HS Friday Bulletin February 2

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

I write this week’s Friday Bulletin from the ISM roof-top tennis courts on a warm and sunny, but breezy Friday morning. Yesterday, our Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis teams started their IASAS campaign with impeccable records, winning every match comfortably, beating all three of their first IASAS schools in the competition. Let’s hope this this continues throughout today and they book their places in Saturday’s finals. Further afield, the Girls’ and Boys’ Touch/Rugby teams also started well with 2 wins and 0 losses each. Boys’ Basketball were 3 wins and 0 loses after day one, while the Girls dropped a couple of games and enter day two with 1 win and 2 losses. Our swimmers have already started to pile up medals with a gold and a silver each for Dias Konysbayev, Dani Laminta and Gabby Velasco. Go Bearcats! If you can spare the time, we would love to see you up here on the tennis courts on Saturday for the finals.

Last weekend saw another IASAS Gold for ISM. The ISM IASAS Chess team swept the board, beating every other school in the competition. A big well done goes to the team; Abhinav Bathula, Ashwin Banwari, William Hu, Tino Theodoropoulos, Lance Tan, Yousuke Misawa, Yanpeng Yuan and David Zhang. And of course, our thanks and congratulations to their advisor, Mr. Robertson. I wasn’t there to see the final victory, but Mr. Birchenall told me that when the Rook to Bishop 5 checkmate move won the overall competition, the crowd went wild! Mr. Robertson, said it was the biggest win since the tournament began!

Last Saturday, our Varsity and JV Boys Basketball teams both won the Faith Hardeman tournament while the Varsity Girls and JV girls placed 2nd. The u/13 and u/15 Boys’ Rugby won local league finals out at Faith and the u/17 boys placed 2nd. Well done everyone.

Also last weekend, we had two entries in the Manila Fast + Fresh Theatre Festival. Over 350 people were in the audience to see the play entered by Sandro Lorenzo, Rahul Jhingon, Ario Boentaran and Oliver Rees win Best Play Script for The Mysterious Case of Mr. Cane. Sandro also won the Best Male Actor Award. Although they weren’t in the prizes, Maanya Dewan, Chloe Roberts, Stefania Nuneska and Happy Pamintuan also got a great audience response for their Maids of Dishonour. Congratulations also go to the amazing ISM stage and tech crew (Alex Khoury, Amy Hong, Annika Stevens, Fabian Gottfried, Ishan Pradhan, Jasmine Zhang, Minsuh Kim, Sangyoon Kim, Subin Seol, Rhia Mitsuhashi, David San Jose) who managed 16 plays back to back in a calm, collected and skilled manner. Ms. Hillman outdid herself with the organization of this event which has taken so much time and effort organizing, so a big shout-out to her. Thanks Marsha.

Last Tuesday, Jazz night was fantastic! Our Jazz Band, Advanced Dance and Show Choir students demonstrated the very high level of their musical and dancing ability with some different takes on some well-known contemporary songs, turning modern hits into a bygone classic feel. Thanks to Tom Nazareno, Ann Provencher and Yek Barlongay for their hard work with the kids behind the scenes that made the evening a huge success again.

I would like to invite you all to next Tuesday’s Parent Coffee in the Little Theater, starting at 7:30am. It’s a packed agenda this time – I hope we get through it all on time.
• Battle of the Bands Preview – Twisted Adobo
• Rustic Pathways Summer Trips 2018 – Evan Johnson
• Manila Film Festival – “Sorry I’m Late”
• Course Selection Process – Scott Lassey
• Sustainability Council – Isabel Alvarez / Council members
• Battle of the Bands Preview – Jackie and Yanna

As I mentioned in last week’s bulletin, Course Selection Week is coming up next week – February 5th to 9th. All students in grades 9, 10 and 11 will register for their 2018-19 courses in homeroom on Monday afternoon. However, I sent the link to them this morning so that this weekend they and you can look together at the options and make some firm decisions before Monday afternoon. The link is in an email that will send them to the course selection software and they must be logged in with their ISM Google account for it to work.

I wish you all a restful weekend.

Mike Dickinson
HS Principal