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VoiceLab "Into the Gu"

After a hiatus due to the pandemic, Middle School students have gone back "Into the Gu". Inspired by NPR’s “Out of the Blocks”, this popular VoiceLab project asks students to engage with our local neighborhoods by interviewing community members and creating a video documenting their experience - capturing stories hidden in plain sight.

Gu can mean 'borough,' 'precinct,' or 'district' in Korean. It is equivalent to a district or neighborhood. Most cities in Korea are divided into gu and SFS is located in Seodaemun-gu. This year, groups of students placed themselves in Sinchon, Hongdae, Yeonhui, and Yeonnam to collect local stories. The finished videos can be enjoyed on the VoiceLab Youtube page.

The British School Celebrates 40 Years

The British School at Seoul Foreign School is celebrating 40 years of exceptional education and service to the international community of Seoul. In the spring of 1981, members of the British Council, the British Businessmen’s Group and the British Women’s Group formed an ad-hoc committee to consider options to provide a British style education in Korea. The committee reached out to Seoul Foreign School, and soon discussions were underway with Head of School Dick Underwood.

Things moved quickly from that point and on August 25 of that year, the British School opened its doors for the first time with two classes, 17 students, and two UK-qualified teachers - Headteacher Denis Suray and Victoria Sargent. In 1984, the British School had built a reputation that was strong enough to be recognised as a permanent entity. With permission granted, a new school building was completed and opened by the British Ambassador Nicholas Spreckly on May 29, 1986.

The British School grew rapidly, reaching 137 students by September 1992. Since then, it has established itself as a school of choice in Seoul, offering a British-focused education to global learners. Alumni have settled all over the world and currently the growing student body is composed of 280 students representing 38 different nationalities.

Throughout this school year, the British School community has taken time to commemorate this very significant occasion - celebrating the past 40 years, reflecting on its history, and planning for the future. In May, two weeks of special events included a homeroom decorating contest, the creation of a time capsule, a 1980s-themed dress-up day, a parents morning tea, a flag parade, and finally an all-school British style street party featuring fair games, a bouncy castle, and other fun activities for students and faculty.

In conjunction with the School’s 40th anniversary, the entire SFS community has also come together to fund the building of a new playground at the British School. Seoul Foreign School aims to create innovative learning spaces and facilities for its students. The Pitch In: Playground fundraising campaign is facilitating a new space with updated equipment in age-specific sections and increased safety measures to help students lead balanced, healthy lives. The playground is slated for opening in August, at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year.

Today, the British School at Seoul Foreign School is a place where values build community and where learning connects students to relevance in the world around them. Alongside the English National Curriculum for Mathematics and English, the School has recently introduced innovative frameworks for international learning (International Early Years, Primary, and Middle Years Curricula) in all other subjects which add thinking, collaboration, and relevance to a strong learning environment. These are underpinned by six core values that bind the community together and, along with the benefit of small class sizes, give the British School its reputation of being ‘like a family’. In addition to academic rigour, the sports, arts, music, and drama facilities provide balance, and rank among the best in Asia.

Alumni in Action: Taeyoon Choi '00

Alumnus Taeyoon Choi '00 recently returned to SFS for the first time in 20 years to host an art workshop for British School Year 5 and 6 students. He first had the students draw sketches of their partners with their opposite hand emphasizing the fact that art is not about perfection but perception. The next project involved large canvases where the students were challenged to paint a portrait of themselves as a tree.

Taeyoon is a groundbreaking artist based out of NYC whose has done projects, participatory workshops, performances, and installations at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, & the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. In the coming weeks, he will be presenting a workshop at the Leeum Samsung Museum.

Thank you to Taeyoon for giving back and enriching the educational experience at SFS. And thank you to all of the 60+ alumni who have engaged with the school this year as CT speakers, workshop presenters, video content creators, and mentors/connectors for our students.

If you are an SFS alum who is interested in sharing your time and talent with students, please contact Director of Alumni Relations, Eric DeHaan at



Significant Voices podcast

For their unit 'Impact', Grade 4 students focused on the central idea 'Significant events and people impact society.' During this unit, they inquired into significant people and events from history, and how they shaped society. One of the ways they did this was through a research podcast project. Each student chose a significant person from history to research. They wrote clear and organized notes on this person and then used their new knowledge to write an interesting podcast script. Grade 4 listened to many professional podcasts to learn and be inspired. Aaron Moniz, from Inspire Citizens, taught students about the impact of podcasts and how to record and edit using iPads. The informative and creative podcast series is called 'Significant Voices' because they tell the stories of significant people. However, through the retelling of these amazing stories, the students' own voices became significant as educators.

Listen to the Significant Voices podcast here.


Music Will Calm Thee, music by Arnold Han '21

Arnold Han, Class of 2021 was very active in our choral program while at SFS - singing in multiple choirs, successfully auditioning for national and international honors choirs, and being selected as the AMIS male vocalist of the year. He is presently studying music composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Arnold came back to Korea recently, in part to come to Moonlight Choir rehearsal to work with the choir on a song that he composed and dedicated to the choir and Mr. Tom Ford in his last year at SFS. Moonlight Choir presented the world premiere performance of "Music Will Calm Thee" at the High School Spring Choir Concert. Listen now.