Upcoming Events November 11-17

Monday November 11
Professional Development Day – No classes or activities

Tuesday, November 12
Youth Sport Soccer Festival @ SPAS
14.00-17:30

Board Meeting
17:00-19:30
Community Room (B7)

Wednesday, November 13
Meet Secondary School Principal Candidate – Derrick des Vignes
8.00-9.00
Community Room (B7)

ES Snack Sale
8.10-10.15
ECC and ES Playgrounds

SCO Movie Night – Pane e Tulipani
19.30-21.30
Community Room (B7)

APAC Choir Festival @ BRENT November 13-17

APAC Orchestra Festival @ SFS November 13-17

Thursday, November 14
Youth Sport Season 2 End – Soccer

Friday, November 15
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Info Session
8.30-9.30
Community Room

University Info Session – University of the Incarnate Word
11.05-11.55
HS Counseling Centre B5 G04

Saturday, November 16
SSIS Invitational Swim Meet – Phoenix Swim Club

Service Learning Community Event (all day)

National Solutions Summit for Children – hosted by UNICEF & UNIS Hanoi, November 16-17

 

From the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who attended the Board Community meeting on Tuesday November 5th.

UNIS Board Community Meeting

Details of the presentation can be found here.

  • Board Chair Amie Pollack introduced the 2019-2020 Board members and briefly outlined Board roles and goals for the year. 
  • Treasurer Hieu Nguyen provided an introduction to the 2020-2021 school budget, the members and objectives of the Finance Committee and details of the budget planning  process including benchmarking data. The budget for 2020-2021 includes provision for another counsellor in the high school to cater to increased college applications as well as social emotional support. 
  • Jane McGee – Head of School provided details on the Board approved Library Renovation work and campus buildings assessment (See the article below for more information). The full assessment report will help prioritise needs for further campus development, once the necessary capital reserves are in place.  
  • Finally Jane McGee provided some details on the following; UNIS Hanoi will be working to define the Next Strategic Plan with community workshops scheduled with a consultant the 28th and 29th November. All those interested in participating should write to Maeve O’Donovan bodadministrator@unishanoi.org  
  • A summary of the meeting including questions and answers can be found here 

Amie Pollack, PhD.
UNIS Hanoi Board Chair

Library Renovation Works

I am delighted to announce that at the 22 October Board Meeting, the Board unanimously voted to approve Library Renovation works. The approved funds ($585,000) will go towards the following;

New furniture (hard and soft furnishings), new library entry for MS and HS students, new meeting rooms for collaboration, new carpet and blinds and updated electrical work, paint, and HVAC system.

Some design concepts can be seen below. 

The renovation works are scheduled to take place during the 2020 Summer Break.

Campus Assessment Study

Campus Development was paused following the completion of Phase 3A in 2017 to allow students and staff a rest from the building fences and to work to replenish capital reserves. Original campus buildings were constructed in time for UNIS Hanoi to move to the Ciputra campus back in August 2004. In view of the age of some of the buildings the Board has determined the need for a campus assessment study to review structures, roofs, electrical, plumbing, air conditioning, fire systems, etc. The study will help determine the lifespan of existing structures and will provide a basis for future plans. The Board approved this campus assessment study at the 22 October Board meeting. The results of the campus assessment and its impact on future capital expenditures will be shared with the community when completed. 

Sincerely,

Amie Pollack

Meet our Secondary School Principal Candidates

Dear Parents,

We invite you to meet our Secondary School Principal Candidates. The finalists for this important new leadership role will be visiting UNIS Hanoi and you have the opportunity to meet them on November 7, 8 and 13 at 8.05 – 8.50am in the Community Room (B7).

These sessions have been designed by our Principal Search Team to specifically gather parent perspectives. Each candidate will offer a 20-minute presentation followed by a question and answer session. Resumes for all candidates will be available at the event and we will share a feedback form following the sessions for parents who attended. Your feedback is an important part of the selection process to determine which candidate is the best fit for UNIS Hanoi.

New Secondary School at UNIS Hanoi – The Background:

As we shared in the Tin Tuc, our High School Principal, Mr Scott Schaffner, the High School Deputy Principal, Ms Glenda Baker and the Middle School Principal, Mr Marc Vermeire will be moving on to new opportunities for next school year.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the school to evolve from its current Middle School and High School leadership structure to a Secondary School structure. The goal of the new structure is to preserve all that is positive about our current situation while simultaneously, addressing areas that could be improved. Our Concept is one of Schools within a School.

