BEACONHOUSE School System, one of the largest network of schools in the world, celebrated the true spirit of sportsmanship when international student athletes from Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines and Thailand group converged in Malaysia for the recent second Beaconhouse International School Convention 2017 (BISC).
Initiated in Bangkok last year with an aim to highlight the importance of sports in academic learning, the international sports meet saw a stellar breed of students from around the world came together for a full day sports tournament, cheered on by thousands of supporters.
Students, teachers and parents showed their support to over 200 delegates from Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines and Thailand competing in badminton, basketball, athletics, futsal and swimming during the one day sporting gala.
The Malaysian sports team, made up of 50 delegates, was chosen through an inter-school carnival in Malaysia held earlier between Beaconhouse Sri Inai, Beaconhouse Sri Murni, Beaconhouse Sri Lethia and the Newlands International School with most of them playing together as a team for the first time.
For many it was the first time playing in an international tournament against other countries.
In the end, Pakistan secured its place at the top spot –with six golds, six silvers and four bronze medals accumulating a total of 132 points in both athletics and extracurricular programmes.
Malaysia finished in second place after collecting 115 points, winning six golds, three silvers and three bronze medals.
Thailand nabbed three golds and five silvers and 1 bronze medal for 100 points while Philippines came in fourth with one gold, two silvers and eight bronze medals for 92 points with Oman finishing in fifth after collecting 20 points.
The convention continued at Beaconhouse Sri Inai International School the next day with quizzes, a science exhibition, an art installation and photography contest for the students. The new sports complex was also launched on the second day.
The launch of the convention at the Panasonic National Sports Centre saw the attendance of more than 1,400 students, parents and members of the school system.
The guest-of-honour was P. Subramaniam, a representative of Deputy Youth and Sport Minister Datuk M. Saravanan.
Also present were Beaconhouse group chairman Nasreen Kasuri, group chief executive Kasim Kasuri and regional director Jahanzeb Shah.
Kasim said the school placed strong emphasis on providing an all-rounded education and not just classroom excellence.
“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 span 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 Kasim.
Subramaniam, during the opening ceremony, stressed on the importance of sports and education to build a progressive and sustainable nation.
“Apart from the ability to improve overall fitness, sports plays a vital role in societal development – it has the power to bring together people of any ethnicity, any religious or political belief and enhances national unity.
“Sports is 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,” he added.
Jahanzeb 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 it also helps teach young athletes good behavior that carries over into other aspects of life,” Jahanzeb said.