HS Friday Bulletin February 8

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

IASAS Season 2

We have a lot to celebrate with the culmination of the Season 2 IASAS tournaments with:

  • Swimming here at ISM, where the girls team secured the silver medal and 5th place for the boys
  • Basketball in Singapore, where the boys managed to get into the final where they too achieved silver medals, with the girls being narrowly beaten in the bronze medal match
  • Rugby / Touch in Kuala Lumpur.  Both boys and girls fought hard in their finals and both were narrowly beaten into the silver medal positions
  • Tennis in Bangkok where both boys and girls made the finals with boys taking the gold and the girls taking silver.

So a wonderful medal haul in all with 1 gold and 5 silvers.  Well done to all the IASAS sports teams and a big well done and thank-you for all the hard work and effort goes to their coaches.  Go Bearcats!

Tomorrow night is the big one for the rock stars. Saturday, February 9th is the annual Battle of the Bands competition on the Elementary School field starting at 5:30pm.  It usually ands at around 9:30


  • Isabella Leak
  • Pari Pradhan
  • Sammy Gemayel
  • Miguela Puyat
  • Meg Barraca
  • Lexi St. Laurent
  • Margaret Nethercott


  • Black Tears: Caden Romualdez, Jack Cariaso, Nabil Ruhaizat, Sam Jeffrey, Christian Lising
  • Hysterical Reunion: Seamus Morrison, Rahul Vanjani, Xavier Siazon, Ivan Ahmed, Kang Hee Huh
  • Our Moms Told Us to Do This: Kathleen Simba, Stephanie Harrison, Jeremy Ginting, Keith Choa, John Chua, Nadya Agustono
  • Parental Advisory: Maile-Anne Dupuy, Margaret Nethercott, Dania Shadid, Nadya Agustono, Jon Nielsen, Nirro Salva
  • Saxy Beats: Kang Hee Huh, Byeong Lee, Carolina Escaler, Andy Sanda, David Ha, Joaquin Jimenez, Seba Nieminen, Lance Tan, Carmel Limcaoco, Sam Mamaril, David Lehrer, Irene Lee, UK Inciong, Rishan Kavel, Abhinav Subramaniam, Christian Lising
  • Soup: Seamus Morrison, Xavier Siazon, Caden Romualdez, Ivan Ahmed, Christian Lising
  • Young Money Records: Luis Villanueva, Russel Sy, John Chua, Abhinav Subramaniam, William Hu

Please come along and enjoy a fantastic evening of music and support our Bearcats.

This afternoon, the Grade 9 students will return from their two-day (one-night) residential Geography field trip. The field trip allowed students to experience ‘hands-on’ geography in The Philippines.  The trip included a detailed study of a settlement in Laguna Province, which will then be compared to Metro Manila (BGC).  Additionally, they got to enjoy a visit to Pagsanjan Falls, Mount Makiling Forest reserve, and an overnight stay with their friends at Splash Mountain Resort.  A big thank-you goes out to Mr. Sheard and the rest of the Geography team for the organization of the trip and to the 20 teacher chaperones that gave up an evening yesterday to make the overnight aspect possible.

Please join us next Tuesday morning at 7:30am in the Little Theatre for the February Parent Coffee.  The main focus of this month’s coffee is “Tech”, but there will also be a celebration of our winners at the Manila Student Film Festival and (hopefully) a performance from one of the Battle of the Bands’ acts.  Here’s the agenda for Tuesday:

  • Announcements and upcoming events
  • Manila Student Film Festival winner / finalist
  • Battle of the Bands 2019
  • Technology Showcase – Tim Venhuis
  • Rustic Pathways – Tom Sheard

Next week, the Grade 9-11 students make their selections for the courses that they would like to take next year (2019-2020).  This afternoon I sent an email to the students with link and instructions on how to do this, but I wanted to give you all the heads-up in case you would like to assist your child(ren) in their decision making.  Hopefully these conversations have already started so they should already know which courses they are particularly interested in.  Once they have submitted, checked and confirmed their selections, they and you will receive a confirmation email summarizing their choices.  There will be time set aside for the Freshmen and Sophomores to do this here in school on Monday or Tuesday but the Juniors will have to make their selections on their own time.

The Entrepreneur Club Council would like to invite you to ISM’s 5th annual Entrepreneur Competition, which will take place on February 13th, 2019, from 9:00am to 2:30pm. The preliminary round will be from 9:00am to 11:00am in the Little Theater, while the finals will be held from 12:00 noon to 2:30pm in the Fine Arts Theatre.  The Entrepreneurship Competition provides an opportunity for Grade 11 students enrolled in the IB Business and Management course to pitch their own innovative start-up ideas to the ISM community, as well as the guest judging panel. This year’s panel will consist of the following:

Mr. Rajan Uttamchandani, President & CEO of Esquire International Financing Inc.
Mr. Saurin Shah, CEO of Rich Ams Global and Star 9 Fashion and Merchandising Corporation
Mr. Paul Riley, President of Philip Morris (East Asia and Asia Pacific)
Mr. Honorio Poblador IV, Founder and Managing Partner of Navegar
Mr. Dino Bate, President & CEO of COL Financial Group Inc.

Out of the 17 teams participating this year, only seven will have the opportunity to pitch their unique business ideas to the judges. To further immerse the competitors’ experience as entrepreneurs, finalists will propose a valuation for the purpose of securing a fantasy investment from the judges. The winners will be determined based on the following criteria: Best Business Plan, Best Product Commercial, and Best Investment.  We also encourage all guests to ask questions and interact with the competitors’ business models during the preliminary round as it will help test their presentation skills on the following businesses concepts they have studied the most extensively in class:  Well done to Mr. Winters and Mr. Martin for organizing this event this year together with the Entrepreneur Club’s president, Richa Shah.

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