HS Friday Bulletin May 3

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

I feel that this week has been a little like the calm before the storm, both metaphorically and literally.  It has been a very calm week in the High School – helped by an extra day to breathe a little and catch up in the middle of the week with Wednesday’s holiday.  Then, last night’s storm temporarily cut the power in my village – it seems very early this year, but the reservoirs sure would welcome more.

Last Monday, our robot makers returned from the VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky after 3 days of gruelling competition.  Here’s the report from their chaperone, Mr. Venhuis:  This past week our Freshman team, named EDSA, travelled to Louisville, Kentucky to take part in the VEX World Robotics Championship.  Team EDSA, composed of Javi, Peter, Alvaro, Ignacio and one robot, landed late Tuesday, April 23rd and started the competition the following day.  This included robot inspection and a good amount of time on the practice field fine tuning the robot code.  For the next three days, the team had 10 matches where they were partnered with a random team (from 850 at the tournament) to battle against another alliance of two robots to score the most points within a two-minute window.  During this time, the robots are first controlled by programming only, and then by remote control.  Team EDSA was placed in the tournament’s toughest division and came out with a 3-7 record.  They worked very well as a team, continually pushing each other to improve their strategy and robot throughout the week.  The team most certainly learned a great deal from the experience and enjoyed a fast paced trip to the US.  We look forward to their leadership within the Robotics Club next year!

Mr. Marshall returned with one of our debate teams on Tuesday after a successful weekend of fierce debating.  Here is his report:  Fifteen ISM HS students participated in the Fast Forward British Parliamentary Debate Tournament hosted by the University of the Philippines Debate Society from April 27th – 29th. Out of 60 teams competing, the ISM A debate team consisting of Keerthana Bathula Gr.11, Aldrin Aujero Gr. 11 and David Bloom Gr. 10 reached the quarterfinals (top 8 teams) of the tournament. Congratulations to all ISM participants for doing a great job representing the school!

With May arriving, things start to ramp up as we prepare for all things related to the end of the academic year.  I noticed, for example that in my calendar there is an item which simply says “Grad Riser Start Build” meaning that we need to start building the stage in preparation for our High School Commencement Exercises (graduation) on May 31st.  This always brings a wave of anxiety as I start to think about ideas for my closing speech at graduation. 

Another biggie that signifies the end of the academic year are of course the end-of-year exams, which for Grade 11 start next Wednesday, May 8th and for the Grade 9s and 10s, start the following Tuesday, May 14th.  The Seniors start their IB exams today which will run all the way through to May 24th up in the Lofthouse – good luck Seniors!  For many of you, there is a lot riding on these exams.

Grade 9-10-11 exam schedules are here

And now a plug for this year’s Middle School Play:  Calamity Jane, is a classic from the golden age of Hollywood musicals. Doris Day was the first to reprise the lead role in the hit 1953 film version before it was adapted for the stage. It includes such classic toe-tapping tunes as The Black Hills of Dakota, The Windy City and The Deadwood Stage. The musical is very loosely based on the life of the real American frontierswoman, Martha Jane Canary, but keeps things light by foregoing her more infamous exploits in favor of creating a fun, upbeat comedy. The cast is supported by a 35 piece combined MS/HS student and teacher band as well as a group of enthusiastic HS students working as mentors to the MS students.  Over the last 4 months of rehearsal, Ms. Grev has led the 60-strong MS cast and crew on exploration of identity and survival as well learning the fine western art of having a “rip roaring”, “whip cracking” time! 

Come along to the Fine Arts Theatre on Thursday, May 2nd and Friday, May 3rd at 6pm or on Saturday, May 4th at 6:30pm.

You are all cordially invited to the MS and HS Art Exhibition.  The opening will be this afternoon, Friday, May 3rd at 3pm in the FAT Lobby and will continue for the next 2 weeks.  Please come along and enjoy the excellent artwork with the Middle School work downstairs and the High School work upstairs on the balcony.

And with that, I wish you a wonderful weekend.