From the Head of School

Join me on Tuesday February 19 at 8.15 for the Community Meeting. 

In this meeting, we will be sharing some of the results of the Parent Community Survey and involve you in making sense of the data for our school planning. We will also share important updates on a number of areas, including our Air Quality Index monitoring and action plan.

I hope you enjoy reading the annual report for 2017-2018, UNIS UNfolded that I shared with you before the Tet break and I look forward to seeing you next week.

Jane McGee
Head of School

Amazing Arts Auction is on Show

Don’t miss the Amazing Arts Auction with over 130 original artworks donated by our students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni. This is on show from February 15 to March 1 at noon and it could be yours!

The concept is simple… students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni have donated a piece of art they have created for the auction and then for 10 days our community will bid in a silent, secret auction to take home the art of their choice!

Five steps for a successful secret, silent auction:

  1. Wander around the gallery in the Centre for the Arts and decide which pieces you would like to take home.
  2. Decide what you want to pay for it and complete one of the bidding slips. Be sure to include the artwork ID Number and your name and contact information.
  3. Post the bid in the sealed auction ballot box.
  4. Wait patiently to find out if you bid high enough!
  5. We will gather all the bids from the sealed ballot box at the end of 10 days and the artwork will go home to the highest bidder!

Over $10,000 USD was raised over the last two year thanks to this community’s generosity in donating their artworks! ALL the funds this year will go to support our Service Learning projects and partners through The Birthday Gift Fund.

Student Enrolment 2019-2020

Enrolment for students returning in the 2019-2020 school year is underway and should be completed by 29 March 2019.

Parents are required to make payment of the required tuition deposit for each child who will return to school next year and complete enrolment through the Parent Portal. Through this online process, families can review household and emergency contact details, update each child’s medical information, request the school bus service and select payment options for tuition and fees. Kindly note, enrolment contracts require the digital signature of each parent registered with the school. If you have questions or require assistance to navigate through the enrolment portal, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions team. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in completing these tasks.

If your family is uncertain about your departure, please proceed to complete re-enrolment prior to the March deadline to ensure that your child/ren will not lose placement in August. Should your family situation change during re-enrolment, please contact us by writing to the Business Office at

If you are leaving, please complete an Admissions Withdrawal Form indicating your child’s last day of attendance. Only one form is required per family.

For assistance, please drop by the Admissions Office in B7, email or telephone 0247 300 4508 extensions 8217 / 8738 / 8739 / 8732 / 8220.

From the Head of School

As we celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig in Vietnam I would like to take this opportunity to wish your family a new year filled with good health, happiness and success.

We are committed to your children’s success and working in partnership with you and all our parents is important to us. You chose UNIS Hanoi for your children and we take the trust you place in us very seriously.

To that end, and as we start the year of the Pig I would like to make three important requests of you:

  1. Give us your opinion in our Parent Community Survey (if you have not already completed it). You have already received information about this and I can only encourage you to make the time to help us, help your children. It is available in many languages and is anonymous.

  2. Join me on Tuesday February 19 at 8.15 for a Community Meeting at which we will share some of the results of this survey and involve you in making sense of the data for our school planning. We will also share important updates on a number of areas, including our Air Quality Index monitoring and action plan.

  3. Read UNIS UNfolded, our annual report for 2017-2018 in which we share the results of other surveys and important data demonstrating our Mission in action through our values of Learning, Community and Responsibility. Some of the numbers are impressive, some are reassuring and some we are confident we can improve.

You might be interested to know how our IB Diploma results compare to the world? How many students earn a Bi-lingual IB Diploma? How do our standardised test results in Grade 3-9 compare to other international schools? How many students take part in our co-curricular programmes? How many programmes do we offer to the Hanoi community? How many alumni remain connected to UNIS Hanoi as a network for your children? How many volunteer hours do parents give? What is the impact of the school community’s philanthropy?

I hope you enjoy finding the answers in UNIS UNfolded and I look forward to seeing you after the break at my Community Meeting.

Please note that campus will be fully closed over the Tet break from February 2 – February 10. Campus will reopen on Monday, February 11. 

Chúc mừng năm mới!

Jane McGee

Head of School

Artwork by Hong Kiey Anh (Alumni Class of 2020)

Amazing Arts Auction – WE NEED YOU

Our annual Amazing Arts Auction is just around the corner… and our students are filling the wallspace with beautiful artworks, but we still have many blank spaces for community artists to fill!

  • Are you an expert or budding artist?
  • Do you know an artist who would donate a work of art?
  • Do you have a piece of artwork at home that you would like to donate?

Every year this UNIS Hanoi community fundraising event featuring artwork from students, faculty, parents and alumni raises thousands of dollars for our Service Learning programmes.

