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Welcome Back to CISM from Elementary Visual Arts!

Welcome back to CISM! In Art Class this year, we are making sure all students know that they are already artists. They all have creative and exciting ideas worth sharing with others. All they need to do is learn new skills and improve on existing ones to express those ideas visually and to challenge themselves to become even greater artists.

This month, we had some engaging activities that where both fun and challenging. We talked about what we did during the summer break and about our favorite things and hobbies. We also learned to use different mediums or materials to make our drawings more interesting and complex.

We also started Art Clubs for grades 1 through 5. Here are some pictures of the students working in class and their results for your enjoyment. Art Club pictures coming later. Looking forward to the best year yet!

-Mr. Nelson Suarez

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What’s up, SketchUp?

This year, High School students who were enrolled in Digital Literacy gained knowledge on how to use SketchUp, a 3D modelling software. They designed a basic house and chair furniture in 3D.

Beginning with a cuboid, they learned and used the different tools in creating a simple house. Slowly, they gained confidence in using the line, rotate, push and pull tool and the offset tools.


Collaboration with other subjects were initiated. Below, the student is working on his trench as his World War 1 project for Social Studies and Digital Literacy.


Some students working on their World War 1 project.


Another student recreated a camera used during World War 1.



Another opportunity for collaboration was with the Business Management strand. After receiving a short lecture on Modern and Contemporary Design and the consideration of Unique Selling Point (USP), they conceptualized their project and started designing a chair. It was evident in their work how they have matured. They have shown how they used SketchUp with ease.



Below is an example of the student’s chair design, inspired by Bob the Minion.

Minion Chair

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Summer MARCHing in!

March has been an eventful month for everyone here at CISM. From the school field trips, back-to-back championship games of the P.E. department to the start of the final preparations for the up-coming and exciting school events lined up in the coming months like the upcoming School Play this April and most especially the upcoming 2019 Festival of Arts on May!

The Visual Arts students from the early years have been very excited in preparing to showcase their artworks for the Festival of the Arts, art exhibit. We have been learning and making use of the different elements of art in creating various unique and artistic works in preparation for the upcoming festival!

See for yourself what the students have been working on!

Here’s an artwork that emphasises that we can do great and bigger things when we work together.

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Here’s a play of colors that we did with Marble painting.

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We also a little science into mixing colors for the Nursery…

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… as well as the Pre-K students!

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For Digital Lit, it was a month of fun and crafts. We created paper laptops which also works as a handmade whiteboards to add some fun to our class discussions for the early years students!

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Get FIT to play Sports, Don’t play Sports to get FIT.

In Physical Education class, we strongly implement physical fitness activities at the beginning of our lesson. We focus on their cardiovascular endurance, upper body strength and flexibility. Students from have their own record of their process. And also, they are learning a variety of sports such as futsal, handball and frisbee this semester.

The following are the benefits of being FIT:

1. Have Mental Toughness

2. More energy

3.  More creative and intellectual

4. Supplements Self-confidence.

5. A reduced amount of Stress, adds Happiness.


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Happy New Year!

This month was an exciting month in our school! We welcomed new faculty and students that will enrich our community. Also, teachers and students are excited to start 2019 on a positive note. In Art class, we take celebrations seriously and don’t miss on a chance to create artworks and crafts that get us inspired to join in the festivities. Below are some samples of recent eye catching artwork done by some of our elementary students, grades 1-5.

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The Physical Education Department is also happy to announce that they have started training grades 3 through 5 in Futsal. Futsal is a type of indoor soccer and it is very fun! Below is a picture of our little dragons training.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

CISM students always enjoyed December in the music classroom. They always look forward to this season because this is the perfect time where they can have some fun before the actual holidays. Of course! not only students think about their scheduled holiday traditions, but more importantly, learn and understand about other celebrations- bridging people from different nationalities and social background. Although not all students necessarily celebrate Christmas, however, school activities are properly adjusted to give way to other holidays and festivities.

Nothing beat putting students together like the annual CISM December concert do. Below are some photos of the lower and upper school students’ rehearsals.





Below is the line up of the actual program

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September Activities: PE and Art

Hi everyone!

