I trust you kept safe and dry as the typhoon battered our town last weekend. It seems Autumn is upon us as there is a slight chill in the air and the time is approaching for us to don jackets and scarves. I am happy to report on some positive developments from this week.
Despite the weather cooling I am excited for the start of the Swimming Club on Tuesday 16th October. Thankfully the swimming pools are heated and warm showers are available for before and after the lessons. Please ensure that your child attends the correct lesson for which they have signed up and that they bring a bathing cap and goggles. Those who have signed up will receive more detailed information later today.
Our next meeting of the Parent Teacher’s Association will be on Wednesday 17th October at 3:30. I look forward to the enjoyable and productive monthly get together. Please feel free to attend if you have any concerns or issues you would like to discuss.
Year 6/7/8/9 trip to UNIST
The senior students will soon be facing the decision about where they would like to study further and to prepare them for what is in store in their future. They will attend a lively tour and pep-talk at Ulsan University on Tuesday 23th October. It promises to be an informative and valuable trip. Parents of the children who will attend are urged to submit their online responses by no later than 18th October and visit the relevant class pages on the school website for more information.
Class Dojo Reward Program
I am pleased to report that the school reward system is up and running. Invitations for parents to view their child’s progress have been sent. If you have not received an invitation, please check your spam box or contact your child’s class teacher. I look forward to seeing the outcomes of this fun and motivating initiative.
First Aid CPR Course
Despite the inclement weather last weekend, the teachers and staff of HFS took time to complete a Level 1 CPR and First aid course. It was informative and useful to learn the correct procedures to follow in a medical emergency and, though we hope that none of these new skills will ever have to be used, it is comforting to know that staff and teachers at HFS are equipped to handle such situations should they occur.
Farewell to Dhanya
Sadly we must bid farewell to Dhanya and the Kotikalapudi family this week. Dhanya has been a student at HFS since early years and she will be sorely missed. We wish her and her entire family all the best luck and happiness as they embark on their journey back to India. Farewell Dhanya, We know you will do well wherever you are.
D.E.A.R. and Health and Fitness
That is all for this week. Thank you for your continued support.
Welcome back. I trust that everyone is rested and had a wonderful time with family over the Chuseok break. This will be a brief newsletter since it is a short school week.
School Closed on Hangeul Day
Tuesday 9th October is Hangeul Proclamation Day. It is a National Holiday in Korea and as such The school will be closed for the day.
No Nut Policy at HFS
As you are aware HFS has adopted a “No Nut Policy” in all foodstuffs across the school. There are a few students with severe nut allergies and in the interest of their health, safety and well-being it is vital that no nuts are brought on to the school premises in all lunch and snack items. Parents are kindly asked to bear this in mind and take care when packing snack and lunch boxes for their child. This policy extends to sharing food as well. To prevent a student accidentally coming in to contact with nuts we have restricted the sharing of student’s meals and we thank you for your support and understanding in this matter.
Staff CPR and First-Aid course
The safety of your children is always the top-most concern at HFS and I am pleased to report that all the staff will attend a level 1 CPR and First-Aid course conducted by the Korean Red Cross. This certificate course will better enable the staff to deal with a medical emergency in the correct way should it arise.
Class Dojo School Reward System
I am happy to report that we are launching our school-wide points reward system to acknowledge when the students are doing well. Points will be awarded based on the core principles to which HFS adheres and prizes will be given out in these categories at the end of term. The categories are respect, international mindedness, curiosity, confidence, teamwork, responsibility, creativity, tolerance, environmental awareness and leadership.
D.E.A.R. and Health and Fitness
At HFS we believe readers are leaders and we will be initiating a “Drop Everything and READ” program every Friday during the last period. Students will be encouraged to find a quiet, comfortable space and simply read a book for fifteen to twenty minutes. Reading for enjoyment for a short period has been shown to stimulate the mind. We will also be kicking off a “Health and Fitness at HFS” program where the school will gather and perform fifteen minutes of fun, stimulating exercise to keep fit and healthy. At HFS we encourage our students to be not only mentally fit but physically fit as well.
That is all for this short week.
Thank you for your continued support.
Thank you for attending the HFS Chuseok festivities today. It was entertaining and illuminating. I trust that a good time was enjoyed by all despite the weather being a little wet. It is important for an International School to honor the hallowed festivals, holidays and traditions of the host culture in which it resides. At HFS we aim to do that by including the whole school in the preparation and proceedings. Well done to the year 2/3’s for being excellent MC’s and thank you to Miss Yuli for the wonderful Seoye calligraphy. I particularly enjoyed the informative presentations by the senior students and the Shireum wrestling was a lot of fun. Thank you to the HFS staff for all their hard work they put in toward making today a success and I look forward to next year’s celebration. Please enjoy these pictures from the day’s activities and please follow the HFS Facebook page for more.
