Message from the Head of School

Dear Families,

It was a roller coaster of a year and it is with much pride that I look back at our collective achievements, our resilience, our fortitude and our courage to be a caring and collaborative community in the face of immense challenges, uncertainty and loss. 

We are excited about our planning for next year, but before we look ahead let us take the time to look back and celebrate how we started the year and what unfolded in 2019-2020.

We watched our students perform ‘In the Arms of Angels’ and ‘Aristocats’, showcase their talent at choir and orchestra events, take home a number of prizes at a math competition, and represent our School at sporting events (swimming, volleyball, basketball, cross-country) within Hanoi and throughout the region – Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Philippines, South Korea and China. And our MRISA Boys Team were Basketball Champions at the tournament we hosted at UNIS Hanoi! Congratulations to all our artists and athletes of all ages!

As one of only two UN international schools in the world, it was with a special pride that we celebrated UN Day as the climax to our SDG Week, and that we sent delegations to Model United Nations conferences in Phnom Penh and Singapore. We also helped UNICEF celebrate 30 years of the Rights of the Child Convention, hosting their National Solutions Summit at UNIS Hanoi with our students leading delegations from across the country.

We hosted almost 500 educators and Board members from the region to engage with us and learn with us through a wide range of professional learning opportunities hosted on campus, including our first Vietnamese conference led by our Teaching Assistant’s for more than 120 teachers from local schools. 

19-20 was also the year we launched our new UNIS Impact Fund, designed to support student dreams for a better world which this year focused on solar power and a UNIS botanical garden – and which will continue in the new year.

And as we closed the first Semester we welcomed the joint visiting Accreditation Team from the Council of International Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the International Baccalaureate Organisation who spent five days in powerful conversations with our students, parents, faculty and staff to dig deep into our own self-assessment of our School and who reported back to our community in January their findings.

We were delighted with their commendations which included a strong commitment to our Mission, Vision and Values, a robust academic programme connecting learning to authentic, meaningful real world experiences, clear communication processes and procedures and the creation of a healthy and safe learning and work environment for our community.

And we are in agreement with them that in our new School Strategic Plan we will be focussing on areas for improvement including the refinement of our identity, a closer look at inclusion and ensuring we continue to meet the needs of all learners at UNIS Hanoi. 

It had already been quite a year! And as we broke for Tet, we had a busy second-half of the year planned including international tournaments for our athletes and artists.

But as COVID-19 took hold, what started as a time of postponement, cancellation and closure, quickly became a time of collapsing dreams, challenging working conditions and real fear for the safety of our families and friends. A time when planning for any kind of future involved multiple scenarios to successfully face such unprecedented ‘unknown’. 

But this was also a time when we saw our students, teachers and parents come together to support student learning from home. Our faculty and staff were required to learn how to teach online within 24 hours and continually reflect on their practices to grow and improve our programme to meet the needs of our students. 

And from this uncertainty came incredible creativity with finding ways to support social-emotional wellness virtually, moving assemblies and other community and student celebrations online, connecting with our parents through zoom, developing a “distance ASA” programme, hosting a global virtual professional development conference and taking personal and professional risks as we recorded videos and performances to both support and celebrate learning. 

Most of all it was a time of collaborative resilience in which friends and colleagues demonstrated empathy, support and a commitment to ensure that our students had a productive, successful school year.

All our comfort zones were stretched beyond breaking, but together as a community we built ourselves again, differently, but wiser, more humble and with more confidence and strength than we could have known was possible from such devastation. 

And what next?

Well, I am looking forward to seeing almost 75% of our students on campus over the next 4 weeks as our Summer School Programme provides your children with the opportunity to continue to explore and learn. We are expecting a summer campus filled with smiles, laughter and learning.

And for next year?

Well, as we know, none of us has a crystal ball and we are certainly not ‘going back to normal’ but we are planning with confidence and creativity, modelling our Mission as ‘life-long learners’ to respond to the challenges ahead and with a firm refusal to be bowed in our expectations for our students’ learning, dreams and opportunities.

Will it look different? Yes. Will it be the best we can possibly forge together? Yes. And will it be centred on helping our students become their very best selves, turning dreams into goals and supported by passionate educators, dedicated to that single goal? Yes.

Our goals for next year include a focus on strengthening community, revisiting our Mission, Vision and Values, inclusion, social-emotional learning, sustainability and implementing our learning from this past year into our programme next year

And we are excited to continue with our philanthropic projects including; 

  • The UNIS Impact Fund Big Ideas supporting clean energy and greening of the School, alongside the Impact Fund Grants empowering our students with their passion projects for learning and service, 
  • our Learning Together community commitment to grow professional development for local educators in support of education in Vietnam and 
  • the launch of our new UNIS Cultural Collection, made possible by the incredible generosity of Vietnamese parents and which will bring our host nation culture into the heart of our School. More on that when we return in August!

In short, there is a lot to look forward to! And should Distance Learning become part of our programme in 2020-2021, we will be ready. We have collaborated with global colleagues and been part of the conversations developing ‘best practice’; we have listened to our students, faculty and families to better understand the need for support; we have reviewed the learning data gathered in these final weeks of school to test our programme’s outcomes; and as a result, we have refined and developed a philosophy, programme and implementation plan. More detail will be shared in a Tin Tuc Distance Learning special edition in the coming week.

