Special Mexican Food Buffett April 26

W Catering will be having a special Mexican buffet on Thursday, April 26, 2018

Menu

Salad
Corn salad with roasted chili and pepper 멕시칸 옥수수 샐러드
Chicken rice salad 닭고기 밥 샐러드
Cucumber salad with chili 매운 오이 샐러드
Mexican meatball 멕시칸 미트볼
Pineapple salsa 파인 애플 살사
Cucumber salsa 오이 살사
Avocado salsa 아보카도 살사
Black bean salsa 검은 콩 살사

Soup
Spicy crab corn chowder 게살 차우더 수프

Hot items
Mexican rice 멕시칸 라이스
Mexican pork chop 멕시칸 돼지고기 요리
Chili Con carne 칠리 콩까네
Tacos (Corn Chip fill with chicken, pork pastor, beef bistek) 타코스
Burritos (Tortilla fill with chicken, pork pastor, beef bistek) 브리또
*Sauce –Sour cream, Avocado guacamole, Chili salsa, Tomato salsa,
Chili con carne, Cheese sauce, Coriander chili pesto

Dessert
Flan (Mexican cream custard dessert)
플랜 (멕시코 스타일의 크림 커스터드 디저트)

Secondary News – Week Ending March 16, 2018

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 www.bifsgrfl.org 

To learn more about the Relay For Life Movement visit www.relayforlife.org

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

HERE.

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 www.studyinkorea.go.kr

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 http://cemc.uwaterloo.ca/contests/past_contests.html. 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 jsuh@bifskorea.org 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.

Sincerely,

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 zkhalifeh@bifskorea.org

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

Secondary News – Week Ending March 2, 2018

Parent Conferences

Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences

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)

Location: Gymnasium

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.

Texas A&M

King’s College

Manchester University

Carleton University

Brunel University

Goldsmiths University

South Bank University

Indiana University Bloomington

Warwick and Exeter Universities in the UK

Queen Mary University

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

Manchester University

King’s College – London

Colorado State University

University of Texas

Utrecht University

University of Massachusetts

Leeds University

Bath University

Kingston University

Leicester University

Westminster University

Birmingham University

City University of London

Sussex University

Bangor University

Hong Kong City University

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Melbourne University

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

 

I would like to inform you that the schedule of the coming Admin Coffee and PTA meeting have been switched as below. They will be held on Tuesday, March 6th as scheduled.
  • DateTuesday, March 6th, 2018
  • Venue: Elementary Hall (5th floor)
  • Program:  9 am  – 10 am – PTA meeting
Brian recently competed in the Manhattan International Music Competition in New York. Brian was awarded 3rd Prize for his performance on the violin. Brian also received 3rd prize in the K-Radio Classical Music Contest Recital.
Congratulations to Brian
Eunji Bang and Yoo Shin Kim are also to be congratulated on their Music participation awards – it is wonderful to see students from our school participating in events outside the school. We are very proud of all of them.

Bimonthly University Guidance Bulletin Board Update

 

The bulletin board outside of the university guidance centre is updated including the following information:
(1) General Information: Key information for standardized tests, an overview of BridgeU and IB student guide for university applications to the US, UK, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands.
(2) University Tour: Specific information about studying in the Netherlands such as education environment, financial overview, different university types, application guidelines, useful websites and key university contacts in the Netherlands.
(3) Upcoming Events: Weekly update of on-campus university visits and local university fairs
Please feel free to stop by the university guidance centre and check the bulletin board for more information.

Secondary News – Week Ending February 14, 2018.

Lunar New Year Celebrations

This afternoon, Mr Johnson, Mr Wilson and Ms Lee put on a tremendous Lunar New Year Assembly for the Middle and High School. It was an Assembly with a twist as you can see from the photos below. It was a mixture of tradition and modern day technology. The students were divided into teams and using their mobile phones played a ‘game’ of Kahoot! If you are not sure what that means or exactly what that programme entails – look HERE! The game was great fun as teams battled against each other answering Lunar New Year questions!

 

 

 

University Guidance Programme for Grade 10 and 11 @ BIFS

The College Counselling Department at BIFS is working very hard to provide a supportive and informative College/University guidance programme for students in both grades 10 and 11. That being said, students from any grade can visit the guidance centre if they would like to discuss University/College entrance requirements. The centre is also open for visits from parents should they wish to discuss College/University applications, entrance requirements etc.  Please find the link HERE for the Grade 10 Guidance programme and HERE for the Grade 11 Guidance programme.

