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We’re coming to the beginning of the end for the
Seniors, with lots of “lasts” starting to happen. At the end of last week, the Seniors had one
less thing on their IB plates – the English and Modern Language “B” Orals were
completed, so Seniors, cross that one off the list. This week they are hard at it again as their
IB mock exams started yesterday. We
scheduled a couple of breaks in the middle this year to give them some time to
breathe so, after this weekend they will continue until next Friday (March
22nd), but will have next Wednesday off (apart from those students taking AP US
History) to focus on their Thursday and Friday exams.
There is something both innately intimidating and
strangely satisfying about the perfect perspective and gorgeous geometry of our
excellent exam facility! Does this take
any of you back to younger years? (the picture – not my attempt at alluring
It is going to be a weekend of hard work coming up for
them. Good luck seniors, and as I said
last week, keep your foot down on the gas.
is the schedule again for this year’s mock exams.
The Grade 9 students who are enrolled in the AP Human
Geography course sat their mock yesterday, while the Grade 10 students in the
AP English Literature and Composition are doing theirs as I type. The last of the AP mocks, AP US History, will
be next Wednesday. Good luck to all.
Tuesday this week saw the opening of the Grade 12
(IB2) Art Exhibition in the FAT. The
exhibition will run for 2 more weeks, until Friday, March 29th. Please take time to enjoy some of the
wonderful pieces that our Art students have created. Thanks to Ms. Godfrey and Ms. Garner for
organizing the show this year – and of course, well done to the Grade 12 art
students for some outstanding work again.
Thanks to Mr. Joya, Ms. Provencher and Mr. Nazareno
for the series of “Afternoon Delights” this week. There will be more next week. If you are in school at 3:00pm to 3:15pm
outside the Bearcat Kantina, please stick around; you won’t be disappointed.
Monday – Strings Tuesday – Band Wednesday – Choir
Bearcats in action this weekend…
Also on Saturday, March 16, the HS Golf team will be
in competition at Mount Malarayat.
Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Birchenall and to Mr. Pearce for giving up their
Saturday to chaperone and give constructive advice to the golfers. According to Mr. Birchenall, we have a very
strong team this year and so high hopes for the IASAS season tournament in
Jakarta next month.
This Sunday Ms. Wong will accompany the NAHS (National
Art Honors Society) students at Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati
for the annual “Art in the Park” event.
NAHS use it as an opportunity to fund-raise for their chosen charity and
this year, all proceeds will go towards Future Faces, to build a new soup kitchen
/ multipurpose facility. The facility is designed by ISM Alumni Architect,
Nicholai Go (Class of 2011) in collaboration with Project Pearls, an
established foundation that provides meals to children in Bulacan. To build the
kitchen we will be using bricks, manufactured by Green Antz, made from used
shredded plastic and combined with cement.
All the art being sold has been donated, with much of it being created
by ISM students. The doors will open to
the public at 10:00am. Well done Ms.
Wong and NAHS.
And with that, I wish you all a restful and relaxing
I hope that you all, but particularly the high school students, were able to get a little R&R during last week’s February break. The Dickinsons headed off to our usual spot in Hakuba, Japan, and had a fantastic week on the slopes. The trouble with these active holidays at my age is that I’m still 19 at heart and behave as I did when my muscles were stronger and my joints better lubricated. Anyway, the limp from a MCL tear that accompanied me back to Manila is totally worth it!
I know we are all super happy to be back at
school, but not as happy as our SLS Teaching Assistant Keno Camacho, who is a
proud new dad! Welcome to the ISM
community baby Mateo!
During last week’s break, the IASAS
Cultural Convention delegates and teacher chaperones ventured to Jakarta for
Debate and Forensics; the Musicians were in Singapore while the Artists,
Film-makers, Dancers, Thespians and Theatre-tech crew all headed to Bangkok.
Some highlights: Impromptu: Kody Tinga – Bronze medal Original Oratory: Andrea Lee – Silver medal Oral Interpretation: Razel Suansing – Gold medal Oral Interpretation: Bella Leak – Silver medal Debate: Keerthana Bathula – 3rd place Best speaker Debate: Aldrin Aujero and David Bloom recognized in the top 8 debate speakers
Music: All 3 octets were recommended for the
Festival Showcase in Singapore and many of our soloists were also recognized.
I’ve managed to assemble some of the videos
here for your viewing pleasure (I can’t find all of them – sorry)
Thanks to the many teachers involved in
both the preparation and the trip – particularly as they are giving up a part
of their February break to travel with the students. I only heard great reports on our students’
performances and contributions but as important, I have only heard great things
about their deportment and conduct during the 3-day visit – Well done Bearcats!
