HS Friday Bulletin May 24

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

This will be the penultimate bulletin of this academic year, with next Friday being our last of the year and I’ll start as usual by celebrating some good things that happened last weekend and this week.

First, on Saturday morning, May 18, we had a service event at ISM with the international organization Special Olympics, whose main goal is to encourage inclusion in sports among people with and without intellectual disabilities. We played basketball in mixed teams of ISM and Special Olympics students.

The organization is also partnered with Asian Development Bank, and ADB was able to make valuable contributions to the event. We hope to continue this partnership with both Special Olympics and ADB over the coming years as well. Well done to Sudhan (Sudhanvita) Arun and Keerthana Bathula for organizing this.

Second, last Saturday night we held our annual “Sophisticated” party for our grade 10 students.  Ticket sales were slow at first but by the time Saturday night rolled around, we had over 160 Sophomores in the Little Theater, enjoying the music, the food and each other’s company.  Here’s a video for you to enjoy from one of the last songs of the evening.  I’m always amazed at how some songs will be timeless.  I’m sure many of you, like me, remember dancing to this one at your school parties too.  A big shout out goes to Ms. Gough, Mr. Berg and the grade 10 class council (and parents) for all the hard work that went into making this another event to remember for the grade. 

Third, the IB1 (grade 11) Art exhibition opened yesterday afternoon in the upper level (balcony) of the FAT.  I know you must get tired of hearing me say this, but I really do think that the work this year, produced by this bunch of Juniors, is some of the most outstanding that I have ever seen here at ISM.  Well done to the art students and to Ms. Godfrey and Ms. Garner for all the help and support that they give to their students, both in terms of their daily teaching and in the preparation of these types of exhibitions.

Fourth, the IB final exams end today, which must be a huge relief for all the grade 12 students – here’s hoping that they were able to perform to their best and that they receive the grades that will unlock the doors to the next phase of their journey through education.  A big well-done and thanks goes to Mr. Relf, Ms. Nyla Caras and the whole team of proctors and support staff that ensure the exams all go smoothly.

Fifth, a big vote of appreciation goes to Ms. Simbaña and the SLSP (Specialized Learning Support Program) team who have put on the first overnight trip for or SLSP students to Subic last night.  Here is her report: On May 22-23 the Specialized Learning Support Program went on their first overnight field trip. This trip was fully organized and put together by the High School SLS students. During their Life Skills class, the High School SLS students were challenged to practice some of their real world skills to book a trip for the secondary SLS students. Their lessons leading up to the field trip included visiting community locations to better understand what they had to plan for such as, hotels to know what they needed to include in their booking and packing forms, hospitals in case there was an emergency they had to deal with, restaurants in order to get an idea of how to help their peers in ordering food, and much more. The students then had to collaborate in order to get all their tasks checked off, communicate with the necessary people, and come up with activities that all the students could partake in. Finally, after months of hard work the secondary SLS students went on their first group trip where teamwork and life long bonds were formed. A quote from one of the 5th grade students, “This has been the best trip ever!”

An invitation to the whole community goes out to celebrate the success of Project JeepTree.  The final ceremony is on Monday, May 27th at 3:30pm – 4:30pm in the AMR, where we will finally be turning over the keys of the car. We hope you can stop by sometime during our event to say hello to some of the ChildHope representatives!

And now let’s look ahead:  Tomorrow night at the Fairmont we will have High School Prom!  Another huge thank-you goes to Ms. Waldock and her team of Prom-organizers.

Awards season is upon us.  This evening, in the Fine Arts Theater we induct a number of students to some of the more prestigious Honors Societies with which ISM is associated.  On Tuesday we have our Academic and Service Awards afternoon, where the whole high school can come together to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of their peers in all aspects of school life.

Before the Senior class don their caps and gowns for graduation, on Monday, they have a day of “transition workshops”.  The move from the comfort and security of high school to college can be a difficult one and so, each year, our counselors provide the Seniors with as much support as we can.  Here is the outline of what’s in store for them.

8:00am: Introduction – Little Theatre
8:30am – 11:30am:  What I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then (Talks with alumni)
Lofthouse A: Relationships and roommates
Lofthouse B: Alcohol, Drugs and Making healthy choices
Lofthouse C: Identity, TCKS and Transitioning
Lofthouse D: University Vs High School Academics
11:30am: Pizza lunch at Lofthouse
12:15pm: College Living Experience
Dance Studio: Safety and Self-Defense
Lofthouse A: Finance and Budgeting
Lofthouse B & C: Practical living tips: Sewing, laundry, nutrition & pantry
Lofthouse D: Stay Calm & Cook On
2:15pm: Gratitude Exercise (Little Theatre)
2:30pm: Canadian Visa Application (Optional)

Well done and thank-you to our counseling team – particularly Ms. Cheah for putting this together.

Then, finally, next Friday evening (May 31st) we end with the Commencement Exercises for 2019 (Graduation).  I really enjoy this part of the year when we get to celebrate together all that we are as a school.  I cannot believe that we are just one week away from graduation.  I sent an email to all the seniors and senior parents the week before last, with all sorts of information – please be sure to check your email and read this information carefully if your child is graduating this year. 

Wow!  Busy times! “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” [Bon Jovi]

Be well, everyone.


Michael Dickinson
HS Principal