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Weekly Update #10, 4 November 2022

Upcoming events can be found on the website under School Life → Calendar and are outlined here for easy reference. If you have questions or require further assistance please email [email protected]

Date Time Event Location
05 November   HeadStart Premiere Football Cup for U/O 15s  
7-11 November   English Faculty Week  
08 November   Loy Krathong Activities In class
  8.15am Parents meeting: Phonics Workshop Secondary Hall
10 November 8.15am UPrep Drop in & Future Ready Workshops Nakita’s Coffee Shop
11 November All day Casual Clothes Day to raise funds for PSV  
12 November All day PISAC FB 7 a side tournament for U9/U11/U13 BISP
14-16 November All day Book Fair Atrium
15 November 8.15am New Parents meeting: Exams, Revision, Student Report & Grades Secondary Hall
17 November 8.15am UPrep Talk #5 - Comparing Different University Systems Secondary Hall
14-25 November   Primary Assessments  
19-20 November All day HeadStart Aqua Panthers Invitational Swimming Facilities in school
22 November 8.15am Parents meeting: HeadStart Learner & Teacher Profile Workshop Secondary Hall
24 November 8.15am UPrep Drop in & Future Ready Workshops Nakita’s Coffee Shop
25-26 November   BISP Soccer 7s BISP
28-29 November All day CAPA Rehearsals for Chicago Sports Hall
Announcements
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Jazon Edouard

Founder and CEO
[email protected]

Welcome to HeadStart International School, Phuket! A school where education really does come first. As the school’s founder and Director I have always operated with the belief that the most important aspect and resource of our school is our teachers. Our team of dedicated, professional and caring teachers makes HeadStart the energetic, challenging, successful and nurturing environment that it is today. At HeadStart, your child will become part of the unique, multicultural learning environment and community which our school provides. Our goals and objectives are clear and steadfast: Dedicated, qualified, experienced and inspired teachers. The Cambridge curriculum and assessments. A central location with adequate teaching facilities and equipment. As a father of five boys I appreciate that finding the right school at the right price is also an important issue when choosing a school for your child. We are committed to providing a wholesome teaching and learning environment for our students and achieving high academic results combined with an affordable price.

Dear Parents and members of the HeadStart Community,

Our school continues to grow from strength to strength. The outstanding results and university placements that our students achieved in the June exams, the 14 Top in Thailand awards, and our first Top in the World award in the Cambridge Learner Awards are a significant demonstration of the success of our academic programmes and the quality of the learning experience which our team has consistently been able to provide. We now have a total teaching staff of 134 teachers and our student enrollment is at 905 students from 48 nationalities. Many of our classes are now full and we had over 150 students on waiting lists at the start of this academic year. As you know, Phuket continues to be an attractive place for new families in South East Asia to relocate to and call home and so now is a good time for us to move forward with our plans to build the new International College at our current site as well as our new school campus in Cherngtalay.

When we first built and opened this school campus in 2015, the total project cost was 650 million Baht and this was funded by our shareholders, through bank loans as well as by many members of our school community investing to buy Preferred Shares in our school. We are now finalising the funding for this next chapter in our school’s development and we would like our parent community to invest to make these projects possible. As a brief summary, the preferred shares allow investors to buy and own shares in our school. The minimum investment is 1 million Thai Baht and the shares have a fixed dividend schedule for 10 years at an average of 8% return per year.

We would like to invite you to a presentation at HeadStart at 8.15 am on November 9th in the Secondary Hall. We will give you more details about our projects, how these will benefit your children’s education and how you can invest and profit from this unique opportunity. If you plan to attend this presentation, please take a moment to confirm your attendance here by clicking here!

HeadStart International College

This new college building will allow us to expand and develop our academic programmes for students from 14 - 18 years old. We have the facilities to accommodate 72 students per Year/Grade from Years 1 - 11 but only 30 students in Years 12 - 13. We currently have 72 students in Year 10 and we need to expand our Year 12 and 13 classes. The college building we have designed will allow us to introduce new subjects to our curriculum and also includes a state-of-the-art library and resource center and a new Aquatics Center with a 50-meter pool. Click here for HeadStart International College Design Plans.

HeadStart North

The first phase of this new school will be built to accommodate 200 Foundation and Primary students and will eventually be expanded to have a secondary school. Click here for HeadStart North Design Plans.

Community Links

A big thank you to all of the families and individuals who have supported us in our mission to continue our long term partnership with the Phuket Sunshine Village and the great work they are doing to care for over 100 underprivileged children. Your donations will help to pay for all of the supplies that the children will need for the coming academic year: school uniforms, shoes & socks, stationery, lunch money and transportation to and from school. Donations can be made in cash by an individual, a family, a company or even a class in school. All you need to do is choose a child to sponsor and contact the front office to make your donation. Thank you to:

✅️ The Jai-Jom family who sponsored nut just one but two children from the Phuket Sunshine Village Foundation!

✅️ Mew and her family for sponsoring Nawa, a 17 year old girl who has 7 brothers & sisters and wants to be a Chef someday.

✅️ The Delsol family has sponsored 13 year old Jo who is dreaming of being an Astronaut.

✅️ To little Reon and Kevin for sponsoring Man, a 14 year old boy whose dream is to work in the Air Force and Way a 13 year old boy.

