|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|
This year ISM has the honour of hosting IASAS Music. This exciting event brings together 162 student musicians from across the IASAS network. Each school brings 27 students from various Music programs: 8 from Band, 8 from Choir, 8 from Strings and 3 piano players. Throughout the convention each student will perform a solo, which is critiqued by our adjudicators (professional musicians from Manila). The various octets will then perform a selection of pieces as a group. The whole convention culminates in a Gala concert of Saturday night where our International guest conductors bring together large group performances.
The biggest challenge of hosting any event is definitely making sure we have enough beds to house our guests. Please help by clicking the link below and filling out the housing form. Housing is a fun way to feel part of the event and also beneficial because of the international friendships it fosters. All students coming are High School age but you don’t have to be in high school to offer up a bed.
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.)
The HS Music Concert is starts at 5.30pm on Thursday, November 28th. This year’s them is an exploration of music connected with the theme of ‘War and Peace’. The program will explore the power of music to move people to join together, both in times of war and again when they are seeking peace. The Music department would like to encourage you to use this as a time to bring in much needed supplies for Yolanda victims. The FAT lobby will be a collection point for these goods. If you wish to donate money instead, there will also be a collection. Here is the poster for the event:
We are coming to the end of a very busy cultural year at ISM with the last two events in the Fine Arts Theatre before it is taken over for Graduation preparation. This weekend is K-12 Dance Recital, which sees all ES and MS co-curricular and curricular Dance classes perform alongside some of the HS Dance classes. Then on Wednesday evening, we see the final Music concert for the year with many MS musician coming together for their Finale. The last two independent performing arts events take place in the Little Theatre with Grade 5 and 6 Beginners’ Music Recital starting at 5pm on May 21st and Advanced Dance solos starting at 3.15pm on the 24th of May. For the last Fine Arts exhibition of the year, come visit the Fine Arts Gallery any time from 3pm on April 23rd, which is the official opening and also a good chance to chat with any of the artists. This exhibition will hang throughout graduation until June 3rd. For those invited to the HS Honor Society Ceremony, you will be treated to performances by the new Tri-M inductees while Grade 8 Moving On Day will involve a variety performance put together by HS Introductory Arts classes. Here are the posters for the next two Arts events:
The previews for IASAS Music, Dance, Drama and some Forensics events are next week. Here is the program:
- Music Part One: Wednesday, February 20th @ 5pm in the Little Theatre
- Dance/ Forensics/ Drama: Thursday, February 21st @5pm in the Fine Arts Theatre
- Music Part Two: Friday, February 22nd @ 5pm in the Little Theatre
- Drama/ Forensics/ Dance: February 23rd @ 5pm in The Fine Arts Theatre
Here are the posters for each:
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: http://ginsing.earcos-global-issues-network.org/welcome
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 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: http://www.iasas.asia/category/m-u-n/
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)
Get your tickets now for the 9th annual Tri-M Jazz Night. This year, the Tri-M council has decided to try a different format for the student organised event. Due to the proximity to IB exams, the celebration of jazz music and ISM student talent is slightly earlier than other years, with a 3pm start time. The program features small ensembles instead of full class groups. Also, instead of a full buffet meal, we will enjoy a catered dessert buffet.
The program kicks off at 3 pm in the Little Theater. Tickets are available at the ISM Cashier or at the door starting from 3:00pm.
It’s going to be an exciting showcase of student talent, as always! We hope to see you there.