HS Friday Bulletin October 19

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MESSAGE FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As Mr. Dickinson is currently in Kuala Lumpur with our IASAS volleyball teams, I have the pleasure of writing our Parent Bulletin this week and I want to begin by congratulating everyone involved with this year’s High School play ‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories’. The play was an adaptation of the Salman Rushdie story, an innovative and ambitious allegory that was perfectly produced and impeccably performed by the cast. I’m sure that those of you who attended were as enthralled as I was by the acting, the choreography, the costumes and the imaginative set. Well done Tami, Pari and everyone else who helped to make the show such a great success.

Next week begins with Parent Teacher Conferences on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. We are all looking forward to meeting with you and discussing your children’s progress. Much of the work involved in organizing these conferences falls to our High School Office staff so I want to thank Laurie Atilano and Sam Ramos for their hard work and our IT department for supporting the online registration system. The High School schedule for both days is posted below. Bus riders, please note that buses will leave school at 12:15pm on both days.

High School PTC Schedule for Monday 22 October
7:30am – 8:40am Block A
8:40am Break
9:00am – 10:10am Block B
10:15am – 11:25am Block C
11:30am HS Early Student Release
12:15pm School Buses Depart
1:00pm – 6:00pm Parent Teacher Conferences

High School PTC Schedule for Tuesday 23 October
7:30am – 8:40am Block F
8:40am Break
9:00am – 10:10am Block G
10:15am – 11:25am Block H
11:30am HS Early Student Release
12:15pm School Buses Depart
1:00pm – 6:00pm Parent Teacher Conferences

Please bring a copy of your conference schedule with you, either by saving one to your handheld device or printing a copy at home for your reference.

Next week, we are also pleased to welcome Dr. Belinda Chiu, a Senior Associate Director at Dartmouth College, who is visiting Manila on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd October. Dr. Chiu is a trainer and strategist who has offered to run sessions for our students, faculty and parents on mindfulness and resilience with a particular focus on reducing the stress and competitiveness of high school and the college admissions process. She will run seven sessions in total: one for each grade level, one with our counseling team, one with our Wellness team and our Grade Level Coordinators and one for our parent community. The presentation for parents is in the Fine Arts Theater at 12pm on Tuesday 23 October, so the timing will allow you to go straight from her presentation to Parent Teacher Conferences.

The week ends with Filipiniana Day, the annual celebration of our host country. The Philippine Cultural Club have worked hard to prepare a great program for us to enjoy so buy the T shirt or dress up in your favorite Filipiniana costume and join the fun. It promises to be a great way to ease into our long-awaited October break. The program for the day looks like this:

HS Filipiniana Day Schedule for Friday 26 October
7:30am – 8:15am Block D (45 minutes)
8:20am – 9:05am Block E (45 minutes)
9:05am Break
9:25am – 10:10am Block F (45 minutes)
10:15am – 11:00am Block G (45 minutes)
11:05am – 11:50am Block H (45 minutes)
12:00pm – 12:15 pm Parade
12:15pm – 1:10pm Barrio Fiesta
1:15pm – 1:25pm Advisory
1:30pm – 2:45pm Program in the FAT
2:45pm Dismissal

Have a great weekend everyone and, if you want to follow the fortunes of our IASAS athletes, go to www.iasas.asia for schedules, photographs, live streams and results.

Regards,
Dave Birchenall
High School Assistant Principal

HS FRIDAY BULLETIN OCTOBER 12

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Firstly this week, for all sports fans as the first season is coming to an end, please see below for home and away matches this weekend.
Saturday, October 13
***HS Aspirants soccer team ‘plate division’ semifinal vs DBTC 12noon HS field
***Chess team away at Brent 8am
***VBoys volleyball 3rd place playoff vs CSA at CSA 2pm
***VGirls volleyball tune up game away at Southville 9am

Next week is IASAS week, bringing Season 1 to a close with our Soccer teams going to SAS in Singapore and Volleyball/Cross Country teams going to ISKL Kuala Lumpur to compete. Teams depart Wednesday and tournament play is Thursday to Saturday with the return to Manila on Sunday. Follow all the live stream/results via www.iasas.asia. Go Bearcats!