Without your art donations, our Service Learning programmes cannot deliver their full potential helping members of our Hanoi community! The Tet Holiday is the perfect time to explore your creative side! Anything creative (large or small) welcome: Painting, sketching, lacquer, embroidery, photograph, ceramics etc

And if you don’t have anything to join the exhibit… please come and join the bidding and take a unique original artwork home (or as a gift!). Save the date in your calendar now!

  • Opening evening: 18:00 on Friday, February 15
  • Exhibition: February 15 – March 1 (12.00 noon last bids!)
  • Location: Foyer – Centre for the Arts

The concept is simple: Visit the exhibition and make your bids in a silent, secret auction to take home an artwork of your choice. We will email all the ‘winners’ on Friday March 1.

Thanks to our amazing community, we have raised more than $10,000 USD from art auctions in the last two years. We look forward to a flood of artistic offerings this year. Don’t be shy! Your art will look fabulous in someone else’s home!

Please drop off your piece of art by Monday, February 11 at the Advancement Office (B7 Rm 102) so that we can create a wonderful exhibition.

Please complete our Art Auction INFORMATION FORM to let us know a little about you and your work to help us plan our display. We will find room for everyone’s art!


Questions? Contact  Ms Ha Dinh ( in the Advancement Office (room 102 – B7).

Impact Philanthropy – Your donations making a difference!

Calling for interest and needs for Mother Tongue* French Learning

Dear Parents,

In order to continue supporting the community to develop students’ mother tongues, we would like to call for your needs and interest.

As a starting point, we now collect the number of students whose French is at a high proficiency level or native level. Please note that Mother Tongue language programme is organised and sponsored by parents. Parents are responsible for hiring the teacher, and paying language tuition. UNIS Hanoi provides the classrooms and other school supplies to accommodate this need.

If you are interested or would like any other information, please contact Aiqin Li, Mother Tongue Coordinator at

* Mother Tongue, may denote the language learned first; the language identified with as a “native” speaker; the language known best; the language used most. (Learning in a language other than mother tongue in IB programmes, April 2008). At UNIS Hanoi, Mother Tongue includes all of these meanings.

Help our students to shape their future career journeys on Careers Day

We are looking forward to another fun and enlightening Careers Day for our Grade 10 students, which will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, March 14.

Last year’s Careers Day featured an amazing lineup of professionals working in medicine, energy, marketing, arts and design, sports, technology and industry, education, hospitality and cuisine, research, the UN and the World Bank, Vietnamese government, non-profits, and start-ups who told our students the story of their careers: ups and downs, twists and turns, success and failure. The objective is for our students to learn about different industries and sectors while also understanding that career journeys are rarely in a straight line. This year we will again ask presenters to use the creative Pecha Kucha presentation format and we will also host small-group discussions between students and working professionals.

We are looking both for parents who are willing to deliver Pecha Kucha presentations as well as to talk to students in small groups informally about their careers.

You might learn something about yourself or have a new perspective after telling your story to students!

Please contact Liana Bianchi, to register your interest.

Student Success through the Lens of Learning Support

On Monday, 3 December, there was a well attended parent coffee morning looking at Student Success through the lens of Learning Support. The Student Success Team (SST) model at UNIS Hanoi is a multidisciplinary team approach to establishing support for a student and providing a coordinated system of care to ensure student success.

Parents as partners are seen as a key part of student success. The composition of each SST was explained and the UNIS Hanoi statement on Inclusion was shared UNIS Hanoi celebrates the talents and diversity of its students and acknowledges the right of every learner to be empowered and successful in his/her learning.” Support through collaboration, consultation, co-teaching and coaching to support student success was discussed including early intervention and prevention.

Learning Support service provision was explained by the continuum of services outlined in this presentation .

Emergency Contacts in Hanoi

While UNIS Hanoi is considered to ba a safe and vibrant city, it is however always important to be prepared in case of an emergency. We have distributed Emergency Cards to our community members upon enrollment at the school. Digital copies are available on the School Health Centre website. Hard copies are available for pickup in the School Health Centre.

The Emergency Cards are designed for each family member to complete the personal emergency information and keep the card easily accessible (ie. keep a copy on your motorbike or in your child’s bag).

It is also advisable to programme the contacts in your phone to enhance preparedness in case of an emergency.


Questions? Contact the School Health Centre at


Tech Hacks to Simplify your Life!

Do you have problems syncing the school calendar to your personal device? Are you struggling to figure out how to publish your personal information in the Community Directory? Then this session is for you!

Join this session to learn about time-saving tech shortcuts to better organise your life! Get tips from our school tech pros and an opportunity to get answers to tech-related questions from the experts themselves!

Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun at