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The HS Blog has gone through a significant overhaul so as to streamline our communication. We hope you like the shift. Some resources previously found on this blog site are now located here on the ISM main website. The HS Blog will be used for weekly parent communication in the High School so please check back each Friday for updates below.

HS Friday Bulletin December 7

To access the full bulletin, please click here: HS FRIDAY BULLETIN DEC 7

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Bearcats robotics team returned last weekend from an unprecedented performance at the VEX Formosa Tournament in Taipei. Coaches travelled with sixteen students to Taipei American School. ISM fielded four robots against 32 other teams from 10 different schools (including most IASAS schools). One team of seniors won the Excellence Award (best robot) and Tournament Champions after winning all their matches to finish with a 10-0 record.



No Bearcat team has ever won the Excellence Award before. A freshman team received the Judges Award for an exceptional robot and competition performance. This team will have the coveted opportunity to represent the Philippines at the VEX Robotics World Championships in the US in April. All four ISM Robotics teams placed highly within the tournament and demonstrated the overall quality of the Bearcat Robotics program.
Coaches: Ringo Dingrando and Tim Venhuis
Winning Senior Team: Mackenzie Crowe, Ashwin Banwari, Yanpeng Yuan, David Zhang
Freshman Team: Ignacio Mijares, Javier Velayo, Alvaro Lorenzo, Peter Oh

Well done to Freshman Ian Curry who placed 2nd in the Philippine History Bee last week. In a dramatic final, he rallied to within 1-point of the eventual winner. He had been studying very hard the last couple of weeks for this contest. The ISM team placed 3rd out of a field of 24 teams. This was accomplished while missing our upper-classmen (and both co-captains) due to an SAT given Saturday, as well as a robotics competition. Well done all and well done Ian.

The ES/MS/HS Dance Recital starts at 3:0pm on Saturday, December 8th in the ISM Fine Arts Theatre. The Recital draws together both the co-curricular ES and MS AFAC Dance program and the curricular MS and HS Dance classes. This year’s theme is Be Our Guest. For those who are Beauty and the Beast film fans, you will spot the reference to one of its famous songs. The dance groups have taken inspiration from this film, whether this be a song, a character, a scene or a theme that they explore in their own way. Here is a link to the program for the show. Please note, we don’t print full programs with photographs for this event, so download this copy if you wish to keep it for a portfolio. ES/MS/HS Dance Recital Program – December 2018

High School students and their teachers are excitedly making the final preparation for this year’s ICARE. This important service program is one of the most anticipated events in our school calendar, and will run from the 10th to the 14th of December. There will be 830 students working at over 30 sites within Metro Manila and the Provinces, including a group to Estancia Elementary School to continue our post-Typhoon Yolanda work.

These deeply rewarding experiences are an integral component of our school’s mission to educate the whole child, particularly to acknowledge and celebrate our differences and encourage empathy, compassion, understanding and respect for human dignity. Supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals across the diverse range of sites, our students will build houses, support education and health programs, engage in farming, conservation efforts, children’s rights, and work with marginalized and underserved communities. By now you should have read through and signed your child’s permission slip containing details of their site. Thank you for your continued support for the ICARE Program, and if you have any questions please contact Mr. Woods (WoodsN@ISManila.org) in the CAS Office. At this time, I would like to thank both Mr. Woods and Bee Suarez in the CAS Office for their tremendous effort and dedication in preparing this mammoth excursion for our students.

Looking a little further ahead…
On January 16th 2019 we will be holding the 2nd annual Manila Student Film Festival here at ISM. There are categories for all our ISM students and also for college students so the evening is a fun mixture of films.

Age 8 – 11 (Junior/Elementary) – Max length – 3-minute film*
Age 12- 14 (Middle/High school) – Max length – 5-minute film*
Age 15 – 18 (Senior/High School) – Max length – 5-minute film*
Age 19 – 21 (Further/Higher) – Max length – 7-minute film*
*There is no minimum length

Last year we had over 70 entries and two films from ISM were awarded prizes by the independent judges. This year we are hoping for even more entries and particularly encourage ES children to submit some films.

