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 34 entries so far!


Global Relay For Life – Raffle

The Grade 7 Red students sold raffle tickets for a 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Backpack to teachers, parents and students to raise money for the Global Relay for Life. The students raised 492,150,000.00 KWN.  The winner was Alexandros STAVROTHANASIS of Grade 7 Red.
Thank you to everyone for supporting our raffle.
Ms Grinter

Grade 9 & 10 Assembly

Learner Profile Awards

Grade 10

Congratulations to Ali, Elle, Emily, Bailey, Se Na and Seungju for receiving Learner Profile Awards for the Month of March – well done.

Grade 9

Congratulations to Maya, Madeleine, Sthitapragyan, France, Audrey, Jonathan, and Jaakko for receiving Learner Profile Awards for the Month of March – well done.


Ms Montague also spoke to the students in Grades 9 & 10 about the recently completed Personal Project – one of the culminating activities of MYP. The Projects displayed last week and proudly spoken about by each student in Grade 10, were brilliant. Students from the Elementary School up to the High School visited the 5th floor Hall in the Middle/High building to wander around the various displays.


International summer/winter programs in Korea

Please find the list of international summer/winter programs in Korea.

Most of the programs are for those Grade 12 students who would like to gain prior knowledge of the major/minor course before going to university or earn credits to transfer to a university and possibly save on tuition fees.

However, some universities such as Korea University are offering a pre-college program for all high school students who would like to experience a university-level course to decide their post-secondary career and/or education pathways.

You can find more information at

From the College Counselor – Ms Johnson

Canadian Math Contests for Grades 8 , 9, 10, 11

 We have many talented mathematicians at our school, and so we would like to offer students a chance to participate in international mathematics competitions.

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, The University of Waterloo is hosting their annual math contests for students in grades 9, 10, and 11. The contests are listed below.

Pascal Contest – Grade 9 and below

Cayley Contest – Grade 10 and below

Hypatia Contest – Grade 11 and below

Students will be given 75 minutes to complete 4 written questions. Rather than testing content, most of the contest problems test logical thinking and mathematical problem-solving skills.

Past contest questions can be found The math teachers will be promoting these contests in class, but your support will be appreciated.

Interested students and parents can contact Ms. Suh at [email protected] by Thursday, March 22, 2018, to register to write these contests. The school will cover the entrance fees. The contests run 90 minutes (75 minutes to write, 15 minutes to prepare) and will be conducted after school on April 12.


Jacqueline Suh

MYP and DP Mathematics Teacher

ABRSM Music Theory Exam


The exam will be held here at school on Saturday, March 24th at 2:00 pm in C5.1. Candidates registered for the exam need to arrive at school no later than 1:45 pm.

For inquiries please contact [email protected]

Lost Property in the Middle and High School


There is still plenty of lost property in the Middle and High School. If it is not collected by the end of the first week back next term, the 6 April,  it will be donated to charity. Please ask your kids to come and take a look – that long lost jacket just might be there!


Happy Spring Break Holiday

Well, the term has now come to an end. In the Middle and High School, we have enjoyed a tremendous term of continued academic progress, enormous success in the various sporting realms and fun in the classroom. Students have worked very hard to build on the advice given by teachers on written reports and following Parent/Student conferences. It is time now for many students and staff to take a well-earned vacation. But, please spare a thought for our hard-working students in grade 12. This is their final vacation as students at BIFS. They are now well and truly in the home straight as they prepare for final IB DP World Exams. We wish them luck.
Enjoy the cherry blossom when it eventually arrives in Busan!
Head of Secondary
Alistair Roland