Impact Fund – What is your idea?

  • We believe that great ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, anytime!
  • We believe that education transforms lives and society!
  • We believe that together we can change the world!

And that is why our community created the UNIS Impact Fund which is designed to support both ‘Big Ideas’ through its annual GOALS and smaller ‘Project Ideas’ through its GRANTS programme.

But be it a ‘Big Idea’ or a smaller grant proposal, they will all have this in common: IMPACT on learning, IMPACT on our community and IMPACT on changing the world!

The UNIS Hanoi Impact Fund, new this year, supports projects and initiatives proposed by the School community to support the School’s Mission, Vision and Values and the UN’s SDGs. The Fund is designed to:

  • Engage and excite students – Student Impact!
  • Realise our ambitions as educators – Learning Impact!
  • Ensure opportunities for everyone – Community Impact!
  • Further our Mission, driven by our Values and Vision – Strategic Impact!
  • Deliver Agenda 2030 – World Impact!

Today we have opened the UNIS Impact Fund Ideas Application Form! And we want to hear from you! What is your idea?

It can be for either a ‘Big Idea’ which might be adopted by the School for our Impact Fund’raising campaign, or for a smaller grant award which can be put into action in the next weeks or months!

Your idea should create IMPACT, support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and support the School in one of the following areas:

  • Sustainability initiatives
  • Service Learning
  • Learning Excellence: Academics, Arts, Athletics 
  • Facilities improvements
  • Professional Development

Read all the details on the UNIS Impact Fund website including the detailed guidelines for submission of your ideas.

For a Big Idea GOAL proposal – Deadline is October 21 at 18:00. The UNIS Impact Fund Committee will review all the Big Ideas and after a student vote, one or two will be chosen to be our community goal for fundraising – a GOAL we can all achieve by working together!

Some of the early ideas that we have heard about for GOALS include: Solar panels for electricity, an animation studio, a languages academy and a plastic recycling plant.

For an application for a GRANT – you can apply anytime and the Impact Fund Grants Sub-Committee will review them as they come in. Thanks to the School Community Organisation who are partners for the UNIS Impact Fund, we have funds ready to award for the GRANTS Programme. Grant applications are designed for individuals or small groups to pilot, experiment or prototype ideas and will not exceed 2,500 USD.

We want our students to wake up every day knowing we can all make a difference, explore a passion for change and empower others to build their dreams. Together.

UNIS Hanoi seeks to unleash potential and empower creativity to change the world. The UNIS Hanoi Impact Fund is designed to support community inspired projects which will help do exactly that!

UNIS Hanoi is one of only two international UN schools in the world and is committed to the delivery of Agenda 2030 through both curriculum and service. As a not-for-profit organisation, institutional fundraising empowers UNIS Hanoi to extend the impact of its programmes beyond what is possible within a school budget.

By working together the UNIS Hanoi community can transform lives and society!

Find out more on the UNIS Impact Fund website

Questions? Ask our Director of Advancement, Emma Silva: doa@unishanoi.org

Student Portrait and Class Photo Order

Dear Parents,

An email containing the photo access code(s) for your child(ren) was sent to you last Friday, 13 September. The access code will allow you to access and purchase your child’s portraits and class photos which were taken by Picture Day at the end of August. Each child has one access code.

You are able to choose more than one portrait for your child with different photo background options.

You could choose to have your child’s photo delivered to school or directly to your preferred address. Picture Day offers free delivery to school and promotional programmes for all orders placed by 23:55 on September 24, 2019. This order batch will be delivered to school on October 14, 2019 for your child to bring it home.

If you place an order after September 24, the home or school delivery option will be available with a shipping cost.

Picture Day accepts most debit and credit card for both local and international payments, made directly on their website. Alternatively you could also pay by bank transfer or cash at their office at 5th floor, 62a, Yen Phu, Tay Ho, Ha Noi.

If you wish to meet Picture Day, they will be at the UNIS Community Connection Fair tomorrow, September 21, for onsite photo order support.

If you have any trouble viewing or accessing your child’s photos next Wednesday, please do not hesitate to contact Picture Day team at hello@pictureday.asia

What if my child missed the student photo week?

The second photo day will be scheduled in early April 2020 for all student who missed the photo week on August 26-30, 2019 or students who started school after August 30.

