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Primary Physical Education: 

Primary FOBISSEA 2010 Preparation Starts Here!

Published Wednesday, November 25, 2009.

Primary FOBISSEA 2010 Preparation Starts Here!


In Years 4, 5 and 6 children become aware of a great sporting opportunity available to them known as FOBISSEA or more correctly the Primary FOBISSEA Friendly Games.

For many children and parents alike the concept of what it is and who it is for can be very confusing. The FOBISSEA (Foundation of British International Schools in South East Asia) Friendly Games is a sports festival which is competed between British International Schools across South East Asia. Patana are in Group A with other large schools including Tanglin in Singapore, The British International School of Jakarta and Alice Smith in Malaysia plus several more making a total of 8 schools in our group. This year the Games will be held in Singapore and our hosts will be the Tanglin Trust International School. We will leave Bangkok on Wednesday 9th June and return on Sunday 13th June. Over 3 days of competition the children will compete at Football, Tee Ball, Swimming and Athletics. Our team will consist of 6 boys and 6 girls in each of 3 age categories of U’9, U’10 and U’11 making a total of 36 children. Obviously not everybody can go but if your child is interested in trying out for the team they will have to meet our challenging selection criteria in Term 2.

If children wish to be available for selection they must meet the following ECA criteria in Term 2:-

Monday          -           Athletics ECA (optional but recommended in preparation for Record Breakers)

Tuesday         -           Tee Ball ECA

Wednesday   -           Non Tiger Shark FOBISSEA Swimming ECA -only for children who are not Tiger

                                Shark swimmers already. (optional with all children having to attend a time trial                   

                                gala prior to our selection meeting)

Thursday       -           Appropriate age group Football ECA

Friday             -           Free afternoon

We realise that this is a large commitment and it is important to remember that attending all of the ECA’s is not a guarantee of selection as we can only take 6 boys and 6 girls for each of the Under 9, Under 10 and Under 11 age groups.

If you would like your child to try out for our FOBISSEA team in June you can now sign up for the Tuesday Tee Ball and Thursday Football ECAs automatically by signing up once for the relevant Year group Girls or Boys FOBISSEA Games option on the ECA sign up for Term 2. You will still need to sign them up independently for the Monday Year 4 to 6 Athletics ECA and please note that if your child is not a Tiger Shark that they will need to sign up for the Wednesday Non Tiger Shark ECA separately.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at

Please also note that if selected your child would be expected to attend our Monday, Tuesday and Thursday ECAs and our Wednesday day swimming if not a Tiger Shark in Term 3.


Yours sincerely,

Mr. Andrew Tatam

Head of Primary Physical Education.



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Primary Fooballers Travel to Phuket

Published Wednesday, November 25, 2009.

Primary Fooballers Revel in the Phuket Sunshine

On Thursday 12th November, our 29 Patana Primary footballers and 4 generous coaches headed to the airport for the short hop to Phuket to play in the annual BIS Phuket Invitational Football Tournament. The tournament started on the Friday with the Group stages and continued on Saturday with any remaining group games and the semi finals and finals. We took 3 teams representing the U’11 Boys and Girls and the U’9 Boys who all travelled in a state of excited anticipation of what lay ahead.

The Under 11 Boys Squad was made up of five year 5 boys this year who were Taneli Heiskanen,  Ethan Abai Haddon, Robbie Hine, Joshua McGovern and Denis Sprenger along with five Year 6 boys who were Harry Frain, William Winston, Karatae Uahwatanasakul, Lance Van Heemstra and James Page. We found ourselves in what looked like a very tough pool of 6 teams and our first goal was to make the semi finals by being 1st or 2nd in our group. Friday started brightly with a 7-0 victory against the BIS Fivers with 5 different names on the score sheet. The next game saw some amazing attacking football against BIS Vietnam with all players out of position by the final whistle as I tried to stem the goals with a final 14-0 score line still recorded. 7 different scorers in this game led by Taneli with 4 really showed our confidence levels all around the paddock.

