Monthly Archive - October2018

HFS Newsletter 2018/19 Term 1 Week 9

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Dear Parents,


Autumn is in full swing and I hope you are enjoying the beauty of the changing leaves as the season turns. Thank you to everyone for the generous candy donations toward the festivities. The children are sure to have a bountiful day next Wednesday.



Scary Dress-Up Day


7. Dress Up Day-3

On Wednesday 31st October HFS will have its Scary Dress-Up Day to celebrate the popular holiday of the season. Children, and staff, are welcome to dress up in costumes and as scary characters for the day. Classes will run as scheduled but teachers will devote some learning time to appreciating what the day is all about.



Swimming and Yoga clubs will go ahead as normal. Students who do not participate in those clubs can meet in the library at 3:30 to enjoy a fun movie until the activities start. FS1/2/Y1 students will take the school bus at 3:30 as per usual, if any would like to participate, they can join Ms. M from 4:45 until 5:30 in her classroom for some spooky crafts and games.


At 4:45 Year 2-9 should meet in the school hall to partake in the spooky activities that the students of the Year 2/3, Year 4/5/6 and Year 7/8/9 classes have put together for everyone to enjoy. The event will run until 5:45 and you may collect your child from then. It will be a frightfully funny evening.



Fall Fun Day


On Saturday November 10th the PTA will be holding a Fall Fun Day in the Hanmaeum Center courtyard by the fountain. It will run from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. The event is to raise funds to cover the costs of the school yearbook and other PTA projects. There will be food stalls, fun and games stalls and a “Treasures and Trinkets” stall of donated books, clothing, toys and other items. Please join us for a fun few hours in the name of a worthwhile cause. If you have any items to donate, please send them with your child to school. We are calling on people to participate by volunteering to manage a stall for an hour or prepare a food item to sell at the food stall. If you would like to assist with either of these please email the PTA at and explain the time you can be available or the food item that you will prepare. Thank you for your support in this fantastic endeavor.



Class Dojo and Health and Fitness at HFS.


I am pleased to report that our school-wide rewards system has taken off successfully and the students are enthusiastically embracing the program. We will take it a step further in the coming weeks by allowing students to create their own individual portfolios and class pages to share with you.



If you have not joined Please subscribe to your child’s Class Dojo class or contact the class teacher if you are unsure. It will be a wonderful space for the students to show their work.




School Trips


The Year 7 to 9 trip to UNIST was successful and it really opened the students’ eyes as to what their future University life will look like.


We have the upcoming Year 4-9 trip to Yangdong Village on Friday 2nd November and the Year 1-3 trip to Kidzania on Thursday 8th November that the students are excited for. Please send the 10,000 won payment for the trip to the admin office by Monday 29th October.



Lunch Time Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet


If any parent would like to sign up to volunteer to be an extra set of eyes in the cafeteria from 12:30 pm to 1 pm there is a sheet posted on the school notice board outside the admin office. One parent per day for 30 minutes is all that is required so if you feel that you could offer your assistance please fill your name on the sheet for the day you would like to volunteer.



Thank you for your continued support.


Best regards,

HFS Newsletter 2018/19 Term 1 Week 8

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Dear Parents

We are mid-way through the term and many exciting things are happening at HFS. We have a number of significant events and activities planned for this half of the semester that I am eager to share with you.

Term Planner Updated

We have updated the term planner to show planned and finalized dates for upcoming events. Please take note of the dates of school trips, the Scary Dress-up Day, Fall Fun Day and Open Day that we have added to the calendar.

Permission form for Y4-9 trip to Yangdong Cultural Village

The year 4-9 students will visit Yangdong Cultural Village on the 2nd of November. This is part of their Geography and History units where they will look at historical settlements and previous ways of life. They will also get to design an eco-dwelling as part of the trip. We kindly ask that parents contribute 10,000 won and fill out the permission form by clicking here by Friday 26 October.

Permission form for Y1/2/3 trip to Kidzania

The year 1-3s will be learning about a day in the life of people with different jobs as part of their IPC curriculum. Kidzania theme park in Busan offers an unforgettable opportunity for students to be able to experience different jobs in an exciting real-world setting. We would like to visit the Kidzania them park on either November 6th or 8th. Parents who would like their children to be a part of this unmissable trip should complete the online form by clicking here by no later than Monday 22 October. Note: In order for this trip to be viable all parents must agree for us to make the group number of 15 and secure the discount for admission.

Scary Dress-up Day

October the 31st is a noteworthy and fun day on the calendar. At HFS we plan to celebrate this with some spooky and fun activities for the students to participate in. As per the holiday’s tradition we would like to provide each student with a small bag of sweet “Treats” and we are asking each parent to donate a bag of candy toward the festivities. Please send the candy item (with no nuts in it) to school by Friday 26 October so that we have sufficient time to put the treat bags together.

GL Assessment Week

From October 22 to October 29 We will be conducting GL Assessment tests for the year 2 to Year 9 students. These formative tests (for which students do not prepare) are designed to assess and inform teaching and learning by providing a gauge of the students current learning level and ability in English, Math and Science. Since we follow the British National Curriculum it makes sense that we adopt the GL Assessment program which is the leading provider of formative assessments to UK schools, as well as providing assessments for overseas ministries and British, bilingual and international schools in over 100 countries worldwide. I look forward to seeing the positive results from our hard-working students.

That is all for this week. Thank you for your continued support.

Best regards,


HFS Newsletter 2018/19 Term 1 Week 7

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Dear Parents

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.

Swimming Club

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.

PTA Meeting

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.

Best regards,

Scott Kearney

HFS Newsletter 2018/19 Term 1 Week 6

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Dear Parents

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.

Best regards,

Scott Kearney