Important Updates from the High School Principal

High School Trip week

Students from Grade 9 to 12 will be off campus next week to a variety of cultural destinations. High School Trips are part of the Connections curriculum and one that is considered very important for our students’ social and emotional development. Additionally, the service components of High School Trips reflect the values and expectations that come with attending a United Nations school. The Grade 9 trip will head to Cat Ba, Grade 10 to the Sa Pa area, Grade 11 will leave Sunday evening for Phong Nha, and Grade 12 will visit Yen Bai Province.

Important information about Attendance for Trip Week. If your daughter or son is unable to attend Trip Week due to illness, the school needs to have an official doctor’s note stating that the illness prevents her/him from attending a week of school. Without such a note, the absences will be recorded as “UNEXCUSED” on the student’s Report Card. Also please note that if a student is unable to attend Trip Week, they will not be allowed to come to school; teachers will not be on campus and we’ll be unable to supervise students.

While Grade 9 will not return to Hanoi until Friday afternoon, Grades 10 through 12 will be returning Thursday so they can participate in some special full day campus based programmes on Friday September 28 as part of the off-schedule plan for the week.

Grade 10 Personal Project Work Day

Starting at 9 am, September 28, Grade 10 students will benefit from dedicated time to work on and document their progress with additional support from Mentors. The PP Work Day will also be an important time for students to receive coaching and feedback as part of their Progress Presentations held throughout the day.

Viet Sing Swing (International University Fair)

Students in Grade 11-12 will return to campus on Friday next week to participate in the Viet Swing conference. This highly informative part of their week will be an International Fair with a hundred of Universities from around the World. In addition, UNIS Hanoi will be hosting nine other schools bringing a further 500 students with their counsellors and chaperones to learn about universities attending in a wide range of workshops about countries to study in, writing personal statements, and applying for scholarship to name a few.

Healthy Decision Making for Teens

Thanks to some members of our parent community, the High School administration became aware of a recent music event here in Hanoi where seven people died of suspected drug overdoses. You can read about it here.

Whenever the High School learns of situation such as these, we do our best to share this information with parents in an effort to help our children understand the importance of making healthy decisions. Read A parent’s guide to why teens make bad decisions.

High School: Study Period Sign In

High School students in Grade 9 and 10 started some new protocols this week. Students with a Study Block in period 1 are now required to check in to verify their presence on campus.

This upgrade to our campus safety and security procedures helps ensure that during an emergency the school can accurately account for all students. Students are able to sign in from 7:45 am. Grade 9s and 10s are welcomed by the friendly faces of our High School office staff, Ms. Phuong and Ms. Chung.

Students have received information and feedback to help get this new process up and running smoothly.

As with any absence, if a student is not registered in the system they will be recorded as Absent on Veracross and normal procedures for absences be followed by the HS Office. Full details about Attendance and how to notify the school should a student be absent can be found in the High School Handbook on page 23.

Scott Schaffner
High School Principal

From the High School Principal


It was great seeing so many parents this week at two events, our Grade 12 information night, as well as our Let’s Chat coffee morning. For parents who could not make it to the coffee mornings please follow the recording of the presentation about reporting, including all questions and answers here .

Trip Week information is coming soon, I will be sending home an email very soon.

Next week there is a Grade 9 parent evening to introduce different aspects of High School life on Wednesday 12 at 18.00 in the Black Box, Centre for the Arts. We hope to see Grade 9 parents there.

Scott Schaffner
High School Principal

UNIS Hanoi Hosts the Viet Sing Swing University Fair and Forum Series

On September 28, 2018  the Hanoi international school community will host the Viet Sing Swing. This multi-city (Singapore, Hanoi & Saigon) event will play host to 100 Universities from more than one dozen countries. In Hanoi, 10 international high schools and more than 500 high school students learn about the university processes around the world.

The university fair will be preceded by a conference where international school students from several international schools around Hanoi will challenge their understanding of the university application processes around the world.

The conference will begin with a massive simulation where every student becomes a member of a “mock admission” committee where they will decide the results of four different student applications. The simulation will be followed by 18 different workshops covering application essays in Europe, the USA and Korea, financial aid programmes and internship programmes as well as geographic specific workshops for Hong Kong, the Netherlands and several other locations.

