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Newsletter 2018/19 Term 3 Week 10

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Dear Parents,

 

We have reached the end of the 2018/19 Academic year and we have done it in style. We have successfully gotten through our first year of HFS in its new incarnation and I am overwhelmingly pleased at how everyone, parents, teachers, staff and students, performed throughout the year. We have had to face some surprising challenges during the course of this year but we have overcome them together. Someone once said that the greatness of a community can best be measured by the compassionate actions of its members; looking back on the accomplishments of this past year I know then that, thanks to you, the HFS community must truly be great indeed.

 

 

PTA Pizza Movie Day

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What a fantastic treat it was for the whole school to go to the HHI Arts Center for a screening of Toy Story 4 yesterday. I must admit that I shed a tear at the ending (which I won’t spoil for those who haven’t seen the film yet). It was a wonderful whole-school excursion and an enjoyable shared experience, a fitting way to bring the school year to a close. Thank you to the PTA for sponsoring the event and for preparing the delicious pizza and healthy snacks for our lunch as we returned. You truly are the backbone of support that keeps our school alive.

 

 

HFS End of Year Assembly


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As is fitting of each term we conduct an assembly to present well deserved awards and showcase the amazing work that our students have produced, this term was no different. Congratulations to our Citizenship and Commendation Award winners. It always fills me with pride when students display excellence in academics or character and at HFS we are happy to reward these achievements. It was also great to see what the students have been learning, from the F1/2/Y1s’ phonics abilities to the Year 2/3 poetry skills and the excellent demonstrations of volcanoes by the Year 7/8/9’s. It was a marvelous presentation of the teaching and learning that has been taking place at HFS. Well done to all!

 

 

Summer Break and New Academic Year Commencement

 

I am sure you are all looking forward to an enjoyable and relaxing summer vacation. I do hope you make the most of every moment wherever you may be. Everyone has outdone themselves this year and you should enjoy this well-deserved break. Please click here if you would like to see the academic calendar for next year. I look forward to school starting anew on Monday 26 August, everyone being refreshed, revitalised and ready for 2019/20.

 

Thank you for your continued support throughout the year and do have a wonderful summer break.

 

Mr. Kearney

 

Newsletter 2018/19 Term 3 Week 9

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Dear Parents,

 

Firstly, a huge thank you to the parents who attended the lunch on Wednesday. It was a small gesture to show our appreciation for those without whom HFS would simply not exist. It was wonderful to see and chat with you all and I’m glad you got a sneak peek at the fantastic Yearbook that we will release next week. There are few important announcements this week of which you should be made aware. Firstly, a gentle reminder that there will be no club activities during the final week of school. Classes will end at 3:30 pm next week and the school bus will run as normal. (Violin and Swimming Club will go on next week.) On Tuesday 25 June school tuition fee invoices for term 1 will be sent home with your child. Please be sure to look out for them if this pertains to you.

 

 

HFS 2019 School Dance Festivities

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What a party it was. I hope you had as much fun as I had. It was awesome to see our students cutting loose and tearing up the dance floor. Who knew they could move like that. The games were fun too. Well done to all the dancers for showing us their hula and limbo skills. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work in putting it together. I hope we can top this event next year.

 

 

Reports and Books Sent Home Overnight

 

Today you will have received the term 3 progress report with your child. I am sure that our students performed exceptionally as they usually do. Please peruse the reports at length and bring any compliments or concerns to the parent teacher conferences next week. Please also complete the parents’ section at the end and bring that with you to the meeting. On Monday you will have the chance to view the work your child has been doing at school as English, Math and Science books go home overnight. Please return them on Tuesday so that class work may continue.

 

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

 

On Wednesday 26 June we will have our termly parent teacher conferences. The interviews will be scheduled for during the day, starting at 11:30 for the year 2/3 class and will run until 4:30 pm. Please fill your name on the interview sheet at the admin office to secure your interview slot. It is important to take this opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss their progress and any concerns you may have as they enter the next leg of their learning journey. I look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

PTA Pizza and Movie Day

 

On Thursday 27 June the PTA will treat the students to a Pizza lunch and movie afternoon. Aren’t they lucky! The students will gather as per usual for lunch in the cafeteria but our wonderful PTA has generously provided pizza, gimbap, and fruit for the students to enjoy as we celebrate the 2018/19 academic year coming to a close. After lunch the students will gather in the library to enjoy a “mystery” movie and refreshments to cap off a year of hard work. It will be fun afternoon.

