Upcoming Events February 2 – 9

February 3-9
MSHS Arts S1 Exhibition February 3-6
B10 Art Foyer
MYP Art Semester 1 Exhibition (G6-10)

Wednesday, February 5
APAC Basketball @ UNIS
February 5-9

ES Snack Sale
8.10-10.15
B9 & B11

JV Girls Basketball vs HBC Club @ UNIS
16.00-17.30

Thursday, February 6
MS Boys Soccer vs OLY @ UNIS
16:00 – 17:30

Friday, February 7
MS Parent Session
9.00-10.00

Saturday, February 8
HAC JV Basketball Tournament @ CISH & ISV

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới

Dear Families,

Chúc mừng năm mới! Best wishes to our students, faculty and staff, and families for the new year.

For those of you experiencing Tet for the first time, I encourage you to engage with members of our Vietnamese community to deepen your understanding of the wonderful traditions practiced at this time of year – it is truly a time of reflection, celebration and hope for the new year.

This year, Tet will celebrate the outgoing Year of the Pig and welcome in The Year of the Rat.

According to the Vietnamese zodiac, for those of you born in the year of the rat, you are believed to be very industrious and thrifty, diligent and positive. You love to collect, have a keen intuition and can predict danger. You are lucky financially and manage money well.

Before we all sign off to enjoy Tet, please check out our most recent Annual Report Data Drip. This week, we share highlights from our Co-curricular programme.

Co-Curricular Highlights

Have a safe and relaxing holiday with friends and family. See you in February.

Head of School
Jane McGee

Campus Opening Times During Tet

The School campus will be open to our families on Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st February from 9.00 to 13.00 prompt. Depending on the weather and AQI, the fields, covered courts, tennis courts and playground will be available.

As Tet is a very special occasion for our local staff, we ask families who want to use the facilities during this time to please be respectful by leaving the campus no later than 13.00.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Misty Shipley
Director of Finance and Operations

Monitoring the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Please note this news article will be updated during the Tet Holiday week:
Update 27 January:

In the face of the unfolding CoronaVirus global crisis, the UNIS Crisis Response Team has remained in regular contact over the holiday period and has decided to take the following measures to protect our community as we return from the Tet Holiday:

  1. To prepare for school to open on Monday February 3, campus will remain closed for the entire Tet Holiday. Open campus, originally scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday has been cancelled.

  1. We are following our pandemic response School Operating Regulations and ensuring we have appropriate measures in place for the current level of the outbreak as well as any changes that may occur. The plan includes procedures for all aspects of the school including hygiene, sanitation, access to campus, communication and possible online/off-campus learning provision. More details will be communicated prior to the start of school.

  1. Tournament and Event Cancellation Updates:

It has been decided to cancel our hosting of the APAC Basketball tournament which was scheduled for the week after the break. Like many other international schools in the area we cannot at this time take any risk to our community which can reasonably be avoided.

Our students will not be travelling to the international events scheduled immediately after the Tet break which have been cancelled, and it is unlikely that those scheduled throughout the month of February will take place.

February event status summary (January 27 12:00):

  • APAC Swimming – Cancelled
  • APAC Basketball at UNIS – Cancelled
  • AMIS (Band and Orchestra) – Cancelled
  • MRISA Basketball (HCMC) – tbd
  • APAC Band – tbd
  • APAC Theatre – tbd
  • MRISA Soccer – tbd
  • Model United Nations at UNIS – tbd

In the meantime, as you travel in the region please continue to follow the guidelines shared by our School Health Centre below to limit your exposure and protect the safety of your family and our community.