UNIS Hanoi Advancement Office

Community Connections Fair – TOMORROW!

With the ever-changing landscape of services opening in Hanoi, the Community Connections Fair is a great way to find out about what is trending and locally available! Follow the event on Facebook for updates. The full participant list if available here.

  • Dance studios to fitness centres
  • Acupuncturists to physiotherapists
  • Travel agencies to cultural shows
  • Medical practices to dentists
  • Healthy living to veterinary services
  • Kids activities to cultural groups. . .we’ve got everything covered!

#SustainableUNISHanoi

In addition to the popular services and organisations, a diverse range of sustainable vendors have been invited to promote their products which are eco-friendly, ethical, fair-trade or designed to minimize single-use plastics to our conscious consumers. You can find suppliers for some of the following items:

  • Bamboo toothbrushes
  • Refillable shampoo / conditioner / body wash stations
  • Coffee from traceable origins
  • Organic fruits and vegetables
  • All-natural insect repellent
  • Plant derived soap/shampoo bars
  • Locally-made natural laundry detergent

Whether you just arrived in Hanoi or you are a local, the Community Connections Fair is the best way to discover what Hanoi has to offer, gather contacts and try new things!

Community Connections Fair
Date: Saturday 21 September
Time: 9.00 – 12.00
Location: UNIS Hanoi Canteen

Please bring ID to enter campus.

Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun at clo@unishanoi.org

Below is a snapshot of who is attending…the full contact list is available HERE.

Our Alumni

Duy Nguyen (Class of 2006) started the page Closer to Earth as an initiative to share actionable steps that everyone could take to make a positive impact on our planet, whether it’s going zero waste, ideas/ works that turned single used wastes into useful items or projects.

Duy shared, “I really believe that one of the best ways to help raise awareness is that we just have to start with ourselves. We run an e-commerce business selling children’s products, and it really bothered me seeing the amount of packaging waste that would accumulate over time. Since we already have an audience of thousands of customers and growing, I thought there’s no better way to spread the words through our products. Starting October 2019, we will start to replace our current packaging to using the reusable pouch for packaging and D2W biodegradable mailer bags and will continue to find ways to address the problem.

Every week we feature a short profile or an activity from our global alumni community 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!

Governance as Leadership Training Institute at UNIS Hanoi

Over the 7-8 September weekend, the Board hosted the sixth Governance as Leadership Training Institute for international school board members and administrators from the South East Asia Region and beyond. 

The Training Workshop is designed to help boards and their school heads work together to improve the level of governance at their schools.The importance of this annual event is reflected in the number of new delegates who choose to travel from as far away as New Delhi and  Oman as well as those schools who continue to return every year for this unique training opportunity.  

Governance as Leadership
Training Institute 2019 @ UNIS Hanoi
New Returning Total
Number of Schools Attending 5 19 24
Board Members 63 26 89
Senior Administrator 11 20 31
Board Chair pre-conference
(Friday afternoon)- second year
6 9 15
Head of School pre-conference
(Friday afternoon) – new this year
16 16

The Conference was again led by William P. Ryan, faculty member from the Executive Education Programme at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Bambi Betts, Director of the Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership. Dr Chip Barder (ex-Head of School UNIS Hanoi 2008 – 2018) also rejoined the training workshop this year as a co-facilitator.  

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Head of School and Advancement Office for the extensive planning required to bring such a big group of delegates together. I would also like to extend my appreciation to our dedicated UNIS Hanoi Board of Directors who gave up their Saturday and Sunday to attend this workshop.

Sincerely,

Amie Pollack

Supporting Student Success at UNIS Hanoi

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.

At UNIS Hanoi, inclusion is facilitated through:

  • Collaboration for the success of all students
  • Mutual respect of all stakeholders
  • Support within our defined capacities
  • Solution oriented action for learner variability

Student success is an ongoing process and the responsibility of all to provide personalised pathways and remove barriers to success.

Given what we know about individual learning variability, it is possible for all students to be successful, given a system which supports their talents; this is congruent with our mission as a UN school.

