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Weekly Update #11, 9 November 2018

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
10-11 November 7:55am DofE G1 Bronze Practice Meet at HeadStart
10-11 November 7:55am DofE Silver Practice Group 1 Meet at HeadStart
13 November 8:15am Thai Parents Meeting Secondary Hall
17 November 9:00am Saturday Thai Culture Club In school
20 November 8:15am Thai Parents Meeting Secondary Hall
23 November All day ‘A Day at the Movies’ dress up for charity In school
1-2 December 7:55am DofE Bronze Practice Group 2 Meet at HeadStart
3-4 December 7:55am DofE Bronze Adventurous Journey G1 Meet at School
05 December All day School closed for HM the King’s Birthday  
7-9 December All day BKK Patana Swim Meet BKK Patana
10-11 December All day Book Fair Primary floor
11 December 6:00pm ‘A Night at the Movies’ CAPA show Sports Hall
13 December 1:00pm Christmas Classroom activities/Christmas Market  
14 December All day Parent/Teacher Conferences (not a school day) Classrooms

A Day at the Movies Dress Up Day

In support of the BamBoo School Family we are inviting students and staff to come to school dressed up as their favourite movie character on 23 November in exchange for bringing in an Eco-brick, if you can. You can look forward to: A spectacular photo booth in the atrium made by HSIS mums. Primary catwalk to model outfits and win House points. Secondary costume competition with 3 categories: Best group dress up / Most Creative / Who wore it best. You also have the chance to vote on the best dressed teacher!


Duke of Edinburgh reminder for this weekend, 10-11th November, 2018

Year 10 Bronze Group 1

Going on your Kayaking practice journey this weekend. The bus will leave from school on Saturday at 8:00am and will be back at school on Sunday at 4:30pm.

Year 12 Silver group

Going on your Sailing practice journey this weekend. The bus will leave from school on Saturday at 9:00am and will be back at school on Sunday at 5:00pm.

Trash Hero beach clean

The school will provide transport to the Trash Hero beach clean at Kata beach this Saturday. The bus will leave from school at 9:20am and be back at 12:00pm.

Congratulations to the following Year 11-13 students who have recently completed their Bronze/Silver Duke of Edinburgh International Award!

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Sam Khan

Head of Foundation and Primary
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I was born and grew up in London, England. If any of you are familiar with the sport of Ruby Union, I grew up very close to Twickenham Stadium! I graduated in History from the University of Teeside in 1992, and in 1999 completed my P.G.C.E. and have now been an educationalist for over 17 years. As well as my teaching experience, I have a total of 12 years of experience as a curriculum manager and school leader, having served as an Assistant Head, a Deputy Head and Head Teacher. In my most recent role, in the Middle East , I worked as a School Improvement Consultant. I am a passionate believer in the transformational nature of education and learning. I believe that children learn best when they enjoy their learning and feel secure when facing tasks that are stimulating and challenging. Pupils should feel valued in the classroom and feel confident that enthusiasm and good learning will be met with recognition and praise from the teacher and peers. As a school leader I am committed to the challenge of motivating the whole school community to help every individual pupil realise his or her talents, whilst at the same time ensuring that our pupils are empowered with the essential skills to be able to make a positive contribution in an increasingly globalised world of rapid change and innovation. I believe that schools where success is celebrated, and challenges faced head on in a professional culture of support, trust and honesty are schools that ensure the best possible outcomes for all its students. As a school leader I am committed to creating an empowering and enabling school culture with a powerful ethos of positivity and hard work.


Birthday Celebrations in Primary School

Please be reminded that a birthday celebration at school is an occasion for the class to share the opportunity to wish a fellow pupil a happy birthday and to share a birthday cake. We have a Healthy Food Policy and do not allow fast food and sweets/candy into the classrooms. Please do not prepare ‘goody bags’ for pupils.

Our policy if that only a cake should be shared at school. Parents wishing to bring a cake should communicate with their child’s Homeroom Teacher at least one week in advance to confirm that it will be okay for the celebration to go ahead.

Once again, please note that this is not a full birthday party. It is a way for the children in the class to share a friend’s birthday celebration. On the day of your child’s birthday celebration, please report to the school Admin Office so that you can be escorted to your child’s class with your delicious cake.


Lost Property/Return Items That Don’t Belong

Parents of Primary children have reported missing water bottles, goggles and other personal belongings that are brought to school. In some cases, water bottles, uniforms or other items may end up in the wrong school bag and travel all the way home. Parents are appealing to the community to please return items that do not belong to your child. The best location to return items to is the First Aid room next to the Library.

