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Student Engagement in 2016/2017


Over the past academic year, students from EYFS to KS4 and above have been able to get involved in activities, events, competitions and awards in:


  • Science
  • Poetry
  • Art 
  • Film
  • Debate
  • Sport
  • Music
  • Student Leadership
  • Medical Science 


More students and schools than ever before have engaged with COBIS Student Events. We are very grateful to all our host schools and the teachers, school staff and parents who work so hard to prepare and support students for these extra-curricular activities. 


The COBIS Head Office team and the Board are working with new partners to add programmes in social action and mathematics for the 2017/2018 academic year; we hope you enjoy these additions to the COBIS Student Programme. 


COBIS / King's Group Student Leadership Weekend


More than 30 students from COBIS schools in seven countries took part in the 3rd COBIS/King's Group Student Leadership Weekend in Madrid in October 2016.

The students, most of whom hold leadership positions in their schools such as Head Boy or Girl, had an unrivalled opportunity to participate in interactive sessions with trainers and motivational speakers. The sessions focussed on personal branding, public speaking skills, creative problem solving and more.


They also enjoyed a sightseeing tour of Madrid, a delicious tapas lunch, and a murder mystery evening! 

COBIS would like to thank colleagues at King's Group for making this event a success.


Primary Creative Challenge 


For 2017, the COBIS Primary Creative Challenge looked at Life Lessons. Students were tasked to tell us, and ask others, what they thought students need to know.

In total, 21 films were submitted with suggestions on what students should know – from making pizza, to always striving to learn, to making friends, to respecting one another – the list goes one with some great, inspiring and funny ideas!

To watch all the films that were submitted, click here.

Well done to all the students who took part and thank you to all the staff and parents who helped them.

Thank you as well to Oddizzi for partnering with COBIS to run the competition and for providing the prizes of a free subscription to

Key Stage One Winners

  • Best Film – International School of Moscow
  • Most Creative Film – Corona School Apapa

Key Stage Two Winners

  • Best Film – Transylvania College
  • Most Creative Film – International School of Moscow
COBIS Art Competition

The 2017 COBIS Student Art Competition had the theme of "Transformations". Students were invited to interpret this theme through art, and the final pieces included drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more. 

We received 333 entries from 72 schools in total. Well done to all who entered - our judges thoroughly enjoyed looking at all of the excellent pieces of art! 


The prizes have been kindly provided by Browns Books for Students, a COBIS Supporting Member. The winning student from each of the five categories will receive a £25 voucher and the first runner up in each category will receive a £10 voucher.

EYFS Category

  • Winner: Carola Luis de Torres (The British School of Paris)
  • Second Place: Rianna Dasgupta (ELA Basel)


KS1 Category

  • Winner: Oketomi Okusanya (Corona School Ikoyi Lagos)
  • Second Place: Tanitoluwa Akeju (Corona School Ikoyi Lagos)


KS2 Category

  • Winner: Amthaul Raiza Rasha (RISE Bangladesh)
  • Second Place: Polina Koshkarova (King's College Soto de Viñuelas) 

KS3 Category

  • Winner: Laura Zi Ning Noble (The British International School Kuala Lumpur)
  • Second Place: Christin Yuniar Wulandari (Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar)


Groups Category

  • Winner: Transylvania College - Animals
  • Second Place: Park Lane International School - Year 5



COBIS would like to thank all who helped judge the Art Competition this year, including teachers at British Embassy School Ankara, International School of Bucharest, British International School of Stavanger, and The International School of Moscow – your help is invaluable and we truly appreciate the time and effort you put into judging the artwork.


To view the winning entries, please click here


COBIS Poetry Competition 


The COBIS 2017 Student Poetry Competition had the theme of "My Country; How I See It". Students were invited to write a poem on the country they identify with and their perspective on it.


We received 288 entries from 73 schools in total; well done to all who entered!


The winning entries were published in the May 2017 edition of World Student magazine. World Student is a print and digital magazine aimed at students in international schools around the world – and predominantly those studying in COBIS and other British international schools. 


