HS Friday Bulletin February 9

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

I’ll start this week by telling you all how proud I am to be a Bearcat after last weekend’s culmination of the IASAS Season 2 Sports Finals. Out of a possible 8 medal positions up for grabs we medaled in 7, with gold for both the boys and girls Tennis teams (5 fresh(wo)men on the girls team bodes extremely well for the future). Thanks to all the parents who came up to our tennis courts to support. Farther afield, we ended with gold for the girls Touch team, silver for the boys Rugby team (after a very close 5-0 final against ISKL) silver for the boys Basketball team (first time in the finals for 15 years!) and bronze for the girls Basketball team. Silver for the girls Swim team and a 5th place for the boys Swim team. Thank you and congratulations to all our athletes and a particular word of thanks goes out to the all the coaches that gave up so much of their time during the season to prepare them so well for these finals. Thank you to all the travelling parents – it makes such a difference to the kids to have you there to support them as they represent ISM. We are now ranking in joint 1st place with SAS for this year’s placings – somewhere we have never been before. I do hope that our season 3 athletes can give it their all in a few weeks’ time and continue this year’s success. Well done everyone.

Last Tuesday, in the Little Theater we had about 60 parents here for our Parent Coffee morning. When I can, I like to celebrate the great things that are going on with the students and this month was a great showcase of their talent. We started with the grade 10 band “Twisted Adobo” who woke us all up with “Valerie”, we saw the student choice entry for this year’s Manila Film Festival “Sorry I’m Late” and tried to understand the conventions of suspense that Hitchcock used in his movies in order to get a better appreciation of the thought that goes into every scene as our budding film-makers plan and create their movies. Evan Johnson from Rustic Pathways spoke to promote the 3 high school summer trips – Fiji, China and Thailand. Four students from the Sustainability Council presented their ideas in order to try to reduce plastic consumption (and waste in general) here in the ISM Kantina. We ended with Jackie and Yanna’s version of the Beatles’ “Let It Be”. Here is the link to the presentation that I used – there are a few links that you might find useful.

We completed Course Selection week this week with all grade 9, 10 and 11 students making their choices for their courses for the 2018-19 academic year. You should have received an email that let you know the courses they chose – please check this carefully as mistakes can easily be fixed from now until April, when I start to build the master schedule for next year, but after that, changes are more difficult to do. Thanks for your help; just contact your child’s counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you to our team of counselors who presented to parents on Tuesday and Thursday this week on “Mock Admissions”. Mr. Swan reported that these 2 evenings were very well attended; I do hope that you went away with a good appreciation of the admissions process, and hopefully it reduced your anxiety with more knowledge of the system.

This weekend, we start with one of the most anticipated evenings of the whole year – Battle of the Bands 2018. This year we’ll be rocking-out on the Middle School Field with a couple of middle school warm-up acts at about 5:30, then the main events starting at around 6:00pm. This year’s finalists are:
• Black Tears
• Cookie Problems
• Half Past Five
• Parental Advisory
• The Dashboard Dolls
• Twisted Adobo
• United States of Hysteria
• University Parkway

• Ben Reedy
• Iris Maloney
• Margaret Nethercott
• Meg and Kathleen
• Miguela Puyat
• Savion Garcia
• Silvana De Dios
• Yojana Narang

If you haven’t attended before, I really can’t recommend this one enough. The caliber of the music is wonderful, there is good food and great prizes to be won on the raffle. See you tomorrow evening – my BBC app says the weather is going to be beautiful and the BBC is never wrong, so… fingers crossed!

Next, a plug for our very own Heather Hawkins who will be performing live on TV this Sunday, February 11th on Sunday Jam with RJ. It will be aired live from 9:00am to 12 noon on 2nd Avenue/RJTV Channel 29 on Cignal TV and Destiny and 19 on Skycable. Also broadcasted simultaneously on the radio on 100.3 in Manila and live online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/21442959. Well done Heather!

Looking ahead to next week, on Wednesday we have our annual Entrepreneur Competition with students from Grade 11 pitching their ideas for businesses to prominent members of the Philippine business world. The day starts in the morning in the Little Theater with the pitches, then the chosen finalists.

It will be a short week for the kids next week, with a Thursday and Friday holiday for them to get a little R&R. I’ll be here with the teachers on Thursday as we have a Professional Development day before our long weekend.

In March’s Parent Coffee on March 6th, in the LT at 7:30am, we’ll be viewing the documentary “Screenagers”, made by a psychologist and a concerned mom in the US. More on this as the time approaches, but here’s a short quiz that I took last week that rates us as parents on how we manage our and our kid’s digital devices. Take the quiz and answer honestly!

Have a restful weekend everyone.

Mike Dickinson
HS Principal