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Week 10 News and Spelling

Year 1 Spelling: ear hear near tear fear no make than first been

Year 2 spelling: inventor discover invention speech said night following seen picture being

Dear Parents and Children,

Another week has flown by at HFS and what a way to end. We all had loads of fun getting our groove on at the HFS Dance Party. Well done to the PTA for providing the refreshments and raffles. Kudos to the Student council for organizing and running the event and congratulations to Joy, Juveria, Anna and Alicia for winning the raffles.

Unfortunately, we had to postpone the school trip to Tuesday 27 March but we are all excited to visit Ulsan Museum and Grand Park on that day if the weather cooperates.

In class this week the Year 1’s practiced their “Handa’s surprise” Plays while the year 1/2s continued writing their versions of the story, they have learned how to use adverbs, adjectives and speech marks to give their character’s voice. In Math we continued to work with money. The Year 1/2s got valuable hands-on experience using money while working at the refreshment stands at the school dance. In IPC we learned more about history by looking at important inventors and inventions in our “People of the past” unit. Next week we will look at Christopher Columbus and parents are reminded to talk to their children about famous people from their home country. It would be wonderful if they could bring in a picture and talk about who that person is, why they are famous, where they are from and when they were born.

That’s all for this week. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Kearney and MS. You

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Y1 and 2 School trip Postponed to Tuesday 27 March due to Rain

Dear Parents and Children

Unfortunately due to the weather forecast for rain on Thursday we will postpone the school trip to Ulsan Museum and grand Park to Tuesday 27 March.
Thursday will be a normal school day and the schedule for the school trip on Tuesday 27 March will be to depart promptly at 09:10 am and return by 2:30 pm.
Apologies for the inconvenience but the decision was made to postpone since going to Grand Park as well as the museum will make it a fuller and more enjoyable learning experience.
Best Regards,
Mr. Kearney and Ms. You

Books home overnight and to be returned tomorrow.

Dear Parents and Children

Today the year 1/2 students will bring their Literacy, Numeracy, IPC and Journal books home overnight for your perusal. Please go through their books to see the lovely work they have been doing this term.  Please also ensure that the books are returned tomorrow, Wednesday 14 March in order for them to complete their classwork.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Best regards,

Mr Kearney

Farewell Rayyan, Permission form reminder, Week 9 and spelling

Spelling Year 1: hair chair fair tear wear like him see time could

Spelling Year 2: value change timeline adverb worth light parts country father let

Dear Parents and Children

A full week of learning under our belts and much was done in the year 1 and 1/2 classes at HFS.

Firstly, on a sad note we say farewell to Rayyan, Sara and Danish Yusmi as they return to Malaysia. Their absence from HFS will be felt in a big way but it was extremely generous of them to leave their classmates with lovely gifts as they departed. Thank you to the Yusmi family and good luck for your journey home. We wish you nothing but happiness and prosperity for the future.


Thank you to all who have submitted the online permission form allowing their child to attend the field trip to Ulsan Museum and Grand Park Next Thursday 15th March. If you have not yet completed the form, please click here to do so. Please submit your response as soon as possible.

We were all inspired by the year 7 -9 ‘s science assembly. Well done for stimulating our brains. In class this week students began crafting plays and drafts of their own version of a traditional tale. The year 2 students wrote wonderfully creative stories using descriptive writing and are now typing them up in I.T class. In Math we began to work with money, looking at different currencies and comparing values. Wednesday was world Maths day and The year 2 students had fun taking part in online competitions against classmates and other students from around the world on Mathletics. Well done to Satyam and Reyansh for earning Silver and Bronze certificates.  In IPC we continued to explore “People of the past” by looking at examples of historical timelines and creating our own personal histories on our own timelines.

Ms. You was away today and the combined Y1 and Y 1/2 classes had fun learning together. We applied our knowledge of nouns, verbs and adjectives to creating silly stories that was loads of fun. They also delighted in playing games together involving hands-on calculating with coins. We created a mega timeline of the history of the 20th Century together and practiced our hockey skills in P.E. The year 1’s made posters for the upcoming school dance. An action-packed day of learning was had by all.

