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Hanova 7th International Day!

By Mr Robert Muntzer

Dear Parents and friends

What a monster of a week this one has been! First of all, I’d like to share a huge thank you to all our parents who supported and contributed to the International Day last Friday. This – the seventh such day in Hanova’s history – was a great event, this year involving all members of our school community. It was lovely to see MYP and Diploma students helping their younger peers in Primary School and teaching and support staff from both Secondary and Primary schools working together to make the day such an enjoyable success.

And what can be said of our wonderful parents? If anything, the International Lunch was even more impressive than last year’s. What an amazing range of wonderful, tasty food from around the world; China, Turkey, Canada, USA, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore and, of course, Korea. Even with so much food to eat, there were a lot of empty dishes, pots and pans going home at 3.30!

And after that amazing lunch, there were lots of activities going around the school to enhance our commitment to international-mindedness. In Secondary, the students designed and presented quizzes for their fellow ‘house’ members. Great fun; for example, what do they call a bow-shaped pasta?

News from Secondary School. Secondary students in Years 7-11 will be getting the first report for the year on Friday 12 October.  This report gives you a guidance of progress of your child in the learning at the MYP programme.  It is very important that parents and students come to the parent/student/teacher conference on 17 October.

The meeting will take place in the student’s learning room between 4pm and 6pm.  This will allow parents to be informed on the progress of their child.  This allows you to support your child better for them to progress in their learning.  The school expects that all students will have a parent attend that afternoon.

Reading for Gold! It gives the Hanova Secondary Languages departments great pleasure to be introducing a new reading programme for all students across the MYP called ‘Reading for Gold’.

The programme is a three tiered-reading challenge, the main aims of which are to develop students’ reading skills in English and to encourage them to read widely and frequently.

Students are asked to read five books to win the Bronze Award, six books to win the Silver Award and eight books to win the Gold Award.  Whenever they have finished a book, they also have to undertake a task associated with that book (e.g. write a letter to the author, or do a book review).

The deadline for the Bronze award is on the 22nd November and awards will be presented to students at assemblies.  The Silver and Gold Award deadlines will be announced at a later date.

We would really appreciate if parents could help to support this initiative at home by showing interest and by asking your children to share what they are reading for the challenge.

News from Primary School ‘Halloween’. On Wednesday, October 31st the MYP and PYP students will be invited to participate in a celebration for Halloween.  Students may dress up in costumes, but please remember nothing gory or violent as well as no toy weapons.  The students will enjoy a “Costume Parade” in the morning to showcase the student costumes.  In the afternoon, there will be some additional festivities and a shared snack.  Look for more details coming soon from your student’s homeroom teacher.

Thanks again for your continuing support.

Best regards,

Robert C. Muntzer


Upcoming Events

Please take note of these dates. As soon as they are confirmed, we will inform you about any additional events and activities that may take place in the following weeks:

Friday, 2 November               Year 12 reports

Friday 9, November               Year 13 Reports

Wednesday, 14 November     Parent/Student/Teacher/Conference (Year 12 and 13)

Thursday, 15 November         ‘Open Day’ morning

Saturday, 17 November          The 11th ‘Golden Age’ Chinese youth art exhibition

Saturday, 17th November        PYP Inter-schools football competitions

Saturday 23-24 November       National High School Debate League of China

About our Head of School

Mr Robert Muntzer

School Principal

Mr Muntzer is the current School Principal of Hanova. He is highly experienced International Baccalaureate (IB) educator who has worked at Hanova as Deputy Principal, and Secondary IB Diploma Coordinator. His former posts include DP Coordinator in Dulwich College Shanghai, founding Director of Studies and IB Coordinator at Repton School Dubai along with Head of English and Head of Languages at schools in Thailand, Ethiopia, Zambia, India and Vietnam. He holds a Bachelor Degree in English from University of Warwick (UK). He has two children both educated in IB World School International schools

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