HS Friday Bulletin February 8

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

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

Vocalists:

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

Bands:

  • 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.

Mike

HS Friday Bulletin February 1

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MESSAGE FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

With second season IASAS in full swing, we have the pleasure of hosting swimmers from our five sister schools this week. It was great to see so many people cheering on the participants yesterday and there were some impressive performances from our Bearcat swimmers. There is definitely something about the kinship and camaraderie of the IASAS experience that sets it apart from other tournaments. Saturday is the final day of competition so, if you are able, please come along and support our student athletes. On behalf of the Athletics Office, I would like to send a special thank you to  everyone that helped house our visiting swimmers.

Season Two is the busiest IASAS sporting season. In addition to swimming, we have our tennis players in Bangkok, our basketball teams in Singapore and our rugby teams in Kuala Lumpur. The first day of competition produced some fantastic individual and team performances so be sure to read next week’s bulletin for updates on our medal tally. Remember that you can watch live streams of all the action by following the links from the IASAS website at http://www.iasas.asia. Good luck to all our Varsity athletes.  Let’s hope they reap the rewards that their hard work and commitment deserve.

Thanks and congratulations to Mr. Nazareno, Ms. Provencher and Ms. Barlongay for their organization of this year’s Tri-M Jazz Night last Tuesday evening. La-La Land came to the Little Theater with Jazz Band leading the music supported by Show Choir as an ensemble and solos. Advanced Dance performed for many of the dances to get the parents in the mood for dancing. Thanks to everyone that came out to support especially those that braved the dance floor to show off their moves.

Just over two weeks ago, we hosted the second Manila Student Film Festival in the Fine Arts Theater. It was an amazing night and the judges were impressed with the quality and diversity of the films. The winners were as follows:

Category 8 – 11 Year Old: Hugs by Kasey Hermias (Cebu International School)                                               
Category 12 – 14 Year Old: Chicken by Chloe McAlister, Lain Calvo, Lucas Kahn, Megan Quintana (International School Manila)                  
Category 15 – 18 Year Old: Dear Camera by Liyora Santos (International School Manila)                             
Category 19 – 21 Year Old: Noli by Sean Harold Bongalon, Xierdon Manalo and Rodnie Bolivar (University of Makati)  
Category: Audience Choice Award: Ednis (University of Saint Louis Tuguergaro)

Congratulations to all the winners. To see the winning films or to find out more about the festival, please visit the festival website at: https://sites.google.com/ismanila.org/manilastudentfilmfestival/home

Back in school, course selection week is rapidly approaching. Teachers are chatting with students about their academic plans for next school year and our counseling team are meeting with all Sophomores to discuss the myriad of options available to them as they enter Junior year. Now is the perfect time for you to be talking to your sons and daughters about their plans, too. For the parents of current Juniors planning to attend college or university in the US, be sure to sign up for one of the two forthcoming Mock Admissions evenings. These evenings will be hands-on, interactive sessions focusing on the process US colleges go through after they receive student applications. You should have received an email about these events earlier this week.

Finally, on behalf of the High School administration, best wishes for a happy Lunar New Year celebration. I hope you have good things planned for the four-day weekend.

Regards,
Dave Birchenall

HS Friday Bulletin January 25

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MESSAGE FROM THE ADMINISTRATION:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

There has been a lot going on in the high school this past week or so – and therefore lots to celebrate and thank people for.  Last Saturday night was the Battle of the Bands prelims and after me being a little worried in the afternoon when I felt a couple of drops of rain, it turned out to be a lovely evening once again, both in terms of the weather (which was clear and cool) and the music (which was outstanding).  Well done to all the performers, the judges and the organizing committee, under the watchful eye of Mr. Preston Spradling.  Of the performers, the following have made it through to the finals which will be held on the evening of Saturday, February 9th.

