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Weekly Update #10, 3 November 2023

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Announcements

Primary Parent Meeting: End of Term 1 Exams, Revision & Student Reports on 7.11.23

Primary parents are all invited to attend our Parent Meeting this coming Tuesday 7th November 2023. The topic for this meeting will be to explain how we assess and report our pupils in Primary at HeadStart. The meeting will start at 8:15am and take place in the Secondary Hall, 4th floor. I look forward to meeting with you all then. -Ms Kirsty Hark, Deputy Head of Primary

UPrep Drop in Session on 8.11.23

Welcoming parents to drop in and meet our friendly University Prep team on Wednesday morning starting at 8:15 in the school coffee shop. This is the perfect opportunity for parents to get individual advice and ask any questions that you may have regarding university applications and enrolments.

Welcoming everyone to join the Parents Coffee Morning on 10.11.23

The Parent Committee is inviting you to join a P̲a̲r̲e̲n̲t̲s̲ ̲C̲o̲f̲f̲e̲e̲ ̲M̲o̲r̲n̲i̲n̲g̲ on the 10th of November from 9:00am onwards at N1 Cafe’ & Green, just around the corner from HeadStart International School Chaofah City Campus. This event provides the perfect opportunity to meet new friends and have the chance to meet some of our veteran HeadStart parents who can answer any questions that you may have.

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Russian Speaking Parents Meeting on 14.11.23

Our next parents’ meeting on November 14th is just around the corner, and we want your input. Please take a moment to fill out our survey with your questions and thoughts to shape the discussion. Click here to access the survey. Your voice is important to us! Let’s make this meeting on the 14th a valuable and engaging experience together.

Все русскоязычные родители школы! Наше следующее собрание с русскоязычными родителями пройдет 14 ноября и эта дата уже не за горами. Нам нужна ваша помощь. Пожалуйста, найдите время и заполните форму по ссылке Click here! укажите ваши вопросы и предложения, чтобы мы могли задать направление для обсуждения. Нам важно ваше мнение! Давайте вместе сделаем встречу 14-го ноября ценным и интересным событием.

School Events

Foundation Halloween Stay & Play

Thanks to the many Foundation parents who joined their children for today’s oh-so memorable (not to mention, o - so spooktacular!) Halloween Stay & Play. With a whole range of craft activities, including making spiders and pumpkins, designing spiders’ webs, and creating incredible lava bottles, it was a great opportunity for our Foundation stage community to come together and spend some quality scare time with each other. Look out for our Christmas Stay & Play event coming in December.

📸 Full album of high quality photos can be found HERE!

Primary Halloween Activities

The Primary children showed up on Tuesday morning in a fantastic variety of scary, inventive and impressive Halloween costumes. It was great to see parents and teachers also take part and participate in the fun! Our Primary Student Council did a great job of organising activities in the atrium during the breaks and the costume fashion show was definitely a highlight! Halloween celebrations continued with a filling lunch of Ogre Fingers in Blood Sauce and Witch Hair, followed by a delicious treat of traditional coconut ice cream with optional Ghost Plasma a.k.a. blue sticky rice! We hope the children will take away many wonderful memories of this fun Halloween together!

📸 Full album of high quality photos can be found HERE!

Secondary Halloween Disco

It was yet another action filled Secondary Halloween Disco organised by our Head Girl and Head Boy and a group of student leaders. Thanks to DJ Claudia for keeping the beat going and the students excited with the latest and the greatest of the music scene. The BTEC students did a great job of selling Halloween snacks and everyone walked away wishing the event went on for a few more hours. Until next year…

PE & Sports
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I would like to say congratulations to our U11 select team for the Fiba 3x3 tournament by Rush Sports. Our select team played in the tournament and went undefeated during the whole competition. They represent themselves, their families, and HeadStart in a professional manner. At the end of the competition they were crown tournament champions! Well done Alysia, Sero, Fedor, and Hugo. Shoutout to our MVP of the U11 Hugo Van Gorph. Special thanks to the families who supported, and Coach Grant who prepared the players for their success! -Coach Mike

Personal Assistant Coach Offer

Coach Grant is a fully certified personal trainer and he would like to offer his services to our community (staff, parents, and academy athletes). If you are interested in enquiring about personal training please contact Coach Grant directly by writing to [email protected]. “Grant’s adaptability, personalised sessions, rapid results and engaging approach make him an exceptional and effective personal trainer.” - HeadStart staff member

