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HeadStart Weekly Update #23, 15 March, 2019

Dates for Your Diary

Upcoming events can be found on the calendar on the website School Life → Calendar but we have outlined upcoming events here for easy reference. For daily updates and news follow the HeadStart Facebook Page

Date Time Event Location
18-22 March All week Eco Watch Week In school
19 March 8:15am Thai Parents Meeting TBA
21 March 8:15am U-Prep Talk Dance & Drama Studio
21 March Afternoon PISAC Secondary Athletics TBA
23 March 9:00-12:00pm Saturday Thai Culture Club In school
24-25 March All day World Scholars Cup regional Round BKK
26 March 8:15am Thai Parents Meeting TBA
29 March All day Casual Clothes day for charity In school
29-30 March AM Thanyapura Swim Meet Thanyapura
1-5 April In class Primary Swim Galas Swimming pool
02 April 8:15am Thai Parents Meeting TBA
2-4 April 3:30-5:00pm Foundation/Primary Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) Classrooms
04 April   Last day for all term 2 ASPs  
05 April During day Songkran Festivities TBA

Parent Committee Meeting Notes and Outcomes

In February, a meeting was held between the Parent Committee and school management. The purpose for these meetings is to continue to keep a strong connection between parents and the school. In the download below you will find a list of items discussed and the answers that management have given for each point. If you would like to contact the Parent Committee for any reason CLICK HERE and the link will take you to the web page that outlines the roles and responsibilities of the committee as well as how you can contact them.

In term 3, members of the Parent Committee will be invited to a ‘guided learning tour’ of the school. There will be small groups escorted around by a member of the management team and these groups will have the opportunity to visit lessons and to see the school ‘in-action’. There will be an opportunity for parents to see the wonderful things that are going on in and out of the classroom. Following the tours, there will be a short meeting and lunch will be provided in the canteen. More news to come…

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Anisa Van der Laan

Founder/After School Activities Manager
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After School Programmes (ASP) Announcements

Free ASPs in Term 3

  • All free ASPs will continue on from term 2. There will be no online booking for term 3.

  • ASPs begin 22 April, the first day of Term 3.

  • New students can sign up for Free ASPs at the office or by email

Fee Paying ASPs in Term 3

All fee paying ASPs will continue unless notified otherwise. Invoices for term 3 will be sent out in the second week of term 3. If you want to cancel fee paying ASPs please notify me by email. If you want to sign up to a fee paying ASP in term 3 please contact the following Coordinators to see if they have a place available:

Please contact Ms. Anisa Van der Laan if you would like your Foundation child to join :

  • Swimming lessons on Saturday morning

  • Balance and Coordination Monday 14:30- 15:20

  • Mandarin Wednesday 15:30-16:20


U-Prep Meeting Info

This week Ms Gemma Caines gave a 30 minute U-Prep talk to parents on the topic of ‘Applying to the USA, Canada and Australia’. Over 30 parents attended this event. If you missed this presentation and would like to have some information on the topic, please click on the download below.

The next U-Prep Talk will be on the 21st of March at 8:15am in the Dance & Drama Studio on the 4th floor. The topic is ‘Helping Your Child Choose a University’. All interested parents are welcome to join.

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Jennifer Blackweir

Director of Academics
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Year 9 Options Meeting

Thank you very much to everyone who attended the Year 9 Options Fair on Wednesday. There was a really nice atmosphere and it was lovely to meet so many of you face-to-face. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can collect an Options Booklet from Khun Sa, Secondary Secretary. Her office is on the 3rd floor. This afternoon students will be sent instructions on how to make their subject selections online. The deadline for completion of the online form is next Friday. I will then print out the selections and send them home for you to sign and confirm your agreement. We will also meet with some students (and parents) if it is necessary to make any changes to subject selections.

Below is the power point presentation that you can download and look through in case you missed the presentation on Wednesday. Many thanks for your support as we work together through this exciting process!

Dance Opportunity–Urban Dance Workshop (Hip Hop / JFH / Contemporary)

HeadStart Dance Academy has a last minute opportunity to organise a workshop with Nick Anthony, a professional dancer and choreographer from Los Angeles. Please see profile in attachment and the following YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRb9yEke03s

  • Date: Friday 22/03 4.00-6.00 pm / Saturday 23/03 10.00 am-12.00 pm
  • Age group: Year 7-13
  • Requested Level: Intermediate (minimum of 1 year of dance)
  • Venue: HeadStart Dance/Drama Studio on the 4th floor
  • Fee: 1,500 THB (4 hour workshop) payable by Wednesday 20 March, 2019. Please note that the workshop must be taken as a whole and not separately as it will be a continuity from one day to another.
  • Approval Deadline: Please email Fabienne Mester, The Dance Academy coordinator at [email protected] by Monday 18 March 2019

STEM Learning at HeadStart!

