Weekly Update #6, 29 September 2023
Dates for Your Diary
|30 Sept-1 October||DofE Silver Training||Ao Yon|
|03 October||08:15-09:15||Parent Meeting: Thai University Applications & Requirements||Secondary Hall|
|04:00-06:00||Secondary Cross Country||at BISP|
|04 October||08:15-09:15||UPrep Drop in Session||Nakita’s Coffee Shop|
|04:00-06:00||Primary Cross Country||at BISP|
|06 October||08:30-11:30||Thai University Fair||Sports Hall|
|07 October||09:00-12:00||Mandarin Language Day|
|09-13 October||New students ‘Settling in’ meetings||To be announced|
|10 October||08:15-09:30||Foundation Parents Workshop: Helping your Child with Behaviour||Secondary Hall|
|11 October||08:15-09:15||UPrep Talk 4 - Applying to Thai Universities||Secondary Hall|
|03:30-5:30||Secondary Settling in PTC; New Students & Year 7|
|16-20 October||Mid-term break - school closed|
|16-18 October||09:00-02:00||Football Camp||Chaofah City Campus|
|09:00-02:00||Swim Camp||Chaofah City Campus|
|09:00-02:00||Basketball Camp||Chaofah City Campus|
|Announcements & Upcoming Events|
Skorts Now Available in School Shop
Due to popular demand, the school shop is now stocked with ‘skorts’ for female students in Years 1 to 11. Skorts are skirts with shorts sewn into them. To find out more, please visit our school shop.
Vendors for the Annual Aqua Panthers Swim Invitational
The Aqua Panthers would like to invite food vendors to participate in our second annual Aqua Panthers Swim Invitational. The event will take place on November 11th and 12th at our city school campus. We are expecting a significant turnout, with approximately 250-300 athletes plus parents, and coaches attending the event. This means there will be a good amount of foot traffic, providing an excellent opportunity for vendors to showcase their culinary offerings. The rate for participating as a food vendor is 350 baht per day. However, we kindly request vendors to commit to both days of the event to ensure a consistent presence throughout.
To avoid any conflicts with our existing vendors, we kindly ask that you provide us with information about the type of food you sell. This will help us ensure a diverse and complementary range of food options for our attendees. If you are interested in joining us as a food vendor for the Aqua Panthers Swim Invitational, please contact Coach Brown at [email protected]. Feel free to include any additional details or questions you may have. Thank you for considering this opportunity, and we look forward to hearing from you soon. Have a fantastic day! -Coach Brown
On the 3rd of November we will be hosting a special edition of the Friday Market. Vendors specialising in home made or eco items, as well as members of the community wanting to sell second hand clothes, toys, books, etc. are more than welcome to come and register for a free table at the Friday Market. If you are interested in receiving more information and registering, please feel free to contact the events team by writing to [email protected].
|Upcoming Events & Meetings|
Thai Parents Meeting
Thai parents are invited to join our parent meeting on Tuesday 3rd October 2023 at 08.15 am in the Secondary Hall on the topic of ‘Thai University Applications’. This presentation will provide important details and information about top international universities in Thailand, entry requirements and how to apply through the TCAS system. The information will be presented in English and Thai by our Thai Management Team. I look forward to seeing you there. -Kru Nee, Thai School Director
Thai University Fair
We are delighted to welcome you to the third Thai University Fair at HeadStart International School on the 6th of October from 08:30-11:30 in the Sports Hall. Students and parents from Years 10 to 13 have been invited to join the fair, as we are eager for them to learn more about their university options in Thailand after leaving HeadStart. If you intend to come to the fair, please fill out this Google Form.We are looking forward to seeing you there! -HeadStart University Guidance Counselling Team
|08:30 - 08:45||Welcome & Introduction by School Director & Head of Senior School|
|08:45 - 09:30||Universities Presentation (Years 10 - 13 and parents)|
|09:30 - 10:30||University Booth Visits (Years 10 - 13 and parents)|
|10:20 - 11:30||Workshop Session (Optional for Years 12 - 13 and parents)|
I’m Neil Roscoe and I have taught Science and especially Biology for over 20 years. My degree is from the University of Leicester and I qualified to teach at the University of Sussex, in the UK. I most recently taught in an international School in Shanghai, China, before moving to Phuket and also in a number of private boarding schools, including Roedean, prior to that. I believe that every student has a number of talents or gifts (and this doesn’t necessarily mean being good at Maths). School is about finding what you really love to do, what gets you excited, and channeling these into a career or a way of earning a living, or perhaps even to change the World! This is why it is my pleasure to help HeadStart students into a suitable degree course to help hone these talents. If you are a sixth form student, I look forward to meeting you shortly and supporting you in your applications. When not teaching, I’m interested in travel and flying. I learned to fly small planes in the United States, which has brought many hours of fun. I also enjoy music and sometimes painting (watercolour), which can be a real source of relaxation. I look forward to another year at HeadStart and helping the students to find their niche in life. There are a number of crises the World is facing today, from climate change and habitat destruction, to war, poverty and global recession. HeadStart students will undoubtedly become some of the scientists, lawyers, economists and politicians we will need to find the solutions. We all have a part to play.
