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Weekly Update #11, 13 November 2020

Dates for Your Diary

Upcoming events can be found on the website under School Life → Calendar and are outlined here for easy reference.

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Date Time Event Location
16-20 November All week Years 7-10 Assessment Week  
17 November 8.15 am Parents Meeting: Student Reports & Grades Primary Hall
19 November 8.15 am UPrep Talk: Application and standardised testing Primary Hall
22-24 November All day Assumption University UExperience visit  
24 November 8.15 am Parents Meeting: Year 9 Checkpoint Exams Secondary Hall
  3.00 pm Secondary Cross Country Event BISP
27 November All day Casual Clothes/Bake Sale  
  8.00 am Foundation ‘Stay and Play’ Foundation building
28-29 November All day DofE Bronze Practice (Group 2) Ao Yon beach
01 December 8.15 am Primary Father’s Day Assembly Sports Hall
  8.15 am Parents Meeting: Year 11 Mock Exams, IGCSE & Onward Plans Secondary Hall
3-4 December All day DofE Bronze Adventurous Journey (Group 1) Ao Yon beach
03 December 8.15 am UPrep Talk: Applying to the UK and Europe Sports Hall
04 December 2.30 pm Secondary Father’s Day Assembly Sports Hall
    Last Day of Free ASPs for Term 1  
5-6 December 9.00 am- 4.00 pm CAPA Rehearsals  
07 December 8.00 - 11.30 am Foundation Christmas Crafts and Activities with Parents  
08 December 8.15 am Thai Parents Meeting: Feedback to Management  
8-10 December 9.00 am - 4.00 pm CAPA Rehearsals  
8-9 December All day DofE Bronze Adventurous Journey (Group 2)  
09 December   Last Day of Fee-paying ASPs & Academies  
  3.00-4.30 pm Y11 BTEC Presentation & Subject Fair  
  6.30 pm Moulin Rouge Showing 1  
10 December 6.30 pm Moulin Rouge Showing 2  
11 December   Closed for Father’s Day  
11-12 December All day DofE Silver Sailing Training (Group 2) Ao Yon beach
13-14 December All day DofE Silver Practice (Group 2) Ao Yon beach
14 December 10.00 am Foundation Christmas Cabaret Sports Hall
  3.00-6.00 pm Christmas Fair Covered Football pitch
15 December 8.00 am - 4.00 pm Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) Classrooms
16 Dec-4 Jan   School closed for holidays  
Announcements

Students Returning From Overseas

As you may know, we have some students coming back to school after returning to Thailand from overseas. This is a short note to reassure all parents within our community that all persons entering Thailand are required to go through 15 nights of Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) on arrival into the Kingdom as well as multiple Covid tests prior to being ‘released’. The total number of tests a person will have had prior to coming into school will be at least four, and over a 15-20 day period. This gives us a very high degree of certainty that students re-joining us do not have the Covid-19 virus. I am sure you will join me in welcoming these students back into our community after they have been away from their friends for so long.

Please do not forget that all persons entering the school site should be wearing a mask, will have their temperature taken on entry and should also use the automatic hand sanitisers just after going through the turnstiles. I thank you for your support in continuing to keep our school and our children safe. Mr Adam Drew, Headmaster

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Kannikar Singdong

Russian Speaking Admin Staff
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Всем, здравствуйте! Меня зовут Канникар Сингдонг. Мое русское имя – Майя. Очень приятно познакомиться с вами. Я новая русскоговорящая тайская сотрудница, и я занимаюсь непосредственно административной работой. Я закончила Красноярский государственный педагогический университет, филологический факультет. Я прожила в Красноярске 3 года. Я решила изучать русский язык, потому что он сложный, но интересный. Я интересуюсь русской культурой, люблю русскую еду. И я люблю Россию. Если у вас есть вопросы, пожалуйста, обращайтесь, буду рада вам помочь.

New Russian Speaking Staff

Hello everyone! My name is Kannikar Singdong, or you can call me by my Russian name, “Mai”. I would like to introduce myself as a new Russian-speaking admin officer. I graduated from Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University in the faculty of Philology. I was in Krasnoyarsk for 3 years. I chose to learn the Russian language because it is complicated and such an interesting language. I am also interested in Russian culture and Russian food is my favourite! If you have any questions or need some help please feel free to contact me. I am very happy to help you. See you around!

Всем, здравствуйте! Меня зовут Канникар Сингдонг. Мое русское имя – Майя. Очень приятно познакомиться с вами. Я новая русскоговорящая тайская сотрудница, и я занимаюсь непосредственно административной работой. Я закончила Красноярский государственный педагогический университет, филологический факультет. Я прожила в Красноярске 3 года. Я решила изучать русский язык, потому что он сложный, но интересный. Я интересуюсь русской культурой, люблю русскую еду. И я люблю Россию. Если у вас есть вопросы, пожалуйста, обращайтесь, буду рада вам помочь.

