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Upcoming University Visits in October

Dear Parents and friends

Upcoming University Visits - written by Ms Sharon Zhu, DP Coordinator.  We are excited to announce two upcoming university visits that will provide valuable insights into higher education opportunities to our students and families at Hanova. Please mark your calendars for the following dates:

  1. University of Toronto: Thursday, 19th October, at 15:10

The University of Toronto, renowned for its academic excellence and vibrant campus life. The admission officer from University of Toronto is visiting our school to share information about their programs and admission requirements. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in pursuing their studies in Canada or exploring international options.

  1. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology: Tuesday, 24th October, at 11:00

The admission officer from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) which is a leading institution known for its innovation and cutting-edge research, will be visiting Hanova. They will offer valuable insights into various fields of study and discuss the unique opportunities available at HKUST.

Attending these university visits can be crucial in helping students make informed decisions about their future educational paths. It allows them to interact directly with admissions officers and gain firsthand knowledge about the institutions' offerings.

To ensure the most productive experience, we encourage students to come prepared with questions and engage actively during the presentations. Meanwhile, we also highly encourage our parents to attend the event as these university visits provide an excellent opportunity for students and parents to learn more about different universities, their programs, and the application process.

We look forward to welcoming admission officers from the University of Toronto and HKUST to our school. These visits are part of our commitment to supporting our students' journey towards higher education and providing them with information to make well-informed choices.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please reach out to me via or Ms.Jane via

MYP & PYP students collaborate in Visual Arts - written by Ms Sanaz Sasannejad, PYP & MYP Visual Arts.  MYP & PYP students are working together on a big Visual Arts project aiming for an exhibition! MYP students (Years 7-9) began the project by running PYP classes (Years 1-4) and helping the little ones use their imagination, be spontaneous and use their pure vision around the fictitious characters of their choice: cartoons, films, movies or just a character of their choice.

The Visual Arts collaboration project is student centered and student taught and the students are all enjoying each other’s company so much. The final outcome of the project will be an exhibition of Soft Sculptures. Students will learn and practice skills such as drawings in bigger perspective, painting on canvas fabric, cutting and sewing, time management, collaboration and perseverance to build this large project!

We have now finished the stage in collaboration with the PYP drawings. MYP students are now making the drawings into a bigger form and starting the next stage!

House competition finale! - written by Mr Gary Wood, MYP Humanities.  The plastic bottle recycling house competition has come to an end this week and the response from students and parents has been fantastic. As you can see from the below picture, most days my classroom resembled a bottle recycling plant and I certainly got my steps in carrying the bottles to the storage boxes! I will update you all next week with the competition winners. Once again, thank you all for your wonderful contributions and for taking part in such a worthy activity.

Key DP Programme Dates in October - written by Ms Sharon Zhu, DP Coordinator.  As we approach the middle of the first term, we would like to inform you about some important upcoming key dates in October for the IB Diploma Programme here at Hanova:

  1. Friday, 20th October:
    • Year 12 IB DP Report 1/1 (interim) will be issued.
    • Year 13 IB DP Report 2/4 (interim) will be issued.

These reports will provide a valuable indicator of students’ current academic position and serve as a basis for further growth and development.

  1. Wednesday, 18th – Friday, 20th October:
    • We will be hosting an IB Evaluation Visit during these days. This visit is a significant opportunity that allows us to demonstrate our commitment to delivering a high-quality IB education at Hanova. We appreciate your support during the evaluation.
  1. Friday, 27th October:
    • We cordially invite all DP parents to attend the Parents-Teachers-Students meeting. This meeting will provide an opportunity for you to communicate with your child’s subject teachers, coordinators, discuss important matters regarding your child’s progress at DP, and address any concerns or queries you may have. Further information regarding the parents meeting would be sent shortly from the secondary team.

Please mark these dates in your calendars and make necessary arrangements to ensure your active participation in these events. Regular communication with teachers, supervising your child staying on top of deadlines, and attending meetings are crucial for supporting your child in their IB Diploma Programme journey.

If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via

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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