To access the full bulletin, please click here: HS Friday Bulletin March 22
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Last Saturday was “Extended Essay writing day” for the Grade 11 students. The Extended Essay is a research paper of up to 4000 words, giving students an opportunity to conduct independent research or investigation on a topic that interests them. Like the Theory of Knowledge (TOK essay and presentation), and participation in creativity, action, service (CAS) activities, the Extended Essay is a mandatory prerequisite for the award of the IB Diploma. The Grade 11s started to think about potential topics and specific research questions back in January and many of them are making good progress. We try to get this piece of work completed in Grade 11 so that the start of senior year doesn’t get too bogged down when they are starting to think about their college applications (and of course trying to keep on top of their regular schoolwork). If you have a son or daughter in Grade 11, please check on their progress and give them a nudge to try to get it off their plates by June.
In response to questions from families, please note that, so far, the school has not been impacted by water shortages. We have two very large underground water systems, which would allow us to function in the event of a loss of main water. The cisterns are tested regularly to ascertain the potability of the water. We have taken measures to reduce our use of water for non-essential maintenance work, landscaping and play facilities in the Early Years Center.
As I said in last week’s bulletin, we’re coming to the beginning of the end for the Seniors, with lots of “lasts” starting to happen. Today, the Seniors finished their IB/AP Mock exams. The “mocks” give students the sense of what it is going to be like in May when they sit the real IB/AP exams. If students prepare well for their mocks, it often stands them in good stead for May as they are less reliant on cramming and hopefully it gives them an opportunity to identify misunderstandings in time to work on them before the real exams.
Another reminder that the Grade 12 (IB2) Art Exhibition is still on-going in the lobby of the FAT. The exhibition will run for one more week, until Friday, March 29th. Please take time to enjoy some of the wonderful pieces that our IB Art students have created. Thanks to Ms. Godfrey and Ms. Garner for organizing the show this year – and of course, well done to the Grade 12 IB Art students for some outstanding work again.
Looking forward to next week, Miguel Syjuco returns to ISM to work with students on creative writing, journalism, and literary study of his novel Ilustrado. Miguel’s novel won the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize, the Palanca Award, and was a New York Times notable book in 2010. He is a journalist for The New York Times in addition to freelance reporting for The Guardian, Boston Review, Rappler, BBC and more. Mr. Syjuco also works as Assistant Professor of Practice, Literature, and Creative Writing at NYU Abu Dhabi. His return marks our 6th year working together to incorporate more Filipino voices into our curriculum and to give our students real world connections to literature, journalism, and the power and importance of language. On Wednesday March 27th in the High School Library from 3:0pm to 4:0pm, he will deliver a reading from recent journalism followed by a Q&A session with the audience. This event is open to ISM HS and MS students and parents.
A reminder that the PCA International Night has been moved from this weekend to next and will now take place on Saturday, March 30th. International Night is the most important event of the PCA’s calendar. It is the biggest fundraiser of the entire year for the PCA where we enjoy an afternoon of celebration of national dance in an international setting. The members of the various countries, regions and cultural groups represented at ISM come together to proudly show off their art, music and food. It is a spectacular showcase of multiculturalism that is unique in our school community. The event starts with a cultural show at the FAT. The theme this year is “Amazing Places, Amazing People” and in line with this theme, you can sample the delicious holiday cuisine of the 40+ participating countries at the International Buffet that follows the show. The Cultural show starts promptly at 4:30pm at the FAT. The International Buffet follows right after at 6:00pm in the ES Gym. I have been told that tickets have all been sold. Well done and thank-you to the PCA for organizing this again this year.
And with that, I wish you all a restful and relaxing weekend.