Book Fair

On the 23-25th of November, we will be welcoming our annual book fair hosts [email protected] Their stalls will be set up in the atrium and we invite you to come and take a look at what is on offer.

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” – Charles W. Eliot

Meetings

Thai Parents Meeting Invitation

I would like to invite our Thai parents to a meeting with our Thai management team on Tuesday 17th November 2020 at 8.30 - 9.30 in the Primary Hall on the 2nd floor. There will be a presentation about End of Term 1 assessments, exams timetables, reports and progression markers in order to help parents to have a better understanding on how we assess our students. The meeting will be presented in Thai. I look forward to seeing you there. -Kru Nee, school Director

UPrep Talk

Welcome to this year’s UPrep Talk 5. The topic will be ‘Application and standardised testing’. In this session, we will give information about the different tests university applications require, including standardised tests like SAT, language tests like IELTS and TOEFL and subject specialist tests like BMAT and LNAT. Meet us in the Primary Hall on the 2nd floor (Change of venue!) on Thursday 19th November at 8:15 am. Ms Gem, University Placement Officer

Upcoming Events

Casual Clothes and Bake Sale

This year the student leadership team is organising our term 1 charity activities and would like to invite all of the students and teaching team to come dressed in gold, silver or white casual clothes in exchange for a 50 Baht donation for the Phuket Sunshine Village Foundation. The students will be setting up a Bake Sale and a variety of fun games that the children can play during their break times in exchange for between 10 and 50 Baht so please send your child to school with some loose change and encourage them to participate in the activities in support of our school fundraiser.

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Our term 1 annual community fundraiser has been launched and we would like to invite you to join in supporting this worthy cause. Children at the Phuket Sunshine Village Foundation are in need of regular support for their daily living expenses. They need funding for their food, water, electricity and cleaning equipment, as well as personal items like uniforms, stationery, bedding and toiletries. At the moment there are 49 children benefiting from the PSV services and it costs approximately 5,500 Baht per child per month. While we may not be able to cover all of the running costs, together we can do something! If you haven’t yet had the chance, please visit the atrium and read through the stories of the children who need your support and sponsor a child for 1,000 Baht as an individual or as a group and put a smile on a young child’s face! Contact the front office for more information or to donate.

Student News

Today is Odd Socks Day! Our senior prefects have been working with the Student Support Team and have been busy setting up for our weekly lunchtime activities. Today students across the whole school designed their own odd socks and made unique funky sock puppets. At HeadStart we value all our students’ differences and celebrate their individuality and everything that makes us unique. We can’t wait to see all the lunch activities this week which have been designed to encourage our students to express themselves and unite against bullying. -Ms Hayley Milner

Football News

It was a great experience for both of our Girls HeadStart Panther Football teams on Saturday as they took on the Thai team M-Den Academy. It was the first game for the U13 Girls and they really impressed us with their teamwork and energy especially at the start as we managed to score 2 early goals. The U/O 15 Girls also had a challenging game against a strong M-Den team but showed great professionalism and work rate in the game to NGU (Never Give Up). Well Done Girls! -Coach Frost

Art Department News

This week the Reception children created out of this world space paintings by using sponging paint around templates of the moon, rocket, stars and planets. We then experimented with flicking paint from the brushes to add a starry sky effect. The year 5s learnt how to hand sew a blanket stitch using a needle and yarn. They are using this particular stitch to enclose their felt pencil cases before adding extra detail next week. -Ms Heidi Secker

