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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- 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 and Performing Arts Events 2017-18

Fine Arts Calendar 2017-18

September 15-17 Dance Exchange Friday to Sunday All Day SAS Singapore HS
September 20 Great Works Concert Wednesday 5:30 pm FAT HS
October 13 & 14 MUN Locals Conference Friday & Saturday All day ISM Hosting HS
October 19 to 21 HS Play Thursday to Saturday All day FAT HS
November 8 to 12 IASAS MUN Wednesday to Sunday All day International School Bangkok HS TRIP
November 15 All Choirs Concert Wednesday 5:30 pm FAT ES/MS/HS
November 20 to 24 THIMUN Monday to Friday All day Singapore HS TRIP
November 21 Grade 2 Concert Tuesday 8:00 am FAT ES
November 21 ES AFAC Recital Tuesday 3:00 pm LT ES
November 27th MS Art Exhibition Opening Monday 3:00 pm FAT Lobby MS
November 27 to December 11 MS Art Exhibition Monday to Monday All Day FAT Lobby MS
November 27 All Strings Concert Monday 5:30 pm FAT MS/HS
November 29 All Bands Concert Wednesday 5:30 pm FAT MS/HS
November 30 to Deccember 3 Robotics Tournament Thursday to Sunday All day Taipei American School HS TRIP
December 9 K-12 Dance Recital Saturday 3:00 pm FAT ES/MS/HS
January 16 Manila Student Film Festival Tuesday 5:00 pm FAT MS/HS
January 18 TRI-M Music Night Thursday 5:30 pm LT HS
January 19 to 21 GIN Conference Thursday to Sunday All day Concordia International School Shanghai HS TRIP
January 25 Children’s Musical Theater Thursday wholeday FAT ES
January 24 to 28 AMIS Orchestra Wednesday to Sunday All day Hong Kong Interntaional School MS Trip
January 27 Fast and Fresh Theater Festival Saturday All day ISM Hosting MS
February 1 to 4 ISTA Thursday to Sunday All day Bangkok MS Trip
February 7 to 11 AMIS Band Wedensday to Friday All day United Nation International School of Hanoi MS Trip
February 19 to 24 IASAS Preview Dance, Drama, Music, Art and Debate/Forensic Monday to Saturday All day FAT/AMR/LT HS
March 3 GIN Manila Conference Saturday All day Brent HS
March 2-4 GIN Conference Friday to Sunday All day Canggu Community School, Bali MS
February 28 to March 4 IASAS Cultural Convention Dance, Drama, Music, Art and Debate/Forensic Thursday to Sunday All day TAS/ISM/SAS HS
March 7 to 22 IB Visual Arts Exhibition Wednesday to Thursday All day FAT Lobby HS
March 7 IB Visual Arts Exhibition Opening Wednesday 3:00 pm FAT Lobby HS
March 14 to 18 AMIS Orchestra Wednesday to Sunday All day Seoul Foreign School MS Trip
April 4 to 8 AMIS Boys and Girls Choir Wednesday to Sunday All day International School Bangkok MS Trip
April 17 HS Finale Concert Tuesday 5:30 pm FAT HS
April 18 HS Film Festival Wednesday 3:00 pm FAT HS
April 17 to 24 ES Art Exhibit Tuesday to Tuesday All day FAT Lobby ES
April 19 100% Dance Co Thursday 3:30 pm FAT HS
Apirl 25 to 28 VEX Robotics World Championship Wednesday to Saturday All day Kentucky USA HS
May 3 to 16 MS/HS Art Exhibition Tuesday to Wednesday All day FAT Lobby MS/HS
May 4 Preschool Concert Friday 8:00 am LT ES
May 4 & 5 MS Play Friday & Saturday All day FAT MS
May 8 Kindergarten Concert Tuesday 8:00 am LT ES
May 12 Dance Recital Saturday 3:00 pm FAT ES/MS
May 21 to June 1 IB1 Art Exhibition Monday to Friday All day FAT Balcony HS
May 23 HS Dance Finale Wednesday 3:00 pm LT HS
May 25 Grade 1 Concert Friday 8:00 am LT ES
May 30 MS Finale Concert Wednesday 5:30 pm FAT MS
June 1 AFAC Recital Friday 3:00 pm LT ES/MS

HS Model United Nations @ ISM 2016

The Model United Nations group at ISM meets during Semester 1, twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Lofthouse. Any HS students is free to join the group and learn the MUN procedures and skills. During the season, anybody who has joined can take part in the MUN Locals, which is held by a different Manila school each year.  This year the locals are being hosted by British School Manila on October 21st and 22nd.

