Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

Congratulations to all of our students on a successful start to the new school year and many thanks to our parents, teachers and staff for all of their encouragement and support! Way to go Lions!

 

Modified Online Schedule

 

NEW!!! Update on Student Materials

With the news that Laguna and the NCR will move to MECQ starting August 21st, Brent hopes to finalize plans soon to ensure that materials can be picked up or distributed safely as per government guidelines. All US teachers have arranged their courses such that textbooks and other hardcopy materials will not be required for at least the first two weeks of classes. Students should check the link below to see what materials they will need as classes get underway.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1wPzpJP-LvCaAdv3dKdB5XrbpAK1IfbjS4cHeyoM4O6E/edit#slide=id.ge6c3853f93_0_1

 

NEW!!! Updates from the Activities Office

 

NEW!!! Virtual College Visits

College Visits will continue throughout the 2021-2022 school year! Virtual visits will be scheduled during Independent Study, Student Wellness and after school. Students can sign up for a virtual visit through Maialearning. Note: Some visits require an additional registration before students gain access to the visit. Information is posted on Maialearning.

 

New Student & Parent Orientation Video

We were pleased to extend a warm “welcome” to all of the newcomers who attended our online gathering on Thursday, August 12. If you happen to have missed it, please view this video recording of the meeting for information on a range of topics including Brent’s curriculum, the IB Program, Counseling, Activities and BASIS. Also, please reference Brent’s Distance Learning Expectations for Parents and Students.

 

All Parent Talk with Q&A Video

A hearty “thank you” to all who attended Thursday’s Parents Talk. If you were not able to drop in for our Zoom get together, please view this video recording to learn more about the coming school year from our Headmaster, IB Coordinator, Counselors, IT Director, and Activities Director. The discussion included a range of topics including Brent’s Distance Learning Expectations for Parents and Students as well as Brent’s curriculum, the IB Program, Counseling, Activities and BASIS.

 

IB Orientation for G11 Parents

To those who were able to attend our information session International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) on Friday, August 13, we hope you found it informative. This was essentially a repeat of our grade 10 IB orientation sessions from last school year. If you missed these sessions or are new to Brent’s IBDP, we recommend that you watch the August 13 presentation.

 

IB Calendar of Deadlines for 2021-2022 School Year

All deadlines for the various IB projects, orals, research papers, EE, etc. are noted below. Please look at the bottom of the calendar for tabs specific to your grade level. Parents please help our students stay organized with their IB assignments and due dates throughout the upcoming year.

 

NEW!!! IB Adaptations for 2021-2022 School Year

Grade 12 IB students and parents, please note that in response to the impact that the current global Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has had on schools, the IBO has made some important adaptations to the May 2022 exam session. We would like to share with you the complete May 2022 IB Adaptations document issued by the IBO as well as the May 2022 Adaptations for Economics, Music, and TOK.

The adaptations center around the IB’s removal and/or amendment of some assessment components or requirements in specific subjects to allow teachers to address course objectives with flexibility and fairness in preparation for the May 2022 exams. Some of the adjustments include changes to examination times for components and modified marks and weightings. Senior students can best make use of these documents by finding their courses in the booklets and checking for any updated information.

For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s subject teachers and/or the IB coordinator at ib@brent.edu.ph

 

College Acceptances – Class of 2021

Join us in congratulating our students on their college acceptances! Batch 2021 worked diligently since August of 2020 in submitting their college applications and we wanted to share the good news with the Brent community. If a Batch 2021 student received an acceptance and is not listed here, remind them to update Maialearning! – Ms. Dubroof, Ms. Cooper & Mrs. Spachuk.

 

NEW!!! Introducing our New Faculty

Rheadh R. Dela Torre or Red, as he is widely called, is a Philosophy graduate and a new member of the Upper School Modern Languages Department. While doing his further studies in Languages in Madrid, Spain, he taught Philosophy and Spanish courses in a private school in Madrid and in Segovia. In his free time, he plays piano and plays with his cats. He is now writing his masters degree thesis in Systematic Theology at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Spencer Margaret Saragena is a new member of the Upper School Student Services Team. She is a Special Education Teacher and a graduate from the University of Santo Tomas. Ms Saragena has also worked with families and professionals who share the same passion in teaching children with special needs. Aside from being a teacher, she enjoys beach trips, watching movies/ series, listening to music, playing volleyball and trying new adventures. She’s also excited to meet and work with everyone in Brent.

