Weekly Update #23, 22 April 2022
Upcoming events can be found on the website under School Life → Calendar and are outlined here for easy reference. Good news! Our term 3 dates have already been uploaded to the school calendar so that you can plan your summer. If you have questions or require further assistance please email [email protected]
|21 April - 10 June||Timetable||External Exams (IGCSE, AS & A Level)|
|26 April||8.15am||IGCSE Options Presentation for Thai Parents||All interested parents||Secondary Hall|
|27 April||3.30-4.30pm||Year 9 IGCSE Options Presentation & Subject Fair|
|28 April||8.15am||UPrep Talk 6: Applying to Thai Universities||Thai Parents||Secondary Hall|
|28-29 April||8.00am-3.00pm||Year 6 Residential Trip||Year 6|
|03 May||8.15am||Phonics Workshop||Early Years/Reception Parents|
|05 May||8.15am||UPrep Talk 7: Applying to UK & Europe||All interested parents||Secondary Hall|
|10 May||8.15am||Russian Speaking Parents Meeting||Parents||TBA|
|12 May||8.15am||UPrep Talk 8: Applying to US & Canada||All interested parents||Secondary Hall|
|14 May||9.00-12.00pm||Saturday Thai Culture Club||Thai national students|
|17 May||8.15am||Mandarin Speaking Parents Meeting||Parents||TBA|
Earth Day 2022 - Exciting News about Rooftop Garden Extension!
Over the last two years we have worked with the Phuket Farmers Club to develop our rooftop garden. We have been able to grow many different kinds of fruits and vegetables and some of our students have been able to enjoy and experience working in the garden. We are now working to expand the garden which will extend to the entire roof space of the Foundation building. This will give us 1,400 sqm of garden space for our students and will include an outdoor classroom, a worm hotel, a mushroom farm, composting area and space to grow many different fruits, vegetables and plants.
The new garden will be used to allow all of our Primary students to have 12 weeks per year of hands-on experience working in the garden as part of their core curriculum and our secondary students will be able to do gardening as part of their Active Learning and extra curricular clubs. -Mr Jazon Edouard, CEO & Founder
After School Programmes (ASP) Reminder
ASPs are enrolled and off to a great start! If you would like to enrol your child in an ASP, this will be allowed until the 29th of April. Check your child’s timetable carefully to make sure these are the ASPs that you would like them to attend for the rest of Term 3. Invoices for fee paid ASPs will be raised on 30 April. These will show up in your Parent Portal. We will not issue credit or refunds after 6 May.
Year 9 Options and Subject Fair
Year 9 students and parents are warmly invited to attend the Year 9 Options Presentation and Subject Fair on Wednesday 27th April in the Sports Hall. This event will outline the process for choosing IGCSE subjects in Years 10-11, and give you an opportunity to find out about the various subjects on offer. All Year 9 students and parents are encouraged to attend. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.
- 15:15- Arrival & refreshments - students will be escorted from class to the Sports Hall
- 15:30- Presentation by Ms Jennifer Blackweir - Deputy Head (Academic)
- 16:00- Questions
- 16:15- Subject Fair - students and parents can visit the various stalls and speak with subject teachers
Thai University Fair
We are excited to announce our first Thai University fair on Thursday 28th April at 8.15 - 10.30 in the Sports Hall. There will be representatives from 7 universities in Thailand attending. They are Chulalongkorn University (BBA Programme), Mahidol International, Dusit Thani College, Stamford University, AIHM and Les Roches, Assumption University and Prince of Songkhla University Phuket. Timetable is provided in the poster below.
Parent Committee Meeting Notes for Term 2
On the 24th of February, the Parent Committee met with members of the management team to discuss points that have been brought forward by parents with children from across the school. A big thank you to all of the members of the Parent Committee who continue to give their time in an effort to bridge the gap between school and home. The meeting agenda and notes can be found in the download below. If you would like to find out more about the Parent Committee, its roles and responsibilities or would like to contact them, please visit our website page HERE.
If you missed last week’s talk on ‘Application and Standardised Testing’ you can read over the information presented in the download below. As always, if you have any questions or require assistance regarding university applications, contact our Head of Sixth Form by writing to [email protected]
University Offer News
The excitement is mounting as we near the end of the academic year and Year 13 students are now receiving multiple prestigious offers to study in Universities all around the world. This is a reflection of how hard they have worked and we wish them the very best of luck in their final exams and placements in higher education.
Student v Staff Basketball Game
Please come along and support the students versus staff basketball game on Wednesday, 11th May between 16.30-18.00 in the Sports Hall. We look forward to seeing you there! Mr Carter, Director of Sport
American Flag Football - with Rush Sports Academy Thailand
Flag Football is a fun, non-contact sport that is inclusive for everyone to play. Get moving while learning how to be a successful student-athlete with Rush Sports Academy. Our coaches have 10+ years of experience and have worked with the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy. Primary session: Thursday from 15.30-14.20. Secondary session: Friday from 15.10-16.00.
The results are in! As expected, our amazing swimmers stepped up and delivered, raising a total of 95,000 for Oceans for All and ocean conservation. We’re so proud of all the hard work and money raised by all our swimmer but we have a specific swimmer who went above and beyond any one person in the Swim Academy. Jaza Hind is a newcomer to the team, but she set out and raised an amazing 30,000 Baht for the event! Well done Jaza!! She now has the opportunity to be in charge of an entire afternoon practice! Everyone is looking forward to the fun activities of a student-led academy session. -Coach Brown
Hello HeadStart Community!
We would like to invite anyone interested in playing football to our weekly training every Tuesday from 6-7pm on the top pitch. This is aimed at all abilities and levels, so please don’t be shy! We will be helping and supporting each other to learn the rules and techniques for a good ol’ game of kick the ball! It’s super easy - you just put the sphere into the rectangle with your feet! If you have any questions please email Mrs. Rose at [email protected]
This week, year 6 explored the effect of static electricity and it’s relationship with other objects. We investigated what would happen if we negatively and positively charged our balloons. Have a look at our fantastic method and results. -Ms Hannah Soriba
|Student Success Out of School|
After months of hard work and dedication, Mali Bell in Year 9 won 1st place in the Hip Hop Teen Solo category at the ATOD International Dance Competition 2022 held in Bangkok during the Songkran break. An amazing achievement! As her coach, I’m so proud of her and her achievement. Mali endured a lot of physical pain during training for the event, yet she continued to push herself to the best of her ability, persevere and never give up. Well done Mali and keep going; I will be right here for you. Thank you Mr Patrick Graham for editing the music and thank you to the HeadStart family for supporting us! -Ms Mina, Head Dance Coach
Congratulations to Sarita Singhapan (Naenae) in Year 11 who took part in the Hong Kong International Science Olympiad Heat Round 2021-2022. Naenae was awarded the Bronze Award. Well done Naenae! Keep up the good work of making everyone at HeadStart proud!
Congratulations to Tania in Year 10 for winning the 3rd Prize for the ‘Voice Solo not over 15 years old’ category in the 4th Valaya Alongkorn Virtual International Music Competition 2021 and for winning the 2nd Prize for Musical & Movie above 13 years old in the Cyprus International Music Competition 2022! Well done! Keep up the good work!
Congratulations to Namon in Year 4B as the 1st runner up at the TGA-SINGHA Golf Champion Qualifying round for the IMG Junior World & FCG Calaway World Championship in the USA.