Next up were Tanglin Trust School which was an all together different game from which we were fortunate to come away with a very hard fought 2-0 victory. Our final game on Friday saw us against our old friends from Harrow and although we had at least 90% of the ball we could not find a way though their solid defence. It took a “Cracker Jack” goal from Ethan in the final minutes to claim a well deserved 1-0 victory. With one pool game left to play on Saturday our first target of making the semi finals had been successfully reached.

The overnight statistics for our 3 teams deserve a mention as a combined total of played 12, won 10 and drawn 2 ensured some very happy dreams. The teams had not been shy in front of goal either with 46 goals scored and only I conceded!

Saturday started for the Under 11 Boys with a final group game against 2nd in the pool, BIS Jakarta which proved to be an excellent warm up and confidence booster with a 5—0 victory. Into the semi final against Alice Smith School (KLASS) and a great game of football saw us eventually winning 2-0 but with Lance in goal being called into action more than I would have liked. Into the final where we met unsurprisingly the club side of JSSL Arsenal Singapore who like us had got to the final without conceding a goal. It proved a game too far for the boys who never gave up and certainly left the field with their heads held high after giving their all in the 3-6 loss. I was certainly delighted and very proud of the attitude and performance of each and every one of my 10 boys and was happy to be the best school team present at least.

Mr. Tatam – U’11 Boys Coach

The Under 11 Girls had a fabulous tournament in Phuket.

A very tough first day including 4 games (3 wins and a draw) saw us qualify for the semi final which was our pre-tournament goal.

We were extremely unlucky to lose the semi final 2 - 1 which included a great goal from Kelsey as well as a very harsh penalty awarded when our keeper (Celine – who did a fantastic job all weekend – even scoring a goal) handled the ball outside the 'box' (if you could call the very small and very ill shaped netball style ‘D’ a 'box' – I’m not bitter!)

The girls went on to the play off for 3rd and 4th and redeemed their semi final loss by beating Harrow in a 3 - 1 result which meant that we took home the bronze medals for third place with Olivia scoring 1 goal and Kelsey 2 goals in our final match of the weekend.

Alyce was our main goal scorer with 6 goals in all (including 4 in the first half vs BIS Vietnam before her coach made one of his surprise moves and put her on the bench!) I would also like to point out Eva for a special mention who was a real fighter in our midfield and when asked to dig deep really rose to the challenge. Andrea ‘The Berserker’ Aguilar whose penchant for kicking other players finally came back to bite her when she rolled an ankle kicking one too many opponent in the final match. Laura had a great first game before being struck down with a 24 hour flu, we will see more of her next year I’m sure.  Kelsey was creative up front (she even scored one with her bum!), Luka was always talking to her team-mates (sometimes even about football!) and Satu was amazing in defence lining it up and ‘hoofing’ it right back at them.

A fantastic effort girls, it was great to see you grow and develop as a team over the weekend.

I will especially remember the 1-1 result in the group stages with eventual champions KLASS - You showed a lot of guts, determination (and class yourselves) to come back in that game from one down.

U’11 Girls Coach

Andrew Morgan (& Ass. Coach Ralph Gosling – who was unable to make the tournament but has worked very hard training the girls!)

Phuket U’9 Boys Tournament Report

The tournament was in a league format with our 6 opponents being BIS Phuket, BIS Jakarta, BIS Vietnam, Tanglin Trust School, Harrow and JSSL Arsenal, Singapore.

Day 1

Patana began slowly against Phuket but we gradually found our rhythm and played controlled football. We ran out comfortable winners 3-0 (Chris (2) Conor). Next were Jakarta and this proved to be our easiest game all weekend as we triumphed 7-0 (Alesandro (2) Ronan (2) Chris (2) Ben).

Vietnam proved resilient opposition and despite dominating the play we could not score. Yours truly was about to have a heart attack when Ben scored a brilliant last minute winner into the top corner. Real Roy of the Rovers stuff -if you know who he is!

Our next game was versus Tanglin who are always tough opposition. It was the game of the tournament and many neutrals remarked on the quality of the football. It ended 0-0 but goal less games can be exciting too as both teams traded tackles and shots in an end to end thriller!

