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Weekly Update 11, 10 Nov. 2017

Dates for Your Diary

Upcoming events can be found on the HeadStart calendar on the website School Life → Calendar but we have outlined upcoming events here for easy reference.

Date Time Event Location
11 November Morning PISAC Soccer Development League HeadStart
11 November Morning Thanyapura Open Swim League Thanyapura
11-12 November All day DoE Group 2 Bronze Level Practice Ao Yon beach
11-12 November All day National Cheerleading Championships BKK
18 November 9:00-11:00 am Saturday Thai Culture Club HeadStart
18 November Morning PISAC Soccer Development League HeadStart
22 November All day Casual Clothes Day for Charity HeadStart
24 November 2:00-5:00 pm Friday Market Atrium
24-25 November All day Soccer 7’s BISP
29-30 November All day DoE Adventurous Journey Group 1 Ao Yon beach

Addams Family

By Ms Jackie Feliciano, Director of the show

On November 3rd and 4th, 2017, HeadStart Creative and Arts Secondary students delivered not one, but two extraordinary production of the Addams Family young@part. This family classic has been enjoyed by many generations on television series, film, Broadway and touring companies all around the world. Our CAPA cast did not disappoint, and together with the Dance Academy, put on two spectacular performances. Congratulations to all involved in this show to remember for years to come!

Full albums of both Friday and Saturday performance can be found on the HeadStart Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/headstartphuket/

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Parent Meeting News

A big thank you to Ms Nicola Fallows, Year 1 teacher, for the presentation to parents about how we teach phonics at school.

Deputy Head Boy and Girl in Action

On 10 November, the Deputy Head Boy and Girl, Marco and Natasha, gave a presentation to Senior Management. They wanted to address the issues that have been discussed in the Student Council meetings. They brought up issues like stocking the school shop with stationery, school jackets, Sixth Form classroom set up, Labeling food at the lunch line more clearly.

The Sixth Form students were very helpful in raising funds for the Poppy Apeal.

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal–Deadline is Friday, 17 November!

By Ms Fiona Scott

We are working to provide Christmas gifts for boys and girls at The Phuket Sunshine Village and Phuket Child Watch. Our goal is 400 boxes! 2 House points will be given to every shoe box brought into school.

Please pack a few extra items in your shopping basket this weekend, pack up a shoe box and bring a smile to a child’s face this Christmas.

Here is a list of what to pack:

  • Soft toys

  • Small games (No guns or weapons please)

  • School supplies and stationery

  • Clothes / flip flops

  • Dried fruit / Candy sweets - No chocolate please

  • Toiletries - toothbrush / toothpaste, soap, hairbrush / comb

  • Small towel / flannel

Please see the lists around school for more Shoe Box suggestions. Do not wrap or seal your boxes, but bring them into school with a roll of wrapping paper. Don’t forget to label your box, boy / girl / age and house name.

Year 11 have packed their Christmas gift shoe boxes. Have you? Help to brighten up a child’s day by joining the drive. Due: 22 November! By Kru Nee

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Art Department News

By Ms Jody Leow

In year 3, students have been learning about ancient Egypt in art and worked in groups to make paper mache King Tutankhamen death masks.

Year 4 have been learning about the Romans. They used paper mache to make Roman pots and mosaic to decorate.

Year 5 have looked at the work of the artist Georgia O Keefe. They made beautiful copies of her work using oil pastel.

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In Year 6 the students have been learning about one point perspective and have created a fantasy city.

Sports Department News

Swimming News

By Coach Brown

This weekend is the 2nd of our league meets at Thanyapura. Current point standings are: HeadStart 1,973 points. UWC- 1,681 points. BIS- 1,194 points. Come cheer our Aqua Panthers on starting at 8:00 am on Saturday! Meet will finish approximately at 12 pm. Thank you for your continued support!

Cheerleading Competition This Weekend

HeadStart Cheerleading team is going to participate for the first time in the 22nd Cheerleading Thailand Championships 2017 in Bangkok! 12 girls aged between 8 and 13 have been working really hard with Coach Lanna for the last few months to be ready for this major event happening this weekend. Please wish them good luck. We will keep you updated on the results in next week’s update.

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Football News

The Phuket Youth Development Football League will be happening again this and next Saturday at HeadStart. Come along and see the young boys and girls form all over the island showing off their Football skills. Matches start at 9.00am and finish around 12.30pm.

First round of matches of the Phuket Youth Development Football League! Check out the action in the photos!

11 November Schedule

Under 7–8:15-9:15- Chelsea vs. local Thai team Under 9/11– 9:30-10:45- Arsenal vs. Liverpool / Chelsea vs. Manchester United Under 13/16–11-12:15- Chelsea vs. Liverpool & Manchester United vs. Arsenal ⚽⚽⚽ Good luck to all! We look forward to another round of exciting football matches!

