HS Friday Bulletin February 15

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Battle of the Bands, last Saturday night, was phenomenal. I went out for breakfast last Saturday morning here in BGC and at about 10am it started to drizzle – I thought that what I’d said at the end of last week’s bulletin (about the BBC weather app never being wrong) was about to come back to bite me. But, they weren’t wrong; the evening was cool and clear with a slight breeze. The bands and vocalists were great and the organizing team did a great job under the watchful eye of Mr. MacInnes. A special shout-out goes to Kayla, Audrey and Alexis for organizing the group – I’d like to name everyone, but there are far too many to acknowledge – well done to the whole BoB organizing committee. Thank you to the judges; Mr. Naz, Ms. Wong, Mr. Spradling, Mr. Hill, Mr. Mawer and a guest judge from Philippine music industry, Twinky Lagdameo – thanks judges, it must have been a very difficult decision to arrive at the winners.
Winning Bands
1st United States of Hysteria
2nd Dashboard Dolls
3rd Black Tears

Winning Vocalists
1st Margaret Nethercott
2nd Miguela Puyat
3rd Iris Maloney

We had 658 people through the doors on Saturday night and we made over Php200k on the night. Overall, after all costs have been deducted and we keep PhP300k in the account as seed money for next year’s BoB, we will have close to Php1M to distribute amongst 10 service partners. That is quite remarkable!

Monday and Tuesday saw the Grade 9 students away from school for the Geography fieldtrip. Three locations were used with students rotating between them:
• Data collection in urban Pagsanjan and rural Magdalena to compare quality of life
• Visit to Makiling Botanical Gardens (with a small hike thrown in for good measure)
• Boat ride to and under Pagsanjan falls

Thanks to all the Geography teachers, especially Ms. Govier for organizing this trip. And thanks to the 20+ teacher chaperones and security guards that gave up an evening with their families to make sure that the trip could go ahead and that the students were safe at all times. Apologies for the late return of the buses; the Manila / BGC traffic was even worse than usual.

Wednesday was our annual Entrepreneur Competition for Grade 11 students. Organized by Mr. Winters and some of our Grade 12 Business Management students, this year’s event was once again, a great success. Special thanks go to Seniors Harper, Bettina, Nicole, Alex and Gian for their help in making it run so smoothly. Thank you to this year’s judges – Alfredo Benitez, Jocot De Dios, Kim Lapus, Alicia Sy, Rajan Uttamchandani and Fred Uytengsu– for your time and words of wisdom and guidance to the members of each team.

Congratulations to Ringo and Jillian Dingrando on the safe arrival of their 2nd child, Sebastian (Sebby) Isaac Dingrando. Sebby and Mom are both doing well.

In preparation for the upcoming IASAS Cultural Convention, there will be Art, Dance, Drama and Tech previews next week. For Dance and Drama, mark your calendars for Thursday, Feb. 22, 5pm, and Saturday, Feb. 24, 5pm! “Escape” is a never-seen-before 20-minute dance spectacle that will “wow” you in unexpected ways! “Smashing Magic” is an original 45-minute heartwarming piece about summer camp junior counselors! Both Drama and Dance previews will be in the Fine Arts Theatre. Also, the IASAS Debate and Forensics previews will be in the Little Theatre from 3pm to 5pm on February 19 and 20. Come along and enjoy the talent!



Have a restful long-weekend everyone.

Regards,
Mike Dickinson
HS Principal

HS Friday Bulletin February 9

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I’ll start this week by telling you all how proud I am to be a Bearcat after last weekend’s culmination of the IASAS Season 2 Sports Finals. Out of a possible 8 medal positions up for grabs we medaled in 7, with gold for both the boys and girls Tennis teams (5 fresh(wo)men on the girls team bodes extremely well for the future). Thanks to all the parents who came up to our tennis courts to support. Farther afield, we ended with gold for the girls Touch team, silver for the boys Rugby team (after a very close 5-0 final against ISKL) silver for the boys Basketball team (first time in the finals for 15 years!) and bronze for the girls Basketball team. Silver for the girls Swim team and a 5th place for the boys Swim team. Thank you and congratulations to all our athletes and a particular word of thanks goes out to the all the coaches that gave up so much of their time during the season to prepare them so well for these finals. Thank you to all the travelling parents – it makes such a difference to the kids to have you there to support them as they represent ISM. We are now ranking in joint 1st place with SAS for this year’s placings – somewhere we have never been before. I do hope that our season 3 athletes can give it their all in a few weeks’ time and continue this year’s success. Well done everyone.

