From the Head of School

Dear Families,

As we close out our third week of School, I hope you share the ‘settled feeling’ that is now apparent on campus, as we move from the excitement of starting the year to a more grounded atmosphere, and I hope that you and your children are feeling secure in their foundations for the year and their new routines.

We missed seeing you on campus for our Back to School Night series, but we hope that the convenience of the online format allowed you to fully explore the year ahead with your child/ren’s teachers and certainly they were extremely well attended. Thank you for engaging with your child/ren’s teachers. There will be more opportunities for connection at the Division level focused on your child/ren’s learning coming soon, but next week the focus switches to some social fun and the opportunity to make new friends.

Our School Community Organisation partners with the School with a focus on our Value of Community and their first big social event of the year is next week for both new and returning families. I hope you’ve taken the opportunity to join the highly popular Bus Tours social programme which this year they have extended to three days of opportunities for Hanoi exploration with lunch on the way. And a big thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers who are determined to keep us all connected in the age of COVID. 

This is the first in a series of Community Connections events that will be happening as we work hard to ensure our families stay connected not only to their child’s learning, but to each other and build strong relationships for a positive year. The extended Community Connections programme is central to our Stronger Together theme for the year and watch out for more.

UN Day is a calendar highlight for our community each year and for those of you who have attended this event in the past, you will share our wondering on how to create a UN Day celebration that respects the health and safety of our community in the age of COVID-19 and yet still engages all members of our Uniquely UNIS community in learning and action with exciting and powerful connections to the work of the United Nations. This is especially important this year as the UN celebrates 75 years building a better world.

It is unlikely that we will be able to continue this year with our long-standing traditions of an all community School Assembly and Community Picnic Lunch, but rest assured, we will be celebrating our unique connection to the United Nations in our SDG Week from November 9-13 and we will be working really hard to make this as inclusive as we possibly can for our entire community to enjoy together. We are establishing a mini-task-force which will have representation from students, faculty, staff and parents to explore possibilities and there are already some very exciting ideas emerging, so watch this space for more.

And please don’t forget to mark your calendars for my first Community Meeting of the year on September 15 at 8.00 at which we will be sharing learning data from last year, more information about our School goals and our theme for the year of Stronger Together, the impact of our community’s philanthropy and outreach and pertinent updates as we continue to navigate this unusual year.

Yours sincerely
Jane McGee
Head of School

Ms McGee pictured with one of the positive posters created by G8 students now decorating the campus

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