As we continue our journey to further improve and promote fitness and physical activities to our students, we are starting the year again by teaching the students the sport Volleyball from Grades 3 – 10. We also incorporate some conditioning exercises to reinforce their learning of the skills needed to play the game.

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The Nursery until Grade 2 students continue their journey in enhancing their locomotor movements in preparation for their sports journey in the future.

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One of our Art teachers, Nelson Suarez, also wants to share his students output this month. Here is his message:

“I’m very happy to be the new Visual Arts teacher, grades 1 through 5, at CISM this year.  I feel very welcomed by the students, the staff, and the parents.  This school year has started off very smoothly and we have worked on some very fun but challenging projects.  The students have been very eager and excited to learn and expand their artistic skills.  The first quarter we are focusing on improving drawing and perception skills.  We have also explored various media such as colored pencils, crayons, oil pastels, markers, paint, construction paper, and even glitter.  Our big project so far was working on crafts for the Chinese Moon Festival.  We spent two weeks on the artwork and the work looks beautiful! When I pulled out the glitter, one of my grade-one students looked baffled and asked me if it was legal to possess so much gold glitter and I told him it’s okay for art teachers.  Below are a few pictures of the work done by students and myself and of our classroom.  Enjoy!”

- Mr. Nelson Suarez

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Expect more fun and engaging  activities from our Specialist Group in the upcoming months! :)

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Welcome to School Year 2018-2019 at Chinese International School Manila. We hope that the summer vacation has enabled you and your family to relax and enjoy some time together. As always, a new school year offers so much promise of new learning, new friends, and more growth for your children.

The Specialists Department is composed of competent and capable teachers who are very eager to meet your children and impart valuable learning to them. We continuously refine and sharpen our curriculum in order to deliver the best possible education.

The first few weeks will be spent getting to know each other and establishing rules and routines in our respective subjects as we explore ways to learn and work together. It will also be a time to grow in awareness of how one learns and how we can support one another.

A strong home-school partnership is ideal in achieving goals for your child. Teachers may be contacted through their school email addresses for any questions or concerns. We are always happy to talk to the families of our students.

We look forward to meeting you soon and hope to create opportunities for your children. Together, let us make this year a meaningful one.

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Kindness Ambassadors

“Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered.” – Wes Angelozzi

In Digital Literacy and Elective classes, we interrupted our usual classes to give way to Kindness topic. Why? Because kindness fuels creativity. Kindness move people to do their share of the load. Kindness equips people to forgive. Kindness gives people a chance and hope for the future.

To emphasize this, students were tasked to create Pro-Kindess posters using the attractive templates in Canva. They were challenged to come up with little doable acts of kindness. Here are some of their wonderful designs:

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They say that you can not give what you do not have. Therefore, we had an activity wherein each student will sit on the special chair and receive compliments from his or her classmates. It was wonderful to see them complimenting each other and encouraging one another. One even created a poem about his fondness of his classmate.

Here are some of the photos:


To compliment the kindness topic, the students watched the Pep Talk from the Kid President. Here it is.

Sometimes, we all need to be reminded of the heroes inside us. A tap on the back or a word of encouragement will go a long way. So go ahead, give that smile and make someone’s day! :D

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Diving into CoSpaces

“Bring ideas in and entertain them royally, for one of them may be the king.”
- Mark Van Doren

Hi Everyone!

I am thrilled to share the wonderful 3D spaces and content creations of our Middle school students.

Just in time for the celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday last March 4, pages of his books came to life as students designed their virtual reality environments using CoSpaces. “CoSpaces, as described in their website, is an intuitive educational technology for students to create anything in 3D, learn to code while having fun, and connect with the curriculum.”

In this activity, the students were asked to choose a page from the creations of Dr. Seuss and design its virtual environment. The students had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with customizing objects, using flexible shapes and adding various environments. With this, they learned how to manipulate the various characters and objects to re-create a scene in the story.

Here are some of their wonderful virtual environments:

“In a people house” by Dr. Seuss writing as Theo LeSieg illustrated by Roy McKie

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“I had trouble in getting to Solla Sollew” by Dr. Seuss

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This is for you Dr. Seuss, Happy 114th Birthday!