Last Tuesday, in the Little Theater we had about 60 parents here for our Parent Coffee morning. When I can, I like to celebrate the great things that are going on with the students and this month was a great showcase of their talent. We started with the grade 10 band “Twisted Adobo” who woke us all up with “Valerie”, we saw the student choice entry for this year’s Manila Film Festival “Sorry I’m Late” and tried to understand the conventions of suspense that Hitchcock used in his movies in order to get a better appreciation of the thought that goes into every scene as our budding film-makers plan and create their movies. Evan Johnson from Rustic Pathways spoke to promote the 3 high school summer trips – Fiji, China and Thailand. Four students from the Sustainability Council presented their ideas in order to try to reduce plastic consumption (and waste in general) here in the ISM Kantina. We ended with Jackie and Yanna’s version of the Beatles’ “Let It Be”. Here is the link to the presentation that I used – there are a few links that you might find useful.

We completed Course Selection week this week with all grade 9, 10 and 11 students making their choices for their courses for the 2018-19 academic year. You should have received an email that let you know the courses they chose – please check this carefully as mistakes can easily be fixed from now until April, when I start to build the master schedule for next year, but after that, changes are more difficult to do. Thanks for your help; just contact your child’s counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you to our team of counselors who presented to parents on Tuesday and Thursday this week on “Mock Admissions”. Mr. Swan reported that these 2 evenings were very well attended; I do hope that you went away with a good appreciation of the admissions process, and hopefully it reduced your anxiety with more knowledge of the system.

This weekend, we start with one of the most anticipated evenings of the whole year – Battle of the Bands 2018. This year we’ll be rocking-out on the Middle School Field with a couple of middle school warm-up acts at about 5:30, then the main events starting at around 6:00pm. This year’s finalists are:
Bands:
• Black Tears
• Cookie Problems
• Half Past Five
• Parental Advisory
• The Dashboard Dolls
• Twisted Adobo
• United States of Hysteria
• University Parkway

Vocalists:
• Ben Reedy
• Iris Maloney
• Margaret Nethercott
• Meg and Kathleen
• Miguela Puyat
• Savion Garcia
• Silvana De Dios
• Yojana Narang

If you haven’t attended before, I really can’t recommend this one enough. The caliber of the music is wonderful, there is good food and great prizes to be won on the raffle. See you tomorrow evening – my BBC app says the weather is going to be beautiful and the BBC is never wrong, so… fingers crossed!

Next, a plug for our very own Heather Hawkins who will be performing live on TV this Sunday, February 11th on Sunday Jam with RJ. It will be aired live from 9:00am to 12 noon on 2nd Avenue/RJTV Channel 29 on Cignal TV and Destiny and 19 on Skycable. Also broadcasted simultaneously on the radio on 100.3 in Manila and live online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/21442959. Well done Heather!

Looking ahead to next week, on Wednesday we have our annual Entrepreneur Competition with students from Grade 11 pitching their ideas for businesses to prominent members of the Philippine business world. The day starts in the morning in the Little Theater with the pitches, then the chosen finalists.

It will be a short week for the kids next week, with a Thursday and Friday holiday for them to get a little R&R. I’ll be here with the teachers on Thursday as we have a Professional Development day before our long weekend.

In March’s Parent Coffee on March 6th, in the LT at 7:30am, we’ll be viewing the documentary “Screenagers”, made by a psychologist and a concerned mom in the US. More on this as the time approaches, but here’s a short quiz that I took last week that rates us as parents on how we manage our and our kid’s digital devices. Take the quiz and answer honestly!

Have a restful weekend everyone.