HEALTH TIPS FOR TRAVEL:

  • Choose the window seat to minimize contact with others.
    You’re more likely to get sick if you sit within one or two rows of a sick traveler, but you can’t predict this in advance. In general, no matter where you end up, you’ll want to avoid as much contact with other people as you can.
  • Turn on your air vent.
    While you aren’t likely to catch something from the recycled air, you may still be at risk from airborne pathogens hovering near you. So turn the air vent to low or medium and aim it to blow down into your lap. This will hopefully direct those germs away from your face.
  • Wipe down your tray table, armrest, and seat.
    Bad news: The airline does not clean your accommodations nearly as often as they should. Researchers have found that the seat pocket and armrests are some of the germiest spots on planes, though the in-flight entertainment screen, tray table, and other areas of your seat follow not far behind.
  • Avoid in-flight magazines, blankets, and pillows.
    Like those seat surfaces, there’s no guarantee these items have been cleaned recently. You’re probably best off avoiding them altogether. If you tend to get chilly, just bring your own sweater.
  • Wear a Surgical Mask.
    This will help protect you from large droplet particles, and if your flight is a long one, you will need to change it (every 8 hours is an approximate recommendation.)

USEFUL LINKS:

PERSONAL HEALTH PRECAUTIONS:

  • Hand washing is your number 1 defence!
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Use hand sanitizer, even after washing your hands.
  • Rest well, especially if you have a long flight.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

After you land, don’t let down your guard. Remember, while your actual flight may make up the bulk of your travel, you’re also in close proximity to other travelers in the airport, taxis, and other parts of your day. So don’t get complacent once you’re off the plane.

RETURNING FROM THE HOLIDAYS:

  • Please DO NOT send your child to School if they are sick, you are putting other students and staff at risk if you do so!
  • If your child is sick or you are concerned, please contact the School Health Centre for further instructions.

 
Update 25 January: The APAC Swimming tournament (and all other APAC events in China) has been cancelled and our students will not be travelling for this competition.
In addition we have alerted our colleagues in China and Hong Kong that we cannot host their students should the APAC Basketball event at UNIS still happen (scheduled for February 5). The situation is being monitored closely and that decision will be made later in the week.
Our student athletes and families involved in hosting have been informed.

 

Posted 24 January: Due to the news of the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak originating in China, we would like to reassure you that we are monitoring the situation closely and planning for possible School responses to protect our community should the situation worsen.

At this time (January 24 14:00), there are 2 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (nCoV) reported in the news in Vietnam. Today, schools in China have also started to report receiving direction from the government for the cancellation of non-essential events, and we know that one school at least has cancelled hosting tournaments.

This is a fast developing situation and we will be monitoring it closely and keeping our community updated during the break.

We have international tournaments planned immediately after the Tet Holiday which will be impacted. Also, depending on the developing situation, schools may be further impacted following the Lunar New Year national holidays in Asia. We are working in collaboration with health agencies and our international school colleagues for an effective and responsible response.

In the meantime, as some of you are preparing to travel during the holidays, please be aware of the international concern around the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and take note of some advice from our School Health Centre.

HEALTH TIPS FOR TRAVEL:

  • Choose the window seat to minimize contact with others.
    You’re more likely to get sick if you sit within one or two rows of a sick traveler, but you can’t predict this in advance. In general, no matter where you end up, you’ll want to avoid as much contact with other people as you can.
  • Turn on your air vent.
    While you aren’t likely to catch something from the recycled air, you may still be at risk from airborne pathogens hovering near you. So turn the air vent to low or medium and aim it to blow down into your lap. This will hopefully direct those germs away from your face.
  • Wipe down your tray table, armrest, and seat.
    Bad news: The airline does not clean your accommodations nearly as often as they should. Researchers have found that the seat pocket and armrests are some of the germiest spots on planes, though the in-flight entertainment screen, tray table, and other areas of your seat follow not far behind.
  • Avoid in-flight magazines, blankets, and pillows.
    Like those seat surfaces, there’s no guarantee these items have been cleaned recently. You’re probably best off avoiding them altogether. If you tend to get chilly, just bring your own sweater.
  • Wear a Surgical Mask.
    This will help protect you from large droplet particles, and if your flight is a long one, you will need to change it (every 8 hours is an approximate recommendation.)

USEFUL LINKS:

PERSONAL HEALTH PRECAUTIONS:

  • Hand washing is your number 1 defence!
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Use hand sanitizer, even after washing your hands.
  • Rest well, especially if you have a long flight.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

After you land, don’t let down your guard. Remember, while your actual flight may make up the bulk of your travel, you’re also in close proximity to other travelers in the airport, taxis, and other parts of your day. So don’t get complacent once you’re off the plane.

