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 20 Jan 15-19, 2018

ISM proudly hosts Tennis Jan 31-Feb 4 and Track&Field/Golf April 12-14

First up….IASAS Tennis housing update- As of Monday Jan 15th  76 beds are promised with 80 needed, so 4 more to go.! Please help house a pair of visiting IASAS tennis players… see link below to register online. Tennis athletes arrive Wed Jan 31st.

Housing forms for hosting IASAS tennis players Jan 31-Feb 4 is available here. If you are participating in our tennis program S2 or were housed at a S1 IASAS event in Bangkok or Singapore please help out by housing a pair of tennis players. Bearcat community support is encouraged and needed to support these events.

Season 3 will begin Feb 4 through until mid April. Tryouts and practice schedules will be posted this week on ATAC blog and will be posted on divisional notice boards. S3 sports for MS- Track&Field, Badminton and Mixed Touch. HS S3 sports are Baseball, Softball, Track&Field, Badminton and Golf.

The S2 practice schedule is posted (see link below) and is on the ATAC blog schedules page and are posted on notice boards around school.

2nd season practice sched 17-18

For our year round teams practice schedules are posted on notice boards around the school and on the schedules page of the ATAC (Athletics) blog and provided in the ink below.

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.

Jan 18 VBoys basketball vs DPS 4pm

Jan 19 MS Boys Gold basketball away at Everest 3:30pm

Jan 20 MS Boys Gold basketball away at Brent

Jan 20 Rugby at ISM(Varsity finals)/Touch finals at Brent/ISM HS Swim meet

Jan 23 MS Girls Gold at home vs BSM 3:30pm

Jan 24,25 and 27 HS Hardeman Cup Basketball at Faith/ISM

Jan 27 Rugby finals at Faith (u/13, u/15 and u/17 divisions)

Feb 1-3 IASAS S2 Championships- Tennis at ISM/Basketball at ISB/Rugby and Touch at TAS/Swimming at JIS

Feb 5 HS S3 tryouts begin(Badminton/Track&Field/Golf/Softball/Baseball)

Feb 9-11 Wall climbing team- Hong Kong Climbing competition

Feb 12 MS S3 tryouts begin(Badminton/Track&Field/Mixed Touch)

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.

Week 19 Jan 8-12, 2018

Welcome back Bearcats to a very busy semester 2 of sports coming up with local league finals for season 2 soon and of course season ending IASAS championships just around the corner at the end of January.  ISM proudly hosts Tennis Jan 31-Feb 4 and Track&Field/Golf mid April.

IASAS Tennis housing update- As of Thurs Jan 11 72 beds are promised with 80 needed, so 8 more to go.! We are in single figures lets go Bearcats to get the final housing completed…Please help house a pair of visiting IASAS tennis players… see link below to register online.

Housing forms for hosting IASAS tennis players Jan 31-Feb 4 is available here. If you are participating in our tennis program S2 or were housed at a S1 IASAS event in Bangkok or Singapore please help out by housing a pair of tennis players. Bearcat community support is encouraged and needed to support these events.

Season 3 will begin Feb 5 through until mid April. Tryouts and practice schedules will be released next week on ATAC blog and will be posted on divisional notice boards. S3 sports for MS- Track&Field, Badminton and Mixed Touch. HS S3 sports are Baseball, Softball, Track&Field, Badminton and Golf.

The S2 practice schedule is posted (see link below) and is on the ATAC blog schedules page and are posted on notice boards around school.

2nd season practice sched 17-18

For our year round teams practice schedules are posted on notice boards around the school and on the schedules page of the ATAC (Athletics) blog and provided in the ink below.

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.

Jan 12 HS Basketball away at Brent

Jan 13 MS/HS Basketball at ISM

Jan 13 Touch at Faith/Rugby at ISM

Jan 14 ES Rifa girls soccer festival at BSM

Jan 20 Touch finals at Brent/ISM Swim meet

Jan 25-27 HS Hardeman Cup Basketball at Faith

Feb 1-3 IASAS S2 Championships- Tennis at ISM/Basketball at ISB/Rugby and Touch at TAS/Swimming at JIS

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.

Week 18 Dec 11-15, 2017

Happy Holidays Bearcats..See you all in 2018. Stay fit over the break and we look forward to a jam packed busy semester 2 with 4 IASAS events to host at ISM. Tennis Feb1-3, Art/Dance/Drama Mar 1-3, Track & Field and Golf April 12-14. Wow it is going to be an exciting few months! Of course to make all these events happen we need community support to host the visiting athletes and delegates. Please sign up online at the link below for tennis and visit the Fine Arts blog to get housing details for Art, Dance, Drama in March.

For upcoming IASAS events….Season 2 and 3 ISM proudly hosts Tennis in S2 and Track&Field/Golf in S3.

IASAS Tennis housing update- As of Fri Dec 15th  54 beds are promised with 80 needed, so 26 more to go. Please help house a pair of visiting IASAS tennis players… see link below to register online.

Housing forms for hosting IASAS tennis players Jan 31-Feb 4 is available here. If you are participating in our tennis program S2 or were housed at a S1 IASAS event in Bangkok or Singapore please help out by housing a pair of tennis players. Bearcat community support is encouraged and needed to support these events.

Well done to our Bearcat gymnasts who competed at the Aquazorb meet this on Saturday in Pasig. Full results will be posted to the gymnastics page when received by the organizers.

This week ISM hosts a u/19 International Rugby Series, See schedule below. Congratulations to ISM varsity players Ryan, Wiremu, Imaan and Bryan who have made the Philippines National u/19 squad for these games.

