Monthly Archive - November2019

Newsletter 2019/20 Term 1 Week 14

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Dear Parents,

The Winter holiday is fast approaching. I do hope you have your decorations up for the festive season and are counting down the days to the end of term break. There are a number of newsworthy items that I must mention in this week’s newsletter.


Year 1-2 Trip to Kidzania

 The Year 1-2 students enjoyed a fantastic trip to the Kidzania theme park today. Their eyes were full of wonder at the variety of “rides” that they could experience. From being doctors, nurses and veterinarians to piloting a jumbo plane and seeing what it is like to make chocolate, it was a spectacular outing as well as a valuable learning experience. I am glad that they made the most of their full-day excursion. Please enjoy these pictures from the trip.

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HFS 2019 Winter Show

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Once again the time has come for the annual HFS Winter Show. It promises to be an enchanting evening of music and entertainment. On Thursday 5 December from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm the students will enthrall us with performances of theater, song and dance. The drama club has been rehearsing studiously throughout the term to stage a production of “The Grinch” and each class has been practicing their musical numbers feverishly in anticipation of the event. I am also pleased that this year’s production will include a variety of independent solo and group performances by some of the students. Parking will be available in the square as well as the parking tower for the duration of the show and doors will open at 5:45 pm. Bring your friends and plenty of cash since there will be refreshments and food on sale as well as a cornucopia of Christmas crafts made by the students to raise funds for this year’s school year book. Let the show begin!


PTA Meeting on Monday 2 December

 We will have our next HFS Parent-Teacher Association meeting on Monday 2 December at 3:35 pm. Please join us if you would like to be a part of this vital and dynamic school initiative. The agenda for this month’s meeting will largely be devoted to the organisation and preparation of the HFS Winter Show next week. I look forward to seeing you there.


Parent Teacher Conference Sign-ups

On Wednesday 11 December we will have our termly parent teacher conferences during the day. This is an essential opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss their learning progress or any concerns you might have. Each interview will last 20 minutes and the sign-up sheet will be at the HFS admin office for you to complete. Simply fill in your child’s name on the sheet in your desired time-slot by Friday 6 December. It will work on a first-come-first-served basis so please select your slot as soon as possible.


Invoices for Tuition Fees

 You may have noticed that the invoices for the tuition fees went home with your child on Wednesday. Tuition fees for Term 2 are due by Friday 27 December. All fees must be settled by this date for HFS administrative and accounting purposes. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this regard.


To all the families celebrating or who have celebrated this important cultural holiday we wish you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. That is all for this week. Thank you for your continued support and do have a wonderful weekend.


Mr. Kearney

Drama Club – The Costume for the Winter Show Play

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Dear Drama Club Parents, 

The time has come to think about costumes. Most of the children in the play are characters called “Whos” who dress wacky and colourfully. The narrators are considered Whos.
The costume for the play is any kind of wacky, colourful, mismatched clothing, odd socks. The brighter the better. Pajamas are totally OK! Be weird and wonderful. 
There are some exceptions:
  • Grinch – dress in all green
  • Who Mouse – dress in mouse colours (Grey, Brown, or Black)
  • Max the Dog – dress in dog colours (Grey, Brown, or Black)
For the Who Mouse, Max the Dog, the Who Chef, and the Who Doctor we will provide the little bits (ears, etc) of the costume to complete the look.

Attached are some pictures to inspire you.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Newsletter 2019/20 Term 1 Week 13

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Dear Parents,

Winter has set in as the festive season holiday approaches. The days are getting shorter and I do hope you have been lucky enough to see the changing leaves before they disappear. There are a few items that I must share with you in this week’s newsletter.


FS 1-2 and Year 5-9 Class Trips

Our junior and senior students were very fortunate to enjoy school trips this week. The FS 1-2 group went on a playful excursion to the toy museum where they got to play with some amazing curios as part of their IEYC unit on “Toys”.