RETURNING FROM THE HOLIDAYS:

  • Please DO NOT send your child to School if they are sick, you are putting other students and staff at risk if you do so!
  • If your child is sick or you are concerned, please contact the School Health Centre for further instructions.

Re-enrol your child today!

Re-enrolment for 2020-2021 began on 6 January and will end soon. 

Dear UNIS Hanoi Families,

It’s that time of year that we inform you about the re-enrolment timeline for the upcoming school year. As we celebrate you and your family in the re-enrolment process, we also thank you for your ongoing investment in the UNIS Hanoi educational experience. We hope your family plans to return for the 2020-2021 school year; however, if you have plans to depart, please notify us through the online re-enrolment process AND by completing the “Withdrawal Form” on your Parent Portal.

In addition, we are excited to share with you the new features to the online re-enrolment process.

Passport & Visa Update: There is now a link for you to scan and
send the updated valid copies of both legal documents and
update the details and expiration dates for use for the co-
curricular trips, which will be reviewed by the Activities office
and shared with parents prior to the upcoming trip.

Bus Service Annual Registration: There is now a new online form that goes directly to the Transport Office to register annually for your child/ren.

Please note the re-enrolment period dates are earlier and began on 6 January and ends on 2 March 2020. More detailed information with the steps to re-enroll will be sent to you in the coming weeks. However, we wanted to make you aware of the new timeline and updates to the process.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions by coming to the Admissions Office in B7 on the second floor or by email
admissions@unishanoi.org or telephone 0247 300 4508.

Warm regards,
The Office of Admission

Spring Fair 2020 : Cultural Booth Information Meeting

Date : Thursday, 6th February, 2020
Time : 8.30am – 9.30am
Location : Community Room (B7-114)

As spring sets in on Hanoi it is time once again for one of UNIS Hanoi’s most exciting and fun events… the Spring Fair – 2020!!!

For this year’s theme we asked our students for some ideas and we all fell in love with their most popular idea – “Under the Sea!”. So prepare yourselves for a splashing good time on Sunday, 22nd March 2020.

With the plans in motion, it is now time for our amazing communities from all over the world to come together to put on the most anticipated part of the Spring Fair, the Cultural Booths.

Cultural Booths are an amazing opportunity for us to celebrate and showcase the rich cultural diversity at UNIS Hanoi. Every year we celebrate each other’s vibrant cultural heritage through food, art, games and whatever other bright ideas you may come up with. Year after year the cultural booths have been educational, entertaining and a symbol of true unity and peace.

For 2020, The Spring Fair Team has even more exciting ways for all communities, big or small, to join in on the fun. So we are excited to invite all our families to put on their snorkeling gear and dive in to be a part of the Cultural Booth experience. You can contact your Cultural Rep,  the Cultural Booth Coordinator (Iraj – fair_cultural@unishanoi.org) ; or join us at our information meeting for details on how you can join the cultural booths or just to share your ideas and comments.

Cultural Booth Guidelines can be found HERE.

Make an Impact for the New Year!

We want our students to wake up every day knowing we can change the world! Together.

Did you know that your child voted for us to create a UNIS Botanical Garden and a Solar Power Project?

We asked our students what they want to create through the UNIS Impact Fund… and they told us loud and clear with nearly 900 votes for the two projects!

Creating a greener campus and a living, learning experience with movable oases of plants and trees was our community’s Number One idea choice! And hard on its heels was exploring and implementing solar power possibilities at UNIS in partnership with local agencies.

Comments from students during the voting process were very clear that they want to feel empowered to make a difference, both here in Hanoi but also to contribute their ‘teaspoon of change’ to the climate crises we watch unfold on the news daily.

Now we need your help to make those dreams come true by raising $100,000 USD through community fundraising!

You can make a gift today directly to the UNIS Impact Fund with one of our easy gift options – and EVERY GIFT COUNTS! Please support our students and their plans to make the world a better place, and help make the projects that your child voted for become a reality!

CLICK HERE to find out how you can make a gift

Our Big Ideas for the Year of the Rat!

