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.


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 (please note updated email address) for an application packet or for any questions.


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 để được hướng dẫn thủ tục và giải đáp thắc mắc.



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.




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


  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。


  • 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。)


  • 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 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



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


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




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。


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



  • 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。




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                                     

We look forward to your company,

Dr Amie Pollack,

Board Chair

School’s Global Conference Makes National TV!

More than 1000 teachers from across the globe joined UNIS Hanoi’s free professional development conference on Distance Learning last weekend. The Vietnam Tech Conference Virtual was a six hour event that provided guidance, skills and discussion forums for a range of topics and challenges faced by educators during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Vietnam’s national TV station, VTV1 paid the school a visit to find out more. Watch!


Celebrating Book Week at UNIS Hanoi (May 11-15)


Next week (May 11-15) is Book Week! Come join in the fun with books and lots of great reading activities.

Explore Upcoming Book Week Activities

Become a bookworm this Book Week!

Books have the transformative power to take us on adventures, solve crimes and foster endless imagination in everyday life. During Book Week dive into a book and find new worlds between the covers of books. Enjoy being involved in bookish activities at home with your child and be a part of the line up of activities designed for UNIS.

Check out the dedicated section for PARENTS on the LibGuide with links to great articles and fabulous video clips for helping, supporting and encouraging reading at home.

Join the Bookcase Challenge!

Click HERE to access a range of engaging activities for all age groups to do at home from cooking up curious creature cakes, bookcase challenges, book cover collages, film making and much, much more!

Follow @unisphoenixreads now!

Would you like to know what great books students are recommending? Follow the library Instagram account today. Selections of student recommendations will be added to the Instagram account each day next week. Send family photos of book week to be included on Instagram by sending to either or to be included on the UNIS Library Instagram account using the hashtag #bookweek2020.

Monica and Kate

Join the Book Week Family Trivia Night!

Next Thursday, May 14 at 6:00PM, the Library department is hosting a virtual Family Trivia Night as part of their Book Week events. 

The evening promises to be ‘super literary fun for the whole family with wild trivia questions for all ages’.  

Get your whole family together on one device and get ready for some fun (and healthy competition with other UNIS Hanoi Families). 

There will be fun rounds of lively trivia based on all of the books you love (or check-out!).  Each round will feature books from all ages, so every family member is going to be a useful member of the team (if you want to rope in Grandma across the ocean, go for it).

Please fill out this quick form to register!

On May 14 at 5:00PM, the Librarian Quiz Masters will send you a link to the ZOOM meeting, and share details on the quiz setup and rules.

We’re excited for everyone to join in the fun next week!

Kate, Monica, and Cody


Summer is Coming; Stay Hydrated

With the summer is coming, staying hydrated is critical. Here’s why:

The importance of hydration

Drinking enough water each day is crucial for many reasons: – to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood.

A dehydrated student may present to the nurse with a high temperature and be sent home, this may have been prevented if the student was hydrated.  Please remember that your child/student should have a water bottle or access to drinking water everyday.


  • The easiest way to check whether you are drinking enough is by the colour and amount of urine you pass when you go to the bathroom. Urine should be a pale yellow colour
  • Dehydration can cause headaches and fatigue, make you feel cranky and affect your concentration.

The standard recommendation for water intake for children is as follows:

  • 4 glasses (600mls) for 3 to 4 year olds
  • 5 glasses (1 litre) for 5 to 8 year olds
  • 7 glasses (1.5 litres) for 9 to12 year olds
  • 8 to 10 glasses (2 litres) for 13+ years.average of 2.5 litres. 

Fluid should be taken at regular intervals throughout the day and amounts increased during exercise and hot weather.


  • Avoid being out in the midday sun as much as possible, encourage children to seek cool, shaded areas and not run around too much in the heat
  • Sun hats are a must, no hat no outdoor play
  • Daily sunscreen (sunburn stops the body from cooling itself down properly)
  • Wearing cool, loose clothing made of natural fibers to reduce sweating
  • Avoiding dark colored clothing which absorbs heat and causes sweating
  • Encourage your kids/students to take regular drinks even if they don’t feel thirsty (thirst is a sign that dehydration is already present)
  • Students should have a water bottle with them at ALL times.


What is Physical Distancing?

Physical distancing, also called “social distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

Why practice physical distancing?

COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. 

Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. 

Physical distancing helps limit contact with infected people and contaminated surfaces.

Prepare your child for physical distancing on campus

As we prepare to return to campus, we ask you to practice physical distancing in your own home with your child so they are ready when campus is open for this new change in their environment. Classrooms will look different, lunch and recess will also need to change due to physical distancing, but these new practices are put in place to protect your child, other students, staff, faculty and YOU!.  We can only do this as a UNITED COMMUNITY!

You can practice with your child by;

  •  Having your child spreading their arms out and not being able to touch anyone around them.
  • Measuring and marking a 2 meter space on the floor and have them stand and visually see the distance between you and them.
  • When sitting at the table measure out a 2 meter space from the next family member sitting.
  • Practice air hugs/fist pumps/high fives from a 2 meter distance.

Please continue to practice the following hygiene actions with your child.

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, before and after you eat, or using the toilet. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your bent elbow.
  • Do not share drink bottles, crockery or cutlery.
  • Wear a mask at all times when out in public.

Jo Connolly – School Health Centre Coordinator

Marites (Tess) Campilan – Nurse

Lan Anh Nguyen – Nurse

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