From the Head of School

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that in a very short period of time, we will be gathering together to “Bang the Drum” to close down the School year. The end of the year brings an excitement and energy through many celebrations while simultaneously creating the opportunity for reflection as we process another year of Learning, Community and Responsibility.

Over the next few weeks, we will be celebrating the journey of our students, their academic progress and achievements, their commitment to service, their pursuit of athletics and activities, and a number of rites of passage as our students move from one division of the School to another or from UNIS Hanoi to post-secondary experiences.

We are very excited to be celebrating the achievements of the Class of 2019 next week with our students and their families at the annual Tree Planting Celebration, the Grand Walk and our Graduation Ceremony.

Additional celebrations over the next few weeks include Farewell Assemblies, Grade 8 Promotion and Grade 5 Celebration Assembly as well as events to celebrate our leaving faculty and staff and to honor the years of service of those who are staying.

As we head into the final three weeks of school, our community – students, parents, faculty and staff – are going through the highly emotional process of transition. In the next few weeks, I urge families that are both staying and going to dive into the research on “leaving well” so they can find ways to support their children through this period of transition. If you feel your child needs additional support, please reach out to our counselling team.

As the faculty and staff work to ensure a smooth, effective and well communicated close to the school year, the leadership team is no exception. In the final Tin Tucs of the school year, we will be communicating with you regarding some end of year developments from our annual action plan priorities, including developments with the canteen, summer campus projects and our new fundraising initiative for 2019-2020.

We will also give you a taste of what is to come and some of the planning already underway for next year.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our end of year events!

Yours sincerely,
Jane McGee

First STEAMfest Success at UNIS Hanoi

This past week, approximately 100 members of the UNIS Hanoi community came together to celebrate STEAM on campus.  

The day started with local STEAM celebrity guest speakers sharing their inspiring agricultural, architectural, and educational work in our surrounding community. We were honored to have Ms Trang Tran, Fargreen founder, who is helping tackle the rice burning in Vietnam by creating organic & sustainable agricultural solutions; Mr Luong Trung Tien shared his love of Science/STEM, and the YouTube channel he created to reach students in Vietnam; and architects Man Xuan Nguyen shared his eye popping prototype of using AI and robotics to automate buildings which he calls the Pizzabot Assembler.

We then enjoyed UNIS Hanoi student and staff presentations at a variety of 12 engaging booths, with topics ranging from Flotatoes (aeroponics) to Hover Shoes.

The day wrapped up in the pool for an underwater ROV challenge.

Thank you to the UNIS Hanoi community for coming out and celebrating with us.  We look forward to making this a repeat event in the coming school years!

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Operation Healthy Heart’s Fruitful Outcomes

On 10 May, our service group, Operation Healthy Heart went on a trip to visit the young children who used to have their heart complications.

Operation Healthy Heart is a group that aims to raise money in cooperation with Heartbeat Vietnam. We raised money to fund the less fortunate children’s surgeries. There are several children in Vietnam that lack the money to have proper treatment for their heart condition. The service group was originally the product of a PYP project done by Linnea Niklasson (Grade 12).

During the service trip members from the group went to the Cardiovascular Centre – E Hospital, along with gifts for the two children as well other children in the same ward. The first child that we met suffered from Pulmonic Regurgitation, this is where the pulmonary valve leaks and as a consequence blood flows back into the heart before it reaches the lungs for oxygen, however after multiple surgeries she is now much healthier and can go back to school.

The second child that we visited was much younger and she was still hospitalized when we went to see her. She suffered from Tricuspid atresia which is a heart valve defect, she has suffered from this since birth. She will go through additional surgeries to improve her condition.

From this visit, the members learnt the value and outcomes of all the work that we have done over the years. Throughout the year we have collected money through events such as the Winter Fest in December and selling popcorn during school plays.

We hope that the community will continue to support this group.

Anushka Biswas, Taku Shiwa and Thu Giang Pham (OHH service leaders)

Keep Your Sick Child at Home

Dear Parents,

The School health Centre is seeing a very high number of students with fever. We have received a few medical reports positive for influenza (Flu).

Many students detail to the nurse that they were sick before coming to school. Unfortunately, there is nothing we are able to do except send your children home, but not before they have passed their germs onto other students on the school bus and in the classroom.

What can parents do to help minimize the cross infection risk to our students, staff and UNIS Hanoi community:

  • If your child is unwell in the morning take their temperature.
  • Keep your child at home if they have a fever of 38 degrees C / 100 degrees F
  • Ensure your child stays at home at least one full day after a fever has broken naturally, without fever-reducing medicines. This allows their body time to fully recover.
  • Ensure your child stays home for one full day  after the last episode of diarrhea and/or vomiting.
  • Notify the nurses at of illness so we can continue to monitor

Many thanks for your ongoing support,

School Health Centre Nurses

Our Alumni

Nicholas Svensson (Class of 2011) and friends completed a trek to the highest point of Africa, Mount of Kilimanjaro, at 5,895m. To make the trip more purposeful, while the cost of the trip was self-funded, Nicholas and the team partnered with UNICEF for a personal fundraiser and raised over GBP 2,000 for children in needs.

