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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)

IASAS Cultural Convention 2018- Previews Week Feb 19 to 24

IASAS Cultural Convention Previews take place from Feb 19th to 24th. Please promote and/ or come and support the groups as they preview their skills and materiel before representing ISM at IASAS Cultural Convention 2018. (For those who don’t know much about IASAS Cultural Convention, here is a brief guide which will help you make sense of all the acronyms and jargon: a guide to Cultural Convention )
 
IASAS Debate & Forensics Previews schedule
You will notice that in addition to our wonderful delegates speaking, the coaches are also sharing their talents! However, rather than take on their own coaching expertise, they have challenged each other to try out another speaking format. Come & see how the Impromptu coach copes with illuminating an OI script or how the OI coach manages when they have to improvise. I asked coaches if this would be serious or fun and got a wonderful array of responses, which suggests you will be entertained by both students and teachers! 
 

IASAS Music Previews
The previews offers each Music delegate the chance to practice their solo and each music ensemble time to showcase their group work. Here are the maximum lengths of each performance so you estimate the length of the show you a re attending:
  • Vocal solos – 6 minutes
  • Vocal ensembles – 8 minutes
  • Band solos and ensembles – 8 minutes
  • String solos and ensembles – 10 minutes
  • Piano solos – 10 minutes
Here is the running order for each of the two preview nights:
 

Dance/ Drama/ Tech Previews
IASAS Dance performs a 20-minute original choreography and IASAS Drama performs a 45-minute play. Each group previews their shows twice. After the first performance, the groups hold a Question and Answer session with the audience who offer the insights about the piece. They then spend the remaining rehearsal time before the Saturday Preview refining and is some cases adjusting aspects of the performance. Each preview takes place in the FAT on the following dates:
  • Thursday, Feb 22nd @ 5pm
  • Saturday, Feb 24th @5pm
The dance this year is entitled Escape. The team is made up of:

Annika Allado
Erica Bertacca
Nicole Bitanga
Nina Cobankiat
Danielle Concepcion
Monique Godfrey
Jennifer Javier
Dias Konysbayev
Sarina Malik
Amanda Qua
Martina Qua
Sunny Seo


The play this year is an original piece devised by the cast call Smashing Magic. The cast is:

Sofia Caoua
Manuel Elizalde
Georgia Limcaoco
Alexis Lopez
Shubh Mahtani
Finn Morrison
Alex Pekin
Juan Periquet
Pari Pradhan
Sophia Quintos
Rocio Tambunting
Rahul Vanjani

IASAS Cultural Convention Art/ Dance/ Drama/ Tech- Host families needed!


International School Manila hosts….IASAS Music Cultural Convention: February 28th to March 4th, 2018

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) for the IASAS Art/ Dance/ Drama/ Tech Cultural Convention, 2018.  In order to put this event on, we need to provide home stays for 115 students while they are in Manila. Groups will arrive Wednesday, February 28th and depart on Sunday, March 4th.

Why host?

Hosting is an excellent opportunity for ISM students. It forges 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. 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. Therefore, hosting IASAS students is a chance to repay past and future kindnesses as well as make new international friends! More importantly, it is a lot of fun!

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 (Feb 28th to Mar 4th, 2018)
  • Transport to school each morning and transport home each day of the event (can be bus in the mornings on school days).
  • Provide breakfast and evening meals (except for Saturday- IASAS banquet will be held at school. 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 after 9pm 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.
  • If the hosted students are sharing a room, it must be with somebody of the same gender.

What expectations are there regarding supervision?

  • There must be an adult member of the family home during the evenings
  • In a car, there must always be a member of the host family. This may be an ISM student or parents.
  • 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 hope to be able share this with you at least 3 days 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. Ideally, the family can host while the student is absent if there is another MS or HS sibling in the house.
  • If you cannot fulfill your obligation, you must find a family that can do so on your behalf.

What do I do now?