 

 

Final Assembly on Friday 28 June

 

Our 2018/19 academic year will officially come to an end on Friday 28 June. It will be a full day running until 3:30 pm. The assembly will commence at 1:40 pm, join us for the commendation and citizenship awards presentation and a showcasing of selections of work that the students have completed during this term. It will be a fine send off to what has been a magical year at HFS.

 

 

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

 

Mr. Kearney

Newsletter 2018/19 Term 3 Week 8

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Dear Parents,

We are in the final stages of term three of the 2018-2019 academic year and things are still charging along well at HFS. There are still a number of events and announcements of which I wish to inform you.

 

HFS Open Day

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On Tuesday 18 June from 09:30 to 11:30 am we will have another “Open Day” at HFS. If you have been to the previous one you will know that we will have a presentation for new guests at 09:30 am, introducing our beloved school, followed by a short tour of the premises. At 10:00 am there will be snacks and refreshments in the cafeteria and discussion with Mr. Kim, and myself. From 10:30 to 11:30 you will have the chance to wander the school and join in the lessons that are underway. Invite your friends or anyone who may have an interest in HFS and take this opportunity to view the excellent inquiry-based learning that is taking place at the school. Validated parking in the Hanmaeum Center Plaza will be available. I look forward to seeing you there.

 

Thank You Lunch for Parents
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As a token of our appreciation of your continued support throughout the year HFS will have a lunch on Wednesday 19 June from 1:15 to 2:15 pm in our cafeteria. Without your presence the school would simply cease to be and this is our way of acknowledging your commitment and dedication to HFS. Please RSVP by clicking here to state whether you will attend the lunch. I look forward to chatting with you over lunch about the year that has passed as well as what is in store for the HFS community.

 

HFS 2019 School Dance

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I am pleased to announce that on Friday 21 June we will be having our annual HFS School dance. The event will run from 4:30 until 5:45 pm. To join in the fun will require an entrance fee of 5,000 Won which will get you a cotton candy, juice and (nut-free) cookie courtesy of the HFS PTA. Put on your dancing shoes and show off your moves as we dress-up and dance, play games and have fun to celebrate making it through 2018/19! It’s always a good time at HFS!

 

Dongrami Theater Productions
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It always pleases me to see our HFS students doing well in extra-curricular activities outside of their regular school life. We have 2 students participating in upcoming productions that you may wish to see. Our F1 student, Jisika Philip will have a role in “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp” on Tuesday 25 June at 7:30 pm and our Y2/3 student, Cortney Dykes and Seongyun Seo, will play a part in the production of “The Wizard of Oz” on Friday 28 June at 7:30 pm. Please take the time to go and watch them perform. Admission is free and you merely need to contact the theater at 052-258-1248 to book a seat. If you would like to flex your acting chops the theater is also looking for an actor/actress who is interested in being a member of The Wizard of OZ team that meets every Wednesday.

 

Ulsan Hyundai Football Club Escorts

Hello sports fans! Everything is underway for the those of you who signed up to have your child be an escort for the Ulsan Hyundai Football Club players or to view the match from the select seats. Thank you to all for collecting your uniforms and this is just a friendly reminder that the bus will depart from the Hanmaeum Center parking lot at 5:00 pm. Tickets will be issued on the bus. It will be a fun and enjoyable experience; it is not mandatory but we encourage people to wear blue as a sign of support. Go Tigers!

 

HFS 2018/19 Yearbook

This is just a gentle reminder to place your orders for our 2018/19 HFS School Yearbook at the admin office by Tuesday 18 June. The cost for the first copy is 15,000 Won thanks to the kind sponsorship of the PTA. Each additional copy will be 35,000 Won. The student council and a number of individual staff have been working hard at putting together this treasure trove of the memories of this year at HFS and It is a worthwhile investment.