Last night was the opening night of this year’s High School play, “Haroun and the Sea of Stories”, which was originally written by Salman Rushdie for his young son, but has since attracted readers of all ages.

The cast has been working since August with HS Theatre teacher, Ms. Tami Monsod, to devise unique ways to stage this fantastical journey. This is a great piece of story-telling that is perfect for the whole family. The play will be performed in the ISM Fine Arts Theatre 4 more times:
***Friday, October 12th @ 6pm
***Saturday, October 13th @ 10am, 2pm & 6pm
…and some tickets are still available. Please pay in cash at the ISM Cashier’s Office or at the electronic kiosk, then print a receipt, and take this to the Cashier’s Office to exchange for a ticket.

I would like to remind those of you intending to come that the show starts with a unique entrance so arriving late won’t be possible; please be on time.

This morning the registration software for the Parent Teacher Conferences opened for you to make a further four reservations (now to a maximum of 8 reservations) for the PTCs on the afternoons of October 22 and 23. When you log in, you may see that a conference has already been made for you at the request of a teacher. Please feel free to change the time of this conference to suit your needs, but do not delete it entirely as the teacher wishes to speak with you about your child.

Wishing you all a restful and relaxing weekend.

Regards,
Mike Dickinson

HS Friday Bulletin October 5

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Firstly this week, a huge “Well Done” to all the students and teachers for another really successful week of ToK presentations. I got in to see about a dozen and (as always) I was so impressed with the standard of presentation and the level of knowledge, understanding and the transfer of this knowledge to real-life situations. I listened to topics as varied as Artificial Intelligence, The Great Firewall of China, Misrepresentation of Race, Korean Dog Kidnappings, Grieving Orca Mothers and Predictive Policing. Well done everyone – another hurdle successfully completed for the Seniors! I will share the link to the ToK videos once they’ve all been completed.

Another “Well Done” is for the Counselling Team who organized last Tuesday’s Parent Coffee. 160 parents turned out to watch the documentary film “Angst” and then to listen to the answers to their questions from our panel of experts. Thank you to Dr. Lyn Butler, Mrs. Gayatri Hasan and our very own Mr. Scott Lassey for forming the panel. By popular demand we had a second viewing of Angst last night in the Little Theater where another 40+ parents came to watch. Here are the slides from Mr. Swan’s presentation last Tuesday and were not able to be viewed at that time.

Last Wednesday, during our regular Wednesday assembly, Mr. Birchenall gave a very strong message to the student body regarding the use of nicotine both in and out of school. This comes on the back of the visit from FCD (Freedom from Chemical Dependency) 3 weeks ago when the counsellor reported a near epidemic use of Vapes and Juules in US high schools. I reported on these (relatively) new devices for delivering nicotine into the bloodstream llst April 27 – here’s the link to the Parent Bulletin that contained the information about Juules. I want to share with you what Mr. Birchenall said to the students, so that parents are fully aware of the consequences faced by students who break our rules regarding drugs (nicotine) in school.

Like all communities, we sometimes face challenges that are best addressed in a public forum. On this occasion, the issue we are concerned with is the use of vapes or juuls by ISM students on school premises. A juul is a small electronic device that can be used to inhale nicotine (and other substances) quickly with relatively small amounts of smoke and little smell. We have known for some time that a small number of students have got into the habit of using them in school bathrooms and classrooms but we’re concerned that the numbers are growing. I’m not here to talk about the risks that juuling poses to your health, although we do plan to address these risks with you later this year. Today, I’m here to talk specifically about the consequences to your academic future should you get caught. Smoking on campus is against school rules and disrespects the core values of our school community. I think you all know that. Nonetheless, I want to warn you that if you are found to be in possession of a vape, a juul or any other form of e-cigarette while on school premises, you will be sanctioned in exactly the same way as if you were caught using it. The very least you can expect to receive is a lengthy out of school suspension, which will have implications for college admission, eligibility for honor societies and leadership positions, not to mention your relationship with your family. So, if you are one of those people that I am referring to, I suggest you reflect on whether you really want to keep on taking that risk. I don’t want to see a wave of out of school suspensions but this behavior lacks respect, brings discredit on our school and it needs to stop. I hope I can rely on you to respond positively to this message.