This inaugural event is not only a partnership of the Hanoi community of international schools, but a cooperative effort between the association of international schools in Ho Chi Minh City and the UWCSEA Singapore, hence the name Viet-Sing Swing. The cooperative regional effort between international schools is not only a big deal, it’s an unusual one.

The Viet Sing Swing Conference is for grade 11 & 12 students only.  The conference will be followed by a traditional university fair open to all UNIS Hanoi families.

Parenting Talks with the MS/HS Counsellors

Once a month, the MS/HS Counselling team will design a workshop to share with our parent community.  These topics range from the social/emotional spectrum of adolescent issues to the academic and co-curricular life of our UNIS Hanoi students. This workshops are constructed in a way to help promote an awareness for our parent community and create a partnership between the school and home environment. We value this time as we are able to share our perspectives as school counsellors at UNIS Hanoi with our parent community and offer continued support, when needed. Parents are always welcome to schedule individual appointments with their child’s counsellor at any point during the school year.  

Beginning in September, we will be offering to our parent community our Digital Awareness Series of Workshops. Paul Swanson, the MS/HS Tech Coordinator will co-present each workshop alongside the counsellors. Beginning in December, we would like to offer our MS/HS Parenting Talks around topics that our parents feel would be most beneficial. Please complete this Form

  • September 21 – Understanding the iGen
  • October 19 – Parent Resources – Balancing Technology in the Digital Age
  • November 23 – Cyberbullying

Come meet our MS/HS Counselling Team! You can find your child’s assigned counsellor in Veracross listed as “Advisor”

Mr. Kirk Jackson – Grades 6-9

Ms. Paula Wilcox – Grades 6-9

Ms. Casey Nolen Jackson – Grade 10 -12

Ms. Brenda Manfredi – Grade 10 -12

Let’s Chat High School Parent Coffee Morning

High School Parents are invited to meet with Principal Scott Schaffner and his team on Thursday, September 6 at 8:30 in our lovely new building (B8B rooms 115 & 116)! There will be a presentation about grading and reporting as well as detailed information about upcoming High School events including Trip Week.

It will also be an opportunity for the High School team to listen to your concerns and answer any questions in an effort to constantly improve home-school communications. We aim to be a part of a community where parents are viewed as valued partners in their children’s education and feel safe to voice concerns. Join our High School chat and let’s make this happen! We will find ways of sharing information from this session with parents who are unable to attend this morning session.

Scott Schaffner
High School Principal

Important Upcoming Events in High School

Back to School Night is Thursday, August 30 starting at 18:00. Parents will “attend” all their daughter/son’s classes, meet her/his teachers, and get a brief overview of each class. An email with more info will be sent home on Monday, August 27.

The HS will continue our “Let’s Chat” meetings this year. Last year we started holding parent information sessions – including Q & A – in an effort to improve home-school communication. We’ll be meeting on September 6 at 8:30 am at Jafa Restaurant here in G2&G3 Ciputra. The topic will be about how UNIS Hanoi reports grades & the introduction of the new online gradebook.
UNIS Hanoi values the social emotional well-being of each and student. To this end, every student in the High School has an assigned mentor who they see everyday of the week (except Wednesdays). Mentors have been sending home emails to all parents to introduce themselves to you; if you have not received yours it should be coming soon!
Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Scott Schaffner
High School Principal

Welcome, HS Parents!

Dear High School Families,

A big welcome back to all returning High School families, and a warm welcome to all of our new families. When you visit campus you’ll see some of the wonderful changes that happened over the summer, including much more green space (no more walls!), as well as a new canteen and learning space.
In addition to the changes in our facilities, the High School has a new schedule this year – please find a copy of the timetable in my email sent to you on Monday this week. We encourage you to use the Veracross Parent Portal to access student information. All Veracross instructions for accessing class schedules for both students and parents are also attached in my email. For all other general information about the High School, please refer to the High School Handbook on our school website.
I feel very fortunate to be a member of this learning community and look forward to seeing you soon!

Scott Schaffner
High School Principal