At Hyundai Foreign School, our goal is to deliver a British based curriculum that is both recognized and transferred easily internationally. To achieve this we utilize a number of different curricula and evaluations, which vary based on year level and subject.
HFS primary and middle years programmes utilize the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Primary and Secondary 1 curricula for English, Maths, and English as a Second Language support classes. For more information on these curriculum please read the CIE Curriculum Overviews:
All other areas of the curriculum (including Science) are based on the International Primary Curriculum and International Middle Years Curriculum.
At HFS we regularly review and revise our programmes based on student performance, parent feedback and educational trends, families at HFS can expect to be asked to attend regular consultation meetings and to fill out surveys to help us make these improvements. Students are also evaluated regularly using both internal and external agencies
Currently, HFS uses externally marked results from the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint, the Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint and the International School’s Assessment to ensure student progress and performance is accurately evaluated and readiness for IGCSE or High School levels are being achieved. Results are shared publicly with parents and the wider school community. This curriculum is recognised and transfers easily throughout International Schools, Europe, UK and USA.
Accreditation & Memberships
Hyundai Foreign School is a proud to be a member of a number of prominent international accrediting bodies and Korean inter-school oraganizations.
Council of International Schools (CIS)
HFS was fully accredited by the Council of International Schools in 2011 .CIS Accreditation is the hallmark of good quality international schools and membership ensures that HFS continues to improve, through:
- “rigorous evaluation against internationally-agreed standards;
- a blend of support and challenge, focused on a school’s development; and
- a peer-based model that brings together international educators from across the world of CIS-accredited schools.”
This means that we has been and will continue to be reviewed by the Council of International Schools, to ensure we meet a high standard for teaching and learning, staff and student welfare, safety and general administration.
For more information visit www.cois.org.
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
HFS is a registered Cambridge International Examinations school and test center, offering the Primary and Secondary 1 curricula.
For more information visit www.cie.org.uk.
Korea Council of Overseas Schools (KORCOS)
HFS is a registered member of the KORCOS.
For more information visit www.korcos.net
Korean Activities Conference (SKAC)
HFS is a registered member of the SKAC.
For more information visit here.
At HFS we endeavour to…
- Provide accredited British based international education, in a Korean setting.
- Give a period of strength and continuity in our students’ education journeys.
- Develop students who are; respectful, responsible, tolerant and confident.
- Enhance expatriate family life in Ulsan.
We envisage a a school that…
- Delivers an engaging curriculum of broad content
- Achieves strong academic results
- Connects students with our Korean context
- Provides rich learning experiences and real life applications
- Has a diverse staff of well qualified international teachers
- Reflects the international character of staff and students through; studies, celebrations, languages and the arts.
- Embraces diversity and treats everyone with dignity and respect.
- Has a close connection with our parents and community
Core Beliefs and Values
- Striving for academic excellence
- Development of core skills in English as the international language
- Global thinking and an international mindset
- Curiosity, enquiry, deep questions, scientific method and critical thinking
- Programmes that encourage personal fitness and physical activity
- Studies that promote environmental awareness, respect for nature, sustainability and conservation
- Creative ways to demonstrate knowledge and learning
- High quality teaching resources, classroom equipment and furniture
- Students that are friendly, welcoming, accepting and able to work or play in a team
- Investment in ongoing professional development for all staff, relevant to their position and responsibilities
- Stimulating displays and learning environments that engage, acknowledge and motivate students
- Up to date and reliable computer and technical resources appropriate for learning and administration
- Strategic and administratively efficient systems, policies and practices
School Fees and Payments
School Fee Payments are arranged directly with office staff
The school is a non-profit school with 100% of all fees being spent to run the school.
School fees include exercise books and most buses for trips, PE etc. Occasionally teachers need to collect payment for specific class activities. Please send all payments to school in a sealed recycled envelope with child’s name, purpose and amount written on the outside.