 

That is all for this week, thank you for your continued support and do have a good weekend.

 

Mr. Kearney

Newsletter 2018/19 Term 3 Week 7

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Dear Parents,

 

It has been a welcome relief to have a regular full week of school after last week’s disruptions. Having a full day of classes yesterday really made a difference. Just a reminder that Friday 28 June will also be a full day until 3:30 pm to make up for lost teaching time.

 

 

Information Evening Summary

 

Thank you to all who attended our information evening on Wednesday. It is always a pleasure to see parents take an interest in school matters. I was happy to report back on the many achievements we have made as a school community this year as well as explain the class and staffing structure for next year. Here is a breakdown of the classes and faculty for 2019/20.

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I am also proud to announce the positive outcome of the recent CIS Inspection of our premises and educational standards which according to the CIS representative “have improved HFS’ ability to fulfil its new mission and vision, even with a significantly reduced student roll and staff complement.” We have also finalized the 2019/20 academic calendar which can be viewed by clicking here.

 

 

2018/19 HFS Yearbook

 

It brings me great joy to inform you that progress for the yearbook is going steadily but we would like to gauge how many books we need to print. The cost of the yearbook is 35,000 Won but the PTA will generously be covering 20,000 Won of that amount. That means that the final cost will be 15,000 Won per book for the first copy that you purchase. If you wish to order a second copy it will cost 35,000 Won. Please visit the admin office and make your payment to secure your yearbook order by Friday 14 June. I can’t wait to see the treasure trove of memories stored within its pages.

 

 

Ulsan Hyundai Football Club Escorts

 

A gentle reminder that on Saturday 15 June those of you who signed up to have your child be an escort for the Ulsan Hyundai Football Club players or to view the match from the select seats should keep the evening free. It will run from 7 until 9 pm. We will provide a bus to transport students and parents to and from the game. Uniforms will be provided for the escorts and will need to be collected from the admin office next week. More details regarding the event will be forthcoming next week.

 

 

GL Assessments during Week 8

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Next week the FS2 to Y9 students will be completing their end of year progress tests in the form of the GL assessments. HFS has adopted this rigorous assessment platform since it is recognised as the leading provider of formative assessments to UK schools, as well as for international schools in over 100 countries worldwide. The tests are not intended to be studied for but rather are designed as a gauge of a students’ overall learning, ability, and aptitude to provide a holistic view of each pupil. This approach provides teachers with the data and insight necessary to inform teaching and learning and to track progress effectively. I am sure that the students will do well as a result of their diligence and the fine teaching standards in place at HFS.

 

 

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

 

 

Mr. Kearney

 

Newsletter 2018/19 Term 3 Week 6

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Dear Parents,

 

Thank you for your support and understanding during this turbulent week. I am ecstatic to report that the labour unionists have left the building and regular school classes will take place on Monday 3rd June. I must also thank all the staff for their tireless efforts to ensure that the school was left undamaged and that learning could still take place in the form of school trips during this difficult situation. I would like to remind parents that to recoup some lost teaching learning time as a result of this week’s disruption, Thursday 6 June will be a full day of school until 3:30 pm. The school bus will operate as normal (There will, however, be no Art club).

 

 

Report Back on School Trips

 

Fortunately, despite the circumstances, both school trips went smoothly and without any problems. The Y4-9 residential trip was a resounding success. The students had a fantastic time as you no doubt gathered from the daily updates from the accompanying teachers. From astronomy to kayaking, climbing, team-building and cooking. The students learned important life-skills and developed their independence and autonomy. It was an enjoyable and valuable learning experience for all. Thank you to the caring staff for putting it together and working to ensure a safe yet exciting time was enjoyed by all.

