HS Friday Bulletin September 15

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Dear Parents / Guardians,

It’s been quite a quiet week this week, compared with the first few of the year, as things start to settle down and students and teachers get into their learning and teaching routines. I, together with Mr. Howrey and Mrs. Harrington have been busy interviewing candidates, 5 so far, for the open Strings Teacher position to replace Mr. Bobisse who unfortunately had to leave us last week. I will of course keep you in the loop on our progress and as soon as we appoint I’ll let you know.

This week, while visiting classes, I have been particularly impressed with some of the work that has been going on in the Grade 12 Theory of Knowledge course. Students are preparing for their ToK Presentations, which will be held in the Little Theater and the AMR the week after next. The ToK Presentations are always some of the most impressive demonstrations of intellect and learning that our students offer each year. If you ever doubted if your grade 12 child is ready for college then come along and put your mind at rest. Please block off time, if you can, to come along to watch the presentations on Monday Tuesday and Wednesday, September 25 – 27.

We have a couple of big events to look forward to next week. On Wednesday evening next week, the music department will perform their annual Great Works Concert, starting at 5:30pm in the Fine Arts Theater. This year the music students (together with some members of the Elementary, Middle and High School faculties) will be performing excerpts from Handel’s Messiah with a bundle of Bach, a nugget of Nelhybel and a karat of Karrick thrown in for good measure. Of course, the Hallelujah Chorus will bring the hour-long concert to a rousing close. Please come along to support the Orchestra, Symphonic Band, combined Concert and Show Choirs and members of the faculty as we all unite in music.

Next Friday is our annual Battle of the Bearcats. A day of competition, fun, dance, sport, video games, cake decorating, Quidditch! and much, much more. The focus of the day is on spirit rather than winning, and it is always one of the most memorable and fun-packed days in the school calendar for our students.

Today, our volleyball and cross country teams, together with our dancers headed away to Taipei, Singapore and Bangkok for the IASAS sports and dance exchanges while our soccer boys and girls stayed here in Manila, with International School Bangkok and Taipei American School flying in this afternoon. The soccer matches start with varsity boys at 4:00pm this afternoon, then our girls play at 5:30pm. Please come along to support if you can spare the time. I’ll be flying up to Taipei this evening to watch the boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams at TAS, with a particular interest in a tall freshman wearing the number 4 shirt this year on the girls’ team. Go Bearcats!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Mike Dickinson
High School Principal