SinDang Elementary School

In Daegu, we also visited SinDang Elementary School which was very interesting – the school is in a very multicultural area, so they have a special Korean culture course to make adjusting to Korean life easier for new students. The school also connects to their students through a fantastic  traditional Korean music program – Jo even had a try at playing some traditional drums!DSC_0312 DSC_0294 DSC_0323 DSC_0322

ChoEup Elementary School

While in Busan we also visited ChoEup Elementary School, where Jo was excited to see Young, who she has worked with a lot. We met staff at the school, and discussed their participation in Global LYNCs, and then we took an English lesson with the students, in which they learnt about school and other aspects of life in Australia. Young also very kindly took us to see some beautiful cherry blossoms after our meeting at the school, which was such a treat!DSC_1512  DSC_1502 DSC_1498 DSC_1495

YeonCheon Elementary School

Visiting YeonCheon Elementary School, we met the wonderful staff and toured the school, learning about their facilities. We also lead an English class – Jo talked to the students about Bunjil (a creator-deity in local Victorian Aboriginal mythology) and the students decorated feathers in a traditional Indigenous Australian style, and Scarlett talked about the Aussie accent and some Australian English. By the end of the class, the students had all written a sentence using some true Aussie-isms, mate!

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MyungDuk Elementary School

Thankyou to MyungDuk Elementary School for hosting a visit from our team.  We were really interested in their Community garden program.  Parents and children can work on their section of garden on the weekend.  Remember that the majority of people in Korea live in apartments and the opportunity to access some garden in the local community is precious.  There is a waiting list of families for a plot of land in the school garden.   The school also features a lovely pond area with fish out the front of the school and numerous pot-plants with vegetables growing. DSC_0248 DSC_0262 DSC_0272 DSC_0274 DSC_0277

Australian Embassy Seoul Symposium

We were interested to hear of a planned symposium in September where telecommunications projects will form a focus. Global LYNCs will be included in the agenda as a model that is effective and efficient and inclusive. I suggested it might be a good idea to feature a link between two schools during the symposium. More later this year on that one.

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Sejong Global Highschool

We visited the wonderful Sejong Global HS again and had the privilege of teaching a group of enthusiastic students.

Our lesson was on poetry – ‘Horses’ by Ted Hughes and the unique colloquialisms of Australian language.   We met up with the visiting Australian delegation of Principals hosted by the Sydney Korean Embassy team who were also visiting but time was tight.  I spent some time with new teacher project participant Yi Sooyeol and I would like to warmly welcome her to the project.   The school will undergo some changes next year with the current Principal’s retirement but we hope they will extend their current international program to include Victoria and in particular Mt. Clear College.

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KSA of KAIST

Scarlett and I visited the wonder KSA HS in Busan again this year.  We met with the Vice Principal Cho Chui Hee and discussed the possibility of a partnership with Mt. Clear SC with a particular focus on visitations and accessing the specialist Science and Language Centres the school operates.  Scarlett had some wonderful ideas the incorporated visiting unique geographical and mining areas of Victoria then working with science based problem solving around these location and their current issues or challenges.  Of particular interest was mining and engineering from the KSA perspective.  More soon!

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DongGung Elementary School

We visited DongGung Elementary School in Busan (partners of Linton Primary School), and met the principal Mr HeeJong Kang, along with English teacher MinWoo Park and other staff. We were lucky to be shown around the school, and learnt that DongGung ES specialises in technology with a robotics program and using 3D printing in learning. We were also very excited to learn that Principal HeeJong Kang has been involved in Video Conferencing for a long time, and shared a passion for it with Jo.DSC_1277 DSC_1278

While we were at DongGung we also taught a class (to an assembly  of students) about school life in Australia, and some Australian Animals. The students loved learning about how different life in Australia is (especially that we don’t have to do academy classes after school) hearing the kookaburra laugh, and watching some kangaroos interrupt a golf tournament!

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Students at DongGung were also very pleased to meet their new friend Blinky Bill, and to welcome him to their school.

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