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Weekly Update #32, 31 May, 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
3-5 June 3 days English & Humanities Faculty Week In school
04 June All day Dress as a Historical Figure Day -
07 June - Last day of free ASP programmes -
08 June 4:30-8:00pm End of year Dance Recital Sports Hall
12 June 4:30pm Sports Awards Ceremony Sports Hall
14 June 6:00pm Prom Ramada Hotel
17-18 June 8:00am-3:00pm Year 11-13 Camping Trip Borsaen Villa & Spa
19 June TBA House winner’s prize TBA
20 June 4:00-5:00pm Ballet recital: Pinnocchio TBA
21 June - Last day of fee paying ASPs  
22 June 9:00am Saturday Thai Culture Club TBA
24 June 8:30am Primary Awards Ceremony Sports Hall
24 June 1:00pm Secondary Awards/Y13 Graduation Ceremony Sports Hall
25 June 8:30am reception Graduation Ceremony Sports Hall
25 June 12:00pm House Captain’s Last Supper Conference Room
26 June All day Activity day In school
27 June All day Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) In classes
28 June All day First day of Summer holidays -

Meeting Invitation

HeadStart School proudly invites you to the public launch of our U- Prep (University Placement Service) and BTEC (alternative to A Level) programmes. The event will take place in school on Thursday 6th June form 8:15 - 9:30am. The launch event will be a great opportunity for those parents who have not attended our U Prep Talks previously or BTEC launch last Tuesday to find out about these exciting developments at HeadStart that will start in August 2019. Below are some more details about these opportunities.


No Single-Use Plastic Day

In order to make one last push on House Points we will be encouraging a No - Single - Use - Plastic - Day throughout the school day on Friday 7 June. This is also helps to raise awareness in support of World Oceans Day, which takes place on the Saturday 8 June. As well as there being a number of talks, presentations and beach clean ups around the island, HeadStart will be offering 2 House Points for every snack box which is free of single use plastic. To boost the House points, children must show their snack boxes to their teachers during morning time. Snack boxes that are free of straws, and plastic food wrap will earn extra points for their teams!

Prom 2019 News

On the 14th of June the Secondary students will have an end of year party at the Ramada Hotel on Chao Fah road, which is a two minute drive from the school going South. This year the theme is Hollywood! Dress to impress! There will be a photo booth, live Djs, food & drink as well as games and prizes to be won!

  • 06:00pm- Arrivals & registration: make your way to the ballroom on the 7th floor.
  • 08:30pm Year 7-9 students are picked up by parents from the ballroom on the 7th floor.
  • 10:00pm Year 10-13 departures.

Guests of HeadStart students are welcome to join at an additional cost of 1,000 Baht but must provide full name and contact details to Khun Sa, Secondary Secretary, by Wednesday, 12 June. Students being picked up by other parents and going for sleep overs should inform their homeroom teachers beforehand via email or in person.

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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!


Year 11-13 “Relax and Refresh” Trip

This year the Year 11-13 students and teachers will going to Bor Saen Villas in Phang Nga for our residential “Relax and Refresh” trip on the 17-18th of June. Students will undertake some team building exercises and will also be building on existing relationships and making new friends in anticipation of Year 11 joining the existing Year 12 Students in the Sixth Form, and as Year 13 get ready to leave HeadStart. There is no additional cost for this trip.

Please note that this year’s trip will include activities involving water and other adventurous activities, and your child will be staying in a villa that has a swimming pool that will not be supervised by a lifeguard. Students will be given instructions about safety around swimming pools and water-based activities which they will need to follow for the entirety of the trip.

Please confirm your child’s attendance by signing and returning the slip emailed out to parents. Hard copies can be physically returned to the Sixth Form office, or you can email the form and reply to ,[email protected] in the Sixth Form office. Please return these to the Sixth Form Office or their homeroom teacher by Friday 24th May 2019.

We expect that all students in Year 11, 12 and 13 will participate in this important trip. However should your son/daughter not be attending please still fill in the section on the slip stating they will not be going. Students not attending the trip will have no timetabled provision in school for these two days. Once we receive confirmation of attendance, a medical form and further details about the activities will be sent to students and parents.

Annual Sports Awards 2019

Our annual Sports Awards ceremony will take place on 12 June between 4:30-6:00pm in the Sports Hall. This event is open to parents who have children in any of the sports academies or sports teams. Specific invites have been sent out to those required to attend. You are requested to dress formally. Food and beverages will be made available. As always, it promises to be a fun end of year celebration and we hope you can make it. If you are unable to attend, please inform the coach/es directly.

