Hanova’s Principal’s Newsletter is a monthly publication designed to inform the Hanova community and the world about news and events happening at Xi’an Hanova International School.
2021 Hanova Commencement
Written by Sharon Zhu & Jonathan Rice
The 2021 Commencement was held successfully on Friday, 28th May. There were two parts of this major celebration of the year, a graduation at Hanova campus in the afternoon, followed by a celebration gala dinner at the Shangri-La Hotel in the evening.
Joy and tears are always together. As their family members here at Hanova, we have witnessed our graduates’ academic and personal growth, and it is also our greatest honor to have accompanied them on this road. Like one of the graduates said at the graduation, “It is a tragedy that we have to say ‘goodbye’, but saying ‘goodbye’ is not a promise to never see each other again; saying ‘goodbye’ is for a better reunion next time. Now we are going to go our separate ways around the world, but as Tagore said: “No matter how long the shadow of the tree is pulled by dusk, it is always connected with the root!” Hanova is our root; it is the intersection of our lifelines; no matter how long, this memory will not be forgotten.”
The afternoon graduation ceremony began with cheers of joy as the Hanova’s Class of 2021 entered the auditorium! Isaac, Dido, Sky, Jennifer, Sophia, Isaiah & Swan walked up the middle aisle and took their seats on the stage as Ms. Sharon Zhu welcomed the crowd that had gathered to celebrate this important milestone with the graduates. The afternoon continued with a piano performance, the presentation of the diplomas, memorable speeches from each of the graduates and several addresses from Hanova’s faculty. As the ceremony ended, the graduates and their families stayed after to remember the occasion with photos and well-deserved wishes of congratulation.
The evening gala dinner at the Shangri-La was a wonderful way to continue the day’s celebration! The graduates, their families, Hanova’s Year 12 students and members of Hanova’s Board and staff all gathered to eat together and wish the Class of 2021 all the best as they begin the journey of the rest of their lives! The Year 12 students led the programme for the night – showing a slideshow of DP memories and introducing several speakers who challenged the graduates not only to reach for their dreams, but to use their own unique gifts and personalities to change the world!
Let’s congratulate the class of 2021 and wish them all a bright future!
Hanova hosts Secondary Arts Assemblies
Written by Jennifer Lazareck
Hanova’s Secondary Arts Assembly on Friday, 21st May was an afternoon filled with music, twins, sidekicks, silly dance choreography, and dramatic presentations as the students showcased their talents, skills and hard work over the past few months. All work has been created in either their Music or Performing Arts – Drama class.
The Arts Assembly highlighted the hard work and dedication of the Year 8A Music class, as they played “How Far I’ll Go” from the Disney hit film Moana and a modern song “Something Like This” by the band The Chainsmokers. Followed by the Year 9 Drama class and their “Shakespearean Monologues.” The ten performers were: Amelia Seyeon Kim, Daniel Byeongjun Lee, Cleo Yewon Kim, Jay Taegeon Park, Eva Yiyi Wang, Raphael Trull, Grace Suhyun Park, Tony Tianyue Wang, Judy Seoyun Choi, Teng Xuan Tan. The grand finale was the Year 7s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play “The Comedy of Errors” a play about mistaken identities, family reunions, forgiveness, and friendship.
A GIANT Thank you to our backstage CREW Team! These volunteers do a lot of work that nobody usually sees. However, they are always needed to help keep the “show going” in a smooth and orderly fashion. Gratitude goes out to:
- Speech MC’s: Xun Khang + Katherine from Year 12.
- “Front of House” (usher/programs, stage setup/takedown, crowd/audience control)
- YULIA, NOAH, + FAITH – Front of house English (Crew Captain – Asst. Miss L.)
- MINA – Front of house Korean
- STEVEN – Front of house Chinese
- JACK – Front of house Korean/TECH for Year 9 (PPT)
Also, a big thank you to our “Backstage Managers” for each dressing room, who were responsible for controlling the group, keeping them quiet, ensuring that they do their warmups, getting them on and off stage quickly and quietly – like ghosts. CLOCKWISE! Also returning instruments properly and props into their class box after the performance is done. They made sure the classrooms were spotless, as well, once all had left.
- Y8A Music: LUCAS + JULIA
- Y9 Drama: ALICIA + ROBIN
- Y7 Drama: SEAN + LILY
If your Childs’ class or performance piece is not mentioned above, do not worry. We will also have our Success Assembly, Orchestra, Band, and ECA “One Act Play” Drama Club “Fairy Tale Courtroom” coming in June. More details will be coming for those events… Once more, thank you to the cast, crew, and audience members alike, as we strive to give Hanova the gift of entertainment as we become a community of artists.
Hanova Heroes Secondary Football Team wins Xi’an Tournament!
Written by Jonathan Rice
On Saturday, 29th May, Hanova’s Secondary football team participated in the 6th Annual Xi’an International Tournament. The day began with a 7:30am start as representatives from each school drew seeds – which determined each of the teams’ schedules for the day. The tournament took place at Bodi campus – a “round robin” format through the morning in which each of the four teams played each other once. Hanova’s Heroes were scheduled for 2 games on the XIS grass field and 1 game on Bodi’s turf track field.
