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Christmas Market and Winter Concert coming soon

By Mr Robert Muntzer

Dear Parents and friends

In this issue:

  • Christmas Market and Winter Concert
  • Government Visit
  • New Campus Up-date
  • Halloween Competition
  • MYP Sciences and Drama

Christmas Market and Winter Concert. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which can only mean one thing: It is time for Hanova’s Annual Charity Market! This year our Christmas Market and Winter Concert Committees have already been hard at work preparing all of the activities, vendors and festivities for this special day. A special thanks to our committee members for making this event possible!

This year’s Christmas Market and Winter Concert will be held on Saturday December 7th, 2019. It is a charity event and all school made proceeds will be donated to the ChunShan Educational Foundation which builds libraries for rural schools in China. The schedule for Christmas Market and Winter Concert is:

  • 8:00-9:30am: Doors open to staff and all vendors for set up
  • 9:30-10:00am: Early Years Winter Concert in Auditorium
  • 10:00-12:00pm: Crafts & Activities, ‘Market’, and vendors
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch provided by external vendors for purchase
  • 1:00-2:00pm: Upper Primary and MYP Winter Concert in Auditorium
  • 2:00pm: Market Closes
  • 2:00-2:30pm: Staff, vendors and volunteers clean up

At the market this year we are thrilled to announce that we have a number of wonderful vendors attending. Here is a list of the current vendors and types of goods available:

External Vendors:

  • The Hilton Hotel—50 hot lunches
  • The Marriott—100 hot lunches
  • Hey Xi’an­—Marketing and International Pocket Guides to Xi’an
  • L’acquolina—Pizza
  • Xi’an MELLOW Wine—Wine
  • Sugarman Espresso—Coffee
  • D Cube Patisserie—Baked goods
  • Camel Cakery—cakes, beef burgers, bagels, pies and BLT sandwiches
  • Jewelry Homestay—Jewelry
  • Pacific Coffee—Coffee, juice, cookies
  • Tortilla Baked Goods—Baked goods
  • Baran Soaps & Iranian Handicrafts—handmade sustainable saffron soaps, saffron & handicrafts
  • Eyering—doughnuts
  • Vikings—bread, cookies, potato chips and coffee
  • Jian Guo Sugar Art Training Studio—Edible Sugar Art on a stick
  • Jinkou—various western packaged goods

Internal Vendors:

  • Ferah Kayacik—needle felting, stone paintings and baked goods
  • Corina, Pauline, Stephani, Heidi, and Olga—Mulled wine, warm cider, bread, cakes, yogurt, soups, prawn crackers
  • Rice Family Booth—holiday decorations
  • Noi Muntzer—Various Thai food and snacks
  • “Market Bay” Y6 Company—ramen, yakult, banana milk, candy, chocolate and slime
  • “The X-mas Shop” Y6 Company—slime, x-mas cards, game and drinks
  • “Magic Snow” Y6 Company—stickers, slime, x-mas cards, candy
  • “Roulette Market” Y6 Company—ramen, jelly, seaweed and other snacks
  • “The Best Shop” Y6 Company—Candy canes & X-mas pens
  • “The Perfect Shopping Time” Y6 Company—stickers, slime, notepads and x-mas cards
  • “Snow Hack of Hope” Student Vendor—x-mas crafts, x-mas cards, 3D printed items, snacks and candy
  • Nurse Carrie—Ice cream
  • H12 Student Vendor—Korean ramen and coffee
  • MYP Student Vendor—crafts and candy
  • MYP Student Vendor—postcards, character illustration cards, characters and more!
  • MYP Student Vendor—Christmas craft, meringue cookies
  • MYP Student Vendor—Christmas craft
  • YUM! MYP Student Vendor—slime, cookies, snacks, hair pins, candy

Interested in becoming a vendor?

There’s still time! Please contact Jessie Xue via e-mail or WeChat for more information

You are invited to our annual winter concert!

Hanova International School


Winter Wonderland: Songs of the Season

Where: Hanova School Auditorium

When: Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Early Years (Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2) Performance: 9:30am

Upper Primary (Years 3, 4, 5, 6) and MYP: 1:00pm

Students are taking an active role deciding what would be appropriate to wear for their performance. Look for messages from your child’s classroom teacher this week for more information about what they will wear.

Please contact Mrs. Hall with any questions or concerns you have regarding upcoming events.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Mrs. Hall

Malaysian Government Visit. Last week we were honoured to receive representatives from the Government of Malaysia who came to visit our school. Like many countries around the world, governments have special departments that survey facilities for their representatives in foreign countries.

Headed by Mrs. Rus Shazila Osman, Undersecretary of the Inspectorate Division and the Consul General of Malaysia in Xi’an, Mr. Li Lung Tan, the delegation toured the school and were briefed upon the construction and facilities at the new school campus.

Sustainable Developments on the New Campus. In the last newsletter, we shared photos of the new buildings. Pictured below is what is going on under the new school! As part of our plans to become more sustainable in terms of energy use, the Board has invested in an underground water system that will provide a constant supply of hot water and heating to all parts of the school without using external power sources.

News from Primary School. To support year six’s inquiry into the migration of ‘ideas’ Mr. Rob put together a presentation highlighting how ‘language’ has also migrated throughout human history. Amongst other things, we learned that English is greatly influenced by European languages, such as French and Latin and that one language dies every week! On behalf of year six we’d like to thank Mr. Rob for coming to teach us and we are already looking forward to the next time.

(Mr. B, Year 6 Teacher)

News from Secondary School. Halloween Creative Writing Competition. Below is one of the winners of this competition organized by Ms. Jelena Dokic. Pelin Kayacik in Year 11 composed a great poem that showed her skills in applying many different literary techniques. Well done, Pelin!

One October Night

On one October night, on an avenue tormented, tossed and torn,

Not by a single sight, was seen a child.

Solely was heard the call a raven with might,

Above a castle where only was sight of a dim gleam of light.

“A figure in white seeks to decapitate a child”,

“A ghoul or not I shall not surpass what’s unidentified” some claimed petrified

Yet, Rick and Larry, anything but wary,

hand in hand, struck with merry.

A dream of bucket brimming with sweets,

“Nothing can stop our tricks or treats!”

So, they head with a mind at ease.

Trick or treat, dear Boogey man,

Gruesome, grim or gory, your appearance shall not hinder our plan.

Clitter clatter, so the chains of the gate they shattered,

Bringing an end of the frazzle batter.

Pitter patter, pitter patter,

The crackle a raven was heard in seconds of matter.

Followed a gaze a grimalkin, not of flatter.

And here commences trouble in grounds of tatter.

Open Discussion – Sciences and Drama. Some subjects in science are difficult to deal with in class. If these subjects are important for society and the world, as a teacher you need to find a different way or method to teach it, so that the importance of the topic can be understood by the students.

At this point, we wondered if we could use drama techniques in the science class. Ms. Jennifer helped us a lot with this. She said that the students have already learnt how to write a script. As I shared my ‘mise en scene’ ideas and the characters with the students, they just looked at me. Drama? Science?

As a result, our students played the following characters, worked as a team, rehearsed and staged a role-playing debate in front of whole school community at our assembly.


Prime Minister                                                            : Lucas

Minister of Environment Forestry

and Urbanization                                                         : Lilly

Minister of Health                                                       : Sally

Scientists Representatives

Science Professor                                                       : Alicia

Science Professor                                                       : Julia

Science Professor                                                       : Ann

Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Chair of Industry and Business Association   :          Jayden

Chair of National Farmers Unions                             : Jack

Chair of Community Volunteers Foundation :          Chloe

Chair of Youth-Unions Federation                             : Sean

When I read the reflections of the students, I saw that this activity had left a strong impression on them:

“I learned that we are able to do anything”- Julia

“I’ve never thought about learning science with drama technique. It was hard, but we finished. I liked it.”- Jack

“I believe that working together was the one of the important things I learned”- Lilly

“I think, I won’t have a chance to do same experiences again”- Sally

The most important thing we learned was cooperation, otherwise we couldn’t have finished on time”- Sean

“I learned overall how to speak in front of an audience without being nervous. Definitely, planning and writing of the script was the hardest part.”- Lucas

We would like to express our thanks to whole Hanova Team for their support.

(Mr. Muhittin, DP Physics and MYP Sciences teacher)

Thank you 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, 22nd November       (1.15pm) HPTA Committee Meeting

Friday, 22nd November       (2.00pm) MYP Arts Assembly I

Friday, 29th November        MYP Arts Assembly II

Saturday, 7th December      Winter Concert/Christmas Market

Friday, 13th December         PYP Reports

Friday, 20th December        End of Semester 1 (Half-day)

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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