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Energizing Creativity: Year 4’s Energy and Advertising Exhibition

Dear Parents and friends

"Energizing Creativity: Year 4's Energy and Advertising Exhibition" - written by Ms Lindsey Burrows, Year 4B Homeroom Teacher.  In a spectacular showcase of ingenuity and learning, our Year 4 students recently hosted an Energy and Advertising Exhibition that left a lasting impression on both children and adults alike. This unique event, held in December, seamlessly blended two of our most recent Units of Inquiry, resulting in a celebration of learning.

The Energy unit challenged students to channel their creativity into crafting toys from recycled materials, incorporating various forms of energy – be it potential and kinetic energy or electrical energy. Working collaboratively in groups, students not only brought their innovative ideas to life but also learned the importance of sustainability and repurposing materials.

The Advertising unit saw students exploring the world of marketing as they wrote and produced commercials to promote their energy-infused toys. The culmination of their efforts was on full display at the exhibition, where the toys were exhibited alongside captivating commercials playing in a designated "theater" area.

The exhibition space was a vibrant hub of learning, featuring trifold display boards that detailed each student's toy-making process. From initial designs to the planning stages, they offered a fascinating insight into the creative journey undertaken by our budding inventors.

Adding an interactive element to the event was a hands-on exploration area, equipped with real electric circuit components. Students and visitors alike had the opportunity to engage with the principles of electrical energy, further enhancing the educational experience.

Beyond the main attractions, the exhibition included a diverse array of student work. Posters promoting the event adorned the walls, showcasing the students' enthusiasm for sharing their creations with the school community. Additionally, student-researched and written biographies about inventors added an extra layer of depth to the overall learning experience.

The Energy and Advertising Exhibition served not only as a platform for students to showcase their talents but also as a testament to the power of interdisciplinary learning. It exemplified how seamlessly combining different units of study can lead to a holistic and enriching educational experience.

As we reflect on the success of the Energy and Advertising Exhibition, we applaud our Year 4 students for their dedication, innovation, and the positive impact they have made on our school community.

Field trip Y12 and Y13 Economics to the Taylor Swift Eras movie - written by Ms Sandra Gerrits & Mr John McGovern, MYP & DP Humanities.  On Wednesday, January 17, the IBDP Economics students went to see Taylor Swift’s concert movie in the morning at Uplaza. The students had done an economics project on the economic impact of Taylor Swift’s concerts in the US and later analysed a counter argument to all the positive influence on for example the local economic benefits where there was a clear distinction between long-term and short-term results. Watching the movie of the last concert in the US placed all the content and the discussions on for example supply and demand in more context. Furthermore, students in Economics need knowledge of real-life examples to substantiate their knowledge of the Economics topics and this concert tour will give ample examples for many Economics concepts broadening students’ understanding.

Music is also part of the Theory of Knowledge DP core component, in the Area of Knowledge of The Arts. Students are learning to think about music in a TOK way, exploring questions such as 'Can art change the way we interpret the world?', 'Who determines what art is valued, and on what criteria?' and 'Do the arts play a role in the development of our personal value systems?' Taylor Swift is a good example to start exploring these questions.

It was an enjoyable morning and a few hours well spent.

Year 9 student writes about disappearing fossil fuels - written by John Jun, Year 9 student.

When will fossil fuel be used up, and what impact would it bring?

This article delves into when fossil fuels will disappear and what impact they will bring. Fossil fuel has been widely used by humanity for centuries. However, since fossil fuel is a nonrenewable resource, fossil fuel can exhaust at any moment. The years when fossil fuels would mainly run out are estimated to be THIS CENTURY.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the reserves of oil “are expected to be adequate to meet the world's demand for liquid fuels through 2050.” (U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), n.d.-b)

On the one hand, if one counts the gas reserves found rather than those to be discovered, it is estimated to last humanity 52.8 years. On the other hand, coal, the most abundant and dirtiest, is expected to be used for another 70 years before depletion. Furthermore, the depletion of fossil fuels can bring economic and political impacts.

Mass producers of fossil fuels were the primary target. The “total revenue loss for all oil-producing countries (Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Equatorial Guinea) by 2040 will be $13 trillion.” (Walker, 2021) The loss of revenue would not let the country's economy be stable.

In addition, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Employment, “energy employs 65 million people worldwide and accounts for 2% of global employment.” The loss of 65 million people’s occupation would lead to an increased unemployment rate.