A non-refundable application fee of 2 million Korean won is charged to all new applicants. Returning applicants are subject to a 1 million Korean won fee. Payment of this fee guarantees that a place will be kept vacant for up to six months from the payment date.
Annual Tuition Fee
Hyundai Foreign School operates on a three term basis and invoices for school fees will be issued three times each year, approximately one calendar month prior to the payment date. Payment, in Korean won, must be made prior to the commencement of each school term.
Invoices will be issued to parents three times during the school year.
A penalty of 5% will be applied to payments received after the commencement of the term. A student whose tuition fee is outstanding 20 school days after the commencement of the school term will be unable to attend school until the termly fee is paid.
New pupils entering the school more than 20 school days into a term will be charged on a pro rata basis.
Students with a parent working with Hyundai receive a discount on tuition fees. This discount applies to all Hyundai employees and employees of companies whose work is directly related to Hyundai. For example, all employees of class societies and ship owners qualify for the lower tuition rate.
Children leaving the school permanently during a term will be entitled to receive a refund on a pro rata basis. If the leaving date is within the last 20 school days of the term, no refund will be given.
Payment Schedule for 2016/17
The annual tuition fee for the 2016/2017 school year commencing on August 29th 2016 is as follows:
School Bank Details
Korea Exchange Bank Dong-Gu Branch
Account Name – Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd.
Account Number – 1170400207303
Swift Code – koexkrse
Please indicate the child’s name and invoice No. in the payment details column upon remittance
- Hyundai Foreign School
- Hyundai Foreigners’ Compound
- Seobu-Gil 1
- South Korea
- Postcode 44026
Calling from outside Korea
- The country code for Korea is 82.
- The ‘0’ should be dropped from the area code.
- e.g Tel :- 82 52 250 2851
Students with Special Needs
We have limits to the support that HFS is able to offer students with significant special needs e.g. severe autism, mental disabilities, developmental delays, brain injuries, and emotional, social or behavioural problems.
In most cases special needs students are welcome and we do what we can to teach and socialise them in accordance with an agreed individual education plan (IEP). The IEP may address; learning, social and behavioural matters as required.
In cases where a child’s special needs are too demanding, disruptive or unsafe, we may require parents to provide additional support. (e.g. Having the child only attend part time or supplying a parent funded supervisor). The school may also determine that a specific child has needs too great and is unable to attend HFS.
We require full disclosure of all known or suspected special needs for our students at time of enrolment, and may request that parents arrange for a full professional assessment in some cases. We may also request professional assessment when a special need has not been notified, but concerns have arisen as a result of observations, learning or behaviours at school.
HFS has limited disabled access at either EYC or the Main School site.
Please complete the Application for Admission form online and submit it.
Link: HFS Application for Admission Form
Do not worry if some Korean contact details such as the alien registration number are unknown at the time of application, these can be provided later.
You will also need to submit an Online Contact Form prior to students attending. Admission applications are usually responded to within 1 week during term time, or at the end of holiday breaks.
Link: HFS Online Contact Form
You will be sent a Placement Letter confirming enrolment. It will either state the class and teacher, (or waiting list,) that your child has been assigned to. Placement letters remain valid for the Period indicated on the letter only. After this, if the student has not started to attend, parents need to re-apply and pay another application fee. (This re-application requirement does not apply to students on the waiting list.)
There may be waiting lists assigned to class levels where class sizes are at maximum. The lists usually progress quickly due to the transient nature of our community and most waiting list students would generally expect to begin school within 1 term or less. Most commonly our waiting lists apply to EYC – F1 and F2.
Korean Nationals – Please note we have restricted entry for Students who have a Korean parent or parents. Due to government regulations we have limited places for these students at each year level. We will need to check the number of Korean students in your child’s year level before we can confirm enrollment, and may have to place your child on a waiting list in some cases.
Currently the school provides a bus (HFS Bangojin Bus = HBB) between the New Foreigners Compound (Bangojin), HFS and our EYC. Students are supervised by school staff getting on these buses, at school and between HFS and the EYC. F1 students are required to travel with a parent.
