HS Friday Bulletin September 21

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

As I write this week’s bulletin, I’m looking out of the window of my tiny room at CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche) Physics laboratory in Geneva, watching the sunrise over the Alps. I’m here accompanying 6 ISM students, present and past, as they begin preparations to test their hypothesis that won this year’s “Beamline for Schools competition”. Last year, ISM’s Astronomy Club entered this international competition against more than 1,500 students in 195 teams from 42 countries and ISM, together with one other school from India, were winners.

“Hard work and perseverance is the foundation on which we measure our success, and the fact that our CERN mentors identified this quality within us and our proposal was truly amazing,” said Charvie Yadav of the ISM “Beamcats” team. Three of the team, Aarushi, Charvie and Yash, graduated last May and have just begun (or are about to begin) their first year at college (UBC, Toronto and Oxford, studying Physics and Engineering), two, Sana and Sae Joon, are currently Seniors and the remaining member, Ashish, moved to study in Melbourne after his Sophomore year. I’ll be here with the Beamcats until Wednesday, then Mr. Hill will take over for the second week of this fantastic experience.

Well done last night to our music department for this year’s Great Works Concert; “German Romanticism”. For those who didn’t get a chance to see the concert, here is the live stream video. If you only have time for one musical piece today, I’ve set the first link to start with the last ‘Great Work’ of the night, which was Hallelujah from “The Mount of Olives” by Beethoven. At one time it was a controversial piece, but the sheer verve of the music meant that it has transcended the centuries to become a rousing classic. In other words, it’s the perfect sort of music for a BOB day! Enjoy: https://youtu.be/nI_Thc3SjWA?t=1h17m13s

The whole concert can be watched from the start via this link: https://youtu.be/nI_Thc3SjWA?t=6m54s
The program is also attached here so you can follow along and also celebrate the ISM students, staff and visiting guest artists who were performing. Congratulations again to Pam Arieta, J.C. Joya, Tom Nazareno, Anne Provencher, Brian Howrey, Alvin Fernandez and Aida Magsombol for preparing the students so well for such a challenging concert.

Today is our annual Battle of the Bearcats in High School. I’m afraid that you are going to have to wait for my report on BoB until next week when I’m back from Switzerland and able to catch up with all the fun and antics from the day.

Don’t forget that Monday is a holiday for the students as the faculty engage with one another in a day of professional development.

For your advanced planning, on October 2nd, we’ll be having the next High School Parent Coffee, during which we will be looking at stress and anxiety and we will all have the opportunity to watch the documentary film “Angst”. The Parent Coffee will start at 7:30 in the FAT and will run a little late this time until 10:00am so that there will be time for our counselling team to lead a session of Q and A session.

Wishing you all a restful and relaxing weekend.

Mike Dickinson
High School Principal