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Thanks to the wonderful invitation, I recently went to Beaconhouse Sri Inai International School for the Closing Ceremony of the 2nd Beaconhouse International School Convention 2017 (BISC 2017). It was recently held in Malaysia by Beaconhouse School System, one of the largest network of schools in the world, to celebrate the true spirit of sportsmanship of international student athletes from the group.
The convention hosted was officiated by a representative of Yang Berhormat Datuk Saravanan A/L Murugan of Ministry of Youth & Sports, Mr. P. Subramaniam, AMN, PJK, at the Panasonic Stadium Selangor. Present at the Opening Ceremony was Beaconhouse Group Chairperson Mrs. Nasreen M Kasuri, as well as Beaconhouse Group Chief Executive Mr. Kasim M Kasuri and Beaconhouse Regional Director, Mr. Jahanzeb Shah.
The Beaconhouse International School Convention (BISC) was initiated in Bangkok last year to highlight the importance of sports in academic learning. The international sports meet saw a stellar breed of students from around the world come together in a full day sports tournament, cheered on by thousands of supporters.
Mr Kasim Kasuri, CEO of Beaconhouse Group said the school places emphasis on an all-rounded education and not just classroom excellence. The strong network within the school group also allows for a stronger global apparoach and exposes the students to activities and experiences that may be challenging for other schools.
“This is a unique experience that not many students get to have – a rare chance to meet and compete with other students in the region while still keeping it friendly. We are able to offer this to our students as we have a vast network of schools that spans from Europe to Asia. This ability to use our network to offer experiences to our students is what sets us apart from the rest,” said Mr Kasim Kasuri.
A huge crowd of students, teachers and parents showed their support to over 200 delegates from Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Phillippines and Thailand competing in Badminton, Basketball, Athletics, Futsal and Swimming. The chance to compete was open to both male and female students, from 12 to 16 years of age. The Convention continued at Beaconhouse Sri Inai International School the next day with panel discussions, quiz, science exhibition, art installation and photography.
Representative of Yang Berhormat Datuk Saravanan A/L Murugan of Ministry of Youth & Sports, Mr. P. Subramaniam emphasized on the importance of sports and education in order to build a progressive and sustainable nation .
“Apart from having the ability to improve overall fitness, Sports plays a vital role in terms of societal development – it has the power to bring together people of any ethnicity, any religious or political belief. It enhances national unity. Sports are often taught in school for this very reason, as it is a good way for children to learn to work together in teams, and they start to understand the important roles that people play in everyday society,” Said Mr. Subramaniam.
Regional Director of Beaconhouse Malaysia Mr Syed Jahanzeb Shah said the power of sports in building character should not be underestimated. This is part of Beaconhouse’s ethos of building Lifelong Learners and Future Leaders.
“True sportsmanship is about fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship with one’s competitors. It is important not only as a practice of etiquette and respect in sports but also because it helps teach young athletes good behavior that carries over into other aspects of life,” said Mr Jahanzeb.
After a competitive series of sporting activities, the results of the BISC 2017 winners were announced at the Closing Ceremony. It was a close result, with Pakistan securing its place at the top spot – with 6 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 4 bronze, a total point of 132 in both athletics and extracurricular programs. Coming in second place is the host country with a total point of 115 in athletics and extracurricular programs, winning 6 gold medals, 3 silver and 3 bronze. Thailand scored 3 gold medals, 5 silver and 1 bronze – a total point of 100. The fourth place is won by Philippines with 1 gold medal, 2 silver and 8 bronze, with a total point of 92. With a total point of 20, Oman took the fifth spot.
Through BISC 2017, Beaconhouse hopes to be at the forefront in contributing to future world leaders who excel both academically as well as in real life.
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