recent years, and COBIS is keen to give senior leaders attending the Annual Conference the same sort of opportunity to share their experience and expertise, learn from colleagues, and come away with new ideas. For more information or to express your interest, please contact Fiona Rogers on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Conference Shoulder Courses
Annual Conference delegates may be interested in these other training opportunities, running alongside the Annual Conference.
Pre-Conference Seminar and Afternoon Tea, 9 May 2015, 2:45-3:45, London
Levels...Baseline...National Tests...What's happening with assessment policy back in the UK?
A unique opportunity for COBIS schools to hear the latest from the UK regarding the recent changes in education policy. Colin Watson (Deputy Director, Assessment Policy & Development) from the Department of Education) will give an overview of what’s been happening back in the UK to include the new Baseline assessment, removal of National Curriculum Levels and an update on schools performance measures. Following the session there will be an opportunity for networking and afternoon tea will be provided courtesy of GL Education. For more information and a booking form, please click here.
Safer Recruitment for International Schools, 9 May 2015, London
Before the official start of the Annual Conference, COBIS will be offering delegates the opportunity to attend a course on Safer Recruitment for International Schools, delivered by Barabarani Education Services. For more information and a booking form, please click here.
Advanced Child Protection Course, 12 May 2015, London
On the Tuesday following the Annual Conference, COBIS will be running an Advanced Child Protection Course, delivered by Kidscape. For more information and a booking form, please click here.
Annual Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors
COBIS would like to thank our Annual Conference sponsors: TES Global (headline sponsor), Cambridge International Examinations, Capita SIMS, TTS Group Ltd, iSAMS, Rising Stars, Follett International, WCBS, Firefly, Double First and Interactive Schools.
There will be a large exhibition of Supporting Members at the Annual Conference. To view a list of exhibitors, please click here.
IPML Facilitator Training **Limited Places Remaining**
12-14 May 2015, London
COBIS has a formal partnership arrangement with the National College for Teaching and Leadership in the UK for the delivery of the International Programme for Middle Leaders (IPML). The IPML is running, through COBIS, in The Netherlands and Spain this year, with participants from schools in Brazil, Italy, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Romania, Spain and The Netherlands. COBIS is now in a position to train new facilitators who will then be able to deliver this programme in their own schools. An IPML Facilitator Training Course will run in London from 12-14 May 2015, immediately following the Annual Conference. Places on this course are very limited. For more information, or to book a place, please click here.
Other Association Events
FOBISIA Teachers’ Conference: Fit For Purpose?
JW Marriott Phuket, Thailand
17th-18th October 2015
FOBISIA invites members of COBIS to the inaugural FOBISIA Teachers' Conference held at JW Marriott Phuket, Thailand on the 17th-18th October 2015.
The conference is entitled "Fit for Purpose?", with themes on Technology, Career Advancement, Global Sustainability Issues and Job Alike Workshops. Each of these themes is specifically targeted to teachers and there will be great networking and social opportunities. David Begbie of the Crossroads Foundation, the keynote speaker, will inspire each delegate with his insightful view of 'Fit for Purpose'.
The cost of the conference (excluding hotel accommodation) is SGD 555, inclusive of the two day Conference, Welcome Drinks on Friday and Dinner on Saturday. FOBISIA has negotiated a special conference price for accommodation at either JW Marriott Phuket for THB 5,000 net (booking form here), including breakfast per night or Renaissance Phuket for THB 4,000 (booking form here)net including breakfast, per night.
Further to this, FOBISIA would like to invite delegates to apply for the role of workshop leaders on one of the Conference Themes. The successful applicant will be offered a 50% discount on the Conference Fee.
- For further information and the full conference invitation click here
- For the ‘Fit For Purpose’ conference flyer click here
- For a conference registration form click here
- For a Workshop Leader application form click here
British Schools in the Middle East Conference
February 2015, Doha Qatar
COBIS CEO, Colin Bell, recently attended the British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) Annual Conference which was hosted by Doha College.
Keynote speakers included Alan November and James Nottingham and Colin presented to BSME heads regarding Safeguarding and the International Task Force Child Protection. The Organization of British Overseas Schools (ORBOS) was also introduced to BSME Heads during the conference.
The conference was an excellent opportunity to meet with Heads from COBIS Schools and Supporting Members. Gary Benfield from The ABC International School in Vietnam was present as a guest, representing FOBISIA. Whilst in Doha, Colin met with senior representatives from the UK Ambassadors Office, UKTI and the British Council. These meetings were in connection with COBIS representation to the Supreme Education Council (SEC), Qatar, for formal recognition of the BSO inspection system. The trip was an overall success and worthwhile visit.
School Member News
COBIS Welcome New Member to Head Office Team
COBIS would like to welcome our newest International Marketing Intern, Amy Carter, to the Head Office team this month. Amy joins us after almost two years in Spain, where she worked in various teaching roles in a number of regions. Prior to this, she graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in English Literature. We welcome Amy to the team and look forward to working with her.
Kirkland Rowell Surveys Benchmarking Initiative
In partnership with COBIS, GL Education, publishers of the Kirkland Rowell Surveys, are delighted to offer you the opportunity to participate in a new benchmarking initiative. This initiative will support your school’s engagement with stakeholders and ongoing self-assessment, as well as enabling you to measure your school against the COBIS membership and other international schools.
Along with the new COBIS Annual Research Survey, which was recently completed by many COBIS schools, this initiative will also help COBIS to deliver on a key objectives for 2014-15, which is to better understand the characteristics of the COBIS membership in order to develop member services and support lobbying efforts.
