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!

ATAC Announcements Week of Oct 18-22

2nd Season Sports are underway for MS/HS teams and local league matches will begin immediately after the Oct break. Keep track of week day and weekend fixtures by using the game schedule page on the ATAC website…see below for details

ATAC ANNOUNCEMENTS: GAME SCHEDULE INFORMATION: Information about all mid week/weekend fixtures for ISM teams can be found by going to the GAME SCHEDULE tab on the ATAC page of the ISM website. You can also access this information via the ES/MS/HS divisional web pages. Please note the game schedule does change often due to involvement with many local schools so please check the page regularly to find out the latest information of where and when the Bearcats teams are playing. Access to the game schedule page is also available via the ATAC blog. Click on the Bearcat logo to be directed to the game schedule page. http://atac.ism-online.org

ATAC HIGHLIGHTS/UPDATES – NOV/DEC: (for ALL match/schedule details check game schedule page as above) Sailfish Swimathon Nov 6

Basketball and Rugby season opener v Brent at ISM Nov 12

Touch season opener v Brent at Brent Nov 13

ISTA Tennis Season starts for MS/HS teams from Nov 13

Swim meet at Brent Nov 13

PRADA Table Tennis/Chess at ISM Nov 13

Nov 18-21 weekend:

IASAS Golf exchange at Bangkok Nov 18-21

Touch Championships at Singapore Nov 19-21

Rugby exchange at Jakarta Nov 19-21

Tennis exchange at ISM (SAS/JIS are coming and housing placements are needed-HS tennis teams need to house for this exchange please get forms in asap or collect from ATAC office) Nov 19-20

Swim Meet at ISM Nov 20

GRADE 9/10 EXAM WEEK Nov 24-26 (Note no practice for 9/10 graders (Tues 23rd, 24th and 25th) players resume practice Friday Nov 26th!

Varsity Basketball Tournament at ISM Nov 26/27

Rugby and Touch Dec 4

Last Day of School for 2010 DEC 15th Noon dismissal

BEARCAT DEN: Regular Opening Hours for the Bearcat Den: Mon, Wed and Fridays from 11:30am – 1:00pm and 2:30pm – 4:00pm. Please note after the October Break the den will be opening on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons as well from 2:30-4pm. Thanks to all our great volunteers. If you would like to join the Bearcat Den team of volunteers and contribute to school life with a fun group of people please drop by the den to find out more or email Chantal Wanten fam.wanten@hotmail.com to have your name put on the den roster.

ISTA DRAMA FESTIVAL: UPDATE: We still require 10 placements for the ISTA Drama housing..see below for details.

ISM is excited to be hosting this year’s ISTA Middle School Theatre Festival! The International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) facilitates two MS festivals each year in Asia, which provide an amazing opportunity for international students from around the world to engage in new theatrical experiences and to develop skills that will deepen their passion for performance. As a school, ISM has been a proud supporter and participator of ISTA, and we now have the opportunity to give the participants an experience they will never forget! We will be hosting the first ever Musical Theatre ISTA festival, and we are very excited about welcoming other international students to the Philippines and to our wonderful school. The ISM ISTA Festival will take place November 19-21 (Friday to Sunday), and will involve as many as 100 students from other countries, as well as our own ISM participants.

As with any event, the whole ISM community has the opportunity to get involved in this Middle School event. The most significant way for the ISM community to get involved is to provide housing for the visiting students. If you are able to host some students, you may contact the ATAC Office and/or the Fine Arts Office at badiangoj@ismanila.org and/or talense@ismanila.org . Most guests will arrive on November 18th and will depart on either November 21st or 22nd. If you would like to help out with organization or facilitation during the ISTA Festival, you may also contact Vicki Close in the Fine Arts Office (closev@ismanila.org) for more details on how you can help. More information about ISTA can be found at http://www.ista.co.uk/ We look forward to this fantastic event, and this excellent opportunity for ISM to “show Manila proud”!