HBB General provisions:
- Students using the HBB must have registered to do so with the office (Bus Registration Form)
- Students using the HBB must be regular users – no casuals or part-timers.
- Students registered to use the HBB will be removed from the list after 3 weeks of non-use
- The bus driver/Assistant marks a HBB Register for each trip
- The bus will only drop students at the agreed home stop or at an agreed regular ‘school arranged’ after school activity venue. Nowhere else.
- The bus driver/Assistant has a HBB roll and a parent contact number. If parents F1-Y2 are not at home bus stops, parents will be called – once. If there is no reply the child is returned to school for Office Staff/Bus Assistant to contact families.
BP provides a bus to HFS for their contractors’ children from Exordium and around Dong Gu
Because schools are places where children socialize, they are also places where a number of childhood health problems are passed on. The following is a list of some of the more common ones
Coughs and Colds
These are common viruses affecting the ears, noses and throats, sometimes with fever or chest infections, causing coughing , sneezing etc. Please keep sick students home. They need rest and plenty of fluids, and we don’t want them spreading their germs. Can last up to a week depending on the virus. Covering mouth/nose when sneezing/coughing and rigorous hand washing before eating helps reduce the spread.
Scalp parasites 2-3 mm long and their eggs (Nits) glued to the base of hairs. Tend to be worse during spring and autumn. Headlice suck blood and heavy infestations can leaves students tired from loss of deep sleep or with infected sores on their scalps. Headlice are highly contagious, and prefer long clean natural hair. Some students are more susceptible to reinfection than others. Shorter hair styles or dyed hair may be a solution for these students. Students with headlice at school will be sent home immediately for treatment. Please check your child’s head regularly and treat if necessary
An itchy red circular skin fungus that spreads easily by contact and can be caught off or given to cats. Easily treated with ointment. Avoid contact with stray or unknown cats.
Many kinds from many different sources – dirty hands, infected soil, pets, undercooked meat, exotic foods… Good hand washing and keeping non-food items away from the mouth is the best defense. Most children probably have some worms right now; adults are a little more resistant. There are no obvious symptoms – restless poor sleepers and itchy bottoms may be an indicator. We recommend treating the entire family at the start of each school holiday. Worm treatment chocolate is available from some pharmacies.
Sometimes referred to as ‘school sores’ are highly contagious infected sores that start as a pimply rash and then form open wet sores. Usually on legs and arms. These sores need medical attention and must be kept covered and treated with antibiotic creams. Impetigo can infect carpets and fabric covered furniture. School items are sterilized regularly.
Chicken Pox, Measles, Mumps etc
These are unpleasant viruses usually associated with flu like symptoms including fever, nausea aches and lethargy. Chicken Pox and Measles may produce itching spots that can leave permanent scars. Mumps causes painful swelling in glands. Because they are viruses, these diseases are generally only caught once, and all of these diseases are more severe if caught after puberty. Students with these illnesses must stay home until cleared for school by a doctor.
If your child is unwell please phone or email the school office.
We prefer that students who have:
- Vomiting or Diarrhoea
- Headache or Fever
- Persistent Coughing
- Jet Lag
Stay at home until there have been no symptoms for 24 hours.
Children taking time off during the school term for a family vacation for 2 weeks or less is usually not a problem. Please check with teachers about important school dates e.g. Cambridge Check Point Examinations, and email the school office with your vacation dates.
All Official School communication comes via the school website, printed school notices or direct emails and calls from school staff.
Notices pasted by well meaning parents or students on forums such as Facebook, twitter etc cannot be considered official school notifications. Please always check the actual school web page.
Our school office is unattended between 12:00 and 1:00 each day but office staff may be contacted by phone at this time as calls are re-routed to their mobiles. The EYC does not have on site office staff, but teachers endeavour to take your calls when they can.
Parents are welcome to come and speak with teachers at school. We would like to know in advance that you are coming and the reason for your call. It may be best to make these arrangements in advance by email or calling the office.
