Weekly Update #17, 12 January 2024
Welcome back to our first flag raising of the term - a time when we pay respect to our host nation as well as congratulate students who have achieved outstanding results in and out of school. This week we took the time to celebrate Tino in Year 12 who has won first place in the Grassroots Judo Winter Nationals & Clinics (over 90 kgs category) in California USA as well as the Bronze medal at the 2023 Northeastern Judo Championships (over 90 kgs category) at the JFK High School in the USA.
We have had a wonderful week back in school!
Talking Heads: Public Speaking Showcase on 18.01.24
We are thrilled to extend an invitation to you for the upcoming Talking Heads: Public Speaking Showcase, where our talented students will be demonstrating their impressive public speaking skills through a series of speeches on topics they have chosen and are passionate about! Event Details: Thursday, January 18th at 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the Secondary Hall. The showcase promises to be an inspiring evening filled with articulate speeches and insightful presentations. We will be hearing from: Erica, Jojo, Mary, Kristina, Liza, Gordon, Ryan M, Alisa, Zoe and Putter. We are eager to see you at the Talking Heads showcase, where together, we can applaud and encourage our students in their journey to becoming exceptional public speakers. If you will attend on Thursday 18th, please fill in the Google Form indicating the number of attendees for catering purposes.
Parents Coffee Morning on 19.01.24
Welcoming all parents to a coffee morning organised by the Parents Committee on the 19th January from 9:00am onwards at Wood x Good Cafe on Chaofah road. Check out their Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/woodxgoodcafe?mibextid=LQQJ4d
Mandarin Language Day 中文语言日 on 3.02.24
We are excited to invite you to a vibrant Mandarin Language Day event on Saturday, February 3rd, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at HeadStart Chaofah Campus! Event Highlights are Lunar New Year craft activities, family games, Chinese food sharing. Please click on this link to fill out the registration form. -Warm regards, Mandarin Team
|Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs)
On the 9th of January, the HeadStart ECA team organised our Term 2 & 3 ECA Fair - an opportunity for our community to find out more from our external providers about the exciting activities on offer for the rest of this academic year. Whether it’s dance and gymnastics, MMA, Spanish language, or STEAM and Cyberschool activities you are looking for, there’s so much to choose from for your child to develop lifelong learning skills. Please be reminded that booking phase 3 has now ended. Any changes or additions to your child’s ECA programme can now be made by emailing [email protected]. If you would like to book a fourth or fifth additional HeadStart ECA for your child, this can be done by visiting our admin office or by emailing [email protected]
|Meetings & Presentations
Year 9 Options Meeting & Fair
On Wednesday the 10th of January our Year 9 students started the process of choosing the subjects they wish to study at GCSE/IGCSE. To help support the students and parents with this decision we held a parent presentation in the Primary Hall where the process was explained and some ideas were given on the best way to make the choices. This was followed by the main event of the day; the Options Fair. Each subject offered in Year 10 & 11 had a stall where teachers and students were on hand to explain what each subject was like to study at this level. The students and parents were then free to roam the Sports Hall to see what subjects are on offer and to have their questions answered. We sincerely hope the Year 9 students now have all the information they need to decide which subjects will be the best choices for their future education. 📩 If you have questions or would like more information about the Year 9 options, please contact Mr Davidson, Deputy Head of Secondary (Academics) at [email protected]
On the 7th and 8th of December, a group of HeadStart students took part in the annual Thai Etiquette Competition for the 8th year running. The event took place at the Sapan Hin Gymnasium with Mr Saroj Angkanapilat, the Mayor of Phuket Municipality, presiding over the opening and presenting the certificates to our students. Well done to the 10 HeadStart representatives from Reception, Primary and Secondary who dedicated the time and effort to practicing for the competition. As an international school, we are so proud of them for taking part in this Thai cultural event as we aim to instill knowledge and proper conduct in Thai culture. Congratulation to Kwankhao in Year 11 for winning 1st place for lower Secondary, Girl category. All of the following students represented our school and performed very well: Tavian, Reception / Aob-Aom, Reception / Tiger, Year 2 / Tiara, Year 2 / Kim, Year 4 / Christian, Year 4 / Sense, Year 5 / Kwankhao, Year 6 / Baikhao, Year 11 / Putter Year 9
A big thank you to our wonderful Thai teachers, Kru Fon, Kru Lookpla, Kru Poy and Kru Song for training and preparing these polite young students and for the excellent effort they put into making this project a great success. We are also extremely thankful for the support we had from this group of Thai parents during the training and during the competition. -Kru Nee, School Director
|PE & Sports
February Football Camp 12-14.02.24
Sign up today! This is the perfect opportunity for players to play fun football and develop new skills in a positive environment at our Chaofah campus. Camp starts at 09:00 (drop off after 08:30) and finishes at 14:00 with lunch provided. For students from Year 2 to Year 8. Players will be split into appropriate groups, depending on their age and abilities. Expect high-quality coaching, lots of fun and medals to be won! To sign up please contact Coach Frost at [email protected]
|University Preparation (UPrep) News
Calvin Van Der Laan’s Interview: Navigating University Life
When Calvin Van Der Laan, a former student of HeadStart School, returned to his alma mater, he brought with him a treasure trove of insights from his ongoing journey through university life in the Netherlands. Addressing an audience of current Y12 students, Calvin delved into a diversity of facets of his university experience so far. His talk began by shedding light on the financial independence that university demands, stressing the importance of budgeting and learning to manage personal expenses. Drawing from personal anecdotes, Calvin shared how he navigated the shifts in his academic journey and a change of course, underscoring the significance of embracing change and pursuing your own passions.
In discussing safety concerns at university, Calvin reassured students about the support systems and resources available, encouraging proactive awareness and vigilance in the new environment. Identifying distinctions between high school and university studies, Calvin emphasised the need for self-discipline and effective time management. The shift from structured guidance to self-driven learning was a key point, urging students to adapt and take charge of their academic paths. Crucially, Calvin stressed the value of building connections and friendships at university. He emphasised the richness that diversity brings to your social circle and the importance of stepping out of comfort zones to forge new relationships.
His visit served as an inspiration, leaving an indelible impression on the students. Calvin’s anecdotes and advice painted a vivid picture of the challenges and triumphs awaiting them beyond the walls of HeadStart School. As the session concluded, Calvin’s words lingered, igniting a spark of confidence and resilience in the students’ minds as they prepared to embark on their own unique university journey. -University Guidance Team