HS Friday Bulletin November 17

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has been, for the most part, a quiet week in the high school this week with all students leaving campus by 2:30 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and all after-school activities being postponed on those three days. Driving to and from school on these days reminded me of when I used to drive through the Fort when I first arrived here in Manila in 2007; back then it used to take about 15 minutes each afternoon to get home – now it’s more like 50 minutes; most of which is spent getting from School to the corner of 5th Avenue and McKinley Road. Back then, there was so much green space in the Fort and hardly any buildings had been built – High Street ended at the end of the block that starts with Fully Booked, the only 4 high rise building were the PPT and Essensa Towers! Ah, the good old days, before the Manila traffic had spilled into the then new Fort Bonifacio!

Actually, I was a little concerned on Monday morning – because it was so quiet – that we were going to have very few students at school. That concern was not justified as we looked at attendance, which was not significantly different to any other Monday morning. I sincerely hope that the ASEAN Summit did not impede your journey to school – I think that for the vast majority of students it ended up being a much more pleasant journey to and from school than usual. Keeping school open allowed learning to continue and meant that we didn’t have to hold Saturday school to make up for missed instructional time (as other schools have had to do). Thank you for your support.

This morning (quite early for some), our athletes engage with other students from our IASAS “sister schools” in the second season IASAS sports exchanges. – The Girls Touch and Boys’ Tennis teams travel to SAS, the Boys Rugby tournament and the Girls Tennis will be held at ISKL, Boys and Girls Basketball is in Jakarta and the Swimmers are off to Bangkok.

Looking forward to next week: Our budding politicians travel to Singapore, Monday through Friday, for THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations). Rather than travel all the way to The Netherlands though, this satellite conference in Singapore is a great way to keep the kids in the region while still being able to give them a great MUN experience.

Next Tuesday, our general knowledge experts will be taking part in the fall Academic Bowl competition; this year up at Faith Academy. Good luck to our team.

Also on Tuesday, in the evening from 5:00pm to 7:45pm, our counselors will be holding this year’s JUKO (Junior University Kick-Off) information sessions in various locations around the campus. Both students and parents are encouraged to attend. Session topics include:
• Applying to the following countries/regions: the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan & Korea, Australia, Hong Kong & Singapore, and Europe
• Financing a U.S. education
• Liberal Arts Worldwide
• Summer Programs & Gap Year Opportunities
• Studying at Oxford and Cambridge
• College Admissions Testing
• Identifying the Right Fit

Next Wednesday, please come and join us for our “All-Choirs Concert” where we will explore various ways to express emotions and make beautiful music through singing. Two high school choirs, 3 middle school choirs, one elementary school choir, and a faculty choir will be performing, making a grand total of about 175 people on stage! The concert will be held in the FAT on Wednesday, November 22nd at 5:30pm. See you there!

And finally, a message from our IT coordinator, Dr. Collett: As promised here is a tutorial on how to use Instagram. Parent sessions on how to use technology and deal with screen time will be planned for early the second semester as we are running short on time.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Mike Dickinson
High School Prinicipal