Teachers prefer not to be contacted about school matters socially or at home, even if you have their phone number, or consider them to be a personal friend. We like to separate our school and personal lives a little. Appointments can be made to see particular staff by phoning the school office or EYC.
If you have a concern related to your child’s learning, class programme, homework or interactions please arrange to speak directly to the teacher.
If you have a concern about the teacher, or some aspect of school organisation, safety or school policy – please make an appointment to see the Head Teacher (or Head of EYC.)
We will do what we can to understand your concern and make things better. We may ask you to put your concern in writing.
Reports and Interviews
Written progress reports are sent home at the end of each term for all classes FS1 – Y9. Parent interviews are held at the beginning of term 1 (or at induction time) as a general introduction, and then typically held a week after reports are sent home to discuss results and set goals.
In addition to the above the EYC hold shared learning sessions with parents approximately every six weeks and updated ‘Learning Journeys’ are sent home after these for sharing, comments and return.
Interviews may be arranged at anytime to discuss specific matters.
Students in F1-9 have a weekly library time. Students are issued with a special library card that is kept in the library. Y1-9 may borrow a maximum of two books at any time for a maximum of 2 weeks.
EYC students take home one book per week for sharing, to be returned each Friday.
Students who have outstanding books for return, or a history of poor returns, or of damaging library books – may have their borrowing limited or stopped.
Students should transport library books inside a book bag or plastic bag as protection against spills and other damage.
Lost books from either library are charged at W20,000 each towards replacement.
Bring Your Own Device (Y5-9 BYOD)
Students at HFS in Years 5-9 use laptops as part of their daily work in English, Maths, Science and Humanities Studies. We use the Bring Your Own Device philosophy allowing parents to supply a computer of their own choosing as long as it meets our broad minimum requirements.
Students will need to bring their laptops every day from the first day.
- All HFS students in Year 5-9 are expected to provide their own laptop computer for study.
- Students must be able to bring a charged laptop to class daily.
- Laptops must meet the minimum system and software requirements listed below.
- The school will provide internet access, charging points, lockers and a classroom computer should a student’s personal computer require maintenance.
- Not more than two years old (new BYOD students only)
- Have a battery life of 4 hours
- Have at least 4GB of RAM
- Run an English based operating system
- Windows 7 Home Premium or greater
- OSX 10.8 or greater
- Have at least one USB port and WiFi
- Netbooks are acceptable
- Windows 7 Home Premium or higher
- Microsoft Office 2013 (student edition or higher)
- An active anti-virus programme (free alternatives are acceptable)
- Google Chrome (free download)
- Google Drive (free download)
Losses and Damages
Though HFS provides secure storage areas and teaches students how to act responsibility around electronic equipment ultimately, though, students are responsible for lost, stolen and/or damaged personal electronic devices, just as they are for any other personal items they bring to school.
Damages that are caused wilfully will be covered under the existing Wilful Damage policy.
We supervise student internet use as much as practicable, and we have a net screen programme operating on school supplied student computers. Students are expected to only use school computers for legitimate educational purposes.
Parents will be informed of students who deliberately use the school internet to access inappropriate sites and the child’s school internet use may be restricted at school thereafter.
We discourage the use of USB devices from home because of security issues. All home computer materials for school should be emailed.
F2-Y9 students need to bring food from home for breaks and lunches. We provide facilities for hot water and heating. F1 students have their morning snack provided. The school does not provide any other food services.
We welcome parent volunteers willing to go on a parent lunch roster to assist our students in eating and packing up, at both EYC and the Main school.
Students should take home all left-over food so that parents know how much their children are eating.
We recommend fruit, sandwiches, leftovers from dinner, or soups etc for student lunches.
Candy, party snacks, crisps, leftover MacDonald’s food and similar are banned from school as they have been shown to negatively affect learning. Likewise “sports drinks” with electrolytes and the high caffeine buzz drinks (eg V, Red Bull…) are officially not recommended for children.
