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Graduation Ceremony (2018.05.18)


Graduation Ceremony 2018

Congratulations to the Branksome Hall Asia Class of 2018! We wish them all the best as they leave us and move on into their university years. Their positive and collaborative spirit as exemplified by their year’s theme, “I shine when you shine,” will be felt at Branksome Hall Asia for years to come.

Jane Park delivered this year’s valedictory speech at the ceremony. Her speech to was a heartfelt tribute to the parents, classmates, and teachers who helped support the Class of 2018 throughout their time at Branksome Hall Asia

ABRSM is now at Branksome Hall Asia


ABRSM is now at Branksome Hall Asia

ABRSM – this abbreviation stands for the Examination board for Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. On 13 May 2018, Branksome Hall Asia became an official examination centre for the Royal Schools of Music in London. This Board was established in 1889 and now administers Music exams on all instruments and voice to 93 countries in the world. These exams provide a structured framework for progression from Beginner (Grade 1) to Advanced Musician (Grade 8).

Martin Cotton, the first examiner at Branksome, was a King’s College Cambridge and Royal Academy graduate. He remarked at the impressive venue of our Performing Arts Centre, and the hospitality and organized structure of the day. There were 21 Branksome Hall students and 6 external students. From the start of the Itinerant Music scheme here till the present day it was the Music Department’s aim to make this a venue for these exams. The growth of the number of our instrumental students caught the eye of the Music Board and we were approached by London to become an examination Centre for them.

Now Branksome Hall Asia students can take these prestigious instrumental exams on home ground. Preparation for these exams foster good technique, aural ability and most of all, disciplined practice because they demand a high level of skill in order to be successful. It is therefore, our pleasure to report that this is the beginning of even more advanced levels of music performance at Branksome Hall Asia.

PYP Exhibition Final Touches (2018.05.15)


G5 students are preparing for the PYP exhibition

Grade 5 PYP exhibition at Branhsome Hall Asia is our significant event in the life of our Junior School and all our G5 students. It is an excellent opportunity for our students to review their PYP learning years and share with the whole Branksome Hall Asia community. It is truly a culminating experience, and an opportunity for our G5 students to exhibit the attributes of the IB Leaner profile that have been developing throughout their PYP learning in Branksome Hall Asia.

Our G5 students are now working together putting some finishing touches to their Exhibition presentation.

Empty Bowls Dinner (2018.05.13)

Empty Bowls Dinner 2018

Empty Bowl is a grassroots initiative that addresses hunger in local communities. Around the world, students make home-made bowls that are filled with soup and sold at a community dinner. Proceeds are donated to a local charity supporting food banks and initiatives in the local community.

This year we held our 3rd Empty Bowls Dinner on May 11th. Many of our students, parents, staff and school leaderships joined our event.

It has been a tradition that BHA parents, faculty and staff support this event by donating home-made food, pastries, rice cake, bread, cookies for Empty Bowls Dinner.

Thank you to all of our families who joined us for the Empty Bowls dinner May 11. The evening was another sterling community gathering of friendship and fundraising. Over KRW 4,000,000 will be donated to Jeju Branch of Good Neighbors, a charity that supports local children. Specially, the funds will be used to provide meals to school children during the weekends and school holidays when the public school lunch programs are temporally stopped.

Grade 1 Goods and Services Market (2018.05.10)


GRADE 1 GOODS AND SERVICES MARKET
The 3rd floor of the Lower Junior Pod was transformed into a bustling, lively Marketplace on Tuesday afternoon. This was a culminating summative assessment for a Unit of inquiry under the Transdisciplinary Theme “How we organize ourselves”. Grade 1 students have been studying the forces of supply and demand as they wondered about and inquired into the Central Idea “Systems help people trade goods and services”. The students manufactured various goods and sold them (with paper money) and supplied services such as hand massages.

MYP Interdisciplinary Study Unit (2018.05)

Innovative and New MYP Interdisciplinary Units of Study

This past school week, all Grade 6, 7, 8, and 9 students participated in MYP Interdisciplinary Units of Study (IDU’s). This unique aspect of the MYP program challenges students to use skills and concepts from multiple courses and disciplines to solve a problem, create a product, or explore a complex subject. All students were “off-schedule” during this time and working collaboratively in groups. The Grade 9s designed, built, and tested wind turbines; the Grade 8s investigated and experimented with novel ways to clean up oil spills; the Grade 7s created films on the impact of technological advances on society; and the Grade 6s created montages of various cultural creation myths. This great effort on the part of the BHA MYP teachers was a great success in terms of promoting transdisciplinary thinking and learning and will be continued next year.