The Olympics at BIFS continue

Curling on the tennis court!

Happy Lunar New Year

Please enjoy this time with your families and friends. If you are able, visit relatives and celebrate the Lunar New Year – enjoy the wonderful food and spending time together. For the Korean members of our community, it is a very significant time to spend with your family – again, enjoy.

 

Secondary News – Week Ending February 9, 2018.

IB DP Music Concert

What a tremendous concert it was for the students completing preparations for their IB DP Music performances. While the students were expecting only a few family and friends to hear their performances, at least ten teachers from the school turned up! But as tremendous accomplished musicians, they performed superbly. We wish them luck as they continue to fine-tune performances!

College Counselling

An invitation to the Middle High School Coffee morning on Tuesday 20 February. It will be held in the MHS Library – 9.00-10.00am. The focus of the session will be provided by the College Counsellors – Mr Baker and Mrs GJ Johnson. They will not only take parents through the College Application process, but the education programme they will be implementing specifically for students in grade 10 and 11 this year. We would welcome all parents to the session with a particular emphasis on parents of students in grades 10 & 11. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

BIFS Olympics

Well, the Olympics have not only come to Korea, but also BIFS! A wonderful set of events has been planned by the PE Department to involve all kids from grade 6-10. As you can see events include – ‘ice hockey’ on the tennis court, but also, ‘bobsled’ racing in the Gym, ‘Curling’ on the basketball courts, ‘Just Dance’ in the MHS Hall and ‘Biathlon’ on the Soccer pitch. The kids and staff have all thrown themselves into the events – awesome fun! Many thanks to Martina and Megan for organising it.

 

 

 

 

 

Secondary News – Week Ending February 2, 2018.

SKAC MS Vball Divisionals @ ISK

Both the Middle School Girl’s and Boys Teams ventured down to Keoje Island for the South Korean Activities Conference(SKAC) MS Vball Divisionals at the International School of Keoje. The girls did extremely well, not only participating but dominating the tournament. They finished the tournament with a terrific record of 4 wins and no losses. The two boys team fared reasonably well with the A team winning 3 and losing 1, while the boys B team secured 1 victory and lost 3. Overall it was great for the students to participate in a well organised and exciting tournament on Keoje.

 

 

AISA HS Basketball – Girls @ BIFS

Livestream Girls – HERE

Livestream Boys – HERE

 

High School Assembly

Yearbook 2017/18 Winners.

Mr Furmston announced the winners of the 2018 Yearbook template page and the book cover designs. Congratulations to Yeon Soo and Zoe for their amazing designs – both creative and colourful. Well done to both of them.

Zoe – Yearbook Page Template

Yeon Soo – Year Book Cover Winner

 

Learner Profile Awards – High School

Congratulations to Eric, Gavin and Jaakko for receiving Learner Profile awards for the month of January. The awards are given to students who have lived up to the learner profile attributes as expressed by the IB organisation – Thinkers, Risk-takers, Balanced, Open-minded, Caring, Knowledgeable, Reflective, Principled, Inquirers and Communicators.

Canadian Math Contests for grades 9 and 10

Dear Parents of students in Grades 9 and 10,

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

The first will be on February 28, 2018, when 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

Students will be given 60 minutes to complete 25 multiple-choice questions. Early questions require only concepts found in the grade level curriculum. The last few questions are designed to test ingenuity and insight, so these will be more difficult and complex. Rather than testing content, most of the contest problems test logical thinking and mathematical problem-solving.

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 jsuh@bifskorea.org by February 9, 2018, to register to write these contests. The school will cover the entrance fees. The contests run 70 minutes (60 minutes to write, 10 minutes to prepare) and will be conducted after school on February 28.

Sincerely,

Jacqueline Suh

Victory on the ski slopes

Joon participated in the National Skiing Championships held by the Busan City Mayor, on January 23 this year. He achieved a tremendous result finishing second in the Junior Alpine Race. Congratulations to Joon.

Learner Profile Awards – Middle School

The awards are given to students who have lived up to the learner profile attributes as expressed by the IB organisation – Thinkers, Risk-takers, Balanced, Open-minded, Caring, Knowledgeable, Reflective, Principled, Inquirers and Communicators.