Regards,
Mike Dickinson
HS Principal

HS Friday Bulletin February 2

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I write this week’s Friday Bulletin from the ISM roof-top tennis courts on a warm and sunny, but breezy Friday morning. Yesterday, our Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis teams started their IASAS campaign with impeccable records, winning every match comfortably, beating all three of their first IASAS schools in the competition. Let’s hope this this continues throughout today and they book their places in Saturday’s finals. Further afield, the Girls’ and Boys’ Touch/Rugby teams also started well with 2 wins and 0 losses each. Boys’ Basketball were 3 wins and 0 loses after day one, while the Girls dropped a couple of games and enter day two with 1 win and 2 losses. Our swimmers have already started to pile up medals with a gold and a silver each for Dias Konysbayev, Dani Laminta and Gabby Velasco. Go Bearcats! If you can spare the time, we would love to see you up here on the tennis courts on Saturday for the finals.

Last weekend saw another IASAS Gold for ISM. The ISM IASAS Chess team swept the board, beating every other school in the competition. A big well done goes to the team; Abhinav Bathula, Ashwin Banwari, William Hu, Tino Theodoropoulos, Lance Tan, Yousuke Misawa, Yanpeng Yuan and David Zhang. And of course, our thanks and congratulations to their advisor, Mr. Robertson. I wasn’t there to see the final victory, but Mr. Birchenall told me that when the Rook to Bishop 5 checkmate move won the overall competition, the crowd went wild! Mr. Robertson, said it was the biggest win since the tournament began!

Last Saturday, our Varsity and JV Boys Basketball teams both won the Faith Hardeman tournament while the Varsity Girls and JV girls placed 2nd. The u/13 and u/15 Boys’ Rugby won local league finals out at Faith and the u/17 boys placed 2nd. Well done everyone.

Also last weekend, we had two entries in the Manila Fast + Fresh Theatre Festival. Over 350 people were in the audience to see the play entered by Sandro Lorenzo, Rahul Jhingon, Ario Boentaran and Oliver Rees win Best Play Script for The Mysterious Case of Mr. Cane. Sandro also won the Best Male Actor Award. Although they weren’t in the prizes, Maanya Dewan, Chloe Roberts, Stefania Nuneska and Happy Pamintuan also got a great audience response for their Maids of Dishonour. Congratulations also go to the amazing ISM stage and tech crew (Alex Khoury, Amy Hong, Annika Stevens, Fabian Gottfried, Ishan Pradhan, Jasmine Zhang, Minsuh Kim, Sangyoon Kim, Subin Seol, Rhia Mitsuhashi, David San Jose) who managed 16 plays back to back in a calm, collected and skilled manner. Ms. Hillman outdid herself with the organization of this event which has taken so much time and effort organizing, so a big shout-out to her. Thanks Marsha.

Last Tuesday, Jazz night was fantastic! Our Jazz Band, Advanced Dance and Show Choir students demonstrated the very high level of their musical and dancing ability with some different takes on some well-known contemporary songs, turning modern hits into a bygone classic feel. Thanks to Tom Nazareno, Ann Provencher and Yek Barlongay for their hard work with the kids behind the scenes that made the evening a huge success again.

I would like to invite you all to next Tuesday’s Parent Coffee in the Little Theater, starting at 7:30am. It’s a packed agenda this time – I hope we get through it all on time.
• Battle of the Bands Preview – Twisted Adobo
• Rustic Pathways Summer Trips 2018 – Evan Johnson
• Manila Film Festival – “Sorry I’m Late”
• Course Selection Process – Scott Lassey
• Sustainability Council – Isabel Alvarez / Council members
• Battle of the Bands Preview – Jackie and Yanna

As I mentioned in last week’s bulletin, Course Selection Week is coming up next week – February 5th to 9th. All students in grades 9, 10 and 11 will register for their 2018-19 courses in homeroom on Monday afternoon. However, I sent the link to them this morning so that this weekend they and you can look together at the options and make some firm decisions before Monday afternoon. The link is in an email that will send them to the course selection software and they must be logged in with their ISM Google account for it to work.

I wish you all a restful weekend.

Regards,
Mike Dickinson
HS Principal

HS Friday Bulletin January 26

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We started the weekend with a bang last Saturday, with the Battle of the Bands Prelims. An unusual venue this year in the bus parking area, due to the Elementary School field being out-of-action. The parking lot was transformed into a street concert venue and once again, the music was great. Obviously, not everyone can make it to the Finals but 8 bands and 8 vocalists made it through.