As we head out for the summer, remember that together we are UNiquely UNIS and as a UNited UNIS we are stronger for everyone. That takes courage and strength. To see the best in everyone and in every situation, every day, assuming best intentions and good faith takes extraordinary strength, courage and resilience. We thank you for trusting us with what is most precious to you – your children – and we look forward to working together to ensure 2020-2021 is the best possible year… again!

Yours sincerely,
Jane McGee
Head of School

Message from the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of UNIS Hanoi stands together with the Head of School and the Leadership Team in condemnation of the murder of Mr. George Floyd by police officers in the United States, and the structural racism that underlies violence and oppression of Black people and underrepresented communities around the world. We recognize that our community is not immune to racism. Therefore, we are committed to doing our part in eradicating dehumanization in our society by promoting, practicing, and embracing anti-racist values and actions. We start by acknowledging systemic barriers like poverty, inequitable opportunities, and racist institutional policies. 

In the 2020-2021 school year, the Board will consider steps that we can take to improve our understanding of issues of racial inequality and injustice at UNIS Hanoi, and how we can use this knowledge to develop goals and policies with a strong equity lens. We will look for community partnerships to achieve these goals. As the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said: “We must move forward with introspection, honesty & action.” 

UNIS Hanoi has always proudly stood for respect and dignity for all. Hence, the Board embraces this moment as an opportunity to live our shared values by fighting for a more just and equitable community here and around the world. We will engage in necessary self-study and community dialogue on the topic of racism. Only in this way will we better understand ourselves, the challenges we face, and identify pathways towards building a learning community that truly embodies the UN values of racial equality and social justice that we hold dear. 

Board of Directors, UNIS Hanoi
June 10, 2020

Library Service Remains Open During Summer

Parents whose children are attending the summer programme can borrow books from the library this summer, thanks to a novel approach adopted by the librarians.

Parents are invited to visit the library libguide site where they can click on the ‘Destiny’ library catalogue and select the range of books from our collection.

Please email the library team at: librarystaff@unishanoi.org with your book choices. You will need to also say the name and grade of your child who is attending the summer programme so that they can collect the books on your behalf. You can return books in the same way or simply drop them at the front gate.

Parents whose children are not attending the Summer Programme can check out Sora to access all of our fabulous eBooks. The login and password is your usual school login. The books will automatically stay on your device for two weeks and then return themselves.

If you are looking for reading inspiration for your children, look no further than our Libguide for Summer Reading ideas. There are lots of great links to the best books for kids, audio books, science fiction, graphic novels and reading challenges.

Yearbook Reflects School’s Virtual Experience

Earlier today, students, faculty and staff received their copy of this year’s Yearbook. And it’s just as different as our year has been!

Back in April, every UNIS Hanoi student was invited to submit their own emoji that expressed their feelings during the School’s period of Distance Learning. And they responded in their droves! More than 300 emojis now make up this year’s Yearbook cover.

“We wanted to mark this extraordinary year in a unique way” explained Quyen Nguyen, the Yearbook editor. “Among the pictures, messages and notes of reflections, we’ve also included QR codes so that students can re-watch their virtual projects and the many creative videos produced during Semester 2.”

In an effort to be sustainable and mjnimize waste, families were given the opportunity this year to choose whether they wanted a copy per child or for families with more than two children, two copies or just one copy per family. Multiple families responded positively to the options given, saving an incredible 2,700 pages from being printed!

News and Reminders from our Nurses

The 2019 – 2020 academic year has passed very quickly and has been a year of trials, challenges and triumphs during a world pandemic. The nurse’s office would like to wish everyone a very happy, safe and healthy summer and all our best to those of you departing UNIS Hanoi. 

We would like to say a very special goodbye and thank you to Nurse Tess Campilan who will be leaving us this year. Your hard work and dedication to the students, families and staff of UNIS Hanoi will be greatly missed by many. You have truly made a difference to the physical and emotional health of many students. We wish you the best Tess. Thank you so much!

I would also like to say thank you to Nurse Lan Anh for always turning up with a smile and providing excellent care to both students and staff, for always being there when needed, thank you.                                                                                

REMINDERS FOR RETURNING STUDENTS: 

For those of you returning next year, please note the following:

  • If your child’s Physical Medical Examination is due please email this in to us before the 1st of August 2020. 
  • Update the nurse’s office next year with any changes to your child’s medical status, to include new medications to be taken, allergies, vaccines received over the summer. 
  • Update emergency contacts and family phone numbers if they have changed.  
  • Refill prescription medications: inhalers and epipens must be current in order for us to keep in the clinic.

Remember to keep up the great hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and stay home if you are sick!

Wishing you a safe and happy summer holiday from all of us in the School Health Centre Team

From the Head of School

Dear Parents,

Thank you to those of you who attended the Annual General Meeting of the Board this past week. We may have set a new record for attendance and I know I echo the Board in appreciating the opportunity to dialogue with a diverse group of our parent community. 

During the AGM, I shared that the Leadership Team will be meeting on Monday to address a number of key focus areas for the upcoming school year. As we begin to solidify our plans to navigate the on-going uncertainty, we will be reaching out to all of you as parents to gather feedback regarding our decisions and to ensure we have considered different perspectives moving forward. We will also host community meetings to share decisions with you, provide clarity and respond to questions you may have.