Students may go home for lunch if parents have completed this section of the ‘Information and Contact Form’. They need to sign out before leaving and wear a school “Lunch-Pass” wrist band while at large in the compound. The band is returned when they sign back in before the end of lunch break.
School Students may only have lunch at the Clubhouse if dining with their parents.
Birthday Cakes – No Thank You
We do not allow children to share birthday cakes at school and EYC. These cakes have been very disruptive in the past with young students overly excited in anticipation and many students difficult to settle after. With several birthdays sometimes occurring in class in 1 week, many hours of planned learning can be affected. It is also very hard for us to police the ingredients of cakes, when some students do not eat or have allergies to; nuts, eggs, dairy etc.
It is best to simply not send cakes to school. Parents who wish to do a birthday cake share can arrange to do so at the clubhouse after school. We really appreciate your understanding and support over this issue.
In 2016-17, F2-Y9 School Assemblies are held at 12:45am on Thursdays. The term planner will inform you what sort of assembly we are having.
Parents are welcome to attend the notified “Parent Assemblies” led by the Student Council in the HFS Hall. Classes may share work, we award certificates, share notices and have some school singing.
Students elect representatives in Term 1 to form a Student Council.
- Y1 & Y2 classes select a class representative under teacher guidance.
- Y3/4 classes vote for a class representative in the election process
- Y5-9 vote for students to make up a “Student Executive” as well as a vote for a preferred student leader.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Class Representatives and Student Executive members have the same rank, roles and responsibilities. The only difference is age.
- The students council lead assemblies, MC school shows, assist with the organisation and running of student discos and similar events, help welcome new students and provide a representative group for providing “Student Voice” when required. Class teachers may use Student Council members in class roles of extra responsibility.
- Holding a student council position should not disrupt a student’s learning or time in class.
- At the start of the year, students in Y3-9 are asked to complete nominations to become election candidates. They are allowed to put up posters, and campaign as they see fit until Election Day (2-3 Weeks). After an Election Assembly at which all candidates make a short speech, students return to class to complete a secret ballot voting paper which is collated by the Principal. The student in each class who gets the most votes joins the council. The next 5 students with the highest votes in Y5-9 also become part of the executive and Teachers then decide who the 2 leaders will be – guided by the students’ leader votes.
- In Y1/2 Teachers will lead students through an in-class selection process to choose their class representative.
- If a student council member leaves during the year, they will be replaced by teacher selection. Student leaders may be replaced by a bi-election in some cases.
The school is not responsible for damage to or loss of mobile phones and prefers that they stay at home.
Students are not allowed to use their mobile phones in class without specific teacher permission. They should be turned off and kept in a secure place during class.
Inappropriate use of mobile phones at school in connection to; messaging, recording, photographing, videoing… Leading to: harassment, bullying or uploads personal or inappropriate material – will be dealt with seriously by the Principal.
Uniform & Dress Code
- The HFS uniform includes: Red Poloshirt (Monogrammed), Navy Poloshirt (Monogrammed, Grey PE T-Shirt (Printed) and a Cap (monogrammed). These items can be sized and purchased through the school office.
- All students F1-Y9 are required to wear their HFS uniform shirt (Red or Blue) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Uniform is not required on Wednesdays.
- PE Shirts need to be worn for PE or sports lessons (even on Wednesdays). Students should change back into a uniform shirt after PE.
- When not wearing uniform, students are expected to dress conservatively in clean, tidy, casual clothing. ( This applies to new students awaiting uniform orders.)
- We do not have uniform “Bottoms” students may wear shorts or skirts, jeans or tights.
- Please note that: ripped jeans, hot pants, mini skirts, low riders etc are not permitted. Shirts worn when not in uniform may not be briefer than a T-shirt. No tank tops, crop tops or singlets please.
- Jewellery is limited to basic stud earrings. No make-up. Activity friendly footwear (no flip flops).
- Students must wear their school uniforms on school trips, and may be asked to wear a specific colour for set activities; e.g. all in Red.
