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IASAS Cultural Convention 2019: Preview dates

It is almost time for IASAS Cultural Convention 2019, but before we travel the students would love to share all their hard work with the ISM community. Here are the dates and times for these events:

PreviewDate Time Venue
Film (All ISM entries)Thursday, Feb 14th@3pmLT
DebateTuesday, Feb 19th@3pmLT
Music Part OneTuesday, Feb 19th@5pmAMR
ForensicsWednesday, Feb 20th@3pmLT
Dance/ Drama/ FilmWednesday, Feb 20th@5pmFAT
Music Part TwoThursday, Feb 21st@5pmAMR
Dance/ Drama/ FilmSaturday, Feb 23rd@3pmFAT

ISM ISTA Drama Festival 2019- Host Families needed

Pakikipagkaibigan- The Art of Friendship from March 14 to 18, 2019 (Image by Geraldine Sy)

International School Manila will be hosting an International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) Drama Festival for Middle School students from March 14th to 18th, 2019. Three other international schools will join our own ISM students in exploring the theme of Pakikipagkaibigan and how it relates to service in our community.

One of the most important aspects of hosting a successful festival is providing home stays for the visiting students. We are hoping your family is happy to host students from the visiting schools.

“Why should my family consider hosting?”

Hosting is an excellent opportunity for ISM students because it promotes international understanding, develops adaptability, and forges friendships, which often last well beyond Middle School. More importantly, it’s fun!

Hosting also has a very practical purpose: it keeps the costs of running the event at a manageable level for families. Many ISM students have already benefited (or will do so in the future) from home stays in other countries for events such as ISTA, AMIS and IASAS. Therefore, hosting ISTA students is a chance to repay past and future kindnesses as well as make new international friends!

“Hosting sounds fun, but I would like to know a few more details…”

Here is a link to an ISTA information letter which gives mores specific details about dates and the role hosting for ISTA. Please read this letter and if you have any more questions, email the ISM Fine Arts Director Marsha Hillman HillmanM@ismanila.org

“I can host ISTA students! What do I do now?”

Please follow this link and complete the details so we can match students to your household:

HOSTING for ISTA- GOOGLE SIGN UP FORM

Thanks for supporting the Arts at ISM!

HS Play 2018: Tickets now on sale


This year’s High School play is 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.

Buying tickets: This year, 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 cashiers office
  • Pay at the electronic kiosk, print a receipt, and take this to the cashier’s office to exchange for a ticket.

Show information: 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.

Plot summary: 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.

Who is this play appropriate for? This play is appropriate for the whole ISM community. ES students will enjoy the magical costuming and unique set design, MS students will love the physicality and humour, and HS and adult audience members will appreciate the deeper morals of the story, which speak of the important role stories play in our lives.

 

 

 

 

HS Great Works Concert Links

For those who didn’t get a chance to see the 2018 HS Great Works Concert on September 20th, here is the live steam video. If you only have time for one musical piece today, I’ve set the first link to start with the last ‘Great Work’ of the night, which was Hallelujah from “The Mount of Olives” by Beethoven. At one time it was a controversial piece, but the sheer verve of the music meant that it has transcended the centuries to become a rousing classic:

The focus of the Great Works Concert is developing collaboration between ISM HS music groups through working on a challenging work together. We also bring in professional musicians to work alongside our students to further stretch their capabilities and develop their musicianship. The whole concert can be watched from the start via this link:

The program is also attached here so you can follow along and celebrate the ISM students, staff and visiting guest artists who were performing. Congratulations again to the ISM Middle and High School Music Department for preparing the students so well for such a challenging concert.
The recording above is via the live stream. We also recorded a higher quality audio and will synch this with the video when editing. This copy will be place in the Parent Portal for download a copy for your records. Instructions about finding this video can be found here:

IASAS MUN 2018@ ISM- Housing Form


ISM will be hosting students from the IASAS schools (Singapore American School, International School of Kuala Lumpur, Taipei American School, International School Bangkok, and Jakarta Intercultural School) and also Friends-of-IASAS schools for IASAS MUN 2018.  In order to run this event, we need to provide home stays for visiting students while they are in Manila. Groups will arrive Wednesday, November 14th and depart on Sunday, November 18th.

Why host? Hosting is an excellent opportunity for ISM students to forge international friendships, which often last beyond High School into College. Indeed, there are many instances of IASAS friends becoming roommates or joining together for regular social events at colleges around the world. In addition, hosting also has a very practical purpose as it keeps the costs of running the event at a manageable level for families. Many ISM students have already benefited (or will do so in the future) from home stays in other countries for various sporting and cultural events. Therefore, hosting students for this IASAS MUN is a chance to repay past and future kindnesses! Finally, we tend to use students hosts as student helpers for running the event. This provides CAS opportunities and also builds leadership/ management capacity.