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Indu Bedi

Head of Senior School
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Swadee ka and Hello. My name is Indu Bedi and I am a Deputy Headteacher and a teacher of English at HeadStart International school. Having previously worked at HeadStart as the Head of English and Humanities, I am familiar with many aspects of this dynamic and creative school. I am excited to return in my new role to oversee the Sixth Form and Staff Development and once again work with a determined team of professionals to make this a successful school where all students thrive personally and academically. I learnt my craft as a teacher in England where I taught for 16 years holding a variety of roles including Head of Faculty, Director of Learning and Teaching, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. I embarked on my international career 10 years ago with my family and have since taught in Malaysia and Thailand. I am a certified Teacher Trainer with a specialism and a passion for developing pedagogical approaches to support language acquisition. I have written and led training in England and abroad. I have also worked for Sunderland University (UK) in supporting and assessing teachers training internationally. I have a BA (Hons) in the Humanities, majoring in English Literature, a PGCE in teaching English with Drama, an MA in Cultural and Critical Studies and I have completed my National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in the UK. I have a genuine interest in how our pedagogical approaches in the classroom can be developed to enhance the learning of all students. As a teacher and leader, I am a strong believer in the growth mindset (Carol Dweck); I believe intelligence can be grown through using the right methods to teach and through developing student self-belief. I am also passionate about creating effective lifelong learners through making learning as transparent as possible so students know what steps to take to ensure their own success. With these key ingredients, choosing the right methods to teach, nurturing the growth mindset and making learning transparent, I believe all students achieve academic success and leave school with a belief in themselves. I also have a passion for teaching my subject, English, as I believe language and literature lie at the heart of individual empowerment. The study of language allows us to understand how language is used and how to use language effectively for our own purposes; this is central to one’s success in and beyond school. The study of literature, whilst contributing to improved language skills, also develops intelligence, imagination and the ability to view the world through different lenses. I am looking forward to working in partnership with the students, and their parents, in the Sixth Form to ensure they achieve academic success and they continue to enjoy their lives as students at the school. I am also looking forward to working with colleagues across the school to develop learning and teaching practice so we continue to inspire a love of learning amongst all of our students. Outside of school, I enjoy being a mum to my two young daughters, Anoushka and Taara Lily, reading (I have a particular interest in post-colonial literature and self-development books), spending time in nature, meditating and trying new recipes in my kitchen!

HeadStart Sixth Form a Bridge between School, University and Adult Life

Sixth Form education is a pivotal stage in a student’s journey, it plays a crucial role in preparing young adults for the demands of college and adult life. While its primary focus is on academics, the HeadStart Sixth Form offers a holistic experience that encompasses personal growth, a diverse curriculum, emotional readiness, and the development of essential life skills. Sixth Form aims to act as a bridge between school, university and the world of work. We try to instil a sense of independence, encourage self-directed study, and hone mature communication skills in the students who enter our Sixth Form. These are vital for students as they move on to university, where they will face greater responsibilities and expectations.

The Academics & the Wider Curriculum

One of the core purposes of Sixth Form is to offer advanced academic opportunities. At HeadStart we offer two main pathways: A Levels and BTEC. Both programmes are specifically designed to prepare students for higher education and BTEC encompasses the development of academic skills alongside vocational learning. These programs are internationally recognised and ensure that students are academically equipped to excel in their chosen fields. In addition to the academic core, our Sixth Form offers a broader curriculum outside of their formal subjects for example: Communication Skills, Oxbridge style Supervision for our budding Medics, Engineers and PPE students; a wealth of student leadership opportunities and opportunities such as joining Model United Nations to develop their understanding of world issues and think about ways to solve these issues as well as the ability and confidence to speak in public in a formal context. The offerings encourage students to explore a diverse range of interests, helping them discover their passions and potential talents beyond the traditional classroom.

Preparation for College and Adult Life

We run a dedicated programme to support university applications which includes supporting students to research and choose universities, write letters of application and CVs. We also delve into matters of personal safety, living balanced lives and even cooking healthy budget friendly food when they move away from home.

Emotional Preparation

As young adults transition to college and adulthood, emotional preparedness is equally crucial. In our Sixth Form we support students to develop maturity and resilience, essential attributes for navigating the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. We run a dedicated programme which teaches them the essential social and emotional learning skills such as: understanding themselves and their own patterns of behaviour, learning to navigate their emotions, using optimism to approach challenges, tapping into intrinsic motivation and developing empathy. These are all skills that they will need to survive and flourish in the world beyond the school gates.