- Hats are not compulsory, but should be worn if weather conditions or needs of the student require it.
- All clothing worn to school must be clean and in good repair. Students are expected to be clean and well groomed for school.
Students who are investigated and found to have either deliberately or as a result of negligence, damaged school property including; library books, windows, sports equipment, furniture, computer equipment or computer systems etc will be billed for the full repair/replacement costs.
Parent Teacher Association
Our school PTA meet regularly to organise events and fundraisers.
New parents are always welcome at meetings and activities which are notified on the term planner or via the HFS PTA Facebook page.
Parent Volunteers & Room Parents
Parents who would like to help with class work or activities are welcome to approach the class teachers directly with offers. Teachers will sometimes advertise their needs via class notices on the webpage.
Parents who are willing to: listen to students read, help with special lessons eg cooking, swimming…, assist with library books, join the parents’ playground supervision roster, attend camps, or coach sports are always most welcome.
Room Parents are selected by class teachers early in the school year. They help to facilitate communication between homes and the school, coordinate class helpers and help to welcome new families. If you would like to put yourself forward for this role, please complete the form from the webpage at the start of Term 1.
Parents working in the school do need to sign in and out with the office as we need to know who is on site in case of an emergency evacuation.
Personal Information Policy – Students
HFS Personal Information Policy – Students
Supervision at Events
When the school and PTA events are held out of school time, parents need to ensure that they (or a nominated other adult) are directly responsible for supervising their own children at all times. Because of language barriers with some parents and agencies, simple matters such as finding a temporarily lost child can be very complex.
Students who leave the confines of an organised event room (e.g. disco hall) or a set area (e.g. pool enclosure) during an event cannot be the sole responsibility of the school or PTA.
If school staff and volunteers are taking charge of a group for a set time period or in a set place as part of an event, parents need to resume direct control of their own children immediately afterwards.
Lost and Found
Lost Property is stored in a large plastic bin outside the front doors. It is sent to charity at the end of each term. Clearly naming all clothing and footwear helps reduce the number of lost items.
Bad Weather Days
School ends at the usual time every day regardless of the weather. We may shorten the lunchbreak if very cold or wet.
The school rarely closes, but may do so due to strong typhoons or during severe periods of air pollution (yellow dust) etc.
Notice for these closures is usually only late on the day before. Please check the website for confirmations.
During periods of Snow, HFS usually stays open on the understanding that we know students and staff from outside the compound may not be able to attend.
Students are not allowed to spend break times outdoors when the Air Quality Index is 150 or greater.
HFS buildings and grounds are Smoke Free. We also ask that parents and helpers refrain from smoking in cars or in view of students when helping out with trips and camps.
Parents are encouraged to attend Parent Consultation Meetings held each term where we can use your input to review plans and policies as well as share student results, set goals and discuss topical matters. The school also puts out an annual questionnaire in February.
The School Manager hosts a Community Forum each term where HHI are able to share operational information and discuss policy matters.
Enrolment and Induction
Students are classified and enrolled based on the British system. We only enrol or classify students according to age based on the UK system using this sheet:
Link: 16-17 Classification Rainbow (Updated)
Our school roll fluctuates with HHI contracts starting and finishing but we are typically between 160-220 students. Class sizes are kept around 15-20 and with many below. Some classes may rise above 20 for short periods.
We do operate waiting lists when needed – Most often F2, Y3 and Y4. We also have limits on the number of students with Korean parents we are able to enrol. It is important to have these applications in as soon as possible to hold your place on the waiting lists.
The Enrolment Process
To begin the enrolment process please complete the Admission Form online and submit it.
Link: HFS Application for Admission Form
You will also need to submit an Online Contact Form prior to students attending the school. Admission applications are usually responded to within 1 week during term time, or at the end of holiday breaks.
Link: HFS Online Contact Form.