Vicki Close Performing Arts Director/ John Mulhall MS Drama Faculty/ Mark Pekin ATAC Director

ATAC Announcements Week of Oct 11-15

ATAC ANNOUNCEMENTS:

IASAS 1st Season Championships Results:

Volleyball/Cross Country at Bangkok:

Girls Volleyball 4th

Boys Volleyball 5th

Cross Country

Girls  4th

Boys 6th

Soccer at Jakarta

Boys 4th

Girls 5th

The 1st Season Awards dinner is Thursday Oct 21st at the HS Gym and celebrates the first season efforts of all HS teams for Volleyball/Cross Country/Soccer. Dress is smart casual! Start time is 5:30pm 

2nd Season Sports are underway for MS/HS teams as of this week and local league matches will begin immediately after the Oct break. Keep track of week day and weekend fixtures by using the game schedule page on the ATAC website…see below for details 

ATAC ANNOUNCEMENTS:

GAME SCHEDULE INFORMATION:

Information about all mid week/weekend fixtures for ISM teams can be found by going to the GAME SCHEDULE tab on the ATAC page of the ISM website. You can also access this information via the ES/MS/HS divisional web pages. Please note the game schedule does change often due to involvement with many local schools so please check the page regularly to find out the latest information of where and when the Bearcats teams are playing. Access to the game schedule page is also available via the ATAC blog. Click on the Bearcat logo to be directed to the game schedule page.  http://atac.ism-online.org 

The will not be any MS/HS team practices next Mon/Tues 18/19th Oct due to MS/HS parent conferences and the early dismissal at Noon. Practice schedule will resume from Wednesday 20th.

BEARCAT DEN:

Regular Opening Hours for the Bearcat Den:

Mon, Wed and Fridays from 11:30am – 1:00pm  and 2:30pm – 4:00pm. Please note after the October Break the den will be opening on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons as well from 2:30-4pm. Thanks to all our great volunteers.

If you would like to join the Bearcat Den team of volunteers and contribute to school life with a fun group of people please drop by the den to find out more or email Chantal Wanten fam.wanten@hotmail.com to have your name put on the den roster

 

ISTA DRAMA FESTIVAL:

ISM is excited to be hosting this year’s ISTA Middle School Theatre Festival!  The International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) facilitates two MS festivals each year in Asia, which provide an amazing opportunity for international students from around the world to engage in new theatrical experiences and to develop skills that will deepen their passion for performance.  As a school, ISM has been a proud supporter and participator of ISTA, and we now have the opportunity to give the participants an experience they will never forget!  We will be hosting the first ever Musical Theatre ISTA festival, and we are very excited about welcoming other international students to the Philippines and to our wonderful school. 

The ISM ISTA Festival will take place November 19-21 (Friday to Sunday), and will involve as many as 100 students from other countries, as well as our own ISM participants.  As with any event, the whole ISM community has the opportunity to get involved in this Middle School event.  The most significant way for the ISM community to get involved is to provide housing for the visiting students.  If you are able to host some students, you may contact the ATAC Office and/or the Fine Arts Office at badiangoj@ismanila.org and/or talense@ismanila.org .  Most guests will arrive on November 18th and will depart on either November 21st or 22nd.  If you would like to help out with organization or facilitation during the ISTA Festival, you may also contact Vicki Close in the Fine Arts Office (closev@ismanila.org) for more details on how you can help.  

More information about ISTA  can be found at http://www.ista.co.uk/ 

We look forward to this fantastic event, and this excellent opportunity for ISM to “show Manila proud”! 

Vicki Close

Performing Arts Director

John Mulhall

MS Drama Faculty 

Mark Pekin

ATAC Director 

RIFA SOCCER FESTIVAL:

A big congratulations to the Midgets C boys team and Coach Eric Galang who won the division championship at Ateneo last Saturday in the RIFA Cumulative Festival. The team battled hard over all three festivals and acquitted themselves very well in the finals to take out the 1st placed trophy by winning some close games that involved penalty shoot outs. Well done.

Coach Popoy and Coach Alberts teams also made the finals and placed 3rd and 4th in division 2.

For the MS girls teams well done to the girls Born 99 team who placed 2nd in Division 2.

