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Hanova Parent Teacher Association

AN INTEGRAL & SUPPORTIVE PART OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY

An overview of our HPTA programme

The Hanova Parent-Teacher Association (HPTA) exists as a non-profit, service-minded group of parents and teachers who enjoy bringing their ideas, time, and energy into the life of the school.

Hanova is a parent-founded, family-oriented and community-driven school and our HPTA provides productive and positive opportunities to plan events, discuss ways to improve school programs and communication, and build social connections.

The purpose of the HPTA is:

1.      To support the mission, aims and core values of Hanova;

2.      To safeguard and enhance the public standing and image of the school;

3.      To foster links between staff, parents, students and others associated with Hanova;

4.      To support and encourage school and student events and achievements;

5.      To raise money for the Hanova community, in accordance with school policy;

6.      To organize various school events and activities during the school year with parents.

HPTA Beliefs

The HPTA should:

  1. Involve as many parents and teachers as possible
  2. Be inclusive of all the languages and cultures represented at the school (and even those not represented at the school!)
  3. Have sufficient, effective means to organize and communicate about school-approved events and activities
  4. Seek to understand and model the school mission, vision, and core values
  5. Seek to understand and appreciate an IB education in the Hanova context
  6. Should proactively and productively share ideas to improve the school
HPTA Committee

President and Vice-Presidents may serve 1 or 2-year terms, with the option to be elected for up to 4 years total. Parent Liaisons serve on as desired/needed bases, attending meetings, supporting activities and events sponsored by the HPTA, and providing language/cultural support to ensure the HPTA remains an inclusive organization on behalf of all parents.

President—an elected role; chairs regular meetings (usually 1-2 per month), setting and communicating the meeting’s agenda in advance to the rest of the committee. She/he essentially serves as the “voice” of the HPTA but, importantly, has good listening ears, is open to different perspectives, and always seeks to benefit students and the school through their leadership. Working with the HPTA committee, creates and distributes a semesterly or annual HPTA calendar for the parent-teacher community.

Vice-President (Planning)—an elected role; supports the President in logistical aspects of events and program planning as delegated by the President, as well as Chairs meetings and otherwise communicates and works on behalf of the PTA in the absence of the President.

Vice-President (Community Engagement)—an elected role; works with the president to continually engage more parents in formal events, informal gatherings on Hanova’s campus, and to create a culturally inclusive environment for the parent-teacher community.

Parent Liaisons—Hanova staff roles or parent-teacher volunteers. These members assist with written and/or verbal translations during closed HPTA Committee meetings and/or during open (all parents/teachers) HPTA community meetings. They serve an important role in ensuring the HPTA functions as inclusively as possible across different cultures and languages.

Teacher Representatives—Elected Hanova staff roles including one (1) Primary School teacher and one (1) Secondary School teacher, both of whom have completed at least one (1) school year at Hanova prior to beginning their term as representative. Theirs is an important voice in presenting the perspectives of students and teachers at Hanova while actively supporting HPTA events and activities.

Treasurer—a Hanova staff role; ensures clear, accurate, and ethical practices are applied to all expenditures by and revenue generated through the HPTA. Works closely with Hanova’s finance department.

Secretary—a Hanova staff role; takes minutes during HPTA committee and community meetings, preparing the minutes for committee and/or community distribution (including translation as possible/needed). Supports the HPTA President in important communications related to HPTA-supported events, activities, and announcements.

School Principal (ex-officio)—represents Hanova’s School Leadership.

Assistant Managing Director (ex-officio)—represents Hanova’s School Board.

Additional committee roles may be added as determined by the HPTA committee and with Hanova School Leadership & Board approval.

HPTA Committee Meetings

HPTA Committee meetings are productive and positive opportunities for the Committee to plan events, discuss ways to improve school programs and communication, and build social connections. Meetings may be for Committee members only, or the Committee may from time to time in advance invite all interested Hanova parents and teachers—the composition/attendance of each meeting will differ depending on the pre-made agenda and will require efficient communication within and by the Committee.

HPTA meetings are typically conducted in English, with translation (verbal and/or visual [e.g., PPT]) provided in Chinese and Korean. If, however, any elected Committee member (e.g., President, Vice President) is not comfortable speaking in English, they may speak in their preferred language with translation being provided. It is unlikely that Hanova can provide translation for all preferred languages represented within the school community. In short, however, meetings should be inclusive and open to different cultural and linguistic preferences to the extent possible.President and Vice-Presidents may serve 1 or 2-year terms, with the option to be elected for up to 4 years total. Parent Liaisons serve on as desired/needed bases, attending meetings, supporting activities and events sponsored by the HPTA, and providing language/cultural support to ensure the HPTA remains an inclusive organization on behalf of all parents.

HPTA-Supported/Sponsored Events & Activities

Christmas Market/Winter Concert

International Day

New Family Welcome Committee

Community Wellbeing Committee

Athletics Booster Club (or Hawks Hunger Haven)

Coffee with the Principal

Occasional workshops (IB education/philosophy, wellbeing, child safeguarding, parenting, etc.)

Language/culture exchange (e.g., classes, city outings, etc. for parents/families)

Parent Hangouts (e.g., Volcano Coffee, Handball/Squash courts area, and other school-approved, designated areas in which parents can freely socialize during school hours)

Other events/activities approved by school leadership and HPTA committee (e.g., Cancer Awareness and other charity/social benefit events)

Should you have any questions or wish to apply for an HPTA committee role, please contact the School Principal’s Office (hanovaprincipaloffice@his-xian.com). We invite inquiries and applications in all languages!

See some examples of Hanova's HPTA in Action

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