All posts by Mark Pekin Director of Athletics & Activities

Hi, I am in my 11th year as Director of Athletics/Activities at ISM. My wife is the MS Asst Principal at ISM and I have 2 children one who graduated class of '18 and the other who will be in gr. 12 in SY 18-19. I have been a Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director for all of my teaching career. Prior to arriving at ISM in 2007 I worked in Australia for 5 years, before that at Osaka International School in Japan for 8 years and prior to that I traveled and worked as ski instructor in Japan/Canada and New Zealand. ISM is a fantastic school to work at and to be a part of. Go Bearcats!

week 25 feb 18-22, 2019

Well done to our ISM gymnasts and coaches who went to Singapore last weekend to compete. We hope you have an enjoyable meet and performed at your best. Results summary is posted on gymnastics page . * Please note- There will be no team training  Feb 18 (Monday) as the coaches will be returning from Singapore from the UWC Meet. Thank you for your understanding, regards, Coach Jas. Good luck to our gymnasts who will compete at the Philippine Cup meet this coming weekend.

Well done also to our boys MS/HS badminton teams and our Track and Field teams who participated in competition at Brent last Saturday. T&F results are linked here

Posted HERE  is the tryouts/practice schedule for S3 sports February to Mid April. S3 sports for MS are- Badminton, Track & Field, Mixed Touch and *Golf (gr 7/8 only with previous golf experience and own clubs). S3 sports for HS are- Badminton, T&F, Golf, Baseball and Softball. There will be an interest meeting for gr7/8 golfers with previous experience next Tuesday after school. Venue will be announced via MS daily bulletin.

Please take the time to navigate the ATAC blog as it is our one stop shop for all information related to the competitive ISM sports program.Upcoming matches– check game schedule via parent portal for exact date/times venues for all weekday and weekend matches. Coaches will advise players in advance of matches at weekly training sessions.

Mar 3 Philippine Cup Gymnastics meet

Mar 6 MS Academic Bowl at Faith

Mar 8-10 Splash swim meet at Bangkok

Mar 9 BSM Gymnastics meet/ISM softball invitational rd 1/Badminton at Brent/Wall climbing at ISM/Golf team at Mt. Malarayat

Mar 15-17 Pre IASAS exchange weekend Baseball at SAS/ISM hosting girls softball/T&F at TAS/Badminton at ISB

Mar 23 Brent track meet

Mar 30 ISM track meet

April 10-14 S3 IASAS Championships. Badminton&Golf at JIS, T&F at TAS/Baseball&Softball at ISB

May 4 ISM Goodwill Gymnastics meet

May 10-12 Mixed touch tournament at Jakarta

For our Sailfish swim team program please check information at Sailfish blog

For gymnastics team information please check Gymnastics blog or look for Coach Jas or Coach Ramon at the MS gym if you have gymnastics teams questions. Please note the practice times for ATAC programs for SY 18-19 are as follows:

  • All year round team team training sessions are – 3:15-4:30. See schedule for our All year round teams program here
  • See Sailfish blog for swim squad start and finish times after the tryouts period has concluded and squads have been finalised.
  • Gymnastics team training is  3:10-4:50pm every M,W,F

All HS seasonal teams practice from 3:05- 4:50pm.MS seasonal teams practice 3:15-4:45pm.In order to clear the campus prior to 5pm all after school programs will conclude by 4:50pm or earlier. The last bus is 4:55pm  this is due to the ever increasing traffic concerns in our area.Parents and students please take some time to peruse the ATAC blog it has a wide variety of information and links to our sports and activities program. If you have any questions regarding the competitive program of sports at ISM after reading the information on the blog please send an email to pekinm@ismanila.org and I will assist you as best I can.Bearcat Den- drop by our fantastic spirit store. There is a  a range of products and items to purchase including items from our service partners. Bearcat Den hours of operation- 7am-4pm Mon-Fri.

week 24 Feb 11-15, 2019

HS S2 sports awards are Feb 13th 5:30 pm at FAT. Parents and S2 athletes are invited to celebrate the end of S2. 5:30- 6pm food/drinks in FAT lobby&balcony. 6-7pm main awards at FAT, 7-7:40pm team specific break out sessions.

Best wishes to our ISM gymnasts and coaches who will travel to Singapore this weekend to compete. We hope you have an enjoyable meet and perform at your best. * Please note- There will be no team training on Feb 15 (Friday) and Feb 18 (Monday), 2019 as the coaches will be  in Singapore for the UWC Meet.
Thank you for your understanding.
Kind regards,
Coach Jas

S2 has now concluded. Posted HERE  is the tryouts/practice schedule for S3 sports February to Mid April. S3 sports for MS are- Badminton, Track & Field, Mixed Touch and *Golf (gr 7/8 only with previous golf experience and own clubs). S3 sports for HS are- Badminton, T&F, Golf, Baseball and Softball.

Please take the time to navigate the ATAC blog as it is our one stop shop for all information related to the competitive ISM sports program.Upcoming matches– check game schedule via parent portal for exact date/times venues for all weekday and weekend matches. Coaches will advise players in advance of matches at weekly training sessions.

