To Access the full bulletin: HS Friday Bulletin January 13
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:
Dear Parents / Guardians,
Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a well-earned rest and that you were able to enjoy family time together and relax, recharge and make ready for the second half of this year. The Dickinsons headed off to Japan where we enjoyed the food and cooler weather in Tokyo then, a 2-hour fast train-ride north to Nagano and on to Hakuba, where we were able to enjoy the fresh fall of snow that the region had been treated to the previous week. It had been 16 years since I last skied and I was amazed at how quickly it all came back – oh my, how my legs ached the second morning though! My two children had lessons for the first two days and then were happily swooshing down the green slopes like they had been doing it for years. After a Manila Christmas, with all the trimmings, we headed down to Negros where I read and relaxed, and my two did their PADI open water dive certification! How many kids are able to ski and scuba in the same 3-week period?! What a fantastic opportunity this country and this region of the world offer for amazing travel experiences.
On Wednesday, I returned from Bangkok where I was searching for teachers for August, to replace those who have decided to leave at the end of this school year, in June. I was reasonably successful, but Mr. Toze has travelled on to the recruitment fairs in London, then Boston then San Francisco, where he will pick up the remaining teachers that we will need for next year.
The second semester has started well, with the Juniors having a whole day last Tuesday to think about possible topics for their Extended Essay – a 4000-word research project that will keep them busy for the next couple of months.
Next Tuesday morning, we will have our monthly Parent Coffee in the Little Theater starting at 9:30am. The first half will be dedicated to the new parents of high school students that have started recently. It would be great for some “old-hands” to come along too so that you can offer advice and answers to the myriad questions that I’m sure our new parents must have about life in the Philippines, in Manila, and at ISM. The second half of the Parent Coffee will be a presentation from Rustic Pathways, the agency that we work with to provide travel trips for our students during the summer vacation. This year we will be offering trips to China, Thailand and Tanzania – if you think that your son or daughter might be interested in one of these trips, then do come along on Tuesday to listen. If you are not able attend on Tuesday morning, Rustic Pathways will be presenting again on Wednesday, January 18th in the AMR at 6:0pm
Wishing you restful weekend,
High School Principal