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Steven Finn

Science Teacher
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My name is Steven Finn and I will be the Homeroom tutor for Year 12 Yellow. I was born in Manchester and spent most of my childhood there. For the most part, I enjoyed school both in sport and academically. I am more naturally gifted in maths and science rather than the arts, although I did go to the theatre on many occasions to see plays. I captained the school in rugby, football and cricket as well as playing tennis. After obtaining good grades at school I went to university and obtained a degree in Chemistry. In the holidays, I helped to run the family business doing jobs in accounts, stock control and sales. I was also involved in a house conversion throughout my academic studies. After leaving university, I worked in the chemical industry in sales, marketing, planning, production and as a formulation chemist. I entered the teaching profession in 2005 where I obtained my PGCE. Since then I have been teaching science and maths in the U.K. and internationally. I have taught in England, Guernsey, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and China. Since 2009 I have taught IGCSE and either ‘A’ Level or IB Chemistry as well occasionally other sciences such as Physics. I have a passion for Chemistry, as it has greatly benefitted modern society, for instance in cancer treatment. Chemistry is not an easy subject, but it has so much variety, combining practical and theoretical skills. Chemistry provides a great education for students to attain higher order thinking skills which will benefit them all through their life. In the classroom, I use a variety of strategies to aid learning to make it as engaging to the students as possible. I want both, myself and the students to enjoy lessons as well as it to be thought provoking. For me, teaching, is about facilitating a students’ development so that they can realise their potential and ambitions. In my career to date it has given me great pleasure to see students go onto study medicine and engineering at such places as Imperial College, Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Kings College, London, MIT, Max Plank Institute and the University of British Columbia. Outside of the classroom, I have been on residential trips with students to Chengdu and the ‘Tiger Leaping Gorge’ in China as well photos shoots around Guernsey. In my spare time I enjoy travel, golf, swimming, fine cuisine, film and skiing as well as watching the local football team.

Science Department News

Year 11 are currently studying about Crude Oil in Organic Chemistry. When it is drilled out of the ground it is useless. This is because it is a mixture of many Hydrocarbons of varying size. By the process of fractional distillation, the mixture can be separated into useful fractions such as petrol. To act as fuels is one of the main uses of the fractions. As seen in the picture, the larger molecules burn with a smoky flame compared to the smaller molecules. The smaller molecules are better as fuels. By a process of cracking, the larger molecules can be broken down into smaller molecules. In the picture, the fume cupboard is preventing black particles from going into the classroom in order to ensure the student’s safety.

By using the molecular model’s students can more easily understand the structure of these molecules. Plastics such as polyethene can also be represented by the ‘Molymods’ as seen in the other picture with many carbon atoms, joined together. In the lessons, we have been looking at how we make these molecules but there are also well document problems associated with these materials. For example, dumping at sea and the harm to wildlife. By understanding how we make these molecules can society find a solution to these problems.

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David Pollicutt

Head of English
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My name is David Pollicutt and I joined HeadStart International School in 2018. I am from the UK and grew up in the large port city of Bristol. I studied English Literature at the University of East Anglia, and trained to teach at The Institute of Education in The University of London. I taught in East London for four years, before moving to teach for eight years as Head of English in Viet Nam and China. I am a firm believer in developing students to be natural enquirers, following the Sir Ken Robinson model of best preparing students to use transferable skills for the shifting landscapes of their futures. I seek to encourage an epistemological approach in my lessons, urging students to evaluate the efficacy of the information they consume and the validity of interpretations. I am passionate about literature and will often be chortling at David Lodge’s tragicomedy or swooning at Ian Mcewan’s literary sleight of hand. Outside of the classroom I am a keen student of Philosophy, Politics and Psychology. I am a particular fan of the intellect and charisma exuded by Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris and the late and much missed Christopher Hitchens. I have a terminal case of devotion to Tottenham Hotspsur Football Club; it teaches me patience and humility.

English Department News

A common type of email received by a teacher reads as follows: ‘Can I have an extension for the homework?’ or ‘Do we need to do question 3 too?’ I’ve even had ‘I don’t get the homework- lol’. Students aren’t trying to be rude, but sometimes we (erroneously) expect them to understand how to write with appropriate formality in an email to a teacher. So, students, for your benefit, please follow the below guide…

1)Subject Line

2-5 word summary of the email

‘Missing grade’

‘Homework Question

‘Late Work;

2) Begin with a greeting

‘Good morning Mr. Pollicutt’

‘Hello!’

Good afternoon’

3) Get to the point and add details.

‘i am writing because’

‘I have already tried’

‘I remember the first step but can’t remember….’

4) Closing

‘Thank you’

‘I hope you’re well’

‘Have a nice evening’

5) Sign your name.

I look forward to receiving beautifully written emails from this point on!

War Poetry for Remembrance Day

In English lessons, Year 9 are working well on their unit on War Poetry. We look at several aspects of war and its poetic representations, but the figure of Wilfred Owen still looms large. A hundred years after the conflict, with more men and women getting killed daily in military actions, I don’t think that these poems will suddenly help stop us from going to war. We read these poems again and again because not because they will satisfy some urgent political need or that suddenly they will turn this fractured world into a pacifist one.

But rather than in their combination of protest, anger, moral complexity and linguistic pleasure they make us realise how complex we are: at once idealistic, thoughtful, mortal, guilty. They make us understand once more what it is to be human. And I think this is the lasting contribution of the poetry of the First World War; not to push a neat moral or political agenda, but rather to make us think and critically reflect, all to the sensuous spell of language.

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