Vol. XXI • Issue 17 • December 7, 2018

 

HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY NEW YEAR, AND SAFE TRAVELS!

When we return on Monday, January 7 it will be a Day 1. Students will report to their homeroom for their 2nd-semester schedule.

 

COLLEGE VISIT

Throughout the year various universities that give presentations about their school and the university admissions process in general visit us. Juniors and Seniors as well as their parents may be interested in attending the following presentations.

 

NEWS FROM THE ACTIVITIES OFFICE

 

IB CALENDAR OF DEADLINES

All deadlines for the various IB projects, orals, research papers, EE, etc. are noted below. Parents please help our students stay organized with their IB assignments and due dates throughout the upcoming year.

 

SENIOR PRIVILEGES FOR MOST SENIORS NEXT SEMESTER

Congratulations, Seniors!! One semester down, one to go. You have been working very hard this year and many of you have earned privileges.

Most seniors will gain two free blocks next semester. These are in lieu of their Study Hall and TOK assignments. The following requirements must be satisfied for seniors to receive privileges:

  1. Be a Senior!
  2. Have a C- or greater in all your classes on the semester report card.
  3. Submit all your GANZA requirements.
  4. IB candidates submit your final EE

What is given can also be taken away. Senior privileges will be removed from those seniors failing to meet their 2nd-semester requirements in all classes or who fail to meet the following guidelines in our shared facilities:

  • Media Center– is not to be used as a place to hang out with friends. This is only for seniors with legitimate research and study commitments.
    • Excessive talking and disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and may result in the revoking of privileges for those seniors found to be uncooperative.
  • Atrium & Café Leon – the noise level in these areas will be strictly followed since our younger student body, parents, and guests are frequent visitors.
  • Cafeteria – seniors are not allowed to buy lunch during the day and times below:
 LS Lunch TimesMS Lunch Times
Monday/Tuesday10:45-11:1011:10-11:45
Wednesday10:45-11:1011:35-12:10
Thursday10:45-11:1011:20-11:55
Friday10:40-11:0010:50-11:25

Other additional perks for seniors with privileges:

  • Fitness Center– seniors are allowed to work out during their free block(s).
  • Late Arrival– seniors with a free block during first block, may choose to arrive at school shortly before their second block class.
  • Early Dismissal– seniors whose free block is during fourth block, may choose to leave school early. Whenever students choose to leave school, they may not return to campus that day without advanced prior approval of the Principal. You will also need to obtain a pass from the US Office to leave campus. 

Knowledge of and attendance at all special assemblies are mandatory. All seniors are to remain aware of any special schedules (Assembly, Eucharist, Chapel, etc.) that might be in effect in the Upper School. Not knowing the schedule on a given day is no excuse for missing the event.

For all seniors who arrive late or leave early, the proper school uniform is to be worn at all times while on campus. Yes, even during lunch! ☺

 

BUS SCHEDULE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEMESTER

BUS RUNDATES
2nd busMonday, Dec. 10
One bus run @ 1:30 Tuesday, Dec. 11 – Thursday, Dec. 13 (exam week)
One bus run @ 11:00Friday, Dec. 14 (final exam day)

 

SEMESTER EXAM SCHEDULE, DECEMBER 11 – 14

 TUESDAY
December 11, 2018
WEDNESDAY
December 12, 2018
THURSDAY
December 13, 2018
FRIDAY
December 14, 2018
8:20-10:25Grade 9 English
Grade 10 Math
Grade 11 Business, Economics,
ITGS, Music, History (2)*
Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry,
Computer Science




* conflict with Psychology,
Geography
Grade 9 Math
Grade 10 Religious Studies
Grade 11 Biology, Sports,
Science and Tech,
Computer Science,
Physics (1)*
Grade 12 Psychology, ITGS,
Geography, Economics, History**

* conflict with Chemistry
** conflict with Business
Grade 9 Science
Grade 10 Social Science
Grade 11 Modern Language
Grade 12 Math
Grade 9 --- Make-up Exam
Grade 10 --- Make-up Exam
Grade 11 English
Grade 12 Modern Language
11:05-1:10Grade 9 Religious Studies
Grade 10 English
Grade 11 Psychology, History,
Geography, Economics (2)*
Grade 12 Physics, Sports,
Biology (9)**


* conflict with Business
** conflict with Chemistry
Grade 9/10 Modern Languages
Grade 11 Chemistry, Physics,
Sports (1)*
Grade 12 History, Business,
Music, Geography (9)**,
Economics (3)***


* conflict with Biology
** conflict with ITGS, Psychology,
Geography
Grade 9 Social Science
Grade 10 Science
Grade 11 Math
Grade 12 English

Room Assignments:
All exams will take place in their regular classroom unless otherwise noted on the Proctoring Schedule.