Game 1 began a little later than expected at 8:30am – the Heroes were playing on grass against Maple Leaf. As the first half began, Isaiah Smith and Isaac Rice led the team in a dominating 20 minutes. Their chemistry was evident as they moved the ball well, maintained possession and pounded Maple Leaf’s goal with some hard shots. By the half, though, the score was still 0-0. The second half proved to be a much different game. Maple Leaf scored an unexpected goal early on and then began drawing in most of their players into defensive positions. The Heroes fought hard on the unpredictable grass, but couldn’t get the goal they needed. The final whistle blew with a 1-0 Maple Leaf win.
Game 2 was scheduled for the Bodi Track field against XIS. Coming off a difficult loss, the Heroes settled into a very competitive game. Early in the first half, Isaiah Smith whipped a throw-in straight at the goal that bounced off an XIS defender and gave Hanova an early 1-0 lead! Both teams had more opportunities to score, but it wasn’t until the very end of the half that XIS put the ball in the net to tie the game. The second half brought just as much competition. Plenty of shots on goal. About midway through, Elijah Smith scored his first goal of the tournament to bring the Heroes into the lead (2-1). The Heroes held this lead until late in the game when a deep shot from XIS found the net. The game ended in a disappointing tie, 2-2.
Game 3 found the Heroes back on the challenging XIS grass field facing the XLIS Blue Dragons. Hanova began with a very strong first half! Vincent Gibbs served a perfect assist to Isaiah Smith who pounded the bouncing ball straight into the right side of the goal. Elijah Smith followed that goal with another just a short time later to put the Heroes up 2-0 by halftime. XLIS played a very strong game. They gained back one of the goals in the second half and proceeded to attack with their offense much of the last 10 minutes of the game. But Noah Smith’s incredible saves and Hanova’s very capable defense led by Isaiah and Vincent pushed Hanova to a 2-1 win.
The “round robin” tournament games determined which teams would go to the Bronze and Gold matches. At the end of the round robin games, Maple Leaf finished with 5 points, Hanova with 4, XIS with 3 and XLIS with 2. This set the stage for Hanova’s final match to play for the tournament championship!
The Gold match began at 1:30pm on the Bodi track field. Our Heroes played an incredible first half! In just a matter of minutes, Elijah Smith scored his third goal of the tournament and the Heroes never looked back the rest of the game! Isaac Rice and Isaiah Smith worked the ball through the middle of the field feeding it to the offense and creating scoring opportunities. Vincent Gibbs had some epic headers sending the ball flying out of our defensive space. James Lee, Ethan Dowdy and Billy Lee played incredible defense, while Minjun Poa and Elijah Smith led the offense to a 3-0 score by halftime! Elijah came through with a “hat-trick” (3 goals) in the championship game! The second half brought appearances from Faith Gibbs, Will Li, Steven Jiang, Albert Kim and Caleb Dowdy in an impressive show of teamwork. As the final whistle blew, a loud cheer went up from Hanova’s players, coaches, parents and fans as the tournament ended. Hanova won the Gold match by a score of 3-1 – and with that win became the 2021 Xi’an International Soccer League & Tournament Champions!
In the final awards ceremony at the end of the day, Hanova’s Heroes were awarded with the Tournament Championship trophy and individual gold medals for each player. But the awards continued with the “Golden Boot” award (for the most tournament goals scored) awarded to Elijah Smith (5 goals) and the “Golden Glove” award (for the most tournament goalie saves) awarded to Noah Smith (27 saves)! We are proud of the Hanova Heroes for their hard work all season and for this very significant accomplishment as Tournament Champions!
Year 12 End-of-Year Exam
Written by Sharon Zhu
The year 12 students have just completed their first official examination – the Year 12 End-of-Year Exam. It was a two-weeks-long examination, that every day the Year 12 students were sitting in different subject examinations. It was a chance to examine the learning outcome in the past year, and most importantly, is for teachers to give them feedback from the examination results. With this feedback, they will be able to make academic plans for the upcoming summer holiday and the next semester coming in just a few months.
Year 11 Bridging Programme
Written by Sharon Zhu
In the last two weeks of this academic year, Hanova held the Y11 Bridging Programme. On Monday, 7th June, we have welcomed the Year 11s to officially join our IB Diploma Programme here at Hanova. It is a two-week curriculum programme which not only contains DP courses, but also some information sessions, homeroom lessons, university counseling lessons, parent meetings, Alumni Talk sessions, Kognity sessions, etc. The aim of the Bridging Programme is to help the Year 11 students transition to the Diploma Programme smoothly, and to help them to know how to use their time this summer to prepare for their DP life which starts in August.
Written by Sharon Zhu
During the Year 11 Bridging Programme, it was our great honor to invite three Hanova alumni from the classes of 2017 and 2018 to meet the newest Diploma students. From the panel discussion, the alumni have shared their insights, experience and tips from their perspectives about the IB Diploma Program and some fun facts when they were studying here at Hanova. Here, we’d like to sincerely thank these excellent young adults for their willingness to guide our present DP students:
- Emily Chan, Class of 2018 (University College London)
- Kevin Qu, Class of 2018 (University of Edinburgh)
- Harry Zhang, Class of 2017 (University of California, Los Angeles)
Thank you again for your continuing support.
Robert C. Muntzer