Grade 11, 2019/20 – Subject Choices

(Current Grade 10 Students)

Well, it might seem like a long way off, but in reality, the current students in grade 10 will soon be deciding on their subject choices for the next academic year – 2019/20. While we are asking students to make decisions soon, there will be plenty of time and advice given to parents and students to enable everyone to make well-informed decisions. To that extent, the process will begin before the end of this term. We have scheduled the following events for the students in grade 10.

  1. Tuesday, December 4 – Overview to students of the full IB Diploma requirements. Outline of alternate courses for students not undertaking the full IB DP.
  2. Monday, December 3 & Monday, December 10 –  College Counselor Presentations to students – General Information Session about College and Subject Choices. BridgeU and Self Assessment Tools.
  3. Monday, 10 December and Tuesday, 11 December – Grade 10 students will be invited to spend time in the back of Grade 11 & 12  classes to give them an idea of the type of work expected of students in a variety of subjects
  4. Wednesday, January 9 – Grade 10 Parents and Students – Secondary School Academic Programme Information Night. MHS Hall, 6.00-7.30pm. 

  5. Monday 7 January – Student LIfe Sessions. Teachers will use Grade 10 Student Life sessions to discuss subject groups and the courses offered. This will help students make more informed choices.
  6. Monday 7- Monday 14 January – Teacher Recommendations – teachers will recommend students for specific courses and levels in the DP, HL or SL. This information will be reviewed by the Head of Secondary, the counsellor and the DP coordinator.
  7. Friday, 18 January – Subject Survey sent to students and parents re subject offerings for 2019/20
  8. Friday 1 February – Subject choice surveys due by this date.
  9. February(ongoing) – Meetings with Head of Secondary, DP Coordinator and/or Counselor to finalise subject choices for the coming academic year. Students are able to make changes to their initial choices throughout the remainder of this academic year.

Gift Giving [email protected] ISB

Dear Parents,

As we approach this season of giving, I would like to draw your attention to the International School of Busan’s employee gift-giving policy. While we are very appreciative of community member’s generous hearts and desires to give gifts to our teachers, assistants, staff, and leaders, we, unfortunately, can not accept any gifts due to Korea’s Improper Solicitation and Graft Act law. If any employee were to accept any gift, cash,  in-kind cash gifts; meals, drinks or accommodations; or any other gift or service from parents; students; family members of students; or anyone acting on behalf of a student or organization, we would be in violation. Any type of violation is mandated to be reported to the Busan Ministry of Education for further investigation. Therefore, please understand that school employees can accept no gifts of any kind.

Thank you for your appreciation, understanding, and support.

Warm Regards,

Kevin Baker

Head of School



년말이 다가옴에 다라, 부모님들께 부산국제외국인학교의 교직원 선물 규정에 대해 알리고자 합니다. 선생님, 보조교사, 직원, 교장 선생님들에 대한 부모님의 감사한 마음을 전하고자 하는 뜻은 깊이 이해하나, 김영란 법에 따라 학교의 어떤 직원도 선물을 받을 수 없습니다. 부모님, 학생, 학생 가족 또는 학생과 관련된 개인 및 단체가 학교에 근무하시는 어떤 분에게라도 선물, 현금, 상품권, 식사대접, 주류, 숙박 또는 다른 형태의 선물이나 서비스를 제공하는 것은 불법입니다. 위반 사항에 대해서는 즉시 부산시 교육청으로 보고하여야 합니다. 그러므로, 학교 직원들은 어떤 선물도 받을 수 없다는 점을 꼭 양지 바랍니다.

부모님들의 너그러운 이해 바랍니다. 감사합니다.

케빈 베이커

부산국제외국인학교 학교장

Parent Coffee Morning – December 5

A reminder that the Parent Coffee Morning for December is coming up next week. The topics to be discussed will be the Electives and Student Life programmes in the Secondary School. We will have Mr Wilson, Athletics Director and Head of Electives present, along with Mr Johnson who has been instrumental in the revitalisation of the Student Life programme. Ms Deanna Rupert will also be present to discuss the Anchored4Life programme as it operates in the Elementary School. HERE is the link to the Parent Coffee Morning schedule for the year.