Feb 13 HS S2 sports awards at Fine Arts Theatre 5:30pm

Feb 16 Remaining MS ISTA League tennis league matches

Feb 15-17 Gymnastics team away at UWC meet 

Feb 16 Brent track meet/MS&HS Boys Badminton at Brent

Mar 8-10 Splash swim meet at Bangkok 

Mar 9 BSM Gymnastics meet

Mar 15-17 Pre IASAS exchange weekend/ISM hosting girls softball

Mar 23 Brent track meet

Mar 30 ISM track meet

April 10-14 S3 IASAS Championships. 

May 4 ISM Goodwill Gymnastics meet

May 10-12 Mixed touch tournament at Jakarta

For our Sailfish swim team program please check information at Sailfish blog

For gymnastics team information please check Gymnastics blog or look for Coach Jas or Coach Ramon at the MS gym if you have gymnastics teams questions. Please note the practice times for ATAC programs for SY 18-19 are as follows:

  • All year round team team training sessions are – 3:15-4:30. See schedule for our All year round teams program here
  • See Sailfish blog for swim squad start and finish times after the tryouts period has concluded and squads have been finalised.
  • Gymnastics team training is  3:10-4:50pm every M,W,F

All HS seasonal teams practice from 3:05- 4:50pm.MS seasonal teams practice 3:15-4:45pm.In order to clear the campus prior to 5pm all after school programs will conclude by 4:50pm or earlier. The last bus is 4:55pm  this is due to the ever increasing traffic concerns in our area.

Parents and students please take some time to peruse the ATAC blog it has a wide variety of information and links to our sports and activities program. If you have any questions regarding the competitive program of sports at ISM after reading the information on the blog please send an email to pekinm@ismanila.org and I will assist you as best I can.Bearcat Den- drop by our fantastic spirit store. There is a  a range of products and items to purchase including items from our service partners. Bearcat Den hours of operation- 7am-4pm Mon-Fri.

week 23 feb 6-8, 2019

Well done to all athletes and coaches for a great S2 IASAS. A huge thanks to all our host families who supported the swimming event at ISM by housing visiting swimmers. These events are not possible without the generous support of our host families.

S2 Results-Gold for Boys Tennis. Silver medal for Girls Swimming, Girls Tennis, Girls Touch, Boys Rugby and Boys Basketball. Girls basketball  4th and Boys swimming 5th. Well done athletes and coaches. HS S2 sports awards are Feb 13th 5:30 pm at FAT.

Congratulations to our swimmers who medaled as follows…

Sammy Van Ratingen Gold 200 Free (new school record) and Silver for 400 Free. Gabby Velasco Silver 400IM/100 Fly. Maia Ner Bronze 50 Fly. Dani Laminta Bronze 100 Backstroke. Boys 4x50m Free relay Bronze (Aldrin,Carlo,Mirza,Jacobo). Girls 4x100medley relay Silver (Dani,Gabby,Sammy,Maia) with a new school record. Girls 4X100 Free relay Bronze (Natalie,Rowena, Amina,Jennifer). Boys 4×100 Free (Jacobo,Mirza,Ian,Chris)

S2 has now concluded. Posted HERE  is the tryouts/practice schedule for S3 sports February to Mid April. S3 sports for MS are- Badminton, Track & Field, Mixed Touch and *Golf (gr 7/8 only with previous golf experience and own clubs). S3 sports for HS are- Badminton, T&F, Golf, Baseball and Softball.

Please take the time to navigate the ATAC blog as it is our one stop shop for all information related to the competitive ISM sports program.Upcoming matches– check game schedule via parent portal for exact date/times venues for all weekday and weekend matches. Coaches will advise players in advance of matches at weekly training sessions.

Feb 9&16 Remaining MS tennis league matches at ISM

Feb 13 HS S2 sports awards at Fine Arts Theatre 5:30pm

Feb 15-17 Gymnastics team away at UWC meet 

Feb 16 Brent track meet/MS&HS Boys Badminton at Brent

Mar 15-17 Pre IASAS exchange weekend/ISM hosting girls softball

Mar 23 Brent track meet

Mar 30 ISM track meet

For our Sailfish swim team program please check information at Sailfish blog

For gymnastics team information please check Gymnastics blog or look for Coach Jas or Coach Ramon at the MS gym if you have gymnastics teams questions. Please note the practice times for ATAC programs for SY 18-19 are as follows:

  • All year round team team training sessions are – 3:15-4:30. See schedule for our All year round teams program here
  • See Sailfish blog for swim squad start and finish times after the tryouts period has concluded and squads have been finalised.
  • Gymnastics team training is  3:10-4:50pm every M,W,F

All HS seasonal teams practice from 3:05- 4:50pm.MS seasonal teams practice 3:15-4:45pm.In order to clear the campus prior to 5pm all after school programs will conclude by 4:50pm or earlier. The last bus is 4:55pm  this is due to the ever increasing traffic concerns in our area.

