HS Friday Bulletin February 15

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Battle of the Bands, last Saturday night, was phenomenal. I went out for breakfast last Saturday morning here in BGC and at about 10am it started to drizzle – I thought that what I’d said at the end of last week’s bulletin (about the BBC weather app never being wrong) was about to come back to bite me. But, they weren’t wrong; the evening was cool and clear with a slight breeze. The bands and vocalists were great and the organizing team did a great job under the watchful eye of Mr. MacInnes. A special shout-out goes to Kayla, Audrey and Alexis for organizing the group – I’d like to name everyone, but there are far too many to acknowledge – well done to the whole BoB organizing committee. Thank you to the judges; Mr. Naz, Ms. Wong, Mr. Spradling, Mr. Hill, Mr. Mawer and a guest judge from Philippine music industry, Twinky Lagdameo – thanks judges, it must have been a very difficult decision to arrive at the winners.
Winning Bands
1st United States of Hysteria
2nd Dashboard Dolls
3rd Black Tears

Winning Vocalists
1st Margaret Nethercott
2nd Miguela Puyat
3rd Iris Maloney

We had 658 people through the doors on Saturday night and we made over Php200k on the night. Overall, after all costs have been deducted and we keep PhP300k in the account as seed money for next year’s BoB, we will have close to Php1M to distribute amongst 10 service partners. That is quite remarkable!

Monday and Tuesday saw the Grade 9 students away from school for the Geography fieldtrip. Three locations were used with students rotating between them:
• Data collection in urban Pagsanjan and rural Magdalena to compare quality of life
• Visit to Makiling Botanical Gardens (with a small hike thrown in for good measure)
• Boat ride to and under Pagsanjan falls

Thanks to all the Geography teachers, especially Ms. Govier for organizing this trip. And thanks to the 20+ teacher chaperones and security guards that gave up an evening with their families to make sure that the trip could go ahead and that the students were safe at all times. Apologies for the late return of the buses; the Manila / BGC traffic was even worse than usual.

Wednesday was our annual Entrepreneur Competition for Grade 11 students. Organized by Mr. Winters and some of our Grade 12 Business Management students, this year’s event was once again, a great success. Special thanks go to Seniors Harper, Bettina, Nicole, Alex and Gian for their help in making it run so smoothly. Thank you to this year’s judges – Alfredo Benitez, Jocot De Dios, Kim Lapus, Alicia Sy, Rajan Uttamchandani and Fred Uytengsu– for your time and words of wisdom and guidance to the members of each team.

Congratulations to Ringo and Jillian Dingrando on the safe arrival of their 2nd child, Sebastian (Sebby) Isaac Dingrando. Sebby and Mom are both doing well.

In preparation for the upcoming IASAS Cultural Convention, there will be Art, Dance, Drama and Tech previews next week. For Dance and Drama, mark your calendars for Thursday, Feb. 22, 5pm, and Saturday, Feb. 24, 5pm! “Escape” is a never-seen-before 20-minute dance spectacle that will “wow” you in unexpected ways! “Smashing Magic” is an original 45-minute heartwarming piece about summer camp junior counselors! Both Drama and Dance previews will be in the Fine Arts Theatre. Also, the IASAS Debate and Forensics previews will be in the Little Theatre from 3pm to 5pm on February 19 and 20. Come along and enjoy the talent!

Have a restful long-weekend everyone.

Mike Dickinson
HS Principal