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Spiritual Life

The Spiritual Life Department exists to aid students in their formation as people. Our work is both practical and spiritual. We encourage students to enter into a relationship with God and to pursue His vision for their lives. We also train them in life skills necessary to be leaders in the emerging generation. It is our desire that each and every student reaches their God given potential.

Chapels

Students meet for chapel time once a week. Chapel time is an opportunity for students to hear about topics relevant to their lives. It's also a time for them to be encouraged in God's love and plan for them. We firmly believe that through the chapel time students learn more about God, themselves, and the world around them. Our hope is that each student is encouraged to live for a purpose greater than themselves.

SEW

SEW stands for Spiritual Emphasis Week. During this time classes are out of session for 3 days and focus is placed on the spiritual aspect of students' lives. SEW is all about relationships. Students building relationships with each other, with teaches, and with God. At GSIS our goal is to "educate the whole child"; SEW is a vital part of that process.

Retreats

Our annual retreats are some of the most anticipated events for our students! High School students are taken off campus for the weekend while Middle school students have their retreat on campus. This is an opportunity for teachers to connect with students on a deep level. The weekend retreat helps students gain perspective for their lives and time at GSIS.

VASE

Vision and Purpose: 

Each year God continues to move in ways far beyond our expectations at GSIS as we travel to serve other countries. We are confident that God has led you to be a part of this program for His glory,and for the benefit of others. Please take a moment to read through our vision statement: 

“It is at the core of our school identity to train and equip students to be a blessing to those who are in need. One way this is possible is through the VASE Program. It is our desire that GSIS builds fruitful and lasting relationships with workers in other nations to support the work God has given them to do.” 

Currently our VASE trips travel throughout various locations in South East Asia. For details on exact locations please contact the Student Ministry Office.

What does VASE mean? 

Vision: Gain a better vision of God’s world and ways we can serve in it. 

Action: Raise awareness, involvement, and support target areas. 

Service: Intentionally provide useful services that leave a lasting impact. 

Evangelism: Share God's story and his love in all we do. 

The inspiration behind VASE: 

Mark 14: 3-9 

While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. 

Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.  She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” 

An incredible experience: 

VASE trip participants can expect to: 

1. Grow personally and discover God’s heart for the nations. 

2. Support local missionaries and organizations who are already at work. 

3. Develop strong relationships within the school community and with oversees nationals.

4. Experience a Shift in their thinking about the world and an adjustment of their priorities.

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Testimonials

  • 저희 아이들은 IB 교육과정을 통해 명확한 지시문과 기준, 엄격한 마감 시간에 따른 주제별 접근방식의 과제를 수행하며 현명하게 시간을 관리하는 방법을 배울 수 있었습니다. 또한, 아이들의 성공을 위한 선생님들의 헌신에 깊이 감사드립니다. 저희 아이들이 외국인학교에 처음 입학하였을 때에는 과제를 이해하고 마감 시간을 맞추는 데 많은 어려움이 있었지만, 선생님들과의 지속적인 대화와 세부적인 설명을 통해 좋은 결과를 이룰 수 있었습니다. 이러한 과정을 통해 성적에 대한 강박 관념을 넘어 배움을 향한 단계별 접근 방식을 눈으로 확인할 수 있었습니다. 이러한 학습접근방식이야말로 아이들을 위한 최고의 교육방식일 것으로 생각하며 진심으로 감사드립니다. » 학부모 Grace Kim

  • We get to learn with iPads and have fun! I love my teachers! 학교에서 아이패드로 수업하는데 엄청나게 재미있어요! 선생님들도 정말 좋아요! » Emily Minju Hong, Grade 6

  • 졸업 후 GSIS에 다시 방문하니 학창시절에 친구들과 선생님들과 함께했던 하루하루의 추억이 되살아나네요. GSIS가 얼마나 좋은 곳이었는지를 대학교 입학 전까지는 정말 몰랐었어요. GSIS에 재학 중일 때에는 당연하게 여겼던 모든 것들이 대학생이 되어 그 시절을 되돌아보니 정말 감사한 일들이었네요. » 2011년도 졸업반 Tracy Kim

