Thai Etiquette Competition 2018
On August 15th, HeadStart entered eight Thai students into the annual Thai Etiquette Competition at Sapan Hin. The event was organised by the Phuket Municipality Office. Over 200 students from over 21 Thai schools entered in this competition. HeadStart has been the only international school to ever participate. We have won this competition for the 3rd year running. A big thank you to Kru Bo and Kru Way for training these polite young students. They have put in an excellent effort and have made this project a great success. We are really proud of each student thankful for the support we received from this group of parents during the training and during the competition.
The winning prizes were awarded by Khun Somjai Suwansupana, the Phuket town mayor. Congratulations to these following students.
1st place Pailin in Year 10, Opal in Year 4, Tete in Year 3
2nd place Namon in Year 1, Tangton in Year 10
Saturday Thai Culture Club
On the last Saturday of each month, the school organises a plethora of activities that are designed to help our Thai community learn more about their own culture, way of life, food, agriculture as well as topics such as respect for elders and religious awareness. Students are also encouraged to participate in charity work so that they learn how to become a good member of the community. A highlight of the Saturday Thai Culture Club has been going to visit children in the Pediatrics ward of the local hospital. HeadStart students, parents and teachers have brought cheer to the patients by giving treats, talking and reading to the children in order to get their mind off their discomfort.
Wai Kru Ceremony
Wai Kru can be translated into English as ‘Teacher Appreciation Day’. At HeadStart a traditional ceremony is organised where students make speeches of appreciation outlining how their teachers have influenced them and helped them succeed socially and academically. The students then take turns to give flowers and ‘wai’ to their teachers.
Songkran is a festival celebrating the traditional Thai New Year and is marked by the throwing of water as it is typically also the hottest time of the year. At the end of term 2, the Thai department organises a day of activities to celebrate this occasion starting with giving donations to the monks, pouring water on miniature statues of Buddha, song and dance during assembly as well as learning about Thai traditions during their Thai class. The day ends with water play for the students and staff which is always a lot of fun for everyone!