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Weekly Update # 15, 8 December 2023

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Upcoming Events & Announcements

Year 11 Mock Exam Presentation

Attention Year 11 Parents. On Tuesday the 12th of December there will be a presentation on the upcoming Year 11 mock exams. This presentation will take place in the Secondary Hall from 8:15 - 9:15 and will be presented by Ms Indu Bedi, Head of Senior School, and Mr Timothy Davidson, Deputy Head of Secondary (Academics).

Plastic Donations 12th December

On Tuesday the 12th of December we will be collecting recyclable plastics in school. Please send plastics such as bottle tops, straws, cleaned milk or shampoo bottles (Type 2 plastics) into school so we can recycle these, We will also accept water bottles without labels as we can upcycle them. Prefects will collect these during morning Home Room time across Secondary School. An award will be given to the Home Room that donates the most plastic.

Creative & Performing Arts Department
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Alia Sillett

Director of Creative & Performing Arts
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I was born and raised in Bath in the UK where I developed a love and passion for the performing arts. After completing my schooling, I studied Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Kent in Canterbury for both my undergraduate degree and Masters Degree in which I specialised in stand-up comedy. I spent some time "gigging" on the stand-up circuit around the UK, culminating in being entered for the British funny Women of the year award in 2008. After being a teaching ambassador for the University of Kent I had the opportunity to teach in Thailand in 2008; it was here I found both my passion for teaching as well as Thailand! I returned to the UK to qualify as a teacher where I had a successful teaching and management career in the British state school system. I have had various roles in education; Key Stage Leader, Head of Faculty for Performing Arts and Assistant Head Teacher. During this time I have had the opportunity to gain my second Masters, in Education; Transformational Leadership and completed the Outstanding Leaders in Education programme. I am a passionate educationalist who truly believes in the power of drama to instil confidence, collaboration, leadership and individuality in our students. I have always been an advocate for holistic education and believe that a child's school experience should encompass academics, creativity and capacity for mental and physical growth. My classroom mantra is 'lead with kindness'. In 2016 myself and my husband moved back to Thailand to begin our international career at a top tier international school. During this time I was lucky enough to train with The Juilliard School completing their Drama teacher training and complete my category two International baccalaureate training in Theatre Arts with ISTA. After five years in Bangkok, we moved to HeadStart in 2021 with our two children who also attend the school. I love teaching and living in Thailand and like to spend my free time on the beach with my children, scuba diving, and searching for the best Som Tum on the island; so if you have any recommendations, please let me know!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!

Last week CAPA Sr wowed 4 audiences with their performance of The Wizard of Oz. The Wizard of Oz follows the story of Dorothy Gale. When a tornado rips through her home, Dorothy finds herself in a magical land facing challenges, making friends and having many adventures.

Once again, we have had an exciting and fast paced term one, filled with an incredible commitment from our CAPA students who have outdone themselves this year. It continues to be a pleasure beyond measure that I get to work with these students and get to not only see them dedicate themselves to our productions but also develop as individuals along the way. In CAPA we are always striving to make improvements and you will see we have continued to build on previous successes: our pit band has again expanded and are performing even more complex music; we have established a ‘CAPA Create’ programme for our backstage team who have been working hard throughout the term creating set and props and working collegiately to ensure the performances run smoothly; and we have the addition of multimedia elements in the performance. Involvement in CAPA is more than just a talent or a desire to be creative, it is about working together to achieve a common goal, developing confidence and communication skills and developing resilience and focus. These skills are essential as our students move into adulthood and I am confident our ‘CAPA Kids’ will continue to excel as they take the next step.

Thank you to all those who have helped us along the yellow brick road; the maintenance team who have given so much time and provided incredible guidance, the housekeeping team who have been a great support; the security team who have worked incredibly hard, moving our set around the school! The teachers who have worked in art, going above and beyond: Mr Endly, Ms Shea, Ms Charmaine, Ms Marijoice, Mr Wilson, Lastly, the senior management team who, as always, have provided excellent support.

The CAPA family is just that, a family. We are incredibly lucky to work with such a dedicated team of teachers who give up their time to ensure a successful performance for our students. I have worked in education for many years and this is, without a doubt, the most talented CAPA team I have had the pleasure of working with. Thank you to our CAPA parents for your support of your children and creativity at HeadStart.

Above all, thank you to the students who have shown immeasurable commitment and dedication. I am proud of each of you and blown away by your talent. I consider myself very lucky that I get to work with you every day. To access an album of high quality pictures of the show click here!

PE & Sports

Swim Camp

Get ready for an exhilarating swim camp hosted by the Swim Academy during the first week of the holiday! Dive into the world of stroke technique, challenging drills, and dynamic dryland exercises that will take your swimming skills to new heights. This camp is exclusively designed for advanced swimmers who are ready to learn how to push their limits and unleash their full potential in the water. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to level up your swimming game! Contact Coach Brown or scan the QR code on the poster to secure your spot now.

