What makes our 21st century world different each and every day from the previous day is the level of connectedness. We connect digitally more and more everyday.
On a different level, as you are aware, BSM is connected globally through various networks. Our curriculum structures and culminating assessments are provided by Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) and the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), we are accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and, we are regionally represented at the East Asian Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS). Our strongest connection through which our students directly connect on the sportsfield and stage, is the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA).
In November 1988, as a precursor to FOBISIA, the first meeting of five British School Heads in the region was held in Jakarta and BSM, as a founding member school was represented by Mrs Cloutt.
FOBISIA has now grown to 69 schools representing roughly 70,000 children in a region stretching from Sri Lanka to Japan. 35 professional development events and over 50 student enrichment events are held annually.
We are incredibly proud of our involvement in the federation over the past 31 years and BSM has led various key functions within FOBISIA including most recently, FOBISIA Executive Committee Chairmanship (Simon Mann), current Sport Executive Committee Chair (Lewis Keens) and current Child Protection Executive Chair (Rebekah Russell).
As mentioned, FOBISIA also offers professional platforms for growth and development and at the recent Leadership
Conference, keynote speaker, neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield spoke on the connectedness through technology which changes how we view the world and interact with it, and how we can prepare our children for a new world order. In the introduction to her topic she says:
If we can devise an environment and culture for ensuring the revival of previously basic activities of daily life requiring linear sequencing over protracted periods of time (sport, reading, music, cooking, gardening, reading), then we shall be able to use technology as a means rather than as an end in itself, and thereby attain real fulfilment as individuals.
BSM is certainly ticking these boxes and we will continue to develop in order to best serve our children and community.
See the summary of Baroness Greenfield’s talk here: https://www.fobisia.org/page.cfm?p=1130
Thursday morning saw the second Head’s Tea on the balcony, celebrating student contribution and achievement. It was a delightful experience engaging with sentient, articulate and passionate young adults from the cast of Chicago and the Arts Tech teams who also supported our recent Guy Fawkes night. Very proud of them!