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Andre Jin Coquillard named Alumnus of the Year

Seoul Foreign School (SFS) is pleased to announce alumnus Andre Jin Coquillard has been named Alumnus of the Year. This is the highest honor the School bestows on its graduates, and recognises the recipient's excellence in their chosen field of endeavour and outstanding service to the community or profession as well as devotion to SFS. Andre is the first alumnus to receive this honor for athletic achievement. He will speak to the graduating class of 2022 in celebration of commencement in June, and will be added to the Wall of Honor on campus.

In 2021, Andre represented South Korea in men's rugby at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. He debuted for the Korean national team in 2015 and is the squad's first naturalized citizen. Andre has also competed in Canada and the USA, including at University of California, Berkeley, where he was a member of three Division 1 National Championship teams, and professionally for the Seattle Seawolves. Andre has recently featured on the JTBC television program Let's Play Soccer.

Andre was born in Seoul to mother Kim Dong Su, the first Korean fashion model to work overseas and a television and fashion personality of the 1980s and 1990s, and father Norwell Coquillard from Chicago, Illinois, former chairman and president of Cargill Investment (China) Limited and Dartmouth College football player. Andre lived and studied throughout Asia in his youth and attended Seoul Foreign School in Grade 5 and 6 from 2001 to 2003. In September 2021, Andre returned to the School's campus where he assisted with Physical Health and Education classes, shared his story and answered student questions in sectional assemblies, and spent time with the Director of Sports and Director of Alumni Relations.

Upon learning that he was this year's recipient, Andre shared three key memories of SFS. "Firstly, the broad curriculum I had as a child has helped me develop as a more well-rounded adult. Secondly, I started participating in well-administered organized team sports at SFS. Looking back, I think my love for team sports and the dream of becoming a professional athlete is because of my time as an SFS Crusader. Lastly, my classmates from 2001-2003 are still my friends to this day! Every single one of my friends from SFS that I am still in contact with is living their best life. I didn't know it then, but it was a privilege to grow up alongside them and unknowingly I believe we pushed each other in the classroom, in the gym and on the field to help each other reach our goals."

ACTS raises $10,000 through upcycling

During the 2020-2021 school year, SFS community service club ACTS (A Call To Society) learned that luxury brand MCM engaged with students to artistically upcycle old or defective products. At that point, ACTS was looking for ways to support their charitable cause, multicultural daycare center 사단법인 밝은미래봉사단. They couldn’t regularly visit the center as originally planned due to the pandemic but they wanted to maintain the relationship and think of new, creative ways to support them. ACTS feels a special affinity towards 사단법인 밝은미래봉사단 - many SFS students are multicultural and may have had difficulty adjusting to life in Korea and community service is at the heart of our School’s mission.

Joohun (Grade 12) collaborated with SFS art teachers for students to upcycle 1,000 MCM bags, sneakers, phone cases, and other accessories. Nearly 500 students spent about 3 months decorating the products with their unique designs. Then ACTS members Joohun, Darren (Grade 12), Dongchae (Grade 12), Jonathan (Grade 12), Ray (Grade 11), and Katie (Grade 11) sold the products to parents, teachers, and other community members. In September 2021, they donated $10,000 USD to the daycare center, who will use the funds to purchase technology supporting online learning activities.

This project was a challenging learning opportunity for the organizers involved. There was no precedent for this type of activity at SFS and logistical delays, pressure to succeed, and the technical skills required to build an online store pushed them out of their comfort zone. But in the end, this project was greatly beneficial for all parties - upcycling defective products helped MCM and the environment, the artistic and business process was a good learning opportunity for SFS students, and the daycare center was very grateful for the donated funds.

Seoul of a Leader

Seoul of a Leader (SOAL) is an educator-led leadership conference that aims to provide professional development and professional networking opportunities for current and aspiring education leaders. SOAL was founded in 2019 by a group of educators who were committed to leadership development and equipping others to become stronger leaders who would make positive change in their spaces. The hope was to create a professional learning space where current and aspiring leaders could come together, learn from and inspire each other to become the best version of themselves as leaders.

The theme of this year’s conference was Just Us: Leading Together for Justice and focused on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in education institutions and in society at large. A diverse group of dedicated, experienced, and inspirational leaders shared their stories, wisdom, and expertise in sessions such as Diversity in Leadership, Diversity in Literature, Creating a Culture of Feedback with Cultural Competency in Mind, and Sustaining Courage for Change. Throughout the conference and beyond, the organizers challenged the 230 attendees from 20 different countries to ask questions, reflect on the injustices and challenges of our time, and take systemic accountability in leading impactful and transformative actions in their own spaces. Participants were encouraged to join the journey of making our communities more equitable, more diverse, more inclusive, and more just spaces.

This year’s SOAL planning team included dedicated and experienced leaders who are committed to fostering leadership development in the international school community: Heather Breedlove (Digital Learning Coach), David Han (MYP Mathematics & Schoolwide Academics), Michael Lucchesi (PYP Coordinator), Aaron Moniz (Co-Founder, Inspire Citizens), and Margaret Park (Elementary School Assistant Principal). For more information about this annual conference, please follow @seoulofaleader on Twitter.

Happy 40th Anniversary to the British School!

The British School of Seoul Foreign School officially opened for classes on August 25, 1981. Originally located in two adjoining apartments of faculty housing, the School had 17 students and 2 teachers during its first year. Although academic instruction has always been separate from the other sections of Seoul Foreign School, shared facilities included recreational, canteen, gymnasium, library, first aid, and school buses. The following autumn, the School had expanded and moved to 4 classrooms below the old gymnasium. With enrollment growing each year, a dedicated space was required and in 1986, the British School building was opened and is still the School's home today. The British School is now a caring learning community of over 240.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary on August 25, Principal Andy Freeman and Assistant Principal John Kett hosted an assembly, virtually walking students through the historical homes of the School. We reflected on highlights from the past 40 years, including a visit from Diana, Princess of Wales in 1992 and joining FOBISIA in 1999. Mr. Simon Smith, British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, also joined the celebrations with a video message.

Dr Nancy Le Nezet joins SFS as High School Principal

Dr. Nancy Le Nezet joins us this year as High School Principal. Having worked in education since 2002, most recently as interim head of the Swiss International School in Qatar, Nancy has extensive experience in International Baccalaureate education and excellence in pedagogical skills. Nancy has moved to Seoul with her husband, Adam Bernard, who is teaching Middle School Visual Arts, and their two children, Selena (Grade 11) and Anton (Grade 8).

Nancy is passionate about meeting new people and making connections; she is greatly looking forward to building relationships with our students, faculty, families, and greater Seoul Foreign School community. And she and her family are excited about all of the opportunities a bustling city like Seoul presents – including their first white winter in years!