On Tuesday morning this week, for the High
School Parent Coffee, I asked some of the performers from the Cultural
Convention to perform for us and they were absolutely terrific. Thanks to the 40+ parents that came out to
enjoy the music, film and speeches; and thanks (of course) to our wonderfully
Violin – Adam Zhou Original Oratory – Gabby Fadullon Flute – Seunghee (Clara) Han Piano – Irene Lee Film – You Snooze, You Lose Vocal Solo – Elias Groff Impromptu – Kody Tinga Vocal Solo – Stephanie Harrison
The Seniors are at the “beginning of the
end” time of year with their ToK essays being uploaded to the IB this week and
their Senior photoshoot on Wednesday. There
are a few that have started to allow things to slide a little so please chat
with your Senior about the need to stay strong to the finish and leave ISM with
a wonderful reputation and a lasting positive impression in the minds of the
younger students and the teachers. In
the meantime, I’d like to share with you the picture that was taken for the
yearbook and the counselling office; this is a more casual one at the end of
the shoot. (don’t worry about the back-drop – it will be spectacular for the
With that need to keep a foot held firmly
on the gas in mind, the Grade 12 IB mock exams start next Thursday and are
scheduled to run until Friday, March 22nd. Here
is the schedule again. Other
students (mainly Grade 9 and 10) who are studying AP English Literature and
Composition and/or AP Human Geography and/or AP United States History also have
their mock AP exams during this same block of time, so please do check your
child’s courses and compare them against the schedule.
Next week, Tuesday, at 3:00pm we have the
opening of the Grade 12 (IB2) Art Exhibition in the FAT. The exhibition will run for 3 weeks, until
Friday, March 29th. Please
take time to enjoy some of the wonderful pieces that our Art students have
Bearcats in action this weekend…
Saturday, March 9th ISM Softball invitational round 1 on the ISM HS field MS & HS Badminton teams away at Brent HS Golf team at Mt Malarayat Varsity Baseball away at Los Baños Sailfish away at Bangkok Splash meet Gymnastics comp at BSM ISM Wall climbing invitational
Sunday, March 10th Varsity Baseball away games at Brent
And with that, I wish you all a restful and relaxing weekend.
Last Friday and Saturday, I was lucky enough to help
chaperone 39 wonderful Grade 11 students on the Environmental Systems and
Societies (ESS) and Geography overnight field trip to GK Enchanted Farm up in
Bulacan. We visited 3 dams and enjoyed
some lectures from the engineers about their construction. The students took water samples and measured
temperature, pH levels and turbidity in the dam water. Then at GK, they were able
to see some of the agri-preneur (agriculture / entrepreneur) schemes that GK
graduates are involved with. Look out
for some of these products in Rustans or the Saturday market in Salcedo – the
chili-ginger hot sauce (Hot Mama!) is excellent. Well done and thank-you to Ms. Govier and Ms.
Bowers for their organization of the trip.
Last week, the Grade 10 students have enjoyed the
peace and calm of the American Cemetery as they connect the reality of war with
their current unit. Thanks to Robert
Butcher and the rest of the English 10 team for organizing these short
Each evening this week, we have been treated to the previews of all the Cultural Convention (CulCon) students’ work as they prepare for next week’s trips: the Musicians (Strings, Band and Choir) travel to Jakarta; the Dance / Drama / Film / Art and Tech students are off to Bangkok; and the Debate / Forensics teams will do their thing in Taipei
Thanks to the many teachers involved in both the
preparation and the trip – particularly as they are giving up a part of their
February break to travel with the students.
Good luck everyone.
After the break, on Tuesday, March 5th, we
will have our Parent Coffee in the Little Theater. While the agenda is not completely finalized,
I can say that the main theme of the coffee will be a Cultural Convention
celebration; I hope to have as many of the performances as I can in all areas
of CulCon to give parents a taste of the different aspects of CulCon and to
appreciate the level of expertise that our IASAS delegates achieve.
Also on March 5th, from 7:30am – 12pm, Mr.
Trevor Sturgeon will be on campus to answer questions about TS College Tours,
which offers organized college tours in the US, Canada and the UK. ISM students
who participated in the past give the program all positive reviews. https://www.tscollegetours.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking further ahead, the Grade 12 IB mock exams are scheduled to run from March 14th to 22nd. Here is the schedule. Other students (mainly Grade 9 and 10) who are studying AP English Literature and Composition and/or AP Human Geography and/or AP United States History also have their mock AP exams during this same block of time, so please do check your child’s courses and compare them against the schedule.
And with that, I wish you all a restful, relaxing and
We have a lot to celebrate with the culmination of the Season 2 IASAS
Swimming here at ISM, where the girls team secured the silver medal and 5th place for the boys
Basketball in Singapore, where the boys managed to get into the final where they too achieved silver medals, with the girls being narrowly beaten in the bronze medal match
Rugby / Touch in Kuala Lumpur. Both boys and girls fought hard in their finals and both were narrowly beaten into the silver medal positions
Tennis in Bangkok where both boys and girls made the finals with boys taking the gold and the girls taking silver.
So a wonderful medal haul in all with 1 gold and 5 silvers. Well done to all the IASAS sports teams and a
big well done and thank-you for all the hard work and effort goes to their
coaches. Go Bearcats!