Our five focus areas for the session will be the annual calendar, events calendar, co-curricular programme, academic programme and professional development. Some of our guiding questions are listed below:

  • How can we enhance and rebuild our sense of community as we return to a new school year?
  • How do we ensure we are delivering on our promise to parents through our academic programme delivery model and the co-curricular programme?
  • How do we ensure our professional learning programme for the year is robust, aligned with school-wide and personal areas of growth and inclusive of all members of our faculty and staff?
  • How do we ensure we are flexible and agile throughout the on-going crisis while also providing much needed stability to our community?
  • How will we communicate our decisions to build trust with our parent community?

I also mentioned at the AGM, that we are continuing to plan for multiple scenarios for the upcoming school year based on such things as whether or not our new teachers are able to come to Hanoi, our new families are able to start the school year on time, etc. 

Planning for a new school year runs parallel to celebrating the end of the current year and saying “good-bye” to many in our community, including our faculty who will not be returning next year. I would like to recognize the following teachers for their commitment and contributions to the learning of our students, our School and the  UNIS Hanoi community. We wish them the very best with their next adventure and officially welcome them to the UNIS Hanoi Alumni Community!

Faculty leaving us this year are:

Kristen McAuliffe, Milene Magre, Laura Moore, Deborah Vermiere, Charla Marshall, Christine Boulden, Daniel Lucardie, David Carter, Kristi Belete, Nicole Moodie, Stephen Lush, Dylan Meikle, Scott Schaffner, Agnieszka Schaffner, Brenda Manfredi, Sarah Schneider, Sandra Schneiderman, Kristen Twynam-Perkins, Glenda Baker, Garry Seabrook, Hoa Phan, Marc Vermeire, Carlo Palusci, Thomas Ryan, Michael Luciani, Adrian Hubbard, and Elizabeth Cassidy. 

We are delighted that the programme our Cocurricular team has put together for the Summer has been so popular. Sign-up closed today and we are pleased to report  there are more than 350 Elementary students registered to join us each week, 200 Middle School students and 150 from Grades 9-11. In addition the volunteer High School student sign up to help run the programme has also been wonderful. I am so proud to see our community pulling together to make this a wonderful experience for all.

And finally, next week we will be honouring our Class of 2020 who will graduate this year. All week we will be sharing celebrations of this unique group who have shown such spirit and resilience during this extraordinary time. Watch out for those special stories which will inspire students of all ages, and note that our Graduation Ceremony will take place next Friday on May 29 at 16.30 in the School Theatre. We are currently planning for a closed event for the G12 students and their parents only, but will be livestreamed for their extended families and for our community to enjoy.

Enjoy your weekend.

Jane

UNIS Hanoi Board of Directors Annual General Meeting May 19, 2020

On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank everyone who attended the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 19th May, 2020. It was a great turnout and the Board appreciated the opportunity to have an open dialogue with the community. Please find a copy of the Board End of Year Report 2019-2020 and the meeting summary can be found here

Additionally, the presentation can be found under the ‘Parent Resources’ section on the parent portal. Please click on ‘Board of Directors Info’ and look in the ‘Board End of Year’ Report folder. 

The AGM presentation included an introduction of the Board members present and a brief summary of the work that committees and task forces carried out this year. A significant part of the presentation was dedicated to reviewing the implications of COVID-19 on the school’s budget for 2019-2020 and projections for 2020-2021. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session. 

Due to COVID-19 and campus closure from the Tet break to early May, community feedback sessions planned to finalise approval of strategic directions and goals for the new strategic plan were postponed. Our new strategic plan will be finalised in the 2020-2021 school year. In the meantime, focus areas for school improvement already identified by the Board, senior leadership team and visiting accreditation teams will be included in the annual action plan for 2020-2021.  

Amie Pollack

Board Chair

New Re-Enrolment Contracts Issued

Based on the Board’s decision on April 14th to freeze tuition for the 2020-2021 school year, all contracts must be resigned with the new fee structure. We will notify all families that will be continuing or starting their educational journey with us next year when Veracross is ready to login for you to reselect the payment option, read the updates, and resign the contract (both parents required if applicable). Please be on the lookout for this important email on Monday, May 25 in order to complete the process as soon as possible or no later than Friday, June 5, 2020.

Thank you for your assistance with this important process.

The Admissions Office

Financial Assistance Programme: Applications Open

For your convenience, this is a repeat of the Board Communication issued to all families on May 19, 2020…

Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese Translations exist below.

This week UNIS Hanoi opens applications for our new Financial Assistance programme. This programme is designed to support the continued educational experience of students in the UNIS Hanoi community during times of financial challenge. The programme is part of a series of measures approved by the Board of Directors to support UNIS Hanoi families during this time of COVID19 crisis.

Financial Assistance will be available through two programmes:

  1. Immediate Assistance to support urgent need for the 2019-2020 School Year (applications now open with deadline June 1)
  2. Planned Assistance to support our long term community members for the 2020-2021 school year (applications now open with a deadline of June 15).

Please note that families may apply for and be awarded assistance through both programmes. Financial Assistance programme decisions will be approved by the Financial Assistance Committee.