Parents and students please take some time to peruse the ATAC blog it has a wide variety of information and links to our sports and activities program. If you have any questions regarding the competitive program of sports at ISM after reading the information on the blog please send an email to pekinm@ismanila.org and I will assist you as best I can.

Bearcat Den- drop by our fantastic spirit store. There is a  a range of products and items to purchase including items from our service partners. Bearcat Den hours of operation- 7am-4pm Mon-Fri.


week 22 IASAS week jan 28-feb 1, 2019

Well done to all athletes and coaches for a great S2 IASAS. A huge thanks to all our host families who supported the swimming event at ISM by housing visiting swimmers. Results-Gold for Boys Tennis. Silver medals for Girls Swimming, Girls Tennis, Girls Touch, Boys Rugby and Boys Basketball. Girls basketball  4th and Boys swimming 5th. Well done athletes and coaches. HS S2 sports awards are Feb 13th 5:30 pm at FAT.

Congratulations to our swimmers who medaled as follows…

Sammy Van Ratingen Gold 200 Free (new school record) and Silver for 400 Free. Gabbie Velasco Silver 400IM/100 Fly. Maia Ner Bronze 50 Fly. Dani Laminta Bronze 100 Backstroke. Boys 4x50m Free relay Bronze (Aldrin,Carlo,Mirza, Jacobo). Girls 4x100medley relay Silver (Dani,Gabbie,Sammy,Maia) with a new school record. Girls 4X100 Free relay Bronze (Natalie,Rowena, Amina,Jennifer). Boys 4×100 Free (Jacobo,Mirza,Ian,Chris)

It is IASAS week and we are grateful for our Bearcat community support to house all the visiting swimmers this week. Your contribution to house makes this a great event for all the swimmers.

IASAS swim meet webpage is available for all the necessary information. Racing starts Thursday-Saturday. It is a going to be a great event come out to support our Bearcats swim team as they race for medals here at home this week.

Good luck to our traveling Bearcats next week for Basketball at SAS/Tennis at ISB and Rugby&Touch at ISKL. Schedules, live streams/results will be available via season 2 page at  www.iasas.asia

Congratulations to our IASAS Chess exchange team who placed 3rd in the online IASAS chess exchange held last Saturday Jan 26th.

Well done to our MS Gold boys basketball team who won their season ending tournament at Brent and also to our JV girls and boys who both won div 2 of the Hardeman Cup tournament at Faith. Varsity boys placed 2nd and Varsity girls placed 4th. A great weekend of local league basketball. At ISM this past Saturday we hosted the MS/JV rugby finals. ISM u/13 lost the final to Bulacan and the u/15 and JV Gold teams both won with fantastic last second scores in what was a great day of local league rugby. Well done to all teams and coaches.

S2 has now concluded. Posted HERE  is the tryouts/practice schedule for S3 sports February to Mid April. S3 sports for MS are- Badminton, Track & Field, Mixed Touch and *Golf (gr 7/8 only with previous golf experience and own clubs). S3 sports for HS are- Badminton, T&F, Golf, Baseball and Softball.

Please take the time to navigate the ATAC blog as it is our one stop shop for all information related to the competitive ISM sports program.Upcoming matches– check game schedule via parent portal for exact date/times venues for all weekday and weekend matches. Coaches will advise players in advance of matches at weekly training sessions.

Jan 30 S2 IASAS teams teams depart and IASAS swim teams arrive at ISM

Jan 31-Feb 2 S2 IASAS-Swimming at ISM, Basketball at SAS, Tennis at ISB, Rugby&Touch at ISKL

Feb 13 HS S2 sports awards at Fine Arts Theatre 5:30pm

Feb 15-17 Gymnastics team away at UWC meet 

Feb 16 Brent track meet

Mar 15-17 Pre IASAS exchange weekend/ISM hosting girls softball

Mar 23 Brent track meet

Mar 30 ISM track meet

For our Sailfish swim team program please check information at Sailfish blog

For gymnastics team information please check Gymnastics blog or look for Coach Jas or Coach Ramon at the MS gym if you have gymnastics teams questions. Please note the practice times for ATAC programs for SY 18-19 are as follows:

  • All year round team team training sessions are – 3:15-4:30. See schedule for our All year round teams program here
  • See Sailfish blog for swim squad start and finish times after the tryouts period has concluded and squads have been finalised.
  • Gymnastics team training is  3:10-4:50pm every M,W,F

All HS seasonal teams practice from 3:05- 4:50pm.MS seasonal teams practice 3:15-4:45pm.In order to clear the campus prior to 5pm all after school programs will conclude by 4:50pm or earlier. The last bus is 4:55pm  this is due to the ever increasing traffic concerns in our area.

Parents and students please take some time to peruse the ATAC blog it has a wide variety of information and links to our sports and activities program. If you have any questions regarding the competitive program of sports at ISM after reading the information on the blog please send an email to pekinm@ismanila.org and I will assist you as best I can.

Bearcat Den- drop by our fantastic spirit store. There is a  a range of products and items to purchase including items from our service partners. Bearcat Den hours of operation- 7am-4pm Mon-Fri.