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Weekly Update #37, 22 June, 2018

Dates for Your Diary

Upcoming events can be found on the calendar on the website School Life → Calendar but we have outlined upcoming events here for easy reference.

Date Time Event Location
23 June 9:00am Saturday Thai Culture Club HeadStart
25 June 1:00pm End of Year Awards /Y13 Graduation Sports Hall
26 June 8:30am Reception Graduation Sports Hall
26 June Morning Winning House Reward See below
26-28 June Afternoon Foundation/Primary Classrooms
27 June 3:25pm Year 7-8 Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) Sports Hall
28 June All day End of Year Activity Day: wear House shirts/P.E. kit Classrooms/Sports Venues

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Announcements

ASP/Academies

Please note that all ASPs and Academies are no longer in session until next academic school year.


Awards Ceremony/Year 13 Graduation

On Monday, 25 June, we will have our annual Awards Ceremony and Year 13 Graduation. Parents of the award winners and of Year 13 students have been invited to this event via email. Although we would like to invite all parents and relatives to participate in this event, unfortunately we have limited seating and therefore are only able to accommodate the parents listed above. We would, however, like to encourage you to participate in sending off our Year 13s at 3:20 pm as they walk through the atrium and wave their final goodbye to HeadStart! There will be cars ready to take the students to a gala dinner right after the ceremony. We apologise in advance for the disturbance this will cause to traffic coming and going to school and thank you in advance for your understanding and support.


Foundation/Primary End of Year Parent Teacher Conferences

Next week the Primary Homeroom teachers will be hosting the Primary End of Year Parent Teacher Conferences (PTCs). You are all invited to meet, and discuss your child’s learning, and progress over the course of this last academic year with your child’s Homeroom teacher.

Parent Teacher Conference appointments can be booked through the Engage Parent Portal, and you should all have received an email informing you that the booking facility was open. Please note that the PTC booking facility will be available until 5:00pm this coming Monday 25th June. The PTCs themselves will take place from 3.30pm on Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June.


Secondary Department News

By Ms Elizabeth Mason, Head of Secondary

Thank you for your help and support with your child’s school experience this academic year. May I take this opportunity to wish you a safe and relaxing summer break. Please note that next week will be very busy in secondary school.

We have the year 7&8 PTC Parent teacher Conferences on the 27th June 2018 please book your appointments through engage and meet your child’s teachers to look at next steps for the coming year. On the 25th of June we have the prestigious awards ceremony and the Graduation. I am sure like me you wish our year 13 graduates the best of luck in their university places next academic year.

Please ensure your child has returned all of their text books to the correct teacher. We will be invoicing parents next week for any missing books.

Last day for our students is the 28th of June, 2018 there will be full lessons before lunch then after lunch Home Room activities. On this day student may wear there P.E. kits/House coloured shirts.


House News: Yellow Cheetahs House Winning Prize

Congratulations to the Yellow House for winning the House competition for Term 3. On Tuesday, 26th June the Yellow Cheetahs must come to school wearing their House shirts.

Reception and Year 1 & 2 - Will be collected from their classrooms at 9:50am by Miss Fallows and Miss Scott. They will watch a movie in the sports hall, and then head to the lunch hall for a pizza party. Year 3-13. Go to homerooms as normal. Directly after registration they should head to the lunch hall to meet Mr Carter & Miss Brelstaff before heading to Central Mall. The students will watch ‘Incredibles 2’ at 9:30 am. After the movie, the primary students will have lunch at Sizzler, and the secondary students will eat at Pizza Company. Students will arrive back to class at approximately 13:30pm. Don’t forget, Cheetahs, you must wear your House shirts!!


Football/Swimming Summer Camps 2018

Football and Swim Academies have swim camps available for one week prior to the start of school. Each camp will start August 13 and finish Aug 16th.

Aquatics and football camps costs 3,500 Baht and will run from 9:00am-12:00pm (aquatics) and 1:00-4:00pm (football). Each session will include technical development and other sport related skills.

Swim Lessons are for students who need to develop water confidence and stamina to be on par with their class. These will run for 30 minute sessions.

Please click the below forms and sign up! Space is limited!

