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Years 5 and 6 educational journeys

By Mr Martin Hughes

Dear Parents and

Year 5 and 6 Educational Journeys. Throughout the last week and a half the Year 5 and 6 students have been exploring Xi’an with reference to the special resources that attract people to this part of China.  Last Thursday they visited Hua Qing Hot Springs and this week explored the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Tang Paradise.  Throughout our Education Outside of the Classroom programme they have been transported back in time with particular reference to the Tang Dynasty, and the influence of social structures and philosophical beliefs.  This learning feeds into the culmination of the Year 6 PYP experience – the Exhibition.  The International Baccalaureate states:

 “The Primary Years Programme (PYP) exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the PYP and sharing them with the whole school community. As a culminating experience it is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP.”

The students are now preparing to celebrate their learning with you on June 20th at our exhibition.  More details will follow, in time, but so far, it looks like a great concept that the students have come up with!

Mosaic. Some parents are coming in to school to work on the mosaic on Tuesday afternoons – about 1:30-3:30pm.  This will start on Tuesday, 28th May and be every Tuesday from then on.  Please come along and join in the fun and help to produce a major piece of community art for Hanova.

Parent School Association. The next Parent School Association (PSA) meeting is on Thursday, 30th May at 3pm.  The first 30 minutes will be talks from our Primary Years and Middle Years Coordinators.  These will be on the Library and the Report cards for the primary, and on the courses being offered next year and the report cards for the middle years.  These will be followed, as usual, by a review of previous events at the school, plans for the future and a general discussion on school issues that parents might want to raise.

Missing clothes and property. Does losing your child’s uniform, or their lunch box and water bottle frustrate you? Here is a solution for that. One of the parents in our community has recommended  "peel ´n stick" clothing labels products from a company in the Netherlands.  A pack of 36 labels costs about ¥120 including delivery – this is for a single order to the Netherlands so we may be able to get it cheaper with a bulk order.  There are labels for adults and older students and also for younger children. You can type in one or two lines of text and an icon.  There is enough space for long names and a phone number. The labels are 8x2cm or 5x2cm and stay on in the washing machine, dishwasher and microwave – though why you would want to put your clothes in the microwave I am not sure!

They last for a long time and you only need to stick them on clothes or plastics.  I have seen ones still on clothes after 2 years of washing.

You can find out more information on One of our parents has kindly offered to get all the labels delivered to her home in Germany and then bring them here at the start of the school year.  This will reduce the cost of delivery and make it less likely for the labels to go missing in the post. The company will post to China but cannot guarantee how long it will take or whether it will arrive. If you are interested in purchasing labels please see Ms May Liu in the office.

Best regards,

Martin Hughes


Forthcoming events

Friday, 24th                                  Admission Panel meets to consider applications for 2013-14

Friday, 24th Saturday, 25th       Y3 and Y4 trip and overnight stay

Tuesday, 28th                              Mosaic working party for parents 1:30-3:30pm

Tuesday, 28th                              Basketball match (Y7-12) with XIS 1:30-3:30pm

Thursday, 30th                            PSA meeting 3:00-4:30pm

Friday, 31st                                   Offers for school places at Hanova sent to new parents


Tuesday, 2nd                                Mosaic working party for parents 1:30-3:30pm

Friday, 7th                                    Y9-13 Prom at the Kempinski (more information to follow)

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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