In the ACC Cup for Midgets B held at Alabang Country Club on Oct 2 Coach Rudy’s team placed 2nd

Our Aspirants HS team play this Saturday at Ateneo for 3rd place in the RIFA Aspirants Division Finals. Best wishes to players and Coaches Selander/Bajada

RIFA FESTIVALS UPDATE – OCT 9th at ATENEO

ATAC ES/MS SOCCER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

RIFA BOYS SOCCER FESTIVAL FINALS – OCT 9TH AT ATENEO

CONGRATULATIONS -The following boys teams  have qualified to play in the finals next Saturday Oct 9th at Ateneo from 7:30am – Noon

Midgets C Coach Eric’s team

Midgets E Coach Popoy’s team

Midgets G Coach Besa’s team

For the teams of Coach Chris and Coach Mike who did not make the playoffs thank you for your hard work this season and also a big thanks to all the parents who have come along to cheer the teams at the three festivals this season.

 The last RIFA MS girl’s festival will be held at Ateneo Oct 9th from 1pm. Permission slips for the boys teams and girls teams will be distributed via coaches this coming week

 

 

 

ATAC Announcements Week of Sept 27-Oct 1

IASAS 1st Season Championships:

For everyone that wishes to keep in touch with how the Bearcats teams are going at IASAS the best way is via the www.iasas.asia website. Game scores and live streaming of events will be available.

To all our IASAS athletes/coaches for volleyball/cross country and football teams we hope you have a great IASAS experience.

The 1st Season Awards dinner is Thursday Oct 21st at the HS Gym and celebrates the first season efforts of all HS teams for Volleyball/Cross Country and Football.

GAME SCHEDULE INFORMATION: click on the game schedule icon on the blog home page or

Information about all mid week/weekend fixtures for ISM teams can be found by going to the GAME SCHEDULE tab on the ATAC page of the ISM website. You can also access this information via the ES/MS/HS divisional web pages. Please note the game schedule does change often due to involvement with many local schools so please check the page regularly to find out the latest information of where and when the Bearcats teams are playing.

BEARCAT DEN:

Regular Opening Hours for the Bearcat Den:

Mon, Wed and Fridays from 11:30am – 1:00pm  and 2:30pm – 4:00pm. Please note after the October Break the den will be opening on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons as well from 2:30-4pm. Thanks to all our great volunteers.

If you would like to join the Bearcat Den team of volunteers and contribute to school life with a fun group of people please drop by the den to find out more or email Chantal Wanten fam.wanten@hotmail.com to have your name put on the den roster.

 
Dri-Fit Polo – ladies 300
Dri-Fit Polo – men 300
Jogging Pants – men’s/green 450
Shorts – Mesh – ISM 250
Shorts – Paw Print – black or green 200
Shorts – Spandex – black, ladies’ 300
Shorts – Spandex – black, mens’ 350
Tarpaulin Envelope Bag 150
Tarpaulin Messenger Bag 600
Tarpaulin Shopping Tote Bag 300


OTHER MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE:
ISM HOODIES 1,100
ISM GYM BAGS: 
– NEW DESIGN, Large Size: 1,300
– NEW DESIGN, Small Size: 1,100
– OLD DESIGN, Large Size only (small size is sold out): 950
NEW merchandise COMING SOON (clappers, pencil cases, water bottles)

ISM is excited to be hosting this year’s ISTA Middle School Theatre Festival!  The International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) facilitates two MS festivals each year in Asia, which provide an amazing opportunity for international students from around the world to engage in new theatrical experiences and to develop skills that will deepen their passion for performance.  As a school, ISM has been a proud supporter and participator of ISTA, and we now have the opportunity to give the participants an experience they will never forget!  We will be hosting the first ever Musical Theatre ISTA festival, and we are very excited about welcoming other international students to the Philippines and to our wonderful school. 

