Newsletter 2020/21 Term 3 Week 12

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End of Term

The end of term has (finally) arrived and we can reflect on a very successful and happy year at HFS.

Thank you to all our parents for your continued support.

We are already looking forward to 2021/22 and all the exciting things it will bring.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

It was wonderful to meet so many parents this week for parent-teacher conferences. If you missed your appointment please contact your child’s teacher and remember we are always happy to meet parents for a chat.

Mr Green will be available for most of the summer for meetings

Yearbooks

Students should be bringing yearbooks home today. If your order is missing please contact the school office.

Lunch Today

Thank you to everyone who helped to provide the students with a special lunch and snacks today. Everyone had a great lunch.

Commendations and Citizenship Awards

Each year the school presents these awards to two students from each class. Commendations are for academics and the Citizenship Awards are for students who best display our School Core Values. These awards are chosen by the class teacher and represent a wonderful achievement by these students.

Commendations

FS1-Year 1Rachael Rina Han

Rachael has shown amazing academic growth this year. Her passion for learning is an inspiration to our whole class. Rachael has put a lot of hard work and effort into her studies, especially in English. That hard work has paid off tremendously.

Year 2-3 – Chloe Green

Chloe has performed exceptionally academically all round in all her subject areas. She shows natural leadership qualities and empathy towards her fellow classmates.

Year 4-5 – Reyansh Chandel

Reyansh shows tremendous curiosity and love of learning. His approach to his classwork and particularly his homework is outstanding. He is constantly looking for academic challenges and ways to improve. 

Year 6-8 – Dave Gomes

Dave shows a real enthusiasm for all subjects and consistently produces work to a very high standard. He has also diligently made improvements using the feedback he has received.

Citizenship Awards

FS1-Year 1Nayra Johri

Nayra is a kind and loving girl. She is generous with her classmates and always has a smile on her face. She is respectful to her peers and her elders. She demonstrates many of HFS’ core values in her daily life.

Year 2-3 – Seoa Kim

Seoa is a well-mannered student who is a pleasure to teach in class. She shows great empathy towards her fellow students.  She is sweet and kind.

Year 4-5 – Hannah Kim

Hannah shows an excellent attitude towards school. She is a great friend and is kind and respectful to everyone around her. Hannah is always happy and helpful.

Year 6-8 – Jeongwoo Seo

Jeongwoo is an exemplary student in every way, she is a kind, caring, and conscientious student. She is also an excellent role model to everyone in the school.

Happy Holidays Everyone

Everyone at HFS wishes all our community a relaxing, enjoyable and restorative summer holiday.

See you on Thursday 19th August for another great year at HFS.

Goodbye Miss Luna

Today was Miss Luna’s last day at HFS. It has been wonderful to have her with us for a short time. We are looking forward to seeing Ms Jiyu again in August.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday 24th June for Mr Green, Mr Dunn and Mr de Klerks classes. Mr de Klerk will be available for meetings.

Ms McClellan will be available for meetings on Tuesday 22nd June and Wednesday 23rd June.

Please use this form to book an appointment

We would like to do as many appointments as possible on these days, but if you cannot attend, we are happy to make other arrangements.

Term 3 reports will be sent home on Tuesday 22nd June

Mr de Klerk

Mr de Klerk will be back in school on Monday.

Mrs Sim will take his class to Gyeongju World on Tuesday.

Last Day Lunch

On the last day of term (Friday 25th June) the PTA and school will be providing a party lunch for the students. School is ordering pizza and a range of healthy and unhealthy dishes will also be available.

Student will not need to bring a lunch on this day but can if they would perfer their own lunch.

Thanks you to all the parent who have helped or offered to help.

Reports

Reports will be published on Tuesday 22nd June (when the students get back from their trip).

Report for students in Year 2 and above will include the results of the InCAS Assessment the students completed in Term 3. InCAS assessments are a diagnostic, computer-delivered, computer-adaptive assessment tool used by international schools around the world. We have been trailing these assessments this year and we are hoping to continue using them in the future.

