HS Friday Bulletin May 3

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

I feel that this week has been a little like the calm before the storm, both metaphorically and literally.  It has been a very calm week in the High School – helped by an extra day to breathe a little and catch up in the middle of the week with Wednesday’s holiday.  Then, last night’s storm temporarily cut the power in my village – it seems very early this year, but the reservoirs sure would welcome more.

Last Monday, our robot makers returned from the VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky after 3 days of gruelling competition.  Here’s the report from their chaperone, Mr. Venhuis:  This past week our Freshman team, named EDSA, travelled to Louisville, Kentucky to take part in the VEX World Robotics Championship.  Team EDSA, composed of Javi, Peter, Alvaro, Ignacio and one robot, landed late Tuesday, April 23rd and started the competition the following day.  This included robot inspection and a good amount of time on the practice field fine tuning the robot code.  For the next three days, the team had 10 matches where they were partnered with a random team (from 850 at the tournament) to battle against another alliance of two robots to score the most points within a two-minute window.  During this time, the robots are first controlled by programming only, and then by remote control.  Team EDSA was placed in the tournament’s toughest division and came out with a 3-7 record.  They worked very well as a team, continually pushing each other to improve their strategy and robot throughout the week.  The team most certainly learned a great deal from the experience and enjoyed a fast paced trip to the US.  We look forward to their leadership within the Robotics Club next year!

Mr. Marshall returned with one of our debate teams on Tuesday after a successful weekend of fierce debating.  Here is his report:  Fifteen ISM HS students participated in the Fast Forward British Parliamentary Debate Tournament hosted by the University of the Philippines Debate Society from April 27th – 29th. Out of 60 teams competing, the ISM A debate team consisting of Keerthana Bathula Gr.11, Aldrin Aujero Gr. 11 and David Bloom Gr. 10 reached the quarterfinals (top 8 teams) of the tournament. Congratulations to all ISM participants for doing a great job representing the school!

With May arriving, things start to ramp up as we prepare for all things related to the end of the academic year.  I noticed, for example that in my calendar there is an item which simply says “Grad Riser Start Build” meaning that we need to start building the stage in preparation for our High School Commencement Exercises (graduation) on May 31st.  This always brings a wave of anxiety as I start to think about ideas for my closing speech at graduation. 

Another biggie that signifies the end of the academic year are of course the end-of-year exams, which for Grade 11 start next Wednesday, May 8th and for the Grade 9s and 10s, start the following Tuesday, May 14th.  The Seniors start their IB exams today which will run all the way through to May 24th up in the Lofthouse – good luck Seniors!  For many of you, there is a lot riding on these exams.

Grade 9-10-11 exam schedules are here

And now a plug for this year’s Middle School Play:  Calamity Jane, is a classic from the golden age of Hollywood musicals. Doris Day was the first to reprise the lead role in the hit 1953 film version before it was adapted for the stage. It includes such classic toe-tapping tunes as The Black Hills of Dakota, The Windy City and The Deadwood Stage. The musical is very loosely based on the life of the real American frontierswoman, Martha Jane Canary, but keeps things light by foregoing her more infamous exploits in favor of creating a fun, upbeat comedy. The cast is supported by a 35 piece combined MS/HS student and teacher band as well as a group of enthusiastic HS students working as mentors to the MS students.  Over the last 4 months of rehearsal, Ms. Grev has led the 60-strong MS cast and crew on exploration of identity and survival as well learning the fine western art of having a “rip roaring”, “whip cracking” time! 

Come along to the Fine Arts Theatre on Thursday, May 2nd and Friday, May 3rd at 6pm or on Saturday, May 4th at 6:30pm.

You are all cordially invited to the MS and HS Art Exhibition.  The opening will be this afternoon, Friday, May 3rd at 3pm in the FAT Lobby and will continue for the next 2 weeks.  Please come along and enjoy the excellent artwork with the Middle School work downstairs and the High School work upstairs on the balcony.

And with that, I wish you a wonderful weekend.