A new Secondary School will be divided into two distinct divisions – Middle School and High School – independent and autonomous when appropriate, and operating under the cohesion of one Secondary School for seamless student transition and planning (For more information see the Tin Tuc article: Important Updates from the Head of School).

Join us in welcoming the following Secondary School Principal Candidates for our 2020 – 2021 School year. (see poster for details)

Couldn’t make it to school to meet the candidates? All videos will be uploaded onto your Veracross Parent Portal for a very limited time. After the last candidate presents on Wednesday, November 13 parents will be able to watch each presentation from 10.00 to 17.00 and submit feedback on our questionnaire.

Looking forward to seeing you at these events.

In appreciation,

Jane McGee

Head of School

 

 

 

 

Are you leaving UNIS Hanoi in 2nd Semester?

In the Admissions Office, we offer a rolling admissions policy with the majority of our potential families looking to start their children at UNIS Hanoi at the beginning of each semester. We currently have families waiting to join our community in 2nd semester in grades that are presently at capacity. We do hope your family is staying with us; however, if you are planning to depart Hanoi in the 2nd semester, please submit a student withdrawal form as early as possible.

For your convenience, the student withdrawal form is now located on the Parent Portal which you can access from the Veracross homepage. Upon confirmation of your departure, the Admissions Office will guide you through the withdrawal process.

The Admissions Office is available to assist you if needed at admissions@unishanoi.org or call us on 024 7300 4508.

Service Learning Community Event – November 16

Service is central to all that we do at UNIS Hanoi and so what better way to celebrate our commitment to a Better World than a service day as a community!

UNIS Hanoi is organising a Community Service Day on Saturday November 16 with service orientated trips that are open to our community to join. The events are run by our student service groups and/or UNIS Hanoi service partners to provide opportunities for people to connect through fun and meaningful activities.

Plan now to join the following trips:

TRIP 1: Visit and design activities to Blue Dragon Farm & Garden

The Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is one of our closest service partners and this trip will be our first visit to their new Dragon Valley farm and garden. The trip will involve learning more Blue Dragon from their staff and helping in the newly established garden.

We are also looking for volunteers to help Blue Dragon design and make some features for the garden including some Dragons. The Blue Dragon staff will share ideas about this on the trip and we are hoping to form a UNIS Hanoi based design team to follow-up on this. Please indicate in the sign-up form if you are interested in this aspect of the trip.     

When? Saturday November 16, 8.30-16.00
Where? Dragon Valley (90 mins from Hanoi)
Who can join? All Ages (children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult)
Number of participants: 20 volunteers maximum
Where to meet? UNIS Hanoi Bus Stop
What to bring? Water bottle, Sunscreen, mosquito repellant, packed lunch, hat

Read more about Dragon Valley here

SIGN UP HERE for the trip and/or to volunteer to help design the Dragons.

TRIP 2: Fargeen Farm Visit and UNIS Community Garden Volunteers

Fargreen is a new service partner for UNIS Hanoi this year and is working with us to develop our approach to sustainable farming and food production. They have been collaborating with the HS Garden Service student and this trip will help us learn more about their own systems.

This trip will involve visiting Fargreen’s farm in the Hung Ha District, Thai Binh province which is around two and a half hours from Hanoi and will include visits to local farms guided by Fargreen staff to learn more about their approach to sustainable farming.

When: 8:30 – 17:30
Where? Hung Ha District, Thai Binh (two and a half hours from Hanoi)
Who can join? All Ages (children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult)
Number of participants: 20 volunteers maximum
Where to meet? UNIS Hanoi Bus Stop
What to bring? Water bottle, Sunscreen, mosquito repellant, packed lunch, hat

Find out more about Fargeen trip here.

SIGN UP HERE for the trip and/or to support the UNIS Hanoi collaboration with Fargreen as an adult volunteer.

Any questions,  please contact our Service Coordinators:
MSHS Colin Campbell: ccampbell@unishanoi.org
ES Kris Bezzerides: kbezzerides@unishanoi.org

UNIS Impact Fund – First Grants Approved!

Student and community ideas are already being put into action!