The Year 5-9 students enjoyed a fascinating trip to Gyeongju where they explored the Padosori Coastal Path as part of their learning unit on landscapes and weather, looking at coastal landscapes to understand how landscapes are formed and change over time. I look forward to seeing the interesting projects that they create based on their learning and seeing these phenomena in practical settings. Please enjoy these photos of the students on the trips.

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Year 1-2 Class Trip to Kidzania

Next week on Friday 29 November, as part of their learning unit on “A day in the life”, the Year 1-2 students will enjoy a fantastic excursion to the wonderland that is Kidzania. It is more than an amusement park in that it is a whole city recreated solely for the purpose and benefit of young children’s learning about different jobs and occupations. The students will get hands-on experiences being pilots, firefighters, chocolatiers, nurses and doctors as well as a whole lot more. To get the maximum value that the park offers the students will be away for the whole school day returning by 4:50 pm. Please ensure that they have a full morning snack and healthy lunch packed and make arrangements to collect them at the school at this time.


HFS Winter Show on Thursday 5 December

 The annual HFS Winter Show production will be held on Thursday 5 December from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The students have been hard at work in Drama Club throughout the term rehearsing for the play “The Grinch who stole Christmas” and in class we have been practicing our individual musical pieces. I am pleased that so many of the soloists have also been practicing at selected break times. It promises to be a hugely entertaining evening with refreshments and crafts on sale as a fundraiser for our PTA. If you would like to be involved by preparing an item of food to be sold on the evening, please contact me at I have it on good authority that a certain someone may pay a special visit on the evening to see if our students have been naughty or nice. Join us and bring your friends and family for our magical annual HFS Winter Show.


 WeHope Christmas Market


 HFS is not the only one holding Christmas events. The WeHope Charity Organisation will be having their annual Christmas market on Saturday 21 December at the Namgu Multicultural Family Center. It promises to be a fun day for the kids with face painting, live music, pictures with a Santa among other things. They are looking for anyone who would like to be a vendor on the day, selling baked goods, handmade trinkets or crafts. If you would like to be a part of this festive event please contact Nate Mandigo at


Finally, a few students have misplaced their HFS Winter Jackets. Please take a look at the inside of your child’s uniform and return any item of clothing that may have inadvertently found its way to the wrong home.


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


Mr. Kearney

Newsletter 2019/20 Term 1 Week 12

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Dear Parents,


The time of year to don jackets, scarves and gloves has arrived. After the sudden burst of cold this week it seems winter is beginning to set in. Please ensure that your child is adequately dressed to meet the winter weather every day and please label your child’s clothes clearly should their clothing get misplaced. These are the items for this week’s newsletter.



HFS Spelling Bee Finals


It was an evening of excitement and tension as the brave contestants stepped up to spell a selection of challenging words. We applaud all who boldly chose to participate in the early elimination rounds and congratulate those who made it to the final round on Wednesday. The words that they had to spell were difficult but they rose to meet the challenge. Congratulations to the Winners: Dave Gomes in the Year 5-9 class, Jeremy Philip in the Year 3-4 class and Caroline Simpson in the Year 1-2 class and well done to our finalists and runners up Dhanya, Jeongwoo, Aki, Reyansh, Cherry Blossom, Juveria and Minel. You all performed exceptionally well. Thank you to all the parents and students who came to support our contestants. I am pleased to say that it was another successful event hosted by HFS. Please enjoy these pictures from the evening’s proceedings.

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Year 5-9 Trip to Padosori Coastal Path


On Wednesday 20 November the Year 5-9 class are fortunate to have a trip to the Padosori Coastal Path in Gyeongju. This will tie in to their IPC/IMYC unit on landscapes and weather and they will be looking at coastal landscapes to understand how landscapes are formed and change over time. Thank you to all for completing the online permission form. The bus will depart promptly at 09:20 am and return by 1:40 pm so that club activities for the day will not be affected. It promises to be a uniquely rewarding learning experience for the students.