Once an enrolment has been approved you will be sent a Placement Letter confirming enrolment. It will either state the class and teacher, (or waiting list,) that your child has been assigned to. Placement Letters remain valid for the Period indicated on the letter only. After this, if the student has not started to attend, parents need to re-apply and pay another application fee. (This re-application requirement does not apply to students on the waiting list.)
There may be waiting lists assigned to class levels where class sizes are at maximum. The lists usually progress quickly due to the transient nature of our community and most waiting list students would generally expect to begin school within 1 term or less. Most commonly our waiting lists apply to EYC – F1 and F2.
Korean Nationals – Please note we have restricted entry for Students who have a Korean parent or parents. Due to government regulations we have limited places for these students at each year level. We will need to check the number of Korean students in your child’s year level before we can confirm enrolment, and may have to place your child on a waiting list in some cases.
We do not let any new students start school until all signs of jet lag are gone (4 days after a long flight) and new enrolments must have a parent-student-teacher interview before starting classes.
We ask students in F2 to have 2-3 half days when they first begin, in case there are any difficulties with settling in. This is standard practice at the beginning of the year and can be arranged with the teacher at the pre-interview.
For families starting during the school term the Principal will arrange a time to give you a tour of main school or EYC and set up your pre-interviews with teachers, before leaving you in the hands of office staff to finalize paperwork, uniforms and payment.
For students starting at the beginning of the school year or at the start of term 2 or 3, we often arrange a mass induction covering facilities, interviews and other requirements. Details are emailed in advance.
We do not enrol new students to start 30 days before the end of the year or during the last remain weeks of a term. We do not encourage enrolment of students for periods of less than 6 Months.
We require that all students:
- Have a minimum 9 hours sleep before every school day. More for young ones.
- Have enough suitable food with them for breaks and lunch
- Have appropriate clothing, including a hat, for the daily weather conditions
- Are able to meet behaviour expectations and cooperate with teacher instructions
- Can toilet, clean and dress themselves independently
- Have submitted all request documents to the HFS office
- Have completed an online contact form
School Day – Years 1-9
On Wednesdays school ends for all students F2-Y9 at 12:25.
This is to provide teachers in our small international school with the same amount of non-contact time as their counterparts in larger international schools. The school day including breaks and finish time, has been adjusted to ensure students are receiving the same amount of instruction time over the course of a week as in other schools.
End of School Day:
Y1-2 students must be collected from the nominated classroom door.
Year 3-4 students will be dismissed from the main doors of the new building into the school playground at 3:20 each day. The expectation is that they know if they should wait for a parent, walk home, go to the front corridor of the school to be taken to the bus or ask for help.
Year 5-9 students are dismissed from class at 3:20 each day. The expectation is that they know if they should wait for a parent, walk home, go to the front corridor of the school to be taken to the bus or ask for help.
If any students need to be dismissed differently please contact your child’s class teacher to make appropriate arrangements.
School Day – EYC
- 8:50 – Bus from Compound
- 8:55 – Arrival
- 9:00 – Class time
- 10:15 – F1 Snack
- 10:30 – F2 Snack/Morning Break
- 11:00 – Class time
- 12:00 – F1 Dismiss/F2 Lunch Break
- 1:00 – Class time
- 2:15 – Afternoon Break
- 2:30 – Class time
- 3:10 – F2 Dismiss
- 3:15 – Bus to Compound
- 3:25 – Grounds Clear
Our Early Years Centre (EYC) for F1 & F2 students is 10 minutes walk from the main HFS Y1-9 school site.
Like many small schoolsaround the world, some of our classes are composite classes with 2 or more class levels e.g.Y3./4, Y5/6, This gives us more flexibility with student placement and better utilization of school resources.
Composite classes may not be usual practice in some of the home countries of our parents;but all students are still taught appropriate to their individual learning needs and are not be disadvantaged in any way.
Y1-9 have a class teacher for all subjects and receive specialist classes in Arts, PE and Korean.
We offer specialist English Support for students who are not native speakers of English and need extra help.
Important notices eg School Closures, are highlighted on the school web page as soon as possible.
