HS Friday Bulletin October 26

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank-you to Mr. Birchenall for writing last week’s High School Parent Bulletin while I was away in Kuala Lumpur with the Cross Country and Volleyball teams for the 1st Season IASAS tournament. The ISM girls and boys ran and played their hearts out and the boys VB team managed to take an easy bronze medal in the 3rd/4th place match on Saturday morning. The girls were out-played in their 3rd/4th place match, narrowly losing out on a medal to ISB. The boys and girls XC teams managed 4th and 5th but they’ll be back again next year and hopefully manage to bring back more silverware then. A special mention goes to Yosuke who came in in 4th place for the 5k and 3rd place for the 3k. Well done Yosuke. In Singapore, for Soccer, after a very promising start by both girls and boys they too unluckily missed out on medals with the girl’s bronze medal match ending in a penalty shoot-out and the boys ending in 5th. Thanks to all the Volleyball parents (and siblings) for making my weekend so memorable.

Try-outs started for Season 2 on Wednesday for Basketball, Rugby/Touch, Tennis and Swimming so many of our athletes can now focus their attention on these very different sports while other students can have a season off, to rest and concentrate on other things.

I’m happy to say that Parent Teacher Conferences ran smoothly again this year and I would like to thank Sam and Laurie in the High School Office for their support. Thanks also to our IT Department for their continued support and maintenance of the reservation software. I realize that some teachers have more demand than we were able to offer with the 2 afternoons and for this reason, those teachers will be available now that the conferences have ended if you still need to speak to them about your child’s progress – please email or call the high school office if you would like to make these extra conferences. We have, for a number of years, considered putting on a third day, but the loss to learning for another afternoon cannot be justified for so few missing conferences.

It’s always nice to announce the arrival of a new member of the ISM community. Liam Nourse was born on Monday evening to our Math teacher Carey Nourse and his wife Penny. Congratulations Carey and Penny on the safe arrival of the youngest Bearkitten and welcome, Liam to the ISM family. Here’s the picture and message I received from Mr. Nourse on Monday at midnight – “Baby is healthy 9 lbs and 6 ounces. Mom is fine too. Might be a bit late in the morning…”. Priceless!

Yesterday, our Counseling team ran this year’s JUKO evening (Junior University Kick Off) to an audience of more than 150 parents and students. Thanks to Eric Swan and the rest of his team for organizing and presenting sessions. Please stay tuned for the sharing of the slides and for more information

We ended this first part of the semester this afternoon with Filipiniana – a celebration of Filipino culture and customs. After the parade at 12:00pm, we enjoyed the “Barrio Fiesta” where there were Filipino delicacies for sale that tantalized our taste buds. The rest of the afternoon, was a program packed with Filipino music and dancing during the cultural program in the Fine Arts Theater. The theme of this year’s Filipiniana was “Katutubo” and of course, the first thing I did was to Google Katutubo to find out more. Katutubo is the Tagalog word for “Native People” and this afternoon in the FAT we saw images of indigenous Filipinos still going about their daily routines to show us just how diverse and rich the Philippines is in culture and customs and that we need to celebrate and preserve these cultural differences so that the Philippines doesn’t become just another homogenous blend like so many other places in the world. It made me realize that like the Philippines, ISM has its own customs and culture that we must preserve. I couldn’t help wondering if the very fact that International School Manila is located in such a warm, friendly, vibrant, happy country has anything to do with the warmth, the vibrancy, the friendliness and the happiness of our school and of our students. Every day, in every classroom that I visit, I see smiles and I hear laughter as students and teachers enjoy their experiences in teaching and learning together. I’d like to say a huge thank-you to Margarita, Elisabeth, Rocio and the rest of the PCC team of students for working so hard to make today a success. Thanks to the PCC teacher advisors and to the PCC parents, who have given their time so selflessly to support this event. Also, thank you to all our performers and their teachers for their time and effort in putting together the cultural program that we all enjoyed so much.

Looking forward to after the October break, the first Tuesday back, November 6th, will be our last Parent Coffee for the semester. This month we celebrate the end of another successful series of ToK presentations with a demonstration from Rocio and Regina. Also, Mr. Woods and Ms. Alvarez from the Sustainability Council will be there to tell us what’s been going on in the lead-up to ICARE and our efforts to make ISM a more environmentally friendly place to be.

At the end of the first week back, on Friday and Saturday, November 9th and 10th in the Little Theatre, ISM will be hosting our largest ever RoboRumble Tournament. We now have teams coming in from three other countries, and we’ve been officially designated as the Philippines National Championship for VEX Robotics. Ten of our top HS teams will be competing in the event known as Turning Point. MS kids will be competing in the event called Next Level. On Friday, Nov 9th, the best spectating times will be between 9 am and noon, and then from 1 pm to 3 pm. Saturday morning will be the final elimination rounds beginning at 9 am. Please come and check it out! If you have any questions about the event, please contact our student RoboRumble Director, Jason Cruz (cruzg@ismanila.org) who is highly skilled at fielding robo-queries.

And with that, I wish you all a restful and relaxing October break.

Mike Dickinson
High School Principal