Enjoy the pics and these videos of the children dancing and practicing their P.E warm ups.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Kearney and Ms. You


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Week 8 Farewell to Amru, News and Spelling

Spelling Year 1: curl burn turn girl bird into has more her two

Spelling Year 2: famous history past present international far hand high year mother

Dear Parents and Children

A short but eventful week has passed us by. Firstly, we must sadly bid farewell to Amru and his family. We wish them luck and happiness on the next phase of their journey and they will be missed by all at HFS. Secondly, a big congratulations to the Year 1 class for organizing and presenting their first school assembly. We all enjoyed the fitness lesson. Thank you to the year 2 class for assisting in this event.   Finally, Thank you and well done to all the parents who worked so hard to make the International Food share such a resounding success. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed all that was on offer.

Please take note of the permission form for the upcoming trip to Ulsan Museum and Grand Park on Thursday 15 March. Please complete the online form and submit your response by no later than Friday 9 March.

In class this week we looked deeper into the traditional tale “Handa’s Surprise”. The year 1 students began looking at adjectives and the year 1/2’s  learned how to use adverbs. In math we continued with the topic of data handling by looking at Carroll Diagrams. The year 1’s sorted shapes according to criteria while the year 1/2’s created their own Carroll diagrams with their own criteria. In IPC we began our new unit on “People of the Past” with a discussion of famous people from the past and present and what it means to be famous.  It would be helpful if you discussed with your child any famous people from your country.  We are looking to create a class display in the coming weeks so if they could bring a picture of a famous person from their home country it would be superb.

That is all for this week. Enjoy the pics of your children and  have a wonderful warm weekend.

Mr Kearney and Ms You


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Permission for Trip to Ulsan History Museum on Thursday March 15

Dear Parents and children

In linking with our IPC unit on “People of the past” we would like to take our year 1 and 1/2 students on a field trip to Ulsan History Museum on Thursday March 15. The museum has a permanent exhibit that details life in Ulsan and the rest of Korea from prehistoric times to the present as well as a children’s section. It should be a valuable learning experience for the students.

The schedule for the trip will be to depart from the school promptly at 9:10 am and return at 2:30 pm. Students will complete a reflection activity on the day’s learning experience until  regular finishing time at 3:30 pm.

We require you to complete the online permission form and submit your response by no later than Friday 9 March

To complete the permission form click here

Thank you

Mr. Kearney and Ms. You

Week 7 News and Spelling.

Year 1 Spelling: sea  meat  teach  bean  pea  some  so  these  would  other

Year 2 Spelling: surprise, sorting, criteria describe, muscle, live, page, Earth, need

Dear Parents and Children

What an exciting week at HFS. As the Olympics in PyeongChang draws to a close we approach the end of our exploration of the Olympic games in our learning. The students had fun participating in our very own Olympic activities organized and conducted by the Year 5 to 9’s. It was every bit as successful and enthralling as the actual games. Well done to all the organizers and participants for the wonderful event.

The year 1s have been actively organizing and rehearsing for their assembly on Monday. Be prepared for an interesting fitness lesson, should you wish to attend. The regular learning this week has been fun and interesting. In English we have started our unit on traditional tales and stories from other cultures with an eye-opening look at the story of “Handa’s Surprise” from Kenya. We will explore this story further next week and compare it to a traditional story from Korea.

In Math, the students consolidated their understanding of data handling by reading and sorting information and numbers on to Venn diagrams. They had a lot of fun creating tangible Venn diagrams with Hula hoops and sorting classroom objects on to them. Next week we will continue with data handling with the introduction to Carroll Diagrams.

The year 1/2’s reflected on what they have learned about the Olympics by creating posters to explain the event should an alien from another planet happen to land in PyeongChang right now and wonder what all the fuss is about. Their posters are a good reflection on the important symbols and reasons behind the Olympics. We will finish off the unit by designing and creating our own (well earned) medals.

Next week is International week at HFS. Together with all the other grades, the year 1 and 2 students have been hard at work creating material for our international display board. All the nationalities that make up the student body at HFS are represented. See if you can find your country’s flag made by our year 1 and 1/2 students. We look forward to the exciting events during International week.

It seems the weather is warming as Spring approaches. Have a wonderfully sunny weekend.

From Ms. You and Mr. Kearney


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Year 2 Olympic Sport Video Interviews

Hi Parents and Children,

Here are the video interviews that the year 2 students recorded. They had a lot of fun learning how to record and ask questions regarding the favorite winter Olympic sport at HFS. Thank you to all who agreed to be interviewed Enjoy.


…And here are the bloopers.

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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