As a school, we urge parents label all items sent to school including uniforms, water bottles, goggles, bathing suits, etc. If the item is labeled the chances of having them returned to you are higher.

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Gemma Caines

Head of Sixth Form
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My name is Gemma and this will be my first year at HeadStart. I am from the UK and grew up in the seaside town of Southport in the North West of England. I did my undergraduate degree in History at Cambridge University and then returned to the seaside to do my Masters at Sussex University. After that I worked in Colombo, Sri Lanka as a history teacher for 2 years, where I had my first Sixth Form tutor group. When I returned to the UK I spent three years as an educational project manager, working for The Sutton Trust. I realised that I missed my time in schools and so decided to go back to the classroom. I then worked at St Paul's Girls' School, a highly academic independent school in London, for 8 years. I had a busy time there, teaching History, working as Higher Education Co-ordinator and eventually becoming Assistant Head of Senior School. After deciding to go back to international teaching, I worked at Harrow International School Beijing as Head of Sixth Form as well as teaching History and History of Art. My last 5 years have been spent at The British School Kathmandu in charge of the Sixth Form and Safeguarding. I love working with Sixth Formers - it's such an exciting and dynamic time for students. However, I know it can also be stressful, for them and their families. I'm looking forward to helping develop the support networks that can make HeadStart students' final years in school positive and help them move on successfully to the next phase of their life, whatever their ambitions. I'm also looking forward to swapping mountains for the sea again!


University Visit to Sixth Form

This week we welcomed the Russell Group University of Newcastle and University of Leeds Business Schools to HeadStart. Almost 40 eager volunteers from Years 11,12 and 13 listened to an informative presentation about the different sorts of business-related programmes on offer and the benefits of studying in the UK. There were plenty of questions and even a quiz with prizes. The university representatives were full of praise for HeadStart students, describing the session as one of the most engaging and interesting ones they had done on their tour of schools. Well done to all who participated.

In other university news, applications for our graduating class are well underway at HeadStart, the culmination of much hard work and careful thought. Students have already received offers from places like Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow Universities in the UK. Special mention goes to our Head Girl, Natasha, who has received a very early offer from Concordia College in the USA. Already impressive in itself, it comes with a minimum $26,000 International Excellence Scholarship and an invitation to talk to them about additional funds on top. Congratulations to Natasha and well done to all our students completing applications and receiving offers - we are very proud!

Parents who want to know more about any aspect of university study can contact Gemma Caines on [email protected] at any time.

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Fiona Scott

Deputy Head of Foundation
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Hello, my name is Fiona Scott and I am very pleased to be joining HeadStart for another year. I am very much looking forward to a fun and exciting year ahead and working with a hard working school community who have high expectations and who are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning. Since graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 2002, I have taught in a number of Primary schools across Scotland, England and Thailand. During my teaching career, I have taught all year groups in Key stage 1 and 2 as well as teaching across the Early Years. I have held a number of leadership roles, from subject coordinator to Head of Primary in a developing school in Bangkok. I believe that education encompasses developing the whole child; academically, socially and emotionally. Teaching should be fun and interesting as well as motivating and challenging; where all children can develop and thrive. As teachers, we need to ensure that all learning experiences are enriching and rewarding which promotes a lifelong love for learning. Through a creative curriculum approach; a happy and confident child, is a successful one. Since first moving to Thailand in 2006, my family and I are no strangers to the Thai culture and way of life. Both of my children were born in Thailand and are both very happy at HeadStart. They enjoy the range of learning experiences on offer and thrive in the After School Programmes on offer. As a family we all enjoy a range of activities from cycling to swimming to exploring and traveling around such a beautiful and diverse country. This year I will be based in Foundation and am looking forward to getting to know all the new families and supporting the children in their learning journey through HeadStart and beyond.


Eco Bricks Update

Trash Hero came into school over the weekend, they weighed, packed and posted over 100 Eco bricks to the Bamboo School in Kanchanaburi to help with their school construction project. It was very pleasing to see the first batch of bricks being boxed up and ready for shipping. However, not all bricks have made the grade and have fallen short of the required weight. Trash Hero have sent a reminder that as the bricks will be used for construction, they do need to be packed solidly. The weight needs to be a minimum of 400g. Our appeal is due to end at the end of November, the last class for Ecobricks will be on November 23rd when we do a final count, pack and post. We are asking all parents and students to ensure their bricks are packed solidly so they can be used for the project.