Samantha Lucero is a new one-on-one teacher in the Upper School Student Services Department. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Santo Tomas and is currently taking her Master’s Degree at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Practicing in the Special Education setting for four years now, she advocates on continuous intervention and has a focus on literacy. She appreciates the peace and quiet of serene places and plays chess for her enjoyment. This year, she is looking forward to a productive experience with the Brent family.

Alvina Dela Cruz is a new case manager in the Upper School Student Services Department. Teaching is one of her life’s passions, and she has been instructing students of all ages for nine years. Her years of experience have helped her form a teaching philosophy that guides how she can help her learners succeed in class and beyond. She strives to create a space for learners to explore their learning styles, and she is there to help develop their interests and abilities. Alvina enjoys spending time with her family and friends, meeting new people, watching movies, cooking, and learning new stuff. She is grateful to learn more and have a fruitful and meaningful year here at Brent.

Anna Mitra is a new member of the Upper School Student Services Team. She is very passionate about teaching and working with students with unique learning needs. She is a graduate of Bachelors of Science in Marketing Management and the Teacher Certificate Program from Southville International School and Colleges. Outside of school hours, she trains brazilian jiu-jitsu, practices yoga, and loves to travel across local Philippine destinations. She is very ecstatic to have a meaningful and fruitful experience in Brent!

 

SAT Update

Please note that Brent International School Manila will not be able to accommodate test takers on August 28, 2021. Therefore, we will be closing our test center for the August SAT administration.

Below is the schedule of SAT exams at Brent. Please note the following regarding testing:

  1. Brent students must register through the 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. For information about High Stakes Testing, please check the Counseling Office video posted in September 2020. To discuss your student’s specific high stakes testing plan, please contact your student’s counselor.

 

A Happy School Life

We can never emphasize enough the importance of taking good care of our physical, mental, social, and spiritual well being especially during this time of pandemic. We are aware that our family finds online learning more challenging than when we were doing our in-person learning. Everyone is trying to do their best to cope and stay positive to be successful during these difficult times. We as a PRIDE will remain committed to do our best to “Abound in Hope” and welcome another new school year full of hope and positivity. Just like last school year’s series on Tech Tips and Practice Self-Care for successful online learning. This school year’s weekly posts on “A Happy School Life” will give tips and reminders to help students make online school more manageable. Tips include having a better study routine, being physically & mentally healthy, boosting productivity, overcoming procrastination, and more. So, hang in there! We got this! It’s going to be another year full of FUNtastic learning!

 

Distance Learning Calendar

 

Closing of School – Cancellation of Classes

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.

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 classes will proceed as scheduled.
  • Storm Signal #2 No In-Person Classes or Activities: No students or teachers are to report to campus; however, classes may continue in the distance learning environment as announced. 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 In-Person Classes or Activities: No students or teachers are to report to campus; however, classes may continue in the distance learning environment as announced. Offices and building operations will be closed.

 

August School Holidays

MONDAY, AUGUST 30: Brent will not have classes and offices will be closed in observance of National Heroes Day. We will return to classes on Tuesday, August 31 (Day 1).

 

Communicating with Us

Please note that we have provided the names of all Upper School faculty members on our website for ease of communication: https://brent.edu.ph/academics/upper-school/faculty/

For the most part, faculty email addresses are first initial and last name followed by @brent.edu.ph. If there is anything else we in the Upper School can do to help you better understand our learning program, please feel free to contact us at upperschool@brent.edu.ph.

Thank you in advance for your support. Working together and respecting one another, we look forward to an outstanding school year. Stay safe and healthy!

Sonia Bustamante

SONIA BUSTAMANTE
Upper School Principal

Todd Wyks

TODD WYKS
Upper School Assistant Principal