HS Friday Bulletin April 26

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

A belated Happy Easter to you all.  I do hope that, even though it was a much shorter break than usual this year, you and your child(ren) were able to get some well needed R&R before the final push to the end of the school year.  We do have a couple of holidays coming up: next Wednesday, May 1st, is Labor day and Monday, May 13th is another holiday for National Elections.  Please put these dates into your calendars.

I’d like to start this week by wishing Brad and Jasmeen Philen congratulations on the safe arrival of their second child.  This Tuesday, April 23rd (Shakespeare’s Birthday! – Brad, as an English teacher, that’s got to be a good omen!), just before noon, Ava Caroline Philen “finally arrived, 13 days overdue! She weighed a healthy 7.8 pounds in a record speed of a little over an hour.  Everyone is happy and healthy!”  Well done Brad and Jasmeen.

Before heading to the hospital, Brad even made it for the “Human 100” that the 1000+ high school students, teachers, and support staff formed on the high school field as we prepare for our centennial celebrations next school year 2019-2020.  I haven’t seen the final pictures yet but I’m sure they’ll be used often in the build-up to the celebrations in March of 2020

The ISSBA (International School Student Body Association) elections went without a hitch again this year.  ISSBA is ISM’s elected student council who act as a conduit between Administration and the student body.  Next year’s ISSBA Council are

President: Martin Jee
Vice-President:    Bryan Palmero
  Harry Bartlett
  Doil Han
  Liam Ramos

Congratulations to the successful students and commiserations to those who ran but were unsuccessful on this occasion – don’t give up. Try again next year!

Yesterday, I was invited to see the jeepney that was purchased for one of our service partners, Child Hope.  Much of the money raised to fund the purchase was through the sales of miniature (live) Christmas trees (mine is alive and thriving in our back garden). 

Well done to all the students, teacher supervisors and parents for the work that went into this project, but an extra special shout out goes to Andrea Lee, Sae Joon Cheon, Keith Choa, Putra Wibowo and Ms. Patrikios for their massive efforts.

Four Freshmen are currently representing ISM in Kentucky, USA at the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championships.  Here is a brief update from Mr. Venhuis who is chaperoning them for this trip.

“This week ISM sent a team of four Grade 9 students to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the VEX Robotics High School World Championship. The competition has 850 teams.  To reach this point the team, named E.D.S.A. is formed by Javier, Ignacio, Alvaro and Peter, participated in our local Philippine competitions as well as travelling to Taipei to compete at TAS. The robot they have built is designed to pick-up balls, then shoot them at colored flags, and additionally it can flip colored caps on the ground. The goal of each individual match is to gain the most number of points by the flags and caps that represent your team’s color, red or blue. Thus far it has been a great experience for the team. They have been able to meet new students, troubleshoot problems and gain valuable experience competing at top level robotics.” 

Thanks for the update Mr. Venhuis and GO ROBO-CATS!

Finally this week, Today was the Senior’s last day of school before they take a week off to study for their final IB exams which, for some of them, start next Thursday!  They finished at lunch, but not before they had their fun this morning with their Senior prank(s).  After their fun morning, they were treated to a send-off lunch in the High School courtyard organized by the Senior Moms.  The courtyard was decorated with lanterns and had cushions in shady spots for the kids to relax for an hour or so, and (of course), there was lots of food for the seniors to enjoy. 

Thanks Moms for your hard work.  Good luck Seniors as you prepare next week for your IB finals.

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


HS Friday Bulletin April 17

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

A short bulletin this week as we finish for our Easter break.  I wasn’t going to write one but I feel compelled to do so after such a wonderful set of results (for the most part) from last weekend’s IASAS Season 3 tournaments.  Thanks to Mr. Pekin for the following summary.

Sports fans,

Season 3 IASAS has concluded with some outstanding results from our Bearcat athletes and hard-working coaches. A big thanks to all the coaching staff for their dedication and efforts this past weekend and throughout the season.