As we have a number of Ecobricks left in school, we will be working with some students and volunteer parents to help pack out our remaining bricks with soft plastic. We are asking for donations of plastic carry bags and anyone with some spare time on their hands to come and get involved for our last push on the project. Thanks for your continued support, please contact [email protected] if you would like to donate time or plastic.


Eco Garden

This week the Eco Garden Team built a hydroponic tower garden. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil by using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. The tower garden has been put up in a sunny spot in the Primary Playground, and is a vertical hydroponic growing system. We planted some curly kales, eggplants, basil, tomatoes and many more. The machine supplies water to the plants in order for them to grow quickly. The adults added some fertilizers to help it grow healthier. We also met Mr Jeff who brought in the tower garden. His friend is the one who designed this amazing machine. We are looking forward to these plants growing some vegetables and fruits very soon.

By Primary Eco Club and Garden Team (Megan, Angela and Beer)

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David Pollicutt

Head of English and Humanities
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My name is David and I am new to 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.


Why Study English at A-Level?

Unfortunately, I have inherited the tiniest cohort of English Literature A-Level students in 2018-19; five girls in Year 13 and a lonely duo in the year below. This really is a crying shame, as I feel the subject offers so much reward and embeds so many skills in young people. With this in mind, I feel compelled to dispel some commonly held myths about studying English at A-Level, which are shared by many parents and students alike.

1) English Literature is irrelevant

Horribly untrue. Perhaps in the most dunderheaded, literalist view of the subject, one can scrape out a flaccid kernel of veracity to this inasmuch as, yes, people do not walk around quoting Shakespeare and Chaucer.

A rusty moped and a new Mercedes will both take you to Phang-Nga, but how would you prefer to travel?

English Literature develops in students not the ability to speak in English, but the consideration of how that communication takes place. Shades of meaning, irony, rhetoric- all are investigated and nurtured in the course. Especially in the multi-platform social media age we now inhabit, clarity and control of communication are vital, and no other subject better prepares students with these skills.

Furthermore, we are all humans, and as such subject to the panoply of human emotions: love, hatred, jealousy, ambition and so on. It is through the study of literature that we better understand ourselves and the world around us.

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2) English Literature is Anglo-centric

Here, the problem lies with the word (damn those words and their pesky associations). The active word in the course should be considered ‘literature’, not ’ English’. True, some of the texts come from England, but many of the others come from all over the world , and from various time periods. The study of English is not a Little Englander’s attempt to get students to subscribe to a myopic world view of cucumber sandwiches and cups of tea.

3) I want to study Science at University and my University will look negatively at my studying of English Literature.

Nope. Non. Nein. Universities are increasingly looking for students who have a breadth of experiences and skills sets and have not been funnelled down a narrow path from the age of 16. Studying English (or any subject in the Arts and Humanities) shows universities that the applicant has many strings to their bows and will not sit in their room for three years looking at a computer and eating cup noodles.

4) English Literature won’t help me get a job

Ah, young Jedi, your path to the dark side of wrongness is now complete. Again, this is untrue. Just look at the skills acquired, developed and polished in the study of English literature and the writing of essays. It’s almost as if Benjamin Bloom wrote his taxonomy with the subject in mind. Where else do students get to analyse, evaluate, synthesise sophisticated information? This results in the intellectual equivalent of alchemy : creating something from nothing.

I would challenge any parents in managerial positions not to want an employee in their organisation who embodies the skills learnt in English lessons: a creative, articulate, analytical and empathetic individual.

Year 11s will shortly be making their decisions about what to study after their IGCSEs. Given what you have just read, I hope that many of them consider studying English Literature at A-Level . I am happy to speak to students and parents about the course, as is any English teacher in the faculty.

I can promise students a stimulating and well supported two years of studying in which we will do our best to open their minds and souls to new intellectual, and dare I say, spiritual experiences.

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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]


Sports Department News

What’s Coming Up?

Next week will be the PISAC Football Tournaments. Here’s the details -

  • Thursday, 15th November: Primary School 3:00 to 6:00pm. U9 boys and U9 girls, U11 boys and U11 girls at Thanyapura/UWCT

  • Friday, 16th November: Secondary School 3:30 to 6:00pm. U13/15 girls: HeadStart / U13 boys: KIS / 15O boys: Thanyapura/UWCT

HeadStart are hosting the U13/15 Girls competition and everyone is welcome to come and watch!


Swimming

Over the weekend, the Aqua Panthers had some fantastic races! Several teams competed at the first Thanyapura Open League meet. Currently we are placed 2nd and hoping to gain more momentum by the next league meet on March 3rd. We had several outstanding swims on Saturday! Huge shout out to those who broke some team records!