Vocalists:

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

Bands:

  • 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

This week is career exploration week where we focus on Grade 10 students as they prepare to enter the IB diploma years of grades 11 and 12.  Last Tuesday we had a marathon evening of information for parents of Grade 9 and Grade 10 students as they prepare to make course selections for school-year 2019-2020.  Thank you to Mr. Relf and all the counselling team for putting together such detailed presentations.  Thank you also to the parents that came to the sessions – there were about 300 in the Little Theatre for Ms. Cappuccio and Mr. Lassey’s Grade 9 talk, then about the same in the FAT for Mr. Relf, Ms. Berry and Ms. Tao.  Well done everyone.  If you were not able to attend you can take a look at the presentations by clicking on the links below:

  • Crystal Cappuccio and Scott Lassey’s presentation for students moving from grade 9 to grade 10 is here
  • Mike Relf’s IB presentation for grade 10 students entering grade 11 can be accessed through this link
  • Alexandra Berry’s presentation on summer courses can be found through this link
  • Stephanie Tao’s presentation on university admissions testing can be accessed here

On Wednesday, Mr. Swan and Ms. Wong organized various speakers from different fields of work to talk to the grade 10 students about their pathways into the jobs that they currently hold – a common thread was that the path was non-linear, so it gave the Sophomores the idea that they’ll need to overcome hurdles and obstacles on their road to employment.  Thank you to the following alumni that gave up their time to speak, and a big thank you to Carlo Fong Luy who addressed the entire high school in the Wednesday assembly.

              Speaker                  Batch     Career Field

  • Paolo Bitanga                    ’09          Film Director/Producer
  • Brett Bayley                       ’06          St. Louis Cafe – BGC
  • Carlo Fong Luy                  ’09          United Nations
  • Marion Branellec              ’08          Jeweler
  • Jono Pisano                        ’09          Freelance Painter
  • Ricky Mirani                      ’07          Food/Beverage
  • Ian Sermonia                     ’98          Hospitality Industry
  • Alex Roque                         ’11          Artist/Fashion
  • Winnie Wong                     ’09          Teacher/Entrepreneur
  • Ronnie Fortich                   ’95          Musical Director

Following on, and again part of our career exploration week, on Thursday afternoon the grade 10 students had the opportunity to listen to the teachers of courses that, so far, they have not experiences so that they can make more informed decisions when they select their courses next month.

Thank you to all the parents that came to our first Graduation committee meeting on Thursday morning.  Ms. Hillman, Ms. Patrikios and I ran through the program for graduation and invited interested parents to put themselves forward for one of the 3 graduation committees, responsible for the organization of:

  • Graduation decoration (inside and outside the FAT)
  • Graduation cocktail food (before the ceremony)
  • Senior celebration / lunch (the day before graduation)

Here is the link to my presentation.  If you were not able to attend the meeting but would like to be a part of the organization of grad by volunteering for one of these 3 committees, please get in touch with Laurie Atilano (AtilanoF@ISManila.org) in the High School Office.

Well done to our HS Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball teams in the Hardeman tournament held at school Wednesday and Thursday this week. Out of 8 games ISM won 7 and lost one game by 1pt only. Our Varsity boys Rugby team also defeated BSM Thursday night 27-5 to win the local league final. Well done to all teams. 

Looking ahead:

Tri-M Jazz Night is a night of food, dancing and jazz music organized by the Tri-M Honor Society. There will be performances from Show Choir, Advanced Dance, and Jazz Band centered around this year’s theme of La La Land.

Tickets are 500 pesos including free catering and are being sold in front of the canteen on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:30 to 12:00 pm, as well as in the cashier.

All funds from this event will go to Tri-M’s service partners CJ Learning Center and Tondo Chamber Orchestra. Jazz Night will be on Tuesday, January 29 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Finally this week, we wish all our travelling athletes (and those staying here in Manila) all the very best of wishes for success and next week’s second season IASAS tournaments with:

  • Swimming here at ISM
  • Basketball in Singapore
  • Rugby / Touch in Kuala Lumpur
  • Tennis in Bangkok

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

Mike

 

Michael Dickinson
High School Principal             

HS Friday Bulletin January 18

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MESSAGE FROM THE ADMINISTRATION:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back everyone!  I’m sorry that I wasn’t the one to wish you all a Happy New Year in last week’s bulletin, but we always start the year with the Search Associates Recruitment Conference in Bangkok, where we start our search for teachers for the 2019-2020 school year and beyond, to replace the teachers that have indicated that this year will be their last in Manila.  The search continues with recruitment fairs in London and Boston over the next few weeks.