The deadline for film submission is December 2nd.

Also looking forward to January, we are excited to be holding Run to the Sun again. Here are the official details.

• When: January 11th 2019 6:0pm – Jan 12th 6:0am
• Where: ISM track
• Who: Teams of up to 12. This can be mixed students, teachers, parents, support staff….
• Why: Raise funds for GreenEarth (We’re asking each runner to donate PhP800, payable at the cashier or kiosk. Keep your receipt!)
• How: Registration Form
• More Info: venhuist@ismanila.org

Regards,
Mike Dickinson
High School Principal

HS Friday Bulletin November 29

To access the full bulletin, please click here: HS Friday Bulletin Nov 29

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Last Saturday, November 23rd, the PCA organized a special event for our community, “The Magic of Music”; a concert of classical and holiday pieces. Held in our Fine Arts Theater, the concert featured the Manila Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 92nd year. Also on stage were 73 of ISM’s very own High School students, who performed side-by-side with the MSO on select pieces. Our student participants were from our Show Choir, Symphonic Band and Orchestra. This was an inspiring experience for our students, and a great event for our Parent and Faculty community. This was a first for the PCA and the school. The PCA proposed the idea last April, following a parent talk on the important role music plays in the development of our children. That led to more discussions among parents about music as a form of recreation and renewal; as part of family traditions and as a way of remembering. So the PCA set out to organize this concert, with the goal of celebrating music in a way that could directly involve everyone, including our students and the faculty. We want to thank the PCA, the MSO and the ISM Music Department, for the initiative and collaboration that brought about this event, and we hope it has helped provide a nice start to your family’s year-end celebrations. (Thanks to Chris Beshouri for this write-up)

On Monday, the last concert of the calendar year was held in the FAT as our Middle School and High School strings combined to perform a variety of new and traditional music under the theme of Transitions. From a high school perspective, it was great to see Grade 7/8 Strings impress with a beautiful version of Jupiter from Holst’s The Planets. It will be exciting to watch their transition to high school and their talent promises to further strengthen our music program. HS Concert Strings delighted the audience with Three Dances from Handel’s Water Music and our wonderful Orchestra ended the concert with another piece from Holst that followed a repeat performance of the highly acclaimed Overture on Philippine Folksongs that was so well-received at Filipiniana Day. Congratulations to Pamela Arrieta, JC Joya and the rest of the Music department.

A big thanks and well done to the Sustainability Council under the guidance of Ms. Alvarez, Ms. Sarkawi, Ms. Patrikios and Mr. Woods who shared their first harvest from our hydroponic towers with our community this week. The hydroponic towers were purchased using donations to the ISM Sustainability Fund and are located in the Japanese Garden outside the Bearcat Café.




The high school varsity robotics team will be taking four robots and sixteen students to Taipei to compete in the VEX Formosa Robotics Competition on Nov 30 and Dec 1. We’ll be squaring off against 30 other robots from 12 different schools and 6 different countries. ISM will be fielding two highly experienced teams of Seniors, along with a team of Juniors and Freshmen. Event info (and livestream) can be found here. Updates on the team (and witty robotic anecdotes) can be followed on twitter via @ringodin. Thanks to Mr. Dingrando and Mr. Venhuis for chaperoning.

And now a couple of reminders:
Firstly, please make sure that your child has asked to sign their permission slips for the upcoming ICARE trips during the week of December 10th to 14th. Make sure that you are aware of and agree with the ICARE site requests made by your son/daughter.

The second reminder is that the MAP test results are now available to you through the ISM parent portal (accessed through www.ismanila.org). If you have forgotten or misplaced your login details, please contact Sam or Laurie at the High School Office who will be happy to supply you these details.

