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MYP 4 Geography field trip to Sha Jing Cun urban village

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MYP 4 Geography field trip to Sha Jing Cun urban village - Written by Mr Gary Wood, MYP & DP Humanities. As part of the Geography unit on urban development and city limits, the MYP 4 students took a trip to Sha Jing Cun urban village. This was a great opportunity for students to witness the unique Chinese phenomenon of urban villages (城中村) and how mass urbanization and urban growth played a part in the development of these lively enclaves. From this trip, students were able to learn the value and role that urban villages have played in China’s rapid economic growth, along with an analysis of their demographics and how these small areas provide a service for the populations who live there as well as those in the wider city. A big shout out to Miss Mindy and Miss Jane for coming along and helping to supervise the students. #inquirers

Primary Sports Day - Written by Mr Paul Robinson, Director of Sports. Thursday 27th April was the rearranged PYP Sports Day event. Throughout the day our upper primary children participated in range of track and field events such as 50/60m sprint (heats and finals), hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put/tennis ball throw and javelin. In addition, we also had tug o’war, basketball free throws and sack race events. This year we also had the early years children on the field participating in 30m sprint, football dribble, sack race, egg & spoon/bean bag balance race, hurdles and obstacle course events.

Click here to visit the 'Primary Sports Day' photo album

The weather was glorious with sunshine throughout and the smiles on the children’s faces throughout the day was fantastic to see. The level of competition has improved and a staggering 11 of the 14 existing new campus sports day records were broken. We were also thrilled to see so many parents being involved, setting up refreshments for the children, supporting all the children in the events and participating in teacher/parent sprint and/or tug o’war.

The day was incredibly special and showed how the school community can come together and create an atmosphere that was very memorable.

These are the new records that were set:

Event Boys Girls
50m Julia Song (Y3) 8.51 secs
60m Jasper Zhang (Y4) 9.84 secs Anna Liu (Y6) 9.39 secs
Long Jump Anna Liu (Y6) 3.9m
1kg Shot Put Vladislav Nemytov (Y4) 8.7m Zoe Kim (Y4) 6.6m
2kg Shot Put Leon Li (Y6)/Jacob Chen (Y5) 7.5m Anna Liu (Y6) 9.1m
300g Turbo Javelin Siahn Baek (Y5) 13.9m Anna Liu (Y6) 12.5m
High Jump Jasper Zhang (Y4) 1.25m Anna Liu (Y6) 1.25m

Congratulations to the PYP Male Athlete of Year Jasper Zhang and the PYP Female Athlete of the Year Anna Liu (2nd year in a row!!)

Congratulations to Han, who after a day of thrilling competition were the house that accumulated the most points.

Secondary Sports Day - Written by Mr Paul Robinson, Director of Sports. Friday 28th April was the Secondary Sports Day. In overcast conditions our students competed in 100m, long jump, high jump, shot put, javelin, hurdles, Mr. Jason’s all-star basketball challenge, tug o’war and dodgeball.

The standard of competition was superb and very competitive which suggests how well the sporting culture is developing in secondary school. An amazing 13 new campus records were broken throughout the day, which is also an indicator in how standards are improving year on year. The record breakers are summarized here:

Middle School (Year 7-9)

Boys/Girls Event Student New Record
Boys 3kg Shot Put Jake Yoon (Y9) 9.65m
Girls 100m Yula Kim (Y7) 14.44 seconds
Girls Long Jump Minyu Kim (Y9) 4m
Girls 2kg Shot Put Minyu Kim (Y9) 7.9m
Girls 400g Turbo Javelin Alice Zhang (Y7) 13.2m
Girls High Jump Minyu Kim 1.3m (equaled her 2022 record)

High School (Year 10-13)

Boys/Girls Event Student New Record
Boys 100m Steven Jiang (Y11) 12.16 seconds
Boys 4kg Shot Put Noah Smith 10.75m
Boys Long Jump Steven Jiang (Y11) 5.8m
Boys 400g Turbo Javelin Tony Wang (Xinrui) (Y10) 31m
Girls 100m Alicia Chan (Y12) 14.46 seconds
Girls 3kg Shot Put Alicia Chan (Y12) 8.25m
Girls Long Jump Faith Gibbs (Y11) 3.66m

Unfortunately, a sandstorm occurred during the lunch break which meant that the girls could not compete in the tug o’war competition and we were unable to have the sprint finals.

Congratulations to Alice Zhang and Joon Jung who were the Middle School female and male Athletes of the Year. The High School Male and Female Athletes of the Year were Noah Smith and Faith Gibbs.

Congratulations to Tang, who once again ended a day of exceptional competition as Secondary Sports Day champions.

M23 IB Examination - Written by Ms Sharon Zhu, DP Coordinator.  The M23 IB global examination started on Thursday, the 27th of April. The first examination we have here at Hanova is Chinese Language and Literature (Chinese A) and Korean Language and Literature (Korean A) which was held in the early morning on Monday, 1st May.

All staff in the secondary were trained with the IB regulation before the examination starts,  and the candidates also attended a workshop on exam regulations. In addition, the exam schedule at Hanova strictly follows the IB requirements.

After being affected by the pandemic outbreak for three years, the class of 2023 is the first cohort that takes the full assessment model, and they are going to sit for the examination until Thursday,18th May. Let’s all wish them the best of luck and best practice in their examination!

Upcoming DP event in May

Time Session
5 May Y12 TOK Exhibition
22 May – 2 June DP Y12 End of Year Examination
26 May Graduation

Should you have any question, please directly contact the IB Diploma Coordinator Ms. Sharon  via

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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