✅️ Milin and Karn for sponsoring Mint, a 17 year old girl who wants to work in the service industry.

Casual Clothes Day: Next Friday, 11 November, is a non-uniform day. Everyone is invited to come into school wearing the clothes of their choice in exchange for a 50 baht donation (or more!) for the Phuket Sunshine Village Foundation. The donations will be collected by the Homeroom teachers.

School Events

Relive the magic of our Wai Kru Ceremonies last week with these beautiful videos.

Halloween

Well done everyone for coming in to school dressed up in so many fun, scary and imaginative costumes for our Halloween activities on Monday. We hope you had a fantastic day!

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English Faculty Week from 7-11 November

A host of events and competitions will run throughout the week for Primary and Secondary students. Parents and teachers can also get involved by taking part in the Cryptic Author Quiz or the Guess the Author Photo Competition which will both be up in the atrium all week long. - Mr. Pollicutt, Head of English

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Student Leadership

The Student Leadership Team are a key part of the culture at HeadStart and have expanded rather dramatically over the last few years. They oversee whole school events like the recent Halloween Disco. They run Lunch Bunch (activities for all Secondary students) every lunchtime. They have a huge amount of energy and seek to develop the sense of community at HSI through creating opportunities to connect students. Each Prefect is connected to a Homeroom. Through Lunch Bunch and the links with Homerooms they seek to foster vertical relationships in the school so younger students have older students to refer to whether as models or support when they need it.

We also have Heads of Committee who are committed to developing specific aspects of the school. We have an Eco Committee, Student Welfare committee, Service committee, House Activities Committee. All of these committees seek to serve the students of Headstart and to continue to develop the school’s provision and culture to make this a better school for the student community. -Ms Bedi, Head of Sixth Form

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Student News

Congratulations to Karina in Year 4, Rene in Year 3, Amari, Pokpong and Jan in Year 5 for being nominated Library Monitors this term. Their job is to act as role models to all students and show them how to behave in the library, as well as to support general inquiries from fellow students.

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BTEC

BTEC Business have been working on Unit 4 Planning an Event this term and their focus has been on the execution of the Halloween Disco, working as a collaborative team being allocated to the food and beverages segment. The students carried out market research, held meetings with other stakeholders and were given a budget to manage. They worked alongside the chef purchasing the quantities of food and beverages and from this were able to analyse their break even point and profit forecast. They created a marketing strategy and Gantt chart which supported the planning process and all contributed to selling and offering customer service during the event. Well done for another successful event BTEC Business! -Ms Yardenna Jones

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Creative & Performing Arts

Do you want to see more exciting content and keep up to date with the fantastic work in CAPA? Please give us a like and follow us on Facebook @CAPA HeadStars and Instagram @capa_headstars.

This week our HeadStar is Emma Delsol in year 8. Emma was nominated for her commitment to all her CAPA subjects and our CAPA academies. Emma comes to every class and rehearsal with a smile on her face, ready to learn and work hard. Well done Emma!

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Battle of the Bands Winners

After careful deliberation, we have finally revealed the winners of our secondary Battle of the Bands. It was an incredibly difficult decision to make as there were so many fantastic performances. We are honoured to work with such talented and dedicated students.

  • In third place: Graham Crackers
  • In second place: Baroque and Roll
  • In first place: Hypnotise

Design Technology

Our DT department have been working hard over the past month to create and build a ‘tool wall’. This is a visual learning tool which has transformed the learning environment for our students helping them develop their knowledge and understanding of approaches to practical work.

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Active Learning

Students in Active Learning have been learning all about sculpture. They started with how to do face and hand casting using mod roc and lots of Vaseline! The students thoroughly enjoyed this practical, messy and engaging approach to learning!

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Growing Garden Eco News

Secondary students have been planting and pollinating flowers in the new beds as a part of the secondary young farmers lunch club.

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Student Success Out of School

Namon from Year 5 represented Thailand at the SINGHA-THAILAND Junior World Golf Championships 2022 at Royal Golf Course in Hua Hin on October 27-30, 2022. Congratulations to Namon for coming 3rd in her category.

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Taisiya competed with 200 other gymnasts in the 5th PK Gymnastics Competition 2022 in Bangkok. Congratulations to Taisiya who won the following medals:

🏆 Gold Medal for the Body Skills 🏆 Gold medal for Ribbon skills 🥈Silver medal for Ball Exercise (according to international rules) 🎬 Watch her fantastic performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8PyoDq069A

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Around the Island

Would you like to join Oceans For All Foundation at Aquaria for an awesome experience?

Join a small workshop to learn about sharks then dive among these wonderful creatures and help us to protect them. Aquaria Central Foresta in one of the largest shark tanks in Asia. This program is directed by David Martin; OFA’s president, professional diving instructor, underwater cameraman and Shark behaviour specialist. His work has been seen on BBC, National Geographic, Netflix. Anyone from 8 years old is welcome to apply. We will dive or snorkel in small group of 4 max to minimize the disturbance of the animals. All benefits from this course will go to the OFA’s shark breeding program. Participating in this programme means that you will:

  • Contribute to a Good Cause.
  • Understand the importance or protecting sharks and all marine life.
  • Build Confidence! Diving with sharks will definitely build your confidence!

To book or find out more, contact us: 📞 ⁨+66 89 594 7733⁩ 📧 [email protected]

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