I’d like to say a big well done and thank you to Nadia Hartley and Catrina Walters for the wonderful Manila Student Film Festival that ISM hosted on Wednesday evening this week.  There was a great turnout to support our young filmmakers and a fantastic response from our judges who were impressed with the quality of the films. Judges this year where; actor and film producer Jake Macapagal; documentary filmmaker Haig Balian; screenwriter and film producer Moira Lang; and journalist, film producer, director and writer Arlyn Dela Cruz.  We had 28 film entries from 14 different schools from the Metro Manila area and beyond – with student film-makers from as far afield as Cebu in attendance – a total of 103 film-makers.  Thank you to all the parents that came out to support the event.  The Audience Choice Award can be voted on where you can watch all the finalists.  The Audience Choice Award vote ends 19th January at 12 midnight and winner will be announced on the 20th January.

It is that time of year again when we rock it out on the Elementary School field!  Battle of the Bands, one of the most anticipated events of the high school calendar, kicks off tomorrow evening at 5:0pm with Prelims.  Here is the schedule for tomorrow evening.  Finals are to be held on February 9th.  If you haven’t come before, then please take the time to support.  You will be so impressed with the caliber of the bands and vocalists – it’s been one of my favorite events of the year for as long as I can remember.  There will be food available and raffle tickets for incredible prizes, so bring cash along too.  All the money raised goes to our Vicky SyCip Herrera Filipino Scholar charity.

Semester one report cards are being prepared this weekend and will be available through the parent portal (accessed from the www.ismanila.com website) next Wednesday, January 23rd.

Next week is our Career Exploration week.  On Wednesday afternoon, Grade 10 students have been given the opportunity to listen to the words of wisdom from some of ISM’s alumni, while on Thursday, they will be able to learn more about some of the courses that are offered to them in Grades 11 and 12 that they have not experienced thus far here at school.  This has been timed to coincide with the Grade 9 and Grade 10 Parent Information Sessions to be held here in school on Tuesday evening, January 23rd. So that you too can gain a better understanding of our academic program as your children plan their courses for next year.  Mr. Swan will then run a University Information Session:

  • Grade 9 Course Selection Evening (students moving to grade 10).  5:00pm.  Little Theater
  • Grade 10 Course Selection Evening (students moving to grade 11).  6:00pm.  FAT
  • University Information Session (follows the above). FAT

All Grade 12 parents are invited to the first Graduation Committee meeting next Thursday morning at 10:30am in the AMR.  I’ll be running through the graduation program and talking about all things related to grad.  There will also be an opportunity to volunteer to be a member of one of the following committees.

  • Senior Celebration Lunch – on the day before Grad.
  • Graduation Décor – inside and outside the FAT
  • Graduation Cocktail Food – outside the FAT before the
  • ceremony begins.

We talk a lot these days about resilience, grit, determination and perseverance and how important these qualities are as we prepare our kids for the future.  I’d like to share with you here an article that I read recently on this topic.  It’s difficult, as a parent to allow kids to find their own limits, but it’s so important that we try to.  I hope you enjoy the article.

Sports fans, this week’s upcoming sports action…

Fri Jan 18
***Varsity boys & girls and JV boys.  Basketball away games at Brent

Sat Jan 19
***Rugby away at Faith/Touch league finals away at BSM/MS&HS
***Basketball games at ISM/MS
***Tennis at ISM

Tues Jan 22
***Varsity boys Rugby final vs BSM 4:30pm at HS field

As always for exact match times/venues/details go to portal and click on ATAC game schedule icon. 

Go Bearcats!

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

Mike