Newsflash: June 10, 2022

Admin note

As the school year draws to a close it has been wonderful to have the opportunity for our students to share in each other’s successes and achievements. While this has taken place in the formal sense through our Graduation and our PYP exhibition and Personal Project Showcase, our students have also had the opportunity to participate in a range of more informal but equally as important engagements which have provided an insight into the learning that takes place at other grade levels.

Our Middle School drama students have entertained the whole community through the productions which they have written and performed. This has inspired our elementary students, who have also put pen to paper and starred in their own mini-performances as part of their units under the transdisciplinary theme of “how we express ourselves”. These performances have ranged from shadow puppetry to talent shows and featured dragons, ninjas, and superheroes. A literary luncheon also provided students with the opportunity to share and publish their favorite poems, while in the Middle School a mock legal trial was conducted in front of an enthralled audience.

I have previously referenced the power and importance of building a strong sense of community and the provision of opportunities for our students to share in cross-age experiences actively helps to cultivate respectful, supportive relationships. It also provides our younger students with an insight into what lies ahead of them from an academic perspective, and this was embodied beautifully by our Grade 7 Individuals & Societies students as they shared some of their projects with the Grade 4s late last week.

As a school we believe in each and every one of our students and trust that despite the challenges and unpredictability of the year, our students feel that they are valued, have learnt and grown. Returning to campus has certainly provided us all with richer relationships, and a greater sense of community and purpose. I know that many of our students have expressed a desire for the school year to continue as they will miss the companionship of their peers. Others, I know, are more than ready for a break and the opportunity to recharge energy levels.

We would like to wish everyone a safe and restful summer. This is an opportunity to take a much needed break from electronic devices and enjoy time with friends and family. I can’t emphasize enough the power of literature and hope that many of our students will spend time quietly reading.

On behalf of the CIS community, we would like to congratulate our students on their successful completion of the year. Thank you to those individuals that have contributed and helped shape our community. Thank you, parents/guardians, our PTA and supportive Board of Trustees, our faculty and staff, as well as students past and present.

As with each year, we have a small number of families and faculty moving on to new adventures. We wish you well and hope that you will look back fondly on your time at CIS.

I wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday and look forward to the new school year.

by Mr. Andrew Powell, EY-12 Principal, and the Admin Team

Upcoming events of note

  • June 10-Aug 2: Summer vacation
  • June 13-24: Summer Activities Program
  • August 3: Family Orientation Day (details will be sent closer to the date)
  • August 4: Classes start

Please refer to the CIS Event Calendar ( for the complete calendar of school events.

Grade 11: First year of the IB Diploma Programme

by Ms. Emily Cornet, IB DP Coordinator

Grade 11s complete their first year of the Diploma Programme

On Wednesday, June 8th, the Grade 11 students and their Homeroom teachers came together to celebrate the completion of their first year of the Diploma Programme with the Grade 11 End of Year Awards Assembly.

While the circumstances this year have been challenging for students across the school, Grade 11 students also engaged in the first year of the rigorous IB Diploma Programme and all that it entailed. Students continued their studies in Mathematics and English Language and Literature, while also diving deep into new courses in the Sciences, Individuals & Societies, Art, and Theory of Knowledge. Students have also begun the work on their Extended Essay, the 4000-word piece of research that is one of the hallmarks of the IBDP Core.

The Grade 11 students are to be commended for their adaptability to new teachers, new classmates, new courses, and a new level of expectations with the IB Diploma Programme. We celebrate their accomplishments in this first year, and look forward to their successes in Year 2.

Grade 3: Diamante Poems

by Ms. Katrina del Mar, Grade 3 Teacher

Did you know that you can make your writing sparkle? The Grade 3s studied how to make their poems shine like diamonds. They have written different kinds of poems in their last Unit, How We Express Ourselves, but the Diamante Poem was special.

A Diamante is an unrhymed poem with 7 lines. The first and last lines are the shortest and the middle lines are longer giving it a diamond shape. There are two types of diamantes: synonym diamantes and antonym diamantes. In a synonym diamante, the words at the top and bottom mean the same thing. An antonym diamante’s beginning and ending words are opposites.

Writing a Diamante Poem is like hunting for treasure. The Grade 3s poured a lot of hard work throughout the writing process. First, they began by digging for ideas. Definitely, it was not as easy as pie. It turned out their minds had a lot of hidden jewels to choose from. Then, drafting was quicker. Writing down their thoughts on paper gave them a clearer picture of the gem they wanted to write about. Editing and revising were messy. They saw letters that needed capitalizing, words that required substituting, and lines that had to be removed altogether. Pieces of paper flew back and forth for feedback. Finally, publishing was done with utmost care. They made sure to spell each word correctly with their best handwriting. The Grade 3s learned that good writers, and poets, never give up.

Below are the Diamante Poems written by the Grade 3 students. You might want to wear your sunglasses on before reading them. The poems glow brightly!

MYP Spanish

by Señor Antonio Melgar, MYP Spanish Teacher

Grade 10

On this Jamboard, students were asked to, individually, gather information from native Spanish speaking countries as diverse as Equatorial Guinea, Paraguay or Venezuela, in order to get a grasp of the culture, arts, sciences, famous people, interconnections, global issues and to foster students multiculturalism, plurilingualism, sensitivity to diversity and to enrich their global knowledge, helping them to become truly citizens of the world.

Grade 6

Please enjoy this innovative video that encapsulates learning taking place during Grade 6 Spanish class. Voted as the best by her peers, Ghea presents “El Mandano” the experiences of a little girl who goes grocery shopping on behalf of her mother. Through her video Ghea reflects on how family recipes, hospitality and traditions are passed from one generation to another. Key themes also include independence, respect for others, mindfulness and the importance of caring for those you love.

Click on this image to view the short film!

College/Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College/Careers Counselor Corner

Upcoming Virtual Events and Fairs: (students & parents are welcome)


June 16
4:00 pm
Link to register


Study Melbourne Info Session – Philippines

Hear from The University of Melbourne, Monash University, La Trobe University, Federation University and Swinburne University (TBC) and learn more about studying in Melbourne and Victoria.

June 18
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Link to register

Study Abroad Expo 2022 (Virtual Event)

Meet representatives from these institutions

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Bond University
  • CQUniversity
  • Curtin University
  • Deakin University
  • Federation University
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • Kaplan Australia
  • Kirana Colleges Australia
  • Macquarie University
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Western Australia
  • University of New England
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Wollongong
  • UNSW SydneyWestern Sydney University

June 14, 22 and 29

Taster Classes with Massey University (New Zealand)

June 14, 2022 – 4:00PM PHT
Are NFTs and Cryptocurrency good investments?
LINK to register 

June 22, 2022 – 4:00PM PHT
The Beneficial Properties of Honey
Link to register

June 29, 2022
4:00 PM PHT
The Role of Interaction Design in the Creative Economy
Link to register

SAT Update for 2022-2023

To register for the SAT, you may click on this link.  If you need assistance or have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Jenny Basa at

Below are the confirmed test dates for the paper/pencil SAT at Cebu International School.  

Scheduled Test Date Status Capacity
August 27, 2022 Open 60
October 1, 2022 Open 60
December 3, 2022 Open 60
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