HS Friday Bulletin May 25

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Dear Parents / Guardians,

As I said last week, we’re into awards season and the season kicked off to a good start last Friday with the Honors Societies Induction Ceremonies.  The keynote speaker this year was Mr. Conrad Alampay; an ISM and a JIS alumnus who graduated from ISM with the class of 1998.  He was a part of ISMs gold winning IASAS basketball team in the year of his graduation (and he believes that this was the last time ISM won basketball gold).  He is currently the president of DigiScript Inc; a Manila based company that is leading the rest of the field, using cutting-edge laser technology to scan historical buildings as means to digitally preserve them as 3D models so that degradation and deterioration can be monitored so they can be properly maintained for future generations to enjoy.  Mr. Alampay gave a very interesting address which showed the audience what his company does to help preserve historic buildings and even demonstrated the equipment, showing a video of himself scanning our high school library.  The students were then inducted into our honors societies including:

Tri-M Music Honor Society
French Honor Society
Spanish Honor Society
Chinese Honor Society
National Art Honor Society
Quill & Scroll Honor Society
National Honor Society
The Cum Laude Society

Here is the link to the video of the evening.

Last Saturday night was the second event in our celebration season.  This year’s Prom was held at the New World Hotel in Makati and was a notable one in recent years due to the Royal Wedding happening at the same time (on the teacher’s table via a YouTube link)!  It was a great Prom this year and thanks must be given to Ms. Patrikios and her Prom Committee for doing such a wonderful job with the décor and the organization – Well Done!

On Monday the IB1 (grade 11) Art Exhibition opened in the gallery of the FAT.  And on Wednesday, we had the High School Advanced Dance Finale, starting at 3:30 in the Little Theater.  Well done to Ms. Godfrey and Ms. Garner for bringing out the best from our IB artists and to Yek for another great showcase of dancing talent

Tuesday afternoon was the third event in our celebration season with the Academic and Service Awards Assembly.  We had 160+ award winners this year and so were able to celebrate a plethora of areas both in and out of the curriculum where students shine.  Here’s what I said in closing:

Celebrating success has, in recent years become a bit of a taboo subject in the minds of some educators.  The rationale being that life shouldn’t be a competition, so why turn schools into a field of competitive endeavor.  I recently read an article about a school in the UK that replaced sports day with something less competitive because of the sense of failure that it might produce in the students that didn’t win a medal or a ribbon.

 Celebrating success can come in so many forms though, because success itself has a myriad of faces.  Obviously, there is the more traditional definition of success and I’m happy that we at ISM don’t forget the hard work that our IASAS athletes dedicate to every sport in which they participate – we celebrate their success first on the podium or the stage when they receive their medals, then again at the end of each season in assemblies and at sports awards evenings.

 Success doesn’t just come from competition though – earlier this year we celebrated the success of the wonderful high school play, the IASAS drama performance, IASAS dance, the Forensics and debates previews, the ToK presentations and countless other examples where we’re celebrating achievement that isn’t competitive or divisive…but unifying and inspiring.

 Celebrating these kinds of accomplishments in a community helps to create and maintain the sense of unity that every school ought to enjoy.  This afternoon we have celebrated academic, leadership, service, literary and sporting successes as well as collaboration, creativity, courage, resilience, compassion and so much more.

 Whether these achievements are due to natural ability in a particular academic discipline or whether from sheer hard work, grit and determination, we’re here to recognize and celebrate so that we can all enjoy the moment.  Hopefully these successes will spur us on to do the best that we can, in everything we try…no one can ask for more than that.

 I hope that everyone here today can look back on their school year with pride and, whether you’ve won an award or not, you can honestly say that you’ve done the best.  And, as Mr. Birchenall said in his opening remarks, that you have created the best version of yourself that you can be.

Laurie and Sam from the HS Office always do a great job organizing this event and so really deserve our praise and thanks for another job well done.

And then we turned our attention to the big one!  High School Graduation.  We had two great grad rehearsals on Wednesday and Thursday.  Then on Thursday afternoon, the seniors enjoyed signing each other’s Kawayan (Yearbook) while tucking in to an excellent lunch organized by the Grad Committee.  I’ll give a full run-down on how graduation went, in next week’s bulleting, but for now here’s some information regarding the live-stream:

  1. The link for the Graduation live stream is: http://community.ismanila.org/livestream It will be active from 3:30 pm onwards, which can only be viewed via desktop (iMac or Windows-based desktop, not on mobile devices)
  2. Live Stream will also be broadcasted in our ISM TVs located in the canteen, MS and HS Hallways, LT, AMR, and the ES Projector
  3. After the graduation, the video will be uploaded in our ISM Live YouTube Channel.

Fingers crossed for another excellent graduation ceremony this evening.  Take care everyone, have a relaxing weekend.

Mike Dickinson
HS Principal