HS Friday Bulletin January 19

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

We had a great turn out for the Manila Student Film Festival last Tuesday evening. It was wonderful to see students from the different schools mixing and talking about their films. The judges were impressed with the quality and diversity of the films and were impressed that such young students were producing such impressive work. The winners were “The Life of Plastic” from 10-year-old Cebu International School students, “Fresh” from ISM Middle School, “Sorry I’m Late” from ISM High School and “Fat You” from Far Eastern University Manila. One of the students from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde was lucky enough to win the Thai Airways return ticket to Europe. If you did not get a chance to see the films you can go to the website www.manilastudentfilmfestival.com and go to the Audience Choice Award; you can watch all the films and also vote for the Audience Choice Award. Voting ends on Friday 19th January at midnight and the winner will be announced on Saturday via the website and social media. We are already excited about next year’s Manila Student Film Festival and hope to see you all there.

This morning, a delegation of 11 ISM students left for Concordia International School, Shanghai; this year’s host school for the annual Global Issues Network conference, GINAsia. This year’s event will see over 1200 students and teachers from international schools around the world converge in Shanghai for a weekend of debate, diplomacy, advocacy and activism as we harness the power of a global youth network and raise awareness of the many challenges confronting our planet and its people. The theme of this year’s conference is “A Place to Stand”, and many of the committees, topics and keynote addresses will focus on the role of young people as global change-makers. We look forward to their return so that we can listen to their ideas on how we can continue to address global issues at our local level

Next week is Career exploration week, where students have an opportunity to think and to ask questions about their future lives so that they can put pieces in place now that will lead them in the direction that they would like to head. We have some guest speakers coming into school next Wednesday to provide guidance to the grade 10 students by speaking with them about their chosen careers and the paths they took to get there. This leads on to the next couple of weeks when students will be making their course selections for school-year 2018-19. Grade 10s have some important decisions to make as they prepare to enter the 2 year IB Diploma program (if they wish to) and so we are providing them with an opportunity to speak with their teachers by taking them off schedule next Thursday afternoon.

For parents, we have information sessions next Tuesday, see details below:
• Grade 9 to 10 Transition Evening. 5:0pm to 6:0pm. Crystal Cappuccio and Scott Lassey (Little Theater)
• Grade 10 to 11 Transition Evening. 6:0pm to 8:0pm. Mike Relf and Eric Swan (Fine Arts Theater)
Please come along and listen to our counseling team and IB coordinator explain the process.

Semester 1 report cards will be available on Wednesday, January 24th at 8:00am. To access your child’s report card, navigate your way to www.ismanila.org and login to the Parent Portal (under the “community” drop down menu – top right). Use your ISM parent username and password to access the portal and click the link that will open a softcopy of the report card in your web browser.

And finally, a repeat message from last week as I remind you of a change from the hard-copy calendar regarding Tri-M Jazz Night. This event has been moved to Tuesday, January 30th. I thoroughly enjoyed this event last year when the band played and professional dancers were brought in to teach us and dance with us. This year, our students from Advanced Dance will be there to make us look good. Please come along, for a lovely evening of music, dancing and food.

I wish you all a restful weekend.

Mike Dickinson
HS Principal