 

The trip to Gyeongju was also sensational. The students enjoyed a full day away in the warm sun and got the opportunity to see a host of remarkable and exotic flora and birdlife in a fantastic setting. Well done to all for being brave and allowing the birds to perch on them. I am glad that the students got to see such an unusual range of plant and animal species, from delicate retreating Mimosas to menacing Venus-flytraps and a kaleidoscope of beautiful flowers in between as well as alligators, ostriches, tortoises, sharks and topping it off with a craft activity to bring back a memento of the excursion. Thank you to all the parents for having the children ready at the pick-up points and to the staff for ensuring the safe drop-off and collection of the students afterwards.

 

Please enjoy these pictures from the trips of your child enjoying these learning experiences.

 

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Information Evening Wednesday 5 June

 

A gentle reminder of the upcoming information evening on Wednesday 5 June from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. We will discuss the class and staff structuring next year as well as the outcomes of our recent CIS evaluation. I look forward to seeing you there as well as fielding and questions you may have.

 

 

HFS Open Day Tuesday 18 June

 

If you would like a peek at the goings-on at HFS join us on Tuesday 18 June from 09:30 to 11:30 am for an opportunity to view the teaching and learning that your child is benefitting from at the school. Parking will be available so please invite your friends and participate in some unique concept and inquiry based learning as we showcase a typical day at HFS. I hope to see you there.

 

Thank you for your continued support and do have a wonderful and restful weekend.

 

Mr. Kearney

Update on School Situation

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Given that the school closure still continues, you would naturally be interested to know what the situation would be like for the school next week.  We would like to bring to your attention that we have been closely monitoring the situation at our school building and thus can confirm that although the building is still occupied by the labor unionists, the 3rd floor where our school is located, has not been damaged.  Although we fully expect that the labor unionists will leave the building after the HHI shareholders’ meeting tomorrow, we will be sure to inform the parents in the course of the day as soon as we are made aware, if we can resume our classes at our site next Monday.

Meanwhile, in the unlikely event that we cannot come back to school next Monday at Hanmaeum Center as expected, we have secured classrooms at the HHI Personnel Training Center at Ulsan College. 

Please rest assured that we will continue to keep you posted of further developments as they unfold.

We appreciate your continued support.

Mr. Kearney
 

[HFS] Residential Trip and Class Trip Reminder

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Dear Parents,

 

An update regarding the situation at Hanmaeum Center. We appealed to the labor unionists to grant us access to the building. They are firm in their position and we will not have access to the building for the rest of the week. We apologise for this inconvenience although it was due to events beyond our control. To make up for some of the down time as a result of this situation we will have a full day of classes on Thursday 6th June which was scheduled to be a National holiday. The last day of term, Friday 28 June, will now also be a full day running to 3:30 pm.

 

The Y4-9 residential trip scheduled for Wednesday 29 May will run ahead as planned. Parents are asked to have their children at the Sangtevill pick up point by 08:00 am on Wednesday 29 May. Please click here for more information. The contact number for the residential trip will be 010-8469-2945.

 

The Gyeongju Bird Park trip for the FS1/2 and Y1-3 students on Thursday 30 May will also go ahead as planned. Parents are asked to check here for the correct bus drop-off and pick up location and be there at least 5 minutes before the bus arrives. The contact number for the Gyeongju trip will be 010-9742-2945.

 

If you have any queries, please email the office at admin@hyundaiforeignschool.com We will keep you updated should there be any further developments.

 

Thank you for your understanding throughout this situation.

 

Mr. Kearney

Newsletter 2018/19 Term 3 Week 5

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Dear Parents,

 

We are almost half way through our final term and things are heating up around us as well as at HFS as Summer sets in. We are all enjoying the fine, bright weather and clear air. I am happy to share with you this week’s announcements.

 

 

HFS Sports Day

 

It was a pleasantly warm day full of sunshine, perfect for our students to show off their athleticism in a mix of individual, class and team games. They all competed to their best and displayed superb sportsmanship in a day full of fun and excitement. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the PTA for their assistance and for providing a delicious treat to our tired athletes. A great day of healthy physical activity was enjoyed by all. Here are some pics of the day’s action for you to view.