 The ISM ISTA Festival will take place November 19-21 (Friday to Sunday), and will involve as many as 100 students from other countries, as well as our own ISM participants.  As with any event, the whole ISM community has the opportunity to get involved in this Middle School event.  The most significant way for the ISM community to get involved is to provide housing for the visiting students.  If you are able to host some students, you may contact the ATAC Office and/or the Fine Arts Office at badiangoj@ismanila.org and/or talense@ismanila.org .  Most guests will arrive on November 18th and will depart on either November 21st or 22nd.  If you would like to help out with organization or facilitation during the ISTA Festival, you may also contact Vicki Close in the Fine Arts Office (closev@ismanila.org) for more details on how you can help. 

 More information about ISTA  can be found at http://www.ista.co.uk/

 We look forward to this fantastic event, and this excellent opportunity for ISM to “show Manila proud”!

Vicki Close

Performing Arts Director

 John Mulhall

MS Drama Faculty

Mark Pekin

ATAC Director

ATAC Announcements Week of Sept 20-24

IASAS 1st Season Teams:

Coaches are busy putting in final preparations with their teams in readiness for  the 1st season IASAS events. Teams depart Oct 2nd for Jakarta (Football) and Bangkok (Volleyball/Cross Country). Information packets will be coming home this week for all players selected to the teams, parents please complete all information and return it asap.

IASAS Send off lunch for season one IASAS travelling teams is Sept 29th immediately following the HS Assembly. Thanks to Liza Van Klaveren who is our parent coordinator for the send off lunches.

The 1st Season Awards dinner is Thursday Oct 21st at the HS Gym and celebrates the first season efforts of all HS teams for Volleyball/Cross Country and Football. All parents and athletes on 1st season teams are invited to attend.

Dress code- neat casual

ISM JAZZ Exchange:

Many thanks to our host families who accommodated visiting musicians at last weekend’s ISM jazz exchange. It was a great event with over 50 students participating in a full day of workshops and then an evening performance at the Fiesta Room in the Dusit Hotel last Saturday evening.

Thank you to the following; Um, Borja, Park, Jimenez, Tan, Kwee, Reyes, Sabon, Lee, Cho and Sison host families. These events cannot happen without your support

GAME SCHEDULE INFORMATION: can be found by clicking on the Bearcat logo on this blog or via the school public webstie

Information about all mid week/weekend fixtures for ISM teams can be found by going to the GAME SCHEDULE tab on the ATAC page of the ISM website. You can also access this information via the ES/MS/HS divisional web pages. Please note the game schedule does change often due to involvement with many local schools so please check the page regularly to find out the latest information of where and when the Bearcats teams are playing.

BEARCAT DEN:

Regular Opening Hours for the Bearcat Den:

Mon, Wed and Fridays from 11:30am – 1:00pm  and 2:30pm – 4:00pm. Please note after the October Break the den will be opening on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons as well from 2:30-4pm. Thanks to all our great volunteers.

If you would like to join the Bearcat Den team of volunteers and contribute to school life with a fun group of people please drop by the den to find out more or email Chantal Wanten fam.wanten@hotmail.com to have your name put on the den roster.

 
Dri-Fit Polo – ladies  300 
Dri-Fit Polo – men 300
Jogging Pants – men’s/green 450
Shorts – Mesh – ISM 250
Shorts – Paw Print – black or green 200
Shorts – Spandex – black, ladies’ 300
Shorts – Spandex – black, mens’ 350
Tarpaulin Envelope Bag 150
Tarpaulin Messenger Bag 600
Tarpaulin Shopping Tote Bag 300

OTHER MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE:
ISM HOODIES 1,100
ISM GYM BAGS: 
– NEW DESIGN, Large Size: 1,300
– NEW DESIGN, Small Size: 1,100
– OLD DESIGN, Large Size only (small size is sold out): 950
NEW merchandise COMING SOON (clappers, pencil cases, water bottles

RIFA ES/MS Boys Soccer Festival at Xavier starts at 12 noon this Saturday Sept 25- please be at Xavier by 11:30am. Bus will leave ISM at 10:30 if you are leaving from school.

The last of the RIFA Festivals is on Oct 9th at Ateneo – Boys in the morning and Girls festival in the afternoon.