Another new school

We have come to the end of our first week in our new school, the Busan International Foreign School. It is a recently built school on the outskirts of Busan, next to the highway so easy enough for us to get to.

Here is the main through space of the school.


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We all went for an induction afternoon on Monday and got to meet their teachers. This is them all lining up for the first time (you can just see Katrine’s yellow bobble).


Katrine is in Grade 3 (P4 in Scotland, year 4 in England) I went with her to her class room when Richard went with Gregor to his. He is going into Grade 1 (P2/year 2) and has a male teacher this year, it will be interesting to see how he gets on with this new dynamic.

The school doesn’t have a uniform but does have a PE kit. These are the winter kits,



And these are the summer ones.



This school is the further away option for us but there were two main reasons we liked it. It uses the International Baccalaureate curriculum, which they had last year so minimizes the changes and is similar to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. Secondly, the school offers great outdoor facilities, essential for a high energy little dude.



Tuesday was the first day and I had two very nervous kids to go on the bus.


The bus is the major downside of this school, they have a much longer journey that I would have liked, it takes about 40 minutes. There was some confusion the first day as their are 2 buses from our building and only Katrine and Gregor getting on one, the other is full. This had Katrine in tears, every makes me question if I am doing the right thing and crying children make me feel awful. I spoke to her teacher and got email updates and a very happy Katrine at home time, so I think it was just first day nerves.

We have our timetables and they have a ‘fun’ lesson everyday. They have PE, music and art twice a week each, an hour in the library and three hours of Korea.

They also got to pick their after school electives, it was a tricky choice but they are both going for Taekwondo on Mondays and Fridays, Katrine has little chefs on Tuesdays and Gregor is doing ball sports on Thursdays. I’m worried this will be too much but it is hard to find out of school activities. We will give it a go and see how we get on.


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  1. Trackback: First day of school | Same me, different country

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