All posts by Mark Pekin Director of Athletics & Activities

Hi, I am in my 6th year as Director of Athletics/Activities at ISM. My wife is the Elementary PE Program leader at ISM and I have 2 children who go to ISM, Georgina in Grade 8 and Alex in Grade 6. I have been a Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director for almost 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 3 Aug 22-25, 2017

Congratulations to our all our teams that were able to play vs Faith last Friday.  A good showing from our volleyball teams in the gyms for their first matches of the season and outside we got in two games before the lightning and Manila storms prevented the final two matches from being played. Thanks to the clubs and and Bearcat Council for arranging for food stalls to be open and for our community members who came to watch the matches. Well done to teams that played local league games on Saturday and for our XC teams who had their first race out at Faith Academy early on Saturday morning. Race results will be posted when they are received from the race organisers.

Rifa League soccer teams are all posted see links below for team rosters and festival dates in September and October.

RIFA League ES soccer team lists for E1, E2 and C3 teams are now posted. Check Rifa ES Festival team rosters 2017

RIFA League ES soccer team lists for G1 and G2 teams are now posted. Check Rifa ES Festival team rosters 2017

Rifa League MS Festival C 1 and 2 teams are now posted. Check MS Boys Festival teams rosters 2017

Rifa League MS Festival Girls teams are now posted.  Check MS Girls Festival teams rosters 2017

Rifa League MS 11 a side A1/A2 team rosters are now posted. Check MS Rifa 11 a side A1/A2 team rosters

For our year round teams and season 1 sports teams practice schedules are posted on notice boards around the school and on the schedules page of the ATAC (Athletics) blog and provided in links below. Our S1 practice schedule runs from Mon Aug 14until Oct 13th. See schedule links…

1st season 17-18-Practice sched

All season sports sched 17-18.xls – 17-18

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 Events:*matches at ISM unless specified as *away venue. Check ATAC game schedule at the parent portal for all the midweek and weekend matches upcoming. Please check on a regular basis as venues and time do change at short notice. Players will always be informed by their coaches if times/venues change.

Aug 23 Aspirants Boys Soccer 5pm vs Hedcen

Aug 25 VBoys and MS A2 boys vs San Beda 5pm

Aug 26 MS Boys A2 soccer vs Keys 12 noon/VGirls soccer 12noonJVGirls soccer 2pm//VBoys soccer 2pm

Aug 26 Local league volleyball matches from 8am (MS/HS teams)

Aug 31 MS A1 Boys soccer 5pm/Aspirants Boys soccer 5pm

Sept 2 ES Rifa soccer festival #1 E&G divisions at ISM 8am/ES&MS Rifa C division soccer at BSM/MS Rifa Girls  soccer at ISM 1pm

Sept 2 XCountry race #2 *away at Faith MS& HS runners

Sept 8 ISM Twilight XC race #3 5pm MS 3.2km race and 5:30pm HS 5km race.

Information on our ES/MS Activities program is available on the ES and MS Activities blogs. Links to these blogs are on the helpful shortcuts menu on the home page of the ATAC blog or accessible via the ISM website.

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

For gymnastics team information please check Gymnastics blog  Look for Coach Jas or Coach Ramon at the MS gym when attending training sessions.

Please note the practice times for ATAC programs for SY 17-18 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 3:15-4:40pm.
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 new products and items to purchase including items from our service partners.

Bearcat Den hours of operation- 7am-4pm Mon-Fri.

GO BEARCATS…in 2017-18!

Week 2 Aug 14-18, 2017

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS- Aug 18 vs Faith Academy (Soccer and Volleyball) from 4pm. HS gym Varsity volleyball teams and at MS gym JV Volleyball games. Soccer at HS field 4pm Varsity Girls soccer followed by VBoys (approx 5:45pm) and at MS field 4pm Aspirants Boys Soccer followed by JV girls (approx 5:45pm). GO BEARCATS!

