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 39 june 3-5, 2019

Bye, Bye blog…this will be the final post using the ATAC blog. From August we will be launching our new ISM Athletics website which will remain the ‘one stop site’ for all athletics information.

Bookmark our new athletics website so you have it ready to go for the new school year. Site not active yet…athletics.ismanila.org

Have a safe and restful summer Bearcats. Stay fit and healthy as you enjoy the vacation. To all departing Bearcats best wishes on your new adventures and to all returning Bearcats see you all in August for what promises to be a wonderful centenary year at ISM. 

Housing launch for S1 triple IASAS in October at ISM. After our launch on May 2nd, four weeks later we now have 151 beds! Thanks to all the early bird responders we greatly appreciate your support. We still require 179 beds to hit our 330 target but this is a great start. Please keep the momentum going over the vacation and we will be in full housing mobilisation drive on our return in August to ensure we get all the beds for our IASAS guests. See information below and the link to sign up.

If you are a returning family and your children will be involved in our ATAC sports program it is an expectation that you sign up to house a pair of HS athletes for this 1st season IASAS event. HS athletes from JV, Varsity teams, MUN, CC, student ambassadors and Bearcat Council members next year will be expected to support and house the 330 athletes that will visit us from Wednesday Oct 9th until Sunday Oct 13th. Please look out for the online housing form link in Friday bulletins and available on our new website homepage. We do hope for great community support to make this a wonderful IASAS in season one for ISM to kick off our centenary year. We will gladly accept host offers from ES/MS families. Hosting IASAS student/athletes is a great experience and your children can make friends for a lifetime! Sign up HERE to house. 

The HS field and MS field are closed until start of next SY. A new track and new MS field surface will be installed during the break and whilst construction is ongoing both facilities will remain closed. New works also scheduled for the summer break are..new MS/HS locker rooms, extension of existing fitness room, refurbishment of the climbing wall at MS gym and a new scoreboard for MS field.

Please take the time in the new school year to navigate our new Athletics website as it is our one stop site for all information related to the competitive ISM sports program. 

Upcoming dates– check game schedule via parent portal for weekday and weekend matches. Coaches will advise players in advance of matches at weekly training sessions.

Tryout dates for SY 19-20 are as follows-

HS S1 tryouts Aug 13,14,15 (Soccer/Volleyball/XC)

MS S1 Tryouts Aug 14,15,16 (Soccer/Volleyball/XC)

ES Rifa Soccer S1 festival teams gr.1-4 only tryouts Aug 14,15,16

ATAC all year round teams Aug 19-23 (Sailfish, Chess, Wall climbing, Table tennis, Aikido, Judo, TKD)

ES/MS Activities semester 1 registration opens Aug 23 4pm

ES/MS Activities start Sept 2nd

SEE SCHEDULES PAGE FOR DETAILS OF TEAMS, VENUES, TRAINING TIMES FOR OUR SEASON 1 AND ALL YEAR ROUND (AYR) TEAMS

All HS seasonal teams practice from 3:05- 4:50pm. MS seasonal teams practice 3:15-4:45pm. To clear campus prior to 5pm all ATHLETICS/ACTIVITIES programs will conclude by 4:50pm or earlier with the last bus departing at 4:55pm.

If you have any questions regarding the competitive program of sports at ISM after reading the information on this website please send an email to pekinm@ismanila.org 

week 38 may 27-31, 2019

S4 sports schedule is now running from April 15th to May 31st. Please check schedule posted on notice boards and on ATAC blog. S4 is used by coaches to start off our S1 sports teams to get some conditioning done prior to August. S4 sports are open for HS students including current gr.8’s who will be freshman next SY.

A great start to our housing launch for S1 triple IASAS in October at ISM. After the first two days we secured 97 beds! We now have 149 beds! Thanks to all the early bird responders we appreciate your support. We still require 181 beds to hit our 330 target needed but this is a great start. Please keep the momentum going and see below for information and the link to sign up.

