HS Friday Bulletin May 19

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Dear Parents / Guardians,

Exams are over – Yay!  It has probably been a while since many of you sat exams in a large setting, so I thought I’d share with you the scene in the high school gym earlier this week.  Before (with 420 exam desks and chairs all set and ready to receive), then after (with over 400 students in grades 9 and 10 sitting their exam).  It looks quite Dickensian (no pun intended) in the black and white that Liz Godfrey chose to finish the pictures.  It does remind us also that although we pride ourselves on being a progressive, contemporary place of learning, where inquiry and collaboration have taken over somewhat from rote learning and lecture, in many ways, there is no getting away from these traditional aspects of school life.


Speaking of traditions – Awards season is upon us.  This evening, in the Fine Arts Theater we induct a number of students (and three teachers) to some of the more prestigious Honors Societies to which we belong.  On Tuesday we have our Academic and Service Awards afternoon, where the whole high school can come together to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of their peers in all areas of school life, then, finally on Friday evening we end with the Commencement Exercises for 2017 (Graduation).  I really enjoy this part of the year when we get to celebrate together all that we are as a school – I need to employ a speechwriter for next year though!

I cannot believe that we are just one week away from graduation.  I sent an email to all the seniors and senior parents the week before last, with all sorts of information – please be sure to check your email and read this information carefully if your child is graduating this year.

But, before the Senior class don their caps and gowns for graduation.  On Monday, they have a day of “transition workshops”.  The move from the comfort and security of high school to college can be a difficult one and so, each year, our counselors provide the Seniors with as much support as we can; with presentations from alumni on cultural, academic and social transitions, diet, nutrition and cooking (with some recipe suggestions), finance, self-defense (and protection).  Then later in the afternoon, there is an optional session for both students and parents on obtaining a US Visa.  Well done our counseling team.

We still have other events to look forward to next week.  On Tuesday the IB1 (grade 11) Art Exhibition opens in the gallery of the FAT.  On Wednesday, we have the High School Dance Finale, starting at 3:30 in the Little Theater.  Also on Wednesday, the grade 11 students enrolled in Environmental Systems and Societies have a field trip to the Manila Aquarium.  Great stuff!

Take care everyone, have a relaxing weekend.

Mike Dickinson

High School Principal