Good luck to our XC teams who race Saturday out at Faith for the first race of this season. ISM will have approx 50 HS and 30 MS runners competing this Saturday. Season race dates are on ATAC game schedule accessible via the parent portal. Log in to parent portal and then look for ATAC game schedule icon.

Congrats to our Varsity boys soccer team who defeated Xavier 5-0 Sunday to win the first match of their league this year. A great start for our boys varsity team. Well done Bearcats.

RIFA League ES soccer team lists for E1, E2 and C3 teams are now posted. Check Rifa ES Festival team rosters 2017

RIFA League ES soccer team lists for G1 and G2 teams are now posted. Check Rifa ES Festival team rosters 2017

Rifa League MS Festival C 1 and 2 teams are now posted. Check MS Boys Festival teams rosters 2017

Rifa League MS Festival Girls teams are now posted.  Check MS Girls Festival teams rosters 2017

Rifa League MS 11 a side A1/A2 team rosters are now posted. Check MS Rifa 11 a side A1/A2 team rosters

Tryouts have now concluded for our year round and season 1 teams thanks to all who tried out.

For our year round teams and season 1 sports teams practice schedules are posted on notice boards around the school and on the schedules page of the ATAC (Athletics) blog and provided in links below. Our S1(season 1) practice schedule will begin from Mon Aug 14 until Oct 13th. See schedule links…

1st season 17-18-Practice sched

All season sports sched 17-18.xls – 17-18

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 Events:

Aug 18 HS Friday night lights vs Faith (soccer and volleyball) see schedule of matches at top of this post.

Aug 19 Aspirants B Soccer vs FEU *away 8am/VGirls soccer vs Assumption at home 8am/JV girls soccer vs San Beda at home 10am/MS A1 soccer vs DBTI at home 12noon.

Aug 19 Volleyball- VGirls 8am/11am, JVGirls 9:30am/2pm VBoys 12:30/3pm, JVBoys 11am/ MS Girls Green *away at CSA 12:30pm

Aug 19 XCountry race #1 at Faith Academy 8am MS& HS runners

Information on our ES/MS Activities program is available on the ES and MS Activities blogs. Links to these blogs are on the helpful shortcuts menu on the home page of the ATAC blog or accessible via the ISM website.

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

For gymnastics team information please check Gymnastics blog  Look for Coach Jas or Coach Ramon at the MS gym when attending training sessions.

Please note the practice times for ATAC programs for SY 17-18 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 3:15-4:40pm.
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 new products and items to purchase including items from our service partners.

Bearcat Den hours of operation- 7am-4pm Mon-Fri.

GO BEARCATS…in 2017-18!

Week 1 Aug 7-11, 2017

RIFA League ES soccer team lists for E1, E2 and C3 teams are now posted. Check Rifa ES Festival team rosters 2017

RIFA League ES soccer team lists for G1 and G2 teams will be posted by Tuesday evening 8pm due to the lightning delay last Friday we will have an additional tryout on Tues Aug 15. Check Rifa ES Festival team rosters 2017

Rifa League MS Festival C 1 and 2 teams will be posted by Monday 3pm . Check MS Boys Festival teams rosters 2017

Rifa League MS Festival Girls teams will be posted by Tuesday 3pm . Check MS Girls Festival teams rosters 2017

Rifa League MS 11 a side A1/A2 team rosters will be posted by Monday 3pm. Check MS Rifa 11 a side A1/A2 team rosters

A BIG welcome back to all returning families and a special welcome to all our new ISM families and faculty. The ATAC (Athletics&Activities) Department hopes you will all have a successful start to the school year.

ISM is hosting IASAS Tennis in January and IASAS Golf and Track & Field in 3rd season mid April.  All of these IASAS events will be fantastic to host and we look forward to our community support to cheer on our Bearcats teams and to host  our visiting IASAS athletes.