Thanks to the UNIS Impact Fund and the partnership with the School Community Organisation for its Grants Programme, our students and faculty will soon be working to deliver the following projects:

  • Teaching music to disadvantaged youth with Ukeles provided by the UNIS Impact Fund
  • Plastic pollution reduction through an art exhibition and the stories told by re-usable shopping bags provided by the UNIS Impact Fund
  • Artist in residence to demonstrate and teach traditional Vietnamese Textile Art

This week the UNIS Impact Fund Grants Committee met and reviewed 11 Grant applications from students, teachers and parents and approved three for immediate action!

Three more proposals were asked for further development, and approval in concept and principal was given for UNIS Beekeeping to develop a detailed proposal. All of these Grants are possible thanks to the generous support of the School Community Organisation (SCO) who have donated 20,000 USD to support small projects with a special emphasis on promoting advocacy, risk taking, prototyping and piloting and all with Learning Impact at the centre.

So many great projects making an impact in our community! If you have an idea for a grant proposal we want to hear from you. The UNIS Impact Fund is open for Grant applications all year round – Find out more!

Thanks to the Impact Fund Grants Sub-Committee which has representation from all members of the community:
Chair: Iraj deSilva (Parent)
Members: Chris Behr (SCO), Emma Silva (Admin), Gareth Harrison Poole (Parent), Eddie Lee (G10 student), Vilma Nikklasson (G5 Student), Lily Liu (Faculty), Hanh Bich (Staff).

Meanwhile…

The Impact Fund Committee’s Feasibility Assessment Taskforce is currently mid-review for six potential Big Idea GOALS, interviewing the proposal authors, local experts and School administrators to ensure we can really make the projects work!

We are extremely fortunate to have expert community members both on the Impact Fund Committee and in the Taskforce with decades of experience in assessing, developing, delivering and monitoring projects of this kind and we are confident that all the right questions are being asked and all the necessary information is being gathered to develop and explore all of the possible ideas that have been shortlisted this far.

We are keeping all the projects under wraps at the moment, but the Committee will meet on November 14 to provide a shortlist which will be communicated to the community and all students will be invited to vote and give the Impact Fund Committee their feedback as they face final decision making for the Big Ideas at the end of November.

The final Big Ideas for the UNIS Impact Fund’raising Community Campaign 2019-2020 will be announced in the Tin Tuc on November 29.

And we will be sending out information for how you can support our students make their dreams come true to help change the world with a donation to our Community Campaign 2019-2020 which will launch just before the Winter Break.

QUESTIONS? Please see the UNIS Impact Fund website for more information or email impact@unishanoi.org

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Info Session

Dear Parents,

Greetings from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth! As part of the Johns Hopkins University, CTY conducts the oldest and most extensive university-based Talent Search worldwide by offering above-grade level testing to students in grades 2 through 12. For qualified advanced students, CTY offers challenging summer and online courses as well as family academic programmes.

CTY is hosting an upcoming information session at UNIS Hanoi. The schedule is below:
Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Venue: B7 Community Room, UNIS Hanoi Campus
RSVP: https://centerfortalentedyouth.formstack.com/forms/2019_20_info_session_unis_rsvp

During the session, we will provide information about CTY summer and online programmes, including their benefits to students and admission requirements. We look forward to seeing you!

Best regards,
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Bringing Student Voice to UNIS Hanoi Canteen

The Student Food Advisory Committee had their first meeting today. 15 students from grades 5-12 are members of the Committee representing 13 different countries.

During this meeting, the Committee set their action plan and goals for the remainder of the year. They also had the opportunity to try a new lunch selection prepared by the Canteen and give their feedback. Over the course of the next 7 months, this group will work closely with the Canteen on menu selections, building new menu items based on student feedback, making sure that our canteen food has enough nutrition, reducing food waste as well as developing themed lunches.

Thank you to 15 student leaders who are part of the Food Advisory Committee. This great group is excited about helping to bridge the student voice in regards to the canteen and helping explore the canteen under a sustainable lens.

Misty Shipley
Director of Finance and Operations

Helping Hands Needed – Rice and Clothes Drives

Among the regions in Vietnam, poverty incidence is higher and deeper in the Northern Mountain and Central Highlands. Lao Cai Province, in the far North of Vietnam, is one of the poorest regions in the country. Most adults are subsistence farmers, but the mountainous terrain is very labour-intensive and families struggle to make ends meet.