Boys Golf         GOLD (1st time ever to win gold at Golf)
Jed Dy Gr 9. Won boys individual GOLD shooting 72 and 71 in stroke play
Girls Golf                       SILVER
Boys Baseball               SILVER
Girls Softball                 4th place
Boys Track & Field     GOLD
Girls Track & Field      4th place
Girls Badminton          5th
Boys Badminton         6th

Track Medalists:
Girls Javelin                 SILVER       Juju Lapus
Boys Triple Jump        BRONZE    Marco Dyens
Boys 100m                    SILVER      Sam Hobbins Gold/Tim Troetschel
Boys 400m hurdles   BRONZE    William Fermanis
Girls High Jump          SILVER       Johanna Olafsson
Boys Shot Put              SILVER      Dhendup Dorjee Gold/Matt Kelly
Boys 200m                    BRONZE    Sam Hobbins Gold/Tim Troetschel
Boys 4×100 relay   GOLD (C.Kluck/W.Fermanis/T.Troetschel/S.Hobbins)
Girls Discus                  GOLD         Nicole Manalac
Boys 400m                    SILVER       Sam Hobbins
Girls 100m hurdles     SILVER       Ysabel Del Fierro
Boys 110m hurdles    BRONZE    Tim Troetschel
Boys Discus                   GOLD         Matt Kelly
Girls Triple Jump         GOLD         Riho Kasai
Boys 1600m Medley  SILVER      (C.Kluck/M.Dyens/S.Hermans/S.Hobbins)
Girls Long Jump          GOLD        Riho Kasai
Boys High Jump          SILVER       Jared Fermanis
Girls Shot Put              BRONZE    Imaya Jeffries
Girls 4x400m relay    SILVER    (R.Kasai/Y.Del Fierro/A.Daniels/M.Georgy)
Boys 4x400m relay    GOLD  (C.Kluck/W.Fermanis/T.Troetschel/S.Hobbins)

ISM School Record Breakers:
Boys 4×800 Relay    (A.Beuerle/S.Jeffrey/T.Lwin/S.Hermans) 8:32.49
Boys 1500m              Alex Beuerle 4:20.14
Boys 4×400 Relay    (C.Kluck/W.Fermanis/T.Troetschel/S.Hobbins) 3:31.09

The final HS sports awards for our S3 teams will be held April 24th 5:30pm at the FAT.

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


HS Friday Bulletin April 12

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Monday afternoon was our annual serving of 100% Dance in the FAT.  Once again, the Dance Co. dancers put on a wonderful display of their talents with many genres of dance from ballet to body-popping on display.  Thanks as always, to Yek Barlongay for bringing the best out of the students and of course thanks to the students for such a fantastic show.  Also a shout-out goes to Sandro and Bernardo who were the comedy act between performances that allowed time for the dancers to transition and change.

Sports fans, keep up to date with all the S3 IASAS action via the links below. Tournaments will run Thursday through Saturday this week. Best wishes to all our traveling coaches and athletes.

           Baseball/Softball at ISB https://iasas.isb.ac.th/

           Badminton at JIS http://iasas.jisedu.or.id/badminton_2019/

           Golf at JIS IASAS Golf results 

           Track & Field at TAS http://www.tas.edu.tw/iasas-track-and-field-2019

As I write this bulletin, we have started strong in Jakarta in the Golf with the boys in 1st and the girls in 2nd after day one.  Also a strong start in Taipei for our Track and Field teams overall 2nd and 3rd for boys and girls respectively – and some individual and team medals already starting to roll in.  Not so strong a start for the Badminton and Softball/Baseball, but there is still time for them to up their games during day 2. I’ll summarize all our sporting achievements in next week’s bulletin.  GO BEARCATS! 

Looking forward to next week.  On Tuesday we have the Finale Concert for Strings, Band and Choir in the Fine Arts Theater at 5:00pm.  From 5:00 to 5:30 you will have another chance to see and hear our octets that performed at the IASAS Cultural Convention last month, then the main event of the Finale Concert will start at 5:30pm

Next Wednesday is the Robotics Maker Faire, all day in the Little Theater.  Come along and satisfy your inner-geek.  There are always some impressive inventions and contraptions on display that will delight and amaze you.

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