Monthly Archive - February2019

HFS Newsletter 2018/19 Term 2 Week 6

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Dear Parents,

A full week of teaching, learning and special events has once again flown by at HFS. There are a number of exciting events in the weeks ahead about which I would like to inform you. Firstly, allow me to press upon parents the value of wholesome, hearty lunches. I have noticed that children have been regularly eating fast-food at meal times and, while it is a parent’s prerogative as to what they serve their children for lunch at HFS we strongly support and encourage the philosophy, “Healthy Food, Healthy Future.”


Year 2/3 Science Assembly
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Well done to the Year 2/3 Johannesburg class for the impressive displays of electricity and thank you to the parents who attended, it really means a lot to the students when parents take an interest in viewing their performances and presentations. They entertained us thoroughly by showing off what they have been learning about in science this term.


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Well done to Ms. McClellan and the HFS Student Council for the hard work they put into the Valentine’s Day Bake Sale yesterday. Sacrificing their break-times to plan, bake and decorate cookies, and make posters paid off literally and they were able to raise 164,000 Won on for the WeHope charity fund. Thank you to all who supported the sale and especially to those who donated goodies to be sold. I think we can all agree; the cookies were delicious.


Year 2-9 Trip to Busan National Science Museum

A final, gentle reminder of the Year 2-9 trip to Busan National Science Museum on Thursday 21st February. It promises to be a fascinating and rewarding excursion, not to mention fun and exciting to play with all the gadgets and see scientific principles that have been learned being put into practice. It will be a full-day outing, with the students returning by 3:30 pm so that after-school activities will not be disrupted. Parents are reminded to pack a snack, lunch and water bottle and ensure that their children are wearing comfortable shoes. If you have not completed the online permission form to allow your child to attend please do so by clicking here, thank you.


International Food Share on Thursday 28 February

International mindedness is one of the core values at HFS and we celebrate this annually with an International food share event organized by the parents of the HFS community. If you would like to prepare an item of food from your country for the children to sample on Thursday 28 February, please send an email to (and cc detailing the dish you will prepare and if you have any special requirements. Please ensure that there is enough for all students to have a small sample and remember or “No Nut” policy when preparing your delicious dishes.


HFS Policy regarding Collection of Children

The safety of your children is always our topmost concern at HFS and as such I must make clear the HFS policy regarding the collection of children from HFS during and after school and club-activities. Children must be collected from the school by a parent or guardian, or, if a child will be collected late please notify the office and they are welcome to wait at the school library while staff are around to supervise them. Children will not be allowed to roam in the public foyer or parking area downstairs for their own safety. If this is inconvenient or you feel your child should be allowed to wait unsupervised please complete and sign a waiver from the admin office.


I am happy to announce that on Tuesday February 19th we will be celebrating 100 Days of teaching at HFS for this year in its new incarnation at Hanmaeum Center. The FS1/2 and Year 1 class have been diligently counting the days that they have been at school and we have finally reached this important milestone. I look forward to many more days of teaching and learning at HFS.

Thank you for your continued support and please have a warm and cheerful weekend.


Best Regards,
Scott Kearney


HFS Newsletter 2018/19 Term 2 Week 5

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Dear Parents


I hope you had a delightful Seollal break. The weather is slowly warming as winter wanes and spring inches closer. There are quite a few announcements I would like to share even though it has been a short week.


Art Gallery Trip

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The students enjoyed an eye-opening trip to the Hyundai Art gallery to see the exhibition on Graffiti art. It is important to expose children to different forms of art and, in this case, ensure they understand the difference between damaging property and making a creative statement. I look forward to seeing the creative output that the students produce as a result of this trip.


Valentine’s Day Bake Sale

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Valentine’s Day has long been celebrated as a day of expressing affection between people. At HFS we want to acknowledge the day with a bake sale organized by Ms. McClellan and the HFS Student Council. There will be sweet goodies on sale at lunchtime so be sure to send a few thousand Won with your child on Thursday, February 14th so that they may purchase a sweet treat for themselves or a special someone. All proceeds will go to the WeHope Charity. If you would like to bake some cookies or cupcakes to sell on the day, please feel free to do so and contact Ms. McClellan to inform her of what you will make and in what quantity.