Sa Pa, a popular tourist destination in Vietnam and famous for its scenery and ethnic minority groups remains one of the poorest districts of Lao Cai province. The district’s remote mountainous areas make the delivery of educational service more difficult. Other factors that keep Lao Cai’s enrolment rates the lowest in Viet Nam include language barriers, poor and outdated teaching methods used in many schools and dilapidated classrooms. Many of the Primary and Secondary schools in the area suffer from an inordinate lack of even the most basic resources and facilities. Most schools have insufficient classrooms, sanitary facilities, desks, chairs, and textbooks. Classrooms often have poor quality blackboards and some chalk, but that is the extent of their teaching resources.

This year we will be organising rice and clothes drives to support children in Sapa. Please donate any used children’s clothes or a small sum of money for the rice to B5 G18 (Mr Campbell’s office).

From the School Health Centre

Reminder of our School Policies on illness – This protects the health and wellbeing of ALL students and staff.

CONJUNCTIVITIS (pink eye)

If you suspect your child has conjunctivitis please seek medical advice.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis are:

  • Red eyes
  • Watery discharge
  • A yellow or green discharge common in bacterial infections
  • Feeling of grit or sand
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Crusts that form on the eyelid overnight

Exclusion from School: The Nurse shall not exclude those whose conjunctivitis is mild or associated with a cold or allergy. For cases considered to be viral or bacterial then the School Nurse should direct to medical evaluation.

Findings That Help to Differentiate Cause:

Allergic: discharge remains watery; bilateral

Bacterial: the common meaning of “pink eye”: purulent drainage (pus)-thick, yellow to greenish yellow color and more crusting during sleep; usually begins in one eye and spread to the other by hand, contaminated eye mascara, etc. often begins in one eye but progresses to the other eye. This is contagious but less easily transmitted to others than viral.

Viral: usually less severe, watery discharge but may be thick and white to pale yellow; lasts 3-5 days. Most often in both eyes. This is highly contagious but does not require antibiotics.

All three may occur with the common cold.

FEVER

An oral temperature of 38 ° Celsius or 100.4° Fahrenheit or higher is considered a fever.

Exclusion from School:  All students/teachers presenting to the School Health Centre with a fever will be required to go home and not return for 24hrs after the last normal temperature (without taking any oral medication to reduce the fever). If no fever; but appears unwell the person is to remain at home until they are better.

VOMITING/DIARRHEA 

If your child has vomiting or diarrhea, please keep them home for 24 hours after last vomit/diarrhea episode.

HEAD LICE 

Parents, please remember to do frequent inspections of your child’s head in order to prevent lice infestations. With your help, we can keep lice to a minimum.

Children found to have live lice will be required to commence treatment. Once treatment has commenced, children will be able to return to school. The discovery of nits or live lice should not cause the student to be sent home from school or to be isolated at school. Parents will be notified and advised of the required management. Students may be transported home as usual.

For more information please come by the School Health Centre (B9, or we are available via phone or email

Phone: 02473004505

shc@unishanoi.org

HIWC Annual Charity Bazaar – November 17

Looking for a place to shop for Christmas, or experience international cuisines and have a fun family outing day?

UNIS Hanoi is proud to once again sponsor the Hanoi International Women’s Club (HIWC) Annual Charity Bazaar on Sunday, November 17. The HIWC Bazaar is a major fundraising event in Hanoi, contributing nearly $1.25US million to vulnerable women, youth and children in Vietnam since 2005. This year’s theme is “Color the Future” Tickets are on sale now online here.

For your convenience, members of UNIS Hanoi community (with ID for campus access) can also purchase them on campus at the reception desk in the Administration Building (B7). Please see Ms. Linh from 8.00-12:15 and 13:45-16.30 on weekdays to pay for your tickets.

The Bazaar is still looking for volunteers. Sign up HERE  to support this amazing event!

UN Day Serving Trays – Take us home!

We certainly hope you enjoyed the UN Day Community Lunch and we would like to THANK YOU again for all your delicious food contributions! Now we have some lonely left-over plates, dishes and containers that are wanting to return home.

Please stop by the Advancement Office (Building 7 Room 102 upstairs) to be reunited with your long lost dishes! We will keep your dishes in the SCO Room (B7/113) until Friday 29 November, before they will be donated to a new home for charity.

Questions? Contact Huong at advasst@unishanoi.org .

Board of Directors Community Meeting – November 5

Please join us for the Board of Directors Community Meeting on 5th November 2019 at 18.30.

You are cordially invited to attend the Board of Directors Community Meeting which will be held on Tuesday 5th November, 2019  starting at 18.30.  The meeting will be held in UNIS Hanoi Centre for the Arts (B10, upstairs) Black Box 1 & 2. 