  • When I come back to GSIS, all the memories of the day to day interactions that I had with my friends and teachers come back to me. It wasn’t until I was in college that I realized how great the environment is here. It’s something that I took for granted while I was a student here but really appreciate now that I am in college. » Tracy Kim, Alumna Class of 2011

  • It is the outstanding community that has shaped me into who I am today : outstanding morals, principled rapport and a genuine love for learning have all imbued a sense of maturity within me. » Victor Jeong, Class of 2016

  • GSIS faculty and staff served as true role models through their words and actions which helped me shape a better perspective towards the world and to seek Christ in my life. 인생의 롤모델이신 GSIS 선생님들의 삶을 보면서 더 큰 세계관을 꿈꾸게 되었고, 제 삶의 주인이신 예수 그리스도를 바라보게 되었습니다. » Maim Cho, Alumnus Class of 2011

  • GSIS에서 제가 가장 좋아했고 최고로 꼽는 수업은 HL 생물 수업이었습니다. 담당 선생님께서는 다양한 주제를 찾아낼 수 있도록 도와주셨고, 이는 제가 대학교 입시를 준비하는 데 많은 도움이 되었습니다. 담당 선생님께서 생명공학 및 의학 분야에서 다수의 학술 논문과 연구결과를 공유해주신 덕분에 저는 제 미래의 목표를 의학분야에서 찾게 되었습니다. » 2015학년도 졸업반 Samantha Kim

  • The teachers at GSIS are all very nice and it's easy to talk to them, which makes it fun. I like the clubs we have at this school too. Last fall I participated in the soccer program and played against other international schools at jamborees. GSIS에는 정말 좋은 선생님들만 계시고 저희와 재미있는 대화도 많이 나눠주세요. 학교에서 참여하는 클럽활동도 정말 좋아요. 지난 가을에는 방과 후 축구 프로그램에 참여하여 다른 외국인학교와 잼보리 경기도 했어요. » Lucas Lee, Grade 11

  • Even though I don’t know English very well, people are very nice here, and so I feel like I can fit in. What makes me feel like I belong here at GSIS is the community, my friends, the nice people. It is easy to make friends here, it was hard to make friends in Japan because there was a lot of people, but there is not very many people here, so I can make friends. Also, it makes me want to be a teacher when I grow up, because the teachers here are nice and make it fun, and so I want to make learning fun for other people. 제가 영어를 아주 잘하진 못하지만, 학교 사람들은 내게 아주 친절해요. GSIS 커뮤니티, 친구들과 좋은 사람들로 인하여 학교에 잘 적응하고 있다고 생각해요. 일본에서는 학생들이 너무 많아서 친구를 사귀기가 어려웠지만, 여기는 인원이 많지 않기 때문에 쉽게 친구를 사귈수 있었어요. 또한 선생님들이 너무 좋고 즐겁게 해주시기 때문에, 저도 나중에 커서 다른 사람들이 즐겁게 배울수 있도록 가르쳐주는 교사가 되고 싶습니다. » Kentaro Ikeda, Grade 6

  • One of my best academic experiences here at GSIS was in my HL Biology class. My teacher has helped me discover a lot about the subject and has definitely prepared me for college. She also shared many academic writings in the field of bioengineering and medicine, and through them, I've been influenced to study medicine. » Samantha Kim, Alumna Class of 2015

  • Through the IB curriculum, the well-rounded thematic approach to assignments that came with set rubrics and criteria, along with strict deadlines, really prompted and scaffolded my children to manage time wisely. I also greatly appreciated the teachers’ dedication in assisting my children to be successful. When my children first began international school, my children struggled with meeting deadlines and even understanding the assignments. However, the teachers always reached out and communicated rationales with thorough explanations behind such result. Through this process, I was able to see the step-by-step approach to learning instead of the obsession over grades. Such an approach in learning was the best fit for my children and for that, I am truly thankful. » Grace Kim, Parent