As we move into next month we will be into that season of saying farewell and goodbye to students, parents and faculty, who for various reasons are moving on from Manila.
As part of the process of “signing out” in the High School we talk of our “big four” ritual ceremonies that serve to mark the end of the year. On Friday May 18th we have the annual Honor Societies celebration. This is a formal event by invitation and this year our guest speaker will be H.E. Ambassador Christopher Thornley. This is followed on Tuesday May 22nd when we celebrate academic and service excellence at the High School Honors Awards ceremony. The High School Office will attempt to contact and invite all parents of award winners for this event. Then a week later we will graduate 189 seniors at High School Graduation.
However much more imminent than these three events is this weekend’s Junior-Senior Prom, to be held tomorrow night, Saturday, April 21st at the Intercontinental, Makati. The Prom Committee under the guidance of Dale Hutchison has worked extremely hard to organize what I am sure will be a stunningly razzmatazz Prom 2012. It is usual at this time for me to add a serious and necessary ISM disclaimer. The ISM Prom finishes at 11pm. Any event that the students organize on their own after the official Prom is not sanctioned in any way by the school. We advise all parents to communicate with their son/daughter to determine what their individual plans are and what boundaries exist as appropriate for respective families.
I hope to see many of you in attendance in all of these events as we celebrate another rewarding year at ISM.
As usual at this time I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents who have directly or indirectly supported the High School this year. We will host our final HS Parent Coffee this coming Tuesday, April 24. As part of this meeting I will brief parents on departing faculty and their replacements. I have also invited the counselors in to share with you some of their recent work on the use of alcohol in grade 9 and 10.
On an administrative note it is very important at this time of year is that the school receives accurate data on re-enrollment and on those students who are withdrawing. If you know you are leaving ISM and have not communicated that to us I urge you to contact either the High School Office or the Admissions Office as soon as possible. We would like to be able to inform students who are currently waitlisted that they can be admitted to ISM as soon as possible. The deadline for this is May 11, 2012.
William R. S. Brown
High School Principal