Weekly Update #2, 1 September 2023
Dates for Your Diary
|04 September||After school||All ECAs Begin|
|05 September||8.15-9.30am||Foundation Parent Meeting: Introduction to the EYFS Curriculum||Secondary Hall|
|06 September||8.15-9.15am||UPrep Drop Session for Parents||Nikita Cafe|
|09 September||9.00-4.30pm||Basketball Friendly Tournament||UWCT|
|9-10 September||Swim Meet||Sapan Hin|
|12 September||8.15-9.15am||Thai Parent Meeting: HeadStart Curriculum||Secondary Hall|
|13 September||8.15-9.15am||UPrep Talk 2 - Your Child’s 5 Year Plan||Secondary Hall|
|14 September||Are You Ok? Day|
|15 September||International Day of Democracy: Secondary Student Council Announced|
|16 September||9.30am - 4.30pm||Volleyball Friendly||UWCT|
Team HeadStart Shirts
We are very pleased to present our brand new ‘Team HeadStart’ shirts (for him and her), available from our school shop or for FREE in exhange for a 5* Google review and positive comment, helping us to grow our online presence and attract more like minded people to our community. Contact our Marketing & Events team to find out more by writing to [email protected]
Parents Social Fitness Sessions
All parents are welcome to join our social fitness sessions every Monday from 08.00-09.00. These sessions will be facilitated by Monika and Richard Haus who will ensure a fun, social (yet challenging) fitness session is available every week.
The 2022-2023 HeadStart Yearbook is now available on our website! Share the link below with family and friends so that family near and far can enjoy the vibrant and happy memories of a wonderful school year gone by! Click here for the HeadStart 2022-2023 Yearbook. If you haven’t gotten your copy of the Yearbook, contact our front office as we have only a few copies left!
|Parent Meetings and Presentations|
Introduction to EYFS & the Foundation Curriculum on 5.09.23
All Foundation parents are invited to a presentation on Tuesday 5th September 08:30-09:15, in the Secondary Hall. I will present an Introduction to Foundation and the EYFS Curriculum. During the presentation, we will cover the EYFS framework, parent and teacher expectations, communication, and information about how we wish to work with you as parents and offer an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Kru Nee will be available to support Thai parents.-Ms Natalie Walker, Deputy Head of Foundation
University Preparation (UPrep) Drop In Invitation on 6.09.23
The 6th Form team holds a drop in every fortnight in the morning between 8.15am and 9.30am in the Nikita Cafe (located on the left hand side of the Atrium at the Chaofah Campus) for any questions related to university applications. All interested parents are most welcome to attend. The next session will be held on the 6th of September. We look forward to seeing you. -Neil Roscoe, University Counsellor ([email protected])
First UPrep Talk of the Year on 30.08.23
Our very first UPrep parent talk of the 2023-2024 academic year took place last week. We started on the topic of ‘How HeadStart supports university applications’. If you were not able to attend, you can find the information on our UPrep Programme website tab. If you have any career or university related questions, you will find Mr Neil Roscoe and Ms Carolyn McKee in the 6th Form Office. Emails are also welcome. Please write to Neil Roscoe - [email protected] and Ms Carolyn McKee - [email protected]
Primary Homework Parent Meeting on 31.08.23
I would like to thank all the parents who attended our Primary Homework Parent Meeting on Thursday morning. It is always a pleasure to welcome you all to our school and work with you to ensure that our pupils are well-supported at school, and at home. Please find our presentation from the meeting as a download below. Primary Homeroom Teachers will share all the information you need regarding your child’s homework allocation, in Week 3 (week beginning Monday 4th September). The homework allocated in Week 3 will be expected to be completed by Week 4. Thank you again for your continued support. -Ms Kirsty Hark, Deputy Head of Primary (Academic)
|Extra Curricular Activities|
ECAs start on Monday! Are you ready???
Please check your child’s timetable Saturday afternoon to see which ECAs they have successfully enrolled in. We advise you to double check for any clashes. Clashes will appear in red. Be sure of the fee paid ECAs you have selected as next week they cannot be removed. If you have any questions or need additional help, please contact the ECA Team by writing to [email protected] or you can visit the team in the admin office next to the school library.
On the 28-29th of Augusut, the ECA tea organised an Extra Curricular Activities Fair in order to provide our community with the chance to meet outside ECA providers and inquire about the programmes on offer. Here is a look at some of the exciting programmes that are on offer: Dance Programme, Tennis, Flag Football, Saturday Swim Club, MMA & Jiu Jitsu, STEAM Clubs (Robotics, Coding Lab, 3D Pens, Jewellery making, Lego Creative, Puzzle Boost), Chess, Spanish language classes and finally English for Parents!
Year 5 white thoroughly enjoyed our exploration in Science! Tasked with independently finding out about materials and their properties, students had to work around the room and investigate lots of different materials; finding out about their flexibility, transparency, magnetism and hardness. Students also had to consider what the usefulness of each material has by considering its properties. -Ms Charlotte Myers
The great Cecil Rhodes said ‘remember that you are an Englishman, and have subsequently drawn the greatest prize in the lottery of life.’ The sentiment is also true when replacing the word ‘Englishman’ with ‘English speaker.’ English is the de facto lingua franca of the world; as native speakers of English, it’s easy to forget how lucky we are and how much we take our language for granted. Make no mistake, it is an immense achievement that we celebrated today, witnessing students in Years 8 to 10 celebrate their graduating from EAL lessons. In doing so, it is affirmation that their English has improved to such a level that they are able to function on a proficient and conceptual level. Through resilience, collaboration and courage, these students have worked doggedly to enjoy their moment in the sun. Their thanks and mine go especially to their EAL teacher Ms. Davidson and to all their English teachers last year and this. -David Pollicutt, Head of English & EAL A full album of photos of the EAL graduates can be found on the HeadStart Facebook page.
|PE & Sports|
Welcome back Aqua Panthers! Thank you to all the parents and swimmers who attended our meeting on Monday. It was great seeing familiar faces and welcoming new faces to the group. With our first week under our belt, I wanted to say how excited I am for this season. We have an outstanding squad and I know there will be massive improvements on our team. Keep up the momentum team, well done in week 1! -Coach Brown
We had our parents and players Academy meeting on Monday. It was great to meet all members of the HeadStart Panthers Basketball Academy. First week of practice went well, our academy players have responded extremely well to the new coaching staff. Look forward to seeing our players progress on a weekly basis. -Coach Mike
Last Friday we had our first House tug of war competition with Year 7 and 8. It was extremely competitive and the atmosphere was magnificent, with all students cheering one another on. The combined placings were as follows -
- Yellow Cheetahs 4th (40pts)
- Blue Tigers and Red Phoenixes joint 2nd (50pts)
- Green Dragons 1st (100pts)
Well done year 7 and 8! We cannot wait to see Year 9 and 10 in action next.
|Student Success Out of school|
- Well done to Gleb in Y7 and Leo in Y6 who competed in the 65cc Motocross Champs at Ko Sirey last weekend and won 3rd and 2nd place respectively.
- Congratulations to Winder Emmali for winning the Silver award in the MAV International Music Competition for Piano.
- Well done to Louie Y7 who was the champion of the U12 boys for Tennis in the Sportsync - Oceanic Junior Challenger competition.
- Congratulations to Yasmin in Y5 who participated in the Phuket Provincial Student Sports Competition and won the 50 metres Freestyle U10 swimming category with a record 0.33.44 seconds.