My name is Nick Carter and I am from Brighton, in the UK. I came to Thailand in 2015, after 6 years of living and teaching P.E. in Stockholm, Sweden (where it snows for six months of the year!). So, it is fair to say that I was ready for a completely different climate change, as well as cultural change. My sporting background is very diverse. I grew up with a passion for playing football, but later, in my teens, I discovered baseball. I made my debut for the Great Britain national baseball squad at the age of 18 and played with the squad for the next 14 years. I also trained as a professional contemporary dancer and toured nationally and internationally for 7 years in numerous dance companies. Although I have many other sporting interests, I want to make it clear that P.E. teachers are not just whistle blowing, basketball bouncing individuals, as I am due to release my first fictional novel (in June, 2015). However, participating in sport, physical activity, and leading a healthy lifestyle are very important to me, and I have enjoyed imparting my knowledge in teaching and coaching environments for over 20 years. I am delighted to have been appointed to the P.E. department at HeadStart and I feel I will be able to introduce the students to many activities they haven't yet fully experienced (due to lack of facilities), such as badminton, gymnastics, dance, pilates, athletics, weight training, etc. Therefore, moving to the new school site in August 2016 (with all the wonderful new sporting facilities) will allow for a much richer and more diverse Physical Education program to be delivered to the students. For example all secondary year groups (7, 8, 9, 10 and 11) will participate in the following sports activities: Basketball, Football, Softball, Athletics, Swimming, Badminton, Volleyball, Dance and Gymnastics (amongst others).
At HeadStart every student and member of staff are allocated to a House, of which we have four:
Students and teaching staff should wear House shirts every Friday unless otherwise announced.
The emphasis on the House system is to instill in every student a sense of T.U.F.F. (Teamwork. Unity. Friendship. Fun.) and the students work together in order to win as many points as possible for their Houses.
The main competitions the students participate in are:
During every Monday mornings homeroom session the students compete in a quick quiz on varying categories (movies, animals, Halloween etc). Then, all the houses points from each home room are tallied to find out which House has the most points.
Weigh Your Waste
As part of being an eco-friendly school the students are encouraged to only eat as much food as they need. Every Friday lunchtime all the wasted food is placed into their respective House bins and then weighed. Whichever House wastes the least amount of food is the winning House.
Every two weeks the Houses compete in a sporting competition (Basketball, Football, Tennis etc). In each competition we instill a sense of gender equality and we ensure that an equal number of boys and girls are represented by each House.
At HeadStart we reward students and/or groups of students for anything that promotes themselves or others as remarkable and responsible human beings (academics, hard work, effort, teamwork, fairness, respect etc). All the House Merits are also tallied towards their Houses total score.
Teachers also create their own competitions, and these can be as wide and as varied as Sports Days, HeadStart’s Got Talent, Language Day. Again, all of these competitions involve points towards the students Houses. During Friday morning flag raising the competitions from the previous week are announced and the students are informed which position their House are currently placed (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th).
Finally, at the end of the academic year, the House that gained the most points are rewarded with a House prize such as a pizza party, excursion to Splash Jungle or a trip to the cinema.
House Champions 2017 are…
THE YELLOW CHEETAHS!
The Cheetahs simply deserve to be recognized as our House Champions this year. They performed constantly well for the entire academic year, and their drive, and their determination to succeed NEVER faltered! They won nearly all of the Weigh Your Waste challenges, many of the secondary House quizzes, and also a large majority of sports competitions and sports days. Yet, every time I set the other Houses the challenge to try and beat them, they would respond with an even greater determination to succeed. I hope you will all agree that they were very formidable opponents, and therefore very deserving winners, with a massive 3,679 points!
As a reward, the Year 1-2 students watched a movie and then had a pizza party at school. The Year 3 – 13 went to SFX cinema to watch ‘Despicable Me 3’ and then had a meal at Sizzler or Pizza Company. Good job students!