Dec 13
5.00pm – Philippines vs Korea
6.45pm – Malaysia vs UAE
Dec 16
12pm – Philippines NDT vs Hong Kong Warriors (National Development Series, not U19s)
2pm Loser SF1 vs Loser SF2

4pm Winner SF1 vs SF2

The S2 practice schedule is posted (see link below) and is on the ATAC blog schedules page and are posted on notice boards around school. S2 sports SY ’17-18: (MS- Basketball/Touch/Rugby/Tennis)(HS- Basketball/Touch/Rugby/Tennis&Varsity Swim team)

2nd season practice sched 17-18

For our year round teams practice schedules are posted on notice boards around the school and on the schedules page of the ATAC (Athletics) blog and provided in the ink below.

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.

 

Dec 13 and 16 Asian u/19 International Rugby Series at ISM. Wed 4:45/6:30 games and Sat Dec 16- 12, 2 and 4pm games

Jan 12 HS Basketball away at Brent

Jan 13 Touch at Faith

Jan 14 ES Rifa girls soccer festival

Jan 20 Touch finals at Brent/ISM Swim meet

Jan 25-27 Hardeman Cup Basketball at Faith

Feb 1-3 IASAS S2 Championships- Tennis at ISM/Basketball at ISB/Rugby and Touch at TAS/Swimming at JIS

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.

Week 17 Dec 4-8, 2017

For upcoming IASAS events….Season 2 and 3 ISM proudly hosts Tennis in S2 and Track&Field/Golf in S3.

Housing forms for hosting IASAS tennis players Jan 31-Feb 4 is available here. If you are participating in our tennis program S2 or were housed at a S1 IASAS event in Bangkok or Singapore please help out by housing a pair of tennis players. Bearcat community support is encouraged and needed to support these events.

Good luck to our gymnasts who will be competing at the Aquazorb meet this coming Saturday in Pasig.

Next week ISM hosts a u/19 International Rugby Series, See schedule below. Congratulations to ISM varsity players Ryan, Wiremu, Imaan and Bryan who have made the Philippines National u/19 squad for these games.

Dec 13-5.00pm – Philippines vs Korea/6.45pm – Malaysia vs UAE

Dec 16-12pm – Philippines NDT vs Hong Kong Warriors (National Development Series, not U19s)/2pm Loser SF1 vs Loser SF2/4pm Winner SF1 vs SF2

The S2 practice schedule is posted (see link below) and is on the ATAC blog schedules page and are posted on notice boards around school. S2 sports SY ’17-18: (MS- Basketball/Touch/Rugby/Tennis)(HS- Basketball/Touch/Rugby/Tennis&Varsity Swim team)

2nd season practice sched 17-18

For our year round teams practice schedules are posted on notice boards around the school and on the schedules page of the ATAC (Athletics) blog and provided in the ink below.

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.

Dec 8 HS Basketball teams vs Faith at home from 4:15pm- HS Gym VBoys vs Faith followed by VGirls vs Faith. At MS gym JVGirls vs Faith followed by JVBoys vs Faith.

Dec 9 Touch Rd #4 at Faith/Rugby Rd #4 at Faith

Dec 9 HS Tennis at CSA/MS Tennis at ISM

Dec 9 HS/MS Basketball at ISM

Dec 9 Aquazorb Gymnastics meet

Dec 13 and 16 Asian u/19 International Rugby Series at ISM. Wed 4:45/6:30 games and Sat Dec 16- 12, 2 and 4pm games

Feb 1-3 IASAS S2 Championships- Tennis at ISM/Basketball at ISB/Rugby and Touch at TAS/Swimming at JIS

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.

Week 16 Nov 27-29, 2017

For upcoming IASAS events….Season 2 and 3 ISM proudly hosts Tennis in S2 and Track&Field/Golf in S3.

Housing forms for hosting IASAS tennis players Jan 31-Feb 4 is available here. If you are participating in our tennis program S2 or were housed at a S1 IASAS event in Bangkok or Singapore please help out by housing a pair of tennis players. Bearcat community support is encouraged and needed to support these events.

The S2 practice schedule is posted (see link below) and is on the ATAC blog schedules page and are posted on notice boards around school. S2 sports SY ’17-18: (MS- Basketball/Touch/Rugby/Tennis)(HS- Basketball/Touch/Rugby/Tennis&Varsity Swim team)

2nd season practice sched 17-18

For our year round teams practice schedules are posted on notice boards around the school and on the schedules page of the ATAC (Athletics) blog and provided in the ink below.

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

Well done to our HS and MS Academic Bowl teams who placed 3rd and 1st respectively at the Fall events this past Tuesday at Faith and Wednesday at ISM. A big thanks to all the students who participated and to the advisors, Mr Winters & Hobbins for HS and Ms Walker & Ellwell for MS. Your support to prepare the students is greatly appreciated.

A big thanks to all who came out for Friday night lights vs Brent and Faith. It was a great night with ISM sweeping all the sports and winning all touch and basketball matches and also defeating Faith in the two rugby games. Well done Bearcats!

Thanks to all that took part in the Sailfish Aquathon last Saturday morning. Great to see so many swimmers and runners enjoying being active. Well done to all our faculty and parents who also joined the event for the morning

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.

 

Nov 28 Twilight Touch league games 3:30-7pm

Nov 28 Bonifacio Cup swim meet at ISM 3-6:00pm

Dec 2 MS Tennis at ISM/ES Rifa league girls soccer festival at ES field

Dec 8 HS Basketball teams vs Faith at home from 4pm

Dec 9 Touch Rd #4 at Faith/Rugby Rd #4 at Faith

Dec 9 HS Tennis at CSA/MS Tennis at ISM

Dec 13 and 16 Asian u/19 International Rugby Series at ISM

Feb 1-3 IASAS S2 Championships- Tennis at ISM/Basketball at ISB/Rugby and Touch at TAS/Swimming at JIS

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.