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Mission statement and school aims meeting

By Mr Martin Hughes

Dear Parents and

Mission Statement and School Aims Meeting. On Saturday we were fortunate to bring our community together again to brainstorm ideas about our school’s guiding statements (namely our mission statement and vision.) About 30 of our community members (parents, students, support staff, teachers and our Board) reviewed three separate categories with reference to our beliefs, achievements and attitudes at Hanova.  These categories were gleaned from a variety of sources e.g. meetings, parent interviews, student comments.  It was all very enlightening for us all to see how similar our views are!

The next step is to assemble all these ideas together and then to draft our guiding statements.  Once we have had a chance to reflect on all of the comments and suggestions, we will inform you of the draft proposals.

One word that continued to circulate amongst the groups was ‘inspire.’ We are a very fortunate community indeed!

Playgroup. Our first playgroup session at Hanova was a great success, with 13 little ones accompanied by mums, dads, grandparents and ayis. It was wonderful to see the next generation learning how to relate with each other and learn what it is to be in a community.  There was such a positive, friendly atmosphere between all involved. The children enjoyed some playtime together, some tentatively at first. They soon warmed up and participated in some singing and storytelling, an outdoor snack and outdoor play. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it was hard to get them all to leave! They were so excited to be there with the big kids.

We are still looking for donations of toys for the playgroup; these would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Mrs Whitworth - or May Liu - or phone the school if you can support us.

Change of Bus Seating. Just to inform you that we will be changing the bus seating as of Friday.  The students will be given new assigned seats, after school on Friday, and they will use this until we change again in about six-eight weeks.

Best regards,

Natalie O’Connor (for Martin Hughes)


Forthcoming events

Sunday, 24th to Sunday, 31st   Middle and Senior Years educational trip to Thailand

Friday, 19th April                        Sports Day

About the Author

Martin Hughes

Former School Principal

Mr Martin Hughes was the founding Principal of Hanova from 2012-15. Prior to his time at Hanova, he already had 23 years of experience as Principal in the UK and China at five different schools - including posts at Wuxi EtonHouse and EtonHouse's flagship Suzhou school. During his time as founding Principal at Hanova, he helped support the initial IB Diploma Programme authorisation (2014) and used his educational vision to help plant our then brand new school on a firm foundation. Under his leadership, Hanova's motto emerged, "Enabling children to become independent, creative and lifelong learners!"

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