Newsflash: October 21, 2022

International Day

Principal’s Corner

by Mr. Andrew Powell, EY-G12 Principal

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Throughout the week CIS has placed a focus on learning about others through their culture and on the weekend, we look forward to celebrating International Day and the diversity of our community. While our Parade of Nations will make for some stunning photographs, which will serve as a colorful reminder of the countries and cultures that we identify with, what is even more significant, is that our diverse community learns, plays, and grows together in a caring and accepting environment.

Due to the international nature of our school, and the intentionality of our programs, our students live their lives through a framework that promotes global citizenship and international mindedness. They develop a value and understanding of different cultures while recognizing that diversity brings with it strength through exposure to different perspectives.

The experiences of our students are both individual and shared. Each of them have their own unique experiences, life stories and family histories. Understanding the historical and cultural context of these experiences allows them to appreciate the work and sacrifice of those that have come before them. We trust that through our students’ engagement with each other as well as their academic program at CIS, they are also being well prepared to work towards a better future.

I look forward to sharing in a rewarding International Day on Saturday, October 22nd and know that the ethos of this day will feature in much of what we do throughout the school year.

Upcoming events of note

  • Oct. 17-21: Culture Week
  • Oct 22 (morning): International day
  • Oct. 24-28: Book Week (Book Parade 28)
  • Oct 25: Parent Coffee 8-9 am (CIS Annex)
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 2: School and Public holiday

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

Elementary: PHE

by Mr. Jaydil Hermias, Elementary PE Teacher


Early Years students have been learning simple dance moves like wiggling, shaking, swaying and stomping. They are also imitating animal movements and making them into dance steps.


Kinder and Grade 1 students have been learning different types of dances such as traditional and modern dances. It helps them improve their rhythmic skills, gracefulness, timing, and confidence in dancing. Another goal for this unit is to help them improve health and fitness. As of the moment, students spend time reviewing all the dances that we have been doing in the past few weeks.

Grades 2/3

PHE in Grades 2 and 3 focuses on developing students’ creativity in dancing. They were tasked to analyze the beat of the music in order for them to improve timing and creativity. They have been learning simple techniques to improve their movements such as coordination & expression. Students were also provided with challenging activities like showing emphasis on the dance steps, gracefulness and confidence.

Grades 4/5

Grades 4 and 5 students are improving on their expression and mastery of steps of the song which will be presented on International Day. This helps them understand the importance of dance. They also started rehearsing and compiling dance moves from the past. This will be put together and come up with an “Evolution of Dance”dance presentation.


by Mr. Fher Jun Guiritan, Elem Art Teacher

Celebration of Students’ Work

Elements of art are the physical parts of the work, including line, shape, form, space, texture, value, color, and time. Principles of art are the ways in which those parts are arranged, including unity/variety, balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, rhythm, and pattern.

The elements of art allow us to represent and appreciate ourselves.

The PYP  visual arts class explored the concept of SELF-EXPRESSION  through the study of “Elements of arts” These are the physical parts of the work, including line, shape, form, space, texture, value, color, and time. Principles of art are the ways in which those parts are arranged, including unity/variety, balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, rhythm, and pattern.”

The PYP characterizes the ability of each student to create an artwork through the mastery of techniques required by each of the art elements.  It also encourages students to be inspired through the art knowing that art is inspired by persons’ individualized interests, ideas, emotions, needs, or preferences, the accomplishments are most rewarding and self-esteem is boosted.

In EY and K/G1 students were introduced  to the different elements and how these elements may be used to create a  drawing of THEMSELVES, “An appreciation and representation of their own work”. Also highlight that their own uniqueness may create a different yet meaningful art piece. 

In grades 2 and 3, they are tasked to develop refined motor skills that are urged in the process of creating their  own work and through purposeful observation that reflects introspection.   

The grade 4 and 5 are tasks to develop prior knowledge about these elements of art and come up with a concrete art piece that reflects their knowledge, choices, ideas, opinions and beliefs inline with the correct application of these set skills needed.