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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.


English and Humanities Faculty Week: 4th-7th June

Well, it’s here. Like a fine wine, the English and Humanities Faculty has been maturing in its complexity throughout the year. We have used the fecund terroir of our teachers’ minds to present a case of full -bodied goodness to the HeadStart Community! There is so much going on next week and I hope you can come in and be a part of it.

We kick off with a bang on Tuesday, with History Dress- Up Day- I look forward to seeing students arrive in school dressed as figures from History. Most teachers have been keeping their costumes a closely guarded secret but the rumour mill has been working overtime; whispers intimate that Mr. Drew will be donning the garb of the Iceni Queen Boudicea; online chatter reports that Kru Sue will use her panoply of sunglasses to transform into Jacke O. Who knows!? On Tuesday we will find out and Mr. Cramp will be awarding prizes to the best dressed individuals on that day. 20 Baht entrance- all monies going to the fundraiser (more details on this below)!

The atrium will be awash all week with games, competitions and displays; come and gaze at the splendour of Mr. Paice’s ‘Books in Jar’, or test your mental and verbal dexterity in ‘Just a Minute!’ Primary specific activities are on the Second and Third Floor and Secondary on the Fourth. All games offer challenge, fun and, of course, exciting prizes. Yeas 7 and 8 cannot even control their excitement and will be coming into Years 3 and 4 English lessons on Wednesday to teach them Poetry and Short Stories from Africa!

And Africa is indeed a unifying theme to the week; from Wednesday, Year 9 and Geography come to the fore, with students leading the school in various fund raising activities to help raise awareness and money for victims of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi, Madagasgar and Zimbabwe. So, a week with social conscience, challenge and no small amount of fun? Are you ready to drink it up? Watch the Reading Photograph Competition Video we compiled to help get you in the mood.


Book Title Guessing Game

One of the many exciting events which will be taking place next month during the English and Humanities Faculty Week is a competition in which cryptic clues need to be decoded in order for people to identify the well know book title. I say ‘people,’ as this competition is one with a twist; it is also open to parents as well as HeadStart students. I won’t deny it; it’s very challenging. Some come on parents, can you rise to the challenge? Consider my gage thrown down!

Here are the clues below. They will also be on display next week by the main entrance to school and throughout Faculty Week in the same place. You can also pick up an answer sheet there. Of course, there are wonderful prizes on offer for students and parents alike. Get in your completed (or even partially completed) answer sheets to me by the 7th June to stand a chance of winning one!

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Rebecca Barker

Geography Teacher
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My name is Rebecca Barker and I am a Geography teacher from the UK. I have a first class degree in Human Geography and am currently in the process of finishing a Master Degree from UCL. Education is my passion and I really enjoy being able to extend my own learning alongside teaching. I studied for my PGCE as part of an organisation called Teach First which works with schools in deprived areas of the UK. This really opened my eyes to some of the issues that young people face, and further strengthened my desire to work in education. I love my subject and am truly dedicated to helping students to learn how to navigate and understand the world. I am looking forward to returning to HeadStart after a fantastic summer traveling through Malaysia and Indonesia. Travel is a great passion of mine and I look forward to going on lots more adventures this year. As well as travel, I have many other passions; last year I took up diving and I now have my advanced qualification. I also love hiking climbing and hope to be able to make the most of all of the exciting landscapes here in Thailand! I am excited to share all of my experiences from the summer and get back to teaching the brilliant students at HeadStart!


Year 9 Fundraiser–Get Involved!

It’s finally here! English and Humanities Faculty Week will be kick started on Tuesday 4th June with lots of exciting events throughout each school day. The faculty team have been working very hard to create lots of fun things for all ages to try and we can’t wait to see you all getting stuck in!

Some may call me biased, but I have been particularly excited about the project that the Year 9 students have been working on. For several weeks, the students have dedicated their time to planning and creating a huge range of fundraising activities to raise money for an amazing cause; UNICEF have launched an appeal to aid the people effected by Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth which hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe last month. The people of these African Nations have been left without basic supplies, shelter and access to healthcare or education.

The Year 9’s will be running events such as bake sales, a vintage sale, sports competitions and even a disco for you to enjoy and, most importantly, to raise money to help the UNICEF appeal in Africa. Any support, whether it be a donation of clothes to the vintage sale or purchasing a chocolate brownie at break time, will help to change someones life for the better.