This week we are excited to have the halls buzzing with children and our have our athletics program starting strong for another school year with tryouts for our all year round teams and season 1 sports teams. Schedules are posted on notice boards around the school and on the schedules page of this blog and in links listed in this post below.

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.

Tryouts for S1 MS/HS sports: (Soccer/Volleyball/Cross Country)

1st season tryouts for HS- Aug 7​, 8, ​9, 10. MS Aug 9, 10, ​11. Please check schedules carefully for times and venues. Links to schedules are posted below and flyers are on the divisional notice boards around school. Students will be advised at start of year assemblies information about tryouts for season 1 sports and for our all year round sports teams.

1st season 17-18-S1 T-OUTS sched

1st season 17-18-Practice sched

All season sports Try outs

All season sports sched 17-18.xls – 17-18

Please note*-Grade 8 girls and boys interested in trying out for soccer and who are born 2003 must tryout for the HS Girls JV or HS Boys Aspirants teams. Gr 8’s born 2003 are too old to play in the Rifa league MS girls festival teams or the MS boys A1/A2 soccer teams.  Any soccer players born ’03 in grade 8 need to attend the HS soccer tryouts starting Mon Aug 7th at the MS field for girls or the HS field for boys. 

August 9 10, 11- ES Rifa Soccer registration/tryouts. RIFA soccer is a competitive soccer program for season 1 open to Grade 1-4 students. PLEASE REGISTER HERE  for tryouts starting on Wed Aug 9, Aug 10 and Aug 11. See schedule for venues on the sign up document and more detailed information on the Rifa festival soccer program can be found at ES Rifa Festival information

For ES and MS soccer players who are scheduled to use the roof top tennis courts for tryout sessions please make sure you bring PE shoes, shinguards and your soccer cleats to each session. It is best to have both types of shoes in case there is a venue change due to inclement weather.  Soccer cleats cannot be worn on the tennis court surface.

Information on our ES/MS Activities program is also available on the ES and MS Activities blogs. Links to these blogs are on the helpful shortcuts menu on the home page of the ATAC blog.

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

For gymnastics team information please check Gymnastics blog for returning and new gymnasts tryout information.  Look for Coach Jas or Coach Ramon at the MS gym.

Please note the practice times for ATAC programs for SY 17-18 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 3:15-4:40pm.
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 new products and items to purchase including items from our service partners.

Bearcat Den hours of operation- 7am-4pm Mon-Fri.

GO BEARCATS…in 2017-18!

Week 0 Aug 1-5, 2017

A pre start of school year post to welcome back all returning families and a big welcome to all our new ISM families and new faculty. Next week we are excited to have the halls buzzing with children and our have our athletics program starting strong for another school year with tryouts for our all year round teams and season sports teams. Schedules are posted on notice boards around the school and on the schedules page of this blog.

The ATAC (Athletics&Activities) Department hopes you will all have a successful start to the school year.

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. We are planning for a big year of sports at ISM in SY 17-18. ISM is hosting IASAS Tennis in January and IASAS Golf and Track & Field in 3rd season mid April.  All of these IASAS events will be fantastic to host and we look forward to our community support to cheer on our Bearcats teams and to host  our visiting IASAS athletes.

August 9 10, 11- ES Rifa Soccer registration/tryouts. RIFA soccer is a competitive soccer program for season 1 open to Grade 1-4 students. PLEASE REGISTER HERE  for tryouts starting on Wed Aug 9, Aug 10 and Aug 11. See schedule for venues on the sign up document and more detailed information on the Rifa festival soccer program can be found at ES Rifa Festival information 
Tryouts for S1 MS/HS sports: (Soccer/Volleyball/Cross Country)

1st season tryouts for HS- Aug 7​, 8, ​9, 10. MS Aug 9, 10, ​11. Please check schedules carefully for times and venues. Links to schedules are posted below and flyers are on the divisional notice boards around school. Students will be advised at start of year assemblies information about tryouts for season 1 sports and for our all year round sports teams.

