From the Head of School

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the UNIS Hanoi community we offer our sincere condolences to the people of Vietnam following the announcement of the sad news of the passing of President Trần Đại Quang.

State media announced this morning the President’s death at the age of 61 following treatment for illness at a Hanoi hospital.

The arrangements for his funeral have not been announced and we will communicate any impact on school operations as we know them.

Our thoughts are with his family, the leaders of Vietnam and our Vietnamese staff and families on this day.

Jane McGee

From the Board of Directors

As part of our annual planning for the year, the Board and senior leadership team will meet for a 2-Day offsite meeting this weekend. On the agenda will be team building (we have two new Board members this year), the Head of School will present the annual action plan and goals for 2018-2019 and we will review some case studies to reinforce our understanding of good governance. We will also review and reflect on past Board work to learn from those experiences and enhance practices of good governance.

As Life Long Learners, our 2-Day Board meeting helps our Board learn and achieve a greater understanding of international school governance – reflected in better more strategic decisions for the long term health of the school.

Sincerely,
Amie Pollack

School Badges for MS and HS Students

In our ongoing efforts to continue to strengthen our security measures, beginning Monday, September 24, all MS and HS students will be required to have their badge to enter campus.

If a student arrives without his/her badge, they will be asked to wait until their enrolment is confirmed by their respective division before entering campus. As their card is needed for use in the canteen, library and for printer use, we hope all of our older students are already bringing their badge everyday. Those without a badge will not be allowed to enter gate 5 but will be asked to go to gate 1 for identity verification.

Our hope is to keep this as seamless as possible and not impact learning. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to roll out new efforts to keep our students safe.

UNIS Hanoi Administration

Campus Security and Community Events

At UNIS Hanoi we love creating events to connect our community, both parents at the school and the broader community. And we are also working hard to make sure that our families can enjoy the school campus as safely as possible.

This year we announced the start of our Community Campus Access programme, with the opening up of campus use for our families outside of school hours. And we have also stepped up our requirement for all adults to wear Campus Card ID badges.

Thank you for helping us keep our students and our campus safe!

This weekend is the first of the year when we have a number of large events happening on campus at the same time. We have a Varsity Volleyball Tournament on campus and also our Community Connections Fair which means we are expecting a significant number of external visitors on site.

Our security team will be working hard to keep you and our campus safe. Please be patient and please be reminded that the campus facilities are open for families at their own risk.

Happy Birthday UNIS Hanoi – Again!

September 19 was the first day of school for UNIS Hanoi in 1988.

We have come a long way since we welcomed 12 students into borrowed classrooms in a local High School with teachers on secondment from UNIS New York!

This week we took a moment to appreciate the endeavours of our founders and all those families that came before us and to watch this short film by our most recent graduating Scholar, Linh Nguyen who is certainly demonstrating our Vision in action – “to be an inspirational role model for a better world!

Discover the impact of our community’s investment in the Scholarship Fund by watching this short film, “Future Me…” , written by our 2018 graduating Scholar, Linh Vu Nguyen, to tell her story.  

Linh left Hanoi in early August to start a 4-year full scholarship at Vanderbilt University, USA.  She was the first recipient of the Bitexco Founders Scholarship at UNIS Hanoi. She plans to return to Vietnam after university to give a voice to the underprivileged children of Vietnam.

THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to our Scholarship Fund over the last four years and helped us raise more than 630,000 USD to support our Scholarship Programme.

Last Call – Sustainability Committee

Want to help make UNIS Hanoi a more sustainable school? Join our sustainability committee to make this a reality.

What is a Sustainable School? A Sustainable School is a school that practices and models sustainability in all aspects of its mission, governance, operation, its engagement and relationship with the outside community, and of course, its curriculum, teaching and learning processes. In all its essence and practice, a sustainable school is focused on improving all aspects of student learning with a clear purpose towards effectively participating and contributing to a better and more sustainable future for humanity.

How can schools do this? As places of learning, schools can help students understand our impact on the planet and how to effectively address the challenges we face.  And as models of good practice, they can be places where sustainable living and working are demonstrated to young people and to other members of the school community. Solutions to the world’s current and future challenges may be found in our classrooms and schools.

This journey will need input and ideas from all members of our community: teachers, staff, parents, and students. We will have an information session for anyone that is interested in learning more on Thursday, September 27 at 16.00 in the B7 Community Room. Please contact Misty Shipley, Director of Finance and Operations (dfo@unishanoi.org) to RSVP to the meeting.

Community Meeting – Meet Epicure!