On Friday the 15th of March a group of IGCSE Design Technology and Science students attended the Dell team building event at the Hilton hotel. Here they were able to oversee the construction, and subsequent racing of, solar powered cars that were constructed from kits.

The kits allow the assembly of fourteen different solar powered vehicles and can be deconstructed afterwards, allowing them to be used multiple times and for a variety of projects. After the event these kits were donated to the students to be used at HeadStart to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the school community.

Watch this space for more news soon on how the kits are being used to inspire a love of STEM learning at HeadStart.

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Nicholas Carter

Director of Sport
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My name is Nick Carter and I am from Kent, in the UK. I came to Thailand in 2015, after 6 years of living and teaching P.E. in Stockholm, Sweden (where it snows for six months of the year!). So, it is fair to say that, I was ready for a completely different climate change, as well as cultural change. My sporting background is very diverse. I grew up with a passion for playing football, but later, in my teens, I discovered baseball. I made my debut for the Great Britain national baseball squad at the age of 18 and played with the squad for the next 14 years. I also trained as a professional contemporary dancer and toured nationally and internationally for 7 years in numerous dance companies. Although I have many other sporting interests, I want to make it clear that P.E. teachers are not just whistle blowing, basketball bouncing individuals, as I released my first fictional novel (in June, 2015). However, participating in sport, physical activity, and leading a healthy lifestyle are very important to me, and I’ve enjoyed imparting my knowledge in teaching and coaching environments for over 20 years. I am delighted to be HeadStart’s Director of Sport and my fundamental aims are for our students to continue to experience a really diverse range of physical activities, all the while having loads of fun through being active. For example, HeadStart pupils will participate in the following sports activities in either curriculum time or in our fantastic After School Sports programme -Basketball, Netball, Football, Rugby, Athletics, Swimming, Badminton, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Softball, Rounders, Yoga, Dance, and Gymnastic activities (amongst others). If you have any questions, you can email me at – [email protected]


P.E. Department News & Updates

Year 4 & 5 Sports Residential to Koh Samui

Last week, Mr Carter, Miss Brelstaff and Kru Dia travelled to (International School of Samui)[https://www.iss.ac.th/] with 20 Year 4 and 5 students for a sports residential trip. It was a full-on, but fun 3 days for the students who participated in many competitions such as Gladiator Ball, Swim Gala, Football and Basketball tournaments. They had the opportunity to visit Samui’s Big Buddha and Choeng Mon beach with the ISS students. The trip was a resounding success and we look forward to hosting ISS next year at HeadStart for the return visit.

Primary PISAC Athletics

On Thursday, approximately 70 HeadStart students from Year 3-6 competed in the annual PISAC Athletics event hosted at HeadStart. For many, it was their first time competing in a PISAC event but the HeadStart team (under the expert Management of Miss Nadine Brellstaff) ensured a solid team performance, and HeadStart came in 2nd place overall. Well done to all of the athletes who participated in the event.

School Position Points
BISP 1st place 319 points
HeadStart 2nd place 210 points
UWCT 3rd place 181 points
KIS 4th place 141 points
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Jean-Robert Louis Jaffre

Head Football Coach
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Helllo! I am Coach JR and I come from France. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in 'Mental Preparation and Psychology in Sport', and I also have official certification as a Football Trainer from France as follows: BEES1 / BEES2 / DEF / DEPF. When I was 16 years old I went for official training with FC NANTES. Then, when I was 18 years old, I played my first game as a professional football player in League 1. I played 12 years for the Nantes Football Club, after which I played for 5 years for Stade Brestois, also in League 1. I finished my career as a footballer at the Stade Quimperois in League 2. I have coached football for 19 years at both amateur and professional levels. The last team that I coached in France was the Stade Brestois professional team in League 2. Now I am very pleased to impart my passion, knowledge, and experience to all the football players at HeadStart. Every coach sees football differently, which could be dependent on their own training experience, passion, personality, and playing career; and this is a good thing. I believe the most important role for a Coach is to allow the young players to follow their dreams; to help them progress, instilling in them a sense of passion and, at the same time, respecting all the children irrespective of their playing ability. Each period in the life of a young footballer corresponds to a stage in their training, with a specific set of skills to work on. At the start of a season a coach responsible for a team of young players sets his sights on training objectives aimed at improving all the football basics. To do this the coach must effectively plan and structure the season in training cycles according to the child’s age, following these 4 main themes: Technique / Individual tactics / Team tactics / Physical Fitness. I am very happy to be working at HeadStart and look forward to the new football season. If you have any questions, you can email me at – [email protected]


Football News

Last Friday Under 13 years old and Over 15 boys played against KIS. The Under 13 team had a very competitive match against their opponents. Our boys who are mostly first year of learning football, have shown solidarity and their technical qualities made for a very good match. The results of the game were 2/2. Congratulations to all the boys! Their next challenge is in Bangkok for the BIS Football tournament. The Over 15 football team dominated the game vs KIS using technical and physical strength despite the absence of their team leader, Vincent Edoaurd. Congratulations to all players for their win of 5-0.