Ways in which we support Student Success include – 

Academic Support

  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Learning Support
  • Enrichment & Extension
  • English as an Additional Language/Language Acquisition
  • School Psychology

Social, Emotional & Behavioural Support

  • Counselling
  • Advisory Programmes

Physical Support

  • School Health Centre
  • Athletics Training 

Parents of students who are receiving additional support services often ask us how they can be the best advocates for their own children.  There are many ways that parents can empower themselves to advocate for their children, and in turn, empower their children to self-advocate.    

  1. Be familiar with the Support Services information on our school website.
  2. Read and understand our Guide to Learning Support at UNIS Hanoi (Learning Support Handbook)
  3. Know the name of your child’s Learning Support Case Manager.  Be sure to meet with them at the beginning of the year to establish a relationship and open up lines of communication.  
  4. Use your child’s Case Manager as your first point of contact for questions and concerns regarding your child’s learning goals

For parents who would like to connect with other parents, the following systems and structures already exist within our school:

  • Regular coffee mornings (please check our divisional calendars) with school administrators and counsellors take place in each school division – Elementary, Middle and High. These are great opportunities to informally meet with your school administrators and have your questions answered.  
  • Our school library has a wonderful “parenting collection”. Parents are welcome to visit the library – bring a coffee, find a comfortable spot to read, and to meet with other parents in an informal, relaxed setting. If there are books you would like our library to purchase for the parenting collection, please chat to one of our amazing librarians who would be most happy to help.   
  • Perhaps you would like to start a book club or meet regularly with other like minded parents?  You are most welcome to use our library facilities.  

We welcome your attendance at our upcoming coffee mornings to learn more about Student Success at UNIS Hanoi.

Sincerely,

Megan Brazil (ES Principal)
Marc Vermeire (MS Principal)
Scott Schaffner (HS Principal)

Trip Week – Essential Permissions, Passport/ID Update and Emergency Information

Dear Parents,

We are busy preparing for Trip Week and we hope you will enjoy discussing the upcoming activities with your child/ren.

An important part of our planning is ensuring your child/ren are safe and we need you to complete the following actions to ensure that

  1. we have shared agreements and expectations.
  2. all the medical and emergency contact information is correct for every child.
  3. an updated version of your child’s Passport and Visa or Vietnamese ID card is uploaded to their student’s portal page (for MS/HS students only)

You must complete ALL these essential activities on the Parent Portal in the Update Household Profile section and the Student Portal.

Parent Portal

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PLEASE UPDATE:

A. Update Household Profile

  1. Contact Information: You must provide us with correct telephone numbers. We cannot contact you in a medical emergency if we do not have your correct contact information.
  2. Emergency Contact Information: We must have someone who we can contact if we are not able to contact you. Please check that you have completed or updated this information for this school year.

B. Medical Profile: You must review and update your child/ren’s medical profile. This is where you will record:

  • Allergies or conditions
  • Current, Allowed and Prohibited medications

Please read carefully the list of School approved medications and inform us of any exceptions for your child/ren. The School Health Centre will follow up with you if necessary when you submit your information.

C. School Policies: You will be required to read and agree to Trip Week Permissions in order for your child to attend Trip Week:

  1. Permission to participate
  2. Medical Care Authorization, Consent and Release
  3. Student Information

a. Dietary requirements (NOT allergies)
b. Sleep concerns

D. Passport, Visa or Vietnamese ID card: If your child/ren are are in MS/HS, you will need to be logged on to the student portal page to complete the uploading of the student Passport and Visa OR Vietnamese ID card. Please watch this instructions.

Student portal

Questions about Trips should be directed to respective School Divisions.
Questions about Medical information should be directed to School Health Centre shc@unishanoi.org.
Questions about technical problems should be directed to techsupport@unishanoi.org.

Ready, steady… IMPACT!

We are delighted to announce the membership of the Impact Fund Committee.

This cross community committee will be the decision makers choosing the projects for our community Impact Fundraising in 2019-2020.

The projects supporting UNIS Hanoi’s Vision, Mission and Values to help deliver the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals will be selected from the BIG IDEAS that you are poised to submit!

Watch this space for the details on how to get your ideas in front of the Committee for consideration in next week’s Tin Tuc.