Day 2

A very entertaining display against Harrow resulted in a comfortable 3-0 victory. Our final league game pitted us against the unbeaten Arsenal. After going behind we showed fighting qualities and equalized. Unfortunately the excellent team work of our opponents was too strong and we eventually lost 1-5. As most coaches say “we did not deserve the score line” – in this case it was true!

The end of the league phase saw us as runners –up to JSSL Arsenal. This meant we would once again meet them in the final. A marvelous free – kick from Ben bounced off the underside of the bar- rather reminiscent of the 1966 World Cup Final goal for England! Alas the lines man was not Russian and no goal was given. As is the way in football Arsenal raced away to score the important first goal. We fought strongly but once again 0-6 did not fairly reflect the team’s performance. We came top of the schools section but the Arsenal club’s skill and organisation made them worthy champions.

And the boys?

Oliver – a powerhouse in goal and defence.  James the captain, led by example. Khalid , Conor and Alex worked tirelessly in mid-field.

Ben, Ronan and Prabhav played skillfully in mid-field and attack, while Alesandro was an excellent striker and goal keeper!

Finally Chris, who was certainly our player of the tournament, he added incredible worked rate to his excellent skill on the ball.

The team can be proud of their performances - Well done Patana U’9s -. Silver medalists Phuket 2009

Mr. Woods – U’9 Boys Coach

On behalf of Miss Gibson, Mr. Morgan, Mr. Woods, and myself I would like to thank all of the children who attend our Thursday Football ECAs and make the competition for our Tiger shirt so fierce. Also a huge thank you to all of the children who travelled and did us so proud and to the many parents who came to support not only their child but also their team and their school.

From me a huge thank you to all of the Coaches present in Phuket and not, for making events such as these possible for our students.

Next up is BISAC Football on Saturday 6th February so keep your eyes on the prize!


Mr. Andrew Tatam

Head of Primary Physical Education



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Comment By Gavin 

What a great website; I wish I had the skills to do this. Thanks Patana PE department - you're great!

Published on Saturday, December 12, 2009

Contact Rugby Hits Primary

Published Wednesday, November 25, 2009.

Contact Rugby Hits Primary

Our journey started by selecting a group of talented youngsters from their Year 5 Touch Rugby Curriculum lessons to play against the French School in 2006-2007. The following year we were able to offer a Touch Rugby ECA in Term 1 with some games against the French School the end goal. We were able to continue with our Term 1 ECA in 2008-2009 with fixtures against Bangkok Prep on this occasion and our students were also supported by an additional opportunity in Term 3 with an ECA offered by Mrs. Perry.

This year we decided to take the next step and offered a Contact Rugby ECA in Term 1 taken by myself on a Wednesday afternoon. Not really knowing how much interest this would generate amongst our Year 5-6 Primary student body it turned out that we even had to turn a few students away as numbers passed our 24 student limit. A few of our young Rugby players already play for the Bangkok Lions RFC who train on our Patana Fields each weekend but the majority were completely new to the contact version of the sport. The community effect should not be overlooked with several of those new players now members of the Bangkok Lions family which is a very positive link which benefits both school and the Bangkok Rugby community. From our very first ECA when all of our new recruits turned up not really knowing what lay ahead and tightly gripping their new gum shields, I have been pleased with their willingness to “have a go”!

During the term we have been working on general fitness, upper body and core strength which are all important elements of the game as well as learning the rules and developing a variety of difficult skills. From passing, tackling, rucking and positional play it has been a very steep learning curve for most. On the back of this I decided that it would be great for the children to put their skills to the test in a game. Unfortunately we are the only International School that I know of who currently offer Primary contact rugby. In the end I was able to arrange a fixture as part of the Old Bangkok Bangers Family Fun Day against the Bangkok Japanese RFC on Sunday 15th November. 16 students were available to play and arrived to excitedly wear our new kit and take their place in Patana history as our first ever U’11 contact team. Taking into account that the Bangkok Japanese team train every week and participate in many local and International tournaments this was always going to be a stern test after just 8 ECA sessions for our team. The 10-a-side game started brightly for the Japanese as our young Tigers fell off their tackles and tried to get used to the high pace and powerful running of the opposition. It was certainly a lesson on the importance of tackling effectively and early. As the first 10 minutes session came to an end I was pleased to see that our heads were still high and we were ready to try again. In total we played 3 X 10 minutes thirds with the Japanese and improved in each as players got the hang of what was required in attack and more importantly, defence.

