HS Friday Bulletin October 27

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

As Mr. Dickinson is at the EARCOS Leadership Conference in Bangkok this week, the task of writing our weekly bulletin has fallen to me and I want to begin by congratulating everyone involved with this year’s High School play ‘In The Heights’. I’m sure that those of you who attended were as impressed as I was by the quality and energy of the production. It really was a tremendous achievement. So much hard work by so many people was required to make the show so successful that it’s difficult to know where to begin the commendations but particular thanks and congratulations to Marsha Hillman, Tom Nazareno, Yek Barlongay, Anne Provencher, Eric Bird, Carrie Grev, Vida Vergel, Roxanne Wong, Brian Howrey, Julie Lodi, Denis Lagdameo, Bong Decena and, of course, the 150 students that made up the cast and crew.

This has been a busy week! It began with Parent Teacher Conferences on Monday and Tuesday afternoon and I hope the experience was a positive one for you. It was great for Mr. Dickinson and I to see so many familiar faces on campus and our teachers and counselors enjoyed the opportunity to meet with you all and talk about your child’s progress. Much of the work involved in organizing these conferences falls on our High School Office staff so I want to thank Laurie Atilano and Sam Ramos for their hard work and support. On Wednesday, we had 130 students take the PSAT exam. Thanks to Issa Daoud and Tina Gabriel for organizing this. On Thursday, we had the first Sports Awards night of the year and today is our annual Filipiniana Day celebration.

All of which means that it’s been a particularly busy time for our Performing Arts teachers. In addition to the play, they were an integral part of Filipiniana. This is my fourteenth Filipiniana and it is, without doubt, one of my favorite events in the school calendar. It is a microcosm of so much that is good about the Philippines. The musical performances, dances, food and the barrio fiesta combine to create a vibrancy and energy that perfectly encapsulates our host country. Thanks to Mandy Qua and the Philippine Cultural Club, Rey Candido and the Performing Arts teachers, Project Best and our service partners, Kuya Kim Atienza for being our keynote speaker and our PCC parents and volunteers, notably, Katty Qua and Lia Te for helping to make the event such a success.

Pista is the perfect way to ease into the October break, after which there are only six weeks until the end of first semester. There are three changes to the calendar that I need to bring to your attention. The most immediate of these is the date of the All Choirs Concert. The concert was originally scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 15 November but, due to concerns about the possible impact of the upcoming ASEAN summit, we have made the decision to move it back a week to Wednesday, 22 November. The concert will be held in the Fine Arts Theater at 5:30pm. For the same reason, the Grade 12 Walking Tour of Intramuros has been postponed to Tuesday, 5 December and Run to the Sun has been moved to February. The exact date will be confirmed in due course.

Finally, I hope to see some of you at our Service Learning Parent Coffee on Tuesday, 7 November at 7:30 am in the Little Theater. Neil Woods, Kat Govier, Isabel Alvarez-Casuso, Andrea Geoffroy and 8 of our HS students will be leading an interactive session looking at sustainability and global issues. It should be engaging and fun so I suggest you come along.

I hope you enjoy the break next week. If you are traveling, I wish you safe travels. If you are staying at home, I hope you are able to relax and enjoy some quality family time.

Best wishes,
Dave Birchenall
High School Assistant Principal