We have been delighted by the community response to the Impact Fund and choosing the members of the Committee was hard, with so many excellent candidates and submissions. The decision for membership was taken after careful consideration of all the applications that were received and we are delighted to announce the following Impact Fund Committee for 2019-2020:

  • 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 and Student Council member TBC
    • 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: TBC after the Board’s 2-Day meeting in September.
  • Alumni member: TBC
  • Committee Coordinator: Dinh Thi An Ha

For any questions please contact the Committee Coordinator Ha Dinh and Co-Chairs Emma Silva and Iraj de Silva: impact@unishanoi.org

Student Portrait and Class Photo Order

Dear Parents,

You have received an access code for your child photo order via email. This code will allow you to access and purchase your child’s portraits and class photos which were taken by Picture Day at the end of August. Each child has one access code.

You are able to choose more than one portrait for your child with different photo background options.

You could choose to have your child’s photo delivered to school or directly to your preferred address. Picture Day offers free delivery to school and promotional programmes for all orders placed by 23:55 on September 24, 2019. This order batch will be delivered to school on October 14, 2019 for your child to bring it home.

If you place an order after September 24, the home or school delivery option will be available with a shipping cost.

Picture Day accepts most debit and credit card for both local and international payments, made directly on their website. Alternatively you could also pay by bank transfer or cash at their office at 5th floor, 62a, Yen Phu, Tay Ho, Ha Noi.

If you wish to meet Picture Day, they are attending the UNIS Community Connection Fair on September 21, 2019 for onsite photo order support.

If you have any trouble viewing or accessing your child’s photos next Wednesday, please do not hesitate to contact Picture Day team at hello@pictureday.asia

What if my child missed the student photo week?

The second photo day will be scheduled in early April 2020 for all student who missed the photo week on August 26-30, 2019 or students who started school after August 30.

UNIS Hanoi Advancement Office

Community Connections Fair – Next Saturday!

With the ever-changing landscape of services opening in Hanoi, the Community Connections Fair is a great way to find out about what is trending and locally available! Follow the event on Facebook for updates like who is joining!

  • Dance studios to fitness centres
  • Acupuncturists to physiotherapists
  • Travel agencies to cultural shows
  • Medical practices to dentists
  • Healthy living to veterinary services
  • Kids activities to cultural groups. . .we’ve got everything covered!

#SustainableUNISHanoi

In addition to the popular services and organisations, a diverse range of sustainable vendors have been invited to promote their products which are eco-friendly, ethical, fair-trade or designed to minimize single-use plastics to our conscious consumers. You can find suppliers for some of the following items:

  • Bamboo toothbrushes
  • Refillable shampoo / conditioner / body wash stations
  • Coffee from traceable origins
  • Organic fruits and vegetables
  • All-natural insect repellent
  • Plant derived soap/shampoo bars
  • Locally-made natural laundry detergent

Whether you just arrived in Hanoi or you are a local, the Community Connections Fair is the best way to discover what Hanoi has to offer, gather contacts and try new things!

Community Connections Fair
Date: Saturday 21 September
Time: 9.00 – 12.00
Location: UNIS Hanoi Canteen

Please bring ID to enter campus.

Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun at clo@unishanoi.org

Head of School Update

Dear Families,

In the International School World, recruitment for teachers and leaders happens on an annual cycle in the upcoming months, and so although it is only the beginning of the year, it is at this time that many of our community plan for next year!

Our High School Principal, Mr Scott Schaffner has decided with his family that this will be their last year in Hanoi and that he will not be returning for the 2020-2021 School year.

Mr Schaffner joined our team three years ago and has been responsible for developing the High School division as the School transitioned from two divisions (Elementary and Secondary) to three divisions (Elementary, Middle and High).

His leadership in this area has been outstanding and has led to a strong High School culture with a focus on programme development appropriate for this age group. The implementation of online learning opportunities for students, the STEAM programme, online grading and reporting, “bring your own device” programme and a deep focus on pedagogy and curriculum are just some of his many achievements.

Mr Schaffner’s leadership, dedication to the mission and open personality will be missed.

We look forward to his ongoing leadership throughout the year and will find the time to say thank you and good-bye later in the year. I know you will all join me in wishing him and his family all the very best.

Next week, I will send out more information regarding the search process for his replacement which will seek to engage members of our community.

Sincerely,
Jane McGee

What are you doing this weekend?

Would you like to help the School decide how to spend money on our students to support exciting projects conceived by them and our community?