Planning for both projects is just starting with our community taskforce groups of students, teachers, staff, parents and alumni!
We look forward to bringing you regular updates as the projects start to take shape and please email us at impact@unishanoi.org if you would like to be more involved.

UNIS Botanical Garden

GOAL: Greening our campus with a living, learning experience! Multiple, movable oases of plants and trees focusing on sustainable solutions, integrated into our curriculum and enhancing our learning environment.

IMPACT?

  • Greening by design with a plant collection curated by our learning community.
  • Sensory plants, practical plants, medicinal plants, international diversity, bio-diversity – inspiring endless possibilities for learning.
  • Campus indoor and outdoor planting in pots; both Vietnamese artisanal pots and self-watering plant pots, made from recycled waste, using recycled water.
  • Movable and scalable – Growing collection to be added to year on year.
  • Improve AQI, reduce CO2, create shade, improve aesthetics, learning environment benefits.
  • Learning connections – Plant life cycles, data projects etc – All plants linked to an online digital catalogue.
    (Developed from proposals from a teacher and parents)

Solar Energy – Prototyping Renewable Energy

GOAL: Explore and implement solar power possibilities at UNIS. Prototyping solutions in partnership with local agencies, designed to scale with strategic campus planning. Rooftop panels creating clean energy partnered with energy saving campaign.

IMPACT?

  • Environmental impact of producing clean energy on campus.
  • Powering our own school needs – Potential to also contribute to grid.
  • Urgent need in Vietnam – Government priority for development – Community partners involved.
  • First step to campus wide solar plan – Philanthropy kick-start strategic plan.
  • Learning connections – energy, engineering, environment, data etc.
  • To include a solar tree or flower at ground level for our younger students to make connections and to demonstrate our community’s commitment more visibly.(Developed from proposals from students, faculty and parents.)

CLICK HERE to find out more about the UNIS Impact Fund

First Impact Fund Grant – in action for Tet!

The Bamboo Music School is a High School Service Learning group that meets weekly on Saturday afternoon to teach music lessons to children from Blossom House. UNIS Hanoi and Blossom House students enjoy spending time together both in music lessons and playing at UNIS Hanoi.

During the 2018-19 school year, UNIS students identified a weakness in our service project was that Blossom House students are not able to practice music in between lessons. With this in mind, An Nguyen and Heedong Cho took the lead this school year in applying for a UNIS Impact Fund Grant. The intention of the proposal was to purchase instruments that would stay at Blossom House for children to practice on during the week. Grade 12 leaders Minh Quan Neefjes and Minh Nguyen assisted with this proposal process. The Bamboo Music School Service Learning group was delighted to receive an Impact Fund grant and two keyboards were purchased to give to Blossom House.

This past Monday, Minh Quan Neefjes brought the keyboards to Blossom House to give the children before the Tet holiday. The children at Blossom House were overjoyed and eager to play the keyboards.

If you have a project that needs funding apply to the UNIS Impact Fund for a Grant and make it happen!

For more information visit the UNIS Impact Fund website or fill out the form directly and APPLY TODAY!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us: impact@unishanoi.org

Celebrating UNIS Hanoi’s Contractors

Last week we celebrated our 200 contractors that work hard every day to support UNIS Hanoi. These dedicated members of our community serve as bus drivers and monitors, landscape artists, security guards, cleaners, cooks and MEP technicians. Their behind the scenes work ensures our school looks great and runs smoothly.

As we reflect on 2019 and look forward to 2020, we would be remiss to not acknowledge their contribution to our success as a school.

SANSE – Creating Change in Ban Lien, Lao Cai

SANSE is a student-led service group founded by UNIS Hanoi alumni, in hopes of creating a change within the local community of Ban Lien, Lao Cai. We have been fundraising and providing scholarships for local students to finish their high school education. Although SANSE has been working outside of UNIS Hanoi for a few years now, an official SANSE UNIS service learning group is relatively new. 
 