Previous Records New Records
Previous Record for 200 Back New Record for 200 Back
Emmie Parsons- 3:02.06 Sasha Syrkina- 3:01.43
Previous record for 100 Free New Record for 100 Free
Dima Golansky- 1:30.28 Anton Solnyshko- 1:25.44
Previous Record for 50 Breast New Record for 50 Breast
Michael McLean- 41.89 Michael McLean- 40.38
Previous Record for 50 Breast New Record for 50 Breast
Lisa Kim- 40.73 Lisa Kim- 39.96

Top point earners from the weekend were:

Points Name

75 Anton Solnyshko,

65 Nazar Zakharov

63 Michael McLean

58 Shane Walters

56 Armin Schmid

50 Artem Kiselev

43 Kirill Kochetkov

41 Cameron Smith

39 Sean Corley

35 Min Kyu Song

30 Callum Smith

Points Name

66 Lisa Kim

65 Yejin Lee

63 Nae Nae Poudyel

59 Anna Meakin

59 Sasha Syrkina

57 Jiraya Prieur

56 Natasha Chaloemtoem

33 Fleur Sauter/Masson

28 Regina Lee

20 India Smuthkochorn

20 Vitalina Oshchepkova

Our next competition will be the last for 2018! We will be taking 34 qualifiers to the Bangkok Patana Feeding Frenzy meet in Bangkok December 7-9. Thank you for all your support!


Volleyball

Two of our Volleyball seniors squads traveled to Kajonkiet on Tuesday for the PISAC Volleyball tournament (HeadStart / Kajonkiet / UWCT). The Panthers played exceptionally well, winning all of their games, and I’m delighted to announce that HeadStart Team 2 finished in 1st place and HeadStart Team 1 finished in 2nd place (six team tournament). This was the inaugural competition, and I can definitely see it happening again in the future.

Team Game 1 Games 2 Game 3 Total Place
KIS 1 24 7 18 49 5
KIS 2 14 8 9 31 6
UWCT 1 17 25 25 67 3
UWCT 2 25 8 20 53 4
HSIS 1 22 25 25 72 2
HSIS 2 25 25 25 75 1

Secondary Art and Academic competition 2018

On the 29-30th of October, HeadStart students took part in the Secondary Phuket Art and Academic competition 2018. There were over 26 secondary schools from Phuket competing. Congratulations to these following students for their success as well a big thank you to the teachers for their dedication in training the students this year.

Thai Etiquette Competition: Pailin, Year 10, won gold prize. Tangton, Year 10, won gold prize.

Thai Essay Writing: Aorn, Year 11, won silver prize

Singing Contest (Thai Royal Music): Nutcha, Year 10, won gold prize

Singing Contest (English Song): Nutcha, Year 10, won gold prize


Science faculty Week

Here are some of the amazing photos as the entire school celebrated the wonders of our Universe during science week! For a full album, head over to the HeadStart Facebook page!


Student News

Early Years students enjoyed learning about colours. We played games, read, watched and made the rainbow fish story. By Kru Sue

Reception blue played a game of boys vs girls. They sat back to back and the teacher called out a tricky word. The first one to write it correctly got a point. They had a lot of fun racing each other with their writing and are improving their tricky word vocabulary. By Ms Candice Smithie

Reception blue had a Teddy bears picnic today. We described our teddies to our friends, played hide and seek and musical Teddy bears. We also took them for playtime in the play centre. We had so much fun learning with our teddies today! By Ms Candice Smithie

Here are some pictures of Year 1 Blue learning how to use Base 10 to represent numbers. They were so confident! I was very impressed. By Ms Lucie Bevins

This week we celebrated ‘National Unity Day’ in Russia. The children created posters showing their love for their country. By Ms Alina Platkova

Year 2 Yellow and White had a great time visiting Phuket Bird Park this week. They saw lots of interesting birds and learnt about where they come from. They took part in a Bird Show where they saw some very clever parrots and Yuri was given a painting painted by an artistic parrot! By Ms Annie Cusworth

Year 3 Students have learned the ae สระแอ vowel and they enjoyed making ae vowel cards. By Kru Bo

Year 4 Blue went on their field trip this week. We went to Ao Yon beach where the children worked tirelessly cleaning it up. They were shocked at the amount of plastic bottles, bags etc that was ruining this beautiful beach. It looked a lot better by the time we left. Well done Year 4 Blue. By Mrs Cunningham

Year 5 have been composing and performing a short piece inspired by pictures of water images. They did a great job using all the different elements of music to create some lovely musical soundscapes. The other groups in their class had to guess which picture their composition represented and they could all tell which one it was. Well done year 5! By Ms Alex Holmes

