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Hanova’s Staff Professional Development

By Mr Robert Muntzer

Dear Parents and friends

A warm welcome to Mr Alan Miles, MYP Maths teacher. Mr Miles is an experienced educator with over 16 years teaching, 7 in the UK. This is his 9th year teaching internationally, with schools in East Malaysia, Shanghai and Dulwich College Suzhou. He has 9 years’ experience as the Head of Faculty, and 5 years’ experience with the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme. Two of his pupils received the 'Best in the world' certificates for achieving 100% in their year 10 Mathematics IGCSE.

He has a Batchelor Degree in Theoretical Physics from Queen Mary College, University of London and a Post Graduate teaching certificate from Goldsmiths College, London.

Mr Miles will be joining the Faculty of Maths and his aim is to ensure the recent changes to HL and SL Mathematics are reflected in the MYP programme, and to enhance student experiences with further project based learning and flipped classroom activities.

PYP Professional Development (PD). The PYP staff enjoyed an engaging professional development workshop on 16th & 17th April. The two days were filled with IB learning and engaging activities to inspire the way we teach students. The workshop was titled “Inquiry in Creative Spaces.” At Hanova, we deeply value the training of our teaching staff. Teachers and students alike are ‘lifelong learners.’

Day one began with a teacher field trip to the Silk Road Museum. The teachers were given creative ways to engage student learning in a different environment than the classroom. This on-site session proved to be a meaningful experience for the teachers. Once back at school, the teachers were given creative ideas for visible thinking strategies, grouping methods and numerous resources to utilize in teaching and learning. The two days ended with a meaningful reflection activity and an action plan to decide how these methods could be implemented in Hanova’s classrooms. All participants in the workshop were excited about the content and practical nature of the sessions.

MYP & DP Professional Development (PD). On Friday and Saturday, 16th & 17th April, all Secondary teachers participated in a two-day professional development in school led by the IB workshop leader Mr. Alan Jovern Lim. The workshop focused on the IB Diploma Programme’s core component - Theory of Knowledge (TOK).

Through these two days of intensive learning, our Secondary subject teachers were inspired by the knowledge and classroom activities that they could use to link Theory of Knowledge with the subjects they are teaching – both in Hanova’s Diploma Programme courses and in the Middle Years Programme courses. This will allow our secondary students to be immersed in a TOK environment that cultivates and shapes their ways of thinking and their ways of knowing in order to better prepare them for the competitive 21st century.

Year 13 IB Examinations. The M21 IB examination at Hanova is going to start from Monday 3rd May to 19th May. This is the time of year when all Year 13 IB Diploma students around the world are sitting in examinations to demonstrate what they have learned over the past two years. The final result of these exams will be released on Tuesday, 6th July. We wish our Year 13 students all the best on their examinations!

Year 12 University & Careers Counseling Meetings. Our Counseling team has started to meet with every Year 12 student individually to start their university preparation. Some students have already made up their minds about their university destinations and majors while some of them are still exploring the potential options. The purpose of our meetings with them is to offer professional guidance and support to our students in this process. We will share the meeting summary with their parents once we finish all the meetings, and parents are highly encouraged to contact us for any inquiries.

Year 13 University Acceptances. As our Year 13 students prepare to take their final IB examinations, we would like to congratulate them on their acceptances into well-known universities all around the world!

University acceptances 2020-21

United States:
University of California, Davis (UCD)
Syracuse University
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
Savannah College of Arts & Design
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
University of California, Riverside (UCR)
University of California, Merced (UCM)
Rochester Institute of Technology
Pratt Institute
Lancaster Bible College
World of Life Bible Institute

United Kingdom:
University of Loughborough
University of Birmingham
University of Newcastle
University of Essex
Queen Mary University of London

Hong Kong:
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Pohang University of Science and Technology

Tokyo University (with full scholarship)
Kyushu University
Waseda University*2

Best Regards,

Robert Muntzer

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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