From this main group, two groups are selected to represent the school at International MUN events:

  • IASAS MUN is being hosted by Taipei American school this year from November 9th to 13th. We take 14 MUN students to this event.
  • THIMUN Singapore is the asian sister event of The Hague Model United Nations, which is one of the premier High School MUN events in the world. This is hosted by the Hwa Chong Institution and runs for 5 days from November 21st to 25th. We typically travel with 17 students for this event.

How do I get involved? The MUN club will have their initial meeting at 3pm on  Tuesday, August 16th in the Little Theatre.


HS Model United Nations 2015

The MUN club at ISM has its first meeting this week. It is important to come to this if you are serious about representing the school for MUN as we select the IASAS MUN and the BEIMUN MUN group from the club members. The meeting takes place in the Little Theatre from 3 to 4.40pm on Thursday, 13th August.  Talk to Mr. Relf or Ms. Patrikios for more details…..

Fine & Performing Arts Calendar 2015-16

Welcome back to another exciting year for the Arts at ISM. Having been inspired by various experiences over summer, teachers are back from the break and are now keen to see our talented students breath life into their ideas. The link below is a list of the major events the Fine Arts Office  supports throughout the year. (In addition, we support many curriculum-derived events and details of these will come throughout the year from the organising teachers.)

Fine & Performing Arts Events 2015-16


Fine and Performing Arts Events 2014/15

Welcome back! Here is a list of the Fine and Performing Arts events for the year. Make this the year you try something new! The first big events for HS are auditions for the HS Play and in MS the afterschool program includes a a One Act Play Festival. For more information, come and see me, Mrs. Hillman, at the Fine Arts Office.

Fine Arts Events 2014/15

Events in November

November Update

The first two weeks back after break have been extremely busy for the Fine Arts Office: there are a total of 5 trips going out, 4 of which are international events, and also many auditions taking place. In addtion to to this the premier Dance event and main HS Music concert for Semester One are taking place.

Global Initiative Network in Singapore- MS and HS delegates attend

Last year ISM hosted the Global Initiative Conference, (GIN) a massive undertaking with over 400 students in attendance. This year the conference has shifted to Singapore, with two school’s co-hosting a joint MS/ HS conference that brings together 650 students from around Asia. This was an excellent opportunity for ISM to send their first ever MS GIN delegates. Ms. Gitanjali Paul, Mr. Tom McLean and Mr. Cory Wiley chaperoned 6 HS students and 6 MS students for the 3 days of the conference. Besides participating in various workshops focused around the theme of ‘Time to Act; Time to Change’, students also went on ‘eco-excursions’ and listened to world-recognised keynote speakers from various NGO groups. There was also time for some fun and socialising in the form of a Peace Concert and Global NGO fair.

The workshops on the final day encouraged students to apply what they had learned to their own schools and to start formulating plans that encourage environmental and social change within their own community. Every year ISM formulates a school wide priority, which the faculty uses to guide improvement in a certain area of school life. This year one of these goals was formulated and implemented by students. The plans that derive from the GIN conference will be used to further enhance the environmental sustainability guidelines already being developed by the committee of students spearheading this initiative. If you would like to know more about this conference, please refer to the website:

Excellent Result for ISM at the Robotics VEX Competition in Taipei

This year a new course, Robotics, has been introduced to the HS curriculum. The Robotic club has already been a popular afterschool activity for some time and ISM attended its first robotic competition last year. So, as our team of 8, packed several robots up for the trip to Taipei on Thursday November 8th, hopes were high that our ISM Robots would impress.

The updates throughout the weekend were all promising and in the end one of our ISM teams made it to the final! With 16 teams in attendance, this was a fantastic achievement for such a new program. In the finals the ISM Team Narwahl robot and a Taipei American School (TAS) robot were in an alliance that was beaten by an alliance of two other robots by TAS.  This robot team consisted of Rom Villarica, Steve An, Steve Nom and Lucas Ramos.  The team also won the Inspire Award for the most helpful/ inspiring team and robot.

SEAband 2012

SEAband is the South East Asian Band Festival for both MS and HS Music Students. This year the event was host by Faith Academy nad so ISM decided to send 17 musicians to take part in 2 days of workshops that culminated in a concert on Saturday, November 10th. Learning to work as a big band and having the opportunty to work with 8 othere schools from around SE Asia made the event both memorable and educational. Pictures are to come.

Model United Nations Travels This Week

HS students are gearing up for IASAS cultural events this month. The first group travelled to Taipei American School on Wednesday for IASAS Model United Nations (MUN). If you are unfamiliar with the workings of an MUN conference, please feel free to refer to the event website:

Essentially, students are assigned roles that shadow the real positions used at the actual United Nations. Students then spend many hours researching and preparing to fulfill the responsibilities of their role in a simulated sitting of the United Nations. This year’s conference theme is ‘Public Health and Sustainable Development’.

