Weekly Update #18, 19 January 2024
Invoices for Fee Paid ECAs will be raised at 16:00 on Monday, 22 January. Once an invoice has been raised it cannot be removed from your account. Parents, please double check your child’s timetable to be sure they are now enroled in the correct activities and that you understand the financial implication of your selection. Any adjustments need to be emailed to the ECA Team before 12:00 on Monday morning to [email protected]. No further adjustments will be made to ‘HeadStart ECAs’ after 26 January unless a pupil has been removed from a mandatory session (booster, EAL, AEN) or the School has made a change to a programme.
Save the Date!
We are delighted to extend a warm invitation to all our families to join us for our International Day Celebrations. This event promises to be a vibrant and culturally enriching experience, showcasing the diversity that makes our school community so special.
- Date: Friday 8th March 2024
- Time: 14:30-17:00
- Venue: Chaofah City Campus
Our International Day festivities will feature a colourful array of cultural performances, international cuisine, interactive exhibits, and a warm atmosphere of unity. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to come together, celebrate our global community, and foster a deeper understanding of the rich tapestry of cultures represented at HeadStart. We would be honored by your presence as we celebrate diversity, promote cultural exchange, and strengthen the bonds that make HeadStart International School a truly international learning environment. More information will follow regarding participation sign ups.
Fun Basketball Camp 12-14 February 2024
It’s time to slam dunk your way to success at the upcoming Fun Basketball Camp with Coach Mike and Coach Grant. Expect high-quality coaching, lots of fun and medals to be won! Don’t delay…sign up today by contacting Coach Mike at [email protected]
⏰ 12 - 14 February from 09:00-14:00 😀 for Years 4 - 10, Boys and Girls 🍍 Lunch included
Swim Camp 14-16 February 2024
Enhance your competitive swimming skills with the upcoming Aqua Panther Coaches’ camp this February Half Term! Join us for an incredible experience as we focus on refining your strokes and boosting your race performance. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to accelerate your swimming journey. Sign up now using the QR code on the poster. Looking forward to seeing you poolside!
|Meetings & Presentations
Thai Parents Meeting on 16.01.24
On Tuesday 16th January, Thai parents with children in Early Years were invited to join a presentation about the Thai curriculum, homework policy and school expectations when studying Thai in the ‘Thai as a first Language’ Programme at HeadStart. We also shared techniques on how parents can support their child at home with homework as well as tips on how to create a positive learning environment at home during homework sessions so that students can be motivated to learn Thai. Parents also had the opportunity to see samples of students’ workbooks in Primary all through Secondary. Thank you to all the parents who attended this meeting. We hope that you found our presentation informative and useful. -Kru Nee, Kru Look Pla, and Kru Cherry
Parent Meeting: Zones of Regulation in Key Stage 1 on 23.01.24
Kindly informing you that we will have our KS1 parents meeting about Zones of Regulations - Helping Your Child with Behaviour on Tuesday 23rd January 2024 in the Primary Hall, on the 2nd floor. We will be starting at 8.30am. I look forward to seeing you all then. - Annie Cusworth, Deputy Head of Primary (Pastoral)
UPrep Talk # 9 - Applying to Australia, New Zealand & Asia on 24.01.24
Alumni News - Reece and Nutcha Visit Sixth Form
Right before the Christmas break, Reece and Nutcha came to the Sixth Form to share stories about their life as university students in the UK. They spoke about the challenges that international students face and gave suggestions on how to best navigate them. They both advised about the need to budget carefully and find comfortable housing. They highlighted the importance of building good friendship groups and experiencing cultural differences for personal growth. The somewhat bad British weather was also discussed as a negative side and both warned that warm clothes would definitely be needed. Reece and Nutcha also talked about their seminars, classes, time management and after school activities on campus, making us all look forward to our move into the wide world next year! -Charles Callens, Head Boy
Reece Edouard is in his second year of studying Finance at Henley Business School, Reading University and Nutcha Phaisamran is studying Psycology at Cambridge University. Both Reece and Nutcha have been HeadStart students since they were preschoolers.
Our Year 10 ESL students have been learning how to write a persuasive article, here you can read their fantastic work on the ethics of zoos. -Ms Lauren Davidson
Excitement filled the air in Foundation as our school welcomed local firefighters for an unforgettable morning of education and fun. Children had the thrill of sitting in a real fire engine, sparking their imaginations and creating lasting memories. Beyond the excitement, our local heroes proved to be not only knowledgeable but also incredibly helpful. The firefighters engaged our students with valuable lessons on fire safety, teaching them the essentials of staying safe in emergencies. The warmth and approachability of these everyday heroes left a lasting impression, fostering a sense of trust and admiration among our students. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our local fire department for their time, dedication, and for turning a routine day into an extraordinary adventure for our school community. -Ms Natalie Walker, Head of Foundation
Monday morning Flag Raising - a time when we pay tribute to our host nation and celebrate student success in and out of school.
- Congratulations to Matthew for achieving a Black Belt in Taekwondo at the Dragon Gym.
- Well done to Kavin, Sophie, Leon, Color, Ethan and Bogdan for attending a 2 night/3 day ‘Life Survival Skills’ camp at Khao Luang National Park in Nakorn Sri Thammarat organised by the Lomfon Nature School.
‘𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐝𝐨𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐩𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧. 𝐈𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐚 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐠𝐨 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐱 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝, 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐚 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧, 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐞. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬.’ By Angela Hanscom, pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook—an award-winning developmental and nature-based program that has gained international popularity.
Introducing our 2023-2024 House Captains
The focus of the House system is to have lots of fun and to inspire a love of team play and camaraderie amongst your fellow Housemates. The House Captains are reliable, enthusiastic, confident and always willing to work hard to support the House Coordinator and lead house lunchtime and afternoon activities where necessary. They support one another in their role while encouraging and cheering on ALL HeadStart students…not just those in their own House!
Secondary House activities in action!
Sunday the 28th of January will be our next Beach Clean at Kata Beach. We will meet outside Super Surf Kata at 9:30am. As with the last clean we will be awarding House Points to all attendees (students and parents) - Green House scored highest last beach Clean. Please come with water, sunscreen and reusable gloves (if you have them). We will provide recycled and repurposed bags for collection, antibacterial hand wash and the House Points.
Week beginning the 26th of February we will be collecting plastic bottle tops and straws. We will be collecting clean bottle tops from water bottles, milk bottles etc and clean straws ONLY. These plastics can be repurposed here at HeadStart and turned into new plastic sheeting for DT projects. Unfortunately we can not do anything with water bottles (Yet - we have a plan!).
Christmas Card Collection
Starting next week we will have a box near the front office for collecting your unwanted and used Christmas cards. We plan to collect these and repurpose them next November/December making new Christmas cards as part of our Primary Eco Committee activities.
Did You Know: It is International Day of Clean Energy on the 26th of January. We will observe this in school through our Upper secondary Committee who will be leading activities for students during Friday lunch times.
Something To Think About: As we further move into Dry-Dry season and with it increased migration to the island we need to be more mindful than ever of our water consumption as a community. Did you know that Phuket ‘runs’ out of water each year due to a deficit between supply and demand. We can all take small steps to conserve water here on the island from fixing dripping taps, running water for less time when brushing teeth and minimising the use of hoses.