Immediate Assistance funding has been approved by the Board of Directors to support those who meet the following criteria:

  • Temporary financial hardship. Parents must demonstrate:
    • UNIS Hanoi’s tuition and capital fees account for more than a third of the family’s annual net income. Please note bus fees will not be taken into consideration
    • there has been an unexpected change in the family’s financial circumstances and
    • there is no financial support from an employer with respect to school fees
  • Students/family must be in “good standing” in order to qualify. (This means we will review attendance records, discipline records and approaches to learning. Please note that Financial Assistance awards will not be linked to student achievement grades.)

Planned Assistance funding has been approved by the Board of Directors to support those who meet the following criteria:

  • As above for Immediate Assistance; and,
  • Families must have had children attending, or plan on attending, UNIS Hanoi for more than three years.

If you are interested in applying for Financial Assistance, please contact the Business Office at financialassistance@unishanoi.org (please note updated email address) for an application packet or for any questions.

Vietnamese:

Chương trình Hỗ trợ Tài chính

Tuần này các gia đình UNIS Hà Nội có thể bắt đầu làm thủ tục xin Hỗ trợ Tài chính của nhà trường. Chương trình Hỗ trợ Tài chính được lập ra để trợ giúp những học sinh đang học tại trường có gia đình đang gặp khó khăn tài chính, để các em có thể tiếp tục theo học tại UNIS Hà Nội trong giai đoạn này. Chương trình Hỗ trợ Tài chính là một trong số một loạt các biện pháp Hội đồng quản trị UNIS Hà Nội đề ra để cùng cộng đồng nhà trường vượt qua hậu quả của dịch COVID-19.
Hỗ trợ Tài chính được thực hiện theo hai hình thức:

  1. Hình thức Hỗ trợ Tài chính Tức thì dành cho những trường hợp cần trợ giúp ngay để học sinh có thể hoàn thành năm học 2019-2020 (hạn cuối hoàn thành thủ tục là ngày 01/06/2020)
  2. Hình thức Hỗ trợ Tài chính có kế hoạch nhằm hỗ trợ những thành viên lâu năm của cộng đồng nhà trường trong năm học 2020-2021 (hạn cuối hoàn thành thủ tục là ngày 15/06/2020)

Gia đình học sinh UNIS Hà Nội có thể làm thủ tục xin hỗ trợ theo cả hai hình thức. Ban Cố vấn Chương trình Hỗ trợ Tài chính là bộ phận ra quyết định cho Chương trình Hỗ trợ tài chính này.

Căn cứ quyết định của Hội đồng Quản trị,
hình thức Hỗ trợ Tài chính Tức thì nhằm trợ giúp những trường hợp sau:

  • Khó khăn tài chính trong ngắn hạn. Đây là những trường hợp hội đủ những điều kiện sau:
    • Học phí và phí xây dựng trường chiếm hơn ⅓ thu nhập sau thuế hàng năm của gia đình. Phí xe bus không được tính vào khoản này.
    • Có biến cố đột ngột không lường trước trong tình hình tài chính của gia đình
    • Cơ quan của phụ huynh học sinh không hỗ trợ học phí
  • Phụ huynh và học sinh có mối quan hệ tốt với nhà trường. (thông qua thái độ học tập, quá trình rèn luyện. Tuy nhiên Ban cố vấn sẽ không xét đến điểm và kết quả học tập của học sinh)

Căn cứ quyết định của Hội đồng Quản trị, hình thức Hỗ trợ Tài chính có kế hoạch nhằm trợ giúp những trường hợp sau:

  • Tất cả các điều kiện của hình thức Hỗ trợ Tài chính Tức thì; ngoài ra,
  • Gia đình phải có con em đã theo học hoặc có kế hoạch theo học UNIS Hà Nội ba năm hoặc hơn.

Nếu gia đình có nhu cầu xin Hỗ trợ Tài chính, vui lòng liên hệ Phòng Tài chính theo địa chỉ thư điện tử financialassistance@unishanoi.org để được hướng dẫn thủ tục và giải đáp thắc mắc.

 

Korean:

재정 지원 프로그램

이번 주 UNIS 하노이는 새로운 재정 지원 프로그램 신청을 시작합니다. 해당 지원은 어려운 상황 속에서 UNIS 하노이 커뮤니티의 학생들의 지속적인 교육 경험을 지원하기 위해 고안되었습니다. 또한 COVID19 위기 속에서 UNIS 하노이 가족을 지원하기 위해 이사회가 승인한 조치사항 중 하나입니다.

재정 지원은 두 가지 프로그램을 통해 제공됩니다:

  1. 지급 지원 – 2019-20년도 해당 (지원 마감일 6 월 1 일)
  2. 계획지원 – 2020-21년도 해당. long-term 지원 (지원서 마감일 6 월 15 일).

두(02) 프로그램 모두 지원가능하며, 지원대상일 경우 모든 프로그램에서 지원 받을 수 있습니다.  지원사항 결정은 재정 지원위원회가 결정합니다.

지급 지원 기금은 이사회에서 승인이 완료되었습니다. 해당 조건은 아래와 같습니다:

  • T단기 재정 악화를 위해 부모님들은 아래사항을 증명해야합니다.
    • 하노이 하노이의 수업료와 자본금이 가족의 연간 순소득의 3 분의 1 이상을 차지합니다. 버스 요금은 고려되지 않습니다.
    • 가정 재정상황에 예기치않은 변화가 있습니다.
    • 고용주로부터 학비지원을 받지 않습니다.
  • 자격을 갖추려면 학생 / 가족이“알맞은 상태”에 있어야합니다. (출석 기록, 징계 기록 및 학습 접근 방식을 검토를 의미합니다. 재정 지원은 학생의 성적과 관련이 없습니다.)