Football Camp Signup: https://goo.gl/forms/1PnUwsRHKz6h2FTG2

Aquatics Camp Signup: https://goo.gl/forms/PHJR7AK3mFDpFVTp2

Swim Lesson Signup: https://goo.gl/forms/KPzkoPG0nczQqXQH2


Sports Awards 2018

By Mr Richard Lukats, Athletics Director

On Thursday, 14 June, 2018, the school held its annual Sports Awards Ceremony. Over three hundred parents and students came to the event to celebrate the effort and commitment our students have put into all their sporting activities this year. Those attending were treated to a sophisticated ceremony which included; awards presentations, highlight videos and speeches, whilst being served food and drink at their tables. The full list of award winners can be found below.

The event was about celebrating the individual and collective efforts our students have put into their respective sports over the year.

All of the PE Staff believe that every one of our students deserves to receive recognition for their effort, determination and their contribution to their respective teams. Although some of the students received awards, and they are well deserved, the whole event was really about rewarding all of our athletes for their commitment this year. Each athlete deserves praise and recognition.

Sport is fundamentally about being part of something that is bigger than the individual: whether it is playing in a team or being an individual representing others – family, Houses, school or hopefully one day your country. Therefore we should always be thankful to others who help us achieve: our coaches, teachers and very importantly family. I have been involved in sports and specifically youth sports for Forty years now and I have witnessed first-hand the power that it has to unite people, grow individuals and help define who and what we are. But if you do not believe me then listen to what this man had to say:

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.”– Nelson Mandela


Junior Male Athlete of the Year Liam Hockey

For his all around performance: numerous school records and a fantastic attitude in all sport he takes part in

Junior Female Athlete of the Year Megan Fenech

PISAC Champion for her age group in cross country and has the heart of lioness! If she starts running you will never catch her!

Senior Male Athlete of the Year Vincent Edouard

An awesome Athlete who excels at sprinting, throwing and jumping and among his honours this year – Phuket’s Javelin champion!

Senior Female Athlete of the Year Nicha Unsaen

She has a ‘Never say die attitude’. She pushes herself through the pain barrier to compete and give her all – some amazing performances this year in track and field and cross country.

Football Academy Awards    
Under 9 Player of the Year Nathee Gorton
Under 11 Player of the Year Krittat Phaisamran
Under 13 Player of the Year Ryan Van Der Sluijs
Under 15 Player of the Year Benjamin Lavorel
Senior Boys Player of the Year Alexandre Pravin
Under 9 Most Improved Player of the Year John Hall
Under 11 Most Improved Player of the Year Nicolas Baltes
Under 13 Most Improved Player of the Year Pinyo Freiwald
Under 15 Most Improved Player of the Year Vincent Edouard
Senior Boys Most Improved Player of the Year Jonathan Lavorel
Most Enthusiastic Footballer Sean Corley  
Coaches Awards Chayapol Ngernanek  
Basketball Academy Awards    
Girls Player of the Year Natasha Chaloemtoem
Girls Most Improved Player Noey Phongworasak
Girls Most Enthusiastic Pee Kiatmontri
Boys Player of the Year Manta Tengamnuay
Boys Most Improved Player Allen Zhang
Boys Most Enthusiastic Krittat Phaisamran
Swimming Academy Awards    
Most Valuable Female Swimmer Natalie Hallermann  
8 Years and Under Most Valuable Male Swimmer Anton Solnyshko
10 Years and Under Most Valuable Female Swimmer Yejin Lee
10 Years and Under Most Valuable Male Swimmer Dima Golyanitskiy
11-12 Years Most Valuable Female Swimmer Kate Songpetchmongkol
11-12 Years Most Valuable Male Swimmer Michael McLean
13-14 Years Most Valuable Female Swimmer Anna Meakin
13-14 Years Most Valuable Male Swimmer Shane Walters
15 Years and Over Most Valuable Female Swimmer Lisa Kim
15 Years and Over Most Valuable Male Swimmer Nazar Zakharov
10 Years and Under Most Improved Female Swimmer India Smuthkochorn
10 Years and Under Most Improved Male Swimmer Egor Kvitkin
11-12 Years Most Improved Female Swimmer Fura Prachumpan
11-12 Years Most Improved Male Swimmer Judah Herbold
13-14 Years Most Improved Female Swimmer Tess Tjernstrom
13-14 Years Most Improved Male Swimmer Artem Kiselev
15 Years and Over Most Improved Female Swimmer Sarah Ngarmseang
Most Enthusiastic Swimmer   Viktor Tjernstrom
Coaches Award   Kirill Kochetkov

Secondary End of Year Party 2018

On 15 June over 200 Secondary students attended a Glow Party at the Hilton hotel to celebrate a year of hard work and great achievements. A full album of pictures can be found on the HeadStart Facebook page.