CIS Book Week

by Ms. Mary Jean Cordova, Media Literacy Teacher

Book Week 2022 is happening next week from October 24-28. This is an annual event at CIS, which has always sparked interest from our young readers. The activities available for our bookworms next week include D.E.A.R. Time, Book Talks, and a  Living Library. Now that we are face-to-face in school, some old favorites for this time of the year are back to inspire the community, such as the Door Decoration Contest, BookShare, and the Book Character Parade. An opportunity to build more connections through reading this school year is happening, too, with Buddy Reading. If you get lost reading a book, then the Extreme Readers Contest is for you! Our theme this year is “Old Worlds, New Worlds, and Other Worlds”. Reading takes us to different places. Where does reading take you?

Digital Citizenship

by Ms. Aimee Underwood, Grade 5 Teacher

Did you know? At CIS, we challenge our students to be globally engaged, positive contributors in a competitive, changing world (CIS Vision Statement). As part of this, we prepare our students to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape by teaching important media literacy skills across disciplines and all grade levels.

Learn more about how we use the seven ISTE Standards for Students that help transform and redefine learning through student-driven exploration, creativity, and discovery. 

Posters by Tanya LeClair based on ISTE Standards for Students

These ISTE standards are also embedded in our school-wide essential agreements on technology usage, developed in collaboration with members of the CIS community over the last three years.

In what ways have you been an empowered digital citizen and lifelong learner this week? Look out for more information as we continue to celebrate Media Literacy Week next week!

ISAC Pep Rally

On Thursday 20 October, the MHSStudent Council hosted a Pep Rally to support the students who will be traveling to Manila this weekend for the ISAC Volleyball friendly.  This marks the return of ISAC, which has been on hold since just before the pandemic lockdown. 

We wish our CIS teams all the best for a safe and enjoyable tournament.  Go Dragons!

Grade 12: Visual Arts

by Ms. Gerri Ancajas Jumao-as, MYP/DP Teacher

The Gr. 12 Visual Arts students are now in the process of preparing for their Exhibition in March, 2023. They explored varied styles and media such as oil, acrylic, digital and mixed media. The exhibition is a culmination of their 2 years study of IB Visual Arts where each student was challenged by their own creative expectations. The students delved into a variety of themes and concepts, each one drawing on their personal inspiration and experiences to produce their body of work. They also faced some challenges such as selection of materials, planning for each piece, and mastering a technique or style. 

The artworks below showcase the way the students have engaged with their chosen medium and technique, and the development of their ideas.


Mom, Dad, Stop!’, Diorama
‘Derealization’, Acrylic paint

‘Through the Dream’, Digital
“Emotional Room”, Diorama

‘Plastic Effect’, Mixed Media
‘Greed’, Acrylic Paint

‘Perspective’, Watercolor
‘Still Life’, Mixed Media

‘Secondary School’, Mixed Media
‘Madre Hermosa’, Pen and Ink

Dragon’s Print

As a part of International Week, Dragon’s Print wanted to celebrate by releasing one article each school day of this week. The CIS community has a variety of members from all over the world and there is so much to learn from the countries that these members are a part of. Each article aims to highlight an important aspect of these countries and allow us to gain new perspectives on cultures that are not our own. Check out all these articles on or click the link in our bio!

College/Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College/Careers Counselor Corner

College Events (Virtual and Face to Face)


October 25
9:15 – 10:00 AM
Canteen Annex


City University of Hong Kong – – Info session with the university rep with Q & A

November 8
Link to register

Windesheim University of Applied Sciences – Learn more about their programs and studying in the Netherlands.

SAT Update

2022–23 School Year Test Dates

SAT Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
December 3, 2022 November 3, 2022
March 11, 2023 (Digital) February 24, 2023
May 6, 2023 (Digital) April 21, 2023
June 3, 2023 (Digital) May 19, 2023

Test dates labeled Digital means that students will bring a device to the test center and take the exam using their device.  The College Board may provide devices for test-takers who do not have access to a device.  All test-takers for Digital SATs are still required to report physically to the test center to take the test.

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

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