계획지원 자금은 이사회에서 승인이 완료되었습니다. 해당 조건은 아래와 같습니다:

  • 위의 지급 지원 내용과 같음; 그리고,
  • 3 년 이상 UNIS Hanoi에 등록 중인, 혹은 등록 계획이 있는 자녀가 있어야합니다.

재정 지원 신청에 관심이 있으시면, 비지니스 오피스에 financialassistance@unishanoi.org로 연락하여 신청서 패킷이나 기타 궁금한 점을 문의하시기 바랍니다.

 

Japanese:

経済支援プログラム

今週UNIS HanoiはFinancial Assistance Programme (経済支援プログラム)への申請受付を開始します。このプログラムは現在の厳しい経済状況の中、生徒の教育の機会を維持するべく設けられました。これはCOVID-19危機に対応し、本校生徒の家族向けに理事会が承認した一連の支援策のひとつです

経済支援は次の2つのプログラムを通じて提供されます。

  1. 即時支援 (Immediate Assistance) – 本学年度(2019-2020)向けの緊急支援(現在申請受付中、申請期限は6月1日)
  2. 計画的支援 (Planned Assistance) – 長期に渡り本校に在籍していた生徒の家族に対する来学年度(2020-2021)向けの支援(現在申請受付中、申請期限は6月15日)

各家族は両方のプログラムに申請可能で、両方のプログラムから支援を受けられる可能性があります。経済支援プログラムの決定は、経済支援委員会(Financial Assistance Committee)の承認を受けるものとします。

即時支援は、次の基準を満たす家族向けに理事会が承認したものです。

  • 一時的に経済的困難な状況にある。保護者は次を証明しなければならない。
    • UNIS Hanoiの学費と諸費が家族の純年収の三分の一を超えている。ただしスクールバス料金はカウントしない。
    • 家族の経済状況に予想外の変化があった。
    • 雇用主から授業料への補填が全くない。
  • 生徒及び家族が支援に値する良好な状況にあること。(すなわち生徒の出席状況、素行、学習態度などを参考にします。ただし経済支援は生徒の成績には関係しません。)

計画的支援は、次の基準を満たす家族向けに理事会が承認したものです。

  • 上記の即時支援と同じ基準、かつ
  • 子供が今まで3年間以上在籍していた、あるいは在籍する予定である。

この経済支援プログラムへの申請を検討している方は、申請書の取り寄せおよびご質問等についてビジネス・オフィスのfinancialassistance@unishanoi.org までご連絡下さい。

Re-run of the Board Communications re: Family Credit

For your convenience, this is a repeat of the Board Communication issued to all families on May 18, 2020…

Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese Translations exist below.

Dear Parents,
It is wonderful to see the campus alive with our students, fully engaged in learning and happily adapting to the campus operating regulations that remain to safeguard our community.

The Board of Directors has met regularly during this crisis to support our Head of School and her team. The Board continues to take a strategic perspective with respect to the School’s financial stability in order to protect the long term stability of your child/ren’s education. We have been closely monitoring the finances of the School for this current fiscal year including savings made through cost-controls during shut down, and unplanned costs involved in transitioning to online learning, implementing safety measures required to satisfy local authority conditions and provision of a month-long summer programme for all students.

We know that the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in many challenges for our families, some of which were exacerbated by the demands of supporting Distance Learning during the required campus closure. Decisions to freeze 2020-2021 tuition fees at the current rate and the development of a Financial Assistance Programme were made to support families during the ongoing crisis. While we believe we remain in the midst of this crisis, the Board has reviewed projected scenarios for next year and is now able to confidently take additional measures to support our community.

To respect the challenges that some of our families faced during the period of Distance Learning, the Board of Directors has approved the provision of a one-time credit per student for all families to the value of:

  • Discovery-Grade 5: $1,300 USD
  • Grades 6-12: $1,000 USD

In the case of outstanding payments for 2019-2020, the credit will be automatically applied by the Business Office to support settling this balance.

For returning families, the credit will be applied to the Household Account for 2020-2021 and families can choose to use it to off-set invoices as follows:

  • Tuition 2020-2021 (for self-paying families)
  • Services including, Bus, Canteen, CoCurricular Activities including Academies (Aquatics, Tennis or Music) or travel (MUN, team sports, arts festivals) and School Store.

Families leaving at the end of 2019-2020 will be contacted directly by the UNIS Hanoi Business Office.

Families who do not wish to take advantage of this family credit may direct the funds to the School’s reserves, or to one of the School’s philanthropic projects (Financial Assistance Programme, Scholarship Programme, Emergency Relief Fund for service partners or the UNIS Impact Fund).

I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your support during this time. The extraordinary resilience and solidarity that many have demonstrated has been inspirational and a source of gratitude to those of us in service to the UNIS Hanoi community.