If hosting is something your family is happy to do, please fill in this Google IASAS CC 2018 Hosting Form.  If you have any additional questions regarding the hosting process, please feel free to call or email me. We will then contact you 2 to 3 days (or earlier if we get all beds quickly!) before the event to let you know the details of the students you will be hosting and other important logistical details.

Thanks for supporting the IASAS Music Cultural Convention at ISM!

A Guide to IASAS Cultural Convention


For those new to ISM or new to the cultural aspects of IASAS, here is a short guide to IASAS Cultural Convention.

IASAS Cultural Convention is held over 3 days with an addtional travel day either side. The dates this year are  February 28th to March 4th, making the convention days the 1st to 3rd. There are three parts to this event, each of which is held at a different IASAS School:

  • IASAS Music- hosted this year by Taipei American School (8 strings players, 8 band members and 8 choir singers accompanied by 3  pianists playing solos as well as performing in octets)
  • IASAS Debate and Forensics- hosted this year by Singapore American School (18 students competing in the areas of Debate, Impromptu speaking, Oral interpretation, Original Oratory, and Extemporaneous speaking)
  • IASAS Art/ Dance/ Drama- hosted this year by ISM! (8 Dancers presenting a 20 minute perfromance, 8 actors presenting a 45 minute perfromance and 5 artists accompanying 25 pieces of Art add to an exhibition. In addition, 2 tech delegates  design and run the tech elements for Dance and Drama. )

Being part of a Cultural Convention group is essentially the cultural equivalent of making a varsity sports team. All students who are involved have completed some form of audition or selection process. The students of our cultural ‘teams’ are called delegates and represent ISM against other IASAS schools.

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF IASAS MUSIC?

Each school sends 27 musicians: 8 strings players, 8 band members, 8 choir members and 3 pianists. Each member of the group completes a solo performance on their chosen instrument in front a panel of adjudicators who will give a detail critique of the student’s playing. Each of the strings, band and choir soloists are supported by one of the 3 pianists. The groups also present as octets. The convention culminates in a showcase of performers from the various schools that have been recommended for an Honors award based on their solos or octet performances.

WHEN ARE IASAS MUSIC PREVIEWS?

Prior to travelling, IASAS Music holds previews for the ISM community. There are two previews, which have different programs so that each soloist and octet gets a chance to practice in front of an audience. This means that there are two wonderful nights of music to look forward to next week. All players involved are of an advanced standard so if you enjoy classical music please put the following dates aside:

  • Wednesday, February 21st at 5pm in the Little Theatre
  • Friday, February 23rd at 5pm in the Little Theatre

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF IASAS DEBATE AND FORENSICS?

Debate and Forensics is a competitive convention with four different events being contested for gold, silver and bronze medals:

Debate– 6 Debaters break into two groups and compete over several rounds, which culminate in a final.

Original Oratory– 3 students prepare an original 5-7 minute speech prior to the convention the convention. The piece is marked on both content and performance.

Oral Interpretation- 3 students each learn a poem, short story or extract from a longer text of 5 to 7 minutes in length.  They present this and are evaluated upon how well they are able to covey thematic significance and character development through by using an array of oratory techniques.

Extemporaneous Speaking- Prior to the convention, schools submit a range of topics related to current affairs. These are sorted through and a selection of questions is created. Meanwhile, the 3 extemporaneous speakers spend as much time developing their understanding of topical current affairs and collecting a file of possible source material. In each round, the students are given a choice of two questions and then have 30 minutes to prepare a 5 to 7 minute speech which answers the question.  Evaluation is weighted 70% for content and 30% for delivery.

Impromptu Speaking- Our 3 impromptu speakers will each compete in three rounds to make it to a final. Each round sees them handed two topic choices and then given 1 minute to prepare a 3 to 5 minute speech on the one of their choice. Evaluation is weighted 60% for content and 40% for delivery.

WHEN ARE PREVIEWS?

Monday, Fe 19th and Tuesday, Feb 20th in the LT

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF ART/DANCE/ DRAMA CULTURAL CONVENTION?

