Bye Bye Grade 1…Hello Grade 2!

We will miss you…



Dear Martin, Kieran, Minh An, Sophie, Anabelle, Penny, Maï, David, Mia, Thomas, Amber, Stella, Martina, Ellen, Hiroshi, Masashi, Enrico, Kanata and Hann Yang,

We have had a wonderful year of learning together and we know that you will all enter Grade 2 in August as confident and capable learners. Thank you for leading this journey for us and we hope that you come back to visit.

Lots of Love

Ms. Anna & Ms. Dung.

Farewell to Mai, Martina, Penny and David

We had the opportunity to say farewell to our four friends Mai, Martina, Penny and David during the Leavers Assembly on Tuesday. We wish them all the best in their new journey and know that they will make many friends wherever they go! We will miss you.


Ready for Grade 2!

We had a lot of fun on Moving Up Morning and feel more confident about moving up to Grade 2 now that we have met our new teachers and classmates. We look forward to meeting new friends to UNIS next August.


This week in 1C…

Open Swimming Lessons- Please Join Us!




Goodbye Dr.Barder and Grade 1

It was an emotional assembly today as we said goodbye to Dr.Barder and all of our Grade 1 children. Thank you to Sophie for representing Grade 1C by reading a poem that we wrote together for Dr. Barder. Thank you also to Ellen’s whose beautifully illustrated poem was displayed. We felt very special when our K2 buddies presented us with a flower to acknowledge our transition into upper Elementary.

K2 Lunch Date

As part of the transition process we have had two lunch and playdates with our K2 friends over the past few weeks. We have been wonderful Grade 1 ambassadors by showing our friends how the cafeteria operates and all the things that they will need to know when they move up to K2 next year.


  • Tomorrow is Moving Up Day! For new families please note that this is a day when your child has the opportunity to meet their new teacher and classmates for the coming school year. The children are excited and looking forward to spending some time in their new class environment. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. This will take place during periods 3&4 tomorrow (10:10-11:30).
  • If you are leaving early on holidays before next Thursday, June 14th please inform us so that we can have all student work prepared.
  • Tomorrow, Friday June 8th all home readers need to be returned. No home readers will be sent home next week.
  • Please join us on Tuesday June 12th from 10:55-11:35 for Open Swimming Lesson.
  • A special assembly for all leaving students will take place on Tuesday from 13:15-14:00. All parents are invited.
  • Following the Leavers Assembly we will have our Grade Level End of Year Party. You are invited to remain at school until 15:20. For parents who are not attending the Leavers Assembly we invite you to join from 15:00-15:20 when we will present the children with a small token to acknowledge their time in Grade 1.
  • The last day of school is Thursday, June 14. Children will be dismissed at 12:00 and buses will depart shortly after.


This Week in 1C…

Music Concert and Art Exhibition Success!

Thank you to everyone who attended the K2 and Grade 1 Music Concert and Art Exhibition, I think you will all agree that it was a wonderful celebration of musical and artistic learning throughout the year. Thank you to Ms. Alexis, Ms. Noor and Ms.Emma for all their hard work.

For those that could not make it, here are some videos of each song performed, enjoy!

Grade 12 ‘Grand Walk’ for Graduation!

We had so much fun cheering on our Grade 12 friends as they made their way to the final graduation ceremony rehearsal. We wish them the best of luck in the future.

Transition Time with Ms.Anissa

Ms. Anissa came to visit this week to discuss our transition to Grade 2 and to let us know about our friends who will leaving our UNIS community. We look forward to spending the last few weeks with David, Penny, Martina and Mai before they begin their exciting journeys to their new schools and homes.


  • Tomorrow, Friday May 25th school finishes at 11:50. Buses will depart school at 12:05.
  • Please return all outstanding library book loans by next Monday, May 28th.
  • Swimming will run as normal next week. Please ensure your child packs their swimming gear for Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Magic Word Practice: Please support your child with reading and writing the violet words as part of your reading routine at home.
  • End of Year Party: Please join us from 15:00-15:20 on Tuesday, June 12th to celebrate the end of the school year.

This week in 1C…

MS Design Collaboration

This term we have been collaborating with the Middle School design team as part of our Play Based Learning initiative. Earlier this semester the MS students presented their designs for toys and other items that could enhance our play. Since then, they have been busy at work. We popped into the design lab to see how the projects are progressing.

Unit of Inquiry: Sorting Trash and Campus Walk

As part of our inquiry into how human interactions with the environment have an impact on the survival of plants and animals joined a school expert Mr. Duc on a tour of our school campus. Mr. Duc explained how the building of UNIS has impacted our environment and we reflected on how the campus and the land it is built on has changed.

Grade 5 friends teach us how to Take Action!

We owe a big thank you to the three Grade 5 students who came to speak to us about their Exhibition project on reducing and reusing waste in our school community. Their message connected very strongly with our current unit and we were grateful to hear about ways in which we can take action to reduce waste and reuse it in meaningful ways. Look out for their posters in the cafeteria which outline food items that can be reused and added to our school composting system.

