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Yearbook 2016-2017 Release

The 2016-2017 Yearbook is finally here. This year’s book has got so much packed into its 390 pages: Camps, Whole School Events, Sports, Day trips, CCAs, Personal Projects, PYP Exhibition, and just so much more. It really is a comprehensive collection of all the great things that have taken place here at Busan International Foreign School.

The Yearbook is going to be released on Tuesday the 6th of June, and it should be ready to pick up from school on that day from Noon onwards. The book will cost 50,000 Won.

If you are going to be out of Korea then we can send it to you for an additional fee.

Collecting the Yearbook from School
If you are collecting the book from school then you can collect it from any of the following locations;

Main School Office
Elementary School Office
Secondary School Office

Payments must be made in CASH.

Sending the Yearbook to you
If you would like us to send the Yearbook to you abroad then please fill out this form so that we can send it to you. The cost of postage and packaging is 50,000 Won.  

Upcoming Events

 

DateEventTime
May 18 SKAC MS Basketball Finals (Boys @ BIFS, Girls @ BFS). All Day
May 18-24 Grade 11 Final Exams 1:30 – 3:30
May 22Life after BIFS (MHS hall) – Grade 128:30 – 11:30
May 24Graduation Dinner (Gr. 12 teachers/students/parents)7:00pm
May 25Graduation Rehearsal (1:30-3:30).1:00
May 25High School Musical (MHS Hall)6:30
May 26High School Musical (MHS Hall) 6:30
May 26  Graduation 1:30
May 26All library materials checked out to students are due backNA
May 27Prom (Grand Hotel)7pm – 10pm
May 29/30Book Fair – ELC Hall

May 29 – MS students visit during Homerooms

May 30 – HS students visit during Homerooms

All Day
May 30SKAC Inter-School Athletics. Grades 6 -10.

Only those who have qualified.

All Day
May 31  Grade 11 G4 Project Planning Day (mandatory)11:30 – 3:30
May 31 Athletic Banquet (All coaches and athletes) 3:30 – 5:00
June 1Grade 5 Transition DayAll Day
June 1Grade 9 Film Gala (BIFS gym)5pm – 8pm
June 1Grade 11 Extended Essay Day (mandatory)All Day
June 1SL English A oral exams (IOC)8:30 – 11:30
June 2-3Relay for Life9:00am – 9:00am
June 3HL English A oral exams (IOC)8:00 – 1:30
June 5Secondary Sports Day (all grade 6-10)9:30 – 1:00
June 5, 8, 9Locker Cleanout during Homeroom3:00
June 8 Grade 11 G4 Project  – Presentation (mandatory)All Day
June 8B.Y.O. Book Day – Info (More details to follow)1:40 – 3:30
June 8Grade 9/10 Beach clean-up8:30 – 11:30
June 9Final assembly/awards assembly – gr. 6-11 (MHS Hall)10:00 – 11:00
June 9Grade 6-11 Final Reports sent home12:00

 

Middle School Basketball

This past weekend the Middle School Boys Basketball team traveled to Jeju to compete in the KISAC tournament. With two equally skilled teams in the tournament, the boys had an excellent opportunity to fight for a spot in the finals. The boys B team played a total of 8 games and finished with a win in 5th place. The boys A team played 9 games and fought for the 3rd place but unfortunately fell short and landed a 4th place spot. Both teams took this weekend as a chance to harness their skills, work as a team and build resilience. I am proud of the hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm from all of the boys. A special shout out to Junwoo Cho for his constant leadership, positive energy, and determination to lead both teams to success. We are looking forward to our last SKAC tournament on May 18th at BIFS.

Coach Robar and Shenstone

Eadweard Muybridge at BIFS

In their most recent Visual Arts unit, BIFS Grade 10 students attempted something previously done only by animation students at Carnegie Mellon University and the Seattle Creative Academy: rotoscope Eadweard Muybridge’s famous series of photographs of a running horse into their own personalized creations.

Eadweard Muybridge was a well-known nineteenth-century photographer who, in 1872, was asked by the governor of California, Leland Stanford, to help prove his contention that a trotting horse has, at some point, all hooves off the ground, something the human eye cannot detect. Muybridge set up a series of still cameras and trip wires. The resulting series of photographs, finally completed in 1878,  proved Leland correct. Muybridge used the photos to invent an early motion picture process. He went on to photograph all manner of creatures in motion: elephants, birds, bison and people. His work changed the way illustrators and painters depicted horses and other animals and paved the way for art movements like Cubism, Futurism, and film, the most influential art form of our time.

