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Weekly Update # 29, 18 June 2021

Dates for Your Diary

Upcoming events can be found on the website under School Life → Calendar and are outlined here for easy reference. For daily updates and news follow the HeadStart Facebook Page and YouTube channel.

Date Time Event Location
19 June All day Filming of ‘Circle of Life’ Dance Recital Sports Hall
20 June 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm Performance of ‘Circle of Life’ for parents Sports Hall
22 June 8.45 am Reception Graduation Ceremony (students & parents only) Sports Hall
23 June 8.45-9.15 am Year 6 Graduation Ceremony (students & parents only) Sports Hall
  1.30-2.30 pm Primary Awards Ceremony (students & parents only) Sports Hall
25 June   Last day of fee paid ASPs, Academies & programmes run by outside providers  
  1.00-3.00 pm Year 13 Graduation Ceremony (students & parents only) Sports Hall
26 June 8.00 am -4.00 pm Foundation, Primary, Year 7, 8, 10 Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTC) Classrooms
28 June 1.30-2.30 pm Secondary Awards ceremony (students & parents only) Sports Hall
29 June 6.00-7.00 pm Sports Awards Ceremony Online
  12.00-1.00 pm House Captain’s ‘Thank You’ Lunch Conference Room
1 July 8.00 am -12.00pm Activity Morning  
2 July   Summer Holidays  
Announcements

A myriad of activities and events have been planned for the last two weeks of school. We are pleased to let everybody know that we are able to invite the students and parents of the award winners and graduates into school to celebrate together. Parents of the students involved will have been emailed personal invites. We ask that you confirm your presence with the relevant member of staff at your earliest convenience. When you do arrive at school, please wear a mask at all times and remain within a one-meter distance from other attendees.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding. We look forward to celebrating our student’s success together.

Dance Academy Update

Over six years ago, Ms Fabienne set up the HeadStart dance programme. Our programme has developed from a handful of children taking part to over 250 students developing their talents. You would have seen our incredible dance performances as part of our school productions as well as the dance showcase at the end of the year. This week we are looking forward to another brilliant show giving our students the dance to show off what they have been working on over the past year.

It is with great sadness that we are saying goodbye to Ms Fabienne this year. She has poured her heart and soul into the programme and has made it into what it is today - a roaring success that is up there with the top dance schools in Thailand. I would like to thank Ms Fabienne for all that she has done here at HeadStart. She will definitely be missed by staff and students alike and we wish her well in her future endeavours as she returns to Europe.

Please join me in welcoming our new Head of Dance - Ms Hayley Filsinger. Hayley brings with her a wealth of experience and talent and a real passion for the role. She is a professional dancer, previously based in LA. Equally versed in tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet and Latin dance styles, Hayley has performed and toured with many internationally known artists including Lady Gaga, Juan Gabriel, Ne-Yo, Nelly, P Diddy, Dirty Money, J Balvin, DJ Khalid, The Roots, Akon, Run DMC, Ashanti to name just a few. Her experience also includes dancing on music videos and television shows like Saturday Night Live. She also starred as a dancer in the films “English Vinglish”, “Dark Horse” and as Welma Hayek in “What Women Want” starring Cameron Diaz. We are looking forward to developing our dance programme even further in the years to come and hope that the fantastic work that Ms Fabienne has started will continue to be one of the pillars of our school’s programmes. -Ms Erika Cramp, Director of Performing and Creative Arts

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BTEC Sales in Atrium

BTEC Business years 11 and 12 will be selling homemade gifts for the headStart community during the last week at school at the BTEC Bazaar. There will be a selection of baked goods such as brownies and cookies, candles and candies all available to purchase in gift bags and boxes. Students can pre-order and collect at the end of the day in the atrium where there will also be additional items for parents to buy. -Ms Yardenna Jones, BTEC Coordinator

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PE and Sports
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Zak Brown

Head Swim Coach
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My name is Zak Brown. I’m from Bakersfield, California and started swimming at the age of 10. During High School, I helped lead our team to becoming league champions 4 years in a row. After High School, I attended Bakersfield College and continued swimming for Bakersfield Swim Club. During this time, I've competed all over California as well as traveling to other states for national level competitions. After 2 years of junior college; I moved to Niagara Falls, New York and competed at Niagara University as a Division One Swimmer. During my stay at Niagara University, I was able to set three school relay records and I received a degree in marketing and logistics. I've enjoyed coaching swimming for over 11 years and have worked with athletes on all levels from beginners to Olympians. I feel very fortunate that swimming has given me the opportunity to meet incredible people from all over the world. Swimming is more than just a sport to me, it's become a lifestyle. The lessons learned through swimming stay with you your entire life. This is my sixth year with HeadStart and I am really excited to work with the students to further develop their swimming abilities. Last season our Aqua Panthers hit best times and won the league championships. We have a lot of momentum building up to this year and I am excited to lead the team to new heights!

For a final HOORAH, the Aqua Panthers are having their second intrasquad meet today (Friday, June 18th). The last time we had an internal meet, the two teams TIED! So here is the chance to see which team can outrace their teammates and who will be victorious. On top of that, we finally got around to awarding our top earners for the 12-hour relay! Fleur earned third place and she opted to play 30 minutes of Sharks and Minnows! This was a very intense game and she even had Coach Sarah and myself get in and participate. We may be older sharks, but we still have shark grit!

Esther earned the second most and she had an hour to do whatever she liked! Esther decided to have the team listen to The 1975 (her favourite band), play Sharks and Minnows, and had a special Minecraft quiz to honour of Matvey who has left us to attend school in Finland! The practice concluded with cookies and cake.