Primary Drama Club Final Presentation

By Joel Adams

The drama club presented two short, amusing plays on June 20th in the fourth floor exam hall, The Mule Egg and Catch Me If You Can. The Mule Egg - Jed doesn’t appreciate his hard-working mule and is convinced fate has smiled on him when he discovers a coconut and mistakes it for a mule egg. He learns a good lesson through his ensuing troubles. Princess Atalanta – King Henry plans to marry off his lovely daughter, Atalanta, choosing her husband through a race, but she just so happens to be the fastest runner in the kingdom and has a mind of her own. And so does Young John. Another year! Another success! Well done, young thespians!


Ballet Recital

To celebrate the end of a fun and artistic year, 45 ballerinas from the HeadStart Dance Academy presented “Wonderland” last Friday. We went on a little journey through a world where little black cats from Reception, pretty rabbits from Early Years, multicolored butterflies from Year 1 (coming out of tea cups) and graceful playing cards from Year 1 to Year 4, presented port de bras, attitude, pretty swings and arabesques to the melodies of Alfred Reynolds’ music from Alice through the Looking-Glass Suite. At the end they finally meet Alice performed by Juliette Guillerey.

The dancers were then treated to a tea party and received awards for their achievements in Ballet. Big congratulation to all of the dancers for their hard work and dedication to this special discipline. They made their parents and teachers very proud!

Full album can be found on the HeadStart Facebook page.


The Reception children have really enjoyed eating their lunch in the big dining hall this week! Many thanks to Chef and all of the team for the yummy food they prepared for the children! By Ms Hannah Kuusik


Reception have been learning that Running is a great way to keep fit and healthy but also have lots of fun. They have been doing chasing games, team running relays and simply running fast for fun!


This is how the pupils learn to swim: with lots of individual help in Preschool and from this they can develop into good swimmers in the future like these older students who are doing swimming as part of their IGCSE. By Ms Fiona Whittaker


During the Early Years swimming lessons the children work on stroke development and always have time for free play at the end. They have fun with their teachers and fiends. They are able to swim across the whole width of the pool without stopping. I am particularly impressed with their ability to do the backstroke without any flotation aid which is a fantastic achievement at only 4yrs old. By Ms Fiona Whittaker


Year 4 and 5 students have learnt about homophones through a fun learning game. **By Kru Bow and Kru Fon **


Year 6 Enterprise

Over the past 8 weeks, Year 6 have been planning their enterprise project to raise money for an end of term treat. They have designed, planned, promoted and created their own tasty products to sell to the HeadStart community. The sale was a huge success and the teams made a huge 15,717 Baht profit! The profits will go towards book vouchers for the children and an end of term party. By Ms Sophie Webb


World Scholars Cup in Malaysia

This week the Junior Scholars that have qualified for the Global Round of the ever challenging World Scholars’ Cup have traveled to Kuala Lumpur for the next round. Ms Milner and Mr O’Nions have accompanied the young scholars as they debate, collaboratively write and bowl there way to victory. This year for the first time the HeadStart team have prepared a stall for the Cultural fair to show scholars’ from all around the World what is so special about Thailand. We wish them all the best and can’t wait to hear all about their experiences. By Mr Peter Mason


History Bee and Bowl

Two teams from HeadStart made the International History Bee and Bowl Championships! This is a buzzer based History quiz competetion between two teams. Back in March they defeated the British International School to qualify for the Championships which were held last weekend at the beautiful JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort. The two teams batted against other teams in their age groups from all over Asia, answering questions that most historians would find a challenge I’m sure! Unfortunately we didn’t come home with a medal this year, but the students are more enriched with their historical knowledge of the world and their curiosity is now boundless. Next year the Bowl will be ours, I’m sure. By Mr Richard Cramp


Post 16 Programme News

Dates: 11th June 2018 – 22nd June 2018

The week sees the end of our Year 11 participation in the HeadStart Work Experience Programme 2018. Our students have been sent to the widest range of local businesses yet. The experiences they have shared with us back at school have really surprised us. They have embraces a huge variety of tasks, challenges, responsibilities and accomplishments in their industrial placements.

