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How do we deliver extra-curricular and sporting activities for our international students?”

  • Date: November 09, 2022
  • Time: 12:30 – 13:30
  • Cost: BAISIS member £40  / BSA member £60 / Member additional attendee £20  / Non-member £120
  • Audience: Heads EAL, Sports Staff, Boarding Staff, Heads Extra-Curricular, Tutors, Deputy Heads
  • Platform: Zoom (online)

Course Outline

This session will consider the challenge of trying to engage international students in extra-curricular life, why it matters, what their take on it is and what strategies we might adopt to help them achieve a study/wellbeing balance.

Training topics will include:

Looking at sport and extra-curricular activities through the eyes of an international pupil.  Considering the importance of these activities.  Looking at different strategies to engage international pupils and ways to enable their active participation.

Learning outcomes:

International students will be better able and willing to participate in all the extra-curricular and sporting activities that our schools offer.


Speaker: Mario Di Clemente, Principal, Bishopstrow College

Mario joined Bishopstrow College in January 2022.

Mario has 35 years’ experience of independent education, with a focus on international students.  His experience includes roles in boarding schools.  With a background in modern languages, from September 1986 to August 1987, Mario was Head of Spanish and Assistant Head of House at Woldingham School.  Then, from August 1997 to August 2007, he was Director of Studies and then Vice Principal of MPW in London, Mario then moved to Cambridge Tutors College (CTC) in Croydon, initially as Vice Principal from 2007 to 2008 and then as Principal from 2008 to 2014.  From CTC, Mario progressed to Principal of CATS College in London, an almost entirely international college with 55+ nationalities represented.  After 5 years in this role, Mario was appointed Chief Operations Officer of Chancery Education Trust, a Multi Academy Trust consisting of three schools in South London.

With two children of his own currently going through IGCSE and A Level and his background in languages and international education, Mario understands deeply the needs and concerns of international students and parents planning the next stage of education.