Congratulations to all Grade 5 students, teachers, families, and friends for a successful TED Talk style event via Zoom. Your perseverance and dedication surely paid off! You seized the opportunity to reimagine education during Distance Learning. Keep going, Lions! You’ve got this!
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Showing the grit that comes from being a member of the Brent Pride, Middle School students are trying different ways to keep busy and develop new skills through passion projects amidst distance learning. Our MS students are being healthy, safe, and engaged in their studies.
April 1, 2020
Dear Brent Family,
We hope to return to regular classroom instruction on April 15, but we must also prepare for the possibility that the current quarantine will be extended. Given the present global trajectory of the pandemic and being conscious of individual family disruptions and your need to make future plans, Brent International School Manila is making several adjustments to the school year regardless of whether or not we return to classroom instruction.
Priority will be given to completing educational requirements so that our students will have the educational background and transcripts necessary to successfully continue on to the next grade level.
It deeply pains me to cancel a number of long-cherished assemblies and ceremonies, but even if we return to classrooms, it seems likely that large gatherings will continue to be discouraged. Streamlining the school year now will free some time and headspace for teachers and students to focus on their end-of-year lessons.
The opportunities to reflect and to celebrate accomplishments are important, and we encourage families to find ways to formally recognize their children’s hard work. We will also continue looking for alternative ways to recognize and celebrate our students. That being said, the following events will no longer be held in person regardless of whether or not we return to classroom instruction:
Thursday Late Start Professional Development
Festival of the Arts Week (all events)
Student Council elections (they will be held at the start of next school year)
Activities Awards Assembly (awards will still be given)
School Level Awards Assemblies (awards will still be given)
Moving-Up Day (awards will still be given)
After School clubs and activities (originally scheduled to end April 23)
The school year can end several days earlier given the additional instructional time gained by eliminating assemblies, Late Start Thursdays, and MAP testing. Therefore, final exams will run Thursday, May 14 through Tuesday, May 19. Makeup exams and the final day of classes will be held on Wednesday, May 20.
We will be communicating with our seniors and considering a variety of options for graduation. A ceremony in whatever form it may take will be held on Friday, May 22.
The first day of classes for students next school year (2020-2021) will be moved to Monday, August 10 in order to add a bit more flexibility into everyone’s summer planning. We will use distance learning during typhoon days next semester, which should mitigate any lost instructional time.
I am hopeful that these changes, though disappointing, will allow everyone to remove some of the unknowns and provide greater latitude in planning.
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March 27, 2020
Dear Brent Family,
I hope your families and loved ones are safe. This is not an easy situation for anyone, and I’m aware that everyone is struggling with a wide variety of personal issues.
This is certainly not the semester anyone envisioned. I know many of us find ourselves juggling new situations and changing responsibilities while managing concerns about family near and far. Our hearts go out to everyone.
I would like to share a few of the positives that have come out of the last week to perhaps encourage you at a difficult time.
Attendance online has been as good if not better than typical attendance at school. The vast majority of students have taken responsibility for the independence needed in an online situation.
Educators worldwide have been compiling lists of online resources and sharing them with other teachers.
Middle School students have begun sending in photos of their passion projects, which Mr. Josephson has featured online.
Many online resources have made their services available for free. For example, Zoom removed the time limit on meetings, and Amazon made the subscription of books and audio stories free. As long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
IB internal assessments, orals, and the Art Exhibit have been able to continue via distance. Thanks to the dedication of our IB Coordinator, teachers, students and IT team we are still on schedule to submit all the IB requirements expected by the end of April.
Despite the cancelation of IB exams, the IBO has promised to issue IB diplomas and certificates. This will not change seniors’ course work. Full diploma students will finish as planned by the end of April.
Our librarians have provided information on available online databases. Our Student Services support team is active in Zoom breakout rooms. Our Lower School counselors produced a new website to provide help to families.
We may have a long way to go, and very little is easy right now, but I am heartened by the way so many people have gone the extra mile to support one another. Please do not hesitate to contact Brent’s teachers, principals, counselors, administrators, accountants, etc. We are all here to help. We may be separated by distance during this difficult time, but we remain one Brent family.
March 27, 2020
Dear Brent Families,
The Reservation and Re-enrollment Form that was sent out earlier can also be found on our website here.
Given the current quarantine situation, we have extended the deadline to Monday, April 20. Since our school cashier on campus is not currently able to assist you in processing payments for any school fees, you may settle the reservation fee for the 2020-2021 school year through a bank deposit or bank transfer.
Here is a list of Brent’s dollar and peso bank account details for your reference.
Once you have made the payment for reserving a slot for the next year, please email a scanned copy or photo of the Reservation and Re-enrolment Form together with the proof of payment (via direct deposit or online payment) to email@example.com. Our Accounting Office will issue an official receipt as soon as offices resume. For company dependents, you only need to email the Reservation and Re-enrolment Form.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
The evolving situation may be causing students some anxiety, but know that none of us are alone. Students are encouraged to reach out to their school counselors if they want someone to talk to. Our remarkable administrators, faculty, and staff are here to support our students. Together, the Brent Pride can do this!
March 22, 2020
Dear Brent Community,
The President has declared the fourth week of March 2020 as a “National Week of Prayer.” I encourage the whole Brent community to support this declaration. Please pray for our protection from COVID-19 and the recovery of those affected. Pray for our healthcare workers and the officials managing this crisis.
Thank you, and God bless.
Starting last March 13, on our second day of Distance Education, Brent’s Senior IB Art students started on their IB studio exhibition and internal assessment component and are currently finalizing their uploads to IB. We hope to put together a video of their artwork soon, but in the meantime, let’s celebrate the talents and achievements of these artistic students.
“Art is too important not to share.” – Romero Britto
March 19, 2020
Greetings Brent Community,
Below you will see a link to our March issue of the Forward. Enjoy.
FORWARD March 2020
Hats off to the editors, photographers, and contributors who put this wonderful issue together.
We have completed our first week of distance learning, and we are not alone. 123 countries worldwide have enacted various school closures. The entire planet is taking an intensive course on how to learn from afar. I would like to thank every one of you for your part in a very successful transition to online learning. The student participation has been excellent. Faculty innovation is at an all time high. Staff and administrative support has been key, and I know our parents are providing critical background encouragement.
In an earlier email to faculty, I highlighted the sculpture on the back wall of our chapel. If you are thinking, “What sculpture?” then see the attached photo. It is entitled Bayanihan, by Eduardo Castrillo, and it refers to the Philippine spirit of unity and teamwork found when a community comes together to achieve a goal. Thank you all for exemplifying that spirit.
On another topic, a wide variety of people have expressed concern about our employees who are paid on a per workday basis and who are unable to work during this crisis. As a Christian institution, we are called to show grace and compassion where we can, and we want to do our part to support the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please rest assured that all employees whether Brent or agency, coaches, Jammas, bus attendants, drivers, guards, cooks, maintenance, etc. will continue to be paid during this month-long quarantine. Your concerns speak to the thoughtful compassion inherent in our community.
As the initial wave of transition fades and the routine of daily life working from home begins, take some time to focus on exercise and healthy eating. Pick up a book you have wanted to read or make time for a hobby. Our Middle School students have been encouraged to find a passion project, and it would be healthy for all of us to find a productive outlet for our minds during this time.