At the end we also had the opportunity to play a section of the Bangkok Lions for a final 10 minutes game which proved to be a much closer game as the Patana Team put into the practice the lessons learned from before. Many of our  young players made great progress during the afternoon with Teddy Boonbandansook , Ciaran O'Kane  and Alexandre Lacrosse  tackling better and more effectively as the games progressed. Claudia Denye also deserves a mention not as our only girl but as our muddiest player by the end of the games!

Rugby was certainly the winner as many of the team stayed to enjoy the Men’s Rugby, BBQ and even the Bouncy Castle! A huge thank you to all of our players and their parents who maintained their enthusiastic support throughout, also to the Bangkok Japanese and Bangkok Lions for the opportunity to play and to the Old Bangkok Bangers RFC for including us in their Family Fun Day.

If you are currently in Year 4 or 5 remember to look out for our contact Rugby ECA in Term 1 next year!

Mr. Andrew Tatam

Head of Primary Physical Education

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Under 11 BISAC Basketball Tournament

Published Wednesday, November 11, 2009.

 Patana Year 4 and Year 5 students gain valuable experience at the

Under 11 BISAC Basketball Tournaments

All of our young Basketball players have been working very hard during their ECA’s this term with many setting their sights on a place in our BISAC teams. The BISAC tournaments were scheduled for Saturday 7th November with Patana being represented by 3 Boys and 3 Girls Teams from Year 5 and Year 6. As reigning Champions of both, we were quietly confident of an enjoyable and we hoped successful weekend.  Unfortunately H1N1 once again had its say and our Year 6 students were quarantined and unable to play in the Basketball which was obviously disappointing all around. The choice that we were faced with was to pull out all together or continue with the remaining Year 5s that we had and to try and pull some last minute players on board.

We obviously opted for continuing and in the end we had 8 Year 5 girls who stepped up to the Tigers “Championship” and 12 Year 5 boys and 4 Year 4 boys who between them represented our Tigers “Championship” side and our Black “Cup” teams.

In the boys tournament our Tigers Squad defied their lack of experience with a very tight game against Harrow and after leading for much of the game finally went down 8-6 with baskets from Aryan, Jai, and Robbie. Next up were Shrewsbury which proved to be a tough game against the eventual tournament winners. A final score of 13-2 reflected our further depleted state as we played on with only 6 in our squad. A great consolation basket from Taneli was one of the few highlights of the game. Into the 5th and 6th place play off we went against TCIS and another very close game which ebbed back and forth before we finally lost 10-8. A very tired team could certainly hold their heads up though as they shared the baskets between Jom, Jai, Denis and Aryan.

The Black team were certainly prepared for a challenging day as their squad of 4 Year 5 and 4 Year 4 boys took on the mostly Year 6 boys from the other schools. Gaining experience was certainly on the “ to do “ list with the boys looking forward to returning next year and even the year after. They played 3 really close games which really could have gone either way finally losing to Harrow White 2-4, Shrewsbury Blue 1-3 and ISB Gold 6-12. Special mention must go to Louise from Year 4 who scored all of their baskets apart from one from Jaydon who is also from Year 4.

All of the boys should be rightly pleased with their effort and performance under very challenging circumstances.


Miss Gibson writes regarding our brave girls.

Bangkok Patana School hosted the BISAC girls’ basketball tournament at the weekend but unfortunately due to H1N1 2 of our Yr 6 teams were unable to participate. This left the mighty Year 5’s who were promoted to the A team Championships. After a nervous first half against Shrewsbury the girls stepped up their defence a gear and only let in 3 baskets in the second half. Many of our shots went up but just couldn’t find the basket. Against ISB we gave away a lot in height as the girls were playing other teams a year older than them. Our defence was strong, especially Yae Rim Park 5M and Serri Matula 5N marking up was very good, with Catherine Veasey 5M making strong intercepts and running down the court. Again the story of the day, our shooting was a little off. In the 5th / 6th play-off against TCIS we came out all guns blazing and scored two very quick baskets. It was a tight game with great defence from both teams. TCIS came back and had a just a little more fitness to take the game. Khun Patcharee and myself were extremely proud of the way the girls gave their all, didn’t give up and did Patana proud. It was a big learning curve but will hold the girls in good stead for next year. Thank you to the parents who came along to support and a big well done to the entire team: Catherine Veasey 5M, Eshaa Jain 5M, Eloise Dooley 5M, Yae Rim Park 5M, Jaya Kothari 5R, Tigerlily Perry 5B, Daywe MacArthur  5J and Serri Matula 5N

