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First week into the new semester at Hanova

By Mr Robert Muntzer

Dear Parents and friends

Even given the current weather, on behalf of all the Hanova staff, may I convey a warm welcome back to all our students and parents. We hope you all had a restful and enjoyable holiday break and we wish you all a healthy and happy 2019.

It’s only a week into the new semester, but already our students are busy achieving new things. In order for us to be better prepared for 2019, below are some important whole school dates – PYP, MYP and Diploma – for the second semester up to the end of the academic year.


Thursday, 17th January                                Year 13 Extended Essay ‘Viva Voce’

Friday, 18th January                                     Years 9 – 11 IB Diploma Information Workshop

Thursday, 31st January                                Year 13 IB DP Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday/Thursday, 30/31 January    Primary School 3 Way Conferences


Friday, 1st February                                     Year 13 IB DP Reports 2/5 (full) issued

Monday – Friday, 4th– 15th February     CNY Holidays

Monday – Thursday, 18th– 28th Feb      Year 13 ‘Mock’ Diploma Examinations


Friday, 1st March                                          Year 11 MYP Personal Project Exhibition

Friday, 8th March                                        Year 12 IB DP Reports 1/2 (interim) issued

Friday, 15th March                                      MYP Interim Reports issued

Wednesday, 20th March                            MYP PTS Conferences

Tuesday, 26th March                                  Year 13 IB DP Reports 2/6 (full) issued


Monday – Friday, 1st– 5th                       April Qingming Festival Holidays

Monday, 15th April Year 13                       Study Leave (granted not given)

Friday, 19th April                                        Sports Day


Wednesday, 1st May                                   May Day Holiday

Monday – Thursday, 6th – 23rd May    Year 13 IB Diploma Examinations

Thursday/Friday, 9/10 May                    PYP Year 6 Exhibition

Friday, 17th May                                        Primary School SLC

Friday, 24th May                                       Year 13 Graduation

Monday – Thursday, 27th– 30th May  Year 11 MYP Examinations


Saturday, 1st June                                     School Carnival

Thursday, 6th June                                   PYP Second Semester Reports

Friday, 14th June                                      Year 12 IB DP Reports (full) issued

MYP Second Semester Reports issued

Last Day of School

News from Secondary School. Welcome back to students and parents after the winter break. As expected, the weather has become much colder over the break so please ensure that your child is wearing sufficient warm clothing. When at school students are expected to be wearing the correct school jacket. Please ensure that your child is dressed correctly.

Elections are occurring for our student leaders with Year 12 required to do presentation speeches to the rest of the secondary school. I would like to wish them well in their elections.

Year 13 Information. Parent/teacher/student conferences for Year 13 students will be held on Thursday 31stJanuary on the 3rdfloor of the main building. The reports will be issued the next day on Friday 1st,February. The final school examinations for Year 13 – the IB Diploma ‘mock’ examinations – will be held immediately after the Chinese New Year break, beginning on Monday 18thFebruary.

IB Diploma Programme Information meeting. This is on Friday 18 January at 2pm in the auditorium. Students and their parents in Years 9, 10 and 11 are expected to attend as important information about the subjects available will be given. As well information about the requirements of university courses will be given and how that could affect option choices. I strongly encourage all parents to attend.

IB Diploma Predicted Grades (PG). Parents of students in the IB Diploma Programme – especially in Year 13 – are aware that their teachers and core component coordinators in TOK, CAS and Extended Essay will be evaluating their performance and their predicted final grades.

Below is a guide for how these predicted grades are awarded; the extract comes from our IB Diploma Assessment and Reporting Policy 2018.

In addition to the official IB Diploma Predicted Grades (PG), Hanova periodically collates students’ subject and Core Component estimated grades and uses these as basis of school-based predicted grades. These are used primarily for students’ university and college applications.

Predicted grades – official IB and school-based – are based upon several factors, depending upon the time of year they are collated. These are should be optimistic but realistic.

Some of these factors are:

- Current actual achievement of students’ summative assessments, particularly end of year and ‘mock’ examinations.
- All completed and on-going Internal Assessment (IA)
- Current status of ongoing formative assessment
- Current status of curriculum coverage
- Candidate’s aptitude, work ethic, study skills and ability
- Achievement trends to date
- Teacher evaluation of the student’s future performance in the various assessment components
- Any learning disabilities

School-based predicted grades are updated and collated three times over the course of the Diploma Programme according to early and regular university applications. However, subject to the authorization of the IB Diploma Coordinator, an individual student’s predicted grade may be changed if there is a significant improvement or decline in performance. Only the subject teacher concerned may make this request.

School-based predicted grades are kept confidential by the IB Coordinator, the University and Careers Counsellor (UCC) and IB Administrator. Upon written request from parents, the University and Careers Counsellor will send the predicted grades directly to the university concerned provided that they have been given the appropriate contact information. Predicted grades should closely align with actual grades when they are released.

University Acceptance Information. Congratulations to our Y13 graduating class on receiving the offer from Hong Kong University. HKU has good reputation in global and according to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world university rankings in 2019, it is ranked as No. 25 worldwide. It is also ranked as No.2 in QS for Asia university rankings. HKU is the best university in Hong Kong and China.

News from Primary School.

Early Years ‘Jolly Phonics’ workshop for parents. This event is open to all our parents in Early Years (Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2).

We would like to invite you to a Jolly Phonics Information Session for parents. Phonics is a key building block toward reading and writing independently, but it is very different from the way we as adults were taught to read and write. Because of this, we would like to introduce parents to the curriculum, explain why we decided to implement it, how it is implemented in our various classrooms, and how you can help your child at home.

Please join us on Tuesday January 22nd at 2:20pm to learn more about our phonics program and how you can help your child become an independent reader and writer at home. We will send a QR code to your WeChat for you to record your attendance early next week. We hope to see you all at the meeting!

The Story of Star By Constance Zhang- Year 4. This is the story of how we got Star. Ms. L, the drama teacher, saw a little cage with a littler hamster inside. Ms. Sierra asked Ms. L to keep the hamster for Year 4’s class pet. The very next day Ms. L brought Star into our classroom. Everyone in Year 4 was excited, even I was excited!! But after a few days, Mr. Rob, our principal said “It’s not a good idea to keep Star”. We got to work writing letters to persuade Mr. Rob to let us keep her. After one week Mr. Rob said we CAN keep our CLASS PET!

I felt so happy!

Thanks again for your continuing support.


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, 18thJanuary                                           IB Diploma Information Workshop for Years 9 to 11

Tuesday, 22ndJanuary                                       Early Years ‘Jolly Phonics’ Parents meeting

Thursday, 31stJanuary                                       Year 13 IB DP Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday/Thursday, 30/31 January           Primary School 3 Way Conferences

Friday, 1st February                                            Year 13 IB DP Reports 2/5 (full) issued

Friday, 1st February                                            PYP Chinese New Year Assembly

Monday – Friday, 4th– 15thFebruary             CNY Holidays.

Monday – Thursday, 18th– 28thFebruary     Year 13 ‘Mock’ IB Diploma Examinations

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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