To achieve a valid COBIS benchmark requires participation by a sufficient number and range of our members. To encourage as wide a range of members as possible to participate, COBIS has negotiated an extremely attractive price for COBIS members of £500 for Primary or Secondary schools and £700 for All Through schools. This offer is for the full digital survey service provided by Kirkland Rowell incorporating survey design, audience communication, data analysis and the production of detailed management reports for all three key audiences: parents, students and staff. The offer is available for the first 50 schools to sign up for the programme.
To confirm your participation in the initiative please contact Andrew Sleath at GL Education email@example.com - or call him on +44 20 8996 3353. For more information visit the website.
Introducing International Teacher Magazine (ITM)
For a long time Consilium Education have felt that there was a need for a different kind of magazine for teachers working internationally – and ITM – International Teacher Magazine – is the outcome. With a focus not only on learning and professional matters, but also on lifestyle, culture, travel and fun – ITM reflects the reasons why people choose to work overseas in the first place.
ITM is published free online at http://consiliumeducation.com/itm/
Visit the ITM Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/InternationalTeacherMagazine
News From COBIS Schools Around the World
Aloha College Supporting Cáritas and Inspiring Solidarity
Marbella (Málaga), 11 February 2015
In December the pupils of Aloha College collected non-perishable food items and used clothing to take to Cáritas in La Cala de Mijas to be distributed to people in need within their local community. Just prior to Christmas, they delivered 4 large boxes of food and several bags of clothing.
This inspired one pupil even further – Shaneze Sibille from Year 5 in the Primary School was so moved after delivering the goods, she decided to prolong the appeal. With her father’s support, she contacted several companies asking for further donations and delivered extra boxes of food to this charity. She is now expecting some further donations of food from different companies. She has even asked her friends to bring for her forthcoming birthday party food for Cáritas instead of a big present - Cáritas has proudly named her their “Junior Ambassador”.
This is not the only case of charity inspiration at Aloha College. Edward Martínez in Year 7 and Nicholas Martínez in Year 13 have been junior ambassadors for the last three years. They both regularly work at the Caritas center, and during Xmas holidays, they help to organise and distribute toys to the families. Nicholas is now about to start a course that will make him a fully-trained volunteer and take up a post of responsibility in the organisation when he is 18. Our photo (above) shows all three Aloha College students.
The Art of Possibilities Workshop
Creating a sense of place and belonging in our International School
Saturday 2nd May 2015, The Hague
On Saturday 2nd May The British School in The Netherlands (BSN) is hosting a day long workshop where you and fellow teachers can learn effective strategies on enabling young people to feel they belong.
Professor Kathryn Riley, an International scholar, leading practitioner as well as author of Leadership of Place: Stories from the US, UK & South Africa along with Poet TioMolina–choreographer, poet, dancer and artistic director will together lead a workshop which will aim to:
- Create understanding about Leadership of Place and how this can be exercised throughout the school and connected to local families
- Illustrate how poetry can be used to develop the talents of young people, build their self confidence and sense of belonging
- Grow leadership capacity by identifying the ‘leaderly’ actions that staff can take to enable young people to feel they fit in
This one day workshop will ask the question “Is this school a place where all young people and adults feel they belong”?
Click here to view the workshop's flyer with further information.
The COBIS webinar schedule for spring 2015 has recently been announced. Webinars include LinkedIn for Beginners in association with COBIS supporting member Interactive Schools, and Assessing Pupils’ Progress in a World Without Levels in association with COBIS supporting member Rising Stars. To book your free place, please visit our website.
Past webinar recordings are available in the COBIS Member Area. All webinars are free of charge for COBIS members.
Supporting Member News
COBIS Supporting Member Survey 2015
Every year, COBIS sends out a feedback survey to our valued supporting member colleagues so you can let us know what you think about your membership and any areas COBIS can improve. As a consultative association, this feedback is vital to us so we can review our membership offer and ensure you receive the best value for your supporting member investment.
The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete so please do take some time to tell us what you think of your membership. Please click here to complete the survey. The deadline is Monday 16 March 2015.
2015 State of International Schools Admission – Survey Research Project
COBIS Schools are invited to participate in a new research project, delivered by SSATB in partnership with ISC Research and ECIS. The objectives of the survey are to define the roles played by admission officers within and across international schools; gain a better understanding of the admission process and operation within and across international schools; explore the cost of tuition and the degree of financial aid offered at international schools; examine the challenges international schools face in terms of recruitment and selection of students; review key issues relating to governance and decision making; and assess salary and budgeting practices. Survey responses will be collected this term from schools worldwide. To express interest in participating, please email TFrazzetto@ssat.org. The deadline for submission is 6 March 2015. All responding schools will have access to the final report.
3P Learning Wins two Awards at the World's Leading Education Technology Event
3P Learning has been awarded two prestigious BETT 2015 awards in the ‘Best Whole Course Curriculum Content’ and ‘Best International Resources’ categories. Coinciding with BETT, the world’s largest education technology show, the awards are considered the highest accolade in the industry.
3P Learning scooped the awards for its core curriculum digital learning resource Mathletics, which is used by nearly five million teachers and students globally. The BETT Awards play a key role in identifying and rewarding innovative ICT resources and services for use in education. The winning organisations were announced at the BETT Awards dinner in London on Wednesday 21 January.
3P Learning has also been recognised by The Education Resources Awards (ERA), who have nominated them as finalists in five different categories for 2015.
For further information please click here.
College Board’s Summer Institute for International Counselors
Register today for the College Board’s Summer Institute for International Counselors, a comprehensive, interactive professional development program for counselors at international secondary schools taking place from June 15-18 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Workshops will be led by experienced counselors and senior admission leaders at New York University; University of California, Berkeley; Columbia University; and Wesleyan University.
To sign up visit: collegeboard.org/si-intl
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