The Under 13 girls played against BISP on Thursday, and even though the girls are still relatively inexperienced, they played exceptionally well and continue to go from strength-to-strength. Well done, girls!

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Zak Brown

Head Swim Coach
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My name is Zak Brown. I’m from Bakersfield, California and started swimming at the age of 10. During High School, I helped lead our team to becoming league champions 4 years in a row. After High School, I attended Bakersfield College and continued swimming for Bakersfield Swim Club. During this time, I competed all over California as well as traveling to other states for national level competitions. After 2 years of junior college; I moved to Niagara Falls, New York and competed at Niagara University as a Division One Swimmer. During my stay at Niagara University, I was able to set three school relay records and I received a degree in marketing and logistics. I've enjoyed coaching swimming for over 9 years and have worked with athletes on all levels from beginners to Olympians. I feel very fortunate that swimming has given me the opportunity to meet incredible people from all over the world. Swimming is more than just a sport to me, it's become a lifestyle. The lessons learned through swimming stay with you your entire life. This is my second year with the HeadStart and I am really excited to work with the students to further develop their swimming abilities. Last season our Aqua Panthers hit best times and won the league championships. We have a lot of momentum building into this year and I am excited to lead the team into new heights!


Swimming Academy News

Over the weekend, 14 of our fantastic Aqua Panthers traveled to Malaysia to compete in the 55th Annual Malaysian Age Group Championships! These individuals were: Anna Meakin, Annabelle Prentice, Anton Solnyshko, Artem Kiselev, Cameron Smith, Kirill Kochetkov, Lisa Kim, Michael McLean, Natasha Chaloemtoem, Nazar Zakharov, Sarita Pouydel, Sasha Syrkina, Shane Walters, Vitalina Oshchepkova.

This was our first international team travel meet and it was certainly an experience! Teams from all over Asia brought their elite swimmers who were competing for spots in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. It was such a rush to be in the same facility as these star athletes. Though the other teams had some very fast swimmers, the Aqua Panthers did not let that intimidate them. This extra motivation pushed us to achieve 83 best times and breaking 26 team records! Words can’t express how happy I am with all of our swimmers.

Now that our big travel trip has finished, it is time to move forward to our next big event; the 12 Hour Relay! Last year we raised over 110,000 baht for the Life Home Project Foundation and this year we are looking to raise more for the Good Shepherd, Phuket. If you would like to donate to our cause, please find a swimmer to support or you can contact Coach Brown directly.

What’s Coming Up?

Football

Coach JR is heading off to the Bangkok Soccer League Tournament at Brighton College from March 15-17 with our Under 12 and Under 13 teams. Good luck boys! A full report will be posted next week!

Basketball

Eight of our Basketball players will compete at BISP’s 3-on-3 Basketball Competition on the 15-16th of March. I will give a report how they did next week. We wish the HeadStart teams the best of luck! Next week HeadStart will host BISP for some Basketball Fixtures (U17 Girls and Under 15 boys). Tip off is at 15.30pm and all are welcome to come and watch.


Student News

Early Years are really loving our new topic of Transport! We have learnt all about road safety, buses and trains this week, as well as taking part in lots of transport themed play. We are looking forward to learning more about this topic next week. By Ms Holly Strawbridge

A big thank you Dr. Bandit and Dr. Phat, father and mother of Zen who are Doctors, for coming to speak to the Early Years students about the importance of being healthy! By Kru Dia

Reception Yellow love learning about Jungle animals! This week we created our own crazy hybrid animals by combing two animal names together. A crocodile and an elephant makes a crocophant! The children have made cute ‘Who Am I’ books and practised their descriptive language when talking about different creatures. We also learnt fun facts about monkeys. Did you know that there are currently 264 known monkey species? In Maths we have been measuring length and capacity. The children loved making magic jungle potions and practising finding half or full cups of the magic ingredients. Every day the children continue to amaze us with their super enthusiasm and effort in everything they do. Keep it up Reception! By Ms Hannah Kuusik

Reception students were very excited to have a visit from police officers last Monday. A big thank you Police Lieutenant Colonel Chinchaipong, father of Naphat, and his team for coming to speak with Reception students regarding police work. The students had the chance to look at real Police equipment which was exciting. Who knows, maybe one day one of the students will take up this profession. By Kru Dia