The school will be closed from September 24th until October 3rd. I hope everyone will have an enjoyable break and I look forward to seeing you return on Thursday October 4th.
HFS encourages the use of laptops and tablets but a few students have been bringing with them electronic devices that may be a distraction to the learning environment. If a device does not have an immediate educational value it will be restricted from the classroom. Students will be asked to place their device in the school lockers provided and they can use it during break times and after school.
Reading and homework
At HFS we believe readers are leaders and so we will encourage students to read-read-read during the holiday break, particularly on any rainy day. Also ensure that any homework that is assigned is completed as soon as possible to enjoy as much of the holidays as you can.
Thank you for your continued support and have a wonderful Chuseok Holiday.
Thank you for your responses to the notice regarding the swimming club. Since we did not meet the required number of students necessary to have an intermediate class we will instead conduct two beginner courses on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
Please view the table below to see in which day your child is enrolled. The club will start from Tuesday 16th October and will continue until 5th December.Please make the 90,000 Won payment for the 4 lessons per month directly to Mr. Cha the instructor at your first lesson. The second payment can be made in the first week of November.
Students will meet the instructor at the HFS Multi-media Center after school is dismissed and will be escorted to the pool. You may collect your child directly from the sports center waiting area after the lesson is completed.
We are calling on any parents who would like to assist in supervising children in the change room at the beginning and end of the lesson to kindly contact the school.
Thank you for taking time on Tuesday evening to attend the curriculum evening. It was a pleasure to see you there. It is great that you took the opportunity to become familiar with the academic content at HFS and I hope that any questions you might have had were answered.
I am happy to report that the school trip to the Ulju Mountain Film Festival was a resounding success. The students enjoyed a thoughtful and entertaining film followed by a thrilling VR experience to see what it is like to be on Mount Everest. The highlight was the exciting climbing activity; we definitely have a few adrenaline-seekers in our midst. Enjoy the photos of the students having fun at the festival and please follow the Hyundai Foreign School Facebook Page to enjoy more images and updates.
Musical Aladdin at Dongrami Theater
Our very own Year 2 student Olivia McCarthy will be participating in a play at Dongrami Theater on 17th September. If you would like to attend to show your support, please see the flyer attached. It is wonderful for her to be taking part in this play and we are extremely proud of her. “Break a Leg”, Olivia.
The students looked their best and brightest for the class photo’s on Wednesday. Thank you to all of them for putting on their best smiles and overcoming their reserve for the pictures. You can also see them on the Facebook page.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Pinto
We are ecstatic to welcome a new member to the Pinto family as Mr. and Mrs. Pinto have new baby girl, Isabella. HFS would like to send its warmest congratulations to the family and we are glad and happy that mum and baby are both doing well.
Lunch Time Volunteers
This week we had our first meeting of the PTA and I am extremely grateful for the continued support and interest shown by the parent body of HFS. One of the issues raised was the need for parent volunteers during our lunch period. If anyone would like to volunteer to be an extra pair of eyes watching over the children in the cafeteria between 12:30 and 1:00 please show up on any date you are available.
Next Friday, the 21st sees the respected and revered Korean Harvest moon festival of Chuseok. To honor this holiday HFS will have its annual Chuseok program to which all parents are welcome to attend. The festivities begin at 11:30 with an interval for the regularly scheduled lunch and play break. The activities will continue in the afternoon with some fun outdoor games and performances. Students are welcome to dress in traditional festive clothing from Korea of their own country for the day.
Our after-school club activities continue to be popular. We are happy to try and accommodate parents and students wishing to sign up for clubs at any time and we appreciate that parents may have missed the sign-up deadline or may not have completed the online sign up form. If this is the case, please send an email to Ms. Yujin at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we are aware that a student is in a particular club and that miscommunications can be avoided. Please click here to see which clubs has your child signed up for.
Finally, if for any reason you do not receive the weekly newsletter please check the spam folder in your email and if your contact information should change, please inform the school so that we can update our records. The newsletter is also published to the school web page for your convenience.
Thank you for your continued support,
Week two has passed and everything is progressing steadily at HFS. I am happy to announce that the evacuation and lock down drills went smoothly and efficiently. Thank you to the Year 7/8/9s for preparing and conducting the excellent assembly on emergency safety procedures.
The after school clubs are in full swing and teachers and students are enjoying participating in the activities. This week HFS has a number of new initiatives and programs that we would like to establish for the benefit of our students.
In participation with Hanmaeum Center Restaurant HFS is pleased to offer a lunch program for your convenience. The menu will consist of a variety of healthy, balanced and delicious lunches delivered to your children at the school. The set monthly menu will run on a recurring two-week cycle.