Magic Math with Ms. Beth

We have been perfecting our skills as Math Magicians this week and look forward to sharing our new math trick with you this weekend. Our focus as has been Math Practice 6: I can be careful and accurate when I use math becoming more robust with number combinations to 10. Please support by playing the game at home…and prepare to be wowed by our magic!


  • Tomorrow is Outdoor Play Day in the ECC (Period 1 & 2): Please ensure that your child has a spare change of clothes, hat and water bottle as there will be outdoor water games.
  • Please send in suitable attire (black pants and a solid, plain colored t-shirt, in a labelled plastic bag) for the upcoming Music Concert and Art Exhibition on Thursday May 24th at 9:00am. We need this in time for Tuesday’s dress rehearsal.
  • Due to rehearsal times for the music concert swimming next week has been changed to Monday (not Tuesday). This applies to next week only.
  • Early dismissal due to the Grade 12 Graduation ceremony: Friday May 25th at 11:30am. Busses will depart at 11:45am.
  • End of Year Class Celebration will take place on Tuesday June 12th. There will be a short get together at the end of the day from 15:00-15:20 for parents to attend. Please join if you have the time. More details to follow from Eriko and Aya.


This week in 1C…

Poetry Cafe

Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s poetry cafe. We think you’ll all agree the children did a fantastic job showcasing their poems and delivering them with confidence and clarity.

New Unit Provocation

The provocation for our new unit took place on Tuesday when we headed out to explore both the inside and outside grounds of UNIS. We gather any trash that we encountered along the way and later used this to prompt a discussion about how human actions can positively and negatively impact our environment.

New Unit Outline

Pizza Party!!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the book drive and made our wonderful pizza party possible! As you can see from the photos it was a big hit!


  • Swimming starts Monday 14th (1C will have their first lesson on Wednesday May 16th). Please make sure your child is ready to swim by sending to school:
  • Swimming costume (not bikinis, swim-suits with hoods, rash vests- see this blog post on why rash vests hinder rather than help: Rash Vests 
  • Goggles
  • Swim cap (if hair is below shoulders)
  • Towel
  • Snack Sale: Wednesday May 16th, please provide your child with 20,000VND if you wish for them to participate.
  • Friday May 18th: International Outdoor Classroom Day. 
    To help make this day successful, please make sure that your child:
    -wears sunscreen to school
    -has a hat
    -has a full water bottle
    -has a change of clothes in a labelled bag
  • Grade 1 Spring Concert & Art Exhibition Thursday, May 24th at 9:00am followed by – See email that was sent out today.
  • Friday May 25thEarly dismissal at 11:30. There will be no school lunch provided on this day. Buses will depart at 11:45. 
  • As the weather gets hotter please ensure that your child has a spare t-shirt or change of clothes.
Please see the message below from Ms. Nikki 
Starting on Monday May 14th  all students in Discovery, K1, K2, and Grade 1 will be swimming during their PE lessons. Swimming will continue until the end of the school year.

For more details on Swimming Expectations please read the Aquatics blog.  

If there are any special requirements for, or exclusions from, swimming over the next 5 weeks please inform Martin Hamilton as well as your PE teacher.



This Week in Grade 1C…

Sharing our poems…

We look forward to you attending our Poetry Cafe tomorrow. In preparation for this fun event we visited Grade 3C to share our poems on the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Our Grade 3 friends have also been working on sharing the message of the UN SDG Goals through different forms of artistic expression. We enjoying the opportunity to share together.

Book Week Celebrations…

It may only have been three days but we certainly packed in enough fun activities to fill an entire week! Here are some of our favorites so far:

  • Wear a Word- Check out some of creative word choices in the photos below!
  • Mystery Readers!
  • Book character dress up and parade with our Buddy Class!
  • Drop Everything And Read times!

Pizza Party!!

We did it!!

Thank you to everyone who took action by donating books to tomorrow’s SCO Book Drive. The results are in and Grade 1C donated the most books in the whole ECC!!

As a thank you for the awesome action that was taken our class will be rewarded with a Pizza Party next Wednesday, May 9th. We will also receive one complimentary book voucher each for tomorrow’s book drive! Please ensure that your child does not bring home lunch that day so that we can enjoy the celebration together!


  • If you wish for your child to support tomorrow’s SCO Book Drive please send in a maximum of 100,000VND to purchase between 3-5 books. Please also send in your child’s
  • You are invited to our Poetry Cafe event tomorrow from 2:30-3:00. We look forward to seeing you then.
  • Book Week Festivities: Tomorrow is pyjama dress up (and stuffed toy) day tomorrow. Please ensure that your child brings in a change of clothes for P.E.
  • Thank you to those of you who filled out our Play Based Learning survey. If you have the time we would greatly appreciate your feedback.

This week in Grade 1C…

Budding Poets…

As we prepare for our Poetry Cafe celebration on May 4th we have been learning about different types of poems (List and Cinquain) and the styles of different poets. We read some poems by Shel Silverstein and illustrated our SDG poems in this style. We look forward to sharing them with you.

