Hanova’s Principal’s Newsletter is a regular publication designed to inform the Hanova community and the world about news and events happening at Xi’an Hanova International School.
New campus news & parental surveys
Written by Robert Muntzer
I’d like to thank all our parents for taking the time to complete the survey about student re-enrolment next year. I am happy to share with you that more than 90% of our students will be joining us in Chan Ba to enjoy a new, exciting learning environment. Parents should also be aware that several year levels in Primary are already at capacity and that there are now waiting lists for these year groups.
As you know from the last newsletter, Hanova has successfully passed its IB Diploma Five Year Review and we are currently preparing for our combined PYP and MYP Evaluation Visit in April 2022. Part of this process involves a community survey that forms the basis of our school’s Self-Study. We are currently preparing this survey that will be distributed to all our parents within the next few weeks.
We look forward to hearing your views to make Hanova an even better school!
PYP “Read-a-thon Adventure 2021”
Written by Cheri Dowdy
Hanova PYP recently hosted our annual Read-a-thon. This year’s Read-a-thon theme was “Reading Adventure 2021: Where will reading take you?” And what an adventure it was! Our students set extra reading goals and rose to the challenge showing how truly amazing they are.
One of the highlights of our month of reading activities was Word Day. Students and Staff were encouraged to dress up as a vocabulary word of their choosing. The hallways were filled with parts of speech of all kinds, and students were able to show off their vocabulary knowledge during our Word Parade and Reading Buddies activities.
We ended our Reading Adventure with a full PYP assembly. All students and teachers from Nursery to Year 6 were gathered together in attendance. Students who met their reading goals were awarded certificates. Our amazing PYP students read a total of 92,866 minutes during the Read-a-thon. Amazing readers!
Ms. Kim, our Nursery teacher, organized a shared reading of four different wellknown fairy tales. She divided the lines from the fairy tales among every student in PYP: Han House – Three Little Pigs; Qin House – Gingerbread Man ; Tang House – Little Red Riding Hood; Song House – Beauty and the Beast. Students, sometimes joined by parents, recorded themselves reading the lines, and Ms. Kim put all the
recorded lines together to tell the full stories. The fairy tales came alive and the sound of giggles bounced around the auditorium as we listened to ourselves retelling the famous stories in a brand new way. A big thanks to Ms. Kim for leading the Fairy Tales! It was so lovely to see our Learning Community come together. Everyone truly made this year’s Read-a-thon a huge success!
Hanova’s Secondary Football Team began the 2021 Season
The Hanova Heroes have been looking forward all school year to the Spring 2021 football season! The team began practicing in March and played their first game on 9th April at the Maple Leaf campus. The game against Maple Leaf was an exciting event. The game remained very close through the entire 60 minutes. Our Heroes played hard against a very physical team and recorded the majority of the game’s shots-on-goal. But in the end, they were not able to get the ball in the net! The final game score was 1-0 – a Maple Leaf win.
For their second game, Hanova’s team played a Home game against XLIS on 16th April. The team sported new 2021 uniforms for this match – and they arrived at our home field hungry for a win! And a win they received! The game stayed close in the first 20 minutes, but Hanova’s offense steadily continued to pressure the XLIS defense until Isaac Rice scored a goal late in the first half. And just as the final seconds of the half were running out, Isaiah Smith boosted the team to 2-0. The second half began with some strong offensive pushes by XLIS’s team who fought back to 2-1. But Elijah Smith and James Lee each returned the favor to put the Heroes up 3-1 and then 4-1 for most of the second half. Hanova’s team saw appearances on the field by every one of their players as the Heroes gained some valuable playing experience and a strong win!
Action in Year 6
Written by Petra Vejvodova
Year 6 is busy working on their Exhibition. The students came up with many great ideas for meaningful and authentic actions that show we are caring life-long learners. Our Exhibition groups inquire into current global and local issues such as Environmental pollution, Road safety, Animal abuse, Human rights, Air pollution, Human greed, and Design. Each group conducted surveys, interviews and visited places to learn more about their topic. They are becoming experts in their chosen area. We are all excited to hear their presentations to our learning community on 7th May.
Julia Palmeira receives 2nd place finish in Chinese competition
The finals in the 2020 Super Chinese Cup, a Chinese language competition for international Chinese students from all around the world, were hosted on 16th January through the platform of Zoom. Students spoke about and expressed very unique ideas about a vast variety of topics such as environmental protection, future development, education and many more. Throughout the course of the finals, a total online audience of 10,750 people were watching the participants. One of our Hanova Year 10 students, Julia Palmeira, diligently participated in all phases of the competition, and successfully received
the Second Place for the middle school international group in the competition!
Julia writes: “Taking part in this competition has been an amazing experience for me. I not only practiced my Chinese public speaking skills, but was greatly inspired by all the other students’ speeches and diligence. If I am being very honest, I was terrified in the beginning, and was on the verge of giving up. Once I got my results for the semi-finals, however, together with the encouragement from my Chinese teachers and my friends from school, I was encouraged to keep going and try my best. I was determined to make good use of this opportunity. The Super Chinese Cup truly exceeded my expectations. Teachers were hardworking and committed to helping create the best learning experience possible and students were incredibly supportive and willing to work hard. Hearing other people’s speeches inspired me to take more risks and have courage to talk to others in Chinese and communicate my ideas. I am very grateful to all who hosted this event, as well as to all those who gave me motivation and support throughout this journey and I hope I get to participate in more competitions like this in the future.” – Julia Palmeira
Thank you again for your continuing support.
Robert C. Muntzer