Would you like to be part of a team that will decide how we can most make a difference in the world?

Would you like to represent the community on the UNIS Impact Fund Committee?

If the answer is Yes to any of those questions, all you have to do this weekend is let us know that you would like to get involved with the new UNIS Impact Fund Committee by filling in this SHORT FORM.

We will be selecting the UNIS Impact Fund Committee members next week – so be sure to fill out the form before Tuesday September 10.

What is the UNIS Impact Fund?

The UNIS Impact Fund is both a community fundraising campaign and a project fund to support learning. In short, it is designed to help students change the world!

You will be hearing a lot more about it this year…

Approved projects will create Impact in the following areas:

  • Sustainability initiatives
  • Service Learning
  • Learning Excellence: Academics, Arts, Athletics
  • Facilities improvement
  • Professional Development

And the decision makers for which project gets funding?

It could be you!
As part of a cross-community team – the UNIS Impact Fund Committee – with students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni, admin and Board members. You could be part of the team that selects the shortlist for student vote and then make the final decision!

The Fund supports both ambitious community projects – the Big Ideas – chosen at the start of each year and adopted as the focus for annual community fundraising (GOALS); and smaller individual projects supporting risk-taking, pilot programmes and advocacy by small groups or individuals (GRANTS).By working together the UNIS Hanoi community can transform lives and society!

Find out more on the UNIS Impact Fund website and fill in the Impact Fund Committee FORM.

And if you have questions? Our Director of Advancement, Emma Silva is happy to help: doa@unishanoi.org

Our Alumni

Sofia and Erik Cunelius (Alumni Faculty/Staff) found out that Linnea Niklasson (Class of 2019) was coming back to Sweden after graduating in May 2019 and organized a mini reunion in their home in Stockholm. Sofia was Linnea’s Swedish teacher at UNIS Hanoi in Grade 6 and 7 and her husband Erik Cunelius was the soccer coach during this period. Linnea got to meet Sofia and Erik’s two new family members while talking memories. Sofia is working at an IB school in Stockholm.

Every week we feature a short profile or an activity from our global alumni community 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!

Sparkly Social: Battle of the Decades!

Our parent and faculty party of the year is BACK! This year’s theme is Battle of the Decades…
1) Choose a decade from the 60’s through 2000’s and dress to impress!
2) Purchase tickets at The Shop (350,000VND UNIS / 700,000VND non-UNIS – limited ticket available + processing fee for credit/debit cards)
3) Dance the night away!
  • Live music from each decade
  • DJ’s Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs in da house!!
  • Two-hour free flow wine, beer and delicious food
  • Spectacular surprise performance and more!!!
You do not want to miss this party of the year! Oh and did we mention, it’s at the Sheraton Deja Vu Bar!
Tickets will be available for purchase starting Monday, August 26 at The Shop using your Campus ID Card or credit/debit card. (Note: 3% processing fee will be added to credit/debit card sales).
Tickets will be sold by parents in front of the library after school starting from August 30 – September 12. (Cash only)
Get into the MOOD! 
To make this party rock, the Sparkly Social Committee is looking for parent support to join the decorations and ticket sales team! Party people sign-up HERE !
Please note: This is an adult-only event. Arrange child care and enjoy the night out.
Questions? Feel free to email Esther van Tuijl at sco_ecc@unishanoi.org!
Have a wonderful weekend.

The Library Saturday Returns

Tomorrow marks the return of “Saturday in the UNIS Library”. We are open for the school community from 9.00 – 12.00pm. The library will be open every Saturday when school is in session.

All students and parents are welcome to come and enjoy the Library facilities during this time. The choices are limitless – personal reading, browsing with your children, quiet study for some older students and simply borrowing books from our great collection. Feel free to bring your coffee and just relax with a good book or magazine for the morning. If you want to connect digitally with our library services, bring your own devices, iPads and Apple ID information and we can get you started.

Some key points to remember:

  1. UNIS Hanoi students in Grade 5 and below must be accompanied by an adult with a UNIS Hanoi ID card.
  2. Only UNIS Hanoi parents, faculty/staff and students with a UNIS Hanoi ID card are allowed to use the library.
  3. During holidays the campus and library will be closed.

If you have any questions, please email library@unishanoi.org

See you on Saturday!

Monica and Kate