Dear Colleagues,

Are we fit for purpose; is our curricular fit for purpose; are our schools fit for purpose? We are pleased to invite you all to the inaugural FOBISIA Teachers’ Conference, ‘Fit for Purpose?’, at the JW Marriott Phuket, Thailand – 17th-18th October 2015.

The Conference will explore the themes of Technology, Career Advancement, Global Sustainability Issues and Job Alike Workshops (Primary, Secondary & Whole School), considering our ‘fitness for purpose’ within each theme. This will be a FOBISIA conference with a difference; not aimed at senior management, but at you, teachers. Throughout the programme there will be sessions on each theme, many of them run by you. Additionally, there will be great networking and social opportunities, and all beside a beautiful beach in a national park. If you wish to continue on to a half term holiday in Phuket, there will be special packages available.

Keynote Speaker
David Begbie of the Crossroads Foundation, a Hong Kong based non-profit organisation, dedicated to ‘connecting people in a broken world’, by acting as a crossroads for those who need help and those who can help. The Crossroads Foundation works through four avenues: Global Distribution – where need meets resources, Global Hand – partnering for a better world, Global X-Perience – stepping into another’s shoes and Global Handicrafts – fair trade for a fairer world.

David also leads the Global X-Perience. In ‘Struggle for Survival Simulations’, participants try to earn enough to survive and pay for rent, food, sanitation, medical needs and education. Those that can’t, end up in the hands of loan sharks. This simulates the pressures felt by many globally, and explores ways to break the web of poverty. Responses of Previous Participants; ‘Everyone should do this’, Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia. ‘Beautifully done’, Sir Richard Branson, Virgin. ‘A profound experience that reminds us of the plight of millions’, Ban Ki-moon, United Nations.

Workshop Leaders (Check below for – Workshop Leader Application Form)
A great professional development opportunity; we are inviting applications from any delegates who would like to lead a workshop or discussion on one of the Conference Themes (an application pro forma is attached). If interested, please let us know by sending a completed Application Form to Tania Donoghue at Tania.donoghue@fobisia.org. A successful workshop leader will be offered a 50% discount on the Conference Fee.

Outline of Conference Itinerary (all events at the JW Marriott unless stated otherwise)

Friday 16th October: 14:00-17:00 Optional Pre Conference Workshops at
British International School, Phuket (BISP)
18:00-20:00 Conference Welcome Drinks

Saturday 17th October: 09:00-16:00 Conference Key Note, Workshops and Lunch
16:00-17:00 Cocktail Reception
19:00+ Conference Dinner & Entertainment

Sunday 18th October: 09:00-16:00 Second Key Note, Workshops and Lunch
16:00-17:00 End of Conference Drinks

Conference Registration (Check below for – Conference Registration Form)
Conference Fee (excluding hotel accommodation) is SGD 555, inclusive of two day Conference, Welcome Drinks on Friday and Dinner on Saturday. Completed Registration Form and transfer of fee evidence to; Gurmeet Kaur at gurmeet.kaur@fobisia.org by 31st May 2015, please.

We have an Early Bird offer, with 30% off the fee at SGD 389, if you pay by 14th February, 2015.

Please check below for links to:
Saturday Session Registration
Conference Registration Form – updated
Workshop Leader Application Form – updated
JW Marriott Phuket Hotel Form
Attachment 3.2_Renaissance Phuket Hotel Form