Weekly Update #33, 7 June, 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
|08 June||4:30-8:00pm||End of year Dance Recital||Sports Hall|
|12 June||4:30pm||Sports Awards Ceremony||Sports Hall|
|14 June||6:00-10:00pm||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||8:30-9:30am||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|
Celebrating HeadStart’s 10 Year Anniversary
HeadStart’s 10 year anniversary celebration will take place this coming Monday, 10 June between 2:00-3:00pm and we would be honoured to celebrate with you! The day will start with a speciallly themed assembly on the astro pitch at 8:00am followed by classes as usual. Starting at 2:00pm, there will be complimentary food & drinks, a photo booth and lots of things to do and see.
Check out the map below for an idea of what is on offer.
Due to this being an all school event, parents of children in Foundation & Primary are requested to collect their children at 2:00pm from their Homerooms, after which you are invited to visit the activity stations around school.
Secondary students are invited to participate in the event independently. Parents of Secondary age children should be aware that students will be out of classes starting at 2:00pm.
The school buses and paid ASPs will run as usual.
A big thank you to all who turned up to the BTEC launch meeting. We hope that the information passed on was helpful. If you were not able to attend, have a look at the BTEC launch meeting information below.
As always, you are invited to contact the Head of Sixth Form, Ms Gemma Caines, by visiting her or writing to [email protected] if you have questions or require further assistance.
The end of this academic year is fast approaching. Please bring back library books that you have borrowed between the 10-14 of June or earlier. There will be no student, staff & parents loans in the last two weeks of term in order for us to account for the books and prepare orders for next year.
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!
Sports Department News
On Saturday 1st June, our amazing Aqua Panthers finished out our regular season strong at the final Thanyapura Open League! This was the third in a series of meets that started in November. Overall, our team placed 2nd with a total of 4,085.50 points! Though we had several amazing swims, we have a special congratulations to those who placed top 3 in their age groups! Those swimmers are:
- Anton Solnyshko- 1st place 8 & under category
- Yejin Lee- 3rd place 9-10 category
- Michael McLean- 2nd 11-12 category
- Anna Meakin- 3rd place 13-14 category
- Shane Walters- 3rd place 15-18 category
- Nazar Zakharov- 1st place 15-18 category
- Lisa Kim- 1st place 18 & over category
I am so proud of our team and very happy with our results! Our final meet of the season will be for those who qualified for the Neo Garden Singapore Championships on 19-22 June.
This week the teams have been trying a few new approaches to training. When players first arrive, they start to play small sided matches. This has helped to ensure any ‘lag’ time waiting for all the players to arrive is avoided whilst making sure all players are actively engaged from the minute they get to the session.
Players have also started working in small groups that are relevant to their own stage of development rather than just their age. This has helped to ensure low coach to player ratios of around 1:6 and has allowed the coaches to plan sessions that are directly relevant to that groups level. We are expecting this to significantly impact on player satisfaction, development and enjoyment.
If parents have any pictures of training or matches from the season, please forward them to Coach Ace so they can be shared in Newsletters and in the presentation evening. The picture below was taken after HeadStart’s match with King George IV from Hong Kong. HeadStart put in a strong display against a tough opposition, well done guys!
Hi, my name is Rich and I’ve been teaching History at HeadStart International School for three years. Previously, I was an English and History teacher at Bromsgrove International School in Bangkok. My experience as an English and History teacher in international schools, along with a strong EAL background, has given me the tools to effectively teach students of differing abilities from all over the world. I am also in a position to empathise with international school students, having been one myself (I spent my first 12 years in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan). As HeadStart’s History teacher, I will ensure that students not only access the History curriculum, but do so in a lively, engaged classroom that inspires a love of history while developing their knowledge and history skills, such as interpreting sources and presenting coherent arguments. My philosophy is that every student has a potential that must be nurtured and encouraged. I do this by trying to instil a sense of personal connection or relevance to the historical topic, which in turn ignites his or her curiosity and motivation. In an increasingly globalised world, it is essential that students understand, and connect, to the issues we currently face by understanding how they came to be in the first place. This, along with the skills they learn, they can become truly equipped for new and future challenges. Apart from teaching, other passions include environmental activism (I help organise Trash Hero Phuket’s beach cleans), music (listening and composing), travel and being a consistently disappointed Tottenham Hotspur fan. To be able to live near the coast and teach a subject I’m so passionate about is fantastic. My wife and I are enjoying teaching and living in Phuket, especially because the lifestyle here gives our two children an opportunity to grow up in the great outdoors.
English & Humanities Faculty Week News
As part of the English and Humanities Faculty Week many students came in dressed as a historical figure! We were very impressed with the effort put in by those students who came in all dressed up and are happy to announce the winners for Primary and Secondary. The decisions were based on presenation but, most importantly, the effort that went into making these (pictures below). Thank you very much to all the parents that helped along the way, we appreciate it, especially as you have helped us raise more money for our fundraiser.