Maker Faire (2018.05)

Saturday, April 28th, 2-4 p.m., STEM-V at Branksome Hall Asia. A Makers Faire is 'the place' for makers to meet and share their inspiring projects and it's your chance to see the intersection of art, technology, and culture.

Through the GEC Schools Maker Faire, you can share any form of art and design from any of these categories: visual arts, crafts, music/dance, technology, engineering, sustainability, science, food, health or a category we haven't thought of! You can sign up to share your design from now until April 15th, through the sign-up form on our site: https://sites.google.com/branksome.asia/makerfaire... home Teachers, parents and students (G3-12) from all 4 GEC schools are invited to take part. Please visit our website to find out more, sign up, and get all the details for the Fair. Any questions please contact digitallife@branksome.asia, or elizabethgasparini@branksome.asia

TEDx at Branksome Hall Asia (2018.05)



It is a great pleasure to invite all of you to BHA TEDx on April 27th, 2018. BHA has created a gathering TEDx talk which will provide an opportunity to inform and share ideas, and inspire each other. The student-led talk will be held this Friday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at BHA PAC Auditorium with an intermission, snack, and musical performance.

"Imagine a day filled with brilliant speakers, thought-provoking video and mind-blowing conversation. Each of our fellow speaker's topic will fall under the category of humanity, psychology, technology, science, art, cultural anthropology, etc."

It will be a great night and I am certain that you will enjoy it.

Children's Day Celebration (2018.05)




ICE CREAM DAY

To celebrate Children's Day, ice cream will be offered on Wednesday, May 2nd during lunch time, a treat from the PTA. Ice cream will offered for students as well as faculty, staff, students, JJ catering and staff from C&S. This year the PTA will be serving flavors including vanilla, grape, chocolate and strawberry. We invite everyone to pick up an ice cream which will be served in the cafeteria and in the Junior school pod this day. This year's Ice Cream Day poster was designed by Soomin Chung in Grade 11.

Empty Bowls Dinner (2018.05.01)

Empty Bowls Season has come back. Finally we are having an Empty Bowls Dinner on May 11(Fri) at 5:30 in STEM V Area.

Over the past several months, we have made over 200 bowls and are ready to serve food in those bowls for a dinner event.

Empty Bowl is a grassroots initiative that addresses hunger in local communities. Around the world, students make home-made bowls that are filled with soup and sold at a community dinner. Proceeds are donated to a local charity supporting food banks and initiatives in the local community. This year we are holding our 3rd Empty Bowls Dinner on May 11th, 5:30pm. Please join us for an evening of art and food donated by parents and local community. All the proceeds from this event will be donated to Jeju Branch of Good Neighbors, a charity that supports local children. Specially, the funds will be used to provide meals to school children during the weekends and school holidays when the public school lunch programs are temporally stopped. Please see the details:



Food Donor for Empty Bowls Dinner Event:

Empty Bowls Dinner

Date: May 11th from 5:30 to 7:30

Venue: STEM V/Under the Bridge

Ticket: KRW 15,000

Empty Bowls Ticket Sale

Date: May 7, 8, 9 from 2:30 to 4:30

Venue: Welcome Garden


It has been a tradition that BHA parents, faculty and staff support this event by donating home-made food, pastries, rice cake, bread, cookies for Empty Bowls Dinner. Food Donors will be provided a free ticket to the event. Please continue to support the tradition of contributing to our community.

Book Character Dress Up Day (2018.04.24)

BOOK CHARACTER DAY

There were nearly 400 "guests" on campus last Friday, or so it seemed, as everyone in the Junior School, teachers included, came in costume dressed as their favorite book character. We paraded through the Junior School pods and out onto the podium level where we all assembled. A thoroughly enjoyable and colorful end to the Book Week. Many thanks to our wonderfully creative students, parents and teachers and to Mrs. Robins for organizing this fun event that has become a Junior School tradition over the years.

Our latest coverage by Chosun Newspaper focuses on our graduates' outstanding achievements

Our school’s coverage in the South China Post - Branksome Hall Asia Takes Students on a Distinct Learning Journey

Please enjoy our school’s coverage in the South China Post - the largest English newspaper in Southeast Asia. (Feb 23, 2018)

To find out more (We are on page 2)

Latest remarkable Branksome Hall Asia stories covered by Women-Dong A magazine

Article 1: Interview with our empowering Branksome Hall Asia Students.

To fine out more.

Article 2: Interview with our inspiring Branksome Hall Asia Teachers

To find out more.

Article 3: Focuses on our Branksome Hall Asia STEM-V Program and how it raises empowering female leaders in sciences and engineering fields.

To find out more.

