Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

Happy New Year and Welcome Back! We hope everyone had a wonderful December break wherever in the world you travelled. We hope your holiday was fun, full of laughter and exercise!

We would like to take this time to remind you of PE Uniforms. Below is a list of what your child needs to wear/bring to school on PE days.

PE Uniforms in Discovery, K1, K2 is:
UNIS PE shirt/ UNIS House Team Shirt
Shorts or pants (please do not send your child to school in a dress or skirt on PE days)
Reusable water bottle

All students in Discovery, K1, K2 participate in PE in their bare feet. They need to be able to remove their socks as well as their shoes. Please do not send your child to school wearing footed leggings or tights on PE days as this is a large safety concern.

PE Uniforms in Grades 1-5 is:
UNIS PE shirt/ UNIS House Team Shirt
UNIS PE shorts or pants
Reusable water bottle

All students in Grades 1- 5 need to wear appropriate footwear for PE. This means students should come to school in trainers/sneakers. As well we ask that you do not send your child to school wearing footed leggings or tights on PE days as there may be occasions we ask them to remove their socks and shoes.

We understand that the colder weather is upon us and students need to wear pants, sweaters and jackets. We simply ask that you layer your child’s PE Uniform underneath their warmer clothes. This allows them to remove clothing as they get hot in PE.

If you have any further concerns or questions please feel free to talk to your child(ren)’s PE teacher.

Skating update

After such a successful skateboard unit for G2, we are looking to introduce it into G4 and also encourage all students to give a it a go outside of school.

We have partnered with Hanoi’s original skate shop who will be stocking more and more junior boards and gear, including padding. Their quality is the important factor, particularly when safety is a concern.

Linh of LB’s Skateshop has been skating in Hanoi for years and is more than happy to offer help and guidance.

New Athletics Unit in PE-What Students Need To Be Ready!

We are starting our new Athletics Unit in PE this week and we will be outside.  In order to keep the students safe, it is important that all students are prepared for class.  Please be sure that your child has their PE uniform, water bottle, hat and proper running shoes. Please no sandals, flip flops or crocs. Grades 4 and 5 will also need to have a change of clothes.  It is also a good idea for the students to put sunscreen on in the morning.

So You Think You Can Dance? Check Out Grade 5!

In PE the grade 5 classes have been researching and creating a cultural dance.  In their research they learnt the history of their dance and why it was important and where and when it originated.  They also learnt that a sequence of movements can have physical, social, mental and spiritual benefits.After lot’s of preparation, the students performed and taught their dance to the class this week.  It was fantastic to see the students step out of their comfort zone and be real Risk-Takers performing in front of an audience.  There were a lot of impressive dance moves happening in the Sports Center.  Here are a few for you to check out!

Here is an example of Duc Vinh teaching his classmates his dance.

UNIS House Phoenix Points

This year in Elementary PE we are trying out a new house points system. Students can earn Phoenix Points for their house when they demonstrate outstanding perseverance, respect, teamwork, sportsmanship, and organization in PE.

To start the competition we have focused on being organized for PE. This means students come to PE wearing their uniform and with a water bottle. If an entire house was able to do this, they won a point.

It’s been a tight competition so far. The standings as of Thursday were:
Buffalos- 18
Lions- 16
Eagles- 16
Tigers- 13

A huge shout out goes out to G1 this week who were the most organized grade level! They have shown how principled and organized they are. Students remembered to bring their water bottle and wear their PE uniform to classes this week. Way to to go G1!

Welcome back to PE

We would like to welcome everyone back to PE at UNIS elementary. We would also like to introduce you to our new ECC PE teacher, Miss Nikki Carey.

We have started the year with a burst of activity as all students have made PE agreements, learnt a whole raft of Active Starts (ask them about their favourite one) and have been screened for their Fundamental Movement Skills. See one of the Active Starts below.

The plan for the year can be seen below. Please print this off and stick it on your fridge so everyone knows what unit is coming up when? Download ESPE Unit Plan

Please ask your children what they are doing to be active and healthy in PE and school.

Yours in Health

The ESPE team