About six months ago, two students from Geoje High School came to visit me. They asked if they and their English Club could do some sort of work at ISK and so we talked about what it could be. I suggested that they could come and teach Korean to our students and we set it up for the Autumn. Last month 20 of them came and worked with several different classes of students. Everyone agreed they did an excellent job.
So this afternoon I visited Geoje High School to give my thanks to the English Club. I gave them each a certificate from ISK and a small gift each. I was then given a tour which included two particularly amazing things: a windband and a hanok. The windband that was rehearsing was absolutely wonderful: beautiful sound, great precision and a particularly good range of brass instruments. Apparently they have won many awards.
The hanok is a traditional Korean house and garden built by the founders of the school. It is used as a place to teach students about Korean etiquette and traditional culture. There is a full time teacher who does this with all the High School students and the students of the neighbouring Middle and Elementary schools. In total she has about 2,000 students to work with!