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Hanova to host University Fair, 5th November

By Francesco Masetti-Placci

Dear Parents and friends,

Hereafter the great news related to this past week. We have fantastic results to report to our community and an impressive set of activities, just completed and soon to come. All this shows our effort and commitment to make Hanova an outstanding International School, for the benefit of our entire community.

NHSDLC Debate Conference.  During the weekend of November 5th & 6th, Hanova will host the first NHSDLC Debate Conference organized in Xi’an and Shaanxi province, an event part of a program organized all over China by the National High School Debate League of China (NHSDLC), involving 100+ students who consider English as their Second Language.

The National High School Debate League of China is the biggest foreign language debate league for high school students in China, arranged according to procedures and features of American debate. NHSDLC encourages debate in China, hoping that in the future it will become as popular as in America. In the United States, more than 100,000 students participate in interscholastic debate every year, an excellent platform to show students’ passion and versatility, and a chance for them to lay forth their own worldviews and understand the ideas of others. This is also well in line with Hanova’s education philosophy and with the IB Learner Profile.

This event complements the successful MUN (Model United Nations) activity already launched last year. Many schools from Xi’an and outside Xi’an will participate and it will be a fantastic opportunity for our community to show how great is our school and its students.

We are grateful to Mrs. Masetti ( ), our MUN Director, for the opportunity to host this prestigious event on our campus and to all teachers, members of staff and students volunteers who will provide their effort and time in support of this great event here.

Recent University Visit List.  Universities that have visited us in the past ten days are Blue Mountain International Hotel Management School from Australia, University of Colorado – Boulder, University of Missouri, University of Iowa, and University of Arizona from the US. Y12 student Amee Trull and Kevin Qu were the student ambassadors for these events and they did a great job.

University Fair.  There will be a University and College Fair at 3:00pm on this Saturday (5th November) afternoon with 17 universities from the United States of America. Below is the list of the institutions and for more information please contact our University & Careers Counselor, Ms. Zhu ( ). Everybody is invited, especially senior students and parents. It is a unique opportunity to ask questions about admissions policies and know what these universities may offer.

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • Ball State University
  • North Carolina State
  • Monmouth College
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Central Missouri
  • Kent State University
  • St. Norbert College
  • Gonzaga University
  • SUNY Fredonia
  • SUNY Oswego
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Pace University
  • University of Bridgeport
  • Western New England University
  • Spring International Language Center
  • Millikin University
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmaceutical and Health Science (MCPHS)

SAT Examination.  The SAT exam will be administered this Saturday (5th November) morning at Hanova, we wish all the best to our students whom will be sitting in the exam.

Halloween Celebrations.   Last Friday, 28th October, we had our Halloween celebrations in school., with costumes, parades, activities and parties. Many thanks to all for sending food, showing enthusiasm with costumes, attending the assembly: your contributions are always important to our success and look in our web site for the upcoming photo gallery of the day.

TEDx.  Our Y12 and Y13 students have been involved in the organization of a TEDx event, centered on “Uniformity in Diversity”, which will take place at the Xi’an Art Museum on Saturday 29th October. They have worked with other senior students from other International Schools to launch these new initiatives in Xi’an. Our school will also contribute with a presentation from Dr. Terence Brady, our Special Education Coordinator who is also an Oxford Research Fellow. Special thanks to Collins, Harry and Koray for their time and effort devoted to this successful event.

Sports.  As mentioned in previous newsletters, during October and November the Hanova teams will play and compete in a dense calendar of sport activities and events.

Last Friday 28th October, our Primary Football team played a friendly match at XHIS, winning 2 to 0: congratulations to our team and to the coach Mr. Brown ( ).

This Saturday 5th November, a significant number of teachers and students will participate in the Xi’an City Wall Marathon, a community and athletic event linked to our host city. Please join and support also this initiative and contact Mr. Lynn ( ).

Hanova International Basketball Tournament.  Next weekend, on Saturday 12th November, Hanova will host a Basketball Tournaments, inviting also XIS and XHIS schools. We recently applied for the membership at ACAMIS, to expand our participation to sport leagues – and we are gearing up the activities in Xi’an with all the top schools. Please join, cheer and support our home Heroes team. For more details on this initiative contact Mr. Lynn ( ) and Mr. Chao ( ).

Secondary Parent-Teacher Conference.  On Wednesday 9th November, Secondary School will host the 3-way conference for Parents, Teachers and Students. A dedicated letter will be sent out today to all Secondary parents by our Head of Secondary Mrs. Smith ( ).

Staff Professional Development Days.  This week Primary and Secondary teachers were involved in professional development and curriculum meetings. Thanks for your support allowing our teaching staff to progress their career and academic activities.

Thanks again for your continuing support.


Francesco Masetti-Placci

About the Author

Francesco Masetti-Placci

Former School Principal

Dr. Masetti-Placci was a former school Principal of Xi’an Hanova International School from 2015-2018. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Bologna and a Master in Information Technology from Polytechnic of Milan, with studies also in France (University of Rennes) and the USA (Washington University). Before joining Hanova, he previously has taught in secondary schools and universities in Italy, France, USA and China.

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