Rotoscoping, invented by Max Fleischer in 1915, is a method of tracing individual frames of live-action footage to create animated movement. A century later Carnegie Mellon University professor Paolo Perdicini asked his students to to take Muybridge’s original series of fifteen running horse images, trace them, then, in Adobe Photoshop, add their own individual content.  I showed the footage to my daughter, Wynn Barnard, a student at Seattle Creative Academy. She passed it on to her professor. He assigned his students the same project. Wynn showed me the process, and, with the help of BIFS teacher Simon Furmstron, I passed it on to BIFS’s Grade 10 students. I added some MYP additions: students wrote research essays about Muybridge and other animators, used the elements and principles of design to analyze animated art, and documented and reflected on the entire process in their online blogs.  In the end, the Grade 10s produced some fascinating running horses:  trotting slices of pizza; fried chicken pieces; muffins and candy canes; a flying saucer; X-Rayed bones; a camel; and constellations of abstract shapes.

The baton has now been passed on to BIFS music teacher Mark Turner, whose eighth-grade students are writing soundtracks for the running horse film compilation. You’d be hard pressed to find another school in Korea with this level of interdisciplinary creative collaboration.

Secondary Final Countdown – Important Dates

Date

Event

Time
May 18 SKAC MS Basketball Finals (Boys @ BIFS, Girls @ BFS). All Day
May 18-24 Grade 11 Final Exams 1:30 – 3:30
May 22Life after BIFS (MHS hall) – Grade 128:30 – 11:30
May 24Graduation Dinner (Gr. 12 teachers/students/parents)7:00pm
May 25Graduation Rehearsal (1:30-3:30).1:00
May 25High School Musical (MHS Hall)6:30pm
May 26High School Musical (MHS Hall) 6:30pm
May 26  Graduation 1:30
May 26All library materials checked out to students are due backNA
May 27Prom (Grand Hotel)7pm – 10pm
May 29/30Book Fair – ELC Hall
May 29 – MS students visit during Homerooms
May 30 – HS students visit during Homerooms
All Day
May 30SKAC Inter-School Athletics. Grades 6 -10.

Only those who have qualified.

All Day
May 31  Grade 11 G4 Project Planning Day (mandatory)11:30 – 3:30
May 31 Athletic Banquet (All coaches and athletes) 3:30 – 5:00
June 1Grade 5 Transition DayAll Day
June 1Grade 9 Film Gala (BIFS gym)5pm – 8pm
June 1Grade 11 Extended Essay Day (mandatory)All Day
June 1SL English A oral exams (IOC)8:30 – 11:30
June 2-3Relay for Life9:00am – 9:00am
June 3HL English A oral exams (IOC)8:00 – 1:30
June 5Secondary Sports Day (all grade 6-10)9:30 – 1:00
June 5, 8, 9Locker Cleanout during Homeroom3:00
June 8 Grade 11 G4 Project  – Presentation (mandatory)All Day
June 8B.Y.O. Book Day (More details to follow)1:40 – 3:30
June 8Grade 9/10 Beach clean-up8:30 – 11:30
June 9Final assembly/awards assembly – gr. 6-11 (MHS Hall)10:00 – 11:00
June 9Grade 6-11 Final Reports sent home12:00

PTA Teacher Appreciation

At BIFS, our teachers and staff work extremely hard everyday and even on the weekends for our children!  We want to take time to let them know we appreciate everything they do.

TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION DAY is MONDAY, MAY 15th!! All BIFS parents are invited to bring a food item to school for our teachers and staff to enjoy. Please send or bring your UNLABELED, INDIVIDUALLY PACKAGED treats to the PARENT ROOM by 10 AM!! The PTA will distribute the items for all teachers and staff to enjoy at school or take home. (Due to Korean law, please do not bring items marked for specific teachers.)
Please click HERE to sign up to bring an item next Monday!  If you are able to help set up and pass out treats Monday morning, please email the PTA at pta@bifskorea.org.
Thank you,
Your BIFS PTA Board
Michelle McAnulty
Johnna Johnson
Anna Nordahl
Adriana Diaz