Other Sport Events

The Boys U9 & U11 Football Team will be playing in the PISAC Championships @ Thanyupura on Tuesday 14th November, kick off 4.00pm - 6.00pm

The Boys U13 and U19 Football Teams will be playing in the PISAC Championships @ Thanyupura on Friday 17th November, kick off 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Good luck to the following teams over the coming week or so; The Girls U15 Football Team are playing in the PISAC Championships on Friday 10th November @ HeadStart School

The Girls Senior Basketball Team will playing a local Thai School @ HeadStart on Friday 17th November, tip off 3.40pm - 5.00pm.

Foundation Department News

By Ms Fiona Scott, Deputy Head of Foundation

Congratulations to Ingfah and Sona from Reception Yellow and Eva and Luang in Reception Blue, who are this weeks stars of the week. They all received a certificate for having attitude and trying their best.Great job Reception!


The Preschool children have had lots of fun learning about Jungle animals this week. They have listened to stories, sang songs and made lots of animal crafts. They have looked at animal footprints and loved making patterns in the shaving foam and sand. By Ms Danielle

The Early Years Yellow went for a fabulously fishy visit to the Aquarium. We are learning about ‘Under the Sea’ in class at the moment and the students just loved seeing the real fish that live under the sea. We especially loved the snappy sharks, the beautiful lion fish, and the bendy eels. By Miss Amy

Reception students learned to count to 20 by making crowns using 20 paper rings in Thai class! By Kru Sue

Tying in with science week and our space theme, Reception blue created their own space in a jar using oil, coloured water and glitter. They enjoyed shaking their jars to see the stars falling in space. We also learnt about the gases and liquids that Jupiter is made from and experimented making fizz balls and seeing if they would erupt. It has been a creative week! By Ms Kuusik and Ms Smithie

Primary Department News

By Mr Andrew Whittaker, Head of Foundation and Primary

Another busy week in Primary has come to a close.

Many of us have ‘jumped out of our skins’ as the Science Faculty have wowed the pupils with loud experiments and demonstrations taking place the Science Labs. A big thank you to the Science Faculty for all their efforts this week. A number of our Primary pupils have enjoyed lessons in the Science Labs.

At this Thursday’s Primary Assembly Ms Scott and Ms Aon entertained us all in Elf outfits and explained the Shoe Box Appeal which all of us ( pupils, teachers and parents ) are encouraged to take part in. It would be great if we could beat our previous target of 320 boxes and aim for 400 this year as a whole school community.

Earlier today, pupils from Years 3 to 6 observed our Remembrance Service to commemorate not only those civilians and soldiers that died during The Great War (1914-18) , but also to take time to reflect on victims of all wars since.

As always, I was so proud of the respectful and mature behaviour displayed by all our HeadStart pupils. Mr Adam Drew read the first four verses of the poem ‘For The Fallen’ by Lawrence Binyon. I have shared these four verses with you below.

I wish you all a pleasant and peaceful weekend.

For the Fallen- Lawrence Binyon

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,

England mourns for her dead across the sea.

Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,

Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal

Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,

There is music in the midst of desolation

And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;

They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

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Year 3 had a wonderful time exploring Phuket’s botanic gardens. We completed a scavenger hunt where we had to find out lots of information about different plants. We also made sure that we examined different flowers to look for anthers and sticky stigmas. This trip was a lovely culmination to our Science topic ‘Flowering Plants’. By Ms Lee White

Here are year 4 making animal habitats in a box using card, paint and modelling clay. By Ms Cunningham

Year 4 students in Mandarin class are building TUBRIC to help them understand sentence structures. By Ms Wei

As part of science week, Year 6 worked in the secondary lab to set up their own investigations on evaporation. By Ms Webb

Secondary Department News

By Ms Elizabeth Mason, Head of Secondary

I would like to start off by thanking the CAPA team for an excellent secondary production last weekend. The Addams family was a Joy to watch and a very well-polished and an extremely slick production.

Science week has taken place this week with a daily science challenge and ending in a science assembly on Friday. Thank you to the science team for organizing the extra activities.

This week teachers will begin preparations for the end of term one examinations. The scopes for students are on the website under examinations in secondary.

Year 7, 8 and 9 will do progression tests in English math’s and science all other subject will use in class mini assessments. Year 10 will be examined in all subjects. Year 11 mocks will take place after Christmas in January 2018.

Parents will receive reports for their children at the end of term 1. Year 11 will receive their reports after the mock examinations.

World Scholars News

Ms Milner and the World Scholars have arrived safely in New York as they prepared to start the competition on Thursday 9th November. All of us back at HeadStart wish them all the very best and look forward to hearing all about their experience. By Mr Peter Mason

Year 12 Duke of Edinburgh Year 12 Sailing Trip

DoE Bronze Award

Congratulations to Julianna Mester, Jonathan, Eve Whittaker, Zach Chong En Ee, Peter Guglielmi and Jinna Phaisamran for completing the course and receiving the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze level award!

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