Grade 4 Science trip to the High School

Students from grade 4 joined the students in grade 9 as they dissected hearts! It was the usual Biology practical lesson run by the Head of Science, Mrs Vaughan! The students in grade 9 were superb, working patiently with the younger members of our community. A great deal was learnt by all the students involved.

Grade 11 Biology Field trip with a twist!

We again welcomed students from the Elementary school as they joined the grade 11 IB DP students in the ‘field’. This time we welcomed students from grade 2 up to the High School. This experiment was a quadrat sampling exercise as students examined the area behind the tennis/soccer pitch. Again, the older students worked expertly with the younger members of our community – it was so wonderful to see the two levels of the school interacting so naturally.

AISA tournament held at YIS – Japan

The BIFS Bears high school girls team was in action this past weekend in the prestigious AISA tournament being held at YIS in Yokohama. BIFS had a tough start in their first game against the hosts losing 6-0. However, the team spirit was there for all to see. Only 6 of the BIFS team had experience of playing an 11 a-side football match and this first game was a great learning curve for those competing for their first ever time.

Next up the girls faced a hungry KIS team and yet again the team spirit failed to be dampened despite a 4-0 loss. Special mention must go to Victoria who really drove the team on. It was a tough first day for the Bears but things would improve on Saturday.
In the first round robin, the Bears put in a massive performance losing the game against eventual runners-up SIS by 1-0. The team had really started to gel and this performance was a direct result of all their hard work. Very little separated the sides and the Bears could be proud of their performance.
In the final game vs St. Maur’s, the Bears gave a performance filled with composure, toughness, and determination. In a dominant display, they controlled the game from start to finish and rarely looked in trouble. A goal from Ali Z sealed a 1-0 victory which allowed the Bears to finish in 5th place.
Overall, the development of the team from the first game to last was outstanding. The first taste of competitive action has wet the appetite for next weekends KISAC meeting in Jeju. A special mention must go to Victoria and Lina who were selected as part of the All-Tournament team.

Boys  AISA Football Tournament – Seoul

Friday 13th April
The BIFS high school boys team played in the AISA HS Soccer Tournament in Seoul. The boys played prominently well throughout this tournament, starting against last year´s champions team SIS in the start of the tournament, where they started losing in the first half facing some strong opposition in an exciting game, but managed to fight back in the second half with 2 goals by Min, and a spectacular 25 meter free kick by Kotaro. These 2 goals, unfortunately, did not change the result of a loss for the first game.During the second game, the boys displayed an amazing teamwork effort against Yokohama, where they managed to come back from a 1-0 loss at halftime and win their first game in this AISA tournament 2-1. BIFS boys displayed great passing, strong defensive plays, and great hustle goals by Eric (grade 12) and a late goal by Antoine on a corner kick play which set the final 2-1 score in favour of BIFS.
Saturday 14th April
Due to the win of the previous day against Yokohama, BIFS was set to play against APIS. BIFS controlled the first half allowing very few chances of goals against and ending the first half 1-1 with a magnificent goal by Min. The second half was a very tight and equal game with chances from both teams to the point of being tied 1-1 during most of the second half until some unfortunate free kick shots allowed APIS to come off with the win at the end, in a very serious and hardworking game by both teams.
The final match of this tournament got Yokohama and BIFS to play again in a consolidation match. It was an exciting first half with many chances and great saves from both teams and ending the first half just 1-0 in favour of Yokohama. On the second half, some quick plays and late rallies from the BIFS boys did not prevent Yokohama to achieve the win at the end as they managed to score again on some fast breaks.

Overall a great team effort and many great plays from all the team. A remarkable acknowledgement must go to Min, Taehoon, Daan and Kotaro, who carried the team in many phases of the games and showed great skills throughout the tournament to achieve some great plays.

Roberto Gourlay Fernandez
Coach RSFA
Even though we didn’t get a placing against some very tough competition the boys held their own and demonstrated respect, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Would also like to mention that a win over a visiting Japanese team lifted the spirit of the BIFS boys that I feel sure they will take into the tournament in Jeju this weekend.
Mr Saunders

Grade 9-11 Parents’ coffee break (April 24th, 9:00-10:00 @ MHS library

Grade 9-11 Parents are all invited to attend the second in our series of College Counselling sessions run by the College Counsellor, Mrs Johnson.
Mrs Johnson will cover the following topics:
  • The BIFS careers fair
  • Two public university fairs
  • Student-led conferences (Grade 11)
  • 2017-18 University acceptance update

First Global Relay For Life in South Korea

to be held at Busan International Foreign School

Busan, Korea –  On Friday, June 8 and Saturday, 9, 2018, South Korea’s first Global Relay For Life will be held at Busan International Foreign School to raise cancer awareness and raise money for Dongnam Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences in Gijang and the American Cancer Society.

Busan International Foreign School is proud to be the first international partner for Global Relay For Life in South Korea and the second International School to join the Global Relay for Life Movement.

Funds will be raised to support the Dongnam Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences in Gijang. This hospital has been chosen as the recipient of BIFS Relay for Life fund-raising event, for its work in cancer research and treatment in our local community.

The Relay For Life movement was founded in 1985 by Dr Gordy Klatt in Washington state, USA. Relay For Life unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have been touched by cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change. Symbolizing the battle waged around the clock by those facing cancer, the event lasts 24 hours and empowers communities to take a stand.

Teams will continuously walk around the Busan International Foreign School track for 24 hours in a demonstration of a community taking up the fight against cancer.

This is how it works:

  1. Relay participants are welcomed to the event including students, teachers and employees at Busan International Foreign School along with representatives from the Dongnam Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences and other interested members of the community.
  2. The first lap of the event honours cancer survivors and their carers.
  3. The whole community joins in for the second lap of the track.
  4. Team members take turns walking throughout the 24-hour event to symbolize the ongoing fight against cancer.
  5. After sunset, candles are lit to remember those who have been lost to cancer, celebrate the survivors and show those affected by cancer that they are not alone.
  6. Throughout the night, music plays and the walking continues.
  7. After 24 hours there is a celebration and closing event.

In addition to the support of the Busan International Foreign School community, we hope Relay For Life will be supported by many local businesses and organizations. Join or donate to the Busan International School Global Relay For Life by visiting 

To learn more about the Relay For Life Movement visit

Relay For Life is emblematic of the  BIFS mission to connect teaching in the classroom with action in the community and is integral to the International Baccalaureate vision of teaching creative global citizenship. Busan International Foreign School is Busan’s leading international school, and the only Busan school offering the International Baccalaureate diploma, valued for its status as a gateway to the American Ivy League universities and other prestigious educational institutions around the world.  BIFS is an IB Continuum School offering K-12 IB education.

If you would like to participate in this exciting event, please see the link


Each participant must complete an entry form.

We have 55 entries so far!

Well the fundraising has begun for Global Relay For Life. A traditional ‘sausage sizzle’ is being run each Friday lunchtime in the Middle and High school. The food is tasty and very cheap! Last week we sold 60 sausages in 8 minutes, this week, 120 sausages in 15 minutes! It’s hard to keep up with the demand.