Issues:

  1. With the exception of approved and cleared calculators in Mathematics and Science exams, no other electronic devices of any kind (cell phones, MP3 player, etc.) will be allowed during Final Examinations.
  2. All students are to bring reading material with them to use after they have completed their examination. Basically, every student needs to remain in the testing room until the end of the exam period, either 10:25 a.m. or 1:10 p.m.
  3. All students need to arrive on campus and report to their examination room fifteen minutes prior to the start of their exam. All students are to leave campus by 1:30 p.m. Students with their own transportation may arrive in time for the second exam session or leave early after the first exam session.
  4. All after school buses depart school at 1:30 p.m. and all students should be off Campus by then or very soon thereafter.
  5. All students at all school levels need to respect those taking Final Exams by being conscious of noise levels, etc. See the reverse side of this schedule for the “Guidelines for Student Behavior during Final Examinations.”

 

LIMITED SLOTS IN SOME GRADE LEVELS FOR NEW STUDENTS

Slots for new ELC students are limited for the 2019-2020 school year since their grade levels are full this year. If you are considering enrolling a child in grades 2 and below in August, it is recommended to submit the required admissions documents in November and December and set the appointments for January.

The Admissions Committee starts considering new ELC, LS, and MS students for 2019-2020 after the Christmas break. New Upper School students have been considered since October.

If you’d like all of your children to be a part of the Brent Family next school year, do not delay the admissions process–especially for your ELC-age children. Visit Brent’s website for more information (http://brent.edu.ph/admissions/admissions-process/), stop by the Admissions Office, or email admissions@brent.edu.ph.

 

TECH FOR TEACHING REQUESTS

Good day Brent Community, the Geek Squad is hosting a project called “Tech for Teaching”. This project aims to install computers in local public elementary schools so that the children in these schools may experience the technological advancements of this era.

Having this in mind, we are kindly requesting teachers, students and parents of Brent to donate any piece of technology, which may include:

  • Old Laptops or Desktops
  • Speakers
  • Mouse
  • Keyboard
  • Central Processing Unit / Graphic Processing Units
  • Computer cases
  • Hard Disk Drives
  • Any computer parts that you are not in need of
  • No Printers please.

If you are interested in helping, please leave the items in the Upper School Office or approach Mr. Castaneda or Huaye “Wyett” Zeng.

Thank you!

 

COUNSELOR COFFEE TALKS

 

A NOTE FROM THE TRANSPORTATION OFFICE

  • To all students who would like to ride school bus for after school activities such as school plays, games, training and seminars/workshop please make sure that your name is listed in the Bus Schedule Sign-up sheet ahead of time in order for the Transportation Office to have proper head count and to organize bus runs schedule.
  • To all Parents/Guardians of all bus riders for the after school activities bus runs, please be informed that you must be at the drop-off point (Parque Epaña, Holy Trinity Church and Tiendesitas) at the time of the bus arrival to avoid delays for the next drop off point and to avoid inconvenience to the other bus riders.

 

SAT TEST DATES

IMPORTANT:

  1. Brent students must register through College Board’s website. Offices at Brent do not assist students with registering for SAT dates.
  2. Slots for testing at Brent are usually full WEEKS before the published Deadline to Register below. Register earlier than you think you need to.
  3. SAT at Brent is open to our enrolled students, but also to students from other schools. There are enough slots for Brent students if you register early.
  4. If slots are already full at Brent for a specific SAT date, on College Board’s website look for other schools offering SAT and then register at one that has available slots. If all other schools are also full, register for the next available SAT date at Brent. Let your Guidance Counselor know if these suggestions do not work for you.

 

CLOSING OF SCHOOL – CANCELLATION OF CLASSES

Brent International School Manila adheres to the Storm Signal Guidelines established by PAGASA – (the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration). Accordingly, when storm signals are posted over Biñan, Laguna, classes will be affected as follows:

  • Storm Signal #1 Normal Operation: All Brent classes will proceed as scheduled.
  • Storm Signal #2 No Classes or Activities:No students or teachers are to report, however the school offices will remain open for the day. Administrators and office support staff report as usual if it is safe to do so.
  • Storm Signal #3 and #4 No School: The entire school operation will be closed. No classes, offices or activities will take place.

Please be aware that the storm signal for Laguna is not the same as that of Metro Manila. Weather reports regarding Manila, therefore, may not apply to the conditions at Brent.

Every attempt will be made to contact parents, students and teachers in the event of a cancellation of classes. When available and applicable, we use corporate texts to inform those whose cell phone numbers are registered in our system. If you have not heard from the school, you can assume that classes will happen as scheduled.

If you are still unsure, calling the school at +63-2-697-9043 or +63-49-511-4330 to 33 after 6:00 a.m. or checking to see if there is a notice on our website (www.brent.edu.ph) may help.

Finally, we realize that parents have the ultimate responsibility for determining whether or not their children go to school. Even if no order for the suspension of classes has been issued, if parents feel that traveling to or from school will place their children at risk, we certainly understand and will honor their decision.

Sonia Bustamante

SONIA BUSTAMANTE
Upper School Principal

Todd Wyks

TODD WYKS
Upper School Assistant Principal