In cases where notice of closure is less than 12 Hours we will attempt to phone or email families with the changes.
Please ensure the office has a completed information and contact form and that all changes to contact information – specifically mobile phone numbers – are kept up to date.
- We appreciate at least one month’s notice in writing to the School Office, confirming your child’s/children’s final day of attendance, in order to prepare a final report and leaving certificate
- Please return all resources and school library books well before leaving
- Please ensure all tuition fees are paid and leave a forwarding address
PE and Sports
We promote fit active students because we know this enhances both learning and lifestyle.
- F2 1x Period PE per week + class sports
- Y1-2 1x Period PE per week + Friday afternoon sports
- Y3-9 2x Periods PE per week + Sports events
The PE programme is taught by our specialist PE teacher and is based on the areas of the UK PE Curriculum adapted to our context. It includes: Large/Small Ball & Racquet/Bat/Stick Sports, Swimming, Athletics, Gymnastics and Fitness topics.
Class teachers lead additional sport and fitness activities with their classes as per your child’s class timetable. There are also several special sports trips spread throughout the year.
Please ensure your child wears their PE shirt for PE classes.
Students who wear eye glasses are required to have unbreakable “Sports Goggles” (available with prescription lenses from all local optometrists) for safety during physical activities. They are not allowed to wear standard spectacles during PE activities and sports events, or for inter-school sport events.
Students who are unable to take part in PE due to illness or injury should send a medical note to the class teacher.
Trips and Experiences
Generally each class plans at least one field trip, event or experience each term, related to current studies. Parents may be required to assist with supervision for some of these. All trip dates should be notified on the term planner.
Consent forms outlining the programme, purpose and what children need to bring, are sent out 2 weeks in advance of all trips.
The school completes pre-visits and risk assessment for all offsite excursions.
Year 3-9 Residential Camp
Currently Y3-9 students have an opportunity to take part in an environmental outdoor experience for approximately 3 days in September.
A selection of 5 week after school activity clubs is offered by teachers each term. These cover a range of sports, arts, and personal interests for groups of 12-16 students in advertised class groups. Additional groups are offered by parents or private organisations – some of these have costs.
We have standardised Homework expectations across the school.
All classes F2-Y9 will have regular homework set by the teacher 3-4 nights per week. This will be outlined at the start of the year in an approved class notice. Learning of spelling and basic facts, and reading are the most important aspects of homework.
If teachers have set other tasks they will be marked promptly.
Internet based homework is valid and linked to class teaching.
Students will be issued with a password and username for the above programmes
Student Behaviour and Rules
School expectations for good behaviour apply everywhere inside the school gate, on school buses and during school trips and excursions.
Students are expected to:
- Always do what they are asked to do the FIRST time
- Always be prepared for their work
- Always work in a way that does not disturb the work of other students
- Care for the property and belongings of the school and other people
- Treat all others with respect and courtesy
We like to notify parents early in cases of students causing behavioural concerns. Teachers may call or write notifying you of ‘low level but persistent’ or ‘significant but one off’ events.
In cases of a serious behaviour event, or ongoing difficulties, the school will request that parents attend a formal interview to outline the issues and set up plans to make positive changes.
In cases of ongoing significant dangerous, illegal or disruptive behaviour, interventions are not limited to, but may include;
- Time Out – Parents asked to collect child immediately for remainder of the day/week
- Suspension – Following an investigation by Head teacher and a discussion with parents – Students are sent home for 1-5 days
- Additional Requirements – School imposed conditions eg Parents to provide extra supervision
- Removal from School – Student enrolment is cancelled
A School Calendar for the full year (coming) and all holidays is published on the school website in June.
A Term Planner with details of all class trips, school events and meetings is published prior to the start of each term.
Whilst we do our best to keep these items up to date and accurate, it pays to check specifics with teachers closer to the time.
School always closes at 12:15pm on the last school day of each term to assist travellers.
If HFS is not suitable for your needs, the nearest alternate International schools are: