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Hanova’s school vision, mission and values

By Mr Robert Muntzer

Dear Parents and friends

It’s great to see so many students’ achievements taking place early in this semester. What is not so easily seen are the developments taking place in terms of our school’s support of our students’ learning. As some parents may know, the school is currently undergoing two significant review procedures that will address several areas of the school.

Our IB Diploma 5 Year Review and our WASC Accreditation application will be focusing on such areas as our Languages policies (PYP, MYP and DP), our provision of English across the school, our provision of ‘mother tongue’ languages, student learning support, and our health and safety provisions.

I know that some of our parents in Primary and Secondary schools have shown interest in volunteering their support for these school issues, and I would like to invite any parent who is interested in becoming part of a review working group to drop me an email so that I can explain more.

In the meantime, I am publishing the school’s Vision, Mission and Values, which have been recently authorized by the school’s Board:

Hanova School Vision. We strive to establish Hanova as a long-standing quality educational institution.

Hanova School Mission.

  • We aim to be an outstanding IB World School.
  • All that we do is in the best interest of our students’ future.
  • Encourage our staff and students be accountable for their own behavior, and be socially responsible as global citizens.
  • We strive to make a community of inspiring, wise, principled and active life-long learners.

Hanova School Core values.

  • Inspiring lifelong learning
  • To be socially responsible as global citizens
  • To be outstanding learners with wisdom

News from Secondary School. On Friday, 18thJanuary, we had our 2019-20 IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) subjects information meeting with parents and students of Years 9 to 11. During the course of the presentations from the IB DP subject leaders, we learned more about the course outlines and assessment components for each DP subject.

We are now able to confirm the following IB DP subjects will be on offer to students joining our Year 12 (IB DP 1) programme next year:

  • Chinese A Language and Literature H/SL
  • English A Language and Literature H/SL
  • Korean A Language and Literature H/SL
  • English B H/SL
  • Mandarin ab Initio SL
  • Spanish ab Initio SL
  • Economics H/SL
  • Geography H/SL
  • History H/SL
  • Psychology H/SL
  • Biology H/SL
  • Chemistry H/SL
  • Physics H/SL
  • Maths Analysis H/SL
  • Maths Applications SL
  • Visual Arts H/SL

For more information about our IB Diploma programme and the subjects on offer, please contact our DP Coordinator, Ms. Sharon Zhu, on

Student Leaders 2019-2020. Elections for our senior student leaders for 2019 were conducted this week and we are very pleased to announce:

Head Boy: Micah Rice

Head Girl: Lisa Kwon

Deputy Head Boy: Justin Lee

Deputy Head Girl: Suyeon Song

We congratulate them all and wish them everything of the best for 2019!

Personal Projects. As you may know, this year we – the Year 11 students – have been working on our personal projects. We have projects ranging from a digital cookbook to a hand-powered phone charger. So far, we have mainly focused on our product and our process journals, and just recently handed them in on the 7th of January. We previewed many of each other’s products, and we were all excited and intrigued by them. Now, our main focus is preparing our exhibits for the Personal Project exhibition and, after that, writing our project reports.

Isaac Rice, Year 11

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For a sneak preview of the products, which will be exhibited in our joint exhibition with Qingdao Amerasian International School here at Hanova on Friday 1March 2019. We do hope to see everyone there!

News from Primary School.

Three-way conferences 30th and 31st January 2019, 1:30pm to 5:00pm, a three-way conference is one-way Hanova International School supports and reports on student learning. A three-way conference is an opportunity for students, parents and teachers to engage in conversations about students’ learning at home and at school. It involves the student, parents and home room teacher, together discussing a student’s academic and social progress. The student will have learning samples from each curriculum area to share.

More information on these conferences and how to book will be sent to you by your child’s Homeroom Teacher. We look forward to seeing you on the 30thor 31stJanuary.

2019 PYP Chinese New Year Assembly. Celebrations for the Chinese New Year of the Pig are being prepared by Hanova Nursery to Year 6 students. We are happy to announce that PYP classes will celebrate Chinese New Year on Friday February 1st. There will be a traditional assembly in our school auditorium, starting at 9:50.
We need parents’ support for costume preparation. Detailed information will be sent to all families. Parents are welcome to watch the show on February 1st. Come to support your children.

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:

Tuesday, 22nd January                                    Early Years ‘Jolly Phonics’ Parents meeting

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

Friday, 1st February                                          PYP Chinese New Year Assembly

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

Monday – Thursday, 18th– 28th February 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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