ANNOUNCEMENT- From Thursday May 2nd we launched the online housing sign up for our triple hosting of IASAS Volleyball/XC/Soccer next October in celebration of our centenary year at ISM. If you are a returning family and your children will be involved in our ATAC sports program it is required that you will sign up to house a pair of HS athletes for this 1st season IASAS event. HS athletes from JV, Varsity teams, MUN, CC, student ambassadors and Bearcat Council members next year will be expected to support and house the 330 athletes that will visit us from Wednesday Oct 9th until Sunday Oct 13th. Please look out for the online housing form link in Friday bulletins and available at ATAC blog. We hope for great community support to make this a wonderful IASAS in season one for ISM to kick off our centenary year. We also will gladly accept host offers from ES/MS families. Hosting IASAS student/athletes is a great experience and you children can make friends for a lifetime! Sign up HERE

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Well done and thanks to all our ISM Chess team members who took part in the ISM Chess seminar with Grand Master Torre on Saturday.

The HS field and MS field are closed for until start of next SY. A new track and new MS field surface will be installed during this time and whilst construction is ongoing both facilities will be closed. New works also scheduled for this summer break are..new MS/HS locker rooms, extension of existing fitness room, refurbishment of the climbing wall at MS gym and a new scoreboard for MS field.

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.

April 15-May 31 S4 training ..check posted schedules

May 28 Sailfish end of year banquet

May 30 end of year awards for all year round ATAC teams

May 27-31 last week of training for ATAC S4 programs and ES/MS Activities program.

Tryout dates for SY 19-20 are as follows-

HS S1 tryouts Aug 13,14,15 (Soccer/Volleyball/XC)

MS S1 Tryouts Aug 14,15,16 (Soccer/Volleyball/XC)

ES Rifa Soccer S1 festival teams gr.1-4 only tryouts Aug 14,15,16

ATAC all year round teams Aug 19-23 (Sailfish, Chess, Wall climbing, Table tennis, Aikido, Judo, TKD)

ES/MS Activities semester 1 registration opens Aug 23 4pm

ES/MS Activities start Sept 2nd

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 37 May 20-24, 2019

S4 sports schedule is now running from April 15th to May 31st. Please check schedule posted on notice boards and on ATAC blog. S4 is used by coaches to start off our S1 sports teams to get some conditioning done prior to August. S4 sports are open for HS students including current gr.8’s who will be freshman next SY.

A great start to our housing launch for S1 triple IASAS in October at ISM. After the first two days we secured 97 beds! We now have 139 beds! Thanks to all the early bird responders we appreciate your support. We still require 191 beds to hit our 330 target needed but this is a great start. Please keep the momentum going and see below for information and the link to sign up.

ANNOUNCEMENT- From Thursday May 2nd we launched the online housing sign up for our triple hosting of IASAS Volleyball/XC/Soccer next October in celebration of our centenary year at ISM. If you are a returning family and your children will be involved in our ATAC sports program it is required that you will sign up to house a pair of HS athletes for this 1st season IASAS event. HS athletes from JV, Varsity teams, MUN, CC, student ambassadors and Bearcat Council members next year will be expected to support and house the 330 athletes that will visit us from Wednesday Oct 9th until Sunday Oct 13th. Please look out for the online housing form link in Friday bulletins and available at ATAC blog. We hope for great community support to make this a wonderful IASAS in season one for ISM to kick off our centenary year. We also will gladly accept host offers from ES/MS families. Hosting IASAS student/athletes is a great experience and you children can make friends for a lifetime! Sign up HERE

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Well done and thanks to all our ISM Judo team members who took part in the ISM Judo invitational at the MS gym on Saturday. Just under 200 participants from clubs and teams in the Manila area had a great day of competition.

The HS field and MS field are now closed for until start of next SY. A new track and new MS field surface will be installed during this time and whilst construction is ongoing both facilities will be closed. New works also scheduled for this summer break are..new MS/HS locker rooms, extension of existing fitness room, refurbishment of the climbing wall at MS gym and a new scoreboard for MS field.

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.

April 15-May 31 S4 training ..check posted schedules

May 25 ISM Chess seminar venue Lofthouse

May 25 Last day of Saturday Community tennis.