“It was an incredibly tough but magical experience”, Nicholas shared from Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro, 5895 Amsl.

Every week we feature a short profile of one of our global alumni in Tin Tuc. UNIS Hanoi is connected to 55% of all alumni students, families and faculty with our very own world wide web connecting UNIS Hanoi in the four corners of the globe!

From the Board of Directors – New Board Appointments

At the 14th May Board meeting, the Board approved the appointment of Amie Pollack (parent elected 2015-2019) to the Board appointed position becoming vacant in June as Barry Knaggs completes his third and final term on the Board. Amie’s second term will run from 2019-2023.

Ngo Thi Quynh Hoa was re-appointed to the Board for a second term of four years (2019-2023).

United Nations Resident coordinator Kamal Malhotra has appointed Dr. Le Thanh Forsberg to replace Dr. Catherine Phuong who will step down in June. Dr. Forsberg is appointed for a four-year term 2019-2023. The Board would like to welcome Le Thanh Forsberg, and looks forward to working with her.

Le Thanh Forsberg joined the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office as UN Results and Partnerships Specialist in August 2018. Prior to joining the UN in Vietnam, she served as a research advisor and anti-corruption policy specialist at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in Stockholm, Sweden. Before joining SIDA, Ms. Forsberg was an Oxford-Princeton Global Leadership Postdoctoral Fellow where she focused on health policy research. She holds a Ph.D. from Lund University and the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden. Le Thanh has three children at UNIS.

Recognition for Two Departing Board Members

Barry Knaggs (Board Member 2009 – 2019)

The Board would like to recognise the outstanding contribution of Mr. Barry Knaggs. Barry joined the Board in 2009, served as the Board Secretary in 2010, chair of the Advancement Task Force and member of the Strategy Task Force in 2010-2011, chair of the Buildings & Facilities Committee and member of the Strategy Task Force, Advancement Task Force and Committee on Directors in 2011-12 and Vice Chair of the Board 2011- 2013. He was Chair of the Campus Development Task Force from 2014-2018, has served on the Executive Committee since 2015 and is Treasurer this year.

Barry has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, starting from being a software developer to project management, moving on to sales, business development and corporate IT management in Vietnam. His daughter graduated from UNIS in 2017 and his 2 younger children are current students at UNIS.

We are grateful for Barry’s dedication and long-standing service to UNIS!


Dr. Catherine Phuong

The Board would like to thank Catherine Phuong for her dedicated work on the Board 2017-2019. Catherine has served as a UN-appointed member. She joined the Board as soon as she arrived in Hanoi in September 2017, leaving unpacked boxes to attend the 2-Day Board meeting. She has been an active contributor at Board meetings and attended the East Asia Region Council of Schools Leadership Conference with the Board. Catherine was member of the Fundraising Task Force during 2018-2019 where she particularly contributed to reviewing the ethical framework for major donations and defining the Impact Fund for next year. Catherine Phuong is French and works for the United Nations Development Programme as Assistant Country Director – Governance and Participation.

Thank you to Catherine for all her valuable contributions!

Volunteer Appreciation Night!

Dear Parents,
We want to THANK YOU for contributing your time, dedication, patience and creative energy to the UNIS Hanoi community over the school year 2018-2019.  To show our thanks, we invite you to the UNIS Hanoi Volunteer Appreciation Night celebration.
Date: Friday, May 24, 2019
Time: 19:00 – 21:00 (stay as late as you wish!)
Location: Turtle Lake Brewing Company (105 Quảng Khánh, Tây Hồ)
There will be drinks (craft beer, wine, cocktails and soda), food and music for all to enjoy. This celebration is jointly organised by the UNIS Hanoi School Community Organisation (SCO) and Advancement Office.
Please RSVP HERE by May 21.
This is an open invitation, we want to ensure that everyone who has given their time has been invited and no one is left out! Whether you have volunteered an hour at the Spring Fair or if you are a Board Member…we want to celebrate our collective achievements this year!
Please share with your friends if this message didn’t reach them – we have over 550 volunteer positions on our roster but we know there are more!
Note: This is an ADULT only function and we kindly ask you to arrange childcare beforehand.
Should you have any questions, please email Nathalie Grun at
We hope to see you on May 24!

Lost and Found extended!

