Tag archives for February 2014

FOBIT 2015 – FOBISIA Integrated Technology across the Primary School Conference, 27th – 28th February 2014

FOBIT 2015 – FOBISIA Integrated Technology across the Primary School Conference
Audience: Primary Heads of IT / ICT, Subject Coordinators with a strong interest in IT
Date: Friday 27th – Saturday 28th February 2015
Venue: Tanglin Trust School
Cost: S$50
Deadline: Friday 13th February 2015
Contact: Kim Vernon & Glenn Malcolm

We are looking forward to hosting the FOBISIA Integrated Technology across the Primary School Conference many people have said they would like to be part of this event but not many have signed up via the link! For more detail including the flyer, please visit the FOBIT-2015 microsite http://events.tts.edu.sg/fobit-2015

FOBIT Flyer (2)

Teach Meet – Apple Distinguished Educators at TCIS, February 22nd

Teach Meet
Apple Distinguished Educators

Saturday 22nd February at 9.00am

An opportunity for teachers to get together – and discussion relevant issues. For those interested please sign up below. There is also a link for those of you who would like to present.

Sign Up Here

Presenter Form Here

Effective Practices in International School Libraries, 20-21 February 2014, Chiang Mai

Effective Practices in International School Libraries

Target Audience: Elementary School Librarians /Teacher – Librarians

Course Leader: Dianne Bilton-Gagné

Date: February 20 – 21, 2014

Time: 8.30 – 16.00

Venue: Alpine Golf Resort,Chiangmai, Thailand.

Workshop Overview
This workshop aims to share a variety of practices which enable Librarians and Teacher-Librarians in international settings to be current and relevant in our information-rich, digital world. In addition, the workshop will highlight the collaborative role of the Librarian in supporting student achievement and curricular goals.

Topics Covered
Topics covered in the course of the workshop include:
Establishing an Information Literacy Programme
Promoting Mother Tongue
Technology and Librarianship
Learner Profile or Character Development in the Library

Objectives of the Workshop
Through a range of strategies including modeling, discussion, exploration (ICT tools), and collaboration, participants will:
Gain a deep understanding of information literacy and the components of an effective information literacy program.
Begin work on establishing an information literacy program for their respective libraries.
Consider the pedagogical and collaborative role of the Librarian in developing language competency.
Identify opportunities and develop strategies to promote mother tongue in the Library setting.
Engage in hands-on activities and explore a variety of ICT tools and digital resources with useful applications in the Library (teaching information literacy, programme advocacy, collaboration, etc.)
Compile a bank of digital resources geared toward professional development in librarianship, becoming a connected Librarian and supporting the Learner Profile.
Identify opportunities to support and illustrate the Learner Profile or character development in the Library.
Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop or preferred device in order to fully benefit from the sessions. All notes and resources will be recorded and shared on a collaborative wiki.

Workshop Facilitator

Dianne Bilton-Gagné is a highly regarded educator and Teacher-Librarian with twenty-four years of experience. Dianne holds a B.A. in French-English Translation and a B.Ed., both from the University of Ottawa, in addition to a Specialist in Librarianship from the University of Western Ontario. She has also undertaken several International Baccalaureate courses, including the
Teacher-Librarian Continuum in Melbourne, Australia. Dianne has been both an Elementary and Secondary Teacher-Librarian in her native country, Canada, and at two prestigious international schools – The Canadian International School of Hong Kong and GEMS World Academy in Dubai.

Dianne has extensive experience creating and implementing information literacy programmes. She has been the driving force behind establishing Librarian networks in her various postings and has redesigned two libraries into highly engaging and effective resource centres. Among Dianne’s strengths as a Teacher-Librarian and workshop leader are her creative approaches to Library programme advocacy and her ability to foster collaborative environments. Dianne is passionate about literacy, education, technology and inspiring others.