One of the big honors of any MUN conference is being chosen to be an Officer of the Secretariat and therefore chair a specific MUN committee. This year we have two students taking up these challenging roles: Aksar Bonu will be chairing the United Nations Economic and Social Council while Mariella Salazar will be chairing the World Health Organization.

MS Drama attends Bangkok ISTA Festival

Back in August, Ms. Purdue and Ms. Grev selected a group on 20 students to attend an International Schools’ Theatre Association Drama festival in Bangkok. The festival runs from the 16th to the 18th of November and is hosted by Ruamrudee International School. The theme for this festival is ‘Fluidity and Change’.  Waves and canals and channels of communication. So organisers have opted to start with a tour down the main water artery of Bangkok city, the Chao Phraya River, with the aim of exploring the waves and canals as channels of communication. The field trip will culminate in a visit to a sacred Thai temple where the connection between old and new will be explored.

On their return to Ruamrudee, the students will then participate in workshops that develop different drama skills whilst developing the ideas explored on the trip.

AMIS Music Selections Are Made

November is the month where a lot of selective arts events run auditions and then start putting together performances that are often taken to international events. This process actually started back at the start of October when MS Music students submitted recordings to The Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) in the hopes of attending one of the Asian festivals. The results were announced last week with 12 ISM students being selected to travel to various events.  This year the Asian Middle School Honor Orchestra &
Middle School Honor Mixed Choir will be held together and is hosted by the International School of Beijing from January 23rd to the 27th, 2013.  Four strings players and a choir of 6 will travel to this event. The next week, from January 30th to February 3rd, the International School of Yangon will host the AMIS International Asian Middle School Honor Band with 2 ISM musicians in attendance.

IASAS Cultural Convention Auditions

Auditions for Music, Dance and Drama Cultural Convention delegates are in process. Some names have already been announced but I will post a whole list here once the final decisions are in.

Forensics and Debate groups are already working together and will make selections once all students have had a chance to come to grips with the conventions of each discipline.

This year the Cultural Convention ‘season’ is especially exciting because we are hosting the Art/ Dance/ Drama Cultural Convention from February 27th to March 3rd, 2013. This will require a large group of student and adult volunteers so check your calendar and see if you are able to host any of the visiting delegates!

The month ahead in Fine Arts

This month there are many Arts events right here at ISM to come and enjoy:

  • November 20th– Grade 5 and 6  Beginners’ Music Recital in Little Theatre @ 5pm
  • November 23rd– Tri M Jazz Night in the LT @5.30pm (tickets are being sold at the cashier for this event and then all proceeds are contributed to charity)
  • November 24th– K-12 Dance Recital in the FAT @3pm
  • November 29th– HS Music Concert in the FAT @5pm (Theme: Myths and Legends)

comMUNism site gets over 27 000 hits in one weekend!

164 delegates from 11 International Schools in 8 different countries came together at ISM this past weekend for the first ever paperless IASAS MUN conference.  It was a wonderful weekend filled with passionate debates, frantic placard waving, resolution writing, surprising superlatives, classy business attire  and hilarious analogies.  These elements are all characteristic of a typical MUN conference, however, one thing was missing – the note passing and piles of paper generated from writing, editing and re-writing speeches and resolutions.  ISM went completely paperless with each delegate accessing all necessary documents via USB and the IASAS MUN website. “Notes” were passed between students via Skype rather than in the hands of Pages and the whole event was documented- live- on the comMUNism (COMmunications of MUN at ISM ) website and Twitter feed. The comMUNism site recorded over 27, 000 hits as of 8 am on Sunday morning, indicating that MUN supporters from all over the world were checking in with us to see how the debates and resolutions unfolded over the weekend.  Congratulations to the ISM MUN team and directors for organising a wonderful conference.  If you couldn’t be here with us, or didn’t know about comMunism, hop over to the site to get caught up on what you missed.

No Arguments: IASAS MUN Housing

ISM will be hosting IASAS Model United Nations November 16-20.  We are very excited to have such an outstanding group of globally minded speakers and debaters on our campus – and we need to find host families for them.  All members of the MUN club are required to host for this event.  If you can not host in your own home due to lack of space, you must arrange for a friend to host a visiting student in your place.  Please download the IASAS MUN housing form HERE or pick one up in the Fine Arts Office.  Forms are due to the FAO by August 26 at 3 pm.  No arguments, counter-arguments, or policy challenges – save that for the convention!   🙂

Ms. Close