Category A: 10 yrs and under

  • Winner: Imogen O'Connor - Jumeirah Primary School
  • Runner Up: Jason Oghenefejiro Egoh - Start-Rite School


Category B: 11-14 yrs

  • Winner: Zachary How – The British School of Brussels
  • Runner Up: Maia Troconis Wetter - British International School of Stockholm


Category C: 15-19 yrs

  • Winner: Jessica Davies - The British School of Brussels
  • Runner Up: Lamees Abu Saad – International Community School, Amman

COBIS would like to thank all who helped judge the Poetry Competition this year, including teachers at British Embassy School Ankara, Sherborne Qatar, Campion School Athens, The International School of Moscow and Jerudong International School Brunei – your help is invaluable and we truly appreciate the time and effort you put into marking the poems. We would also like to thank the team at John Catt Educational for judging and providing the prizes.


COBIS Young Scientist Film Awards 


The 2017 Young Scientist Film Awards had a record 106 great submissions from 36 COBIS schools, with more than 730 people involved - well done to all who took part! 


To watch all the films, please click here


The winning entries were awarded for "Best Film of an Experiment"


  • Key Stage One and Two: St Lawrence College, The British School in Greece - "A Scientific Method for a Scientific Experiment"
  • Key Stage Three: Jerudong International School - "Which Science Teacher is the Most Dense?"
  • Key Stage Four and Five: Dubai English Speaking College - "Fire Bubbles"


Special Awards


These awards have been given by the scientists at the National Physical Laboratory, for their stand-out nature.


  • Key Stage One and Two - Best Multi-Topic Research Film: Prague British School - "Food Preservation"
  • Key Stage Three - Best Animation: Dubai College - "Saving Energy"
  • Key Stage Four and Five - Best Technology: Haileybury Almaty - "Paper Skateboard"


BrainPOP very kindly offered the winners in the Key Stage 1 and 2, and Key Stage 3 categories a year-long subscription for the whole school.


COBIS Student World Debate Competition 


16 teams from 14 schools visited the English International College 3-5 February 2017 to take part in the COBIS Student World Debate Competition.

Two days of exciting debate culminated in a Cup final between English International College and Dubai College and a Plate final between King's College Madrid and Dubai College 2. The final motion was "This house believes that countries' borders should be eradicated". All four teams fought valiantly with English International College (Blue) winning the Cup competition and Dubai College 2 winning the Plate competition. 


COBIS would like to thank the staff, students and parents at English International College for hosting a wonderful event, including cultural excursions, a gala dinner, an informal Latin-themed party and two days of great debates. 


To find out more about the Debate Competition, please click here



COBIS Medical Review Schools Conference 


Three students from Doha College impressed a team of independent medical experts with their detailed research and presentation on the treatment of Alzheimer's to win the fourth annual Medical Review School Conference.

The three Year 12 students explained why they choose the topic, "we know so little about our brains, and this fascinated us, for our brains are so powerful and yet we only use a small percentage of its potential function. Alzheimer's disease cruelly destroys the brain cells which is devastating not just for the patient but for all around them as the person slowly loses all memories. We chose Don as our patient because "his smile stole our hearts; he has so much to lose being a dad and grandfather as he fights this incurable disease."


Nine schools from across Qatar entered the conference, with more than 65 students taking part.


Twenty-seven teams gave presentations on cancer, infectious diseases, feto-maternal diagnostics, pharmacology, and hereditary diseases during the morning session, with four teams selected to progress to the finals in the afternoon.


To find out more, please click here




St Saviour's School, Ikoyi took home the COBIS Primary Games Champions Cup for an incredible fourth year running with strong performances from debutants Dubai English Speaking School (DESS) (joint second), Children's International School (CIS) (joint second) and JESS, Dubai (third) at the first COBIS Primary Games to be held in the UK.


The Primary Games brought 17 teams from 12 countries to Stantonbury Campus near Milton Keynes for three days of exhilarating action which saw students compete in swimming, athletics and football events.


For more information on the COBIS Primary Games, please click here


The COBIS Secondary Games was hosted in Sheffield, 19-21 May 2017.


27 schools from 17 countries came together for three days of sport - swimming, athletics and football - after which British School Al Khubairat claimed the Championship Cup for the second year in a row. Dubai College came in second place and St Catherine's British School in Athens came in third.

The COBIS Secondary Games was live-streamed this year for the first time. We had more than 1,500 people tune in to watch the Swimming, 4,000 to watch the Athletics and an incredible 6,000 tuned in to watch the Football! To relive the action, you can watch here or you can view the highlight videos put together by our Media Partner Gulf Youth Sport.


