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.
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 email@example.com 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.
PTA Welcome Picnic
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)