It is hard to believe, but your sophomore year is wrapping up quickly! You have completed your last day of classes. Exams are upon you and very soon you will be considered a JUNIOR! There are a still a few more weeks ahead filled with opportunities to give your best effort, learn, and grow! Some of you will be preparing for your IGCSEexams. Many of you will participate in a work experience, service experience and personal project to finish off your sophomore year! Whichever choice you made, it is sure to go by very quickly. Make sure you take time in the midst of your work to smell the spring flowers and enjoy these last few weeks with friends before the summer break!
Students who opted for IGCSEexaminations will continue to attend school each day, up until the last week of school, to either take their IGCSEexaminations or to participate in scheduled revision lessons. Each student will follow an individualised schedule that matches their IGCSE entries.
Notes from Mrs.Sanderson: Study Leave and Revision Lessons On days when students have an IGCSE examination, they only need to attend for the exam session. Students are welcome to stay at school and study in the cafeteria before or after exams. Playing games of any type, indoor or outdoor, are not permitted during the school day, with the exception of the regular High School lunch period. Students who violate this rule will face a loss of privilege during the exam period. How to Revise - Presentation IGCSE Past Papers and Mark Schemes - a sample of a website offering access to past papers to practice with. Make sure you check the syllabus code and name to ensure it matches the course your are preparing for. Preparation for examinations
We recommend getting good sleep and nutrition throughout the exam period. Some of the exam sessions are lengthy and prolonged mental focus requires good preparation – both physically (sleep & nutrition) and academically (revision).
Students are encouraged to bring a transparent bottle of water to each examination. Some exam venues may be cold or warm, so layered clothing is recommended. Hats and bulky tops/jackets are not permitted. All
Writing equipment should be brought in a clear plastic bag. No pencil cases or calculator cases are allowed.
Rules and Regulations There are strict rules and regulations set by Cambridge International Examinations (IGCSE) regarding conduct of candidates during examinations. All students have received a personal copy of these rules and they are available to you via these links: IGCSE notice to candidates Mobile phones, earbuds and other electronic devices Students are not permitted to bring mobile phones, earbuds or other electronic devices (e.g. iPods, mp3 players, smart watchets, etc.) into the examination rooms. Ideally, they should be placed in the students’ lockers or left at home. The school takes no responsibility for devices that are lost or stolen when left in the unattended areas outside the exam rooms.
Exam Timetables IGCSE students have been given both an individual and a whole program examination timetable. These timetables give information about start times and locations of examinations. IGCSE examination timetable Running late or ill on the day of an examination If you are ill or running late for an examination (if late, you must continue to make your way to school) you must contact the school to discuss options. Call (make sure to include the candidate’s name) Mrs. Koh (HS Office): 02) 330 3301 If Mrs. Koh is not answering, call Mrs. Sanderson (HS office): 010 2690 1971 Unfortunately, if you miss an examination (or are more than 30 minutes late) there is no opportunity to take the exam at a different time.
The work experience is meant to give students a chance to find out more about the career they are interested in. It will be a culmination of the career research that they have done in this year’s seminar classes in which they connected their personality types, learning styles, and interests with matching careers. This experience will help them develop social and work-related skills such as knowing what expectations are, asking for help when needed, coming on time, dressing appropriately, solving problems, being outgoing and polite, etc. This work experience is part of the students’ education, and they do not get paid. We will, to the best of our ability, match students’ interests and employers’ profiles. Students will receive two sessions at school on what is expected of them during the work experience, and there will be one session to debrief after completion. Students will call the employer beforehand to ask questions about dress code, lunch arrangements, work hours, etc. Students will be given a work experience handbook and it will be shared with parents too. Students will write journal entries every day, which include reflections of the work they are doing. They will also interview a “colleague” and a supervisor to find out more about the training required for this particular career.
April 2: Counseling Session 1 (Students complete Career Interest Survey) April 9: Counseling Session 2 (students receive placements) April 16 - 19: Students contact their “employer” April 30-May 4: Work Experience Week 1 May 7-11: Work Experience Week 2 May 14: Counseling Session 3 (students share and reflect on their experience)
As a school that is “Centered in Christ”, Service is embedded in our values as a high school community. Most high school students actively participate in a variety of different service experiences, both in and outside of the school. Service is also an integral part of the CAS programme, along with Creativity and Activity. All students in Gr 11 and Gr 12 are required to fulfil the CAS component of the IB Core. In order for the incoming Juniors to gain a better understanding of the value of service learning, we have organised a number of different service opportunities alongside the work experience programme. Students will be placed in a variety of different experiences during their Service Week and will be asked to reflect on their learning through a cycle of action and reflection. We hope that a number of students will be inspired through their engagement in service, to use it as an impetus to design a solution to a problem they have encountered in the community. This may be developed as part of the hybrid Personal Project.
Authentic learning experiences are an integral part of an IB education - providing contextual relevance, encouraging personal engagement, and giving opportunity for practical response to the needs of our local and global communities. The modified Personal Project will provide each student the opportunity to respond to the authentic service and work learning experiences he/she has had during the weeks of April 30 – May 11. The two-week modified Personal Project follows the service and work experiences as an authentic extension of learning. During this time, all students will be guided through a creative inquiry process that results in the production of a digital solution that effectively communicates something individually learned and something to be collectively shared from the work and/or service learning experiences. The creative inquiry process is a valuable tool for learning across all subjects because of its focus on the skills of investigation & analysis; planning & development of ideas; creation & communication of a solution; and reflection & evaluation. Whether the digital solution takes the form of an infographic, short-film, poster, website, graphic design, architectural model, or any other form will depend on how each student chooses to respond to the authentic learning experiences in his/ her own creative way. All students will be able to use and expand upon the digital design skills that have been acquired in the MYP Design class to create a quality solution. At the conclusion of the modified personal project there will be an exhibition where each student will share his/her learning experiences with our school community.
Here are a few ideas to consider for your summer break:
Seoul Foreign School is a closed testing center. This means we only offer testing spaces for Seoul Foreign School students. When registering, you will not see Seoul Foreign School listed as a testing center. In order to reserve a testing space at Seoul Foreign School, you will need the SFS test center code, which you will enter during the registration process. Please contact your counselor to receive the test center code.
If you are moving or transferring to a new school, please complete this form to begin the withdrawal process from SFS.