Scholastic Book Club Orders


Scholastic offers a vast range of books to enthrall children of any age and if you would like to take advantage of the discounts they offer please visit the website and see what is available. Please complete your online orders by no later than Sunday, February 10th. The orders will then be delivered to the school and distributed to parents accordingly. At HFS we firmly believe “readers are leaders” so do take advantage of this outstanding bargain.


Year 2-9 trip to Busan National Science Museum and Planetarium


Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It’s posing questions and coming up with a method to answer them. At HFS we take every opportunity to allow our students to experience and see the value of what they are learning applied to the real world and as part of their learning units on the solar system, forces and electricity, the year 2 to 9 students will have a trip to the Busan National Science Museum and Planetarium on Thursday 21st February. It will be a full-day trip, returning by 3:30 pm but after-school activities will not be affected and will run as per normal on the day. Please indicate if you will allow your child to be a part of this valuable learning experience by clicking on the online permission form here.

That is all for this week. Thank you for your continued support and have a wonderful weekend.


Best Regards,



Scott Kearney


HFS Newsletter 2018/19 Term 2 Week 4

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Dear Parents

We are almost half-way through term two and the school will be closed from February 4th to 6th in commemoration of Seollal, the Korean Lunar New Year Holiday. We were lucky to have a pinch of snow this week and fortunate that it did not interfere with our Seollal celebrations.


Seollal festivities and activities


The highlight of this week was undoubtedly the spectacular Seollal celebration on Wednesday. We cheekily chose to commemorate this holiday early and it was a fun-filled day of awesome activities.

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Thank you to the staff for preparing the delicious Tteok that was enjoyed by all. I was impressed with each class’s contribution to the assembly, well done to all our hard-working students.

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The activities were entertaining and exciting. I never get tired of playing the traditional Korean games, Jegi-chagi is my favorite. The spectacle of the children’s flying kites was truly a sight to behold. Please enjoy photos from the day by viewing our Facebook page here.


Scholastic Book order


At HFS we believe that readers are leaders and take every opportunity to stimulate children’s imaginations with reading a good book. Scholastic offers a wealth of reading material to capture your child’s mind so please take a moment to browse the scholastic book catalogue and place orders online by clicking here. There is a treasure trove of books on offer for your child and I am sure that you can find a few that they would enjoy, regardless of their age. This is a gentle reminder that the scholastic book order must be submitted by no later than Sunday February 10th.


Term Planner Updated

At HFS we believe in acknowledging significant and important dates and we mark them on our term planner for your convenience. This has been updated to include our Valentine’s Day Bake Sale on Thursday 14th February. This event is being organized by our Student Council and Ms. McClellan. Another important day is International Book Day on Thursday March 7th, when students will be encouraged to dress as their favorite literary character. We will also be holding a Pajama Dress-up day on Friday March 15th when students may come to school in their pajamas (for a small fee that will go towards a worthy cause). These promise to be fun events for all.

Click here to see the Term 2 Planner.


HHI Art Gallery Trip


Art stimulates the mind and gets one’s creative juices flowing. HHI art gallery currently has an eye-opening exhibition about graffiti artists on display. We would like to visit the exhibition on Friday 8 February and let the children engage with some fascinating contemporary urban artworks. The trip is open to Year 2 to year 9 students and will take place after from 1:30 until 3:00 pm. After-school club activities on the day will not be disrupted. To allow your child to attend please complete the online permission form by clicking here. Responses must be submitted by Wednesday 6 February.

That is all for this week, thank you for your continued support and do have a cheerful and enjoyable Seollal break.

Best Regards,


Scott Kearney

HFS Knitting Club Notice

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Dear Parents,


Some of the knitting club students have taken their knitting home for the holidays. Since I can’t be there to help, here are some video links to help them remember the stitches.


How to knit:


And this is a closeup video:


If they need to start over from the beginning, this is how you get the yarn onto the needles:


Please make sure everyone brings their knitting back to school on Thursday. We will have knitting club.




Marie McClellan