Bands:
• Black Tears
• Cookie Problems
• Half Past Five
• Parental Advisory
• The Dashboard Dolls
• Twisted Adobo
• United States of Hysteria
• University Parkway

Vocalists:
• Ben Reedy
• Iris Maloney
• Margaret Nethercott
• Meg and Kathleen
• Miguela Puyat
• Savion Garcia
• Silvana De Dios
• Yojana Narang

Well done to everyone one who performed at the prelims – I’m really looking forward to the finals again this year, which will he held on the Middle School Field on February 10th.

First semester report cards are now available for viewing and download through the Parent Portal. In line with the school’s sustainability measures, we are no longer offering print copies of report card. Here is a video tutorial which will help you to navigate through the website. The soft-copy of the honors certificate will also be available for viewing and download using the same system described above, from 8:00 am, Wednesday, January 31st.

Course Selection Week is coming up soon (February 5th to 9th) and to kick things off this year we had Ms. Cappuccio and Mr. Lassey present to parents at a Parent Information Session for Grade 9 parents whose child is moving to grade 10, then Mr. Swan and Mr. Relf held a similar session to inform grade 10 parents about the move to grade 11 and the introduction of the IB diploma as an option for the students. If you missed them, you can look at the slides using the following two links:
Link to Grade 9 to 10 Presentation (Grade 9 parents)
Link to Grade 10 to 11 Presentation (Grade 10 parents)

Later that same evening, Ms. Cheah gave a presentation to outline the offerings and procedures for summer enrichment programs together with information regarding testing:
Link to Ms. Cheah’s presentation

Thanks to Ms. Cappuccio and Mr. Lassey, Mr. Relf, Mr. Swan and Ms. Cheah for those informative presentations. On Thursday, the grade 10 students had an opportunity to speak with some of the teachers that teach courses that are unfamiliar to them; these include:

• Psychology
• Business Management
• Economics
• Sports Exercise and Health Science
• Environmental Systems and Societies
• Language A – School-supported Self-taught
• Global Politics
• Computer Science

We hope that this was beneficial and gave students a much clearer idea of these courses which in turn helps in the decision-making process for course selection. Here is a link to the Course Selection Book, which gives very detailed summaries of every course offered here in the high school.

Last Wednesday, we had an alumnus from the class of 2017, Stephanie Sy, give the keynote address, to all the high school students in the FAT, as part of Career Exploration Week– she really gave a sense of reality as she spoke about how her career path had been non-linear with successes and failures, highs and lows. After lunch on Wednesday, twelve returning alumni from the classes of 2006 and 2007 gave up their afternoons to speak to our sophomores about their current careers and how ISM and particularly the IB diploma had set them up for success at college and beyond.

On Thursday, we had our first official meeting to organize Graduation 2018! Thank-you to all the moms and dad! (well done dad!) that showed up for this meeting – we had close to fifty people there to listen to the outline of the program for Graduation and what needs to be done as we organize the event. Thanks particularly to those parents who have volunteered to be part of the committees responsible for:
• 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.
Here’s a link to the presentation that I showed at the meeting.

Next week sees the culmination of the Season 2 IASAS competitions with the barmy-n-bouncy Basketball players heading off to Bangkok, the rough-n-ready Rugby/Touch teams heading to Taipei, the sleek-n-slippery Swimmers travelling to Jakarta and the terrific Tennis players staying here at home. Good luck athletes – if you win, win with grace and if you lose, lose with dignity and whatever the result, make us proud Bearcats!

And finally, a repeat message from the last couple of weeks as I remind you of a change from the hard-copy calendar regarding Tri-M Jazz Night. This event has been moved to Tuesday, January 30th in the Little Theater starting at 5:30pm. I thoroughly enjoyed this event last year when the band played and professional dancers were brought in to teach us and dance with us. This year, our students from Advanced Dance will be there to make us look good. Please come along, for a lovely evening of music, dancing and food.

I wish you all a restful weekend.

Regards,
Mike Dickinson
HS Principal