It’s a new canteen and it’s a new catering company! And we are confident that our community is curious to find out more…

Please join us for a Community Meeting on Monday October 1 at 8.15 in the Community Room (B7) where you will hear a 30 minute presentation by Epicure and get a chance to try for yourself some of the food that they prepare for our Deli and Catering ranges.

There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers and our Head of School, Jane McGee and our Director of Finance and Operations, Misty Shipley, will also be there to answer questions and give some feedback from our student focus groups as well as outlining how the community can collaborate with Epicure with constructive feedback.

In order for the meeting to be a informative as possible, please let us know any hot topics that you would like to hear about from Epicure by leaving a comment below on this post.

Mobile Phone Numbers Updates – Don’t let us misdial in an emergency!

The 11-digit mobile telephone number changes that were widely advertised to take place on September 15 are being phased by the telephone companies over several weeks.

They did not all change this weekend, and some will not change until October 7.

It is important that the school has your correct telephone numbers in order that we can contact you, especially in case of emergencies. And especially with Trip Weeks for Grade 5-12 coming up.

Please study the below list of numbers and dates and Update Family Profile as necessary on the Veracross Parent Portal .

To activate your new number on the designated day you may have to restart your phone.

Please contact your service provider if you have any questions. Please note that the auto updates provided by some of the apps on offer will do all the numbers at one time.

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THÔNG BÁO QUAN TRỌNG: Việc chuyển đổi đầu số di động được thông báo diễn ra vào ngày 15 tháng 9 đang được các nhà mạng tiến hành theo từng giai đoạn và sẽ diễn ra trong một vài tuần.

Các nhà mạng không thay đổi đồng loạt các đầu số vào cuối tuần trước mà sẽ thay đổi dần từ ngày 15 tháng 9 đến ngày 7 tháng 10.

Nhà trường rất cần có thông tin chính xác về số điện thoại của quý vị để liên lạc, đặc biệt là trong các trường hợp khẩn cấp.

Vui lòng kiểm tra thông tin về lịch thay đổi các đầu số của từng nhà mạng trong danh sách như trên (xem bản tiếng Anh) và cập nhật thông tin liên lạc của quý vị trên Veracross Parent Portal nếu cần.

Để kích hoạt số điện thoại trong ngày chuyển đổi, quý vị có thể phải khởi động lại điện thoại của mình.

Nhà trường hi vọng những thông tin này hữu ích với quý vị. Vui lòng liên hệ với nhà mạng nếu quý vị cần trợ giúp.

School Calendar Update – 10 Day Cycle

We hope that you have all synced your calendars and are keeping up to date with all the events at UNIS Hanoi.

Please read the original Tin Tuc post from the start of the year article for full details.

And now, a special update for Middle and High School parents! To help you keep your kids on track we have also created the MSHS 10-Day Schedule as a calendar that you can also sync and remember which day it is!

Please visit our Calendar page on the website for full details and instructions for syncing calendars with all devices and calendar soft wares and the quick links to update your devices.

Coming up for parents next week:

  • Tuesday September 25: Grade 6 Parent Night.
  • Wednesday, September 26: G2 Mathematics Coffee Morning with Parents.
  • Thursday September 27: English as an Additional Language (EAL) Coffee Morning organised by the elementary EAL team
  • Friday September 28: Middle School Parent Coffee Morning. Please read the Tin Tuc article from Middle School for full details.
  • Friday September 28: K2 Mathematics Coffee Morning with Parents.
  • Friday, September 28: Viet Sing Swing University Fair 
  • Saturday, September 29: UNIS Autumn Intrasquad Swim Gala
  • Saturday, September 29: Parent and Staff Sparkly Social. Please read the SCO article for details.

Community Connections Fair & Flea Market tomorrow!

Discover what’s new in Hanoi at the Community Connections Fair!

  • Where should I go if I get sick?
  • Want to find out where to purchase organic and free range food?
  • What local fair trade businesses can I support?
  • Which gyms offer yoga?
  • What to do with my kids at the weekend?

Whether you are new to Hanoi or a local, everyone will learn something new at our Community Connections Fair as we bring the best of Hanoi has to offer to UNIS!

The purpose of the Community Connections Fair is to provide useful information to our Hanoi community by bringing a variety of Hanoi’s service providers and organizations together to one convenient location! In addition, we will have a community flea market for bargain shoppers and socially responsible business booths for our conscious consumers!

  • When: Saturday, September 22
  • Time: 9.00 – 12.00
  • Location: UNIS Hanoi Canteen
  • Security enhancement: All adults need to show ID upon entering campus

Questions – Contact Community Liaison Officer, Nathalie Grun, clo@unishanoi.org