Branksome Hall Asia e-articles on Study international

KCTV's special edition of 'INSIDE JEJU' featuring our Branksome Hall Asia's Plaid Tidings

Please click here to enjoy KCTV's special edition of 'INSIDE JEJU' featuring our Branksome Hall Asia's Plaid Tidings.

Grade 9 Exchange In Toronto Canada-2017

BHA Week Without Walls

We had our annual Week Without Walls Camp for students in grades 6 through 12.

Each trip was varied with its own theme and activities but the shared goal was learning through experience.



School Shop Is Opening






School shop is opening on Tuesdays&Thursdays

Starting from Tuesday 8/22/2017

The Risk Taker




'The Risk -Taker'
After performing Mozart’s piano concerto with the Union City Philharmonic Orchestra this summer, one of our students, Yoonseo Choi (Grade 5) said "If I had the opportunity again, I would work harder to enjoy the moment rather than being afraid of failure." It was a big challenge for Yoonseo to play with professional musicians in New York and although she was very nervous she played the piano successfully and enjoyed the sense of accomplishment and confidence that she developed from her performance. We send a big round of applause to Yoonseo.

Summer Series and Head Start Program 2017

Remarkable IB Results 2017

In July 2017, a total of 159,400 students worldwide celebrated their IB Diploma examination results. It is with great pride we share the Branksome Hall Asia Class of 2017 IB Diploma examination results.

As individuals and as a class their accomplishments are formidable!

Some of the Class of 2017 outstanding highlights:

  • The overall class average was 36 points, compared to the world average of 29.95 points. This represents the best performance by any Branksome Hall Asia graduating class.
  • 100% of the successful Branksome Hall Asia IB candidates earned the International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma. This is an outstanding accomplishment when compared to the World Average of 28%.
  • 92% of our Branksome Hall Asia Graduates achieved an IB score above the world average of 29.95 points.
  • At least 25% of our Branksome Hall Asia students earned 40 points or above. (World average 7%).
  • There were overall class averages of 6 or above (of a possible 7 maximum) across a full range of subjects areas.
  • 100% of our Branksome Hall Asia Graduates received offers to the world’s top 100 universities
  • We are very proud of our students and their achievements. Our students’ accomplishments speak volumes about our students and the commitment of our community to offer a Branksome Hall Asia inclusive education.

    On behalf of Branksome Hall Asia, it is with enormous pride that we extend congratulations to our students, their families, and the Branksome Hall Asia faculty.

    Branksome Hall Asia is truly distinguished as being among the world’s top echelon International Baccalaureate Schools. The world is about to become more remarkable.

    Be proud!

    BTV featured on Asia Pacific Broadcasting Magazine

    Here is an article showcasing BTV and Control Room Academy students' role in our new KCTV broadcast channel. The article in APB magazine includes quotes from Sueshin Moon, Linnea Bidder and Yehsom Jung.

    The article as well as the link to the whole magazine are below. We are on page 19.

    Enjoy!


    G12 Graduation Video 2017

    Congratulations to the remarkable Branksome Hall Asia Class of 2017 on their recent graduation and outstanding performance on the IB DP exams.

    The recently released results from the exams highlighted the academic excellence of this exceptionally talented group of young women. The overall IB DP exam average of the class was 36 and a quarter of the students obtained 40 or more points. Furthermore, all of our successful DP candidates also received the Bilingual Diploma. This establishes a standard of achievement at Branksome Hall Asia that most certainly will inspire future graduating classes to achieve similar levels of excellence. Branksome Hall Asia wishes the Class of 2017 the best as they pursue new challenges and adventures at some of the top universities in the world.

    Grade 9 Exchange 2017 At Branksome Hall Asia

    Newspaper Article on a school CASE program

    We would like to celebrate the attached Korean newspaper article about "Thank you, for helping me", a story book written and illustrated by FORGET-ME-NOT, an extraordinary CASE team initiated by our students in 2014.

    The article talks about how the team was formed and the book published, and that this is a very good example of 'Making Caring Common', a project initiated by the Harvard Graduate School of Education with the goal of nurturing 'Caring' dispositions in students . She further talks about how Korean University Entrance processes should also move toward this direction.

    The books are on sale in the school shop (Open every Thursday 3~4pm).
    All the proceeds will go to raising awareness and supporting campaigns and donations for the victims of this sad history.

    See the attached Korean Newspaper article (DongAh Newspaper)

    Grade 12 Graduation 2016

    Where Dreams become Reality

    Congratulations to Branksome Hall Asia’s Graduating Class of 2016.

