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Weekly Update # 28, 11 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 You Tube channel.

Date Time Event Location
11 June   Last day of free ASPs  
16-18 June All day LAMDA Exams Music Rooms
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 Sports Hall
23 June 8.45-9.15 am Year 6 Graduation Ceremony Sports Hall
  1.30-2.30 pm Primary Awards Ceremony Sports Hall
25 June   Last day of fee paid ASPs, Academies & programmes run by outside providers  
  1.30-8.00 pm Year 13 Graduation Ceremony & Dinner 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 Sports Hall
29 June 4.30-6.00 pm Sports Awards Ceremony Online
30 June 8.00 am - 12.00 pm House Winners Prize To Be Announced
  12.00-1.00 pm House Captain’s ‘Thank You’ Lunch To Be Announced
1 July 8.00 am - lunch Activity Morning  
2 July   Summer Holidays  

Note on Upcoming events

While we are very much hoping that the events shown above are able to go ahead as planned, there is the concern that things can change without much prior notice. We will do our best to give as much advance notice as possible in the event of cancellation.

Covid Vaccines for Teaching Team

HeadStart would like to thank the Governor and Vice Governor, police officers from Immigration, the Private School Association, MoPH, Central Floresta and everyone involved in organising the mass rollout of Covid vaccinations for expats working in Phuket and in support of the ‘Phuket SandBox’ campaign. A great team spirit has carried us through this journey and we are committed to doing our part to protect our community.

Announcements

After School Programmes (ASPs)

This is just a reminder that the last day of ASPs was on Friday, 11 June. There is a selection of ASPs that are taught by external teachers that are able to continue until 25 June and these are:

  • The Dance Programme (including aerial, hip hop, gymnastics, ballet, jazz, contemporary, cheerleading)
  • LAMDA
  • Instrumental lessons
  • Jiu-Jitsu
  • Tennis
  • Project Recycle

Additional Information: The School Bus service will continue as usual. The Library will remain open for Secondary students to study or wait quietly until 17:30. Primary students can wait in the Dining Hall until they are collected. If you have any questions or require further assistance, please call us at 076-612875 or email [email protected]

Dance Recital

Everyone in the Dance Academy is busily preparing for the end of year Dance Recital. Historically, HeadStart produces some of the best shows on the island and it is with great anticipation that we look forward to the extraordinary artistic work that our students and teachers create every year. The ‘Circle of Life’ will be filmed by a professional film company on the 19th of June in the Sports Hall. We kindly ask that parents observe Covid regulations and do not enter the school/Sports Hall for this event. The tentative plan is for parents to come into school on Sunday, 20 June, for a live showing but we are awaiting confirmation from the Ministry of Education to know whether or not this will be permitted. More information on a live viewing of the performance will be sent out as soon as we have an updated notice from the government. -Ms Fabienne Mester, Dance School Manager

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Year 7 - 9 Swimming Notice

The Year 7, 8, and 9 swimming classes for term 3 have already commenced. The swim classes (in the download table below) will continue until the end of the academic year. If, for any reason, your son/daughter is unable to swim you must provide us with a hand-written, signed note and/or an email stating why, and you should also tell us when we would expect them to be able to swim again.

Students must wear tight-fitting swim costumes (no bikinis) to ensure a streamlined position in the water. They must wear a swim cap if their hair is below eye level. It is recommended to wear waterproof sunblock and goggles. Students may also wear rash-vests to protect their modesty and to help protect them from the sun. Please view the table below so that you know the day and time your son/daughter will swim. Mr Nick Carter, Athletics Director

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Sontana Baci

School Director
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My name is Sontana Baci. I come from Songkhla, the deep south of Thailand. I joined HeadStart International School in 2010. I hold a bachelor of Thai Language Education as well as a Master degree in Educational Management. HeadStart International School welcomes all international students and Thais. With over 40 nationalities represented in the student body, you will soon feel the mixture of our international progamme as well as the appreciation that we are living in Thailand. We strongly believe that HeadStart is a ‘family’ school, where our youngest and oldest students study and live happily side by side. Our favourable pupil-teacher ratio means that each child is an individual and receives the needed academic and social support. HeadStart International School is a recognized Cambridge International Examinations centre and all students sit the IGCSE examinations here in May/June and November sessions. The Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international curriculum for 14-16 year olds, leading to globally recognized and valued Cambridge IGCSE qualifications. Students who have completed Year 11 with 5 passes at least at grade C, receives a certificate that is the equivalent to M.6 in Thailand This will enable them entrance into many international university programmes in Thailand. I am very proud to be associated with HeadStart and I am delighted at the many achievements of our students.

Year 10 Military Service Meeting Invitation - 15th June 2021

We have recently been informed by the Military Service commander, that the schedule for military service training application for the academic year 2021 - 2022 will take place soon. As you may be aware, by Thai law, male citizens under the age of 21 are obliged to do Military service. HeadStart has been organising this programme for our Thai students for the past 10 years. Participating in Military Service will exempt them from compulsory Military Service at the age of 21.

