Weekly Update 32, 18 May 2018
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 for the month here for easy reference.
|Saturday Thai Culture Club
|Y1 to Rec Transition Meeting
|Meeting Hall 4th floor
|Mum’s Night Out
|Chalong Bay Rum Distillery
|Reception to Year 1 Transition
|Parent Committee Meeting
|31 May 1 June
|Year 6 Graduation Trip
|Adventure Mountain, Phang gna
|End of Year Dance Recital
|Foundation/Primary Parent Meeting
|Secondary Parent Meeting
|Dance Room 4th Floor
|Secondary end of year party
|Year 11-13 Camping Trip
|Adventure Mountain Club
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Foundation/Primary Parents Meeting Invitation
By Mr Andrew, Head of Foundation and Primary
On behalf of the teachers and management of Foundation and Primary I would like to cordially invite you all to a meeting in the Sports Hall on Tuesday 5th June, at 2.00pm. The meeting will enable us to celebrate the achievements and progress that we have all made on our journey to becoming an Outstanding school over this academic year. All of this cannot be achieved without the three-way partnership I always refer to when I meet with families for the first time - us, the school, you, as parents, and your child, at the heart of everything we do. I do hope that you will all be able to attend this meeting and I very much look forward to speaking with you all on the afternoon of Tuesday 5th June.
Secondary Parents Meeting Invitation
By Ms Elizabeth Mason, Head of Secondary
On behalf of the teachers and management of the Secondary school. I would like to cordially invite you all to a meeting in the Sports Hall on Wednesday, 6th June, at 2.00pm. The meeting will enable us to celebrate the achievements and progress as we continue on our journey to becoming a Gold (outstanding) school over this next academic year. I do hope that you will all be able to attend this meeting and I very much look forward to speaking with you all on the afternoon of Wednesday 6th June. Thank you for your continued support.
Charlie’s Angels Dance recital
Here are some things to know about the end of year dance recital ‘Charlie’s Angels’ that will take place on 2 June, 2018.
Tickets are now on sale in the office. We work on a first come-first serve basis so get your tickets before they run out!
The show will be filmed on Saturday morning at 10:00 am. Parents will be able to buy the DVD of the show once the production team have had time to edit and prepare the show.
There will be an official photographer to document the show in the evening. Pictures will be posted on the HeadStart Facebook page.
Students will be given a snack before the show but we have organised a catering company to come and provide food for waiting guests before the show. The menu will include:
|20 portions of Caesar salad
|15 portions of bacon quiche
|15 portions of smoked salmon quiche
|30 portions of ciabatta tuna sandwich
|30 portions Pork meat ball in tomato sauce with French fries or pasta
|30 portions of pasta with Bolognese sauce
|40 portions of French fries
|Chocolate brownies and caramel custard
|30 Baht each
|Orange juice and iced tea
|30 baht per glass
Friday Market–Special End of the Year Edition
Although this Friday Market is the last one we will host this academic year, it will be an exciting one with many new items on offer by local entrepreneurs and businesses. Come and join the excitement and support the community. We would like to welcome: Aliya Art / Lemonade Club / Intention Jewelry / Bamboo straws and Eco items / Lemon soda stall / Tuna rolls and breads / Books and stationary from Sengho shop / Make up by Sue and last but not least, some Primary HeadStart students selling items for charity.
Welcoming all of the beautiful mum’s (and your friends, as long as they are not dads) to an exciting evening of ‘Latin Fire’ at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery on 25 May between 7:45-11:00 pm. Time for dad to take a turn being the babysitter! Dust off your dancing shoes, prepare a costume and get ready for a fun evening together. There will be a photo booth and an all night open buffet of food and plenty of Chalong Bay Rum to keep you dancing! Tickets are available for purchase from the front office. Please let our staff know if you require transportation to and from school.
07:45–Arrival and welcome drink
08:00– Tour of the distillery for anybody who would like to join
08:30–‘Blind Test’ competition
08:30–Cocktail stations where guests can make their own drinks together with a handsome bartender!
08:30–Live Band and Salsa instructor
10:30–Announce the winner of the blind test competition
In recognition for all of the effort and hard work that the Year 11-13s have put into their studies and exams this year, we have organised an overnight trip to the Adventure Mountain Club in Pang gna on 21-22 June, 2018. There will be numerous activities for the students to be involved in and it should be a wonderful time of relaxation and fun. The good news is that parents will not be charged for this trip.
What to bring: 2 sets of casual clothes, 1 set of fitness clothes, pyjamas, toiletries, tennis shoes, flip-flops, etc.
Students will be emailed a link so that they can sign up by 25 May, 2018.
Secondary End of Year Party
The students have voted on a Glow Party theme. More details will follow regarding the itinerary and venue.
Year 9 Fundraising Effort
By Ms Rebecca barker, Geography Teacher
In Geography class students have been planning a fundraiser for an organisation called The Grace Villa. Grace Villa is a home in Uganda that helps women and girls who have been sexually abused. It varies from girls who have been trafficked to women living on the streets. They take these victims in and provide them with healthcare and education in a safe environment. The people who work at Grace Villa focus on showing these girls love and care in order to make them know their worth. Today, they are now home to 24 women and children. As a class, we have divided into groups in order to raise awareness and money to help this program, to prepare them for a better future.
Between the 21st – 25th of May, Year 9 students will be running a variety of different events to raise money in direct support of Grace Villa before, during and after school. Year 9 would like to encourage adults and students alike to come and support their events and have some fun whilst they do so! There will be lots of yummy snacks available to purchase as well as games to play and things to buy. We look forward to seeing lots of you there throughout the week!
Vintage Sale, Bake Sale and Teacher Car Wash
By Students Anya, Gemma, Esther, Anna, Sara, Dasha G, Anastasia and Dasha B
In our group, we’ve decided the best way to raise money to help, is to have a Bake Sale and a Second Hand Vintage Sale. This will take place on after school on the 22-24th of May in the Atrium. We will also be doing teacher car washes on 23-24 of May from 3:30-4:30 pm (200 Baht). If you want to help our group, we ask that you bring in any second hand items and place them in the designated house colour box that are in the Atrium. This may in include kitchen utensils, clothes, books, toys etc. Hope to see you there!
P.E Department News
The Senior Aqua Panthers went to BIS on Wednesday to compete at the PISAC meet with BIS, UWC, and KIS. Our team ended up placing 3rd, by only 20 points. Great job to all our swimmers! On Friday we have the Primary PISAC competition at Thanyapura. We will be taking 18 of our swimmers to push and win some races! Meet starts at 3pm. By Coach Brown
Last weekend the Under-11, Under-9 and Under-13 Boys Football Teams played against UWCT and KIS. The teams played very well and our boys won all their games and more importantly really worked together to achieve these victories. I am very proud of our Panthers and I look forward to our continued success. By Coach JR
Last Wednesday the Under-9s had a friendly football match during our regular training session. This was to help both teams get some match practice, whilst not being over competitive and allowing the coaches to coach in detail during the game. It was a very competitive game with our old friends the Youth Football House and both coaches were very happy with the way the session went and will be doing more of these sessions in the future. The final result, was a very fitting 4-4 draw and it was pleasing to see the progress the entire group of players made individually and collectively for their respective teams. By Coach JR
Foundation Department News
We’ve had a busy time in Foundation recently, with a number of trips and treats for our children. Last week Reception visited The Phuket International Hospital and Early Years explored The Fire Station to find out some of the jobs people do in our ‘People Who Help Us’ topic. We were also lucky enough to have a visit from the local Fire and Policemen who came to show us some of the tools and equipment needed when they are out and about, helping people in Phuket.
Some of our fabulous artwork in now up on display in the Foundation corridor. A big Thank You to the CAPA department for their time and energy and inspiring a true love of art, paint and colour.
Next Tuesday morning, 22nd May, we will be welcoming all parents with children in Reception to a transition meeting. This is to inform parents of the steps we take as a school, to help prepare the children’s move from Reception to Year 1; and how we make the transition as smooth and comfortable as possible. We will also share some tips on how you can help at home. We look forward to seeing you all at 8.30 on Tuesday morning.
Parents Portal - No Reply Emails and Messages
A number of parents have asked me recently if “I have received their emails through the parent portal” Please be aware that if any member of staff emails you through the parent portal, this is a no-reply system and emails cannot reach the intended recipient. Please can you reply directly to the member of staff via the @headstartphuket.com address.
Rainy Season health Alert - Mosquitoes
Always in rainy season do we see an increase in mosquitoes. The Foundation and Housekeeping Team are fully aware that these unfriendly creatures get into our playgrounds, classrooms and learning spaces. At the end of each day our team spray the rooms and as an extra precaution we have purchased mosquito rackets for each of the classrooms. Please don’t forget to pack extra repellent if you wish for our team to apply it to your child during the day. Please just inform the Homeroom teachers when coming into school.
Stars of the Week
A big well done to Pluem, Sebastian, Eva, TJ, Sona and Nate for a super effort in all lessons this week.
Congratulations to Gun, Alex, Harrison and Leo for trying their very best in everything they do. Well done everyone.
Reception Yellow are really enjoying our topic on ‘Superheroes’. We have been describing and creating our own superhero characters as well as exploring fun stories about heroic characters. The children have really impressed us with their super writing and art work. Also, we have been doing different superhero themed maths activities and the children particularly liked using numicon to build a city. In addition, the children have been creative making their own superhero masks and capes. It has been a really super week! By Ms Hannah Kuusik
A huge thank you to the policemen and firemen who visited the children in Foundation this week. They were so excited to see these important visitors, to learn about their special outfits and jobs and even go inside the police car and fire engine. A highlight of the morning was getting to use the fireman’s hose! By Ms Hannah Kuusik
Year 1 Blue have been learning about time in Maths. Here they are demonstrating half past the hour. By Ms Nicola Fallows
In Year 5 and 6 Art Club the children have produced some brilliant ‘Aztec inspired’ sun and moon contrast paintings.
Year 6 Students did some practice reading and writing new vocabulary words in their Thai lessons. By Kru Bo
Year 7 Students enjoyed writing letters to friends with the letter format in their Thai class. By Kru Bo
Year 8 have enjoyed learning to hand sew and use a sewing machine, designing and making their own doll inspired by the work of Jon Burgerman. By Ms Jody Leow
Weigh Your Waste: The Blue Tigers (4.2kg)
Primary Activities: The Blue Tigers (HeadStart’s Got Talent)
Secondary Activities: The Blue Tigers (HeadStart’s Got Talent)
House Quiz: The Green Dragons
Also, the House Captains were set the challenge of completing the House Quizzes for next year. The results are ~
1st = Blue Tigers (80 points)
2nd = Yellow Cheetahs (70 points)
3rd = Red Phoenixes (60 points)
4th = Green Dragons (60 points)
Have a great weekend!