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.
Hanova’s Year 11 Students presented their Personal Projects
On Friday, 12 March, Hanova’s MYP Year 11 students presented their MYP Personal Project exhibition to the Hanova Community. They spent much of day standing by their colorful and detailed exhibits, explaining and presenting the process and results of their projects. Many of Hanova’s parents, teachers and classes were able to visit the exhibition – which revealed months of hard work and planning. Our Year 11 students should be very proud of what they have achieved in this culminating project of their Middle Years study!
Year 11 Students and their Projects:
- Ethan Dowdy: “Electric and Bass Guitars: A brief history and analysis”
- Vincent Gibbs: “Inside the NFL”
- Dylan Lee: “Coding Program”
- Elijah Smith: “Business in Sports”
- Albert Kim: “Coding HTML Websites”
- Billy Cho: “Eco-friendly House Plan & Website”
- Alice Choi: “Korean Culture Website”
- Jessica Yoon: “A Study on Happiness”
- Angela Li: “Discover Xi’an”
- James Lee: “Relationship Between Basketball & Mathematics”
- Billy Lee: “Composing a Song About Global Pollution”
- Jay Park: “A Study of Environmental Pollution”
Reception students experiment with light and shadows
Our Reception class, guided by Maria Gibbs, has been working through an especially fun Unit of Inquiry. The central idea is: Light creates shadows and can be reflected. This has been a favorite unit so far and for this activity the kids were doing some shadow exploration in the dark. They used their flashlights and various objects to block the light to create shadows.
Hanova’s Primary House Football Shooting Competition
Submitted by Bruce MacGregor, Year 5 Teacher
Vying for top position in the House ranking, teams brought to bear skill and strategy in a brave attempt to dominate the football shooting competition on Friday, March 12. Players had three choices. An easy direct shot on an open goal for a sure easy point, a tricky shot through two traffic cones for three points or a daring shot hitting a single distant traffic cone for ten points. Using Learner Profiles, competitors were Thinkers to evaluate their chances. Some competitors chose to play it safe, and get their team an easy point with a tap to the goal.
Some competitors chose to be Balanced and take a small risk for a better reward. Other competitors chose to be Risk-Takers and go all in for the tempting ten-point power shot! Everyone had a chance to learn about themselves, their teammates and the opposition. It was a tight competition for third place with Song scoring twenty-two points. Tang squeezed ahead scoring twenty-seven points.
Qin got thirty-six points for a solid grip on second. However, in a stunning upset, it was finally Han’s turn to win a House competition with a decisive forty-four points! Another highlight of the day was the complete domination of Nursery and Reception as they scored goal after goal for a perfect score in a high stakes penalty shot out! The House Competition continues to reveal the diverse strengths of each House and promises to deliver a climatic conclusion.
“If I were a raindrop…”
Written by Alex Lee, Year 4
“If I were a raindrop I would be very useful. Every living thing needs water, and raindrops are made of water. I think if I were a raindrop I would be busy going to the places where living things need me.”
“Following are some of the places I would go. The first place I would go is to the forest. I would be going to water trees, grasses, flowers and other plants. The animals there would drink me if I became a small pond. In forests there are special kinds of plants which scientists have yet to discover. I would water these plants so that these plants do not become extinct before the scientists can discover them.”
“The next place I would go would be to the fields. In the fields there are many things humans eat, so I would water them and this would help the human population too.”
“Next I would go to Africa. In Africa there are a lot of poor people so they cannot buy healthy food or access clean water. I felt heartbroken when I heard this story. I want to help them. So I would go to Africa and be their water supply. The people in Africa’s water is unclean which can make them very sick or even die. They often die from a disease called Cholera. If they immediately take medicine they would stay alive, but unfortunately they don’t have enough money to buy medicine. I felt a little reassured to hear there are organisations and programs which help these people.”
“Finally if I were a raindrop, I would go to the desert. The desert is hot and dry. There is a lot of sand and it is famous for sandstorms. These storms interrupt people’s sight by getting in their eyes. These could be explorers who are exploring the desert. This is hard work. I could also be water for animals and explorers. Animals like Camels live in the desert and can survive not drinking water for two weeks, because they store tissue in their humps. But still they need to drink water to stay alive. So I would give water to all of the living things in the desert.”
“There are many places that need water and raindrops. These are just some of them that I know. Water is a main resource. Creatures cannot survive if they don’t drink water. In many ways water is a useful resource. We need to protect this resource because water does not last forever.”
Alex Lee Y4
Thank you again for your continuing support.
Robert C. Muntzer