From the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who attended the Board Community meeting on Tuesday 13 November. Details of the presentation can be found here.

  • Board Chair Amie Pollack introduced the 2018-2019 Board members and briefly outlined Board goals for the year.
  • Treasurer Barry Knaggs provided an introduction to the 2019-2020 school budget, the members and objectives of the Finance Committee and details of the budget planning  process for approval. Jane McGee, Head of School, provided details on the main budget drivers, including faculty/staff and facilities. Misty Shipley, Director of Finance and Operations (DFO), provided greater details on competitive benchmarking (fees and salaries) for schools within Vietnam and the South East Asia Region as well as details regarding capital fees.
  • The community exercise reviewed the defined school mission. Notes from the exercise will be used as data in the upcoming CIS/WASC/IB accreditation at UNIS Hanoi.

A summary of the meeting including questions and answers can be found here.

Amie Pollack, PhD.
UNIS Hanoi Board Chair

Gearing up for UN Day!

Please plan to join us for the UN Day Assembly in the School Sports Centre at 10.30 on Friday November 30.

And of course be sure to stay and enjoy the Community Lunch which is made possible by all the delicious food you bring to share! (details below and don’t forget to sign up!). 

UN Day is one of the key moments of the School year when our entire community joins together to celebrate our unique status as one of only two international United Nations Schools and the work of the UN in building a better world… together!

We are excited to welcome Mr Kamal Malhotra, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Viet Nam as our opening speaker, and next week our High School students will be vying to join him on stage to deliver the UNIS Hanoi student address.

Meanwhile the dancers are polishing their steps, the choir and musicians are practising their final flourishes and in just ten days time we will be building the stage and start the final rehearsals for this event which involves more than three-quarters of ALL our students during the assembly.

If your child is one the 252 flag bearers for the Parade of Nations, you will have already received information about the rehearsal schedule and some guidelines for their outfit. The Parade is the opening for this special event.

And of course, it wouldn’t be UN Day without the Community Lunch which follows on directly from the School Assembly.

After our UN Day Ceremony (November 30), we continue the celebration with a whole school community lunch enjoyed by students, parents and staff. It is truly international and delicious! Our shared lunch is made of ‘traditional’ food provided by our parents and is an opportunity for families to showcase cultural cuisines – from old family recipes to new fusion dishes EVERYTHING is welcome!

The lunch which will start at 12:00 noon. The Community Lunch is organised into grade level lunches and your homeroom/grade level parent volunteers will take the lead on organising the lunch. Please review the Food Preparation Guidelines below to ensure we organise a safe and hygienic community potluck lunch with enough food for all!

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact your Class / Grade Level Parent or email the Community Liaison Officer, Nathalie Grun (

What should I bring?

  • One national dish per child (serving size: ES 10+ portions / MSHS 20+ portions).
  • List the food ingredients, name of food and country of origin (food label attached).
  • Food should not require refrigeration/heating.
  • Food should be easily served — no soupy dishes.
  • Label your dish tray with your child’s full name & homeroom.

Grade Lunch Locations & Food Sign-up 

  • Grades 9 – 12 / Location – B8b-Ly Thai To Learning Centre (2nd floor) / (HS Food Sign-up)

Single-use Plastic Free Event

As part of our commitments to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), there will be no single-use plastics used in the organisation of this event. All families are encouraged to come up with create alternatives to single-use plastics when preparing food.

Come See UNIS Service Learning in Action at HIWC Bazaar

With only 5 minutes from Ciputra, the HIWC Bazaar hapening this Sunday is a perfect fun event for your family.

The Hanoi International Women’s Club (HIWCAnnual Charity Bazaar is this Sunday, 18 November at Starlake (only 5 minutes from UNIS Hanoi campus in Tay Ho!). UNIS Hanoi will be represented in the charity section of the Bazaar by SANSE, one of our High School Service Learning groups, as well as by Elementary and Middle School students participating in the Guardians of the SDGs club. SANSE will be selling tea to raise funds to support education in Northern Vietnam, and the Guardians of the SDGs will be encouraging Bazaar attendees to sort their plastic bottles and cans to encourage recycling.

The HIWC Bazaar is one of the largest family events in Hanoi with international food, shopping, and fun for all ages, raising an incredible amount of money for good causes. If you have time to spare, you can still sign up HERE to volunteer. This year’s theme is “Travel the World and Celebrate,” something our diverse, multicultural community from around the globe can certainly contribute to!

