Week 6 News and Sullal Wishes

Dear Parents and children,

First of all, we’d like to introduce a new student, Rafaella, in Year 1. Please say hi when you see her around. We hope you enjoyed the school’s festivities. The students and Ms. You did excellent jobs in putting together the musical pieces for each class. Well done!

It has been a short but eventful for the Year 1 and 1/2’s week at HFS. The Year 1/2 assembly was successful and entertaining. Everyone enjoyed their poem recital and video interviews and the pass-the-ball game was rowdy fun. The next assembly will be conducted by the year 1’s in 2 weeks’ time and we are all looking forward to it.

On top of preparing for Seolllal the year 1’s ad 2’s still managed to squeeze some regular learning into the short, busy week. In English they year 1/2’s reflected on the process of organizing the assembly and created flowcharts explaining how to go about it. In math we continued to look at analyzing data and in IPC we created mascots for our home countries. Next week we will be designing and making Olympic medals. Mr. Kearney’s Chess kids are going from strength to strength and Ms. You’s Korean dance students are enjoying learning traditional dances – remember to practice, practice, practice!

Happy Seollal to all!



Week 5 News and Spelling

Spelling Year 1: star farm born more storm will each about how up

Spelling Year 2: symbol, mascot, organize, welcome, interview, head, above, kind, began, almost

Dear Parents and Children

As the Olympic games and Seollal festivities approach we have gotten through a busy week in the year 1 and 1/2 classes at HFS. We were happy to hear that Hidayat is well again but we wish Rayyan and Ameer both speedy recoveries from their illnesses. They are both sorely missed by their teachers and classmates.

A number of exciting developments took place this week. Firstly, we would like to welcome Cortney and Anna to the year 1/2 class. Please greet them if you see them around the compound.

The school began their International week group projects. Each group of students from across all grades was given a particular country to research and create a presentation for the upcoming International week program. Also, the students are enjoying creating projects and organizing activities for Seollal celebrations next week. It will be a day of fun-filled festivities, we hope to see you at the school next Wednesday. The year 1/2 class has been hard at work preparing and practicing for their assembly on Monday. It is sure to be entertaining.

In regular classes we continued to look at non-fiction explanation texts as the students merged that with organizing their assembly in the year 1/2 class. Both the year 1 and 1/2 classes also rehearsed their rhyming poems to perform for the school. In Math we began to look at handling data and the students were energized as they did surveys by interviewing friends, classmates and teachers about their favorite color, fruit and Winter Olympic sport. The year 1/2 students had a great time recording their interviews on camera. Here are some videos of them conducting their interviews.


The student’s videos are being edited and will be on the class web page next week (along with a blooper reel). In IPC we continued our exploration of Olympic symbols by looking at mascots through the ages and getting the students to create a mascot for their own country using the colors of their flag.

Keep warm and have a great weekend.

Mr. Kearney and Ms. You


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Week 4 News and Farewell to Hidayat

Year 1 Spelling:  grow  slow   cow   now   down   which   their   said    if     do

Year 2 Spelling: glossary, definition, divide, bobsleigh, mentor, without, once,

life, took, four

Dear Parents and Children,

Another week has past us by and learning continues in the Year 1 and 2 classes. Sadly, we must bid farewell to Hidayat this week. He has been a lively member of the year 1 class and he will be missed. We wish him and his family happiness and prosperity in the future. Our Volunteer teaching assistant is also leaving. Thank you Mr Park, you were here briefly but you made an impression on the students and staff. Thank you for volunteering your services.

It was a short due to the unexpected inconvenience of the water supply but the learning continued. In English we made progress in understanding explanation texts, the year 2’s created their own glossaries. In Math we looked at place value of units, tens and hundreds for the Year 2’s. We enjoyed some interactive and hands on games to reinforce our understanding. In IPC we continued our exploration of Olympic symbols by creating our own Olympic ring displays. They are very impressive.

Another exciting development is that we have introduced a mentoring program at HFS where senior students can mentor the junior students and Teachers will mentor the senior students. The groups will meet weekly to chat and offer assistance and guidance as needed. It promises to be a rewarding initiative at HFS.

Thank you and have a warm, wonderful weekend.

Mr. Kearney and Ms. You