For more information on the COBIS Secondary Games, please click here


Well done to all who competed in the COBIS Games this year and a big thank you to all the staff and parents who supported in the UK and also back in your home communities.


Our thanks also go out to O'Neills International Sportswear, our Headline Sponsor for both the Primary and Secondary Games. O'Neills have provided the below message for all who attended the Games.


On behalf of O'Neills Sportswear, we would like to sincerely thank all involved in both the set up and participation of the COBIS Games. We are very proud to be supporting this event as the sports apparel partner to COBIS. O'Neills supply top quality sportswear fully customised to your school's demands in an unbeatable delivery time. By choosing us, you are choosing quality, uniqueness and an outstanding service.


For any queries please contact Cristina McCusker at or +44 287188 2320. 


COBIS Senior School Music Festival 


The third COBIS Senior School Music Festival took place at King's College, The British School of Murcia in sunny Spain over the weekend of 26-28 May 2017. A wonderful weekend of workshops, competitions and performances showcased an array of amazing and incredible musical and vocal talent from students in COBIS schools. With ten schools in attendance from Europe and Asia, this was the largest Music Festival to date! 


For the first time at the COBIS Senior School Music Festival, the Jeremy P Hibbins Memorial Cup was awarded to the Best Ensemble and the inaugural winners were The British School of Kuwait. The Cup was kindly donated by the family of Jeremy Hibbins, an inspirational teacher and talented musician who founded The British School of Ljubljana but tragically passed away in 2013.


To find out more or to watch some of the films from the weekend, please click here


Student Achievement Awards 

More than 120 students received a COBIS Student Achievement Award this year. 


Each year COBIS schools may nominate up to three students to receive one of these coveted awards which recognise outstanding individual achievement and contribution to an aspect of school or community life.


COBIS would like to thank Winter's International School Finder for sponsoring the 2017 Student Achievement Awards.


Congratulations to all who received an award. 


COBIS Programme for Student Leaders 


Based on the principles of the COBIS Programme for Middle Leaders, British School Muscat undertook a Student Leadership programme this year for students.


Students took on a leadership role in school which focused on a specific and real area of school improvement, but most importantly which supported them to learn about leadership in the process. 


By taking part in the CPSL, participants were able to make a contribution to the development of the school and the school community through:

  • Deeper and more meaningful student leadership and engagement.
  • Genuine 'student voice' with students working on real projects that have impact and a legacy.
  • Developing a range of skills in students that will help their learning.


Well done to the 33 students who took part in the programme! 

New Opportunities for 2017/2018

COBIS Global Social Leaders Catalyst in China 


COBIS is delighted to announce a fantastic new opportunity for students in all COBIS schools to participate in a unique leadership course in China in December 2017.


COBIS is working in partnership with Future Foundations and the Wellington Leadership Institute to deliver the COBIS Global Social Leaders (GSL) Catalyst at Wellington College International Shanghai in December 2017. 


Do you have students in Years 8, 9 and 10 who show leadership potential? Bring a group to Shanghai to develop their leadership skills, build their confidence, and experience exciting and unique aspects of Chinese culture through a cultural excursion. Accompanying teachers can also benefit from a specific staff leadership programme delivered by Future Foundations and the Wellington Leadership Institute plus full access to the main GSL Catalyst Course. Furthermore, one teacher attends for free for every five student places booked!


Please click here to find out more. 


COBIS / Mangahigh Maths Challenge 

COBIS has partnered with Mangahigh to create a competition for COBIS schools to take part in. Mangahigh uses online games and activities to help students, aged 5-16 years, learn to love mathematics while developing their understanding and knowledge! 

The competition will take place over a fortnight in November 2017, during which time students in COBIS schools will develop their maths skills online, scoring points to achieve individual prizes as well as to win Amazon vouchers for their school. 

More information will be announced in September 2017. 


COBIS / Future Foundations Global Social Leaders


COBIS and Future Foundations have partnered to create a competition for 11-15 year olds in COBIS schools. 


Students will have the chance to work in groups to create a social action project to bring about change in their community. Projects will be based on one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as outlined by the UN.


Teachers will be able to sign up before the summer holidays with the brief and project template sent out in early September 2017. Feedback will be given to all projects and groups will have to write a one-page report  in the spring term. 


The winning team and first runner up will be given exclusive prizes.


More information will be announced shortly on the COBIS website


COBIS Head Office

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