Year 5 students have learnt about how to use บัน(ban) words and made their own colourful บัน (ban) word wheel for reviewing. By Kru Fon

Last week Y8 traveled to Phuket Old Town for a tour of the old architecture and to get a sense of its history. Pupils completed a treasure map quiz, searching for prominent landmarks as they walked; one landmark in particular being the Blue Elephant Restaurant, which is in one of the best preserved old buildings in town and used to be the the Phuket Governor’s house. After a well needed rest in the grounds of the restaurant, pupils then had a tour of Phuket Thai Hua School Museum. This school was set up for the children of Chinese immigrants in the early days of Phuket Town which gave the pupils an insight into how the education system used to be here. By Ms Samantha Gill

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David Pollicutt

Head of English and Humanities
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My name is David and I am new to 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.

Year 11 Language and Literature

In order to prepare IGCSE students for the demands of the First Language English examination, Year 11 Language and Literature students have been practising their summarising, one of the skills assessed in Paper 2.

Here, the keys to success lie in identifying the relevant parts of an unseen text; using synonyms to show understanding and an ability to phrase in one’s own words; and writing concisely.

Therefore, students were set the task of summarising well- known narratives into no more that 100 words. As you can see below, some made it, some were a touch over, yet all showed progress in their ability to write succinctly. Have a read and enjoy. If you think it’s easy, have a go at doing it yourself!


Harry Potter By Charlie Suzuki (78 words)

Harry Potter, an unusual boy lives with his evil uncle, is discovered and accompanied to a witchcraft school called Hogwarts by a giant named Hagrid. This is where they teach magic and witchery and is where he comes to the realization that his parents were killed by a malevolent wizard Voldemort and leaving him with a permanent scar on his forehead. With Ron and Hermione, who are friends he finds at Hogwarts, he defeats Voldemort after various quests.

Aladdin (Disney version) By Ben Caspi (108 words)

Aladdin, considered a street rat, becomes friends with princess Jasmine before being taken in by the guards and only saved from execution by Jaffar who tells him to the lamp from the cave of wonders and to touch nothing else. Aladdin’s pet monkey, Abu, touches a gem and the cave collapses. Aladdin rubs the lamp and finds a genie inside. The genie gives him 3 wishes but Aladdin tricks the genie into freeing him without a wish. He uses his first wish to turn into ‘Prince Ali’, his second wish to receive a magical flying carpet, and his third wish to set the genie free in the end.

Noah and the flood By Suphatchaya Phewngam (95 words)

God found out how sinful the world has become and therefore wiped away all living things with a disastrous flood. The only righteous man, Noah, was told by God to build a ship for pairs of living organisms and load it with every kind of food for survival during the flood. After chosen animals entered the ark, a massive rain started and create flood over the earth and everything outside died out. The ark sat on Ararat mount for 8 months before all water dried out and all livings are invited out of the ark.

Lord of the Rings By Elizaveta Stashevskaia (110 words)

A hobbit, creature similar to a human, finds a ring, the most powerful weapon in the world of Middle Earth. An evil god desperately attempts to reclaim the ring and bind middle earth to his sadistic rule. The hobbit, accompanied by representatives of all the races of middle earth, goes on a thrilling quest to the only place where it can be destroyed: a mountain in the middle of the dark realm. The journey takes almost a year but after many battles and deaths, the hobbit destroys the ring saving middle earth. The ring’s impact on the hobbit cannot be undone so he leaves Middle Earth never to return again.

Hansel & Gretel By Alexander Ogay (91 words)

There lived a woodcutter’s family, the children were called Hansel and Gretel. Famine came, and to survive, the stepmother decided to bring the children into the woods leaving them. The next morning, not remembering how to get back home, the children walked until they found a candy house, after eating the roof, a witch walked out saying she will care for them, but she enslaved Gretel and locked up Hansel, after Gretel pushed the witch into the oven, she rescued Hansel and left back into the woods finding their way home.


HeadStart students pushing themselves to complete the many top rope and boulder challenges at REBEL Rock Climbing. There are still places available for students who wish to join, including any Year 6 students! Please contact Mr Lamprell for further details by writing to [email protected]

House News

This week’s house competitions were skill related fitness challenges that tested students’ flexibility, coordination, reaction time and balance. After over 50 attempts, by students from years 1-6, the Yellow Cheetahs were awarded 1st place overall. Here are some photos of students competing in the flexibility challenge:

The current house point totals are:

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