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Boys and Girls Basketball teams strong in first fixtures of Fall season

Dear Parents and friends

Hanova Sports News - written by Mr Julian Barnsley, Head of Athletics.  Last Saturday the Hawks travelled to KCIS for the first fixtures of this year's Fall season. U11 Boys Red football and U14 boys and girls basketball teams were up early ready to play.

The U11 Boys Red squad started strongly and enjoyed a good first half. After the break the warm  weather, 32C, started to take its toll. While there were moments that the boys were able to show their skills KCIS proved a little too strong. Final Score KCIS 5 - 0 Hawks

The U14 boys basketball were thrown in at the deep end against a squad of 15 well drilled KCIS players. The first half was more than a little challenging. After the break, however, the team began to find their feet more and were able to grow into the game. The second half was close and ended up 14-12 in favor of KCIS. Gaowin led from the front with a great performance working hard to involve the team with same excellent decision making. He also took his opportunities when he had them and finished with 15 points. Final score KCIS 45 - 25 Hawks.

The U14 girls basketball faced less of challenge against an inexperienced KCIS side. The whole team were able to contribute with some accurate shooting, quick passing and solid defense. Final score KCIS 0 - 36 Hawks

Next Week in Sport:

Tuesday 26 Sep - U19 Coed Volleyball travel to XIS for the squad’s first taste of competitive volleyball.

Wednesday 27 Sep - U14 Boys & Girls Basketball, U11 Boys & Girls Football, U8 Coed Football will host Dehong Xi’an School


Year 7 Student Investigations - written by Mr Muhittin Gürbüz, MYP & DP Science, Physics. Year 7 students are investigating the relationship between types of surfaces and friction force and representing some of the IB learner profile attributes in the process.

Are they Inquirers? Thinkers? Communicators? Risk-takers? Reflective? Open-minded? All of the above!

Fall 2023 Education USA University Fair @ Hanova International School - written by Ms Jane Lei, University & Careers Counselor.

Date: Tuesday, September 26th 2023

Time: 10:40 AM-11:50 AM

Location: Secondary School Auditorium

We are pleased to announce our annual fall 2023 Education USA University Fair. It will be held in Hanova next Tuesday, September 26th from 10:40 AM to 11:50 AM at Secondary School Auditorium. The purpose of the university fair is to promote the awareness of higher education in different countries and life beyond Diploma programme. Throughout the event, students can get to know the universities, connect with admission officers and ask questions related to admissions.

We kindly invite our secondary students from Y9 to Y13 to attend this university fair. For Hanova parents in our community who are interested in US higher education, we also highly recommended you to attend this event.

There are more than 20 universities in USA who are participating for this event. The detailed lists are as follows:

  • University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
  • Foothill + De Anza Colleges (Los Altos Hills, CA)
  • Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA)
  • Rhodes College (Memphis, TN)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
  • University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck, NJ)
  • Miami University (Oxford, OH)
  • University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
  • Wesleyan College (Macon, GA)
  • Denison University (Granville, OH)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (Bloomington, IN)
  • University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
  • HULT International Business School (Cambridge, MA)
  • Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)

We also have two testing agencies ETS and Duolingo English Test to come to Hanova for a visit. For those of you who are interested in participating English language proficiency tests, you are also welcome to know more information about it.

If you have any questions regarding our Education USA fair, please feel free to reach out to our university counselors, Sharon Zhu ( or Jane Lei (

Reception A Students Learning to Express Themselves - written by Ms Giulietta Welman, Reception Teacher.  During our Unit of Inquiry - How We Express Ourselves: Play - Reception A students have been exploring joyful play opportunities whilst learning how to cooperate with friends and how to resolve conflict. They've had multiple chances to work on numeracy and literacy through provocative learning stations that has peaked their interest. Social Studies is a big part of our learning as students gain knowledge in building their vocabulary and use their words to express their needs, including an appreciation for moments of socializing with their classmates.

Year 7 students learning about global citizenship - written by Mr John McGovern, MYP & DP Humanities.  Year 7 - What does it mean to be a Global Citizen? The Year 7 students have started their MYP Humanities course with a unit on global citizenship. They are carrying out research projects and creating posters on an environmental case study, emphasising the ATL of collaboration. Collaboration is a key skill in the MYP, and indeed in life, and the students are learning how to work together with different members of the class, how to solve problems that arise in the process and how to form consensus while working in a group. They also get to show off prior knowledge from the PYP and their excellent artistic skills!

DP Parents Information Session - written by Ms Sharon Zhu, DP Coordinator.  We would like to express our gratitude to all the parents who joined us for the DP Assessment & Procedures and Academic Integrity Information Session last Friday, 15th September. It was wonderful to see such a strong turnout and engage in fruitful discussions about the IB Diploma Programme (DP).

During the session, we provided a comprehensive overview of the assessment and procedural aspects of the Diploma Programme at Hanova. We discussed various components, including internal assessments, external assessments, reports, homework, and a comparison of the Hanova Diploma vs. IB Diploma. Our aim was to ensure that parents have a clear understanding of how their child's progress will be assessed throughout the DP.

We also dedicated significant time to addressing the importance of academic integrity in the DP. Academic integrity is a fundamental value within Hanova community and the IB community, and it plays a crucial role in fostering ethical practices and ensuring fairness in assessment. Furthermore, we focused on the ethical use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in academia and the expectations set forth by the IB. As technology continues to evolve and become an integral part of our lives, it is crucial to navigate its implications responsibly. Encouraging ethical use of AI tools aligns with the IB's mission to develop principled and thoughtful learners who engage responsibly with technology.

As we move forward in the DP journey, we encourage parents to continue engaging with their child and the school community. Regular communication and open dialogue are vital in ensuring a successful educational experience for our students. Parents can play a crucial role in supporting their child's academic goals and reinforcing the values of academic integrity.

In closing, we extend our heartfelt thanks to all the parents who attended the DP Assessment & Procedures and Academic Integrity Information Session last Friday. Your commitment to your child's education is truly commendable, and we look forward to further collaboration as we collectively nurture our students' growth and success.


About the School Principal

Mr Lucas J. Roberts

School Principal

Mr Lucas J. Roberts is the current School Principal at Hanova. Mr. Luke, as he prefers to be called, has served in international school education in China for the past 14 years in Wuxi, Shanghai, Suzhou and Beijing. He has served during those years as Secondary Principal, whole school Vice Principal, School Principal (K-7th grade), High School Principal and Primary School Principal. He graduated university with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and continued on to earn an M.Ed. in Educational Administration. He joined Hanova in the summer of 2023 and is currently working on completing his Ed.D in Educational Leadership through Wilkes University (USA).

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