At CISM’s Upper School Division, covering the Middle School and High School units, we have developed a “Beyond-the-Classroom-Walls” educational program that runs parallel to and in conjunction with our academic instructional program. The aim of this “outdoor education” out-of-campus exposure trips/tours is to promote a wide range of learning experiences that afford our students opportunities for cross-curricular learning. The overall effect on students of these trips/tours is the development of skills and talents that they never thought they possessed.
This semester, the Middle School classes are going on a field trip to two historical sites in the country–homes of two of its national heroes. This will be a day-tour that will make the students see for themselves the places that they had researched about for their respective Social Studies classes’ unit on the host country’s history and culture. The learning outcomes of such a trip are: to gain a deeper appreciation of the history of the Philippines through an actual site tour undertaken and to explore a famous historical place that bred a national hero.
The Middle School students will also be in a nearby city, Tagaytay, for a two-day team-building workshop conducted by their Physical Education teachers and their Guidance Counselor. The learning outcomes for this leg of the field trip are: to foster harmonious relationships between their grade-level peers and themselves; to embark on establishing friendships with other grade-level students in the Middle School, especially those who are part of their Service Learning/Global Issues Network gang groups in school;and to develop social skills that will enable them to better understand themselves and others.
These trips are necessary for the students to be able to build skills needed as they go up the ladder of education, here at CISM. In high school, students explore places outside the country to participate in activities with other international school students. Our high school students forge ties with their peers, bonds that help them become authentic global citizens who contribute to the world’s progress.
The growing-up process has to begin now! Shielding one’s child from this does more harm than good in the light of the true meaning of education.
As part of our Social Studies curriculum, students are exposed to segments of Philippine culture and history, including famous historical sites that have made made the country known to foreigners here and abroad. Next month, our Middle School students will be going on a day-tour of two of the historical sites that produced heroes during the Spanish colonization of the country. One of them is the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. For more information about student work on Emilio Aguinaldo and his peers, I invite you to view the student presentations in the Social Studies and Technology blog sites of their teachers, found here in WordPress.
This semester, our Upper School students (both Middle and High Schools) are embarking on service learning via the Global Issues Network (G.I.N.) student groups (GANGS) that attended a workshop hosted by Singapore American School in Woodlands, Singapore last November 2012. The global issues that our Upper School students in their respective GANG groups this semester are addressing on campus are: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Loss; Illegal Drugs; Intellectual Property Rights; Maritime Safety and Pollution; and Natural Disaster Mitigation.
Attached are two important documents that will enlighten parents about the real meaning of Service Learning and the process we in the Upper School intend to use when we implement our service learning goals for this semester. These handouts were given to CISM via a two-day intensive workshop on Service Learning conducted by Cathryn Berger-Kaye, internationally-acclaimed guru of the topic.
How do we help our children achieve better grades in the 2nd semester is a question many parents ask. Here’s a good general read that could give you pointers on how to guide your children.
CISM has a school uniform policy found on page 48 of the Student Handbook (inside the Resources folder on this page), so we are requesting all parents of our middle school students to make sure that their children comply with the guidelines. P.E. uniforms are worn only during P.E. class. Students must change into their complete school uniform for the rest of the school day. Although Friday is a “free-dress” day, there are guidelines for modest casual attire to school.
Violations of the Uniform Policy will incur not only a first-warning reprimand but for repeated offenses, after-school detention work and off-campus suspension.