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Hanova Reading Challenge 2018

By Francesco Masetti-Placci

Dear Parents and friends,

Primary News. Environmental issues are extremely important and our Year 5 students are learning about renewable and non-renewable resources and the way they can impact our environment. They are studying hard and they have done a wonderful job explaining this pressing issue of environmental pollution during this week’s PYP assembly.

All PYP students had then the opportunity to learn about land, sea and air pollution and how it is now affecting our planet. The next step for our PYP students, all concerned about our environment, will be to develop solutions and actions that will help us to keep our planet clean.

And at the end of the Assembly, Jade Borisrame (Year 6b) received the official award and prize for her winning entry in the “Little Star Magazine” art competition, with an artwork focused on environmental issues. The competition was open to all of the international schools in China. Congratulations Jade, for this outstanding achievement!

Primary Parent Teacher Conference. PYP teachers invite you to attend a Parent—Teacher Conference on January 30th (from 3pm – 6pm) and January 31st (from 3pm – 5pm), to discuss students’ progress, and set learning goals with your child’s teacher. Please return the reply slip to your child’s teacher to book your appointment.

PYP classes will finish at 2.30pm on these two days: please return the reply slip to your child’s teacher to book your appointment, and for any additional inquiry please contact our Marketing Team.

Library News. We encourage all our students to keep reading and continue to visit our Library when possible. A number of amazing reading pictures are displayed on the library doors to show the enthusiasm in our school.

Please also note that the Primary Read-a-thon will now be during March, not any more in February, with the “Special Book Character Dress Up” Assembly planned on March 30th.

ECA Block Two. Last reminder that in Primary, ECAs for Block two will begin on Wednesday February 28th. In Secondary, the new activities for ECAs Block two will start this January 31st.

Thanks again for your continuing support.


Francesco Masetti-Placci


Upcoming Events

Please note these upcoming dates for events and activities that will take place in the following weeks:

Tuesday, 30th January                           Primary Parent- Teacher Meetings – I

Wednesday, 31st January                       Primary Parent- Teacher Meetings – II

Monday & Tuesday, 5th-6th February     IB MYP Inspection Visit

Friday, 9th February                                2nd Collation of Predicted Grades for University Applications

Monday, 12th February                           Chinese New Year Break – School closes

Monday, 26th February                           School reopens

Monday 5th to Tuesday 13th March        Year 13 IB Diploma “Mock” Examinations

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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