Participation Fee
Course fee: Baht 18,500 per participant
Course fee is inclusive of materials, certificate, coffee breaks and lunch

Baht 1600 per night for a superior room with breakfast at Alpine Golf Resort, Chiangmai, Thailand
To reserve a room at this rate email ksithailand@gmail.com

To Register
Step 1: Fill out the Workshop Reservation Form (See Link)
Step 2: Our office will send you/your coordinating staff the invoice upon receipt of the form.
Step 3: You/your coordinating staff will submit the Payment Completion Form

Contact Information
Workshop Coordinator: Mr. Navin Pawa
E-mail: ksithailand@gmail.com
Phone (Thailand): 081 701 6843; 081 846 5770
(replace ‘0’ with ’66’ for international calls)


Effective Practices in International Libraries

Middle Leaders’ Programme, 28 February-3 March 2014 (Tokyo), Karen Ardley Associates

Middle Leaders’ Programme – Tokyo – Karen Ardley Associates

In partnership with COBIS, The British School in Tokyo

28 February-3 March 2014 (Tokyo)

COBIS is pleased to announce an additional venue for the four-day Middle Leaders’ Course. This course for Middle Leaders in Primary and Secondary Schools will now run at The British School in Tokyo (28 February – 3 March 2014) as well as at The Prague British School (20-23 February 2014).

Course Objectives:

To deepen middle managers’ understanding of themselves and their leadership behaviours
To extend middle managers’ knowledge and understanding about leadership
To develop leadership skills
For more details and booking forms please visit the COBIS website.

Cost: £600 for COBIS and FOBISIA Members / £695 for non-Members

Middle Leader Flyer Tokyo_COBIS

Strategies to Improve the Productive Skills in the Mandarin Classroom, 7th and 8th February 2014, Shrewsbury, Bangkok

Strategies to Improve the Productive Skills in the Mandarin Classroom
7th-8th February 2014,
Shrewsbury, Bangkok

ICT Techniques for Mandarin Language Specialists

For full information see the attached flier.

Contact: leemay.t@shrewsbury.ac.th

Mandarin Workshop

Thai language teaching weekend workshop, 7th-8th March 2014, Concordion, Bangkok

See the updated post here:

Concordian is sponsoring a Thai language teaching workshop on the weekend of Friday March 7- Saturday March 8, 2014.

Attached is the flyer in English and registration details. Registration deadline is February 8, and only 25 spaces are available for the workshop.

To save your space, register using this link.

For more details please contact jamie@concordian.ac.th.


Thai WorkshopRegistration

Building Learning Power, 17th-18th February, Singapore

Professor Guy Claxton in Singapore – Building Learning Power

Professor Guy Claxton is the originator of the Building Learning Power™ approach to education and we are delighted to be able to bring him to Singapore for a two-day program in February 2014, at United World College’s Centre for International Education at the Tampines Campus of UWCSEA, Singapore.

Since 1999 Professor Claxton’s theories, ideas and techniques on creating life long learners have systematically helped students develop the general habits of mind that underpin confident, curious, creative learning for children who live in the 21st Century. These ideas and techniques have become Building Learning Power™ (BLP) and the BLP approach is now seriously embedded in around 2000 schools and colleges in countries around the world.

The two-day program in Singapore is an opportunity to find out how to genuinely develop powerful learners or create a learning powered school, ready for the challenges of the 21st Century.

The first day is an introduction to the science, the vision and the practice of BLP. The second day takes a deeper look at how to change your classroom or your school.

Full details are outlined in the event website and you can directly register here for this event.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information.

Many thanks and best regards

Ash Raivadera

Torchlight Professional Development

Tel:+65 90295141 | Email:ash@torchlight.com.sg | enquiries@torchlight.com.sg

Early Bird Rates. To get this discount you need to add in the CODE: FOBISIA at the payment stage and if anyone has any problems please do feel free to contact Ash Raivadera directly ash@torchlight.com.sg

The Personal and Social Well-being of Children and Staff – Five Wells and Circle Time, 4th February, BIS HCMC, Vietnam

Jenny Mosley Training – Tue 4th February 2014, BIS Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)
The Personal and Social Well-being of Children and Staff – Five Wells and Circle Time.

8.00 – 8.30 – Welcome and tea and coffee

8.30 – 10.30 – Session one – Setting the scene
The importance of all the staff working together consistently towards a vision of shared values.
The spiritual dimension of our work
Understanding our own and other behaviour by a brief focus on neuroscience and emotional intelligence.

