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 57 entries so far!


SKAC Finals HS Futsal Tournament in Handong

Boys Team

The BIFS high school boys team played in the SKAC Finals HS Futsal Tournament in Handong.  The boys played outstandingly throughout this tournament, starting against DIS at the start of the tournament. BIFS HS Boys started out strong with 2 fast goals by Kotaro Yamagishi in combination plays. The game was a constant back and forth until there was a 2-1 result at the end of the first half. Bifs started strong in the second half with fast-break goals by Min Bok and Teahoon Eder and increased the lead to 5-2 in order to win the first game of the tournament.

During the second game, the boys displayed a great comeback effort against HIS B, where they managed to come back from a 2-1 loss at halftime and end up winning the game 4-2 in the second half with great passes and ball movement from Kotaro Yamagishi and MIn Bok.

The third and last game of the group stage was played between BIFS and KFS. Both teams showed signs of fatigue due to the long games and hot weather, but BIFS dominated from the first minute and had a comfortable 5-1 lead at the half. The second half allowed to have every BIFS player to have some minutes and ended up winning the game 7-2 with an impressive hat-trick by Kotaro Yamagishi.
Due to the results of the group stage, BIFS were set to play the semi-finals against GIFS. BIFS started the game controlling the game and keeping the possession of the ball throughout the game and finishing strong at halftime going up 4-1. During the second half, BIFS did not allow any reaction from GIFS and played a solid game to win 7-2 in the semi-finals with another hat-trick performance by Kotaro Yamagishi.
Thanks to the result against GIFS, BIFS would play the final match against the home team HIS A. The first half started equally with chances for both teams and great saves by Min Hu. Some fast break plays by HIS resulted in some quick goals to finish the first half 3-0 in favour of the home team. In the second half, BIFS came out strong and with courage, scoring a very fast goal by Taehoon Eder, to get back into the game. BIFS kept the momentum and scored the second goal a few minutes later and put the pressure back on HIS. BIFS kept playing really well with great combination plays between Min Bok and Taehoon Eder, but unfortunately, they could not take advantage of all the chances they had to tie up the game. After a desperate attack, HIS managed to score the last and definitive goal of the match making the BIFS HS Boys runner-ups to this tournament. An outstanding performance and courage to get back into a game that was uphill from the start.

Overall a great team effort and many great plays from all the team. A remarkable acknowledgement must go to Kotaro Yamagishi, who led the team in both scoring and assists and to Daan Grotenhuis who dominated the defence throughout the tournament.

 Girls Team

The BIFS Bears girls high school team finished the season off in style being crowned champions at the Futsal competition in Handong this week.
They started the day with a victory over a plucky DIS team 5-1 with goals from Emily, Elle and Ali Z. Next, the Bears routed HIS 2 with a great display of attacking football winning the game 8-0 to take the team into the semifinals. There were goals evenly spread around the team with Elle, Emily, Justine and Ali Z all scoring goals.
In the semifinals, BIFS played local rivals BFS and continued the high scoring beating BFS 6-1. The Bears were in fine form throughout the day and their displays deservedly saw them through to the final where they would take on HIS.
The final proved to be a closer game than when the teams met earlier in the year. Space and time were at a minimum and the players had to work hard for every bit of their victory. An early goal from Ali Z put BIFS ahead. HIS struck back with a goal from a hopeful long ball that dipped in under the crossbar. However, BIFS scored a thunderous freekick with Elle smashing the ball into the top corner to secure the trophy.
A special mention must go to Elle who once again lit up the competition with great individual skills and team play. The girls were in great voice as they collected the trophy and then performed a song during the presentation. It was a fitting way to end the season.

 Grade 9 – 11 Career Fair

This Friday, May 11, there will be the grade 9-11 Career Fair. Both Mr Baker and Mrs Johnson have worked hard to secure a great number of presenters who will spend time with our students discussing and advising our high school students on the challenges that lie ahead of them as they build their portfolio of possible careers. All students in grades 9 – 11 will be present at the Fair for last period on Friday. I encourage them to ask questions and listen closely to the presentations – there may be a spark lit