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2nd Annual Mini Aqua Panthers Invitational

The 2nd annual Mini Aqua Panthers Invitational was a thrilling event on December 2nd. With seven teams and 103 talented athletes at the HeadStart City Campus, it was a day of incredible swims, shattered records, and lots of fun! The Aqua Panthers finished in 2nd place with 820 points! It was an exceptional event, and we’re grateful to all the participants. Huge thanks to the staff, parent, and student volunteers who made it run smoothly. Without their contributions, this event wouldn’t have happened. Thank you all for making it a resounding success! -Coach Brown

📸 Access the full album of high quality photos here!

Football News

A massive thank you to all of the players and supporters at the latest HeadStart Female Championships. We witnessed some really fun and competitive matches between our HeadStart Panther Girls, the Pink Panther staff team and our Mums Elite Team. All smiles and high fives at the final whistle and a great way to end the term. Well done everyone! -Coach Frost


Last Saturday, HeadStart welcomed BIS, UWC, KIS and Oak Meadow Schools, along with the PK, Gorilla and Republic Academies to take part on the U9 HeadStart Championship. There was plenty of great football on show from all teams, including a great performance from our boys. We had multiple goal scorers across the day and a special mention goes to Ethan for the saves he made in goal. The boys finished off the day by winning the Plate Final and bringing some silverware back to the school

🏆 Cup Winners - Republic Academy 🥈 Cup Runners Up - PK Academy 🥉 Plate Winners - HeadStart 📸 Access the full album of high quality photos of the event here!


Contributing to Shark and Turtle Conservation in Year 4

Last week, Year 4 went on a trip to Panwa Aquarium to find out all about the conservation and rehabilitation projects there. To begin with, the students explored the aquarium and found out about its different projects. They then took part in their very own Bamboo Shark release, contributing to the continued protection and rehabilitation of this precious but endangered little shark. Finally, the students were introduced to the variety of turtle species being cared for by the aquarium’s staff as they recover from unfortunate interactions with human beings, including becoming entangled in plastic waste and accidentally encountering the propellers of local boats! Year 4 are learning about ways in which they can continue to contribute to keeping our seas and oceans healthy and full of life.

Secondary News

On November 29th, an unusual game lesson during the Russian language class took place with 8th-grade students. Our opponents joined us online. Each side had 10 minutes to ask 15 questions, only ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers were accepted. The goal was to guess the country of the opposing team. With 195 countries in the world, with 15 questions asked, Headstart team correctly named the country of the other team. The students did an excellent job. The opposing team had to ask an additional question, but they also guessed correctly. This year, our opponents were first-year students from a hotel business school in the Czech Republic. Traditionally, at the end of the game, there was free communication. We learned a lot about Czech Christmas traditions; they even showed us snowfall outside the window. Hopefully, this will inspire students to enjoy pleasant Christmas activities. -Tatiana Oparenko, Secondary Russian teacher

English Department News

In teaching, sometimes the stars align in such a way that concepts between classes achieve temporal coalescence…i.e. they occur at the same time. Such is the case at the moment with the tricky concept of postmodernism, with Year 12 Literature students working on Ian McEwan’s Atonement, complete with shifting, unreliable perspectives; play; intertextuality; and metafictive elements. Meanwhile, Year 13 is exploring how Sujatha Bhatt questions the very nature of what constitutes poetry and whether it is a suitable medium for representation. Both classes are rising to the challenge as usual and will surely enjoy a well-earned break when it arrives next week. -Mr. Pollicutt, Head of English & EAL

Eco Update

On Sunday the 3rd of December HeadStart Eco Committees held their first Beach Clean of the year. We were super happy with the turnout. 59 people attended and helped collect rubbish, plastics for our plastic recycling facility at school and two bags of materials that we can repurpose for craft. The more competitive amongst the attendees may like to know that Green Dragons were the best represented House at the clean. Thank you to all those that gave up their Sunday morning for our community. -Mr Robert Gratton

International Coding Competition

All students in Secondary, that do Computing, are taking part in a programming competition this week. We are in it to win it - with students able to win Amazon vouchers and a DIY robot for completing all tasks as quickly as possible! Students have to program a character through various levels and difficulties, ranging from block coding to inputting textual coding to complete missions. We are competing with schools around the world through a company called Codementum. Codementum wants to raise awareness for coding education by organising coding competitions for all grade levels across the World. Let’s go HeadStart!

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Community Links

Scholars of Sustenance Foundation Thailand are pleased to submit the Monthly Food Surplus Donation Report for November 2023. Below is the data we have collected and compiled for you. Thank you for helping us to make an impact on many lives, and on the environment. Should you need any further information regarding this report, please do not hesitate to contact us by visiting our webpage: Scholars of Sustenance.

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