We have decided to share the results of the InCAS assessment with parents as feedback we have received tells us that some parents would like more precise, numerical, standards-based assessments of their child’s progress. We hope that the InCAS assessment results will be helpful to parents in better understanding their child’s progress and how they may be able to help.

It is important to remember that the results of any assessment need to be viewed in context and with an understanding that a snapshot assessment will never give the whole picture.

At HFS we believe the best way to fully understand your child’s progress, including their performance on standardised assessments is by talking to your child’s teachers. We also know that a child’s education is about much more than what can be shown on a test.

As with all aspects of the school’s operation, we value your opinions and we look forward to hearing your feedback on this new way of reporting.

Trips

Please remember that Tuesday is trip day!

Ms McChellan will be sharing details about her class’s trip to Soepyeong Children’s Park.

For the Gyeongju World trip:

  • Students will need to wear their school uniform shirt, blue or red
  • We are allowed to bring food into the part so students can bring a packed lunch
  • A sensible amount of spending money is allowed.
  • We will not be taking any parent helpers on this trip. Thank you for all the kind offers of help but we have sufficient staff to cover the trip and we would like to stay well within COVID-19 restrictions on numbers
  • Please remember hats and sunscreen

We know everyone will have a great day!

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday 24th June for Mr Green, Mr Dunn and Mr de Klerks classes. Mr de Klerk will be available for meetings.

Ms McClellan will be available for meetings on Tuesday 22nd June.

Please use this form to book an appointment

We would like to do as many appointments as possible on these days, but if you cannot attend, we are happy to make other arrangements.

Term 3 reports will be sent home on Tuesday 22nd June

Gyeongju World Trip

Thank you to everyone for signing so quickly for the Gyeongju World Trip. Here are a few extra details for you:

  • Students will need to wear their school uniform shirt, blue or red
  • We are allowed to bring food into the part so students can bring a packed lunch
  • A sensible amount of spending money is allowed.
  • We will not be taking any parent helpers on this trip. Thank you for all the kind offers of help but we have sufficient staff to cover the trip and we would like to stay well within COVID-19 restrictions on numbers
  • Please remember hats and sunscreen

Yearbook Cover Competition

Congratulations to Jeongwoo for winning the Yearbook cover competition. Mia Shin’s design will be used on the back cover.

Upcoming Dates

Here are some upcoming dates to be aware of:

  • Tuesday 22nd June – Term 3 Reports published
  • Tuesday 22nd June – End of Term Trips
  • Thursday 24th June – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Friday 26th June – Last Day of Term 3 (Full Day)

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Mr de Klerk

As you have probably heard, Mr de Klerk has been away from school this week. Unfortunately, he broke his ankle whilst out riding this bike and this required surgery. The surgery was performed on Thursday and Mr de Klerk is now recovering at the hospital.

Mrs Sim has been teaching the Year 2/3 class this week and she will continue for as long as needed. We are very thankful to Mrs Sim for helping out.

We all wish Mr de Klerk a speedy recovery and we hope we can see him again soon.

Principal’s Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who came to join me for coffee last Thursday. It was nice to meet some parents and hear your ideas. I will have one more coffee morning this term and many more next year.

End of Term Trips

We will be celebrating the end of term with some exciting trips on Tuesday 22nd June.

Ms McClellan’s class are planning to go for a picnic and play at Soepyeong Children’s Park. Parents will be invited. Further details to follow from Ms McClellan.

Mr Green, Mr de Klerk and Mr Dunn’s classes will be going to Gyeongju World. This trip will cost 19,000won per student which should be paid to Miss Yujin in the school office. Please put the money in an envelope with the student’s name written on the front.

We know that everyone will have a great time on their trips to celebrate the end of term.

Upcoming Dates

Here are some upcoming dates to be aware of:

  • Wednesday 9th June – Last day for Yearbook orders
  • Monday 21st June – Term 3 Reports published
  • Tuesday 22nd June – End of Term Trips
  • Thursday 24th June – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Friday 26th June – Last Day of Term 3 (Full Day)

Yearbook

HFS School Yearbook order is now available. The cost of each copy will be 25,000 won. Orders must be made by Wednesday 9 June. Please place your order by sending payment for your order to the school office. Please put the money in an envelope with the student’s name written on the front.

