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Newsletter 2020/21 Term 3 Week 6

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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.

Great Learning Happening

After Club Bus

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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.

Newsletter 2020/21 Term 3 Week 5

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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

Newsletter 2020/21 Term 3 Week 4

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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.

Great Learning Happening

New Bus Schedule

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Please note that the bus schedule will change (slightly) from Wednesday this week.

(Sorry, I forgot to post this in the newsletter)

Newsletter 2020/21 Term 3 Week 3

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Assessment Week

We are very proud of all our students and the outstanding effort they put into their exams this week. It has been a tough week but the students showed great perseverance and focus and have performed very well.

We always remind our students that exams are important and that we should try our best, but they are nothing to worry about. We also need to practice doing exams because we will probably have lots to do in our lives!

We promise – no exams next week!

HFS TV

This week featuring Captain Safety, an interview with Mr Dunn and some action from clubs. Well done Mr de Klerk!

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, April 30 – Scholastics Book Club Order Due
  • Wednesday, May 5 – Children’s Day Holiday
  • Friday, May 7 – Sports Day
  • Wednesday, May 19 – Buddha’s Birthday Holiday

COVID-19 Testing

Please remember that if a family member is required to take a COVID-19 test because they have been in contact with a confirmed case, the HFS student should stay at home until you are advised that it is ok to return to school. If you are in any doubt, please contact the school office for advice.

This week there were cases on the shipyard and the school is very thankful that those taking tests informed the school and followed the correct procedure. Thank you.

Scholastic Book Club

Today student will have brought home Scholastic Book Catalogues.

Please go to https://world-shop.scholastic.co.uk/schools/hyundai-foreign/digital-book-club to browse the latest books and order online.

Please place your order online by 30th April 2021.

The school receives books for our library if we get lots of orders.

This week at HFS

Newsletter 2020/21 Term 3 Week 2

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Clubs

Clubs were a great success this week with lots of sport science, baking, board-gaming and coding going on.

If your child will be missing a club one week or quitting please send us an email to confirm. We need more than the students say-so to put them on the bus.

Assessment Week

Please remember that next week is assessment week for Year 2 and above. The students will be taking exams in Maths, English and Science (Year 6 only).

We like to tell ours students that exams are important and that we should do our best, but they are nothing to worry about.

Good luck everyone!

Ministry of Education Audit

This week we welcomed some visitors from the Korean Ministry of Education. They are in school to check that all our paperwork is in order. They were very happy.

Sports Day

HFS Sports Day will be on Friday 7th May.

We have managed to arrange to use the sports field at Ulsan College so we can have a bit more space. Parents will be welcome to attend and enjoy the day with us but we will have to be very careful to follow COVID-19 and social distancing regulations.

Further details to follow.

Great Learning Happening

Club Sign-Up

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Here is a list of everyone who has signed-up for each club.

As you can see, the response has been amazing again.

We didn’t want to disappoint anyone so the teachers have agreed to take extra students over the limit and help out with multiple clubs.

Monday – Sports and Games

This will now be split into two groups.

In the Hall with Mr. Green

  • Aarna
  • Ava
  • Ayaka
  • Ezra
  • Isabella
  • Jisika
  • Maximos
  • Nayra
  • Noah
  • Olivia
  • Sarah

Outside or in the Gym with Mr Dunn

  • Audrey
  • Caroline
  • Chloe
  • David
  • Leo
  • Seoa
  • Henry
  • Jeremy
  • Logan
  • Lois
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Nikolay
  • Reyansh
  • Dave
  • Margarita
  • Nathan

Tuesday – Science and Baking

Group A

Science – Weeks 2 – 4 – 6 – 8

Baking – Weeks 3 – 5 – 7 – 9

  • Aarna
  • Ava
  • Ayaka
  • Ezra
  • Isabella
  • Jisika
  • Maximos
  • Nayra
  • Noah
  • Olivia
  • Sarah
  • Audrey
  • David

Group B

Baking – Weeks 2 – 4 – 6 – 8

Science – Weeks 3 – 5 – 7 – 9

  • Caroline
  • Chloe
  • Leo
  • Seoa
  • Hannah
  • Henry
  • Jeremy
  • Logan
  • Lois
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Nikolay
  • Reyansh
  • Seongyun
  • Jeongwoo
  • Margarita
  • Nathan

Thursday – Chess and Board Games

  • Audrey Abaray
  • Caroline Simpson
  • Chloe Green
  • Leo koh Chaudet
  • Seoa Kim
  • Hannah Kim
  • Henry Abaray
  • Jeremy Philip
  • Logan Simpson
  • Lois Lee
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Nikolay
  • Reyansh
  • Seongyun
  • Dave
  • Jeongwoo
  • Margarita
  • Nathan

Friday – Coding

  • Audrey
  • Caroline
  • Chloe
  • David
  • Leo
  • Seoa
  • Hannah
  • Henry
  • Jeremy
  • Logan
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Nikolay
  • Margarita
  • Nathan

Newsletter 2020/21 Term 3 Week 1

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Tuesday Newsletter

Welcome back to Term 3 with a surprise Tuesday Newsletter!

