Newsletter 2019/20 Term 3 Week 10

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Dear Parents,


As the end of the academic year approaches there are still a number of significant events that will take place at HFS before the school closes for summer vacation. These are the newsworthy items that I would like to share with you this week.



HFS Sports Day


The weather was cloudy and cool today, perfect for us to hold our annual sports day to celebrate fun, fitness and healthy competition. The activities were an exciting mix of class and team games and the students had a great time taking part in the games. Unfortunately we had to stop the games as the rain came. I would like to thank the parents who came to be spectators for the event and everyone who worked so hard to make the event possible, especially Mr. Dunn and the student council and our judges and scorekeepers Leigh-ah and Chris – Well done everyone! The winners will be announced in the assembly on Monday, but since we had such a great time everyone came out on top. Enjoy these pictures from the day’s excitement.

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Two-week Taekwondo Summer Camp from 20 to 31 July



We have been recently approached by UNESCO International Centre of Martial Arts (UNESCO ICM), an umbrella organization of UNESCO, who have been running Martial Arts Open School programmes around the world from 2017, teaching Taekwondo or Taekkyeon (a traditional Korean martial art) to young people. As a result of our discussion with UNESCO ICM and courtesy of the organization, HFS is going to organize a free two-week Taekwondo Summer Camp at school during the summer break from 20 July to 31 July. The lessons taught by two fully qualified English-speaking Taekwondo experts will take place from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Monday through Friday.


Everyone who signs up will receive a UNESCO logo emblazoned Blue T-shirt, a pencil container, a pen and a notebook and those who complete the two-week lessons will receive a certificate of completion as well as a Taekwondo belt. I must add that this event can only take place if we have a minimum of 15 participants and that UNESCO ICM’s staff will take pictures of our students taking martial arts lessons for their promotional purposes. Please let us know whether your child will join the Taekwondo Summer Camp by Friday 10 July. Fill your child’s name on the sign-up form by clicking here.



Online Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday 16 July


On Thursday 16 July we will be conducting the parent-teacher conferences for this term. This is a vital opportunity for parents to converse with their child’s teacher and discuss their child’s learning progress as well as any concerns that they might have. This term, as we did during our E-Learning program and to ensure a safe and healthy school environment, the meetings will be conducted online via Google Meet. The conferences will take place throughout the day, starting from 09:20 am and running until 3:30 pm to allow parents enough time to collect their child from the bus stop in the afternoon. To reserve your time-slot and if you require the school to provide you with a laptop please click here and complete the online sign-up sheet. To ensure that you know how to use Google Meet please click on this instruction guide. Shared Google account and Google Meet link are included in that as well. Parents are asked to only log-in to the meet at their allocated time. You are welcome to contact the admin office for support. Please ensure that you are familiar and able to log-in to Google Meet before the day of the interviews to minimise disruptions on the day. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this initiative.



HFS School Dance on Friday 10 July


As has become tradition over the last few years, we will bring the year to a close with a school dance. The event will take place on Friday 10 July from 17:00 to 18:30 pm at the HFS school hall. Put on your dancing shoes and practice your moves for what promises to be an enthralling end of year celebration. The event is open only to students of HFS and their parents and a juice and snack will be provided, courtesy of the HFS Parent Teacher association. We thank them for their kind and generous assistance in making this event happen. I look forward to seeing you there.



HFS Yearbook Orders Due Today


As we bring the year to a close it is important to reflect on everything that made 2019/20 the year that it was. Mrs. Andersen has designed and crafted a fantastic yearbook that is a collection of all of the memories of this past year. This is a gentle reminder that orders for this yearbook are due today to allow enough time for printing. Please complete your orders by clicking here and filling out this online order form. The PTA has generously sponsored a discount for each student’s first copy and the cost is only 20,000 Won (43,000 Won for each copy thereafter). Please send payment to the admin office. I have already ordered my copy and I do hope you order your copy of this treasure trove of your child’s memories of this year at HFS.



Finally, it is understandable that students may have to leave HFS as their family’s time in Korea comes to an end. if you are certain that your children will be leaving HFS at the end of this year, please inform the admin office by Friday 10 July. While we understand that your journey at HFS may reach its end we will certainly be sad to see you leave.



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



Mr. Kearney