The meeting agenda will include rules and regulations, application date, physical test, training course, benefits for students and expenses. Therefore, I would like to invite parents and students in Year 10 to a short presentation about the implications of the regulations of Military Service for the academic year 2021 - 2022. The meeting will take place on Tuesday 15th June 2021 at 08:15 - 09:00 in the Secondary Hall, 4th Floor. The meeting will be presented in Thai and English.

The government is now allowing schools to host meetings in school but we still must follow the guidelines from the government strictly. Parents and students who wish to attend the meeting at school are asked to follow these guidelines following.

  • Temperature of all parents and students entering the site will be checked.
  • Parents and students must use sanitising gel which will be provided on each turnstile.
  • Face masks must be worn throughout the meeting.
  • Parents and students must maintain a social distance of 1 meter between people.

Library Notice

The end of this academic year is fast approaching. Please bring back library books that you have borrowed between the 14-18 of June. There will be no student, staff & parents loans in the last two weeks of term in order for us to account for the books and prepare orders for the next academic year. The last day to return all library books will be Monday 21st June 2021. Books still under students’ or parents’ accounts after this date will be considered lost/missing and invoices will be sent out. -Ms Mai, Librarian

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Creative and Performing Arts

We have our very first cohort of LAMDA students doing their exams on the 16-18 of June. Students from Year 1 through to Year 13 are taking part in exams ranging from communication through to acting and musical theatre. Good luck to everyone taking part. You will be brilliant! -Ms Erika Cramp

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Science Department

This week saw the inaugural Science Fair occur at HeadStart. On Thursday the 10th of June the students in Year 7 presented their wonderful projects and the following day Year 8 had their time in the spotlight. The range of scientific inquiry shown by the students was amazing and during the fair, the students were articulate when explaining their projects and showed genuine curiosity in the achievements of their peers.

I know many people in the wider school community were excited about attending this event but unfortunately, COVID restrictions meant we had to run it internally. To make up for this disappointment we have included some images of the event for you to peruse.

Lastly, I should note that based on the success of this year’s event it has been decided to run this annually. Hopefully next year we will all be able to come together and give the Science Fair the larger audience it deserves. -Mr Timothy Davidson, Head of Science

This week Year 3 Yellow made a marble run to demonstrate potential and kinetic energy during Science. -Ms Nicola Fallows

English Department

Having inherited this class from Ms Bedi, I wanted to start the Year 13 syllabus with a fang, sorry, I mean a ‘bang’! So I have implored the students to steel themselves, as Jonathan Harker must, as they set out together on the Borgo Pass to journey to the castle of the Count himself. Yes, that’s right, we are embarking on the study of that high point of later Victorian Gothic Horror novels: Dracula!

On this (learning) journey, students will also draw on ideas from secondary texts to further their study of Stoker’s masterpiece: be they psycho-analytical (Freud and Jung); philosophical, in the shape of Kant and a consideration of the bourgeois aesthetic and a deepening understanding of Aristotlian catharsis; or political (in the consideration we will give to Marxist interpretations of various textual features). That is to say nothing of the biblical and scientific influences which also cast a shadow over proceedings. All in all, the study of this sprawling, fascinating text awaits the students- indeed, it’s surely as welcoming as the Count himself… -Mr David Pollicutt, Head of English

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Producing good pieces of writing is one thing but to produce them in timed, examination conditions is another- I think, far more challenging- skill. This selection of Year 9 Austen students are looking very well placed for their future exams then, given that they produced these creative, narrative pieces in not more than 40 minutes. Their sense of craft and careful diction choices was particularly impressive to me, as I sure it is to you too. -Mr. Pollicutt, Head of English

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Thai Department News

Year 3 students in the Thai First language programme have been learning about Thai consonant clusters (ร, ล, and ว) through fun flashcard activities. They are practising reading and identifying words. -By Kru Cherry

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Steps With Theera Summer Camp

Steps with Theera Phuket would like to invite students (age 12+) to attend our Summer Programme from July to early August 2021. The summer programme is open to all students. Steps with Theera Phuket is a UK accredited training centre based at Blue Tree Shopping complex in Cherngtalay. The centre is led and managed by Stacey Patterson, who has a passion in facilitating young people to develop their independence in everyday life activities, find their purpose and empower them for the future. The Summer programme will run over 5 weeks and families only need to sign up for a minimum of a full week at a time.

We at Steps, encourage students to learn by doing, using practical activities. We use a plan, do and review framework with all tasks to allow for the development of critical thinking and self-evaluation skills. The programme is aimed to stimulate an interest and develop students/trainees life skills and vocational skills to promote self-confidence, independence and responsibility. Activities and skills that may be included but not limited to:

  • Daily life skills
  • Business enterprise skills
  • Manufacturing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Public relations
  • Hospitality and catering

The cost of the summer course is 8500THB/week excluding lunchtime meals and travel costs (if we go on an excursion).

Over the Summer we will be looking into how to make different products from different recycled materials and try to have 1-2 projects per week. The trainees will work through the full process of learning how to make the product, planning how they will make the product, making the product and then evaluating the end product. Trainees will also learn different life skills such as money handling, weighing/measuring, cooking/baking and navigating the community.

Please also look at our website and Facebook pages: and

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