The end of the academic year is rapidly approaching as the rainy season arrives. These are the newsworthy items I would like to share with you this week.
Actions in Response to Chris’s accident on the Futsal Field
While HFS deeply regrets that the accident occurred, Chris Roussos has returned to school for a few days this week and was in good spirits as he continues to recover from his accident. He is showing such remarkable resilience and fortitude as he still completes his learning.
In response to this incident, HFS has been in constant contact with Mr. and Mrs. Roussos, even having Miss Yeo drive the family to the hospital in Busan on different occasions this week. Immediately after the accident, the school approached the Hanmaeum center and had them modify both gates on the futsal field as well as adding large, clear warning signage in English and Korean with a picture and also explaining to all students in an assembly to stay clear of the gates.
Regarding the safety standards at HFS, we have approached the Ulsan Metropolitan Office of Education (Ulsan MOE) asking if they would conduct a safety inspection. They, however stated that the approval that they gave to our facilities in 2018 would be valid for the duration of our stay at these premises. They further extended this stamp of approval again in 2019. We also received a certification of safety from the Council of International Schools (CIS) during an inspection of our premises in 2019 stating the same. Furthermore, HFS has certificates, pertaining to fire and electrical safety on our school premises, which HFS has submitted to the Ulsan MOE during the process of their safety inspection, which we passed.
To further show that we do indeed prioritize safety at our school, we have initiated our own internal safety inspection protocol. All staff have been instructed to thoroughly check and identify any potential safety hazards that may be present so that we may take immediate action towards resolving or correcting them. This is an ongoing and permanent initiative happening throughout the year to ensure that such an incident is not repeated. I do hope that these swift actions on the part of the staff at HFS reflect our commitment to keeping the students safe while at HFS.
Book Character Dress-Up Day
What a sight it was to behold as the students donned creative outfits for our Book Character Dress-up Day yesterday. I am always astounded at the creativity in the design of their costumes. Well done to Maximos Kopanas, Lisa Fatet, Reyansh Chandel, and Jeongwoo Seo for being selected as the most creatively dressed students in their classes. At HFS we firmly believe in encouraging reading and we hope that this fun event goes some way in stimulating our students to read, read, read.
Sports Day on Friday 3 July
On Friday 3 July from 09:30 to 11:30 HFS will hold its annual school sports day. The student council, under the guidance of Mr. Dunn, has planned some creative and competitive team and class games and activities that are sure to be entertaining while also observing proper social distancing protocols. If you would like to watch the games please join us on the futsal field between 09:30 and 11:30 for a fun morning of fitness and sport. Should rain be forecast on the day then the event will be cancelled.
2019/20 HFS School Yearbook Orders
I am pleased to announce that the 2019/20 HFS School Yearbook has been completed and I must thank Mrs. Andersen for graciously donating her time and offering her expert design skills in creating the yearbook. It is a treasure trove of memories from what has undoubtedly been a tumultuous year for everybody. The HFS PTA has generously agreed to subsidize every first copy ordered per student so the cost of your first copy will be 20,000 Won. Any additional copies ordered over and above that will cost 43,000 Won each. There is a preview copy at the office for you to view to decide if you would like to own one or more. Orders must be made before Friday 3 July and orders can be placed by clicking on and completing this form. Parents are asked to send payment for the number of books they order to the admin office.
HFS School Dance on Friday 10 July
Based on the survey sent in last weeks’ newsletter it is clear that the majority of parents favour having a school dance as our end-of-year function as per tradition. The results showed 73% in favour of HFS hosting this event. I would like to remind all parents that this will be a private function, open only to students of HFS and their parents. The event will be held on Friday 10 July from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm and it promises to be a fun and entertaining way to bring the year to a close. The student council will plan the music and dance activities as well as helping with the decorations. I look forward to seeing you there.
PTA Meeting on Tuesday 30 June
We will have our final PTA meeting on Tuesday 30 June from 3:35 pm in the school cafeteria. Please join us as we discuss the planning for the sports day and school dance and reflect on the year that is almost behind us. The PTA is and always has been a valued institution in schools and I look forward to seeing you there.
That is all for this week. Thank you for your continued support and do have a wonderful weekend.