March 8th and 9th.
On Thursday, 8th March (1:00pm – 5:00pm) and Friday, 9th March (9:00am-2:00pm) we will be hosting Student-Parent-Teacher (Three-Way) Conferences. Students will have a half-day schedule on Thursday (see below), so they will not miss any of their scheduled classes during that day (50-minute classes). There will be NO formal classes scheduled on Friday. Students are encouraged to attend the conferences with their parents. Attending the conferences, with your child gives you the opportunity to meet with each of your child’s teachers and discuss “next steps” for their improvement. By involving students, we are inviting them to play an active role in their learning. Students should be actively discussing their progress and develop a plan for improvement. To ensure that you get the most out of the experience it is important to speak with your child, review their report cards and identify any areas that you would like to explore in more depth with the teacher during the conferences.
Date: Thursday, 8th March and Friday, 9th March
Time: Thursday (1:00 – 5:00) and Friday (9:00am – 2:00pm)
Thursday – 8th March
All Secondary teachers will be available for arena-style conferences in the gym (no sign-up). This means you will have the opportunity to visit all 8 (or more) of your student’s teachers. We have set a guideline of five minutes to allow for everyone to have the chance to talk with each of their teachers. If you need more time, however, you can continue your conversation up to ten minutes. We are eager for each family to find value in these meetings and thus invite you to request a separate meeting with the teacher(s) should you find this time inadequate or can not attend the conference day.
University Offers – 2017/18
Our grade 12 students continue to receive offers from excellent Universities from all around the world. Below is a list of those University offers already made to our graduating class of 2018.
South Bank University
Indiana University Bloomington
Warwick and Exeter Universities in the UK
Queen Mary University
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.
King’s College – London
Colorado State University
University of Texas
University of Massachusetts
City University of London
Hong Kong City University
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
MYP Showcase Event
It was the culmination of great effort and determination from both students and supervising teachers – the MYP Showcase. Students in grade 10 have worked over the past couple of months to finalise the presentations of their Personal Projects. It was a tremendous showcase of the talent evident amongst the students. The students spoke with confidence and pride to fellow students, parents and teachers. A huge thank you to the supervising teachers for guiding the students through the process, but a special thank you to Jenny Montague our MYP Coordinator. Jenny worked tirelessly with the staff and students to ensure the day was a great success.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SHOWCASE THEIR ART CREATIVITY
“Ism” – The Busan International Foreign School Art Show Opens March 9 at
Haeundae Cultural Center
Busan, Korea – On Friday, March 9, 2018, From 6pm to 8pm, Diploma Program Visual Art students at Busan International Foreign School (BIFS) will showcase their culminating exhibition at Haeundae Cultural Center, in Haeundae New Town. Entitled “Ism” (as in Impressionism, Expressionism, Surrealism) the exhibition consists of fifty works by five graduating twelfth grade students ranging from painting and printmaking to sculptures, installations, film and virtual reality. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists. Light refreshments will be served. It is not to be missed.
Animalism, Thuy-Van Pham’s entry engages with animal consciousness and animal rights in acrylic paint, collage, photography and sculpture: from terrifying chimpanzee experiments to an imprisoned circus elephant to a pet dog in a cute sweater being skewered over a barbecue, her work is a searing indictment of the human capacity to ignore animal suffering.
Childhoodism is Jenny Bray’s hallucinatory meditation on growing up in Korea with her grandmother, using sculpture, watercolours, oil, photography and a life-sized, walk-in digital environment. From her wandering with a pet goldfish to bathhouse visits, to a mysterious visit with a golden chicken in a dark forest, to a marine park display of a gigantic mermaid, Jenny’s work is sensitive, delicate and dreamy.
Mentalillnessism is Nika Pakravan’s reflection on chronic depression, in plaster and wire, poured acrylic, toilet paper rolls, photography and film. At times sombre, at times joyful, the work is a restrained, sophisticated and elegant look at a condition that afflicts 350 million people worldwide.
Haruhism is Haruhi Yamagishi’s reflection on her name, her personality and how it connects to her family, culture and her nation. Her elegant and refined installations include a full-sized door wrapped in chains, a handmade book created from Japanese newspapers, a blown-glass bell, paintings and photography.
Perceptionism, Alexandria Han’s entry, is a celebration of twenty-first century millennial femininity. Using a meditation chamber of hanging origami birds as a curatorial environment for her sculpture, paintings and photographs, Alexandria’s work is confrontational, brash, unrestrained, and colourful.
The International Baccalaureate Visual Arts course is a rigorous 18-month program that includes in-depth exploration of process, significant comparative art historical study and a thorough exploration of media, technique and concept, grounded in the student’s personal experience. The course prepares students for entry into university level and professional art programs, as well as courses in medicine, science, engineering, business, law and other fields where arts-based non-linear thinking is prized as the path to innovation and leadership.
The BIFS connects teaching in the classroom with action in the community, and is integral to the IB’s 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.
Admin Coffee Morning – Tuesday, 6th March
- Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
- Venue: Elementary Hall (5th floor)
- Program: 9 am – 10 am – PTA meeting
- 10 am – 11 am – Admin Coffee (MYP – Parent Workshop – Math)
Come and get your Hoodies!
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