Tomorrow night is the big one for the rock stars. Saturday, February 9th
is the annual Battle of the Bands competition on the Elementary School field
starting at 5:30pm. It usually ands at
Lexi St. Laurent
Black Tears: Caden Romualdez, Jack Cariaso, Nabil Ruhaizat, Sam Jeffrey, Christian Lising
Hysterical Reunion: Seamus Morrison, Rahul Vanjani, Xavier Siazon, Ivan Ahmed, Kang Hee Huh
Our Moms Told Us to Do This: Kathleen Simba, Stephanie Harrison, Jeremy Ginting, Keith Choa, John Chua, Nadya Agustono
Parental Advisory: Maile-Anne Dupuy, Margaret Nethercott, Dania Shadid, Nadya Agustono, Jon Nielsen, Nirro Salva
Saxy Beats: Kang Hee Huh, Byeong Lee, Carolina Escaler, Andy Sanda, David Ha, Joaquin Jimenez, Seba Nieminen, Lance Tan, Carmel Limcaoco, Sam Mamaril, David Lehrer, Irene Lee, UK Inciong, Rishan Kavel, Abhinav Subramaniam, Christian Lising
Soup: Seamus Morrison, Xavier Siazon, Caden Romualdez, Ivan Ahmed, Christian Lising
Young Money Records: Luis Villanueva, Russel Sy, John Chua, Abhinav Subramaniam, William Hu
Please come along and enjoy a fantastic evening of music and support our Bearcats.
This afternoon, the Grade 9 students will return from their two-day (one-night) residential Geography field trip. The field trip allowed students to experience ‘hands-on’ geography in The Philippines. The trip included a detailed study of a settlement in Laguna Province, which will then be compared to Metro Manila (BGC). Additionally, they got to enjoy a visit to Pagsanjan Falls, Mount Makiling Forest reserve, and an overnight stay with their friends at Splash Mountain Resort. A big thank-you goes out to Mr. Sheard and the rest of the Geography team for the organization of the trip and to the 20 teacher chaperones that gave up an evening yesterday to make the overnight aspect possible.
Please join us next Tuesday morning at 7:30am in the Little Theatre for
the February Parent Coffee. The main
focus of this month’s coffee is “Tech”, but there will also be a celebration of
our winners at the Manila Student Film Festival and (hopefully) a performance
from one of the Battle of the Bands’ acts.
Here’s the agenda for Tuesday:
Announcements and upcoming events
Manila Student Film Festival winner / finalist
Battle of the Bands 2019
Technology Showcase – Tim Venhuis
Rustic Pathways – Tom Sheard
Next week, the Grade 9-11 students make their selections for the courses
that they would like to take next year (2019-2020). This afternoon I sent an email to the
students with link and instructions on how to do this, but I wanted to give you
all the heads-up in case you would like to assist your child(ren) in their
decision making. Hopefully these
conversations have already started so they should already know which courses they
are particularly interested in. Once
they have submitted, checked and confirmed
their selections, they and you will receive a confirmation email summarizing
their choices. There will be time set
aside for the Freshmen and Sophomores to do this here in school on Monday or
Tuesday but the Juniors will have to make their selections on their own time.
The Entrepreneur Club Council would like to invite you to ISM’s 5th
annual Entrepreneur Competition, which will take place on February 13th, 2019,
from 9:00am to 2:30pm. The preliminary round will be from 9:00am to 11:00am in
the Little Theater, while the finals will be held from 12:00 noon to 2:30pm in
the Fine Arts Theatre. The
Entrepreneurship Competition provides an opportunity for Grade 11 students enrolled
in the IB Business and Management course to pitch their own innovative start-up
ideas to the ISM community, as well as the guest judging panel. This year’s
panel will consist of the following:
Mr. Rajan Uttamchandani, President & CEO of Esquire International Financing Inc. Mr. Saurin Shah, CEO of Rich Ams Global and Star 9 Fashion and Merchandising Corporation Mr. Paul Riley, President of Philip Morris (East Asia and Asia Pacific) Mr. Honorio Poblador IV, Founder and Managing Partner of Navegar Mr. Dino Bate, President & CEO of COL Financial Group Inc.
Out of the 17 teams participating this year, only seven will have the
opportunity to pitch their unique business ideas to the judges. To further
immerse the competitors’ experience as entrepreneurs, finalists will propose a
valuation for the purpose of securing a fantasy investment from the judges. The
winners will be determined based on the following criteria: Best Business Plan,
Best Product Commercial, and Best Investment.
We also encourage all guests to ask questions and interact with the competitors’
business models during the preliminary round as it will help test their
presentation skills on the following businesses concepts they have studied the
most extensively in class: Well done to
Mr. Winters and Mr. Martin for organizing this event this year together with
the Entrepreneur Club’s president, Richa Shah.
And with that, I wish you all a restful and relaxing weekend.