HeadStart Hosts its First University Fair
The evening of Monday 25th September saw HeadStart’s first university fair with over 30 international university representatives in attendance, including City University of Hong Kong and the University of Nottingham, UK. There was something for everyone, with the Sports Hall a buzz with excited chatter about life after school. The over 140 HeadStart families that registered to attend enjoyed workshops on topics such as ‘how to become a doctor of medicine’, ‘how to prepare an Art and Design portfolio’ and ‘how to make your university application stand out’.
Grace Holby in Year 13 said “HeadStart’s University Fair 2023 was very insightful and really helped me expand my potential options and learn more about universities in countries I never thought I was interested in going to. The representatives were very kind and had taken their time to talk to my family and I and provided detailed answers and information”. The event was such a success that it is set to happen every year from now. Thanks to all who participated and to the teachers who kindly stayed on to supervise.
|Foundation & Primary|
Saturday Thai Culture Club
The Thai department extends its heartfelt gratitude to all the students for their enthusiastic participation in this endeavor. We are dedicated to continuing our efforts in organizing more engaging and enjoyable activities in the future, all aimed at enhancing our students’ cultural experiences. Stay tuned for more exciting adventures in Thai culture!
Early Years and Reception
Last Saturday, the Thai department hosted a wonderful event known as the Saturday Thai Culture Club to introduce our Early Years and Reception students to the enchanting world of ‘Chang Thai’ or Thai Elephants. Students had the incredible opportunity to learn about these majestic creatures. They discovered captivating facts about various parts of an elephant’s body and sang traditional Thai elephant songs. The students enjoyed assembling elephant jigsaw puzzles, learning about their food, and even had the chance to feed model elephants while crafting their own elephant trunk horns. Witnessing the smiles on both the children’s and parents’ faces was truly heartwarming, as this event brought our school community closer together. Thank you to all students and parents who participated in making this day special!
Year 1 to 3
Last weekend, our students from Year 1 to Year 3 had the incredible opportunity to join the Saturday Thai Culture Club. This time, we delved into the enchanting theme of ‘Nadtasin Thai’ or Thai Dance, celebrating the rich tradition of Thai dance. Our young learners showcased their enthusiasm as they sang Thai traditional songs and were mesmerized by captivating Thai dance performances, skillfully presented by school nurse, Pi Kaew. They had an experience with Thai dance costumes and even tried out some Thai dance steps themselves. A heartfelt thank you to all students who joined us on this incredible journey through the Saturday Thai Culture Club.
Year 4 to 6
At the Saturday Thai Culture Club last week, our students from Year 4 to Year 6 embarked on a fascinating journey to explore ‘Marayad Thai’ or Thai Etiquette, an equally enriching cultural experience. During this session, students delved into the intricacies of the “Wai,” a traditional Thai greeting gesture, and learned when and how to appropriately use it for various occasions. This valuable lesson in Thai manners not only deepens our students’ cultural awareness but also equips them with the ability to apply these customs gracefully in their daily lives.
Year 5 Using Inquiring Minds to explore our solar system
Last week, Year 5 Blue had the amazing opportunity to explore space at the planetarium. They sat back and relaxed while they were transported to far away corners of the galaxy, where they learned about Earth’s unique place within our solar system, and our solar system’s place within our galaxy and our galaxy’s place within the universe! They were also taken on a space-themed roller coaster and participated in an interactive quiz. They also had the amazing opportunity to gaze through real telescopes.