General guidelines/expectations for host families when housing for an IASAS event:

  • Pick up and drop off from and to school on arrival and departure days
  • Transport to school each morning and transport home each day of the event (can be bus in the mornings on school days).
  • Provide all breakfasts and some evening meals. (Students buy their lunch at the canteen.)
  • Ensure there is adult supervision when visiting students are at your home each evening. (This should be an adult family member, not a paid helper.)
  • Enforce the 9pm curfew for all IASAS delegates.
  • Answer curfew calls from the visiting students’ advisors each evening.

Answers to commonly asked questions:

What guidelines are there for sleeping arrangements?

  • You will need to provide each student with a place to sleep, bedding and a towel.
  • If you have a double bed, it is fine: the visiting schools try to pair friends together so this isn’t an issue and we forewarn people so they have a chance to opt out if they are uncomfortable with this idea.
  • Airbeds, mattresses on the floor of your child’s bedroom and sofa beds are also fine.
  • Students sharing a room must be of the same gender.

What expectations are there regarding supervision?

  • There must be an adult member of the family home during the evenings. If this is to be a relative other than a parent (e.g grandparent, aunt or uncle), please state the name and family connection on your housing form.
  • In a car, there must always be a member of the host family. This may be an ISM student or parent.
  • Answer the curfew call from the visiting teachers, who do this after 9pm each night.

 

When will I know who I am hosting? Unfortunately, hosting is like a giant puzzle. We can place the students until we have all the beds. We are starting very early with requesting housing for this event because of the October break falling only a short while beforehand. We hope to be able share this with you at least a week before the event.

 

I am an IASAS Delegate. Does this mean I need to house? Yes. All delegates need to house in the year they travel for an IASAS event. When a student is part of an IASAS event hosted by ISM, it is expected that they host for that event. If the student is travelling, then they must host for any event in that school year. If you cannot fulfill your obligation, you must find a family that can do so on your behalf.

I am not going to be an IASAS Delegate. Can I still house? Hosting an IASAS event will always involve many more people than just the selected ISM IASAS group. This is what makes hosting so fun! We will need around 40 volunteers who are not actual MUN delegates to run the various aspects of the convention. We tend to use students who offer to house to undertake these roles because they end up having more of a social connection to the visitors. Of course, there is no expectation to help. If you simply want to house, this is also fine!

What do I do now? If hosting is something your family is happy to do, please fill in this Google IASAS MUN 2018 Hosting Form.  If you have any additional questions regarding the hosting process, please feel free to call or email me (Marsha Hillman- HillmanM@ismanila.org 028408400 ex 630/631). We will then contact you a week before the event to let you know the details of the students you will be hosting and other important logistical details. Thanks for supporting IASAS MUN 2018 at ISM!

ISM Fine & Performing Arts Events 2018-19


The calendar for the 2018-19 school year cultural and arts-based events is below.  We hope you can join us in celebrating the creative endeavours of our Bearcats throughout the year:

ISM Cultural and Arts Calendar 2018-19

As a reminder, if you are looking for videos of past arts events, please refer to the parent portal where there is a folder marked Fine Arts video. Increasingly, videos are also shared on the ISM Live YouTube channel.

 

 

HS 100% Dance- April 19th @ 3:30pm in the LT


ISM’s Dance Company presents their final show for the school year on April 18th, starting at 3:30pm in the Little Theatre. The class has taken inspiration from the game Clue (originally known as Cluedo in Europe), which is a murder mystery board game that has also inspired several films. Each dance explores one of the rooms represented in the game and unravels another part of the mystery.  Here is the poster, designed by Dance Company senior Nicole Bitanga, for the event.

 

HS Film Festival-April 18th@3pm in FAT


The HS Film Festival brings together films from Intro, Explore and IB Film classes to celebrate the best of what ISM film makers have created this school year.  The first part of the festival showcases the best films made for individual projects in all year groups. The final part of the program is used to showcase the culminating IB2 projects made by the Grade 12 film makers. Please join us on April 18th at 3pm in the FAT to watch these on the big screen! (Poster design by G10 student Rhia Mitsuhashi)

 

 

 

End of Semester events summary


As we enter the last quarter of the school year, many Arts classes are preparing a final sharing of their work. We would love to have you come and support the following events:

  • HS Finale Concert- Tuesday, April 17th@5pm in FAT(All HS Music Groups)
  • HS Film Festival- Wednesday, April 18th@3pm in FAT (Selection of films from Intro, Explore & IB classes)
  • 100% Dance- Thursday, April 19th@3:15pm in LT (HS Dance Company class members)
  • MS/ HS Art Show Opening- Friday, April 3rd@3pm in FAT Lobby (All MS Art groups/ HS Intro and Explore classes (Exhibition hangs until Wednesday, April 16th)
  • HS Dance Finale- Wednesday, May 23rd@3:15pm in LT (HS Dance and Advanced Dance class members)
  • IB1 Art Exhibition Opens- Monday, May 28th@3pm in FAT Lobby (Grade 11 IB Art students/ hangs until June 1st)