Sports fans! With the long weekend we have a limited schedule of sports events coming up. See below for a quick snapshot of approaching action

Saturday Dec 1st – Middle School
MS Boys Green basketball vs CSA ES gym 12:30
MS Boys/Girls tennis local league matches

Wednesday Dec 5th – Rugby, HS Field
U11 ISM IISM vs BSM 3:30PM
U13 ISM ISM vs BSM 4:00PM
U15 ISM vs BSM 4:30PM
ISM JV Green vs ISM JV Gold 5:00PM
ISM Varsity vs BSM 5:30PM

Friday Dec 7th – Varsity/JV Basketball vs Faith
HS gym- 4:15pm ISM Varsity girls followed by ISM Varsity boys
MS gym- 4:15pm ISM JV boys followed by ISM JV girls

Saturday Dec 8th – Various
Sailfish Swim-a-thon (ISM pool) 7:30-11:30am
Touch away at Faith
Rugby away at Faith
MS Tennis at home
MS/HS Basketball at home

Lets go BEARCATS!

Looking a little further ahead…
On January 16th 2019 we will be holding the 2nd annual Manila Student Film Festival here at ISM. There are categories for all our ISM students and also for college students so the evening is a fun mixture of films.

Age 8 – 11 (Junior/Elementary) – Max length – 3-minute film*
Age 12- 14 (Middle/High school) – Max length – 5-minute film*
Age 15 – 18 (Senior/High School) – Max length – 5-minute film*
Age 19 – 21 (Further/Higher) – Max length – 7-minute film*

*There is no minimum length

Last year we had over 70 entries and two films from ISM were awarded prizes by the independent judges. This year we are hoping for even more entries and particularly encourage ES children to submit some films.

The deadline for film submission is December 2nd.

Also looking forward to January, we are excited to be holding Run to the Sun again. Here are the official details.
***When: January 11th 2019 6:0pm – Jan 12th 6:0am
***Where: ISM track
***Who: Teams of up to 12. This can be mixed students, teachers, parents, support staff….
***Why: Raise funds for GreenEarth (We’re asking each runner to donate PhP800, payable at the cashier or kiosk. Keep your receipt!)
***How: Registration Form
***More Info: venhuist@ismanila.org

And with that I wish you all a happy and healthy long-weekend.

Mike Dickinson
HS Principal

HS Friday Bulletin November 23

To access the full bulletin, please click here: HS FRIDAY BULLETIN NOV 23
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Well that was a strange week, hearing very late that schools in Taguig had to close on Tuesday and Wednesday. Believe me – closing school is something that we only do when we are forced to and on this occasion we had no choice. One of the upshots is that the All Stings Concert has had to be been moved to next Monday evening (November 26th) at 5:30pm in the FAT. Please come along to support the High School Orchestra, Concert Strings and the Middle School Strings programs. Here is a digital invitation to the concert.

We were however, still able to hold the All Bands Concert last Monday evening. Thanks to all the parents and siblings that came out to support – the audience was very strong this year – perhaps 400-500, so it really gave the students a sense of value to the event. Well done to all the Music department particularly Mr. Nazareno and Mr. Howrey. I especially enjoyed the opening with musicians dotted all over the FAT playing the theme from 20th Century Fox as a prelude to an evening of movie themes.

Sports fans, today is Season 2 Friday Night Lights. Rugby/Touch and Basketball will be on display after school. Come on out to support our teams. Below is the schedule of matches this evening and other events for the rest of the weekend

Friday November 26thVarsity/JV Basketball vs Brent- 4 x 10min qtrs.
HS gym – 4:15pm ISM Varsity boys’ vs Brent V; 6:0pm ISM Varsity girls’ vs Brent Varsity
MS gym- 4:15pm ISM JV girls’ vs Brent JV; 6:0pm ISM JV boys’ vs Brent JV

Rugby – HS Field
U13 ISM Inter squad 3:30pm 2x12min
U15 ISM Inter squad 4:0pm 2x15min
ISM JV Gold vs Faith 4:45pm 2x15min
ISM JV Green vs Brent 5:30pm 2x15min
ISM Varsity vs Mavericks 6:15pm 2x15min

Touch vs Brent/Faith – MS Field
3:20pm ISM MS inter squad game 2x12min
3:50pm ISM JV inter squad game 2x12min
4:20pm Varsity ISM v Faith 2x15min
5:00pm Varsity ISM vs Brent 2x15min
5:40pm Varsity Brent vs Faith 2x15min

