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Year 1 Unit of Inquiry on Relationships

Dear Parents and friends

Year 1 Unit of Inquiry on Relationships - written by Ms Emma Tidmarsh, Year 1 Teacher. I am very excited to share the learning of our Y1 students with our school community. One of the most significant aspects of being a teacher is that it is a profession that creates all other professions. During our unit of inquiry, Who we are – Relationships, this was relevant as the students learned about different community workers and our relationships within our community.

Discussions were had about the different roles, how and what we can do to become better community members. The students made cards to give a special someone, created a class graph, and learned how to read the data from our graph of the favourite members of the community.

Our summative assessment was our Y1 Assembly on Friday, October 14th, where the children interacted with the audience with good and bad behaviour, relating to the internet, and being good friends on the playground. We dressed up as different community workers, sang a song, and finished with a dance. The props for the Assembly were made using recycled cardboard. As our learning led us to be inclusive, every student had a speaking role. Later that day, the Y1 students celebrated their success with a pizza party.

The Day of the Dead, a remarkable experience - written by Mrs Alexandra Alvarez, MYP/DP Spanish Teacher. On November 1st and 2nd, the Hispanic world commemorated the Day of the Dead. Every country has their traditions, but the most famous and outstanding celebration is in Mexico. For Mexican people, these days are a time to remember family and friends who have died; however, it is not a sad tradition. It is a festive time to honour them by building altars full of traditional offerings such as candles, water, salt, sugar skulls, food, incense, and flowers, among others.

Every year, Diploma Programme students make the altar and a display about the Day of the Dead. Students and teachers can visit it, learn the significance of the festivity, and show respect for other people’s worldviews. Experiences like this one help us to develop open-minded and intercultural understanding in our IB community.

The altar is on the third floor of the Secondary School building. Come and visit it!!!

Hawks fly high in Liangjiatan Jam - written by Mr Paul Robinson, Director of Sports. Saturday 5th November saw some fireworks from our Middle School Basketball teams as we participated in the inaugural Liangtiajan Jam at XLIS. It was full day of basketball with teams from XLIS and Kangchiao.

The boys despite having a very young team, battled bravely in all of their games and came agonisingly close to a victory against Kangchiao B being edged out by 1 point. Despite finishing in 4th place they played with great heart and spirit and will be far better for the experience.

Boys All Star Team representatives: Gaowin Dong, James Choi

Our female Hawks team won their 2 pool matches against Kangchiao and XLIS to set up a final showdown with XLIS. In what was a tremendous atmosphere (helped by the raucous support of our boys’ team) the girls ran out 18-0 winners in the final to round off an exceptional tournament for them.

Girls Final MVP: Alice Zhang

All Star Team representative: Minyu Kim

A big thank you to Mr. Jason, Mr. Muhi for their coaching and also to Ms Shirley and Ms Jane and all parents in attendance for their support on the day.

Former Head of School

Mr James McCrory

Former Head of School

Mr James McCrory was Hanova's Head of School for the 2022-23 school year. James graduated from Demontfort University in 1988 and worked in the commercial Design sector in Ireland, UK and Spain. He has worked in education since 1994 after completing his PGCE at Goldsmith’s College, London. The last 30 years in education includes 4 years in the UK, with the remaining years working divided between Spain, Japan and Kuwait, as well as leading schools in China over the last decade.

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