10.30 – 11.00 – Refreshments

11.00 – 12.30 – Session two – Management of self and others
To stay positive and calm, we need a personal philosophy to keep life in perspective.
Be the change you want to see (Ghandi)
Creating a personal care plan through mindfulness – ie checking the quality of your day
Emotional health and well-being depend on creating a work-life balance. Visiting the Five Wells helps keep you energetic and positive.
The key to respectful relationships lies in the development of building empathy in young people. A brief focus on the listening systems in your school. ie circle time for weekly whole class listening, bubble time or talk time for one to one listening and think books or think boxes for non-verbal listening.
Is ‘pupil voice’ a driving force in your school? Are students and teachers able to feed back their ideas into your systems?

12.30 – 1.30 – Lunch

1.30 – 3.15 – Session three – A deeper look at the practicalities of circle time
The importance of prefacing circle time with the Five Skills.
The Five Ground rules of circle time can create emotional safety – and clear boundaries
How the Five Skills can boost all learning
The Five Steps of circle time – to create positive relationships and the development of social skills for all ages
A focus on the importance of a whole school approach to positive lunchtimes

Further Information:

Email from Simon Higham (BIS Vietnam)

Dear Colleagues

We have finally been able to secure the services of Jenny Mosley, a renowned and well respected UK educationalist who specialises in promoting the social and emotional well-being of both children and teachers. Famous for her development of Golden Time, Golden Rules and Circle Time, Jenny’s aim is to provide training and resources to help you introduce and maintain fantastic educational systems in your school….. with the quality Circle Time model, used for early years settings and primary and secondary schools to:

· Promote social skills and positive relationships;

· Encourage positive behaviour and a caring and respectful ethos;

· Help children develop their self-esteem and self-confidence;

· Support the emotional well-being of children and adults;

· Create calm, happy lunchtimes and playtimes with lunchtime games and activities;

· Promote the social and emotional development and creativity of children;

· Help teachers develop areas such as PSHE, SEAD, SEAL, ECaT, Achievement for All.

More information can be found on Jenny’s website: http://www.circle-time.co.uk/

Jenny will be working extensively across our BIS Group of Schools in early February 2014. As a non FOBISIA event, I would like to extend the invitation for any interested FOBISIA teachers to attend one day of training at An Phu Primary Campus in HCMC, Vietnam on Tuesday 4th February 2014.

The cost for each attending teacher will be $250, made payable to BIS, HCMC which will include all refreshments throughout the day plus lunch at school. Flights, hotel costs and transportation to and from school will need to be arranged by each individual school – I have suggested below a couple of hotels in the city that are well located, reliable and affordable.




The recently finalised training schedule is attached above. To confirm your place at the training, please email Ms Thanh at ThanhNguyenThiPhuong@bisvietnam.com. Payment for the course in $USD will be collected on the day of training.

Due to the Vietnamese TET holiday, the deadline for all places is Friday 24th January 2014.

Jenny Mosley – BIS, HCMC Day 1

Primary ICT Leaders JAWS, 28th February – 1st March 2014, KL, Malaysia

Primary ICT Leaders JAWS
Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:00 AM –
Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM (PST)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


More programme information and registration details can be found by clicking here.

Accomodation Reservation Form:
Garden International School – Accommodation Reservation Form FOBISSEA 2014

Please do contact Anna Power : power.a@gardenschool.edu.my and/or Sudha Nair: sudha.k@gardenschool.edu.my if you need further information or have suggestions on adding on topics or would like to contribute to the workshop.

The Outstanding Sixth Form: FOBISIA JAWS, Kellett School, Hong Kong. 7th February 2014

The Outstanding Sixth Form: FOBISIA JAWS
Kellett School, Hong Kong

What: The Outstanding 6th Form JAWS
When: 7th February 2014
Where: Kellett School, Hong Kong
Time: 8.30 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: HKD 200
Contact: Mimi Li


Senior Leaders with responsibility for Sixth Form provision and aspiring Sixth Form leaders are invited to participate in an “Outstanding Sixth Form” JAWS. Colleagues are asked to share effective practice and explore some of the issues arising from our position in Asia.
The workshop will be hosted at the new Kellett School Kowloon Bay campus in Hong Kong. The campus is the purpose built home for the Kellett Senior School and is a ground breaking design for city campus schools.

NB Attendance at the two day workshop prior to this event is not required.

Outstanding 6th Form JAWS