May 28 Sailfish end of year banquet

May 30 end of year awards for all year round ATAC teams

May 27-31 last week of training for ATAC S4 programs and ES/MS Activities program.

Tryout dates for SY 19-20 are as follows-

HS S1 tryouts Aug 13,14,15 (Soccer/Volleyball/XC)

MS S1 Tryouts Aug 14,15,16 (Soccer/Volleyball/XC)

ES Rifa Soccer S1 festival teams gr.1-4 only tryouts Aug 14,15,16

ATAC all year round teams Aug 19-23 (Sailfish, Chess, Wall climbing, Table tennis, Aikido, Judo, TKD)

ES/MS Activities semester 1 registration opens Aug 23 4pm

ES/MS Activities start Sept 2nd

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 36 May 14-17, 2019

IASAS Triple hosting housing update see below for full details and link to register….It would be great in the last 3 weeks of school to get MORE beds! PLEASE sign up to host it is a great experience.

S4 sports schedule is now running from April 15th to May 31st. Please check schedule posted on notice boards and on ATAC blog. S4 is used by coaches to start off our S1 sports teams to get some conditioning done prior to August. S4 sports are open for HS students including current gr.8’s who will be freshman next SY.

WOW- A great start to our housing launch for S1 triple IASAS in October at ISM. After the first two days we secured 97 beds! We now have 127 beds! Thanks to all the early bird responders we appreciate your support. We still require 203 beds to hit our 330 target needed but this is a great start. Please keep the momentum going and see below for information and the link to sign up.

ANNOUNCEMENT- From Thursday May 2nd we launched the online housing sign up for our triple hosting of IASAS Volleyball/XC/Soccer next October in celebration of our centenary year at ISM. If you are a returning family and your children will be involved in our ATAC sports program we hope that you will sign up to house a pair of HS athletes for this 1st season IASAS event. HS athletes from JV, Varsity teams, MUN, CC, student ambassadors and Bearcat Council members next year will be expected to support and house the 330 athletes that will visit us from Wednesday Oct 9th until Sunday Oct 13th. Please look out for the online housing form link in Friday bulletins and available at ATAC blog. We hope for great community support to make this a wonderful IASAS in season one for ISM to kick off our centenary year. We also will gladly accept host offers from ES/MS families. Hosting IASAS student/athletes is a great experience and you children can make friends for a lifetime! Sign up HERE

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Good luck this weekend to our ISM Judo team members who will take part in the ISM Judo invitational at the MS gym on Saturday. Clubs and teams from Manila area will compete in a full day of Judo competition.

Well done to our MS mixed touch teams and coaches who took part in the season ending event in Jakarta last weekend. A great weekend of touch with exciting drop off finals for our teams. Girls u/15 5th place, Girls u/13 2nd place with an 8min drop off final and Boys u/15 1st place also in a drop off final. Well done Bearcats and coaches.

The HS field is now closed and from this coming Saturday May 18th the MS field will also be closed for all use until start of next SY. A new track and new MS field surface will be installed during this time and whilst construction is ongoing both facilities will be closed for use. New works also scheduled for this summer break are..new MS/HS locker rooms, extension of existing fitness room, refurbishment of the climbing wall at MS gym and a new scoreboard for MS field.

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.

April 15-May 31 S4 training ..check posted schedules

May 18 ISM Judo meet at MS gym

May 25 ISM Chess seminar venue lofthouse

May 28 Sailfish end of year banquet

May 30 end of year awards for all year round ATAC teams

May 27-31 last week of training for ATAC S4 programs and ES/MS Activities program.

Tryout dates for SY 19-20 are as follows-

HS S1 tryouts Aug 13,14,15 (Soccer/Volleyball/XC)

MS S1 Tryouts Aug 14,15,16 (Soccer/Volleyball/XC)

ES Rifa Soccer S1 festival teams gr.1-4 only tryouts Aug 14,15,16

ATAC all year round teams Aug 19-23 (Sailfish, Chess, Wall climbing, Table tennis, Aikido, Judo, TKD)

ES/MS Activities semester 1 registration opens Aug 23 4pm

ES/MS Activities start Sept 2nd

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 finalized.
  • 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.