Super Cycling Man

We had the pleasure of meeting the inspirational Super Cycling Man as he cycles his way through Vietnam as part of a much larger goal: To be the first person to cycle across all 7 continents! The Super Cycling Man embarked on this epic journey back in May 2015 and plans to reach his goal by 2020. We were inspired by his commitment, enthusiasm and big smile as he shared some important messages with us:

  • Go for your dreams!
  • Never give up!
  • Be kind to others!

The Super Cycling Man is hoping to raise 100,000GBP to support the charity Parkinson’s U.K. Please support and take action by making a donation via his website Check out this video for more information.

Book Week is coming up! 

Book week runs from May 2nd-4th and here is run down of the week’s events:

  1. Wednesday: Wear a word day- We will kick start the week by wearing one word of our choice. It can be any word of your choice and we encourage everyone to be as creative as possible with their book choice!
  2. Thursday: Character Book Dress-Up Day- Don’t forget to bring along a copy of the book that your character features in! We will join our Buddy Class 5A to show off our costumes in the ES Costume Parade.
  3. Friday: Pajama and Cuddly Toy Day – Get comfy, wear your favorite pjs and bring along a cuddly friend.


  • Please note that there is no school on both
  • Book Donations: Thank you to everyone who has donated books for the upcoming Book Drive. Your participation is much appreciation. Keep sending in any used books that you are willing to donate. 
  • Poetry Cafe on Friday May 4th: Please join us at 14:30 for a coffee and a short recital of the poems that we have been creating. 
  • Play-Based Learning Feedback Form: We greatly appreciate your feedback, thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.


This week in Grade 1C…

Student-Led Conference Success!!
Thank you to all our visitors who came to support and celebrate in our learning. I think you’ll agree that we all did a wonderful job sharing our learning. We look forward to reviewing your feedback and blog posts about what you learned on the day.
Celebrating Kanata’s Achievement!
We were so excited to celebrate Kanata’s wonderful violin achievement during today’s assembly. Kanata participated in a violin competition in Japan and was placed second, what an achievement!
Please take the time to watch this video of Kanata’s performance.

Book Drive Action!
Well done to all our friends who have taken action by bringing in used books to support the SCO Book Drive. We had a lot of fun counting all the books that Mai brought in as part of a math lesson. We counted by 2, 5’s and 10’s to find out the total and divided the collection into Foreign Language and English Books.
Autism Awareness Month
Thank you to Ms. Sara for raising awareness and asking the school community to wear blue in support of this worthy cause. We came together as a Grade 1 community to take a photo with Ms. Sara, thank you for supporting.
T.I.G. Time Poetry Walk with Ms. Conroy
Throughout our inquiry into poetry we will be collaborating with Ms. Conroy and making use of all the wonderful poetry resources that are available in our school library. On Friday we had fun taking part in a poetry walk around the library and learned about the poet Jack Prelutsky.
Book Week is coming up…check out what is coming up!
  • Wednesday May 2nd: Wear a Word Day- Students wear a word somewhere on their clothing that they identify with, have fun pronouncing or simply enjoy!
  • Thursday May 3rd: Character Costume Dress Up Day.
  • Friday May 4th:  Pajama dress up day + Bring your soft toy friend + SCO Book Sale!  The class with the most donations for the book sale will get to visit the sale FIRST!
  • Poetry Cafe: Please join us on Friday May 4th at 14:30 to showcase some of the poetry that we have written over the course of the unit. We will present in a cafe-style format and hope that you can come along and celebrate our learning over a cup of coffee!
  • Please note that there is no school on Wednesday April 25th due to Hung King Day.

This week in Grade 1C…

Holiday Stories…

On Monday, were very eager to share holiday stories with our friends. We reviewed the features of writing a recount and set to work. It was evident from our stories that we are becoming more independent and confident in our writing skills.

Place Value Math Tasks…

We engaged in a variety of number placement or ‘place value’ tasks this week to strengthen our understanding of number order (extending counting sequences) and value. We started off by discussing patterns that we recognize on the hundred chart and practiced counting forwards or backwards from a given number. We reflected afterwards on the challenges we faced when completing these tasks with a buddy.

Poetry Workshops…

This week, we continued our inquiry into poetry and ‘how writers use poetry to share ideas and connect with others’. We organised ourselves into groups of interest relating to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and creating list poems relating to our chosen goal. We look forward to sharing our poetry with you at the end of our unit. We plan to host a poetry cafe in our classroom to showcase our work.


  • Student-Led Conferences will take place next Wednesday, April 18th. SLC are a wonderful opportunity for your child to share their learning. Please sign up for an available time slot. We look forward to seeing you then.
  • SCO Book Drive: If you have any old or use books that you wish to donate please bring them to school. The SCO is accepting Children’s Books, Foreign Language Books and Young Adult/Adult book donations. Thank you to those of you who have supported already.

Some reminders from Grade 1C…

  • Please join us tomorrow to cheer on the buffaloes, tigers, lions and eagles! Sports Day will kick off on the large field at approximately 8:30am. We look forward to seeing you there.
  • Spring Break is almost here! Have a wonderful holiday and we hope to see you all back at school on Monday April 9th.
  • Save the date: Student-Led Conferences will take place on Wednesday, April 18th. More details to follow.