The Newsletter is early this week so we can get clubs organised and share some other important information.

Newsletters will be back to their normal Friday time from this Friday!

Talent Show

Just in case you haven’t seen them yet, the videos of the Talent Show are here.

Clubs in Term 3

Here are the clubs on offer in Term 3.

Please sign-up using this form.

Some clubs have limited numbers so make sure to sign-up quickly.

N.B – In Science/Baking Club the groups will rotate between Science with Mr de Klerk and Baking with Ms McClellan on alternate weeks. One week you will be baking and the next week you will be doing some science.

Clubs will start in Week 2 and last until Week 9

ClubDayOpen toMax NumberTeacher
Coding ClubFridayYear 2+No limitMr Green
Chess and Board Games ClubThursdayYear 2+20Mr Green
Sports and GamesMondayAll20Mr Dunn
Science/BakingTuesdayGroup A: FS 1- Year 2
Group B: Year 3 +
10 for each groupMr De Klerk
Ms McClellan

Welcome to our New Students

A very warm welcome to our new students in Ms McClellan’s class.

Welcome Niko, Sarah and Ava!

We hope you we be very happy at HFS.

Students Leaving Early

If you know you will be leaving HFS before the end of term it is very helpful if you let us know as soon as possible. We need to make sure lots of important paperwork gets completed.

School Calendar 2021/22

Here is the School Calendar for next year.

Some points of explanation…

  • Term 1 will start with a short week for the students starting on Thursday 19th August. This is to allow for two days of new class activities and then full weeks of learning starting the following week. It also allows us to give the students a short break in November to break up a long term.
  • The students will have two days off in November while the teachers are still working at school. This is to give the students a break in a long term and also allow the teachers to complete the work necessary for our next CIS visit.
  • Chuseok and Lunar New Year have been made into full week holidays.
  • The number of school days remains unchanged.

Download the PDF

Cambridge Assessment Week

Week 3 this term (week beginning 19th April) will be an assessment week for students in Years 1-7.

Students in Year 6 will be sitting the Cambridge Checkpoint Exams in English, Maths and Science. These exams are externally marked and the results sent back to the school. The results of these exams will be shared with parents in your child’s final reports in June.

All Students in Year 2-7 will be sitting the Cambridge Progress Tests in Maths and English. These exams are marked in school using the standards set by Cambridge Assessment. The results of these exams will also be shared with parents in your child’s final reports and June.

The best thing you can do to help us is to remind your child that although exams are important and we should try our best, there is no need to be stressed or nervous. Keep calm and do your best.

As these assessments cover material learned throughout the year and a student ongoing progress, there is no specific preparation the students should be doing.

Cambridge InCAS Assessments

The feedback we have received from parents and our external auditors have shown us that parents want more objective assessments of their child’s progress. As a result of this feedback and our own reflection, we have decided to introduce an additional assessment program.

Students in Years 1-6 will complete Cambridge InCAS Assessments twice a year. These assessments are completed online and will provide the school and parents with an age-standardised assessment of a child’s ability and progress at a given time. Also, by tracking this data over time and by comparing the performance of our students in different curriculum areas, the school will be better able to monitor how well we are doing and adjust our efforts accordingly.

The students have already started working on these assessments this term.

We currently considering how best to share the results of these assessments with parents, but they will most probably also be included in a child’s report.

Further Information on InCAS Assessments

Looking Forward

We are looking forward to an interesting and exciting Term 3 filled with great learning, fun and friendship.

As always, Mr Green and the other members of the school staff are always happy to talk to our school parents, at any time, about any matter.

Please get in touch if you have any questions, need any help or have any suggestions.

Mr Green

Principal

Talent Show Videos

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Here are the videos of the Talent Show!

Well done everyone!

Video 1

  • HFS Staff Choir – Seasons of Love
  • Audrey | Ukulele – Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  • Cherry Blossom | Paino – The Entertainer and Butterfly Waltz
  • The HFS Beatles – Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
  • Iris | Piano – Violent

Video 2

  • FS1 – Year 1 – Count on Me
  • Jeremy | Violin – The Two Grenadiers and You Raise Me Up
  • Chloe and Caroline – The Hula-Hoop vs Gymnastics Action Battle
  • Lois, Cherry and Hannah – Favorite Time of Year

Video 3

  • Henry – Comedy
  • Seoa | Kalimba – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Dave, Reyansh, Nikolay, Logan, Jeremy, Nathan – The Six Student Army
  • Aarna | Piano – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • HFS Teachers | Science Comedy Show