Saturday Nov 24th
Sailfish
– Aquathon (ISM pool/MS field) 7:30-11:30am
Chess/Table tennis teams – away at Xavier/LSGH
Touch – away at Brent
Rugby – away at Brent
MS Tennis – at home
MS/HS Basketball – at home

Sunday Nov 25th
Gymnastics team – at Aquazorb meet Club Gymnastica Pasig

Tomorrow evening (November 24th) at 6:00pm in the FAT we have a special event this year, and it is especially relevant for the High School. The PCA has been working with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, and has planned a really nice, festive event that gives us a chance to see the MSO in action, and also promotes our students’ musical development. From 6:00-8:00 pm, the MSO will perform a special concert right here in our own Fine Arts Theater. They will do classical and holiday pieces. A perfect lead up to the end of the year holiday break. But, even better, our students are going to perform with the MSO. The overall program is 15 pieces, and the students will perform side by side for about 7 of the program’s numbers. We will have our 16 students in the Show Choir participating, our 34 student members of the Symphonic Band, and our 25 student members of the ISM Orchestra. The chance to play side-by-side with professional musicians, and to our parent audience, is just a great opportunity for our high school students. So, please come and support this event – it will be great music and great fun.

Just to keep the conversation going regarding underage drinking, I would like to share with you here an article I read this week from the UK Guardian. My own parents subscribed to the notion that starting kids off early would instill in them a “healthy respect” for alcohol so that they learned how to “drink responsibly”. It is good to read that results from recent studies debunks this idea. These studies align with both ISM’s Wellness program in Grade 9 and the teaching from Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD).

Looking a little further ahead… On January 16th 2019 we will be holding the 2nd annual Manila Student Film Festival here at ISM. There are categories for all our ISM students and also for college students so the evening is a fun mixture of films.

Age 8 – 11 (Junior/Elementary) – Max length – 3-minute film*
Age 12- 14 (Middle/High school) – Max length – 5-minute film*
Age 15 – 18 (Senior/High School) – Max length – 5-minute film*
Age 19 – 21 (Further/Higher) – Max length – 7-minute film*
*There is no minimum length

Last year we had over 70 entries and two films from ISM were awarded prizes by the independent judges. This year we are hoping for even more entries and particularly encourage ES children to submit some films.

The deadline for film submission is December 2nd.

Also looking forward to January, we are excited to be holding Run to the Sun again. Here are the official details.
When: January 11th 2019 6:0pm – Jan 12th 6:0am
Where: ISM track
Who: Teams of up to 12. This can be mixed students, teachers, parents, support staff….
Why: Raise funds for GreenEarth (We’re asking each runner to donate PhP800, payable at the cashier or kiosk. Keep your receipt!)
How: Registration Form
• More Info: venhuist@ismanila.org

And with that I wish you all a happy and healthy weekend.

Regards,
Mike Dickinson
High School Principal

HS Friday Bulletin November 16

To access the full bulletin, please click here: HS FRIDAY BULLETIN NOV 16

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

First this week, a huge thank-you and well done to our ES/MS/HS music teachers for the great All Choirs Concert last Tuesday evening.

The repertoire was as diverse as the ages of the singers this year, with singers from 8 years to nearly 60 years on the stage. For the opening piece, “SiSi Ni Moja” and the closing number, excerpts from “Mamma Mia” we had close to 200 performers on the stage. Well done to those parents that came – you guys really seemed to be enjoying yourselves, especially at the end when there was literally dancing in the aisles. Really great! I’m not sure about Dancing Queen; there was one person on stage that seemed to have been more of a cross between Pirates of the Caribbean and Easy Rider!

Don’t forget that our concert season continues next week with the All Bands Concert on Monday, November 19th and then the All Strings Concert on Wednesday, November 21st. Both at 5:30 pm in the FAT.

This year’s Academic Bowl was held at Faith Academy on Wednesday and we certainly bounced back from last year’s last question defeat by absolutely smashing the opposition!! The Bearcats came in at the end with 1515 points while Brent came in second with 771! Well done to Mr. Winters and the 2018 Academic Bowl team of David Zhang, Yanpeng Yuan, Kirtana Devaraj, Martin Jee, Jason Cruz, Kenneth Browder, Razel Suansing, Zeki Tan, Eion Chua, Christian Lising, Suman Padhi and Ian Curry. Same again next year!