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Residential Trip and Trip to Gyeongju Bird Park

 

On Thursday 30 May and Friday 31 May Hanmaeum center will be closed and access will be restricted. Fortunately, the Year 4 to 9 students will be away on the residential trip to Busan from Wednesday 29 May to Friday 31 May. The bus will depart promptly at 8:20 am on Wednesday 29 May. Please ensure that your child has all the necessary items on the packing list. I am sure they are eagerly anticipating the fun learning activities and experiences that the teachers and staff have planned for this trip. The FS1/2/Y1 and Y2/3 classes will also make the most of the building closure by attending a full day trip to the Gyeongju Bird Park and botanical gardens. It will be a full-day trip with the school bus departing directly for Gyeongju and returning by 3:30 pm to Sangteville apartments for you to collect your child. There will be no Art club on Thursday 30 May. Thank you to all the parents who have submitted the 10,000Won payment and completed the online permission form. If you have not completed the form, please do so by clicking here and submit the payment by Monday 27 May. A friendly reminder that the school will be closed on Friday 31 May. There will be no access to Hanmaeum center for the day.

 

 

Parents Information Evening on Wednesday 5 June

 

I am pleased to report that we will conduct an “Information Evening” on Wednesday 5 June from 6 pm to 7 pm. There will be a presentation from myself regarding the academic calendar for 2019/20 and the class and staff structure for next year. I will also speak briefly as to the results of our recent CIS evaluation. Mr. Paul Kim will speak to and answer questions relating to the planned future relocation of the school. It will also be an opportunity for you to voice any questions you may have regarding the school. I look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

Personal Property Policy

 

Having heard the concerns of a number of parents and witnessing firsthand the effects that bringing toys, smart watches and electronic devices has on the positive learning environment that we are fostering at HFS it has become necessary to create a new policy regarding these items. From June 1st students will no longer be allowed to bring toys, jewelry accessories and electronic devices to school. It is clear that they result in conflict and negative feelings between students and are a distraction to teaching and learning. Toys and devices that are brought to school will be confiscated by the teacher and returned at the end of the school day. The policy will be updated in the parent handbook and 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 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. It is unfortunate that we have had to modify our policy and hopefully we can revisit it in the future. Thank you for your cooperation in this regard.

 

 

Best regards,

 

 

Scott Kearney

Newsletter 2018/19 Term 3 Week 4

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Dear Parents,

 

A full and busy week has passed us by at HFS and a number of significant events took place and need to be reported in this week’s briefing. It was heartwarming to see so many students making cards for our teachers to celebrate teachers day on Wednesday. Thank you for recognising and acknowledging the efforts made by our teachers. It is truly appreciated.

 

 

CIS Substantive Change Inspection

 

HFS is a proud to be an accredited member of the Council of International Schools (CIS). We maintain high standards of health, safety and educational practice to retain our accreditation to this certificating authority and since HFS moved to its new location it was necessary for an evaluation of the new premises to ensure that the same criteria are being met. The staff have been hard at work ensuring that all CIS guidelines and requirements are being adhered to and I would like to thank Dr. Eric Jabal of the CIS for his thorough evaluation and assessment of our school. Thank you also to the parents who took time to meet with him today and to all the staff for their efforts in preparation for today’s inspection. As soon as the results are available we will share them with you but I have no doubt that HFS will do well in meeting expectations.

 

 

HFS Sports Day

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The weather has been pleasant and warm and the air has been clean and so next Friday 24 May we will have our school sports day at the Spanish sports filed. The event will run in the morning up until lunch time. We will depart at 09:15 and return after enjoying lunch at the field. It promises to be an exciting a morning full of energetic activity as we have class games and group games. Please join us to watch your child flex their athletic muscles and hopefully win a prize.

 

 

Open Day at HFS

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On Tuesday June 18 HFS will conduct another open day so that you may view the dynamic teaching and learning that is happening at our school. Join us and invite your friends for a brief presentation about the school at 09:30, followed by a short tour and refreshments and the opportunity to witness and participate in an actual lesson. Parking will be available and all staff will be eager to field any questions you may have. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to see behind the scenes at your child’s school. 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.

 

Best regards,

 

 

Scott Kearney