Looking ahead to next week and beyond:

This morning the registration software for the Parent Teacher Conferences opened for you to make your first 4 reservations for the PTCs on the afternoons of October 22 and 23. We limit you to 4 reservations right now so that everyone has the opportunity to make reservations. Next Friday, the system will allow you to make 4 more conferences (up to a maximum of 8). When you log in, you may see that a conference has already been made for you at the request of a teacher. Please feel free to change the time of this conference to suit your needs, but do not delete it entirely as the teacher wishes to speak with you about your child.

Please book your tickets now for next Thursday, Friday or Saturday (October 11-13) performance of this year’s High School Play; an adaption of the novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories, which was originally written by Salman Rushdie for his young son, but has since attracted readers of all ages. The cast has been working since August with HS Theatre teacher, Ms. Tami Monsod, to devise unique ways to stage this fantastical journey. This is a great piece of story-telling that is perfect for the whole family. At the beginning of the play, young Haroun is finding life difficult. His mother, Soraya, has gone and his famous storyteller father, Rashid, is losing his ability to tell stories. Haroun discovers a way to help his father, but it involves a dangerous journey to the Sea of Stories and through a war between the Kingdoms of Gup and Chup. A long the way, he is assisted by many unique and magical beings. This play is appropriate for the whole ISM community. ES students will enjoy the bright costumes and larger-than-life characters, MS students will love the physicality and humour, and HS and adult audience members will appreciate the thought provoking ideas explored around the theme of censorship and the importance of stories in our lives. The play will be performed in the ISM Fine Arts Theatre 5 times:
Thursday, October 11th @ 6pm
Friday, October 12th @ 6pm
Saturday, October 13th @ 10am, 2pm & 6pm

The show starts with a unique entrance so arriving late won’t be possible; please be on time. There will be no intermission as the show is estimated to last about an hour and 15 minutes. The play will use reverse staging, which limits the amount of seats available at each show to 186 and means there will be assigned seating. To ensure you get the date and seats that suit your family, buy your tickets early rather than wait until the day. Tickets cost 150PHP for students and 300PHP for adults. There are two ways to pay for tickets:
Pay in cash at the ISM Cashier’s Office
Pay at the electronic kiosk, print a receipt, and take this to the Cashier’s Office to exchange for a ticket.

Wishing you all a restful and relaxing weekend.

Regards,
Mike Dickinson
High School Principal

HS Friday Bulletin September 28

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MESSAGE FROM THE ADMINISTRATION:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

CERN Update: I have just returned from Geneva, Switzerland where I was accompanying the ISM “Beamcats” team at CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire). Six ISM students are there testing their proposal to use sub-atomic particles called pions as an alternative to protons for skin-cancer treatment. Their proposal won last year’s “Beamline for Schools” (BL4S) competition that CERN run annually.

I have left the Beamcats in the hands of Mr. Hill, who flew to Geneva on Monday to take over. After 3 days of tours, lectures and safety training, the Beamcats were able to get into the experimental building where they can now use the beam of high-energy particles to test their proposal.

Last Friday was the annual Battle of the Bearcats and I am happy to announce that the Seniors were this year’s winners of the Spirit Award – well done Seniors for winning, but also (and just as importantly) well done to everyone for showing your Bearcat spirit and fully participating in the day whether you were a participant in the event or simply cheering on your classmates. Here are a couple of links to videos from the opening ceremony for you to enjoy.
BoB 2018 – Opening Ceremony – Dance Co.
BoB 2018 – Opening Ceremony – ISSBA

Last week, while visiting classes, I was impressed with some of the work that has been going on in the Grade 12 Theory of Knowledge course. Students are preparing for their ToK Presentations, which will be held in the Little Theater and the AMR next week, from Monday October 1st to Thursday October 4th. The ToK Presentations are always some of the most impressive demonstrations of intellect and learning that our students offer each year. If you ever doubted if your Grade 12 child was ready for college then come along and put your mind at rest. Here is the link to the schedule. Please feel free to come and watch – you can enter the room at any time but please do so quietly if a presentation is already on the go.

