27 Oct 2022
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Weekly Update #9, 28 October 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
29-30 October   Open Swim Event BISP
31 October All day Foundation & Primary Halloween Activities  
  6.00-9.00pm Secondary Halloween ‘Disco’ Sports Hall
01 November 8.15am Parent Meeting: Intro to 6th Form, A Levels & BTEC Secondary Hall
03 November 8.15am UPrep Talk 4 - Applying to Thai Universities Primary Hall
04 November 8.00-11.30am Thai University Fair Sports Hall
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 Parents meeting: End of Term 1 Exams, Revision, Student Report and Grades for new parents Secondary Hall
Announcements
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Collette Edouard

Founder/Events/Communication
[email protected]

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to HeadStart International School, Phuket. My husband, Jazon Edouard, and I set out to provide the best possible educational opportunity for our five sons. Despite the many challenges of living abroad and raising a young family, we have succeeded in developing a thriving learning environment not only for our own children, but for the over 800 children who attend HeadStart school today. We attribute our success to careful planning and to our strong team of dedicated educators who, on a daily basis, strive to Inspire a love of learning.

Term 1 Fundraising for Phuket Sunshine Village

Continuing on with our long term partnership with the Phuket Sunshine Village and the great work they are doing to care for over 100 underprivileged children, we invite the HeadStart community to join in sponsoring a child for the supplies they need for the coming academic year. All money raised will go directly to purchasing school uniforms, shoes, socks, stationery, lunch money and transportation to and from school.

Visit the board in the atrium to learn more about all of the beautiful children that we are aiming to help and what they have written specifically to us, the HeadStart community, introducing themselves. Last year the community went over and beyond and we were able to sponsor all of the children at Phuket Sunshine Village.

Donations can be made 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 then contact the front office to make your donation.

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Meetings

Introduction to 6th Form, A Levels & BTEC on 1.11.22

Parents are invited to a presentation on Tuesday the 1st of November at 8.15am in the Primary Hall. Ms Bedi, Head of Sixth Form, will be giving an introduction to our Sixth Form, A Levels and BTEC programme. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know more about the programmes that we have to offer at HeadStart for our oldest students.

UPrep Talk 4 - Applying to Thai Universities on 3.11.22

You are invited to join Kru Nee on Thursday, 3rd October at 08.15 am in the Primary Hall for our ‘Thai University Application’ UPrep presentation. This talk will provide important information about top international universities in Thailand, entry requirements and how to apply through the TCAS system. The information will be presented in English.

Phonics Workshop on 8.11.22

All Year 1 and 2 parents are invited to a presentation in the Secondary Hall at 8.15am on Tuesday the 8th of November.

HeadStart University Fair

Welcoming students in Years 11-13, as well as all interested parents to HeadStart’s second University Fair taking place on Friday the 4th of November in the Sports Hall. The event will commence at 8.15am with a welcome and introductory speech from Kru Nee (School Director) & Ms Bedi (Head of Sixth Form) followed by presentations from various universities attending the event. From 9.30am onwards all participants will be invited to visit the booths set up in the hall and have a chance to speak with representatives from the 14 visiting universities.

From Thailand Chulalongkorn University (INDA Programme)
  Mahidol International College
  Thammasat University
  Dusit Thani College
  Stamford University
  AIHM and Les Roches
  Prince of Songkhla University Phuket
  University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, International School of Management
  Panyapiwat Institute of Management
  Khon Kaen University International College
From overseas  
  Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
  University College Cork
  University College Dublin
  University of Galway
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School Events

Primary Wai Kru Ceremony

A heartfelt thank you to all of the children in Primary who brought in beautiful flowers, big hugs and kind words for their teachers on Wai Kru day this week. Well done to our Primary Head Girl, Seoha and Head Boy, John for being fantastic MC’s in their first all school public speaking engagement. Despite the large amount of people that no doubt can put nerves on edge, they both did a wonderful job of keeping the event moving at the perfect pace. The Year 5 choir performed in perfect unison and the audience were treated to a surprise as all of Primary stood up to sing ‘Thank you for the Music’, a beautiful song of appreciation to the children’s teachers. Paige in Year 6 and Tigger in Year 2 gave heartfelt speeches promising their teachers to respect and listen to them for the academic year while Prim in Year 9 led the students in the traditional Wai Kru song finishing off with Buahom in Year 5 leading all of Primary in the Student Pledge. Enjoy the pictures below and feel free to access hundreds more by clicking on this link: Primary Wai Kru Photo Album

Secondary Wai Kru Ceremony

Wai Kru is a beautiful part of Thai culture. This event typically takes place all across the country within the first few weeks of the school year. It is a chance for students to show appreciation to their teachers by presenting them with flowers, giving a kind word and pledging to respect and listen to their teachers for the coming year.

This year Secondary Head Girl, Keira and Head Boy, Carry did an excellent job of MC’ing the one hour event keeping everyone attentive and tuned in. Prim in Year 9 made her debut Wai Kru song debut, filling the hall with her beautiful voice while Karn in Year 13 led all of Secondary school in the Student Pledge. Fleur in Year 12 made a beautiful speech summarising the feeling of love and community that she has felt since her enrolment in Preschool while Krittat and Nikita also made compelling and heartfelt speeches of appreciation to their teachers not to mention Mr salmon’s ‘back to the future’ themed speech going back in time to when he was young. The Secondary choir of 14 singers, and Mr Graham on the piano was the cherry on top as they finished off the event with the sound of music. Well done to everyone involved in making an event of this magnitude such a resounding success! Enjoy the pictures below and feel free to access hundreds more by clicking on this link: Secondary Wai Kru Photo Album

PE & Sports

A fantastic game of football this week as the U15 HeadStart Panthers Girls travelled to play a challenging UWC team. From the start our girl piled on the pressure with great intensity however they were unable to find the back of the net. The girls never gave up and through positive teamwork and persistence, they got their reward with two well taken goals from birthday girl Maria Magg! -Coach Paul

Fantastic performance by the HeadStart Panthers U11 Boys team who travelled to UWC this week. Some of the players who played are new to our academy this year, but it certainly didn’t look that way as they played excellent high tempo football throughout the match. Great job Boys. -Coach Paul Rothwell

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Student News

On Friday we had a visit from Mr Tom, a prop designer who creates props for big budget movies; Harry Potter and Marvel to name a few. Mr Tom met with year 9 and our option students in years 10-13. The insight he gave was excellent and has inspired many budding prop designers of the future! Thank you to Ms Nacey for organising this opportunity. -Ms Alia Sillett

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We are only 5 weeks away from our performances of Chicago. This week the students had a photo shoot, here is a sneak of what is to come!

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Learning about our Digital Footprint

Our Y11 ESL students have been learning about their digital footprint and how to give advice. They have created their own posters to share with the HeadStart Community about what they have learned and have given some helpful advice on how to stay safe online. -Mrs. Davidson, EAL teacher

BTEC News

BTEC Travel and Tourism were given a taste of university style teaching this week as two lecturers from Prince of Songkla visited to teach them about Customer Service in Travel and Tourism. On Monday, Ms Patcharapimon Apithambundit delivered a very informative session and on Wednesday Mr Kevin Fuchs delivered an interactive session and offered support with their upcoming assignments. Both lecturers specialise in Hospitality and Tourism and it was a fantastic opportunity for the students to be taught by different educators, preparing them for the style of teaching they will experience at University. -Ms Yardenna Jones

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Student Success Out of School

Congratulations to Krittat and Pear and their band on coming in 2nd place in the Music competition in Bangkok last Sunday.

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