School Play – Friday 7 December, Elementary School Hall

Hi! I am from the Bears Cafe Club. We will be selling foods and snacks outside of the elementary school hall at 7:00 pm. We offer a range of different snacks, such as popcorn, hot chocolate, tea, coffee, frozen yoghurt, and fruits. We will be providing healthy and delicious snacks and will be sold at a reasonable price.  The sales of snacks will begin at 6:30 pm. We will also be supporting the 3 plays that will be presented in the evening. Thank You!

Message from the PTA

The next PTA meeting is this coming Wednesday (5 December at 10 am), straight after the parent coffee morning.
We’ll be launching a new format for International Day 2019, letting you know about upcoming events and updating you on all the things happening at school.
It’s our last meeting before the holidays, so if you’d like to, bring along your favourite holiday treat or something to share for morning tea.


High School Boys Volleyball – Season Report

This year was filled with moments of glory and opportunities left incomplete. Our team was lead by Pattarin and Diego.  They proved to be very effective leaders as the team has stated that they played better this year than in the previous. We started the year off with a preliminary tournament in Daegu. This was a tournament designed for placing our team for the tournament at the end of the year. This was for the SKAC league. We did well in this, finishing third.

Throughout the year, we practised and increased our physical ability and tactics.  Our players: Diego, Pattarin, Andrew L, Tiger, Min, Andrew P, Ben, Gavin, Jaakko, Danylo and Eric, all were part of a learning group that was dedicated to becoming better.  Then, we hosted the AISA tournament. This was certainly our wake up call. This level of competition was extremely high. As a result, we did not win a single set. This put our team into a position where we could, basically, quit or get better.  

Getting better was focused on our basics: serving and passing. Practices were dedicated to these two basic functions, along with understanding a 5-1 rotation scheme. Through toil and determination, we did increase our ability to do these things.  We then played two friendly matches with another local school, BFS. These were interesting results: away, we won only one set, at home we won 4 sets. In addition to this, Pattarin suggested that we begin to modify our attack by utilizing Andrew Linton more for a quick attack. This would prove to be an integral point of our team’s development.

Our next tournament was the SKAC finals at BFS. This was our chance to prove that we have increased in our ability, to show the rest of the tournament that we could play at a higher level.  We were able to do this: and more. Statistically, we were the best-attacking team on the day. Our team consisted of 5 scoring threats. Tiger lead the tournament with the most kills/spikes. Support came from Andrew Linton, Pattarin, Andrew P and Min. We went into the semi-final, on match point to make it to the final, but we did not finish the game. We ended up losing the semi- but came back to win the 3rd place game. Our team learned that our mental focus was not present when we needed it the most and that the game was not merely physical.  

Our team’s attack was at its best in the final tournament. Again, our team was the best-attacking team in the Jeju tournament: on the first day. However, our second day was a repeat of our past:  we did not finish sets. Teams were able to beat us because we beat ourselves. We lost our mental focus, again, and lost games due to our mistakes. We did end up winning our last game by straight sets. Our tournament MVP was Andrew Linton: he turned all the heads of every other coach. They kept asking me about him. “Who is that, how old is he?” I smiled and told them that he was only in 9th grade. They did not smile in return.  

My final statement on the team is that we did, indeed, play very good volleyball, but we did not truly manage to overcome a very strong mental block that prevented our team from getting to the next level. I eagerly await the next season, where we can achieve our true potential.  

SKAC HS Basketball Divisional @ GIFS

In between court time, our students remain dedicated to their studies! Mr Gysbers reported this to me during the tournament last week –  “I haven’t seen any other girl from any other school with a laptop out doing work, kids have been studying for chemistry, doing their Personal Projects, I&S Resolutions… the list goes on”. “It was on their own volition”.
It is very early on in the basketball season, with only a couple of practices prior to this tournament – the teams will improve. While on the court, the teams recorded the following results:
Girls – 2 wins, 1 loss.
Boys – 1 win, 2 losses

Managebac for Student Absence from School

Using Managebac to inform the school of your child’s absence. This is easy to do and makes it very easy for all teachers to see that your child is absent from a particular class.
Mr Gysbers has made this video to help parents who are trying to do an ‘attendance excusal’ on ManageBac.

House fun this week.

The final week of Dodgeball!