No Clubs Next Week

Please remember that clubs finished in week 9 so there will be no clubs next week.

We have really enjoyed all the different activities for the past 8 weeks but now we need some time to write reports and do all the thing that need to be done at the end of the year.

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Ms McClellan’s class having fun doing some printing.

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I hope that everyone has a great day off on Wednesday.

I enjoyed a wonderful day out climbing Mt Gajisan with Mr Kim and Mr Choi. Mr Choi’s fitness put us both to shame.

Principal’s Coffee Morning

As a way to meet more parents and for our community to have more opportunities to meet together, we are introducing monthly Principal’s Coffee Mornings.

This is a good opportunity to ask general questions about school, share ideas and get to know everyone. Everyone is welcome.

The first Principal’s Coffee Morning will be on Thursday 27th May at 10:45 am in the Coffee Shop located on the ground floor of the Hanmaeum Centre.

I look forward to meeting you there for a chat.

Please note, if you have very specific questions about your child’s education, arranging an individual meeting with me is probably better.

I am always happy to meet any parents whenever I can.

Parking Passes

It is now possible to register up to two vehicles per household. To apply for a parking pass please submit a copy of your car registration certificate and a refundable deposit of KRW 20,000 (per vehicle) to the school office.

Water Bottles and Hats

As the weather is heating up please remember that all students need a water bottle to use in school. To promote our Core Value of Environmental Awareness, we have removed all paper cups from the water machines so bottles are even more important.

Student are also strongly encouraged to wear hats when outside.

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No School on Wednesday

Please remember that there is no school on Wednesday 19th May due to the Buddha’s Birthday Holiday.

We hope everyone can enjoy a lovely early Summer day off.

New Bus Schedule

Please note the new bus schedule including the new bus that will run after clubs. Please make sure to inform us by email or phone if there will be any changes to your child’s bus routine.

Class Compositions for 2021/22

Below is a table showing our current plans for class compositions in the coming academic year.

Please note that this is subject to change if the number of students enrolled at each stage changes significantly between now and the end of term.

Some notes of explaination

  • The number of teaching staff has increased as Mrs Sim will be joining us and all current teachers are returning
  • Mr Green will not be taking a class full time. Instead, he will be available to provide support lessons and work with groups of students where needed. He will also be teaching music to all classes and maths every day for the Year 1 – Year 2 class. He will also be continuing to serve as the school Principal.
  • Most teachers are moving age ranges. A number of factors have affected this decision including giving students the chance to learn with a new teacher, individual teacher preference and avoiding teachers teaching their own children.
  • The school has placed a high priority on grouping the Foundation Stage children separately. The curriculum for these students is very different from other years and it is therefore to everyone’s benefit that they are taught separately. The increase in the number of teachers has made this possible next year
  • Please also read below about the school’s position on composite classes
  • If you would like to discuss class compositions, or any other matter relating to your child’s education, Mr Green is always available for meetings
ClassAged rangeNumber of students
(approximate)
Class Teacher
FS1 – FS23-45Ms McClellan
Year 1 – Year 25-610Mrs Sim
Year 3 – Year 57-910Mr Dunn
Year 6 – Year 810-1210Mr de Klerk

Additional Teaching Staff

Roles
Miss YuliArt, Teaching Assistant
Mrs GangKorean language teacher
Mr GreenMaths for Year 1/2, Music, Extra Support Lessons, Principal
Mr BakerExtra Support Lessons
Mrs. JiyuTeaching Assistant

About Composite Classes

At HFS we operate composite classes.  Composite classes allow the school to utilize the resources available to us to best meet the educational needs of all our students.  Composite classes also provide stability and allow us to make groups of students that will work well together.  We are well aware of the potential issues associated with composite classes and work hard to mitigate these. We also strongly believe that composite classes, if managed properly, present many educational opportunities for all students that would otherwise not be present.

Due to our small class sizes, extra support available and the skill and dedication of our teaching team we are confident that we are able to provide an outstanding education for all our students.  Our teachers are well-trained and experienced in providing differentiated instruction and also in taking advantage of the opportunities presented by composite classes.  We are dedicated to making the small size of our school a strength by paying close attention to individual needs of each student.  

