Start of the Year

 

The 2018/19 school year in the Secondary School is up and running. It was truly wonderful to see the students on their first day back after a long summer break. It was tremendous to also welcome those new to the school – teachers and students. We have a number of exciting initiatives planned for this year, but undoubtedly the most exciting is our new Student Life Programme. A team of teachers at BIFS have been working on the programme for the past 9 months – spearheaded by Mr Johnson. The programme is to provide structured pastoral support, academic skill enhancement as well as fun and excitement in the Secondary school. Below is the outline of this exciting new venture. We have been slowly rolling out the Student Life programme to the students over the past week and will continue to do this next week.

 

Day 1!

New Counsellor

It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Mr Joey Dekens to BIFS. He is the new fulltime Social and Emotional Counsellor. Below is a brief introduction to the types of services we can now offer at school.

Introduction of Services

Busan International Foreign School is committed to providing quality education to its students. In an effort to achieve this goal, school staff or parents/guardians may refer students for counselling, or students may request counselling. The aim of the school counselling services is to help students have more effective education and socialization within the school community. Possible counselling topics are coping with changes, transition, self-esteem, friendship and relationship issues, study skills, stress management, fears or worries, academic progress, conflict resolution, social skills, adjustment to school or culture, etc. These services are available at no cost. However, these services are not intended as a substitute for medication, or psychological diagnosis, which are not the responsibility of the school.

Mr. Joey Dekens, the Whole School Social Emotional Counselor, may see students for one-time visits or for a longer term of sessions (usually up to 10) according to a student’s need. He will be in contact with a student ’s parent (s) if he feels the student may benefit from further sessions after an initial drop-in visit, to discuss the student’s needs and to gain signed informed consent (form attached) to counselling. The school counsellor may also see students in groups for various issues. Further, he is always available to speak to parents regarding any concern that they may have regarding their children. The school counsellor will be available for secondary students on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while his availability for Elementary students will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please do not hesitate to contact him at jdekens@isbusan.org or by phone at (0)51-720-1151 (Elementary) and (0)51-720-1139 (Secondary). Please see the attached private referral form to refer your child and please sign and return the consent form to school should your child need to see the counsellor.

Referral Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6SfePx0GMDN1rQS_7UafamORwsGjAGEfPYmEtDAnbqRFlhQ/viewform

 

CALCULATORS

CALCULATORS for Grades 6-9 and Grades 10-12 are now available in our School Shop, located within our Welcome Center. Grades 6-9 are required to have a scientific calculator and Grades 10-12 are required to have a TI nSpire graphic display calculator.

ABRSM Exams

ABRSM practical and music theory exams are held here at school in October/November and in April/May.
Please note that the registration deadline for the November 3rd 2018 music theory exam is Friday, August 24th.
You may register your child either through your private teacher or through the school. If you would like to register through the school please contact zkhalifeh@isbusan.org to register.
For more information on the exams please visit (abrsm.co.kr for Korean, and https//:/kr.abrsm.org/en/home, for English).

PTA Welcome Picnic

The PTA is hosting a Welcome Picnic on Saturday, 25 August 2018, from 11 am to 2 pm. We hope to provide a comfortable and casual setting for families from both our students and staff to get to know each other better as we embark on a new school year together.
Canopies will be set up at the school field, and desserts will be provided. We invite all families to bring their own lunches and picnic mats.
Children will be able to participate in various activities including mini soccer, basketball, kickball and some water games. If you have a water gun at home, you are welcome to bring it for our water gun fight. Please pack a change of clothes, if you plan on getting wet!
Please RSVP by clicking on the link below. (It will only take 2 seconds to complete.)
Let us know if you have any questions. Please contact at ptapresident@isbusan.org. We are here for you and look forward to seeing you there!
Warmly,
BIFS PTA Board

Managebac

Ever wonder what your children see on ManageBac? Here are a couple of videos that explain what they have access to.
MYP:

https://vimeo.com/album/2130552/video/196650062

DP:
If you have any questions, please be in contact with Mr Gysbers – ngysbers@isbusan.org

Events coming up

25 August – PTA Welcome Picnic at BIFS

29 August – MYP Information Night

30 August – Parent’s Information Night about University Guidance program

4-7 September – Grade level camps

12 September – Education USA College Fair

12 September – MHS Back to School Night – Grades 6-12.

12 September – G10 Parents (Personal Projects Intro)