Yours sincerely,
Dr Amie Pollack
Board Chair

 

Vietnamese: 

Kính gửi Quý Phụ huynh,
Thật tuyệt vời khi thấy các em học sinh quay trở lại trường học tập và dần dần làm quen với những quy tắc trong khuôn viên trường nhằm đảm bảo an toàn cho cộng đồng của chúng ta.

Trong bối cảnh khủng hoảng này, Hội đồng Quản trị Nhà trường đã làm việc thường xuyên nhằm hỗ trợ Giám đốc trường và tiếp tục đưa ra những biện pháp mang tính chiến lược về ổn định tài chính Nhà trường, đảm bảo chất lượng dạy và học cho học sinh. Chúng tôi đã và đang theo dõi chặt chẽ tình hình tài chính của năm học này, bao gồm những khoản tiết kiệm nhờ cắt giảm chi phí khi đóng cửa Trường trong dịch COVID-19, và những khoản chi phí phát sinh của việc chuyển sang việc dạy và học từ xa, việc thực hiện các biện pháp an toàn để đáp ứng yêu cầu của chính quyền địa phương, và việc cung cấp chương trình hè miễn phí kéo dài 1 tháng cho toàn bộ học sinh Nhà Trường.

Chúng tôi hiểu rằng cuộc khủng hoảng COVID-19 đã dẫn đến nhiều thách thức cho không ít gia đình, đặc biệt là trong việc hỗ trợ dạy và học từ xa trong thời gian Nhà trường bắt buộc đóng cửa. Chính vì vậy, chúng tôi đã quyết định không tăng học phí cho năm học 2020-2021 và xây dựng chương trình Hỗ trợ tài chính cho các gia đình học sinh. Trong khi chúng tôi tin rằng chúng ta vẫn đang ở giữa của cuộc khủng hoảng này, HĐQT cũng đã xem xét kĩ lưỡng các kịch bản khác nhau cho năm học tới và đến nay có thể mạnh dạn đưa ra thêm những biện pháp bổ sung nhằm hỗ trợ cho cộng đồng chúng ta. Nhằm ghi nhận những thách thức mà một số gia đình phải đối mặt trong giai đoạn học từ xa, Hội đồng Quản trị đã phê duyệt việc cung cấp khoản tín dụng một lần tính trên mỗi học sinh cho toàn bộ các gia đình hiện đang theo học tại trường* với giá trị như sau:

  • Discovery-Khối 5: $1,300 USD
  • Khối 6-12: $1,000 USD

Đối với các khoản chưa thanh toán của năm học 2019-2020, khoản tín dụng sẽ được phòng Tài chính Kế toán tự động áp dụng để hỗ trợ thanh toán các khoản nợ này.

Đối với những gia đình có con tiếp tục theo học năm học tới, khoản tín dụng sẽ được áp dụng vào hệ thống thanh toán của từng gia đình với phòng Tài chính Kế toán cho năm học 2020-2021 và các gia đình có thể lựa chọn tính trừ vào các hóa đơn như sau:

  • Học phí năm học 2020-2021 (dành cho các gia đình tự chi trả học phí và không phải là một phần trong gói phúc lợi do cơ quan chi trả)
  • Các dịch vụ ở trường bao gồm xe buýt đưa đón, căng tin, các hoạt động ngoại khoá (Bơi, tennis, Âm nhạc) hoặc chi phí đi lại (MUN, thi đấu thể thao, và festival nghệ thuật) hoặc Cửa hàng của Nhà trường.

Đối với những gia đình sẽ chuyển đi sau năm học 2019-2020, phòng Tài chính Kế toán sẽ liên hệ trực tiếp để giải đáp. Những gia đình không muốn nhận khoản tín dụng này có thể yêu cầu chuyển tín dụng sang Quỹ dự phòng của Nhà trường hoặc cho một trong những dự án thiện nguyện của trường (Chương trình Hỗ trợ tài chính, Chương trình Học bổng, Quỹ Hỗ trợ khẩn cấp cho các đối tác của Chương trình Dịch vụ cộng đồng, hoặc cho Quỹ Impact Fund của UNIS)
Tôi muốn nhân cơ hội này xin được gửi lời cám ơn về sự ủng hộ của các gia đình đối với nhà trường trong thời gian qua. Tính kiên cường và sự đoàn kết phi thường mà nhiều thành viên đã thể hiện thực sự là nguồn cảm hứng và động lực đối với tất cả chúng tôi – những người phục vụ cho cộng đồng UNIS Hà Nội.

Trân trọng,
TS. Amie Pollack
Chủ tịch Hội đồng Quản trị

*không bao gồm các gia đình giáo viên của trường

Korean:

학부모님들께,
캠퍼스가 학생들을 맞이하여 살아나는 모습을 보니 참으로 기쁩니다. 학생들은 배우고자 하는 열의에 차 있으며, 우리 모두를 위한 안전규칙을 잘 따라주고 있습니다.

이사회는 이 기간동안 학교장과 팀을 지원하기 위해 정기적으로 미팅을 가지고 있습니다. 교육위원회는 자녀분들의 교육을 장기적으로 지속해서 유지하고자 합니다. 따라서 학교의 재정과 관련하여, 안정적인 전략수립을 고수합니다. 학교는 올해 회계년도의 학교 재정을 면밀히 모니터링 하고 있습니다. 모니터링은 셧다운(개학연기) 동안 관리를 통한 비용 절감, 온라인 학습으로의 전환으로 인한 계획에 없던 비용, 지역 당국의 개학 조건을 한 달동안 만족시키는 데 필요한 안전조치 비용, 모든 학생들을위한 장기 여름 프로그램을 포함합니다.

