Olympic Relay Torch Run
What a magnificent opportunity for members of our BIFS Elementary and Middle School community – to carry the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic torch part the way through Busan. That was what Ms De Rupert (Elementary School Teacher) and her daughter Fiona participated in on Monday of this week. Fiona supported De as she carried the flame as part of its journey to Pyeongchang for next year’s Winter Olympics. Fiona felt the experience was awesome – she was interview by a number of media outlets on the day. She represented the school and herself with great pride – well done Fiona.
A reminder that on Thursday, 23 November and Friday, 24 November there will be Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences for students in Grades 6-11 at BIFS. The arrangements will be as follows – Thursday, 23 November, 12.00pm dismissal from school. The conferences will begin at 1.00pm in the school gymnasium and conclude at 5.00pm. On Friday, 24 November, there will be no classes for students on this day. Conferences will begin at 9.00am and conclude at 2.00pm. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend on either or both of these days to discuss with teachers, the level of progress being achieved in class by their children. On both of these days, there will be NO sign-up required. Teachers will be in the gymnasium and available during the published times.
Grade 12 – 2017/18, Graduation Dinner Planning Meeting
On Wednesday afternoon, the first meeting of the Graduation Dinner Committee met to discuss what promises to be a wonderful event. As has been the tradition at BIFS for many years now, the graduating class of that year gather at a beautifully prepared venue, where their years of schooling not only at BIFS but elsewhere around the globe, are celebrated. This gives both the parents and the graduates an opportunity to gather together at a formal occasion, dress up for the night and generally have a tremendous evening. This year the committee is headed by Mrs Charmaine Viljeon – we know the night will be something to remember. Many thanks to Charmaine and her committee for dedicating their time and energy to organising this event.
Season 1 concluding on Friday 17 November
Season 2 commencing December 4
A reminder to all students and parents that Season 1 CCA’s will conclude on Friday 17 November. Importantly, you should have already received the sign-up Google Form for Season 2. If not, HERE is the Middle School sign-up form & HERE is the High School sign-up form.
Please be aware that Girls HS Basketball will commence on Monday 20 November while Boys HS Basketball will commence on Wednesday 22 November.
Model United Nations (MUN)
This past Thursday 18 students travelled to Busan Foreign School (BFS) for the first annual (hopefully more) BIFS/BFS MUN Conference. MUN, or Model United Nations, is an educational simulation in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. MUN involves and teaches researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. Participants in Model United Nations conferences, known as delegates, are placed in committees and assigned countries where they represent members of that country. They are presented with their assignments in advance, along with a topic or topics that their committee will discuss. Delegates conduct research before conferences and formulate positions that they will then debate with their fellow delegates in the committee, staying true to the actual position of the member they represent. The 3 committees for this conference were (1) The Security Council debated the following two topics: Crimea/Ukraine and North Korean nuclear weapons; (2) The Human Rights Council debated: Gender equality and LGBTQ rights; and (3) Economic/Social Committe debated: Food security and Artificial Intelligence. And you can see, these are some very heavy topics that require much time and knowledge of not only their country but each topic. For some students, this was their first conference, which can be very intimidating, especially when you take into account the formal structure of debating and word choice. However, all 18 delegates performed admirably and should be very proud of themselves for participating and engaging at such high levels. At the end of the conference, the best-performing delegates in each committee were recognized with ‘Best Delegate’ awards. From BIFS, both Emily England and Sofia Shamonina won awards for their outstanding performance. Even without awards, I am certain all students came away with an amazing experience and a newfound respect for diplomacy, public speaking and critical thought Model United Nations entails. Go Bears!!
As usual, enjoy the weekend with family and friends.