Grade 6

Well done to Lauren, Daniel and Arthur

Grade 7

Well done to Na Lyeong and Danny

Grade 8

Well done to Aiden, Hung, Lian, James, Josh and Monica

 

 

Secondary News – Week Ending January 26, 2018.

Grade 10 Subject Selection REMINDER

The Grade 11 subject information sessions have now been completed. Over the past two weeks, we had each department present information to the students in grade 10 about their subjects on offer next year. The time is now ready for parents and students to make their selection of subjects that they would like to undertake next year in grade 11. Please use the link found HERE to complete the survey.

The survey will close at the end of this month – January 31.

A visit from the Senior Preschool Police Squad!

How nice to receive a visit from the Police on Wednesday morning in my office! They were looking for ‘baddies’ in order to keep the Middle and High School safe. The Senior preschoolers had their handmade uniforms on, their helmets firmly fastened and said all the right things – brilliant. Some of them even drove here in their cardboard cars with tyres made out of instant rice containers!

Grade 12 Parent Conferences

Many thanks to those parents of students in Grade 12 who braved the very cold conditions to spend time discussing their child’s final preparation for the up and coming IB World exams. It was a very important occasion for all people present – teachers gave last minute tips on how students should prepare for the exams as well as discussed the current progress of all students in class. For those parents who attended, it was the last formal opportunity to meet all the teachers at the one time. For some, it was the final parent conference they will ever have as their youngest child moves through the school.

 

 

Should Parents Limit Their Children’s Screen Time?

All Grade 8 students wrote a speech answering the question – Should parents restrict students electronic use?  Interestingly, all but two students agreed that parents should do so. Students researched and used current information from experts to support their point of view.

Should Parents Limit Their Children’s Screen Time?

“What?! That is not fair… You can’t do that!” exclaimed John, “It’s not my fault that my teachers assigned me three hours worth of homework to do on the computer… and now that I am done you’re saying I can’t have my own screen time!” The struggle is real. Children are being assigned online homework, and because it may take hours on end, they might not have enough time to do what they wanted with their technology. This conflict leads to the question, Should screen time be free for children, or does research prove otherwise? Why shouldn’t children be allowed to have free screen time? At least it is not harmful, am I right? Wrong! It is harmful. Raising children with technology has major and sometimes long-lasting effects on the brain and influences the behavioural and physical features of a person throughout adolescence.

First, parenting and raising children with technology is harmful and should be restricted by parents. Children are being introduced to technology way too young. According to research on children and technology put out by The Sydney Morning Herald, there are more 5 and 6 year old children using technology on breaks and at recess than actively playing with their friends and participating in physical activities. This means that children are purposefully passing the chance to do sports and exercise to snapchat or to watch the latest memes like Philosoraptor and Kazoo Kid or popular internet videos with their friends. This all starts the first time they are introduced to technology. In another study by CNN, in 2016, it states that children from 0-8 months should have absolutely no screen time or else children will show signs of mental changes and behaviour changes. However, many parents find that electronic devices provide good entertainment for their children, but when instead of those important connections being made with their parents, infants and toddlers spend bonding time with their phones and other technological screens. According to Chassiakos,”The lack of attention from a parent can make kids levels of irritable behaviour worse.” As stated before, this leads to mental and physical changes to the brain and body. Dr. Colleen Carroll stated that “Technology is too powerful for kids to handle alone.” This means that without parental guidance, technology could control what children do with their life as in taking over time from family and friends.

Second, technology is changing the human brain. Many studies from different time periods claim that technology is unhealthy for a person’s “normal” behaviour. Almost all of these documents state that technology introduced at a young age is unhealthy. There is a “Use it or Lose it Principle” in our brains, according to Raisingchildren.net.au. While our prefrontal cortex and the rest of our brains develop in adolescence, unused connections and knowledge is slowly forgotten and then lost as the name of the principle suggest, and used connections and knowledge is made stronger in the final development phase of the brain.

Technology isn’t all that bad for you. It makes learning new things right at the touch of your finger tips. All the knowledge of men and women that can help you learn or do anything is held within the internet and technology. Technology is good for educational games that help build up connections in your brain. A game like this is called Minecraft created by Mojang and sells for close to 6 US dollars in the App Store on Apple products. (With free shipping straight to your apple device.) According to Mr. Allison, “If kids were unsupervised, the eldest would do it around the clock watching Netflix and exploring the internet.”

