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Primary Physical Education: 


Published Monday, November 15, 2010.
Last updated: Monday, November 15, 2010

Primary FOBISSEA 2011 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 the following other large schools; Tanglin Trust School from Singapore, The British International School of Jakarta, BIS Phuket, Harrow International School, Shrewsbury International School with Alice Smith and Garden International School from Malaysia making a total of 8 schools in our group. This year the Games will be held closer to home in Phuket and our hosts will be the British International School of Phuket. We will leave Bangkok on Wednesday 1st June and return on Sunday 5th 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. Selection for the teams will be based upon the balance of the team being selected and upon the children’s performances during their ECAs and timed or measured events held during 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 the must attend   

                          Record Breakers on Saturday 12th March)

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 at least one

                          time trial gala during Term 2)                     

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. Please note that strict age rules apply for FOBISSEA.

If you would like your child to try out for our FOBISSEA team in June you need to sign up for the relevant Year group Girls or Boys FOBISSEA Games option on the ECA sign up for Term 2. Tuesday Tee Ball and Thursday Football ECAs will be automatically signed up by joining the FOBISSEA option. You will still need to sign your child 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 Swimming if not a Tiger Shark in Term 3.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Andrew Tatam

Head of Primary Physical Education

Comment By Nimrata 3B 

I really like doing sports with miss Fiona!

Published on Sunday, November 21, 2010