Yesterday morning saw the opening of this year’s IASAS MUN here at ISM. It ran throughout yesterday and today culminating tomorrow afternoon. We are excited to host not only the IASAS member schools, but also another 12 schools from around the region with a total of 197 delegates and 18 schools attending in total. MUN conferences are a great opportunity for all delegates to engage in lively debate, to develop presentation skills and, of course, to make new friends from around the region. Thanks to our Director of Fine and Performing Arts, Ms. Marsha Hillman together with her team, Malou Talens, Mike Relf, Colin Aitken, Attilio Polo and the IT tech crew without whom this conference would not be possible. Finally, to our ISM student team, led by Elisabeth Cajurao, for the planning and effort they have put in to the organization and staging of this conference.

Here are a couple of pictures of Dance Co. who opened the IASAS MUN here this year

Next week is THIMUN Singapore – This 2nd MUN trip allows a different group of MUNers to also engage in discussion surrounding real and contemporary world issues.

This afternoon sees the kick off of this weekend’s IASAS Rugby exchange with our sister IASAS schools. If you enjoy rugby, please come to support the Bearcats. Here’s the order of play for the games this afternoon and tomorrow:

Friday Nov 16Exhibition game 3:20 pm ISM MS inter squad match (2x 12 min)
Game 1 3:50 pm ISM vs ISB (2x 15 min)
Exhibition game 4:30pm ISM JV inter squad match (2x 12 min)
Game 2 5:15pm ISKL vs JIS (2x 15 min)
Game 3 6pm SAS vs ISM (2x 15 min)

Sat Nov 17Game 4 10:15pm ISB vs SAS
Game 5 11:00am JIS vs ISM
Game 6 11:45am SAS vs ISKL
Game 7 2:00pm JIS vs ISB
Game 8 2:45pm ISKL vs ISM
Game 9 3:30pm SAS vs JIS
Game 10 4:15pm ISB vs ISKL

Please join us for: The Beamcat Experience: An Evening of Particle Physics, in the AMR on Thursday, November 22nd at 5:30pm (NOTE – This is a change from the date sent in last week’s Friday Bulletin).

Join ISM Beamcat Seniors, Sana and Sae Joon as they take us on a journey through their particle physics experiment performed at CERN in Geneva Switzerland, 2018. Please come along to listen, learn and support. See you there!

We have a special event this year, and it is especially relevant for the High School. The PCA has been working with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, and has planned a really nice, festive event that gives us a chance to see the MSO in action, and also promotes our students’ musical development. On November 24, Saturday, from 6-8 pm, the MSO will perform a special concert right here in our own Fine Arts Theater. They will do classical and holiday pieces. A perfect lead up to the end of the year holiday break. But, even better, our students are going to perform with the MSO. The overall program is 15 pieces, and the students will perform side by side for about 7 of the program’s numbers. We will have our 16 students in the Show Choir participating, our 34 student members of the Symphonic Band, and our 25 student members of the ISM Orchestra. The chance to play side-by-side with professional musicians, and to our parent audience, is just a great opportunity for our high school students. So, please come and support this event – it will be great music and great fun.

On January 16th 2019 we will be holding the 2nd annual Manila Student Film Festival here at ISM. There are categories for all our ISM students and also for college students so the evening is a fun mixture of films.

Age 8 – 11 (Junior/Elementary) – *Max length – 3-minute film
Age 12- 14 (Middle/High school) – *Max length – 5-minute film
Age 15 – 18 (Senior/High School) – *Max length – 5-minute film
Age 19 – 21 (Further/Higher) – *Max length – 7-minute film

*There is no minimum length

Last year we had over 70 entries and two films from ISM were awarded prizes by the independent judges. This year we are hoping for even more entries and particularly encourage ES children to submit some films.

The deadline for film submission is December 2nd.

And with that I wish you all a happy and healthy weekend.

Regards,
Mike Dickinson
HS Principal