Thirdly, whether or not someone uses technology for good or not, technology will always be a part of Humanity’s future. Technology influences everyone into behaving one way or thinking another. “I’ll have my kids trying to talk to me and I’m on my phone … a lot of it is keeping in touch with people through Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat” said Mr. Allison. His children’s friends are on the internet, and that feeling of envy and being left out makes his children want to be connected to the internet to join in with the other kids and be accepted and not made fun of or bullied. Technology also influences our point of view based on what it tells us we should believe or do. What people post online or send to friends is basically telling you how to react when you see an image or message, or when something happens like someone says a joke, and because it is popular on the internet everyone thinks that person is cool. It is something like this, that shows how our brains develop around technology. Other people and their technological experience make others want to do the same thing. “Come and join me on Snapchat…” The next thing you know you are on Snapchat during all of your free time messaging to your friends and strangers who are following you.

In conclusion, parents really should limit their children’s screen times because of how many uses of it are harmful at young ages, and once damaged, it is hard to undamage the brain. So after all of that I leave you with a quote you should go home and think about. This is something Nicholas Carr, the author of “The Shallows” once said, “Sometimes our tools do what we want them to do, and other times, we adapt ourselves to our tool’s requirements.”

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Carr, Nicholas G. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. W.W. Norton, 2011.

Middlebrook, CNN, Hailey. “Internet Addictions and New Guidelines.” CNN, 21 Oct. 2016.

Raisingchildren.net.au. “Healthy Screen Time and Quality Media Choices: Teenagers.” AU, 2017.

The Sydney Morning Herald, Pallavi Singhal. “Families Join Digital Detox to Stop Creeping Screen Time.” The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 Sept. 2017.

Raisingchildren.net.au. “Your Teenager’s Developing Brain.” AU, 2017.

By Aiden Stundahl 

 

Influenza Alert

Your child may have been exposed to influenza (“the flu”). Influenza is a highly contagious, respiratory disease caused by an influenza virus.  Influenza season commonly runs from in November and to April, with most cases happening between late December and early March.

To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines.

Definitely, keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever-greater than 37.8˚C (100˚F) and your child should stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever.  This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • Vomiting / Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Frequent congested or uncontrolled cough
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle ache.

To help prevent the flu and colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Using a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Colds and influenza are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until they are “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours.

Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school.  Keeping a sick child at home will help minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

Thank you in advance for helping this school year as healthy as possible.

Heejung – BIFS School Nurse

 

 

Secondary News – Week Ending January 19, 2018.

‘Should Parents Restrict their Teenagers Electronic Use’

G8 students are learning how to take notes to avoid plagiarism, use in-text referencing and write using proof to enhance their argument or point of view.  All Grade 8 students wrote and delivered a speech in their Language and Literature class.  The speech below is the best example in G8 Red and congratulations to Sophie Donahue for her hard work.  Interestingly parents and readers, all but two of the G8 students decided that parents should restrict student screen time.

 

Should Parents Restrict Their Adolescent’s Screen Time?

by Sophie Donahue

Parents should restrict adolescent screen time. Current statistics say that, on average, 8 hours a day are spent on screens by adolescents. In this speech, I will share with you how screen use affects brain development, the effects of screen use on physical and mental health and you will also learn how screen use can affect the thinking process. My goal is that you will have more information that will help you decide to limit and regulate screen time in your family.

Firstly, screen usage can affect our brain development. Their use has been affecting our brains from our early years. Our brains are 90-95% developed by the age of six. This is almost the brain size of adults but the last few years for the brain to develop fully are very crucial. This last growth is small in size but very significant and can be altered depending on the activity in which adolescents engage. Our brains are shaped by the activity that we do and intellectually engaging activities result in significant growth in our brains. If we spend our time consuming entertainment that other people have made such as movies, videos, and games we are missing opportunities to develop our brains. We could be spending our time creating the things that entertain people. Instead of being the consumers we should become the creators.

Secondly, there are several side effects to extensive screen time that can affect people’s physical and mental health. Studies show that an increase of screen time will also increase the amount of depression, anxiety, and aggression shown by adolescents. According to the psychologist Dr Colin Carroll, “People get addicted to screens and it affects people the same way that cocaine and heroin do. Screens are “digital drugs”.