On January 16th, SANSE service group set out on our first ever trip to Ban Lien, Lao Cai. Below is a recap from a member of our group:

After numerous weeks of preparation and 6 long hours on a bus, the SANSE service team arrived in Bắc Hà District. We had a nice warm dinner and headed back to the hotel eager for the Ban Lien the next day. We got up bright and early and sat through a bumpy one hour long bus trip, we arrived at the Ban Lien school safely, and met the principle to discuss ways we could help the school. SANSE donated boxes upon boxes of books and sports equipment. We spent meaningful time with the kids and did many activities with them, including art and crafts to celebrate the Tet holidays, ball games, and dancing. In the small interviews we had with the ES and MS kids, we learnt all about their struggles, wishes, aspirations and big dreams that they have. From the experience, not only are we now able to set specific goals for our group, members now understood fully what the meaning of our service group meant. It was a very successful and meaningful trip to Ban Lien.Philippa Goh-Calalang (G09)

We hope to grow as a service group. Some of our goals include: Bringing some Ban Lien students to Hanoi for a visit, supply them with proper water filters, provide proper toiletries and bedding for the school dorms, training the school’s English teachers, this is just to name a few. We would greatly appreciate if you could support us at events such as the up-coming spring fair. – SANSE service leaders (Mai An Nguyen G10, An Nguyen G11, Annie Nguyen G12)

Our Alumni

April Ngo (Class of 2006) is the founder of citizenobsessed.com, an online media platform focused on ideological diversity and one-on-one interviews with inspiring minds. Most recently, April ran an interview with Farhana von Mitzlaff, the woman behind Meena, the charity which was set up to help the victims of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh in 2013.

April shared, “I started citizenobsessed.com in 2018 because I noticed a huge disconnection between discussion and tolerance. There wasn’t a platform where diversity in thought was encouraged. It always seems like you had to belong to one side or another to have your views validated, and something felt distinctly off with that concept.”

Currently citizenobsessed.com is a small team of five with members based in the UK and the US. April’s goal going forward is to expand the platform into a global multi-media production company. She has stated that “we (citizenobsessed.com) don’t pander to culture, demographic groups, socioeconomic status, race or gender. As a great man once said, ‘while we don’t promise equal outcome, we strive to deliver equal opportunity.’ Everyone with a great appetite for thought and writing is welcome as long as they’re transparent about having a bias and ready to be challenged on it.”

Check out April’s Editor’s Note for more info about this project and follow @citizenobsessed for future excellent interviews and more.

Every week we feature a short profile or an activity from our global alumni community in Tin Tuc. UNIS Hanoi is connected to over 50% of all alumni students, families and faculty with our very own world wide web connecting UNIS Hanoi in the four corners of the globe!

Upcoming Events January 18 – February 09, 2020

Saturday, January 18
MSHS Arts S1 Exhibition – January 7 – 23
B10 Art Foyer
MYP Art Semester 1 Exhibition (G6-10)
January 13 – February 6

JV International Basketball Invitational @ UNIS Hanoi
January 17 – 19

Quarter 3 & Semester 2 Start

Monday, January 20
UMA Spring Session Registration
January 20 – 23

New Family Orientation
8:00 – 15:30
B10 Building
New Family Orientation Schedule
8.00 am Elementary School Orientation Registration (B10/Centre for the Arts)
8.30 am Middle School / High School Orientation Registration (B10/Centre for the Arts)
9.00 am Welcome from the Head of School and Divisional Principals, School General Overview (B10/Theatre)
11.00 am Campus Tour by Admissions
12.30 pm Lunch for everyone provided by UNIS Hanoi
15.30 pm End of school day.

Tuesday, January 21
4th Youth Sport Basketball Season Begins

MS Boys Soccer vs SPAS @ UNIS
16:00 – 17:30

Board Meeting January 2020
17:30 – 19:30
B07 104 – Community Room

Varsity Boys Basketball vs TLW U19 @ UNIS
18:15 – 19:45

Wednesday, January 22
ES Student – Parent – Teacher Conferences (No Classes or Activities for ES)
8:00 – 16:00

Post High School Research – G11 Parent Session
18:00 – 19:30
B08b 115 & 116

Thursday, January 23
Tet Assembly: Grade 2 – 5 – 8:30 – 9:20
Tet Assembly: Discovery – Grade 1 – 9:25 – 10:15
B10 Auditorium/Theatre

