Hello and Sawadee ka! My name is Sophie Cunningham and I the Deptuy Head of Pastoral. I worked in HeadStart during 2016-2019 then left to take up a Deputy Head’s position in Muscat, Oman. Living and working in Muscat was a great experience however I missed Phuket and Thailand and the wonderful community of HeadStart. Last year I happily returned to take up the position of Phase Leader in Maths and as a Year 6 teacher. I am delighted that I am now the Deputy Head of Pastoral as this means I will not only get to know the children in my year group but across the whole of Primary. I have been qualified as a teacher for many years and have a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education. Most of my career has been in a high performing school in Cardiff in the UK. Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and I am very proud of my Welsh heritage. When I left the UK, I had the role of Assistant Headteacher, predominantly responsible for Key Stage 2. As a professional I recognise individuality in children and will strive to meet the needs of all students and ensure that each child knows they are valued members of our community. I have high expectations of students and hope to inspire their love of learning. I am committed to creating a safe, challenging, stimulating and positive learning environment. I believe it is important for students to recognise their value and appreciate that everyone is different. I have a huge love of travel and have been lucky enough to visit many places in Asia, including Bali, the Gili Islands, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Singapore. My favourite place is still Thailand, for the people, the culture and, of course, the food! I am looking forward to the new school year ahead at HeadStart and getting to know pupils, parents, and teachers!