Screens on our computers, phones, and television can also affect physical health. As people look directly at a bright screen for long periods of time they can start to suffer from dry eyes. It has also been known to cause sore eyes, headaches and fatigue. Furthermore, screen time takes away time for outdoor activities such as running, playing and just spending time socializing outside. This leads to obesity.

Additionally, there are also safety risks that have to do with time spent on screens, especially on social media. Children and adolescents are more exposed to child predators online. Another risk of screen use can be cyberbullying on social media.

Screens can also have a serious effect on our thinking process. As we stand at the bus stop we scroll through Instagram, and as we sit on our couch, we scan through facebook. Steven Johnson, the author of “Everything bad is good for you” said, “We do not require full brain power for most of our daily interactions.” Our generation has become less focused, but as a result, we have become more connected.” Susan Greenfield, a professor of pharmacology said “ As we keep using technology, we are creating a culture of people with a shortened attention span.  We have reduced opportunities to engage with abstract concepts and are becoming less capable of thinking deeply because as we are so used to streaming and scanning information.” Our human interactions are also affected as we prefer to look at our phones than have interactions with other people. The psychologist Patricia Greenfield said, “ Although the consumption of television/video games and the internet may develop impressive visual intelligence, the cost seems to be less mindful knowledge acquisition, critical thinking, imagination, and reflection on our actions.” We have become more aware of what is happening in the world and we have become more connected but we are beginning to lose the ability to think deeply as we are too busy scheming and scamming through websites.

So should parents restrict their adolescent’s screen time? Technology has become such a large part of all of our lives. We come to school and our computer allows us to access files and work without complication. When we come home we open our computers and check Managebac to see if we have homework which we would also do on our computers. After dinner, we might sit for a while on our couches and watch a movie or some Youtube to relax. These have an effect on our brain development, they affect our physical and mental health, and have an effect on our ability to think deeply. Wherever we go, there are screens, and there is no avoiding them. People are on their phones, advertisements play and even on moving trucks when we are out and about. Christy Goldwing, a researcher in the field of parenting said: “Whether we love it or not, technology is here to stay. We should not avoid the use of technology but instead, learn how to use it effectively and responsibly.” We can do this by restricting our screen time and teaching parents how we should use screens efficiently.

Bibliography

Singhal, Pallavi. “Families Join Digital Detox to Stop Creeping Screen Time.” The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 Sept. 2017, www.smh.com.au/national/education/families-join-digital-detox-to-stop-creeping-screen-time-20170901-gy8r1e.html.

Singhal, Pallavi. “Families Join Digital Detox to Stop Creeping Screen Time.” The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 Sept. 2017, www.smh.com.au/national/education/families-join-digital-detox-to-stop-creeping-screen-time-20170901-gy8r1e.html.

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Colleen. “7 Important Reasons Why You Need to Consider Limiting Your Child’s Screen Time.” Innovative Reading, innovativereading.com/blog/item/10-7-important-reasons-why-you-need-to-consider-limiting-your-child-s-screen-time.

Re-enrolment for the 2016-17 Academic Year

BIFS is conducting an annual re-enrollment process to obtain a commitment from families regarding their plans for the upcoming school year. The form will be sent out by email on Friday, January 19. Families who wish to re-enrol or leave for the school year beginning August 2018 must complete the re-enrollment form via email by Wednesday, January 31. To continue enrolment at BIFS for the 2018-19 academic year, a non-refundable re-enrollment payment of 2,000,000 won must be made by Friday, February 23. The invoice will be sent to parents via email by Friday, February 9. Further questions, please contact the admissions office. (admissions@bifskorea.org)
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Grade 6 – Gyeongju Fieldtrip

 

Grade 6 ventured up to Gyeongju on Tuesday for their History field trip. We visited both the Gyeongju National Museum as well as Tumuli Park. We managed to ‘beat’ the rain as the students wandered amongst the burial mounds of the ancient Silla Dynasty. The Gyeongju National Museum was equally fascinating – the students were surrounded by over 20,000 historical artifacts from prehistoric times up to modern day here in Korea. Following discussions in class, the students in grade 6 really enjoyed themselves and gained a great deal from the experience.

Grade 10 Subject Information Sessions

 

The Grade 11 subject information sessions have now been completed. Over the past week, we had every department present information to the students in grade 10 about their subjects on offer next year. The time is now ready for parents and students to make their selection of subjects that they would like to undertake next year in grade 11. Please use the link found HERE to complete the survey. The survey will close at the end of this month.