A reception will begin at 18.30 at which you can meet with UNIS Hanoi Board members. Wine, beer, soft drinks and light food refreshments will be available.

The formal meeting will start at 19:00 and will include the following:

  • Introduction to Members of the Board of Directors 2019-2020
  • Board Goals and Committees/Task Forces for the Year
  • Comprehensive Financial Update to include:
    • Overview of international school financing
    • Country and regional economic factors
    • Programme and staffing requirements

Proposed 2020-2021 Budget to include details of anticipated tuition and capital fees

  • New Strategic Plan for 2020-2023 – an update from the strategy task force on progress to date

To prepare for and effectively respond to your questions, please send me in advance any specific Board or Governance questions you would like us to address at boardofdirectors@unishanoi.org.

 

Are you a strategic thinker? Do you have a long term vision for our school?

The Strategic Plan Task Force SPTF is planning a Community Workshop on the 28th and 29th of November 2019. Working with Strategic Planning Consultant Dr Stephen Holmes, the task force would like to invite members of our community to share their hopes and dreams for the future of UNIS and to help drive innovative thinking for our next strategic plan. Our aim is to ensure our community workshop will include parents, students, faculty and staff representing our diverse community at UNIS Hanoi. If you are interested in contributing and participating in this Strategic Plan Community Workshop, and can commit to two full days –  Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November (and possibly a third day in March 2020) please send your details to Maeve O’Donovan bodadministrator@unishanoi.org with a short statement of interest.

Our goal will be to have a community task force comprised of members from our community that represent our diversity, including culture, gender, language, school level (ES, MS & HS) and length of time at the school – new, mid and long term parents. 

We value your input and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Amie Pollack
UNIS Hanoi Board Chair

Impact Fund – Updates

It has been an exciting couple of weeks for the Impact Fund Committee. And here is what we can tell you so far!

We had 26 proposals from the community for a wonderful range of projects – both for Big Idea GOALS and for Project GRANTS.

The Impact Fund Committee has reviewed them all and the Feasibility Assessment Taskforce is currently reviewing six potential Big Idea GOALS, interviewing the proposal authors, local experts and School administrators to ensure we can really make the projects work!

We are extremely fortunate to have expert community members both on the Impact Fund Committee and in the Taskforce with decades of experience in assessing, developing, delivering and monitoring projects of this kind and we are confident that all the right questions are being asked and all the necessary information is being gathered to develop and explore all of the possible ideas that have been shortlisted this far.

We are keeping all the projects under wraps at the moment, but the Committee will meet on November 14 to provide a shortlist which will be communicated to the community and all students will be invited to vote and give the Impact Fund Committee their feedback as they face final decision making for the Big Ideas at the end of November.

The final Big Ideas for the UNIS Impact Fund’raising Community Campaign 2019-2020 will be announced in the Tin Tuc on November 29.

For the small Project GRANTS, the Sub-Committee will meet on November 5 and the first round of Grants will be approved and proposal authors will be notified the same day!

We will be announcing those first GRANT awards, funded thanks to the generous support for the UNIS Impact Fund by the School Community Organisation, in next week’s Tin Tuc. We look forward to bringing you stories of Impact unfolding as the year goes on.

And we will be sending out information for how you can support our students make their dreams come true to help change the world with a donation to our Community Campaign 2019-2020 which will launch before the Winter Break.

A huge thank you to the Impact Fund Committee for their hard work and commitment:

  • Co-Chairs: Emma Silva (Director of Advancement) and Iraj de Silva (Parent)
  • SCO Executive member: Chris Behr
  • Parent members: Sandra Le Courtois and Gareth Harrison Poole
  • Student members:
    • ES: Vilma Niklasson (SDG Guardians) and ES Student Council member
    • MS: Beatrice Reilly G8 and Andy Choi G8
    • HS: Solene Shelley G10 and Eddie Lee G10
  • Faculty members: 
    • ES: Christy Heitmiller
    • MS & HS: Qingli Liu 
  • VN Staff: Han Bich Hanh and Nguyen Thi Bich Hien
  • Admin member: Megan Brazil
  • Board member: Michelle Dinh Jones
  • Alumni member: Emmanuel Selvanayagam (Class of 2003)

QUESTIONS? Please see the UNIS Impact Fund website for more information or email impact@unishanoi.org