COVID-19 위기로 인해 가족 여러분들이 많은 어려움을 겪고 있다는 것을 학교는 잘 알고 있습니다, 그 중 일부 가족은 캠퍼스 개학연기 중 원격 학습 시행으로 인해 어려움이 심화되었습니다. 학교는 현재의 금리로 2020-2021년 수업료를 동결하기로 결정하고 재정 지원 프로그램을 개발하여 진행중인 위기 동안 가족분들을 지원합니다. 우리는 아직도 위기에 처해 있다고 생각하지만, 이사회는 내년 시나리오를 검토했으며 이제는 지역 사회를 지원하기 위해 추가 조치를 취할 계획입니다.

몇몇 가족분들이 개학 연기 시기에 처해있는 몇몇 가족분들을 위해, 이사회는 모든 가정을 대상으로 한 학생당 크레딧을 아래와 같이 공표해드립니다:

  • (D-G5) 디스커버리 – 5학년 : $1,300 USD
  • (G6-G12) 6학년 – 12학년 : $1,000 USD

2019-2020학년의 미결제 금액이 남아있으신 경우,학생당 크레딧을 잔액 결제분으로 자동으로 소진합니다.

학교로 돌아오는 가정의 경우 2020-2021 년의 하우스홀드 계정에 크레딧이 쌓이며 다음과 같은 내역에 한도 내에서 여러번에 걸쳐 사용할 수 있습니다.

  • 2020-2021학년도 학비(*자체부담 가정에 한해. 고용주 및 회사에서 학비를 보조하는 경우 제외됩니다.)
  • 스쿨버스, 캔틴, 코-커리큘러 활동(CoCurricular) -수영, 테니스, 음악등- 혹은 스쿨여행(MUN, 팀 스포트, 예술 페스티벌), 혹은 학교 상점과 같은 서비스에서 사용가능합니다.

2019-20학년도를 마지막으로 학교를 떠나는 가족분들께는 UNIS 하노이 비지니스 오피스가 직접 연락을 드릴 것입니다.

이 크레딧을 이용하지 않으려는 가족은 기금을 학교의 준비금 또는 학교의 자선 사업 (금융 지원 프로그램, 장학금 프로그램, 서비스 파트너를 위한 긴급 구호 기금 또는 UNIS Impact 기금)으로 보낼 수 있습니다.

이 기회에 다시 한 번 귀하의 성원에 감사드립니다. 많은 분들이 보여준 유연성과 연대는 UNIS 하노이 공동체를 위해 봉사하는 우리들에게 영감의 원천이자 무한한 감사의 근원입니다.
Yours sincerely,
Dr Amie Pollack
Board Chair
아미 폴락이사회장 배상

Japanese:

保護者の皆様
キャンパスに生徒達と共に活気が戻って来たことをとても嬉しく思います。生徒達は学習に積極的に取り組み、また衛生安全面で必要な新しい規則にも前向きに適応しています。

理事会はこの危機的な状況の中、定期的に会合を持ち、学校長およびリーダーシップチームを支援して来ました。皆様のお子様の教育を長期にわたって守れるよう、学校の経済的安定を視野に戦略的な見通しを立てています。我々は本校の今会計年度の財政状況を密接に監視してきました。これには閉校中のコスト管理による経費節約の他、予算に含まれていなかった追加コスト(オンライン学習への移行経費、政府の指示による衛生安全対策の経費、全在校生に提供される1ヶ月間のサマープログラムの経費)が含まれます。

今回のCOVID-19はUNIS Hanoiの家族に困難な状況をもたらしました。そのひとつに学校閉鎖を命ぜられた期間中、家族がオンライン学習への対応を余儀なくされたことが挙げられます。危機的状況の中、本校の家族への支援策として、2020-2021学年度の授業料を本学年度と同じレベルに凍結し、また経済支援プログラムを設立しました。この困難な状況はまだ続くと考えられますが、理事会は来年度に向けた筋書きを検討し、コミュニティに対してさらなる支援策を打ち出すことができると確信しました。

オンライン学習の期間に一部の家族が直面した問題を鑑み、理事会は全ての生徒に一人当たり一回のみ以下の金額を付与します

  • Discovery-Grade 5: $1,300 USD
  • Grades 6-12: $1,000 USD

2019-2020学年度の授業料等の未払いがある場合は、ビジネス・オフィスはこの金額を自動的にその支払いに充当します。

来年度に継続して在籍する生徒の家族については、この付与金は2020-2021学年度の家族の会計アカウントに入金され、家族はこれを次の支払いに使うことができます。

  • 2020-2021学年度の授業料の一部として(授業料自己負担の家族の場合)
  • スクールバス費、キャンティーンの食費、コーカリキュラー・アクティビティの費用(水泳・テニス・音楽アカデミーの参加費、MUN・チームスポーツ・アートフェスティバルなどの遠征費等)、スクール・ストアでの物品購入

2019-2020学年度末でUNIS Hanoiを去られる家族については、ビジネス・オフィスが直接連絡を差し上げます。

この付与金の利用を希望しない家族については、これを学校の準備金や学校の慈善活動プロジェクトのいずれか(経済支援プログラム、スカラシッププログラム、サービスラーニングのパートナーやUNISインパクト・ファンドが支援する緊急支援基金)に当てることができます。

この困難な状況の中、皆様のご支援にお礼申し上げます。私たちは多くの方々が見せてくださった素晴らしい対応力や団結力に感動するとともに、感謝の念を禁じ得ません。

エイミー・ポラック理事会会長

UNIS Hanoi Launches New Podcast Series

Teachers and leaders at UNIS Hanoi are taking innovative and holistic approaches to education everyday in order to inspire students to branch out into the world and make an impact. But how? 

