A Weekend of Sport!

Last weekend, 13-14 October was a great one for sport at BIFS. We had teams literally all over the country. The Cross Country team ventured to Jeju Island with Mr Barnard and his support crew. See the report below for more details of the exciting event. The Middle School Boys’ Soccer team were also down on Jeju competing in the KISAC South MS Soccer tournament. We managed to place First and Second in that tournament! great effort. The Middle School girls’ soccer team hosted the KISAC South MS Girls Soccer tournament at BIFS. The girls played some fantastic football over the two-day tournament and managed to finish Third. The HS Girls and Boys Volleyball teams also played at BFS and BIFS respectively – both finishing Third – a fine achievement.

Cross Country

BIFS wins two first places at the KISAC Cross Country Meet on Jeju Island!

BIFS entered six runners in the KISAC cross country tournament at North London Collegiate School on Jeju Island, Saturday, Oct 14th: three ran the 3km middle school race and 3 ran the 4.8km  high school race. The race began and ended in the school with a long loop through Jeju’s orange groves.  Mathilde Capitant was the girls’ middle school winner with a time of 13 minutes and 44 seconds. Adam Santamaria came in 4th for the boys with a time of 14:25. William Solvang was 11th for the boys at 16:46. At the high school level, Bailey Miller was first for the girls and first place overall with a time of 15:16. Josh McCallum was fourth for the boys with a time of  20:11. Gavin Theut was 6th for the boys at 22:45. Congratulations BIFS cross country!

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The BIFS Boys Middle School teams were in action last weekend in Jeju. It was a very successful weekend with the Varsity team coming in 1st place and bringing the trophy back to the mainland. They started the tournament with a 2-2 draw against a physical KIS 1 team with goals from Kanta and Luis. Next came a thrilling 4-3 victory against NLCS 2 with a hat-trick being scored by Kanta and a goal from team captain Andrew. In the final game of the group stage, BIFS lost the game to NLCS 1 in what would be their last defeat of the tournament. In the semi-final, BIFS came up against KIS 1 again but this time it was a dominant display from the Bears as they ran out 3-1 winners with goals from Andrew, Junho and a wonderful top corner strike from Luis. NLCS were the opponents in the final. This time things would be different as BIFS controlled the game from start to finish. The first goal came from a set piece when captain Andrew battled to bundle the ball home from a corner kick. The 2nd and ultimately winning goal came from scintillating team play with all players combining to provide the goal for Andrew to finish on the volley after a great cross from Junho. BIFS won the game 2-0 to claim the title in spectacular fashion. A special mention must go to Ben, Ewan and Jen You whose defence and goalkeeping was exemplary. They gave the midfield a solid base and through their performances gave confidence to the whole team.

The Junior Varsity team was also in action and they performed admirably in reaching the final of their respective division. They opened the weekend with a 5-2 victory with goals from Chris, Ken x2 and Rowan x2. They would go on to draw the next game 0-0 and lose the final game of the day after a hard-fought performance. They began the second day of the competition on fire recording three victories in a row on scorelines of 6-1, 5-2 and an incredible 8-1 performance. Goals were flowing through the team with Captain Rowan scoring 4, Chris scoring 2, Ken scoring 2, Daniel x2 and an outstanding tally of 5 from Yongwoo. Through these victories, they qualified for the final which turned out to be an action-packed and rollercoaster of a game. BIFS were to play KIS 2 with both teams having previously met in the tournament. The game started really well with BIFS racing into an early 2-0 lead with goals from Ken and Yongwoo. Credit must go to KIS 2 who never gave in as they pulled it back to 2-2 with minutes remaining in the game. The game would be decided in extra time golden goal meaning the first team to score would be the winners. With the game firmly in the balance, KIS were awarded a penalty. They slotted it into the net to claim victory and break the hearts of the brave bears.

Credit must go to the two BIFS teams for performing so well with just 7 players on each team and no substitutions present. To win both 1st and 2nd place expending so much energy and showing so much determination is a testament to the attitude of BIFS athletes

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Girls volleyball competed in the SKAC finals last Saturday, followed by SKAC round robins last month in Daegu. As a result of training and practising hard as a team, we placed 3rd. We played with BFS, and KFS twice. We won 3 games and lost 1. We were faced with mental and physical challenges. However, we overcame those as a team. We’re looking forward to competing in the AISA tournament in Japan this Friday and Saturday, hopefully, our practices and training will be worth it!