Friday, January 24
Tet (Lunar New Year) Break – School closed
January 24 – February 2

Annual Report Data Drip: Student Learning Results

This week’s Annual Report ‘data drip’ focuses on our IB Diploma programme and results from the international standardized tests we participate in. Click the links below to learn more:

Standardized Test Results

Students of UNIS Hanoi consistently rank at the top of every standardized test, including the American SAT and PSAT. Although we believe learning is more than test-taking, participation in these international assessments means we can measure the impact of our teaching in a robust way

IB Diploma

UNIS Hanoi is committed to providing a diverse and holistic education and was the first school in Asia to offer all three IB programmes. Our understanding of the IB programme is reflected in the outstanding results our graduates achieve year-on-year. Last year was no exception. Congratulations to the Class of 2019 and their teachers.

Make an Impact for the New Year!

We want our students to wake up every day knowing we can change the world! Together.

Did you know that your child voted for us to create a UNIS Botanical Garden and a Solar Power Project?

We asked our students what they want to create through the UNIS Impact Fund… and they told us loud and clear with nearly 900 votes for the two projects!

Creating a greener campus and a living, learning experience with movable oases of plants and trees was our community’s Number One idea choice! And hard on its heels was exploring and implementing solar power possibilities at UNIS in partnership with local agencies.

Comments from students during the voting process were very clear that they want to feel empowered to make a difference, both here in Hanoi but also to contribute their ‘teaspoon of change’ to the climate crises we watch unfold on the news daily.

Now we need your help to make those dreams come true by raising $100,000 USD through community fundraising!

You can make a gift today directly to the UNIS Impact Fund with one of our easy gift options – and EVERY GIFT COUNTS! Please support our students and their plans to make the world a better place, and help make the projects that your child voted for become a reality!

CLICK HERE to find out how you can make a gift

Our Big Ideas for the Year of the Rat!

Planning for both projects is just starting with our community taskforce groups of students, teachers, staff, parents and alumni!
We look forward to bringing you regular updates as the projects start to take shape and please email us at impact@unishanoi.org if you would like to be more involved.

UNIS Botanical Garden

GOAL: Greening our campus with a living, learning experience! Multiple, movable oases of plants and trees focusing on sustainable solutions, integrated into our curriculum and enhancing our learning environment.

IMPACT?

  • Greening by design with a plant collection curated by our learning community.
  • Sensory plants, practical plants, medicinal plants, international diversity, bio-diversity – inspiring endless possibilities for learning.
  • Campus indoor and outdoor planting in pots; both Vietnamese artisanal pots and self-watering plant pots, made from recycled waste, using recycled water.
  • Movable and scalable – Growing collection to be added to year on year.
  • Improve AQI, reduce CO2, create shade, improve aesthetics, learning environment benefits.
  • Learning connections – Plant life cycles, data projects etc – All plants linked to an online digital catalogue.
    (Developed from proposals from a teacher and parents)

Solar Energy – Prototyping Renewable Energy

GOAL: Explore and implement solar power possibilities at UNIS. Prototyping solutions in partnership with local agencies, designed to scale with strategic campus planning. Rooftop panels creating clean energy partnered with energy saving campaign.

IMPACT?

  • Environmental impact of producing clean energy on campus.
  • Powering our own school needs – Potential to also contribute to grid.
  • Urgent need in Vietnam – Government priority for development – Community partners involved.
  • First step to campus wide solar plan – Philanthropy kick-start strategic plan.
  • Learning connections – energy, engineering, environment, data etc.
  • To include a solar tree or flower at ground level for our younger students to make connections and to demonstrate our community’s commitment more visibly.(Developed from proposals from students, faculty and parents.)

CLICK HERE to find out more about the UNIS Impact Fund

Campus Opening Times During Tet

The School campus will be open to our families on Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st February from 9.00 to 13.00 prompt. Depending on the weather and AQI, the fields, covered courts, tennis courts and playground will be available.

As Tet is a very special occasion for our local staff, we ask families who want to use the facilities during this time to please be respectful by leaving the campus no later than 13.00.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Misty Shipley
Director of Finance and Operations