Our Sixth Form education serves a multifaceted purpose. It not only equips students with advanced academic knowledge but also nurtures personal growth, emotional maturity, and essential life skills. By providing a holistic experience, we prepare students for the challenges of higher education and, more importantly, for the demands of adult life. Our Sixth Form education is the vital link that ensures a smooth transition between the structured world of school and the independent journey of university and beyond.

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Implementation of the Morrisby Career Profiling System

The Sixth Form Team is pleased to announce that HeadStart School will be implementing the Morrisby Career Profiling System for our older students. This cutting-edge tool is designed to help learners explore their interests, strengths, and potential career paths. Morrisby utilises a comprehensive web-based assessment process to provide valuable insights into a student’s aptitudes, learning preferences, and areas of excellence. Through a series of engaging exercises and personalised one to one feedback with a member of the counselling team, students will gain a deeper understanding of their unique talents and how they can be applied to future career pathways. They will also have the opportunity to present their findings to their parents.

This initiative is part of our ongoing commitment to empower students with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed decisions about their educational and career journeys. We believe that Morrisby is an invaluable resource in helping each student discover their true potential and set them on the path to success. We look forward to seeing the positive impact Morrisby will have on our students’ futures. If you have any questions or would like more information about this exciting development, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our school university counselling team. -University Guidance Counselling Team

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Year 8 Keyring Metal Work Project

Our talented Year 8 students have embarked on an exciting project, designing and making unique metal key ring fobs that could be sold in the Phuket Aquarium gift shop. At the start of term they began with thorough market research, brainstorming using Mind Maps, and inspiring Mood boards and investigating possible clients and costs. They also learnt some theory of metalworking, exploring various shaping techniques and safety precautions. Putting their creativity to the test, the students crafted stunning designs on medium steel sheets, expertly shaping them with tin snips and files. Now, most of the students are applying the finish, using homemade enamel from epoxy resin adhesive.

English Literature

Two of our most creative Year 11 Literature students today submitted their pieces of creative writing to the prestigious Bennington Young Writers Competition in Vermont. Keep your eyes peeled in coming weeks to read their offerings in The Phuket News and other publications. Regardless of whether they win or not, I very much enjoyed reading India’s and Baikao’s efforts and enjoyed working with them on editing and tweaking their writing. Of course, if they do win, I will be expecting a cut of the prize money (joke)! -Mr. Pollicutt, Head of English & EAL

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Trip to the Growing Garden

During the trip, our students explored the school garden, engaging their senses in the most enriching way possible. They observed, touched, smelled, listened, and tasted the various elements of the garden, creating a multi-sensory experience that enhanced their understanding of nature and provided valuable material for our travel writing project.

The students enthusiastically made notes on their observations, focusing on the five senses - touch, smell, sight, sound, and taste. They had the opportunity to touch the velvety petals of flowers, inhale the earthy aroma of the soil, listen to the rustle of leaves in the breeze, see the vibrant colours of the blooming plants, and taste the freshness of the garden’s produce. This hands-on experience not only deepened their connection with nature but also served as an excellent foundation for our upcoming travel writing pieces. The students are currently working on their individual travel writing assignments, where they will showcase their observations and insights from the garden trip.

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Community Links

Scholars of Sustenance Foundation Thailand are pleased to submit the monthly food surplus donation Report for October 2023. Kindly see the attachment for the data we have collected and compiled for you. Thank you for making that impact on many lives, and on the environment. 

Student Success Out of School

Before the mid term break Alena, Alina and Yasya left school a few days early and went to Bangkok for dance competitions at the International Art Festival. Congratulations to all of the girls who won the Silver Cup for Jazz/Lyrical Ensemble & Group, Silver for ballet duo, Bronze for Jazz/Lyrical Duo & Trio (Alina/Alena), Bronze for Jazz/Lyrical Solo and Bronze for contemporary Duo & Trio.

Well done to all of our hard working athletes and musicians who go above and beyond the regular school day and achieve such fabulous results!

Ava-Narada Aikwanich (Year 2B) 1st Runner up: TGA Singha Junior Golf Competition
Nykodym Trachuk (Year 3Y) A gold medal for Taekwondo black belt
Stanislav Trachuk (Year 5Y) A trophy for Taekwondo black belt
Peerawitsh (Ikkyu) Rojjanatepprasit 3rd Place Boy Double Under 10 Years old at the Alpine Tennis 10s Junior Champion 2023
Krittiara Sutheerayongprasert (Year 2B) Singing Gold Award MAV International Music Competition 2023
Tiger, Chen Kachenchai (Year 4Y) Winner of the Blue Canyon Junior Championship 2023
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