Children in Year 1 Yellow had a wonderful time conducting an experiment as part of out ‘I wonder…’ topic. Look at this Wizard’s Brew! By Ms Charlotte Myers

Children have been getting to know the 7 Dwarves from Snow White this week. They did many fun activities and eventually wrote their own fact file all about their favourite dwarf!By Ms Charlotte Myers

In Geography this half term, Year 3 have been learning about the Earth and what is going on under our feet. The field trip to the Phuket Mining Museum was an excellent opportunity to link what we’ve studied in Geography with local history. By Mr Dan Nicholson

Year 4 Russian students had fun practicing adjectives. They wrote a story about an unseen animal and illustrated it. By Ms Alina Platkova

In Science in Year 4, we have started our new topic of ‘Electricity’. We started by looking at where electricity comes from and discussed non-renewable and renewable sources, before going on to think about the appliances we use in our daily lives and which ones rely on mains or battery power. This week, we explored making circuits and realised the circuits needed to be complete for the electricity to flow. We then developed our scientific inquiry skills by investigating how to make bulbs brighter and dimmer. In Humanities we are looking at the Wonders of our World. This term we are focusing on the ‘modern’ wonders and we have chosen one to research in more detail so we can create an information book about it. First step was to find out the key facts about our chosen wonder: where it is, how it got there and why was it built!By Ms Jen Rapkins

Year 5 have been enjoying lots of Science experiments this week for our knew topic ‘States of matter’. The children have carried out a viscosity experiment, testing, comparing and analysing the different consistencies of liquids. They compared, honey, sweet chili source, washing up liquid, shower gel, hand sanitizer and fabric softener. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experiment and the usual aroma which filled Year Five Yellow! By Ms Kay Forster

The Year 8 students are learning the vocabulary for fruits and drinks in their Thai lessons. In order to make the lesson fun, the students practiced using all of the words and sentences they know by playing shop: ordering drinks and asking for the price. Everyone enjoyed fruit shakes made by classmates during the lesson. By Kru Gen and Kru Sue

Year 10 have started a brand new project investigating the human form. They have all began by completing a portrait using a rang of observational drawing and shading skills. The outcomes are looking fantastic so far! By Ms Samantha Gill

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Nadine Brelstaff

P.E. Teacher/House Coordinator
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My name is Nadine Brelstaff and I am originally from Somerset in the UK. I studied Sports Coaching at The University of Brighton and then went onto to complete my PGCE in Physical Education. During my time at University I had the incredible opportunity to volunteer for a cross-community reconciliation project in Israel and Jordan working with children from varying backgrounds and ethnicities. I also went on a two week placement to St Andrews International School in Bangkok. It was there that I discovered a love for teaching in Thailand and hoped that one day I would come back. After University, I worked in a large state school where I gained my NQT status and then a small special school for children with dyslexia and associated learning difficulties. In October 2017 my wish came true and I moved to Thailand to work at HeadStart International School. I regard PE as a powerful and influential subject from which pupils can learn far more than physical techniques. Consequently, my approach to teaching and learning is centred on the desire to help young people enjoy taking part in sport now and into their adult lives. I take pride in the fact that I am supporting students to make positive choices, leading to a healthy active lifestyle. Outside of teaching I enjoy running, diving and cycling. I am extremely excited by the opportunities that Phuket and the rest of South-East Asia holds for me to pursue theses passions. I am also looking forward to seeing the how the school develops over the next academic year and being part of that process.

House News

Exciting House News!!

Starting from Monday a new rewards system will be rolled out for students from years 1 -13 to help motivate them to earn points for their House and to recognise individual achievements. Each week homeroom teachers will inform students of how many House points they have in total and whether they have achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold badge, which they will be able to wear on their shirts. When students achieve the Bronze level, the students can then come and see Miss Brelstaff in the P.E. office to receive their badge and their vouchers. Deputy teachers will assist those in Key Stage 1 with this. Gold badges will be handed out at the following flag raising by Mr Drew.

As you can see, each badge has an associated prize. Students will receive the vouchers in 10, 20, 30 or 50 denominations to spend at the school cafe, unfortunately change will not be given. Primary students will only be able to spend their vouchers after school as they are not permitted in the cafe during the day. I hope that the students will enjoy working towards the badges by showing kindest, working hard and going above and beyond in all things they do.

Primary School Rewards

75 points = Bronze award = Bronze badge and 60 baht school coffee shop voucher

150 points = Silver award = Silver badge and 250 baht school coffee shop voucher

250 points = Gold award = Gold badge and x2 cinema ticket

Secondary School Rewards

40 points = Bronze award = Bronze badge and 60 baht school coffee shop voucher

60 points = Silver award = Silver badge and 250 baht school coffee shop voucher

80 points = Gold award = Gold badge and x2 cinema ticket

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