May 2015 | COBIS Competitions and Events Newsletter


COBIS Competitions and Events


May 2015

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In This Issue:

1.   Introduction
2.   2015/2016 COBIS Student Competitions and Events Calendar
3.   2015 Spring Term Results
4.   2015 Summer Term Results
5.   2015 Summer Term Events
6.   New Events for the 2015/2016 Academic Year
7.   Contact Us


This year has been a fantastic year for COBIS Student Engagement, with more than 2,000 students taking place in competitions and events worldwide. The COBIS Art Competition was launched this year with 223 entries from 36 COBIS schools; the judges were blown away by the standard of artwork produced. Also new for this year is the Senior School Music Festival, taking place in Prague next weekend. I’m sure it will be a wonderful celebration of talent and hard work.

As ever, we are very grateful to all the schools who have hosted events and competitions this year and for those who are planning on hosting events and competitions over the next year. Read on for details on proposed dates for all the student engagement opportunities in 2015-2016 and we hope to see lots of our members getting involved over the next academic year.  

Kind regards,

Colin Bell


COBIS Student Events and Competitions Calendar - 2015/2016

Below are the proposed dates and deadlines for all COBIS Competitions and Events for the next academic year. 

Autumn Term 

Spring Term

Summer Term

    2015 Spring Term Results 

    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.

    Key Stage One Winners:

    Key Stage Two Winners:

    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 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

    COBIS Student World Debate Competition 

    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 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 team became the runners up in what was a very closely fought final which debated whether advertising does more harm than good. 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.

    Congratulations to all teams that took part in the 2015 COBIS Student World Debate competition and we look forward to another exciting competition next year!

    COBIS Poetry Competition

    Well done to all who took part in this year’s poetry competition. We received 171 entries from students in 43 COBIS schools on the theme of “The Funny Side of Life”. Both the team at COBIS Head Office and the judges really enjoyed reading the entries!


    Category A: 10 years and under

    Category B: 11 - 14 years

    Category C: 15 - 19 years 

    Congratulation to all four winners! Their poems were published in the second edition of COBIS World Student Magazine, a print and digital magazine aimed at students in international schools around the world – and sent to all COBIS schools. 

    COBIS would like to thank John Catt Educational and Ian Bland for providing the prizes and for judging the entries. Thanks also to the teachers at Dubai College, British Embassy School Ankara and Prague British School who provided additional judging.

    2015 Summer Term Results

    COBIS Young Scientist Film Awards

    The winners for the 2015 COBIS Young Scientist Film Awards were announced during the COBIS Annual Conference earlier this month. A panel of judges from the National Physical Laboratory reviewed all the exciting experiments before making their decisions.

    To see the nominations, runners up and winners and watch the great films, click here

    COBIS would like to thank our generous partners, NPL, for coordinating the Awards and being key to the judging process. We would also like to thank TTS Group, one of our supporting members, for sponsoring this competition and providing the prizes and Twig World for sponsoring category awards. 

    COBIS Art Competition

    The COBIS Art Competition was introduced this academic year with the theme “I live in this beautiful place”. 223 entries from 36 schools were sent in, depicting striking scenes from across the globe. Well done to all who took part and thanks to our Supporting Members, Serif Europe and Eric Parry Architects for sponsoring the prizes.

    The winners will be announced early next week on the COBIS website.

    COBIS would also like to thank our judges from Eric Parry Architects, British Embassy School Ankara and the Richmond upon Thames Arts Service.

    COBIS Student Achievement Awards

    The COBIS Student Achievement Awards are presented to students for:

    • Outstanding academic achievement at GCSE, A Level, or IB
    • Sustained, high level contributions to the wider life of the school
    • Significant contributions to the school’s charity fundraising activities
    • 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.)

    Congratulations to all who have received a COBIS Student Achievement Award. The full list can be seen here.

    COBIS Student Games

    Congratulations to all who took part in the COBIS Games in Athens earlier this month. It was a fantastic three days of sporting excellence with great displays of teamwork and friendship.

    St Saviour's, Ikoyi has retained the Primary Games title for the second year running with Dubai College claiming victory at the Secondary Games. Well done to the more than 500 students from 28 schools who took part and a very big thank you to St Catherine's British School for hosting such a marvellous event.

    To read more and see the full tables of results, please click here. There will be a separate email celebrating the COBIS Games sent out next week. This will provide a full summary of the COBIS Games in Athens as well as the Invitation Cups that took place at King's College, The British School of Alicante and Park Lane International School, Prague.





    2015 Summer Term Events 

    COBIS Senior School Music Festival

    The COBIS Senior School Music Festival is taking place next weekend at Prague British School. Schools from Europe will be attending to take part in two days of workshops, shows and cultural sight-seeing.

    Best of luck to all taking part, especially those who are competing! For more information on the Music Festival, click here

    New Events for the 2015/2016 Academic Year 

    COBIS Model-UN

    We are pleased to announce that the first COBIS-MUN will be hosted by the International British School of Bucharest in Romania from 3-6 March 2016.

    The COBIS-MUN offers students from COBIS Schools worldwide the opportunity to come together for a common purpose, to discuss important common issues that face our world today. This event will offer students the opportunity to intellectually engage with other like-minded people while developing key skills, including debating, critical and creative thinking, and the art of compromise, which are increasingly necessary in the world today.

    If your school would like to attend the first COBIS-MUN, please complete the School Registration Form, returning it by the 12 June 2015. A letter of acceptance will be sent out by 19 June 2015 requiring you to pay the €150 registration fee by 29 June 2015 to secure you place at the COBIS-MUN in March. Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 150 delegates.

    Schools with no previous MUN experience are welcome to apply, with IBSB looking to select a mixture of both experienced and first time MUN schools.

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