In a new 7-part podcast series launched today, Jane McGee reveals how transformative student learning at UNIS Hanoi is happening not only in the classrooms or through distance learning, but across an interconnected, highly collaborative community that spans our campus and beyond. 

Every Friday, a new conversation will be uploaded. Topics include a deep-dive into our Service Learning initiative and its impact on students and communities; the popularity of the IB Bi-lingual Diploma; plus the MYP’s five year Inquiry Cycle. Former students will also participate to share how UNIS Hanoi transformed their lives and their futures.

Catch the conversation here.

Thank You Cards Presented to Healthcare Workers

On behalf of the UNIS Hanoi community, Grade 10 student, Binh Vu delivered nearly 400 thank you cards written by Middle and High School students for staff working at the Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi. Influenced by actions she saw happen in other countries, Binh decided to press ahead with the thank you card initiative after her Dad began volunteering at the hospital some weeks ago.

She explained, “I started to get scared when my Dad began helping at the hospital. It made me think about how hard it is for the doctors, nurses and other staff who work there, especially during this difficult time.”

A big thanks to all the MS and HS Mentor groups that contributed cards and the HS Sustainability Service Group for making the boxes in which they were delivered in.

Students Inspired by Book Week

UNIS Hanoi’s Book Week inspired creative expressions of love for books amongst students of all ages. This week, students returned to the library in droves after a long spell away, keen to browse the crammed bookshelves. Additionally, the children in Class 3D dressed up as their favourite book character for a day, while two Middle Schoolers went the extra mile and baked a cake in ode to their most-treasured read. Students also populated the special #phoenixreads instagram page with their recommended titles. 

Adults weren’t excluded from the fun either thanks to the Family Book Week Trivia Night which took place yesterday (Thursday May 14). 

One parent who participated in the evening event said, “A BIG thank you to everyone that made this a great UNIS Quiz night. [The event] made me realize how many great books we have read over the years, and that there is still so much more to enjoy in the future. [It was also] great to connect with the community even from far away.”

 

Every Student Guaranteed a Spot on FREE Summer Programme!

Every student, from Discovery through to Grade 12, is guaranteed a spot on this year’s free four-week Summer Programme!

Plans are well underway to offer students a fun and flexible experience, comprising a wide variety of activities designed to spark the diverse interests of UNIS Hanoi students. Students will be able to participate in a wide variety of activities and can sign up for one to four of the weeks available. The programme is designed to be completely flexible. 

Commenting on the programme, Tarique Al-Iesa, Director of Activities, said, “We’re super excited about the programme on offer. We consulted students and parent groups when designing this year’s event to ensure we provided something for everyone. We will make activities available online also so that students who are not in Vietnam but would like to take part, can still join in.”

The free programme is valued at more than $500 per student per week and we are grateful to the faculty and staff who have agreed to give up their summer weeks to support our students.

Students in Early Childhood and Elementary School can select enrichment sessions in math and literacy, EAL, STEAM, Social/Activity Time and ‘Choice’. A full programme will be shared when registration opens.

The Secondary School programme will offer many options to allow for students to pursue their areas of passion and interest without the need to commit to a full day.  Secondary school students want to order from an a la carte menu of ‘Passion Pursuits’. Some ideas students have put forward include a talent Showcase, Sports/Tournaments, Design, Engineering, Theatre, Art Exploration, Drawing, SAT prep and EE Workshop (for Grade 10 students). 

Full details, including how to register, will be sent to parents on May 14 with a deadline of May 21, 2020. 

The first week of the 2020 UNIS Hanoi Summer Programme will commence on Monday June 15, with the final week commencing on July 6.  Come join the fun!

Open Invite to Board of Directors’ AGM

Message from the Board of Directors 8th May 2020

You are warmly invited to attend the Board of Directors Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 19th May at 7:00PM. Due to COVID-19 we can only accommodate 30 people on campus,  in the Ly Thai To Learning Centre, upstairs rooms 115 & 116 . Others are welcome to join via a zoom link (which will be shared in the Tin Tuc on May 15).

To register your interest in attending the on-campus meeting please click HERE. Confirmation will be sent from the Board Administrator.

There will be a reception from 6:30; canapés, wine, beer and soft drinks will be available.

The formal meeting will commence at 7:00PM

The agenda for the evening will include an introduction to the Board of Directors, as well as brief updates from our committees and task force on the work they have been doing this year. However due to the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty regarding enrollment figures for next year, time will be spent detailing the impact of this on the school finances and planning for next year.                                                               

To maximise time together please send your questions in advance to the Board Chair at boardofdirectors@unishanoi.org.                                     

We look forward to your company,

Dr Amie Pollack,

Board Chair