Each of the 6 IASAS schools brings 5 artists, 8 dancers and 8 actors to participate in workshops and to also share prepared work. This means that over the 3 days of the convention there will be many performances and an art exhibition to appreciate:

Art- Art delegates spend the first morning of the convention hanging an exhibition of the 6 schools’ art works. Each school brings 25 pieces of art that can come from a wide range of mediums, including painting, photography, graph design, sculpture and more. The 5 delegates that are present will each have at least one piece on display but there will also be work from students who are not present. The Art opening takes place on the first evening of the exhibition and then hangs until the opening of the last shows. During the convention, each piece is critiqued by delegates and this feedback is given to the artists. In addition to this they participate in 3 workshops and a trip to Intramurous.

Dance- Prior to the convention, each school choreographs a 20 minute dance based around a theme or story.  This will be shared during the convention with other delegates but is also open to the ISM community to watch. This performance will then be critiqued by the workshop leader and all other delegates. The Dancers also participate in 5 workshops led by a Dance professional.

Drama- Prior to the convention, each school prepares a performance of no more than 45 minutes in length to share with delegates and other interested members of the ISM community. The type of theatre can vary greatly.  These performances will each be critiqued by workshop leaders and all other delegates.

Tech- Two tech delegates are chosen who run the technical aspects of the Dance and Drama performances.

 

When are Art/ Dance/ Drama/ Tech Previews? 

Thursday, Feb 22nd at 5pm and Saturday, Feb 24th at 3pm in the FAT.

End of Semester Fine and Performing Arts Events


Come celebrate all the learning that has taken place this semester in  Fine and Performing Arts! Students excited to share their artistic endeavours with an audience. All events are free entry and free seating for performances.

  • All Choir’s Concert (ES ISM Sings, MS Choir classes, HS Choir classes): November 22nd @ 5:30pm in the FAT
  • Opening to the MS Art Show (all MS Arts classes): 3pm on November 27th in the FAT Lobby (the exhibition then hangs until December 11th)
  • All Strings’ Concert: November 27th @5:30pm in the FAT (All MS and HS Strings classes)
  • All Bands’ Concert (All MS and HS Band classes): November 29th @5:30PM in the FAT
  • ES/ MS/ HS Dance Recital (All AFAC classes as well as curriculum classes from MS and HS): December 9th @3pm

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 Music Finale Concert- April 4th @5:30pm in the FAT


The HS Finale Concert is on Tuesday, April 4th and starts at 5:30pm in the FAT. This is a celebration the semester’s work  in all HS Music classes and also the last opportunity for our Grade 12 musicians to perform with their class.  For many, music has been a strong part of their ISM identity and it is therefore often quite an emotional experience for them.

This year’s theme explores the concept of musical journeys, whether that be a cerebration of a physical journey, an exploration of a metaphorical journey, or simply the journey in one’s mind as they listen to music.   So get your passport ready and be prepared to travel some wonderful places! Here is a list of the groups involved and pieces they will play ( this is not the actual performance order) :

 

 

IASAS Music Previews

IASAS Music Previews take place on February 13th and 15th in the AMR. Each student will present their solos and there will also be Octet performances. The group travels on March 1st to Jakarta. During the convention, they will be adjudicated as a solo and in their octets. There will also be a finale concert on Saturday 4th. I will update this post with a web link when this is made avaliable so you can follow details. Here is the program for this week’s previews so you can see who is performing and when:

PreviewsConcertProgram2017

ISM to host AMIS Band Festival- Host Families Needed


ISM is pleased to host the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) Honor Band Festival between the March 8th and 12th. AMIS is a by-audition orchestra of 86 students and the 2014 participants come from a mix of 17 different international schools in East and South East Asia. We are now looking for host families to support this event by housing the visiting students for 4 nights. Although March may still seem far away, we really would like to secure homes for these students before the February break so we have time to check relevant information to make sure pairs work for both hosts and visitors. More details of hosting responsibilities and a request form can be found in the following links:

AMIS hosting request letter

AMIS Honor Band Provisional Schedule for Host Families