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HFS Newsletter 2018/19 Term 1 Week 11

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Dear Parents

We are approaching the end of term one and preparing to welcome winter as the fall leaves fade. Thank you to all of the parents who kindly volunteered to assist at lunch breaks. Having an extra pair of eyes and hands makes a great difference to the smooth running of the cafeteria during mealtimes.


School trips

The year 1/2/3’s had a wonderful trip to Kidzania on Thursday. It is a spectacular theme park and the students made the most of their time there. They got the opportunity to have hands-on job experiences as airline pilots, beauticians, being chocolatiers, reviving patients as doctors, putting out fires as firemen and caring for animals as vets and much more. A special thank you to Mrs. Florovskiy for her assistance on the day. I look forward to seeing the work they produce from this valuable practical learning experience.

Please enjoy the photos of this fantastic trip and see our Facebook page or class web pages for more.

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On Tuesday the FS1/2 and Year 1’s will have a sensory experience exploring the new park at Daewangam as well as a fun clay-making activity. They are all excited for that upcoming trip as they have been exploring their senses these last few weeks, including in this scrumptious activity baking apple-crumble.

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Theo performing at Dongrami Theater

On Tuesday 13 November our own Year 4 student Theo will be performing multiple roles, including the title role, in the Dongrami Theater stage production of “The Wizard of OZ”. Well done Theo! It takes great nerve and confidence to perform on stage and we wish you the best of luck. If you would like to attend and support him, please see the flyer below. The performance starts at 7:30 pm.



Books home overnight

On Monday 12 November student workbooks from the year 1 to 9 classes will be sent home so that parents can examine the work that has been done over the course of term one. Please take this opportunity to comment on your child’s learning and progress and return the books on Tuesday so that work in them can continue.


That is all for this week. Thank you for your continued support. Do have an enjoyable weekend and stay warm.

Best regards,


Scott Kearney

HFS Newsletter 2018/19 Term 1 Week 10

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Dear Parents


As November comes so does the winter chill. Please take care and keep warm. Colds and sniffles are rampant so if you think your child is a little unwell please have them rest and recover at home for a day or two.


Scary Dress up Day

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Thank you for your contribution and participation in our scary dress up day activities. The staff and students all had wonderfully creative costumes and a great effort was made by all to make the event as enjoyable as it was. Thank you to everyone for their generous donations to the treat packs and to the PTA for putting them together and preparing popcorn for the movie. Well done to the students for creating amazingly spooky activities for people to explore. The evening was a great success and I look forward to repeating it next year.

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Please enjoy these photos from the day. You can view more on our Facebook page by clicking here.


Fall Fun Day Postponed

With the weather rapidly growing colder and owing to such a short time for organizing it has been decided that we move the fall fun day to Spring. The warmer weather and additional time will allow for a bigger, better event. We will keep you informed regarding updates and progress.


School trips

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Today the Year 4 to 9’s took a trip to Yangdong Cultural village. I’m sure it was a rewarding learning experience and we are keen to see what work they generate from attending this historical site.

On Thursday 8th November the year 1, 2, 3 students will make a trip to the Kidzania theme park in Busan.  We are all very excited to experience what it is like to perform different jobs in a real-world setting. More details will follow next week.

On Tuesday 13th November the year FS1/2 and Year 1 students will attend the new section of the park at Daewangam. Please see the class web-page for more information.


Lunchtime volunteers

We are calling on any parents who may be available between 12:30 and 1:00 pm to put their names down to be an extra set of eyes and hands during our daily lunch period. One person a day will be a great help. If you would like to volunteer, please fill your name on the calendar on the school notice board in the waiting area outside the office.


Thank you for your continued support.

Best regards,


Scott Kearney

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


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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.

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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

HFS Newsletter 2018/19 Term 1 Week 4

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Dear Parents

Chuseok Festivities

 Thank you for attending the HFS Chuseok festivities today. It was entertaining and illuminating. I trust that a good time was enjoyed by all despite the weather being a little wet. It is important for an International School to honor the hallowed festivals, holidays and traditions of the host culture in which it resides. At HFS we aim to do that by including the whole school in the preparation and proceedings. Well done to the year 2/3’s for being excellent MC’s and thank you to Miss Yuli for the wonderful Seoye calligraphy. I particularly enjoyed the informative presentations by the senior students and the Shireum wrestling was a lot of fun. Thank you to the HFS staff for all their hard work they put in toward making today a success and I look forward to next year’s celebration. Please enjoy these pictures from the day’s activities and please follow the HFS Facebook page for more.

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Chuseok Holiday

 The school will be closed from September 24th until October 3rd. I hope everyone will have an enjoyable break and I look forward to seeing you return on Thursday October 4th.

Electronic Devices


 HFS encourages the use of laptops and tablets but a few students have been bringing with them electronic devices that may be a distraction to the learning environment. If a device does not have an immediate educational value it will be restricted from the classroom. Students will be asked to place their device in the school lockers provided and they can use it during break times and after school.

Reading and homework

 At HFS we believe readers are leaders and so we will encourage students to read-read-read during the holiday break, particularly on any rainy day. Also ensure that any homework that is assigned is completed as soon as possible to enjoy as much of the holidays as you can.

 Thank you for your continued support and have a wonderful Chuseok Holiday.

Best regards,

Scott Kearney

Term 1 Swimming Lessons

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Dear Parents

Thank you for your responses to the notice regarding the swimming club. Since we did not meet the required number of students necessary to have an intermediate class we will instead conduct two beginner courses on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively

Please view the table below to see in which day your child is enrolled. The club will start from Tuesday 16th October and will continue until 5th December. Please make the 90,000 Won payment for the 4 lessons per month directly to Mr. Cha the instructor at your first lesson. The second payment can be made in the first week of November.


Students will meet the instructor at the HFS Multi-media Center after school is dismissed and will be escorted to the pool. You may collect your child from the HFS Multi-media Center after the lesson is completed. 

We are calling on any parents who would like to assist in supervising children in the change room at the beginning and end of the lesson to kindly contact the school.

Best Regards,