I am now approaching the end of my first year here at ISK and I have to say time has flown by. Why? Because ISK is a school committed to learning and that makes life so exciting on a daily basis, so any one week is going to be different from the next, and the children are constantly involved in so many different experiences.
My time this year has been totally focused on developing ISK in different areas so the whole school community can further benefit from the quality assurance benchmarks of the IPC and IMYC accreditations, and strive to venture into new and exciting areas of learning.
The year so far has seen ISK children involved in SKAC football/volleyball and basketball events, Winter Festival, PTA Film Night, themed weeks and days including Halloween, Fitness and Well Being and World Book Day, PTA Read-a-thon, Sports Days, a weekly set of ASAs. This is just a snapshot of life at ISK.
We are a school that is always looking for new challenges that will bring both excitement and a clear benefit to the children’s learning and life experiences. At ISK we are truly international with 30+ student nationalities and 11+ different staff nationalities.
Consequently, it is no surprise we believe in global transferable skills; communication, team working, interpersonal, problem-solving, flexibility, adaptability and self-motivation.
ISK is now on the verge of yet another exciting phase in its life with the prospect of moving from our middle school program into years 10 and 11 and offering a curriculum for the IGCSE. Watch this space!
I hope to meet you at some time in the future here at ISK.
International School of Koje
ISK is a coeducational international school for children from 4 years old to Year 9 (UK) or Grade 8 (US). We follow the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC), International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). We are a truly international school, currently with around 150 students from all over the world.
ISK is owned by the Seyoung Foundation, chaired by the CEO of DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering). The Seyoung Foundation also owns the local university, Koje College, and Okpo Kindergarden.
The role of the Seyoung Foundation is to oversee the finances of ISK. They appoint a Head of School, who reports to the Seyoung Foundation at board meetings.
Go to the link to Seyoung Foundation.
Origins and Development of ISK:
In 1975 DSME created an international school department for their contractors’ children and it was called Daewoo Foreign School. In 2002 the school was established as an independent organization and was renamed Okpo International School.
In September 2013 the school became part of the Seyoung Foundation and changed its name to the International School of Koje.
At about the same time, the school was outgrowing its facility, which it rented from DSME, and was in need of a bigger more modern campus. With its own careful financial management and contributions from local government and sponsor companies, ISK was able to buy a nearby piece of land from DSME and construct a much bigger purpose built facility, which opened in May 2014.
ISK is now in the planning stages for its next phase of growth and development which will further increase capacity.
In May 2014 our new school opened and it has excellent facilities for up to 540 students. There are 27 classrooms, a gymnasium, a large library, a science lab, music and art rooms, dedicated play areas for older and younger children, outdoor soccer pitch, basketball court, running track, rooftop garden, parents lounge and a cafeteria.