From the Head of School

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! We have had an incredible week of celebrating the achievements of our Grade 12 students and wish them the very best as they leave UNIS Hanoi and transition to the next phase of their lives. A big thank you to our Advancement team, Grade 12 mentors and ceremony participants who worked so hard to make this year’s graduation ceremony memorable and unique for our students. A special thank you to our Grade 12 parents. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with your children. Without your support, guidance and care, your children would not be who they are today. 

2020 – 2021 Calendar

Earlier this week, we met to discuss the 2020 – 2021 School Calendar. Given our experiences this year with a global pandemic and a fixed calendar, our plans for next year’s academic calendar have been made by prioritising flexibility, student learning, and the well-being of our entire community.  

With the uncertainty of the impact of COVID-19 on the upcoming year and the importance of ensuring the calendar supports what research indicates about student learning and well-being, we have identified some holidays as “subject to change” to remain as responsive as possible. 

Research indicates that students experience learning “loss” during extended vacation times (longer than three weeks). It also indicates that students learn best in uninterrupted blocks of instructional time (seven – nine weeks) before fatigue sets in and time is needed to rest and rejuvenate. In a perfect world, we would base our calendar solely on educational principles while in reality, we must respect national and international holidays while also remaining flexible and adaptable should we be in a position where we are unable to open campus or, in lockdown. 

We have identified Autumn Break, the third week of Winter Break, Spring Break, May 4 and the last day of School as “subject to change”. We will only consider adjusting these dates should we believe it will have a positive impact on student learning and well-being. Our goal will be to keep the community informed in a timely manner so that families can plan holidays and travel as we know that for many of our families, travel plans for the Winter Break are made very early in the year. 

Please note, we will not be adjusting the first two weeks of our Winter Break, the Tet Holiday or other National holidays. 

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Jane

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