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Early Years playground sand play

By Mr Robert Muntzer

Dear Parents and friends

The developmental benefits of Early Years Sand Play - written by Ms Emma Tidmarsh, Early Years Coordinator. Sand play is not only fun, but also quite valuable as well. Sand play provides countless developmental benefits to children. Regardless if it’s at the playground, in a sandbox, at a sand table, or at the beach, playing with sand can provide a lot more than a good time!

Sand Play promotes physical development, building skills, hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, muscle strengthening and endless possibilities to support creativity and imagination! The addition this year of a large sand box on Hanova's Early Years playground has inspired our young students to exercise their creativity every day!

Basketball Season updates in Primary and Secondary - written by Mr Paul Robinson, Athletics Director. After months of hard work, and despite missing crucial training time in January the development and improvement in the players was very evident in our Secondary Boys and Girls Basketball teams. The opportunity to compete in the Chang’An Cup at XLIS was unfortunately canceled due to city COVID restrictions. Despite this disappointment, the platform has been set for competitions in the years to come – a huge thank you to Mr Dusan, Mr Jason, Ms Andrea, Ms Alex and Mrs Dowdy for their coaching and support of the teams.

Mr Dusan and Mr Jason are currently preparing PYP Basketball teams – we are delighted to announce that we have both boys and girls teams preparing for the Junior Chang’An Cup. This consists of a League phase where Hanova is planning to host schools for the first time at our new campus. We are hosting on Saturday, 16th April and Saturday, 7th May with an “away” trip planned on Saturday, 23rd April. The season concludes with a tournament being held at XLIS on Saturday, 14th May.

Year 12 1/2 Report and Parents Conference - written by Ms Sharon Zhu, DP Coordinator. The second report for Year 12 students was issued on Friday, 11th March, and this is an “interim” report that contains grades to indicate students’ current academic position. The Y12 parents’ conference was held on the following Wednesday, 16th March. It was a remote conference that was conducted via Zhumu as our school was closed last week. The parents and students have made appointments with their teachers, coordinator to meet online.

Date Event Description

25th March

DP Subject Introduction Assembly From attending this information session, you will know the framework of the IB Diploma Programme, you will also hear our DP teachers introduce their subjects. All secondary parents are welcomed.
Y13 DP 2/6 Full Report Issues  
Thursday  14th April Y13 Parents-Teacher-Students Conference 15:00 – 17:00
DP Parents Info Session – IB Exam & University: Navigating universities in different countries For Y13 parents: you could know how the IB exam is administered in May, how to support and supervise your child during their Study Leave.


For Y12 parents or any MYP parents: You could have a general understanding of the major higher education system in the world.


18th April

Y13 Study Leave  


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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