1st prize winners will get one year’s subscription to the award winning documentary channel Curiosity Stream with 2nd and 3rd prizes receiving book tokens.
- 1st prize: Isabelle Westlie and Libbie Wisnia (Year 5 Yellow). Both came as the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
- 2nd: Zishan Ding in Year 4 White who came as “Brainbox” Albert Einstein.
- 3rd: Skye Bruce in Year 1 Yellow who came as the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.
- 1st prize: Giacomo Solaroli in Year 9 Blue who came as a Crusader and Yan Pintusov in Year 7 Yellow who came as The Last Samurai.
- 2nd: Carry Zhang in Year 9 Blue who came as a Spartan soldier.
- 3rd: Keira Brain and Juliette Guillerey (Year 9 Blue and Yellow) who came as Cleopatra.
Well done to those students and thank you again for your efforts!
As part of the English Faculty Week, students from Year 7 and 8 have been working with students in Years 3 and 4 to produce tableaux based on African poems and short stories. The level of maturity and sense of cooperation from all students was a delight to behold. Both sets of students learnt a lot, not only in terms of taking collaborative, active approaches to texts, but also about themselves and how to communicate effectively. Well done and thanks to all! I hope this is the first of many more join ventures in English across Primary and Secondary.
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.
Foundation Department News
Over the next three weeks our Reception fledglings will be strengthening their wings and preparing to take flight into Primary and leave the Foundation nests! With a mix of excitement and anxiety our Reception children enjoyed their first sample morning in Year 1. They returned later in the morning bursting with stories of fun and adventure. Great job Reception, and a big Thank You to the Year 1 teachers for making their first steps into Primary as comfortable and smooth as possible.
Reception House Challenge
Last week was the last Fun House Challenge for Reception children. They ran, hopped, bounced and skipped their way round the playground obstacles to get as many house points on the board before the winning team is announced in the next couple of weeks. A big well done to the Yellow House winning the challenge. Will it be enough to take the Cheetahs to the top?
Star of The Month Awards
Early Years Congratulations to Natalie, Vivien, Sugar, Anya, Ricky, Tawan, Chloe, Punn, Baikhao and Tyoma for working exceptionally hard during the month May and receiving the Student of the Month award.
Reception Well done to Naomi, Arte, Seraphina, Alex, Thep, Woojin, Jacob, Will, Emelie, napat and Yugeon for all of their hard work and 100% commitment in everything they do. Well done everyone.
The Year 1 students traveled to Thailand and Turkey. So many wonderful parents sent so much food that we had a feast! We also had a lot of fun trying to make Big Buddha with the play dough. It was tricky! We also tried some delicious Turkish bread and dips and we all loved the Turkish Delight. We made some mosaics and learnt all about the beautiful mosques you can visit. Tuana also taught us how to say some Turkish words. By Ms Lucie Bevins
In our Year 3-4 Board Games ASP, some of the children have been getting creative and MAKING board games, not just playing them! They planned their ideas first, thinking of different inspirations (Cluedo, Monopoly and online board games with apps) and then mapped out their ideas. There was a lot of cutting, writing and trial and error involved, but in the end these children made some fantastic games that they can play with their friends and family. Well done! By Ms Saki Shabuya
Year 3 yellow have been studying magnetic forces as one of their Science topics. As part of the experience, the children made their own compass by temporarily magnetising a paperclip then testing if it in deed pointed North. Great fun. By Ms Nicola Fallows
Year 6 have dried off from their fun and slightly damp residential trip week. They spent two days at Borsean Villas where they enjoyed hilarious team building activities, swimming, games and ziplining. The children demonstrated great team work. communication skills and resilience, particularly when a thunder storm hit at approximately 2am. They were all excellently behaved and got stuck in with all the activities despite the heat and the inclement weather conditions. A full album of pictures can be found on the HeadStart Facebook page By Ms Sophie Webb
In order to celebrate the end of the year, as well as the end of our french exams, the French 1st language students made delicious crepes this week. They learned how to make the best batter there could possibly be, and enjoyed a well deserved end of year treat!
Afin de célébrer la fin d’année scolaire, ainsi que la fin des examens de fin d’année, les élèves de français 1re langue ont fait de délicieuses crêpes cette semaine. Ils ont appris à faire la meilleure pâte à crêpe qu’il soit, et on apprécié une récompense bien méritée avec un brin de malice.
Bonne fin de semaine et bon week-end. Monsieur Salmon
The Year 8 ‘Thai First Language’ students joined in a temple clean up at Wat Get-Ho. The students participated well and enjoyed making merit. They helped to clean the temple. By Kru Kan
The Year 8-10 students have been running ‘Youth Volunteer for Society’ projects. They have been making recycled paper medicine bags to donate to hospitals where they are in need of medical supplies in remote areas such as Umphang and Tak province. The students also included messages of inspiration. Well done to all participants. By Kru Kran