HS Bulletin March 22

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last Saturday a particularly busy one – for many, it started in the High School Library with close to 180 Juniors and about 60 faculty for Extended Essay Writing Day. Each year, around this time, we get the Juniors together for a day of dedicated writing on their extended essay, a 4000-word research project which is a compulsory component of the full IB Diploma. The goal of the day was for all students to leave having written between 1500 and 2000 words in order to really break its back. While I realize that some students may have fallen a little short of this goal, I know that there are a handful that exceeded it. Thank you to Andrea Thompson for organizing the day and to all the faculty that were there to support the students. I sat for a while just watching the students really focus on their work and enjoyed their industry.

After the Extended Essay Writing Day, I stuck around in order to enjoy the PCA International Night, Cultural Show. This year, the theme this year was “Holidays around the World”. The “English” team (with an Irishman and an Aussie thrown in for good measure) started the show with their own take on the tradition of Morris Dancing.

I couldn’t stop grinning as I enjoyed theirs and all the other performances from the parents and wider ISM community. Well done to Lia Te, Dowa Manaloto, Penny Tan and Lhen Vellon for High School and of course the PCA Liaisons from Middle School and Elementary School also (under the ever-watchful eye of Simran Uttamchandani)

Congratulations to our “Mathletes” who took part in the AMC/IASAS Math competition back in February. The results are finally in and ISM managed a silver for the team and silver for the individual competitions. Here are Congrats to all who sat the contest.

Yesterday afternoon at 2:45pm, the Seniors were in good spirits as they dressed up and posed for their senior picture that will be included in Kawayan (Yearbook). I had a bet with Tino Ley that they would be done by 3:00pm and I narrowly lost the bet with the last picture being taken at 3:01pm! (I’m sure Tino took his time in order to win!). Thanks to the Seniors for their cooperation and timeliness. Times like these feels a little like trying to herd cats, but yesterday was really great.

Looking ahead to after Spring Break, I’d like to remind you that the next High School Parent Coffee will be held on the Tuesday morning of the first week back, after the break (Tuesday, April 3rd). It will (mostly) be a follow-up session to the “Screenagers” screening that was held at the March Parent Coffee; some of our GLCs will be on hand to facilitate a discussion on our thoughts and ideas that surround this topic. As well as this, I’ve organized for 3 of our IASAS Cultural Convention students to perform for us. Here’s the agenda:

April 3rd Parent Coffee – Screenagers Follow-up and Cul Con celebration.
7:30 – 7:40 – Introduction
7:40 – 7:50 – IASAS Oral Interpretation – Isabella Leak (silver medal).
7:50 – 8:10 – Data share on screen-time – Blair Berg
8:10 – 8:30 – Discussion /Q&A/activities from March 12th student homeroom – Ben Paulson.
8:30 – 8:45 – New Parent Connect website (Screenagers link) – David Collett
8:45 – 8:55 – IASAS Vocal – Stephanie Harrison
8:45 – 8:55 – IASAS Piano – Irene Lee.
8:55 – 9:00 – Announcements (ATAC / FPA / CAS)

I hope everyone has a restful and relaxing Spring Break.

Mike Dickinson
HS Principal