A very big thank you to all of the children who attend our Basketball ECA’s especially those from Year 6 who were supposed to play. Also to those who answered our very late call to enable us to play at all and to the parents who came to support. Thanks also to the Coaches on the day, Mr. Chris and myself for the boys and Khun Patcharee and Miss Gibson for the girls and to the Sports and Activities team for this help in hosting the girl’s tournament here at Patana.

The final word must came from Louise Velayo Y4M who said on the bus to Shrewsbury

“It is not how big you are, its how big you play” How true!

We will be back!


Mr. Andrew Tatam

Head of Primary Physical Education



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Swimming Galas

Published Wednesday, November 04, 2009.

KS2 Galas go Swimmingly in Primary

The week beginning 26th October saw our Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 students enjoy their swimming galas. For many students this was their second of the calendar year after we moved our galas from January to now when the weather was deemed more conducive to taking the plunge. It was however very entertaining to hear our Year 4 students asking about where their Hot Chocolate was this time!

Our Year 3 and 4 student galas took place in the 25m pool where the atmosphere was truly electric with all of the students and parents very close to the action and with everybody joining in the fun. The emphasis of our events here at Patana is always to create a balance where our many very able performers are able to present their considerable talents in front of their peers, parents, and teachers whilst also ensuring that everybody is able to participate and has fun in doing so. This is certainly helped by our Primary PE and swim teams and certainly by the class teachers on the day who join in so enthusiastically. Our Year 3 and 4s certainly demonstrated all of these in participating in events as wide ranging as the kick ball relay, Titanic relay, Freestyle, Breast stroke, Butterfly, Doggy Paddle, and Teacher Baywatch to name a few. All 350 of the children in Year 3+4 participated in at least 3 events with many swimming in extra as they helped their classes to gather as many points as possible.

Our Year 5 and 6s enjoyed their galas at the 50m pool as with 7 classes they are just too big for 25m and it is a nice progression in their water confidence and development. Once again, I was delighted to see so many parents still taking the time to come in and support their children and classes in whatever the event.

To witness a whole grandstand cheering on the Double Doggy Noodle Relay Race was certainly a sight to behold! Many of the normal swimming races are split for our Year 5s and 6s with 20m heats and 40m heats allowing our strong swimmers a chance to demonstrate their full array of skills including a proficient turn. It is always a thrill and real pleasure to watch our school swimmers performing at such a high level and as always we are extremely grateful to Coach Cindy and her terrific Tiger Sharks programme. There was still plenty of fun to be had though as students got the chance to choose from events as diverse as the Surfs up Bodyboard relay, Centipede Race, Underwater Fin Swim, Teacher Baywatch, Chariot Race along with all of the normal events that you would expect to find.

I was delighted with all of our students this year for their participation and performances in the pool and especially the 10 Year 5 and 10 Year 6 students who also acted as demonstrators, placers or general helpers at our Year 3+4 Galas.

The winning classes for this year’s events follow but they are far more about the celebration and enjoyment of all of our students with the winning perhaps being the “Cherry on the Top”.

 Year 3 = 3L

Year 4 = 4M

Year 5 = 5B

Year 6 = 6D

As with all events there are many people to thank, from all of the children themselves, the parents who came to support, teachers and support staff for their help, the maids and set up team and especially the Primary PE and swim teams for their hard work during the week and before.

As your child’s ribbon states it certainly was a “Splashtastic” week! Please note that swimming/water safely will continue until the Christmas break.


Mr. Andrew Tatam

Head of Primary Physical Education


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