Message from the Principal:
Click here to access the full bulletin: HS Friday Bulletin January 20
Dear Parents / Guardians,
Thank you to all the new and returning parents that came to last Tuesday’s Parent Coffee. I tried a “Kahoot” (an on-line, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” style quiz) for the first time, which was a fun way to test the new parents on how well they had been listening during the presentations and introductions of the key personnel in the high school. The PCA were particularly competitive on this one, and ran away with most of the prizes, but I hope that everyone learned some of the important acronyms that we use in our everyday vocab, and of course that everyone had a little bit of fun and met some new people.
This week, the high school teachers have been finishing off their report card comments. We try to ensure that all report cards are complete and accurate, but from time to time, there may be a glitch in the system resulting in error. If you receive a report card with missing information (this happens sometimes for students who have changed courses during, or at the end of the semester), then please let the high school office know so that we can fix the mistake. Again, this semester, the report cards will be paperless; they will be accessed through the Parent-Portal from Wednesday, January 25th.
Today, the IB Business Management students in grade 11 (and a handful in grade 12) have been taking part in what has become an annual Entrepreneur Competition. I visited the FAT balcony earlier today to check out the business ventures and was impressed by the high level of thought and the depth that students have gone into in creating their businesses. These included personalized soap, food delivery by drone, high heel shoes with adjustable heel-height and many, many more. Well done to Mr. Vithayathil, Mr. Richardson and Mr. Winters for putting a real world context to the Business Management course.
Next week, we have Career Week, which begins on Monday afternoon with a keynote address by Nikki Wallace (ISM class of ’02 and founder of POPI – a social enterprise that creates plush toys of native Filipino animals that showcase Filipino indigenous weaves). Teachers will be speaking with students throughout the week about the career opportunities that their subject areas may lead to, so that students can make more informed choices as they prepare to select their ISM courses in March for the 2017-18 academic year. This is particularly important for grade 10 as they consider their options for IB diploma courses in grades 11 and 12. On Wednesday, the grade 10 students will be taken off schedule for the afternoon, so that they can listen to and ask questions of a range of presenters (many of whom are ISM alumni).
Another busy week to look forward to in the High School.
Wishing you restful weekend,
High School Principal