It had been a very busy 2 weeks for the swimmers, but everyone is enjoying being back in the pool. Next week Nae Nae gets to run an entire practice for earning the most! Word on the deck is she is going to make the coaches will 100 meters of the butterfly! Wish us luck!

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Alicia Niemand

ICT Teacher
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Hello everyone! My name is Alicia and I have been working at HeadStart since October 2018. I am entering my night year of teaching meaning I am extremely well equipped for the exciting year ahead. I have taught in a variety of settings; including my home country of South Africa, the Middle East and other parts of Thailand. I studied to become a teacher at the University of Pretoria; gaining a Bachelor of Education degree. I then taught ICT in South Africa for two years before embarking on my international teaching career; where I have spent the past six years as both a homeroom, IT, ICT and IB MYP Digital Design Teacher. I strive towards perfection for both myself and my students, working each day to ensure outstanding practice and outcomes. I am very passionate about my subject which means I have a breadth of knowledge to share and can do so in engaging and stimulating ways. I am a stimulating, eager and dedicated person with a natural ability to build rapport with students. My high quality approach ensures rapid progress and results. With a devoted outlook towards lessons; through differentiation, challenge, a happy and humorous approach, my teaching style has been positively welcomed by learners over the years. As well as being a passionate teacher, I also love fitness and sport. I love training in a range of physical activities; including Crossfit, weight-lifting, cycling, team sports, coaching and refereeing. With this, I have played provincial field hockey for my country and also represented an established Emirates rugby team while living in Dubai. I look forward to continuing touch rugby with the staff and students this year. I am looking forward to the next academic year, seeing familiar faces and getting to know all of the new students. I’m happy to be spending my time at HeadStart and in Phuket.

On Tuesday, weplayed a very exciting Touch Rugby match – Students VS Teachers!

The students played very well, demonstrating the fantastic skills they have learned in their weekly Touch Rugby ASP. The teamwork was brilliant, the passing, diving, defence and passes were incredible; with some super talent on show. Mika Caspi scored a fantastic try for the student team, with her whole team working together so she could get over the try line! The final score was 3-2 to the teachers, but it was certainly a close match, with the students really giving the teachers a run for their money!

The match ended with a small awards ceremony, with students receiving certificates for the outstanding attributes they brought to the team. This term’s Touch Rugby season has been exceptional, with the ASP rapidly increasing in size and all students constantly improving, becoming very skilled and impressive on the pitch. So much so, that Carry has now gone on to join a full contact men’s team outside of school!

Remember, anyone is welcome so please consider coming along to join Miss Niemand for some Touch Rugby ASP next year.

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At HeadStart International School, we provide our students with the skills and confidence they need to progress into an exciting career. The Sports Industry is always adapting and growing, making it essential for our students to have the drive and resilience to adapt. The practical base of a BTEC in Sport will help our students shine as team players, coaches and leaders of the future.

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Foundation

This week Early Years Yellow have been learning about rain! We have made musical rain sticks for the children to play with, they have made artwork and crafts. We also did a science experiment to show how the rain falls from (shaving foam) clouds. There has been a lot of conversation about where rain comes from and how it helps everything grow. We have discussed the cycle of rain and it took a bit of convincing that the water came from our oceans. -Ms Suzi Chaemchaeng

Secondary English

Students make excellent progress in their English lessons at HeadStart and in the English Faculty, we wanted to both celebrate and showcase this fact. On their arrival at HeadStart, students in this video were decidedly ‘emergent’ in their English level. Look at them now….Confident, articulate and developed in their language proficiency, studying in First Language IGCSE, Literature and A Level Literature. They should feel extremely proud of themselves; we certainly do in the faculty. We hope that this video will also serve as an inspiration for our developing English language learners in the school. Keep reading, keep speaking, keep going- you will get there in the end, and here’s the evidence! -Mr. Pollicutt, Head of English

Public Speaking Session

“The session with Able was quite inspirational. Rather than receiving a lecture, we were given the opportunity to learn certain practical skills and taught how to present and project ourselves. While remaining valuable in the skills we learnt, the session continued being captivating and fun- with participants reciting various experiences ranging from deeply intimate to hilarious, all thanks to skills we had gathered. Overall the various activities, from bonding to relaxation to projection, may all be applied in the future by everyone who was present”. -Dennis, Year 10 student

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Thai Language

Year 7 Thai First language students studied the topic of ASEAN countries. The students did a project about the history of the ASEAN Community, the benefits of being ASEAN member states, and ASEAN greetings. They learnt a lot of things and enjoyed class activities. Well done to all! -Kru Kan

Around the Island

Eco Elephant Park Programme Invitation

Welcoming HeadStart families to the Eco Elephant Park for a fun day of outdoor activities in nature on Saturday, 26 June 2021, starting at 9:00 AM and finishing at 11 PM. The fee is 450 Baht per child and the programme will be as follows:

  • Classwork (app 20 minutes). Learn about elephants through Q&A, small games

  • At the paddock (app 40 minutes)

  • Each mahut introduce their elephants ( Q&A )

  • Learn what we can do and shouldn’t do with elephants

  • Prepare snacks for elephants and feed them

  • Move to the Lazy Coco on the beach (app 30 minutes)

  • Meet Aussie (Mahut Gai introduces Aussie. Q&A)

  • Play with Aussie in the sea

  • Shower and lunch at Lazy Coconut

For the venue, please see it on Facebook For more details, download the flyer below.

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