Tickets can be purchased online HERE, or at the gate on the day.

A Snapshot of Learning Support at UNIS Hanoi – 2 December

Dear Parents,

Join us for a coffee morning for parents of learning support students, and other interested community members (Discovery to Grade 12).

We will talk about what learning support services are available at UNIS Hanoi, introduce the Student Success Teams (SST) and provide an opportunity for parents to connect, share experiences and network.

December 2
8.30 – 9.30am
Building 8B – 116 (Ly Thai To Learning Centre)

Should you have any questions, please contact Deirbhile at

Are You Planning on Leaving?

If you would like to confirm the departure of your child/ren at the end of this first semester, please submit an Admissions Withdrawal Form indicating the last day of attendance for your child/ren. Only one form is required per family. This will help us to transition new students into school as early as possible for the second semester of this academic year.

For your information, school will close for the winter break on Friday 14 December and the last day of the first semester is Friday 18 January.

Upon confirmation of your departure, the Admissions team will guide you through the withdrawal process.

For assistance, please email or telephone 024.73004508 extensions 8217 / 8738 / 8220 / 8739 / 8732.

Orange the World #HearMeToo – 24 November

Everyone in society has an important role to play in ending gender-based violence and achieving gender equality. This year, UNIS Hanoi is excited to be joining the the United Nations Orange the World #HearMeToo End Violence Against Women and Girls campaign by hosting a special event during the annual 16 days of activism.

On Saturday, November 24, UN Women and the Vietnamese Women’s Museum will co-host “Speak Up for Gender Equality!” in the UNIS Hanoi Centre for the Arts from 8:00-11:30. The event will feature Pecha Kucha-style presentations by diverse gender equality advocates and will be attended by Vietnamese university delegations, diplomatic representatives, and famous singer and Hoàng Bách.

UNIS Hanoi high school students, parents, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend this event. Please register HERE, or contact for more information.

First Ever Alumni Reunion in Dubai

The First Ever UNIS Hanoi Alumni Reunion in Dubai was held on Sunday 11 November 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Dubai.Head of School Jane McGee, along with Megan Brazil, ES Principal, and Scott Schaffner, HS Principal, hosted the event. In attendance were Loretta Mazzuchin (Alumni Faculty/Staff), Gergana Schneider (Alumni Faculty/Staff) and Pam and Robin Rickard (Alumni Parents).  It was a warm and cozy meeting of alumni from as long as 18 years ago and everybody had a good time reminiscing about their time in Hanoi. 

Board Community Meeting – November 13

Please join us for the Board of Directors Community Meeting on November 13, 2018 at 18.30

UNIS Hanoi Parents  are cordially invited to attend the Board of Directors Community Meeting which will be held on Tuesday November 13, 2018  starting at 18.30.  The meeting will be held in UNIS Hanoi Building B8b, Ly Thai To Learning Centre (Upstairs, new Canteen), rooms 116 – 118.

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 2018-2019
  • Board Goals and Committees/Task Force for the Year
  • Comprehensive Financial Update to include:
    1. Overview of international school financing
    2. Country and regional economic factors
    3. Programme and staffing requirements

Proposed 2019-2020 Budget to include details of anticipated tuition and capital fees.

The meeting will conclude with a community exercise where attendees are asked to contribute to a group discussion topic.

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


Amie Pollack
UNIS Hanoi Board Chair

Historic School Reports now available on the Veracross Parent Portal

We are very excited to announce a new Veracross feature many parents have been waiting for…parents can now access all of their children’s historic School Report Cards on Veracross Parent Portal!

To view/download Historic School Reports:

  • Log into Veracross Parent Portal  
  • From Portal homepage, click on the ‘Links’ tab next to the student’s picture 
  • Click on ‘Historical Report Cards’ to see a list of all reports published since 2016 (when UNIS Hanoi first started using Veracross)

To access UNIS Hanoi School Report prior to 2016 (pre-Veracross):

  • Navigate to ‘My Children’ tab
  • Click on ‘Student Files’
  • Click ‘Download’ to open the reports

If you have any problems accessing historic School Reports, please contact

Tran Ha Thu
Senior Manager – School Information Systems