Due to the nature of our main clients it is often difficult to predict future student numbers with any accuracy. Projects arrive and leave the shipyards regularly and information about prospective students is often difficult to obtain.  Class compositions are reviewed regularly and we are able to make changes quickly if circumstances change.  We are also flexible in terms of placing students in classes.  In circumstances where the school and parents agree that the educational needs of a student would be better met in a different class we are willing to move students.  Students are regularly assessed to ensure that they are benefiting from the educational program we offer and strategies are in place to deal with issues that may arise.

In the academic year 2021/22 the number of students on roll is expected to increase and the school has plans in place to deal with these changes. 

As with all issues related to your child’s education, the school is always keen to hear your opinions and work together to seek the best possible solutions.

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Great news!

We have managed to secure an extra bus to run after clubs.

This bus service will begin from Monday 17th May and will continue to be available next year.

Please take note of the schedule below and COMPLETE THE FORM to let us know who will be on each bus. Please complete the form before Friday 14th May so we can start the bus on Monday next week.

Please inform the school, by email or phone, if your child is going to take a different bus or no bus on any particular day. We read confirmation from a parent to change a child’s bus routine.

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Sports Day

Sports Day last Friday was a great success, with everyone having a great time out in the sun. I was very impressed with the sportsmanship and teamwork on display and by how everyone worked together to make the day enjoyable.

Congratulations to the winning teams and all the winners in the class events.

We particularly enjoyed the giant Teacher vs Students Dodgeball game!

Goodbye to Logan and Caroline

Sadly, Logan and Caroline are leaving us this week to return to America. We wish you all the best in your new school and hope you will remember your time in Korea fondly.

HFS in 2021/21

We are have been receiving some enquiries about what HFS will be like next year. While some details are yet to be confirmed I can tell you that:-

  • The current teaching staff have all signed new contracts and will be returning next year
  • Mrs Sim will be joining the teaching staff. Mrs Sim has been doing her teacher training practice at HFS for the past year in Year 4/5. We have been so impressed with her teaching talent, dedication to her work and enthusiasm that we would like her to join us full time. The students already know and love Mrs Sim and she will make an excellent addition to our team.
  • The number of students at the beginning of the next academic year is expected to be similar to now. We will be losing some students who are returning home but we already have a number of new students who are expected to join us.
  • We are expecting the number of students to rise from around Christmas as new projects enter the shipyard. Obviously, these numbers are very hard to predict.
  • Exact teacher allocations and class splits will be confirmed before the end of the term

If you would like to discuss any issues relating to next year myself and Mr Kim are always available for meetings which can be arranged through the school office.

New School Bus Stop and the Updated Schedule

Please note that the bus schedule has been updated from Monday 10th May.

Link to the updated schedule

Photos from Sports Day

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Sports Day – COVID

Unfortunately, due to the increase in the social distancing level being observed by HHI we are no longer able to invite parents to Sports Day. I know this must be disappointing and is a change from what we have previously announced. I am sorry.

We will do our best to get some great photos and videos of the kids having a great time and share them with you.

Sport Day – Arrangements

Sports Day is on Friday 7th May at Ulsan College. The students will be travelling to and from the College by school bus and the event will take place in school time.

Please consider..

  • Pupils will need a hat to keep the sun off their heads. We will provide tents.
  • Water bottles are very important – We will provide refills
  • We will eat lunch at the Sports Day venue so there will be no microwave available. Think about this when you pack a lunch.
  • Sunscreen is a good idea. We are not able to provide sunscreen or apply it for students

New Bus Seats

We will be changing the bus seating arrangement again from Monday. Please help us by reminding the students that we can’t all sit exactly where we want to and the seat change regularly. I think everyone is sat next to a friend.

Children’s Day Holiday

Please remember that Wednesday 5th May is Children’s Day.

School is closed on this day.

Parking Permit Rules

When you park your cars inside the open area behind the water fountain, please park in parking spaces marked with white lines.

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