|PE & Sports|
Our U17 Boys played their first game this past Saturday against Republic Football Academy. It was an even game which saw plenty of goals from both teams, including one from a well-organised corner kick, finished off by Sean Corley. -Dave Francis, HeadStart Football Coach
Recently our U9 Boys Team travelled for their first ever away game after now becoming an official HeadStart Panthers Academy Team. The boys were super excited about the game and what a game it turned out to be! We had a fantastic start to the game and it was great to see the boys using what they had learnt in training and then putting into the game. We went ahead in the game with two great finishes in front of goal but we then conceded a series of quick goal to put ourselves on the chase. The boys showed that never give up attitude and immediately responded another two great goals. The game ended in a 5-5 draw with both teams giving everything and with smiles on their faces after the game. Well done boys! -Coach Frost
- The U17 boys travelled to KIS on Wednesday, which was their third game in the space of a week. Each game has been a great challenge and the boys have had to adapt to each environment. It was the rainy conditions this time as the ball travelled very quickly on the astro turf and each pass had to be precise. We had a great start and to the game and we went ahead early with a nice lob finish from Oscar. KIS came right back and the game was very competitive throughout. Wearing the new HeadStart Panthers Football Academy Away kit for the first time the boy did really well to manage the game and claim the victory. Well done boys! -Coach Frost
- The U13’s travelled to UWC on Thursday. Due to a number of players not available, some of the U11’s also took part in the game. It was a close game, with the younger players in particular adapting well to playing against older children. -Coach David Francis
PE Curriculum Update
It’s been an action packed start to the year for our Primary and Secondary students in PE. With a wide variety of activities across the whole curriculum it has meant students have had the opportunity to try their hand at a whole host of sports. From swimming to gymnastics to rugby and badminton, there really has been something for everyone to get stuck in to. Throughout the term so far our students have demonstrated their courage to take risks, try new things and push themselves out of their comfort zone. After the fantastic start to the school year, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year will bring in PE. -Ms Maddison Carter, Head of Physical Education
The 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar is the traditional Chinese festival known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 29th. On the occasion of this joyful festival, students from the Mandarin as First Language classes joined various activities to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival together. We guessed riddles, played Mid-Autumn dice games, created mooncake designs, practiced calligraphy, made festival decorations, made mooncakes and Chinese cuisine out of clay, and in the end, shared delicious mooncakes together. “Though miles apart, we share the same bright moon,” so don’t forget to enjoy the moon and eat mooncakes with your family, and send greetings and blessings to your friends. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! -Ms Wenhui Zhong and Ms Yue Yao
Creative & Performing Arts (CAPA)
As part of our continuous professional development, the CAPA faculty are working within our subjects to demonstrate areas of teaching and learning to our colleagues. This week the Design Technology team took the lead, teaching the faculty design and making techniques with a focus on differentiation and pace and challenge. This was a thoroughly enjoyable session that encouraged many of us out of our comfort zone and into the role of student, an incredibly important task to allow us to understand how our young people learn. Thanks to Mr Wells, Khun Krit and Mr Lategan. -Ms Alia Sillett, Director of Creative & Performing Arts
Year 11 PSHE News
This Monday, we had an outside speaker, Farhana, visit to get the Year 11 students set up on the careers platform Unifrog. The platform helps students with the whole progression process - from exploring their interests to recording the great things they’ve done, finding education and training opportunities, and drafting their applications for further education. Students can look at careers, the qualifications needed, and which universities worldwide offer these courses. The year 11 students will continue to use this platform in their PSHE lessons and as they move on into the Sixth form next year. -Mr Benham
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
The EPQ is an independent project that Sixth Form students can choose to undertake alongside their A Levels, and can be on any topic of their choosing. It is worth an AS Level and students can even achieve an A*. At the beginning of year 12, all students are taught skills that they need in order to undertake a project, such as designing a question, critically analysing sources, undertaking research and referencing. After a course of taught sessions, students can decide whether to take on their own written project (of approximately 6000 words), and independently complete it over the course of a year with supervision and subject specialist support.
Last year we launched the Extended project Qualification (EPQ) in the Sixth Form with great success. Two students successfully completed an EPQ project with incredible results; our students achieved an A* and an A grade, on ‘stem cells and heart failure’ and ‘surrealism and mental health’ respectively. We are incredibly pleased to be able to offer this to our sixth formers as it is a valuable qualification that supports academic writing, and builds vital skills needed for university and beyond. Our current year 12’s are busy thinking up their own research questions and topics. We look forward to seeing their projects evolve this year! -Ms Gratton
English Department News
This week, I had the pleasure of attending Mr. Benham’s Year 11 assembly about the benefits of his favourite subject: sleep. It was very informative to his year group and offered me a timely reminder on sleep’s central importance to learning. As we approach half term, I thought it apposite to remind all of the learning community of sleep’s cognitive benefits.
|Student Success Out of School|
- Congratulations to Rita who came second in the ‘I DID IT SERIES’ at Blue Tree in the individual 5-9 Year old / 100M category.
- Congratulations to Whan Whan who competed in the Asia Open Dance Championship (AODC) and won the Silver Award for the Modern Jazz Solo category.
|Promotions from Around the Island|