Dear ISK Parents,
I believe you have already seen my name in an earlier newsletter from the school, introducing me alongside some new teaching staff who are also joining ISK in August.
However, I thought I would send you my own introduction so you know a little more about me before I start as the new Principal at ISK.
I have worked in eight other countries prior to South Korea, as both a teacher and senior leader and Principal, so South Korea will be my ninth country! I have to say after two recent short visits to Koje, I am looking forward to August and a brand new experience.
The experience I have gained working and living in the Middle East, South East Asia, Sweden, and UK and of course Moscow has helped me build up an understanding that every school is different along with its school community, which is always going to contribute to the excitement when taking on a new position.
One of the main attractions that drew my attention to ISK were the educational programmes IPC and IMYC the school uses. I have previously introduced IPC to two other international schools; The British School of Vietnam, HCMC and St. John’s Bangkok, Thailand. The IPC became a huge success in both schools and at St John’s we also piloted the then new IMYC. Please read an example about my involvement with the IPC:
I have the experience of being a member on 4 CIS (Council of International Schools) Accreditation Visiting Teams which has given me the experience of visiting other international schools and learning from them whilst assessing their systems. I am also a trained Lead Improvement Partner with COBIS (Council of British Schools), so I have good experience in quality assurance, which I know will benefit ISK.
ISK is very international in different ways which is also one of the attractions for me and why I have accepted the position of Principal. My philosophy in education is simple and is something I apply to all schools and that is to ensure the school environment is attractive and inviting, the educational programme is exciting, creative and challenging and the students always feel safe and comfortable in their learning. I believe communication between school and home has to be efficient and informative so a respectful partnership exists for the benefit of both parties.
As I have visited the school twice I know much of the above is already in place which is to the credit of the previous principal and the staff who have worked hard to achieve high standards, supported tirelessly but the Korean administration.
Finally, I have to extend my congratulations to ISK for achieving accreditation for their IMYC programme only a year after doing the same with the IPC. This makes the school fully accredited in its educational programme and the only school internationally that has had the IMYC accredited, and this was at Master Level! Well done again.
This provides a fantastic platform for any school and new principal to take the school forward into new areas of development and restructuring to meet the ever changing needs of its community.
I look forward to meeting you in September.
International School of Koje
ISK is a coeducational international school for children from 4 years old to Year 8 (UK) or Grade 7 (US). We follow the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC), International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). We currently have 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 current CEO of DSME and Chair of the Seyoung Foundation is Mr Jung. Previous CEO/Chairs were Mr Nam Sang-tae and Mr Ko Jae-ho. 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 the Head of School, Mr YH Eom, 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.
The Seyoung Foundation was set up by the former CEO of DSME, Mr Nam Sang-tae and a board was formed to administer the foundation. 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.