    Our girls embraced the Branksome Hall Asia challenge to be their best and to give their best. The rewards of their efforts are clear. Our girls are launched as our next generation of outstanding anthropologists, art and designers, architects, biologists, chemists, doctors, financial analysts, economists, engineers, graphic designers, historians, mathematicians, pharmacists, psychologists, scientists, teachers and much more…

    The number and breadth of our students chosen fields of study and university programs are formidable and in fact ‘remarkable’. Extraordinary achievement!

    The world, is once again, about to become more remarkable.

    News from 2016 year

    The brand new Design Thinking workshop for families is for parents and children to experience designing, making and creating together.

    Join us for a morning of making and exploring. Come and experience first hand how we integrate the IB curriculum into classroom learning at Branksome Hall Asia. Lead by Branksome Hall Asia teachers, you work alongside your child and see how we combine the latest language learning strategies, inquiry practices, and approaches to learning in our program.

    It will be a morning of inquiry, learning, creating, and reflecting, and having fun too -- A typical day at Branksome Hall Asia!

    Please register through this link and come along with your children.

    Outline of Events for the Day

    9-12: Workshop (include 20 min break)

    12-1 Lunch

    1-2 tour of school (making discrete connections between what was learned in the workshop and what we do as part of our teaching practice)

    Snacks and Lunch provided


    Design Thinking Family Workshop

    Design Thinking Family Workshop

    The brand new Design Thinking workshop for families is for parents and children to experience designing, making and creating together.

    Join us for a morning of making and exploring. Come and experience first hand how we integrate the IB curriculum into classroom learning at Branksome Hall Asia. Lead by Branksome Hall Asia teachers, you work alongside your child and see how we combine the latest language learning strategies, inquiry practices, and approaches to learning in our program.

    It will be a morning of inquiry, learning, creating, and reflecting, and having fun too -- A typical day at Branksome Hall Asia!

    Please register through this link and come along with your children.

    Outline of Events for the Day

    9-12: Workshop (include 20 min break)

    12-1 Lunch

    1-2 tour of school (making discrete connections between what was learned in the workshop and what we do as part of our teaching practice)

    Snacks and Lunch provided


    Branksome Hall Asia students at the American Embassy

    On November 17, 2015, Branksome Hall Asia students were invited to participate in an event organized by the U.S. Embassy and the Korea Entrepreneurship Foundation to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Seoul.

    Countries and communities around the world celebrate GEW by bringing together innovators, trailblazers and experts in entrepreneurship to share and discuss their knowledge, success stories and latest entrepreneurship trends and policies.

    GEW Women 2015 was celebrated at this event by a special afternoon session dedicated to young women who were challenged to break through gender stereotypes and achieve their dreams.

    Anne Hoglund, ambassador of Sweden gave a congratulatory address to the participants. Professor Ji-ae Sohn (Former CNN Seoul Bureau Chief, former CEO of Arirang), Ms. Grace Choi (Policy advisor at the U.S. Secretary’s Office on Global Women’s issues), Dr. Ogan Gurel (Senior advisor for innovation, Campus D) Mr. Robert Ogburn (Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy) led mentorship sessions with students emphasizing that women can catalyze positive change in their lives and communities. They pointed out that the scale of the challenges we face in the world today and the accelerating speed of innovation is demanding a new approach to leadership which is different from the autocratic and efficient model on which the modern economy is founded. They encouraged young women participants to be transformational leaders, embracing failures, nurturing resilience and fostering grit. It was also pointed out that engaging men as allies is of importance to women’s advancement. Further, they were provoked to challenge conventional wisdom, generate ideas and open their minds to uncomfortable solutions. The overall message for students was that the human spirit has an enormous capacity for meeting challenges and one way to achieve dreams of greatness is to “reach higher than you think you can” regardless of your gender.

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    Branksome Hall Asia's first graduating SCUBA class

    The members of the BHA Diving Club bravely completed their Open Water dives this past Saturday in the cool green seas off of Seogwipo. The girls posted bottom times of 31 and 32 minutes for each of two dives and explored the depths of the sea to a maximum depth of 11 metres. The event featured camaraderie, teamwork and strong mutual support as members of the team drilled out of air and emergency ascent procedures as part of their NAUI Open Water training.

    Mr. Percy, Mr. Deutsch, and Mr. Barker and I are extremely proud of this extraordinary team!

    Dr. Lee and Mr. Percy

    You can see more of their amazing achievement in the video below.

    Two Campuses, One School.

    Branksome Hall Asia held its Inaugural Alumni Gathering Party at The Embassy of Canada in Seoul. It was a great chance to liaise between the parents of Branksome Hall Asia and the parents and alumni of Branksome Hall. The Ambassador of Canada attended the event and congratulated the great performance of the first graduates of Branksome Hall Asia.

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