The goals of the programme are;

  • To expose students to the realities of the world and culture of work

  • To promote realistic, informed career choices by students

  • To develop positive attitudes to work

  • More specifically, we aim to help students;

  • Understand the basic structure of companies and the functions of the various departments or sections

  • To make connections between theoretical concepts from their school subjects i.e. Maths, Science, IT, Communication and their practical applications in commerce and industry

  • Develop an understanding of company processes and how the various activities involved are inter-related

  • Gain first-hand information about relevant career paths

  • Get a “feel” for different work environments

What are students expected to do?

In brief, we wish the students to take part in the day-to-day work activities of the company, through a process that affords them opportunities to do actual work, to observe qualified personnel at work and to ask questions.

We would like to thank the businesses that partnered with us and for their amazing support of the HeadStart Work Experience Programme 2018:

Baan Rim Pa Restaurant, Class Act Media, Hemmingway’s Silk, IOL Law, Learn 21, Shades, Siriroj International Hospital, Sunsuri Resort… Plus more


Secondary Work Experience Report

By students Serena and Meow in Year 11

Day 1 Our work experience were separated to 3 sections for the first 2 days we were assigned to do food and beverage. We started off making different kinds of coffee and tasting each cup. We learned how to make each one and how to whisk the foam in order to make cappuccino or latte. We then moved on to making different shakes and mocktails by following the staff’s recipe and mixing different drinks following customer’s orders. We learned how to make virgin Mai Thai and virgin Pina colada.

Day 2 We did more of the practical work this day. We started clearing up the breakfast buffet in the morning and started putting table cloths on each dining table to prepare for the day. We learned how to set the table up for a Chinese style table and which cutlery goes where. We learned how to fold the tissue to place the cutlery inside as well. We also took customer orders and gave orders to the kitchen and served food and drinks. We also cleaned the cups, glasses, tables and some of the dishes after the customer has finished eating/drinking. We have also helped clean the shelves in the bar area. We have also learned how to write bills.

Day 3 We have moved on to the front office section. I worked in the reception area and Meow worked the the reservation area.

Serena (reception):

I learned what a reception had to do each day and the timings of checking in, checking out and room prices. I learned the check in and check out steps in this hotel and how to run the hotel’s basic systems. I learned how to answer the phone once customers call the reception and what to say to them. Customers came up to talk to me as well which I was able to tell them some information I’ve learned. I have also learned the key card system and money machine on how to use them.

Meow (reservations):

I learned a bit of Marketing technique that Mr. Steve uses in his business, the key of successful marketing rely on Market research. I also learned how reservationist had to do each day. They communicate between an agent and the hotel. I learned how to reply email and booked room through Easyfo front office application.

Day 4 We started off the day by washing the cups and cleaning the floor next to the bar before continuing work in the front office. We couldn’t do as much today due to the power cut. We helped around the hotel instead. Customers were complaining about the power cut and we learned how to deal with customer complaints and explain to them the problems and solutions. While waiting for the power to come back on we came to work in Hemingways Patong instead.

Day 5 Today I’ve learned how to check in and check out, and understanding how different shift of reception work. The morning shift have to deal with a lot of work such as checking in & out, call the customer if they request a wake up call.

Day 7 Today we started off the day by learning reservation and then cleaning the floor as usual and folded tissues and helped out with the food and beverage section as the accounting section had a lot of bills to clear first before being able to teach us. We walked to hemmingways Patong at 1:00 pm and we started looking at the accounting formats and different type bills. The lady in the accounting office explained the different roles in accounting and what each person does. She also showed us the program that they use for their accounting.

Last Day We started off the day by helping with the bar and cleaning the cups. We spent our last day in the reception. We checked in a group of customers and also added their information in the system. I copied their passports and Meow was in charge of keeping the documents and passport copies. We had to help deal with customer complaints and see how the hotel overcame the problems that occurred.

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