If you would like your child to be enrolled in the lunch program, it will require signing up for the entire month at a cost of 7,000won per meal including a juice.
The program is set to commence on October 4th and since October is shorter the cost will be 133,000won. For the program to be sustainable a minimum of 15 people must sign up every month.
The mouth-watering menu can be seen in the images below.
Please follow this link to sign up for the lunch program by 13 September.
Thank you to all parents for signing up for the school trip to the UMFF mountain film festival on Monday 10 September. It promises to be a fun-filled outing. Parents are reminded to pack a snack, lunch and water bottle and ensure that children are wearing their school uniforms as well as comfortable, closed sneakers suitable for light climbing (not sandals). The bus will depart promptly at 09:10 am from Hanmaeum Center and will return by 3:30 pm. Club Activities will go ahead as scheduled after we return.
We will have a curriculum evening on Tuesday 11 September from 17:00 to 18:00 pm. Parents are welcome to attend to have an explanation of the curriculum by the class teachers and have any questions that you may have answered. I hope to see you there.
In preparation and anticipation for the upcoming Winter Show, HFS is happy to launch a Drama club for potential performers, singers, actors and dancers in our school. Auditions for the club will take place on Tuesday 11 September from 3:30 to 4:30 pm and the Drama will run as a regular club on Thursdays from 13 September. Please complete the online sign-up form here if you would like your child to participate.
Thank you for your prompt and enthusiastic response to the notice regarding the swimming club. The slots are filling up fast but just a gentle reminder that Mr. Cha can offer beginner and intermediate swimming lessons on Tuesdays and Wednesdays respectively. The cost is 90,000won per month for four lessons and any interested parents should complete the sign-up form here.
HFS is proud of its student body and as such we would like to update our class photo display. We will be taking Class Photo’s on Wednesday 12 September. Students are to wear their blue school uniform on that day or pack it so that they can change into it for the photo. I look forward to seeing everyone looking fantastic and ready to have their picture taken with their class and teacher.
Connecting with parents is vital for the effective running of any school and I have had a few parents respond to the call to be members of the PTA this year. We will have our first meeting on Wednesday 12 September at 3:30. If you would like to participate and be a part of this vital association, please send me an email and join us at our first meeting on Wednesday.
HFS is always eager to institute initiatives that will benefit the students learning and development. Drama, song and dance are excellent methods for building a child’s confidence, speaking and artistic abilities.
With the assistance of Dongrami theater, last year HFS staged a fantastically successful and entertaining production of “The Wizard of Oz”. We would like to continue that success this year with a production of “Aladdin” for our end-of-term Winter show. To facilitate this production we are happy to have Miss Yujeong from the Dongrami theater running a Drama club at HFS. Any children who would like to participate in the Drama club should attend the audition on Tuesday 11 September from 3:30 to 4:30. (Those involved in Tuesday club activities will be allowed to audition first and then join their regular club afterwards.)
After the auditions The Drama club will meet every Thursday as a regular after school club activity beginning from 13 September.
Please indicate on the online form by Monday 10 September if you would like your child to attend the audition and be a member of the HFS Drama club.
Thank you for your continued support and participation.
Swimming lessons at Hanmaeum Center
Since HFS is located at the well-equipped Hanmaeum center we would like to take advantage of all the facilities they have to offer. A number of parents have raised the question of swimming lessons and while HFS is unable to include swimming in its core program, we have made an arrangement with Hanmaeum Center to make one swimming lane available to us for beginner and intermediate swimming lessons at the Hanmaeum center swimming pool.
The person conducting the lessons will be Mr. Taeho Cha. He is a qualified and experienced swimming instructor. He has served as the technical director of the Korea Life Saving Society and has a lifeguard License issued by The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia as well as a Swimming Coaching License issued by the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA). Furthermore, he is fluent in English.
Mr. Cha will offer lessons for beginners on Tuesdays and intermediate swimmers on Wednesdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm respectively.
The lessons will cover the following swimming skills.
● Beginner : Safe entry, floating, treading water, sculling and basic swimming skills
● Intermediate : Basic swimming skills, survival swimming skills, four strokes
Since this is a private activity, separate from HFS, there will be a cost of 90,000 won for 4 lessons per month. Due to safety concerns, space for the lessons will be limited to maximum of 6 students per class and will operate on a first come first serve basis. The lessons are restricted to students aged 5 and up (Year 1 to Year 9). Please click here to complete the online survey to indicate if you would be interested in sending your child to these lessons. The form should be submitted by no later than Thursday 13 September. Furthermore, since Hanmaeum Center is a shared community space, we are calling on volunteers from the parent body who could supervise the children in the changing room before and after the lesson. If you would be prepared to assist with this, please indicate that on the survey.
Thank you for your continued support.