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An overview of our House System

Our house system was established in 2014 with the aim to provide a sense of competition and fun through a range of school based activities. All students and teaching members are attached to one of our four houses, to learn how to embrace challenges, to form friendships and work in collaboration across the year groups. It also gives senior students the opportunity to develop their potential for leadership.

House Leaders

Each house in the Secondary School has two house leaders, one boy and one girl. In the Primary School, each house also has two leaders, one captain and one vice-captain.Leaders in the Secondary School are elected by all the members of the house from the students in Years 10 & 11 in the house. In the Primary School leaders are elected from students in Year 6.

House Competitions

The houses compete with each other for the title: HOUSE OF THE YEAR, which is awarded at the end of each academic year. The competition is based on points earned in different activities. The activities are divided into 3 groups (Each group a hypertext link):

  • Academic achievement (knowledgeable, inquirers, thinkers and communicators)
  • Service activities (principled, open-minded & caring)
  • Sports activities (risk takers, balanced & reflective)

The same number of points are allocated to each set of activities to ensure that the competition is fairly balanced and fits in with our mission statement and the IB learner profile attributes.

Hanova's students are divided into 4 Houses

Han House (Red)

The Han Dynasty was the second imperial dynasty of China. Spanning over four centuries, the Han period is considered the first golden age in Chinese history. To this day, the Chinese script is also referred to as “Han characters”.

Qin House (Blue)

The Qin Dynasty, founded by Qin Shi Huang, was the first dynasty of Imperial China. It was the shortest major dynasty in Chinese history, consisting of only two emperors, but inaugurated an imperial system that lasted for 22 centuries.

Song House (Green)

The Song Dynasty, founded by Emperor Taizu, was an era of Chinese history from the late 10th to the 13th centuries. The population of China increased significantly under the Song government, which encouraged a vibrant economic and social life and was the first in the world history to issue bank-notes nationally.

Tang House (Yellow)

The Tang Dynasty, ruling during the 7th to the early 10th centuries, is generally regarded as a high point in Chinese civilization and a golden age of cosmopolitan culture, for the outstanding development of arts, culture and interactions with foreign nations.

Recent House Events and Activities

May 13, 2022

Friday 13th May was the turn of the Secondary school to take part in Sports Day. After a whole week of expecting rain we were blessed with perfect weather conditions throughout the day. Students competed in a number of track and field events as well as basketball, dodgeball and tug o’war with points going towards […]

May 11, 2022

Wednesday May 11th saw the first Primary School Sports Day to be held at our new campus. There was red, yellow, blue and green all around the track and the field along with huge smiles and great energy! The children competed in events such as 50/60m sprints, long jump, high jump, shot put, javelin, basketball, […]

April 22, 2022

The morning of Friday, 22nd April saw the Early Years Sports Day take place in the sports building. The children were split into 3 groups and within those groups competed in their house teams as the sports building was awash with red, green, blue and yellow. There were many smiles throughout the morning as the […]

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