For the political impact, the rising unemployment will cause the government to be unable to pay subsidies. Professor Paul Stevens states, “Many of the large oil and gas exporters are what might politely describe as politically unstable.  This could be the case for Russia. In Russia, the economy, as well as the government, relies hugely on revenue. If there is a decline in prices of oil as well as gas in Russia, like how the Soviet Union collapsed, it would bring instability among the citizens.” (Landale, 2020).

These impacts would arrive in just a matter of a few decades. Therefore, one must be ready to face these consequences before it is too late.

Y10 Korean students host Korean Diaspora Exhibition - written by Mr Daewoo Lee, MYP & DP Korean.  Y10 Korean students had an exhibition on 8th and 9th January to explain Korean Diaspora that happened during the Colonial Era, 1910-1945, as an activity of SA, in order to wrap up the second unit in Korean A language and literature class.

In this unit, they learned about a Korean drama, the Mister Sunshine, especially how characters identities are described. This drama also talks about how and why Korean resistance fighting against Japan arose before the Colonial Era. Thus, I thought it was meaningful for the students to explore historical events related to the Mister Sunshine, and they choose Korean Diaspora after considering various topics.

I was surprised because this topic is not well known to the majority of Koreans, not to mention students who study abroad. It shows they pursue to be knowledgeable and inquirers. Also, they had a great opportunity to nurture their caring mind through this exhibition on harsh life of Koreans who were forced to immigrate to other countries.

Y10 Korean students showed their fantastic collaboration skills for this project. Jake and David focused on the meaning of diasporas, and Victoria and Minyu focused on the specific example of Korean diasporas, ones living in Cuba now.

Below are the students` voices.

Heewon : “It allowed me to delve into a historical period that shaped the lives of many Koreans and appreciate the resilience of those who sought a better life overseas.”

Eunsung : “ We learned so much about the hardships our ancestors faced and their struggles to adapt to new cultures and environments around the world.”

Minyu : “I learned a lot about Korean diasporas and their effort, and I respect their effort to try to keep their identity of Korean.”

It’s Been a Long Time Coming - written by Mr Gary Wood, MYP Humanities.  You may remember many moons ago that the Hanova Secondary students, in their houses, had a competition that involved them bringing in plastic bottles from home. The competition ended around October time, but unfortunately trying to find someone to come to the school to recycle the bottles proved more difficult that anticipated. However, we finally managed to get the bottles recycled last week, and in total the secondary students collected around 36kg of plastic waste and raised 72 yuan. The money has been handed over to the secondary school student forum who will  now decide what to spend the money on. Well done to everyone involved! ♻️

Launching Hanova School's Model United Nations Team - Building Future Leaders - written by Ms Sandra Gerrits, MYP & DP Humanities, Economics.  This year we are thrilled to share exciting news that marks a significant milestone in our commitment to fostering global awareness, critical thinking, and leadership skills among our students. Today, we proudly announce the establishment of the Hanova School Model United Nations (MUN) Team.

Our MUN team comprises a diverse group of talented individuals, each playing a vital role in shaping the team's success. Let's take a moment to introduce our key members:

Secretary- General: Yutong Yuan (Yulia) Year 12

Head of Programme: Mingshan Li (Will) Year 12

Head of Marketing/Media: Ruoyi Jiang (Steven) Year 12

Team Member: Mina Kang (Year 12)

Head of Finance: Yutong Yuan (Yulia) Year 12

Head of Logistics: Mingshan Li (Will) Year 12

Team Members:

Dacheng Gao (Benny) Y11

Mani Sasannejad (Y11)

Head of Human Resources: Ruoyi Jiang (Steven) Year 12

The Hanova School MUN team represents an exciting opportunity for our students to engage in diplomatic simulations, debates, and discussions, honing their skills in negotiation, public speaking, and critical analysis. There are several events coming up in the near future. First of all, the Hanova MUN team is organising in in-house MUN conference for Year 10 – Y13 on Saturday, February 24. During this day, students can experience what it is like to be a delegate, representing an assigned country in one of two MUN committees. The UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) will discuss Artificial Intelligence and its impacts on Education. The UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program) will discuss the topic of Carbon Neutralisation. For students in Year 10 to Y13 who are interested, join us at:

The second event is also in progress. Students in Y10 to Y12 will be invited to participate in the DAISMUN IVX in Dalian mid-March. Information about this event and a signup form will come shortly via Managebac.

Stay tuned for updates on our team's progress, achievements, and participation in upcoming MUN events. Together, let's celebrate the growth and success of our students as they step onto the global stage.

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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