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MYP Students Participated in the ACAMIS Athletics Event

By Francesco Masetti-Placci

Dear Parents and friends,

ACAMIS Athletics Event. From the 11th to the 13th of May students from Hanova Secondary School participated in the ACAMIS track and field events competition in Beijing, hosted by the International School of Beijing. A total of 13 students went each participating in their own set of events, after few weeks of training and preparation.

For the Boys (10 – 14) relay Hanova managed to get second place, winning silver medals with Dido, Yiyo, William, and Tristan. Another medal for our school was a bronze medal for the under 15 boys, by Tommy Brown in Year 7.

This was the first official participation of Hanova as a new member of ACAMIS (the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools) and our students have shown, enthusiasm, commitment and energy in all their efforts to win.

Well done to all and to the accompanying teachers, Mrs. Trull and Mr. Lynn. Overall they all had a wonderful weekend and will again prepare to participate next year.

For more information, please contact our Athletic Director ( anthony.lynn@his-xian.com ).

Year 6 Exhibition. Our Year 6 students are currently preparing their Exhibition, the culminating event in the final year of the PYP. The Exhibition is a student led investigation into an issue in which the students have a significant interest.  The purpose of the Exhibition includes the following:

  • Encourage students to engage in an in-depth study while working within a group situation.
  • Give students the opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning.
  • Provide students with an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives.
  • Demonstrate how students can take action as a result of their learning.
  • Celebrate the transition of learners from Primary to Secondary school.

The students will be presenting their work to the Hanova School Community on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd June. Please join them to celebrate their learning achievements.

Primary News. Our Student Led Conferences Day will be on Monday 22nd May. No regular lessons will be held for PYP students on this day. It is not a regular school day for PYP students, however attendance for the conference with your child is compulsory. You are welcome to stay for a tour of the school or to watch some demonstration lessons (Art, Music, PE and Chinese) and then you are asked to take your child home. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their child whilst they are at school. Buses will be for Secondary students only and there will be no lunch provided for PYP students. Please see your classroom teacher or contact the Marketing Team for more information.

This coming week (Thursday 25th and Friday 26th, students in Years 4 and 5 will be having their Education Outside of the Classroom (EOTC) camp. They look forward to an exciting event, together with their teachers and staff who will ensure the supervision and support the activities.

PYP students will also display their work in the PYP Art Exhibition at the beginning of June.

Secondary News. Congratulation to our Graduating Class of 2017! This week all our Year 13 students have completed their final IB Diploma exams. We are all grateful to students, teachers, staff and parents for the support to our first cohort of Diploma students. We look forward to celebrating their achievements at the Graduation Assembly on 26th May.

The Years 7 – 12 students will have an assessment week from this Monday 22nd, which will mark the culmination of their learning for this year.

This year’s Education Outside of the Classroom (EOTC) trip will take place in the week beginning Monday 5th June for all our students in Years 7 – 12 and details have been given to students and parents. If you need additional information, please contact the Marketing Team.

The first group of Hanova Secondary students engaging in the International Award is progressing, taking their outings during May and June. This is another initiative that is finally taking off after all the preparation carried out during last months.

Carnival News. Preparations are well underway for our exciting Carnival event coming up on Saturday, June 10th from 10am – 2:30pm. Staff members, parents, and community members are helping with planning, organizing, or contributing in other ways. Make sure to mark this day on your calendar and help us to raise funds for the less fortunate in Xi’an through the Yellow River Soup Kitchen.

We remind you to encourage your children to audition for the Talent Show: try-outs will be held on Friday, May 26th from 11:10am – 12:50pm (PYP students) and 12:50am – 1:40pm (MYP / DP students).

In addition to lots of games, crafts, activities, and Talent Show performances, Carnival will also have a big Rummage Sale. If you have any items such as toys, clothing, or books that are in good shape that you would like to donate, we will be collecting items. Homeroom teachers will gather donations if you would like to send them to school with your children.

House News. This Wednesday 24th May, the PYP students will be having the final House football matches. Han and Tang teams in Years 2, 3 and 4, as well as Song and Tang teams in Years 4, 5 and 6 will be playing against each other. The event is set from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Please encourage students to wear their House colors on that day.

Last Monday 15th May, the Years 7 – 12 students had a House Quiz Competition. Students tested their trivia skills by answering general knowledge questions as well as some based on subject areas such as Science. House teams made up of 6 members from across the Year levels buzzed in and were awarded with points for correct answers or lost points for wrong ones. Congratulations to Tang House for earning the highest score.

Hanova Parent Teacher Association. A Coffee Morning for parents took place on 19th May, to answer questions about the HPTA mission, philosophy, procedures and responsibilities. Many thanks to the parents who attended and who are interested to get involved in Hanova.

ECAs and Academies. A reminder that our extra-curricular activities (ECA) program for this year is completed. From now on, school will always finish at 3:30pm and buses will leave Hanova at the normal time. Personal arrangements must be provided for students attending the Academies.

Important Academic Dates. We are approaching the end of the school year. Please book your calendars to participate to these key academic events during the next months.

  • From Monday 22nd to Friday 26th May, our Secondary students will have some End of Year exams and assessments.
  • On Monday 22nd May, our Primary students will lead the PYP Student Led Conferences.
  • On Friday 26th May the Secondary Graduation Assembly will take place, an important event for our Year 13 students who will then leave Hanova.
  • On Friday 26th May evening we will have the Graduation Dinner for our Y13 students to celebrate their achievements in a family setting.
  • On Thursday and Friday 1st – 2nd June, our Year 6 students will present the PYP Exhibition, which is the culminating experience of the IB PYP.

Thanks again for your continuing support.

Yours,

Francesco Masetti-Placci

 
 

Upcoming Events

Monday 22nd May            Primary Student Led Conferences

Friday 26th May               Secondary Graduation Assembly

Friday 26th May               Secondary Graduation Dinner

Thursday-Friday 1st-2nd June    PYP Exhibition

Saturday 10th June          School Carnival

 


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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