1st season 17-18-S1 T-OUTS sched

1st season 17-18-Practice sched

All season sports Try outs

All season sports sched 17-18.xls – 17-18

Please note*-Grade 8 girls and boys interested in trying out for soccer and who are born 2003 must tryout for the HS Girls JV or HS Boys Aspirants teams. Gr 8’s born 2003 are too old to play in the Rifa league MS girls festival teams or the MS boys A1/A2 soccer teams.  Any soccer players born ’03 in grade 8 need to attend the HS soccer tryouts starting Mon Aug 7th at the MS field for girls or the HS field for boys. 

Information on our ES/MS Activities program is also available on the ES and MS Activities blogs. Links to these blogs are on the helpful shortcuts menu on the home page of the ATAC blog.

For ES and MS soccer players who are scheduled to use the roof top tennis courts for tryout sessions please make sure you bring PE shoes, shinguards and your soccer cleats to each session. It is best to have both types of shoes in case there is a venue change due to inclement weather.  Soccer cleats cannot be worn on the tennis court surface.

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

For gymnastics team information please check Gymnastics blog for returning and new gymnasts tryout information.  Look for Coach Jas or Coach Ramon at the MS gym.

Please note the practice times for ATAC programs for SY 17-18 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 3:15-4:40pm.
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 new products and items to purchase including items from our service partners.

Bearcat Den hours of operation- 7am-4pm Mon-Fri.

GO BEARCATS…in 2017-18!

Week 39, June 5-8, 2017

Tryouts for S1 sports next SY ’17-18: (Soccer/Volleyball/Cross Country)

1st season tryouts HS Aug 7​, 8, ​9, MS Aug 9, 10, ​11, ES Rifa soccer tryouts Aug 9​, 10, ​11​.

This will be the final post for this school year and I look forward to welcoming back returning and all new Bearcats in August to another year of exciting action of sports/activities at ISM.

To all our departing faculty coaches who are moving on to new adventures thank you very much for your dedication and contribution to our athletics program and to the students you have coached and mentored during your time as an ISM coach. The time and effort you have contributed after school and on weekends has been much appreciated and best wishes as you move on to exciting new places.
This summer the main redevelopment project on the books for athletics is the refurbishment of the swimming pools. All three pools will be drained, re-tiled and have new drainage and filtration equipment installed. This is a big project and will take the entire summer break and we hope to have the project completed by the the start of school in August.
There will not be any after school training or activities this week. ALL ATAC/ES&MS Activities programs after school have concluded. Thank you to all ISM Bearcats who have participated in our co-curricular athletics/activities program this year and we look forward to your continued involvement next year in your sport/activity of choice.
Next SY IASAS hosting- In 17-18  we host the following IASAS events and are looking forward to our Bearcat community’s support, for IASAS Tennis end of January, IASAS Art/Dance/Drama early March, IASAS Track and IASAS Golf in mid April. It is going to be a busy second semester and a great one for the the ISM Bearcats!
Upcoming events- (full match schedule available at ATAC Game schedule)
  • Aug 7,8,9 HS S1 tryouts
  • Aug 9,10,11 MS S1 Tryouts
  • Aug 9,10,11 ES (gr.1-4) Rifa soccer team tryouts
 Please take the time to navigate the ATAC blog  http://atac.ism-online.org/ as it is our one stop shop for all information related to the competitive ISM sports program.

Please note the practice times for ATAC programs for SY 17-18 are as follows: ATAC all year round teams- 3:15-4:30. For our Sailfish swim team program please check the Sailfish blog for information http://sailfish.ism-online.org/

ATAC Gymnastics team practices 3:10-4:50 M/W/F
All HS seasonal teams practice from 3:05- 4:50pm on their respective practice afternoons. MS seasonal teams practice from 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.

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.