Sports fans: Here are the up-coming events to look forward to this weekend.
Fri Sept 28 – ISM Twilight XC meet
5:00pm, 3.2km MS race
5:30pm, 5km HS race (Brent/Faith/BSM/Brent Subic/MS girls/JV girls)
Fri Sept 28 – Volleyball at ISM 3:30pm, Varsity girls
Sat Sept 29
10:0am, JV girls soccer plate final at Faith
VGirls soccer final or 3rd place game (time not yet confirmed)
VBoys vs Claret game time (time not yet confirmed)
11:0am, JV boys volleyball
11:0am, VGirls volleyball vs Assumption
Details of match times/venues can be found at ATAC game schedule via the parent portal. Go BEARCATS!

Another reminder that next Tuesday, October 2nd, is the next High School Parent Coffee, during which we will have the time and opportunity to talk to each other and to the ISM counsellors about stress and anxiety in young people after we watch the documentary film “Angst”.

The Parent Coffee will start at 7:30am in the FAT and will run a little longer this time, until 10:0am, so that there will be time for our counselling team to lead a session of Q and A.

Linked to this last item, Belinda Chiu, a Senior Associate Director at Dartmouth College is visiting Manila on the 22nd and 23rd October and has offered to run sessions for our students on mindfulness and resilience with a particular focus on reducing the stress and competitiveness of high school and the college admissions process. Although the timing is tricky given the fact that this is Parent Teacher Conference week and Filipiniana, we think these sessions will be extremely valuable for our students and have, therefore, created a schedule that allows her to meet with students, parents, counsellors, Wellness teachers and GLCs. It will mean that Grades 9 – 12 each miss one full block on either Monday 22nd or Tuesday October 23rd. Parents will have the opportunity to listen to Belinda speak on Tuesday October 23rd at 12 noon in the FAT.

Anxiety and stress seem to be on the increase in young people today. Anything we can do to keep the stress at manageable (even healthy) levels is an important part of our role as parents and educators.

A message from LIHAM: LIHAM, our school’s only creative writing magazine, is happy to announce that our first wave is now out! Check it out on our website (http://liham.net)! “This wave’s theme is Cycle. “Cycle” is a word with many meanings. It could mean a series of events that are regularly repeated, a recurring sequence of things, or simply another way to ride a bicycle. Cycles are something we always have to get used to as students and young people. From our A to H class cycles to our after-school sports practices, from our daily Snap streaks to our FRIENDS marathon on Netflix, our lives move in a continuous cycle towards the future”

And finally this week, don’t forget to make your appointments for the High School Parent Teacher Conferences on the afternoons of Monday and Tuesday, October 22nd and 23rd. The registration software will open for appointments at 8:00am on Friday October 5th at which time you will be able to make appointments with up to 4 of your child’s teachers. Then, on the following Friday, October 12th, the system will allow up to 4 more conferences to be made (making a total of up to 8 conferences). A step-by-step guide on how to make appointments for Parent Teacher Conferences will be sent to you by email from the High School Office next week. In some instances, a pre-booked conference time may be visible when you sign into the HS PTC Scheduler on the Parent Portal. In these cases, the pre-booking was made at the request of the named teacher. If a pre-booking has been made, you may change the given time to suit your availability but please do not delete it completely as this is a priority request. If you wish to know more about the reasons for this, please email your son or daughter’s teacher. In order to make appointments, you will need your Parent Portal username and password. If you have misplaced or forgotten these details, please call the High School Office on 840 8650 or email Sam Ramos (ramoss@ismanila.org) or Laurie Atilano (atilanof@ismanila.org).

Wishing you all a restful and relaxing weekend.

Regards,
Mike Dickinson
High School Principal