UNIS Hanoi has extended the Lost and Found Extravaganza! If you haven’t had time to stop by this week, you have until Tuesday, May 21 (not open on the weekend).

All items that have lost their way this school year will be gathered into one location in B8 – G01 (under the library). Please come and look for anything you are missing between 8.00 – 18.00 either day.

The ever supportive SCO will be helping to organise the items into different categories to make it easier to search through. If you want to help in the setup, please contact

After the two day pickup period, all remaining lost items will be donated to our service partners.

Questions? Contact


What’s happening?

Are you using the beautiful summer sunshine and breeze to charge your phone on campus? Did you know that the wind turbine and solar panels on the roof of Building B8b power the USB sockets in the Canteen and classroom B8b-106 (on the roof)?

What are we doing about it?

There are nine outlets with 18 USB sockets which anyone can use to charge phones or other devices. Both the wind turbine and the solar panels generate electricity which is stored in a battery connected to the USB outlets. Each of the systems, turbine for wind and solar panels for sun, can produce around 1,000 watts of electricity. That’s enough electricity to power the average smart phone for one year!

What can YOU do to help?

Use renewable energy to charge your phone or other devices with a USB charger next time you are in B8b! #SustainableUNISHanoi

Our Alumni

Daphne de Leeuw (Class of 2009) wrote to share that she started working at CIS from January 2019. As the Events Coordinator in the Higher Education Service area, Daphne coordinates and organizes annual events for CIS Higher Education, among which are the CIS Institutes, school and university fairs in Europe and the CIS Global Forum on International Admission and Guidance 2019.

Having worked at large corporations prior to CIS, Daphne shares, “I honestly did not foresee that I would be working within the Education industry, as hospitality and events were really my career ambitions. Nevertheless, when I saw the vacancy at CIS as an Events Coordinator, the fit could not have been more perfect! […] Seeing as I had several years of experience as an events manager in combination with having an international background, I am able to give ‘something back’ to the community and be a better global citizen. It is really a great joy to work for CIS!”

Every week we feature a short profile of one of our global alumni in Tin Tuc. UNIS Hanoi is connected to 55% of all alumni students, families and faculty with our very own world wide web connecting UNIS Hanoi in the four corners of the globe!

From the Board of Directors

Annual General Meeting and Parent Election 2019

On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank everyone who attended the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 7 May, 2019. A copy of the Board End of Year Report 2018-2019 can be found here and a meeting summary can be found here.

The AGM presentation included a financial update as well as details of the work of the Fundraising Task Force this year. The current strategic management plan `Strategy 2020’ will conclude next year and Board Secretary Louis Vigneault Dubois provided details on the work that has been undertaken this year and will continue next year to help define the next strategic management plan. The community exercise invited discussion and ideas to put towards the next strategic plan.

New Parent Elected Board Member – Maria S. Chung

The Board takes pleasure in announcing that Maria S. Chung is the winner of the parent election 2019. Maria will assume her Board duties in June and will serve a term of 4 years 2019-2023. We are delighted to welcome Maria to the Board and we look forward to working with her. Please read her bio here.

The Board would also like to sincerely thank Zeynel Kasapoglu for presenting his candidacy in the parent election 2019.

Grade 10 Work Experience Placements

Last chance to help us identify exciting Work Experience placements for our Grade 10 students!

We are finalising placements for our Grade 10 Work Experience which will take place 3-7 June. We are still looking for placements in these sectors to match students’ career interests:

  • Business Management
  • Finance (investment, accounting, economics)
  • Medicine and Healthcare
  • Architecture
  • Math
  • Arts (music, film, fashion)
  • Communications
  • International Relations
  • Science
  • Engineering

Can you help our Careers Programme by hosting two students at your work place? Please complete the registration form HERE.

If you are unable to host students, can you recommend a contact in these sectors we can approach to consider hosting? Please email

The goal of the Work Experience Programme is for students to develop a better understanding of the links between school and the skills students will need in their working life. This Work Experience will also give students a chance to meet working professionals to inquire about the daily tasks, responsibilities, working day structure, qualifications needed and to learn more about how they arrived at where they are today in their profession. We feel confident that students will enhance not only their communications and leadership skills, they will learn more about their own strengths and interests throughout this process. Work experience may also help students navigate future university and career decisions.

Your support is VERY much appreciated!

Reunited and it feels so good!

On Thursday and Friday, the 16th and 17th of May, we will be hosting a Lost and Found Extravaganza. All items that have lost their way this school year will be gathered into one location in B8 – G01 (under the library). Please come and look for anything you are missing between 8.00 – 18.00 either day.

The ever supportive SCO will be helping to organise the items into different categories to make it easier to search through. If you want to help in the setup, please contact

After the two day pickup period, all remaining lost items will be donated to our service partners.

Questions? Contact