End of 2017-18

Well, we’ve made it. Another school year done and dusted.
If you are looking for some cool reading material over the summer check out this list from UNIS ES.
3C and 3D had fun playing games on Tuesday as part of their end of year celebration:

THANK YOU to everyone for your kind gifts and messages. Photography and video by Kelei:


Congrats on a job well done to our Student Council Delegates for this year: Isabelle and Kelei:

All the best to our “Hello Forever” students: J.P., Kippei and Zoe. Keep in touch – send us an email and a photo to let us know how you are getting on.

For everyone else – see you in August.
Ms. Thuy and I wish everyone a safe and happy summer.


Pool Fun

This week saw G3 students participate in the Relay Extravaganza with Grade 2 and 3D have in the fun pool with 3B. Happy children and teachers.


  • tomorrow is Moving Up Day for students. They will get to know their class for next year
  • Tuesday 12th 12:30-1:15pm Progressive Icecream Sundaes for G3 students, Leavers Assembly at 1:15pm
  • Thursday 14th Early Dismissal, 12 noon.

Our field trip on Tuesday was interesting if very hot. We visited the Temple of LiteratureQuán Thánh Temple and the Cua Bac Catholic Church. We noticed differences and similarities.

On Wednesday we did some reflecting on the trip. What were some similarities and differences between each place? What connections had we made between our own families, friends and lives? What did we learn that we did not know before? Here we are sharing our thinking:


Grand Walk preparation and room re-design

The highlight for this week has to be cheering on the G12 students at the “Grand Walk”, a tradition each year. This morning 3D worked with their K1 Buddies to create some banners and signs to wave at the Grand Walk. The signs are usually then displayed at the Graduation tomorrow.

Yesterday 3D worked together to help re-deisgn our learning space. They had some great ideas and all helped to rearrange furniture, carpets and cupboards. They are very happy with the result. Mr. Dylan enjoyed the space later too!

In maths this week we are continuing with fractions, but have also looked at angles (right angles, acute and obtuse) with students being provided with a collection of resources to use for their learning. The choice of which to use was up to them. They were then challenged to find matching angles in the environment, photograph them and use Explain Everything to identify each angle.

Things to Remember: Early Dismissal tomorrow, Friday 25th, 11:30am.
Tuesday 29th May Field Trip – please return the form, signed.
Friday 1st June Swim Relay Extravaganza from 12:30-2pm, parents welcome.

A lot of this week has been taken up with MAP tests, but 3D did have some “down” time with their K1 Buddies today:

We are continuing to stretch our brains and deepen our understanding of fractions. Last week we looked at a Pizza Problem. There was lots of great thinking and explaining by students.

Students should have brought home a picture they have drawn representing the beliefs and values held by their families. They were asked to discuss this picture with their family and add words and labels.

Tomorrow (Friday) they will have a more formal interview sheet to use with their family. Please can you help your child to interview your immediate family and fill in responses. The sheet should be returned on Monday.

Things to Remember: Next Friday, 25th May is Early Dismissal due to the High School Graduation.

Many thanks to all those who were able to make the end of unit Gallery Walk for How We Express Ourselves last week. The children were excited to read their feedback slips.

A new unit is now starting: Who We Are.

Mr. Dylan started this off for us with some provocative pictures, video and questions.

This week students have been working on publishing a story they wrote in class. Here are the aspects of Narrative writing that we have focussed on:


Please ask your child to share their story Google Doc with you if you would like to read it. Here are some already published and illustrated:

Things to Remember and discuss with your child:

  • MAP testing for G3 students is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week
  • ES Snack Sale Wednesday 16th May
  • What does your family believe or value?

Finally, 3D are very proud of classmate Blake who, along with his brother Tane, have taken some great action to help reduce plastic in our world. They were recently interviewed by VTV about their action. See here (towards the end) for the boys interview and here for the Facebook page.

Book Week

Lots of fun being had in this short week with Book Week happening. Poetry Walks in the Library and Story Walks around the ES. There has been some DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time and fun at the Book Character Parade today.

Things to Remember: Book Sale & Pyjama Day tomorrow for students. The Book Sale continues Saturday for families.
Tomorrow, also, parents are invited to the G3 Art Installation for How We Express Ourselves from 2:15pm in the ES Courtyard. Students have worked hard to create their Artist Statement. These will be displayed alongside their art piece.

On Friday a G5 student, Joe Ben, came to share some games he had for developing trust between people. This is part of his PYP Exhibition project. The G3D students told him they felt this was a good way to develop some trust between boys and girls in the class. Joe Ben wants them to keep working on this.

In maths we are doing lots of work on identifying fractions and units of a whole. We took our explorations outside and students worked in pairs to try and figure out what a half, a third, a fourth, etc. of one of the railings might be.

Today we met the Super Cycling Man! He was AWESOME! 7 Continents. Raising awareness and money for Parkinson’s UK (Charity). Check out his website and FB page.

Remember – Book Week next Wednesday through Friday. Have you got a word, costume and pj’s ready?


Gartography – Garden Photo Competition

Dear UNIS Students,
Do YOU want to be recognized as the best PHOTOGRAPHER in the whole school? Do you just like taking photos? If yes, then sign up now for the first ‘GARTOGRAPHY’ competition of UNIS!
This competition was made to spread awareness of the school’s garden and is organized by the service group community education committee.
To sign up to this AMAZING garden photography competition follow the steps below or on the posters stuck around the school:

  1. You or a group must take a photo of any part of the school’s gardens.
    -Try to make the photo as interesting as you can, but make sure not to damage the garden or its plants.
    -The photo must be in high resolution!
  1. Create at least1 caption and add it on to the picture.
    -The caption(s) must be interesting/ informative and related to the picture taken.
  1. DECORATEthe picture however you like!
  2. Upload the pictureto https://goo.gl/forms/7V0IcJ89mhudQcdD3 .

There will be a winner from: elementary, middle and high school.. The 6 best photos will be printed in the Tin Tuc and the winners get a pizza party!
The Gartography competition closes on Friday April 27 2018.
The winners will be decided by Friday May 25 2018.

If you have any questions about the UNIS GARTOGRAPHY competition, then send an email to :   awalia2@unishanoi.org or jsinclair@unishanoi.org.

Try to make the most interesting garden photos that you can and help celebrate our school gardens! HAVE FUN!

Jason Sinclair and Ankit Walia
G07 Community Garden Education Committee