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Last Saturday BIFS hosted the KISAC HS Boys Vball finals. We came to it with 1 win and 2 losses under our belt from the divisionals we played back at DIS. Our first game was against the tournament favourites, HIS, almost causing an upset with all sets only won by 2 points. BIFS ended up losing 2 sets to 1 with the 3rd set being 16-14.
Our second game was close as well, but disappointing, losing 2-1 against KFS. We ended up finishing 5th in the round robin. In the Quarter-finals, we played BFS who was 4th in the round robin. We picked ourselves up from the defeats early winning 2-0. We followed on to play the 1st place team, HIS, another close game against them but losing 2-0.
In our final game, we played against GIFS, in the 3-4 placed ranking, and we easily beat them 2-0, finishing 3rd in the tournament.
It was a great effort from all the boys we are all ready to take on Japan this weekend.
Captains: Yun Gi Cho and Min Bok

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The BIFS Middle School girls team played in the KISAC South Football tournament during the past weekend. The girls played really hard throughout this tournament, starting very strong on Friday against BHA 2 in the start of the tournament, where they won 7-1 with goals by Supi, Lian, 2 goals from Vicky and a great hat-trick from Narae. That great momentum was kept during the second game where they also had a great win against NLCS 2 with a 4-2 win, with goals from Narae, Supi and 2 goals from Vicky. The last 2 games from Friday with NLCS2 and KISJ1 had the same outcome of a heartbreaking defeat by just 1 goal difference in both games right in the final minutes of each match.

Saturday was a new day for the qualifiers and BIFS had an electrifying game to start of with against BHA1, where they drew 0-0 with many chances and great plays by both teams. The last qualifying game was crucial to guarantee a spot in the semifinals and the girls performed really well and qualified for the semifinals after beating KISJ 2 by 4-0, with goals by Fleur, Narae, and 2 goals by Vicky.

NLCS1 were the rivals for the semifinals and after a tight 1-1 game, a late goal by the opponents prevented BIFS of entering the Finals. BIFS had a final game to play for 3rd and 4th place against KISJ 1, and in a very close and vibrant match, Narae Bok decided the game for BIFS with a spectacular foul kick goal from outside the area which certified the final 2-1 score for BIFS and securing the 3rd place for the team.

A remarkable acknowledgement must go to Yena, Vicky and Narae, whose leadership inside the field and their performance both in defence and offence have helped the team to obtain great results throughout this tournament.

Parent Information Morning – Surviving the DP

Merriss Shenstone, BIFS IB DP Coordinator,  last Tuesday morning ran a very informative information session for 12 parents who had children from varying sections of the school. It was a wonderful presentation that asked parents to place themselves in the ‘day in the life’ of an IB student. Below is the outline of the presentation.

1) Understanding what the students are doing at school
     – The philosophy behind the IB  https://player.vimeo.com/video/189790999
     – Understanding the IB Core (Extended Essay, CAS, Theory of Knowledge)
     – The Assessment Calendar
2) How we are working with students to manage stress
    – Mindfulness https://smilingmind.com.au/ 
3)  School/parent partnership
    – Using Managebac Parent guides on how to use managebac to track attendance and assessments.
    – Reports
    – Parent/Teacher interviews

College Information Night

Last night, Wednesday 18 October, Mr Baker presented a repeat of the College Information session for parents and students. It was a very informative evening with over 30 parents and students present. Please see the link to the presentation found – here. The YouTube link can also be found here.

Campus Photography International

Campus Photography International will be visiting BIFS next week to take their annual photographs of our students. They will be with us on Thursday, 26th October, to take photos. Teachers will take students to the designated room at the appropriate time – so don’t worry about reminding your child!

Flu Vaccination

A notice from our School Nurse

Dear Parents,

There is a noticeable fluctuation in temperature these days between morning and afternoon.  We know that when our body does not adjust accordingly to the severe temperature changes, our national immunity drops and we become sick.
While the timing of flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. In fact, the US CDC(Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that people get vaccinated by the end of October, if possible.  It takes up to two weeks to develop immunity against the flu, so now is the ideal time to be vaccinated before flu season peaks.(usually from November to March)
The flu vaccine is available now at any pediatric(소아과), internal medicine(내과), or family medicine etc.
Attached is some information about the flu and for more information, refer to below links.

Further Information Letter – Here

What a busy week we have just had at BIFS – as usual a great one.

Enjoy the weekend with your families.