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Asa Sanderson

Head Football Coach
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#Sports Department News

Football News

PISAC Tournament on 29th May, 2019

Under 9 Boys

The Under 9 Boys followed their excellent performance against BCIS last Friday with a mixed display at the PISAC tournament. HeadStart took a large group of players to the tournament due to the popularity of the Under 9s Football Academy. In future tournaments, HeadStart will consider taking two teams to the tournaments. Elliot and Nathee carried out the coaches instructions particularly well and are growing with each game.

Under 11 Boys

The Under 11 boys played three games in the PISAC tournament this week. After a disappointing start to the afternoon, the team recovered well to finish strongly. This week, the team learned that they need to develop their technical skills when controlling the ball in the air to compete against more advanced teams. The group also recognise that there is significant room for improvement in the teams preparations for matches. The players need to use less energy during the school day, hydrate well and have snacks at the tournaments if they want to perform well in matches. The team worked hard at times in the tournament, recovering well when possession was lost. Well done guys!

Under 11 & 13 Girls

Both under 11 and 13 girls teams were in action this week at BIS for the final PISAC tournament of the year. The girls have worked amazing hard all year and while the results didn’t go their way on the day, coaches and teachers from other schools complimented the girls on how much they have improved throughout the season. Special shout of to Mika Caspi for a great goal and a crazy celebration. Good luck for next year girls, you deserve every bit of success.

Under 13 Boys

The Under 13s played three games in a mini league format where the top two teams qualify for the finals at the PISAC tournament this week. In difficult weather conditions, HeadStart found a way to get good results in all the matches ensuring they qualified for the final. Unfortunately the final was cancelled due to poor weather conditions but the group were pleased with the progress they made. HeadStart competed well physically after a slow start to the afternoon. Tactically, the players adopted a range of formations depending on the stage of the game. HeadStart responded very well to set backs, staying positive and working hard to overcome difficult challenges. This was great to see and a real improvement from the previous PISAC event. The team captain, Krit has had a big impact on the team in difficult situations with players encouraging and motivating each other.

In this competition, HeadStart learnt that they need to prepare for each game thoroughly, be competitive from the start and work hard defensively. Nicholas worked particularly hard in this competition, his efforts were an example to the group whilst Lukas continues to use his long shots well to provide a constant threat.

Over 15 Boys

The over 15 boys played against KIS in a home fixture this week. The group were physically and technically more developed than their opponents and took responsibility for themselves well on the pitch. The teams preparations for the matches and training requires significant development to ensure HeadStart International School are represented in the best possible way at all times. All players are required to wear the full kit, bring shin pads, drinks, snacks and to arrive at least thirty minutes before fixtures. Moving forward these are the minimum expectations required in the academy. Natasha was an excellent example to the group whilst Alex demonstrated good leadership skills in the game - well done guys, great work.

This was coach Eric’s final game with the group that he has led so well. Everyone at HeadStart would like to thank Coach Eric for his professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm since working at HeadStart. Good luck coach!

Under 15 Girls Football Tournament

With all the year 10 students not taking part due to exams, we were very short on numbers and could only field 7 players. This meant no substitutions and so no time to rest! The first game was against KIS. The girls started off low in confidence due to the size of their squad compared to their opponents, however it didn’t take them long to play to their strengths and settle into the game. The match was very evenly fought with both sides creating chances to score but with a corner in our favour Tess managed to place the ball perfectly into the box for Salina to direct into the goal. Despite KIS ramping up the pressure, HeadStart managed to hand onto their 1-0 lead to win the game.

Their next game against UWCT was just as tough but yet again with the opportunity of corner the girls took advantage to take a 1-0 lead. Both teams continued to apply pressure but it was UWCT that managed to find a gap in HeadStarts defence to bring the score line back to a draw.

After a round robin the final was between HeadStart and UWCT. Myself and Mr Carter were on the edge of seats for the entire game. The two sides both fought incredibly hard right to the final whistle and despite chances from Tess and Sonya the game ended in a draw. This meant sudden death penalties. Sonya stepped up to go in goal and Lucy hammered home our first penalty shortly followed by Sonya and with UWCT missing their second HeadStart were crowned 2019 PISAC football champions.