HFS Personal Property Policy


I have noticed a few students bringing toys to school recently and am sending a gentle reminder of the HFS Personal Property Policy outlined in the Parent Handbook. Students are not allowed to bring toys, jewellery accessories and electronic devices to school. Toys and devices that are brought to school will be kept by the teacher and returned at the end of the school day. Toys, smart watches and phones will only be allowed to accompany students on school trips where their care will be the responsibility of the student. Teachers may request that students bring in toys or electronic devices for specific learning activities such as “Show and Tell” or ICT classes but parents will be informed in advance and the use of the items will be regulated. This policy serves to prevent loss or damage to students’ personal items as well as any conflicts that may arise as a result of students bringing personal items to school. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this regard.



Winter Show Baking for the PTA


The annual HFS Winter show is rapidly approaching and one of the traditions is for parents from the HFS community to bake a selection of cookies, cakes and goodies for sale as refreshments and snacks for the evening of Thursday 5 December. If you would like to prepare a food item to help with the PTA for the evening please email me at and detail the item that you will bake. All proceeds will go to the HFS PTA and their fundraising for the school yearbook. Your assistance with this will be greatly appreciated.

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Finally, I am so proud of the HFS Global Warming Committee for their continued efforts in caring for their environment. Yesterday we planted a number of trees at Myeongdeok reservoir to show that HFS is indeed environmentally aware. As we all know, trees are the lungs of our planet. Well done guys.


That is all for this week. Have a wonderful weekend, keep warm and thank you for your continued support.



Mr. Kearney

Newsletter 2019/20 Term 1 Week 11

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Dear Parents,


Welcome back. I trust that you have had a relaxing and restful Autumn break. We are eager and ready to plunge into the second half of term one at HFS. These are the newsworthy items that I would like to share with you this week. But first a reminder that it is the season of colds and flu so please ensure you get the necessary jabs and vaccinations to be prepared for the Winter season. If your child has signs of the sniffles do keep them at home to recover and prevent the spread of any nasty germs, Thank you.



Year 3-4 Trip to Ulsan Media Center


The Year 3-4 students enjoyed a fantastic trip to the Ulsan Media Center as part of their English learning unit on news reports. They spent the week preparing and rehearsing scripts and then had the opportunity to be newscasters, reporters and sports and weather casters. Enjoy these pictures from the trip and click the links below to watch their wonderfully creative news reports.

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HFS PTA Meeting on Monday 11 November


We will have our next PTA meeting on Monday 11 November at 3:35 pm. Please join us if you would like to be a part of this important group that is vital to the school’s functioning. We will be discussing next week’s Spelling Bee and the upcoming HFS Winter Show. I hope to see you there.



HFS Spelling Bee on Wednesday 13 November


I am proud to announce that we will have our first Spelling Bee finals competition on Wednesday 13 November. The event will run from 5:30 pm and the finalists have been working hard to earn their place in this thrilling competition. Join us on Wednesday evening for an evening of fun and excitement as the finalists compete to be the winner in their class.



Year 1-2 Trip to Kidzania on 29 November


On Friday 29 November the Year 1-2 students will enjoy a spectacular trip to Kidzania in Busan. This is part of their IPC learning unit on “a day in the life”. At Kidzania the students will get hands-on experience performing different jobs in a fun-filled environment. HFS can secure a discount and make a contribution towards the entrance fee but the trip will cost 25,000 Won per child. However, we need to book tickets soon to secure this price. Please click here to complete the online permission form if you agree to make that payment and wish to allow your child to attend the trip. It will be a full-day trip and, to maximize the experience for the children, the students will return to the school at 4:50 pm to be collected by their parents. Please submit your response by Monday 11 November at 12:00.



Parking Coupon Limited to 90 Minutes


As you know, in addition to the arrangement of letting parents park their cars in the square, the school gives out free parking coupons for the parents and visitors to park in the adjacent parking tower. Please be advised that the free parking hour for the parking tower has been curtailed and the coupon will be valid for an hour and a half from the previous two hours.


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


Mr. Kearney