Student News

Secondary Student of the Month Awards

English Yingge Liu 8 White
History Anna-Mali Hull 10 Blue
Maths Boodin Battle 8 White
Business Elizaveta Zadirako Year 12
I.C.T. Matteo Brisacq 10 White
D.T. Innes Alexander 10 White
Biology Esther Herbold 10 Blue
Thai Dayu Kim 8 Yellow
Chemistry Chanattha Sinsawaiphol 10 Yellow
French Esther Herbold 10 Blue
Physics Nicole Teo 10 Yellow
Mandarin Nicholas Gold 10 White
Geography Esther Herbold 10 Blue
Music Alicia Bammerlin 10 White
Art Elizaveta Lebedeva 7 Blue
P.E. Matteo Brisacq 10 White
EAL Yuxuan Zhang 9 Yellow
Drama Kalyakorn Limcharoen 10 Blue
Russian Valeriya Sirotinina 8 White

This week Year 1 Blue traveled to South Korea and thanks to Mrs Park we got to try some delicious Korean food. We also learnt about Taekwondo and Jiwoo showed us how to tie the belt properly. We found out about Korean animals and even did some dancing to ‘Gangnam Style!’ It was fantastic fun! We cannot wait for next week when we travel to Turkey!

Year 1 Yellow have has the most incredible time travelling lately. We traveled to Japan and what an eventful time we had there, experience all things Japanese! The children learnt all about the art of origami, had a go at painting calligraphy, created a flag, played a very funny traditional Japanese game, tried on Japanese dress, learnt exciting facts and of course tried lots of delicious Japanese food - which was an absolute hit with the children and the teachers alike! We had some special parents helpers in class too which was so exciting and made the day extra informative. We also had a guest visit from Miss Saki who impressed the children with her origami skills! After that, we made a swift move to Australia and wow, we certainly enjoyed our time down under! Not only did we get to learn all about the amazing animals there are in Australia, we also got to explore beautiful landmarks, sing lovely songs and try some truly delicious Australian food! Children enjoyed creating their own boomerangs but mostly enjoyed the pop quiz at the end where they had the chance to win Australia-patterned balloons. Be sure to ask our class how to do Australian accents as I am sure they will be more than happy to wish you a, “good day, mate!” A wonderful time all around. Next stop…Turkey!’ By Ms Charlotte Myers

Reception Yellow love learning about Pirates! They have been great at solving problems in Maths and recording their own addition and subtraction number sentences. In Literacy the children made ‘Wanted’ posters for the naughty pirates after they stole our class teddy! They also wrote letters to the pirates (a message in a bottle) to ask for Cocoa back. The children have been creative in their art work and produced some lovely Pirate flags and treasure maps. Well done Reception Yellow! By Ms Hannah Kuusik

Students for Key Stage 1 and 2 have been working with donated plastic items to create sculptures of sea creatures that will go on display for World Ocean Day to help raise awareness of the effects of plastic pollution on marine life. Students have also been working with Oceans for All to design Artwork for their upcoming book, Artwork to be displayed soon. By Ms Jody Leow

This term the Eco Club tried their hand at growing some fruits. They planted passion fruit, mulberry and melon and although the passion fruit and mulberry did produce flowers and fruits, sadly birds may have got to the fruits before they had a chance to grow and ripen. However this week the Eco Club were extremely pleased with their single harvest of Galia Melon. The melon was cut and prepared yesterday, and the fruit enjoyed by the whole team. The abundance of new seeds were replanted in the hope of an abundant harvest in the near future. Well done to our Primary gardeners for their patience and enthusiasm. By Ms Fiona Scott


Healthy Treats Now in School Coffee Shop

Hello! My name is Alexandra and my son Elijah, goes to HeadStart.

Elijah likes cookies and candies - just like every other child. And as a parent I am concerned about the availability of addictive, commercial products affecting the minds and bodies of our younger generation. To help combat this, I have created a line of healthy treats now available in the school cafeteria. Free tasting at school, coming soon… keep reading.

Most people know that white sugar is highly addictive and linked with high rates of diabetes and obesity in Asia. Thailand in fact, now has the worst obesity rate in South East Asia, with children aged four to 10 consuming twice as much sugar as recommended and teenagers consuming three times as much.

I believe our kids are our future, and nourishing them with tasty nutritious, wholesome food is a wise move. This is one of the main reasons I created Healthy Treats that you can now find in the cafeteria. To enjoy some free samples, and ask me any questions, mark your calendar:

Free Healthy Treats Tasting on Tuesday, 4th June between 3.20 - 4.40 p.m. in the School Coffee Shop.

I look forward to meeting and talking with you on Tuesday - come and say Hello and enjoy some Healthy Treats!

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