Our Alumni

Effective July 2020, Andy Page-Smith (Alumni Faculty/Staff) is appointed the next Academy of International School Heads (AISH), a community of heads and deputy heads of international schools around the globe. AISH membership consists of heads of school of 45 different nationalities, in 90 different countries and spread across six continents at schools with different curricula systems and language offerings. Andy was UNIS Hanoi Elementary School Principal from 1998 to 2001. Below is an article from The International Educator Vol. 33 No 4 April 2019 by Dr Chip Barder (Alumni Head of School about the appointment.

“It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. Andy Page-Smith as the new CEO of the Academy of International School Heads (AISH), effectively July 2020. Andy brings almost 40 years of service as a professional educator, including 18 years as a Head of School in Kuwait, Hong Kong, and currently in Johannesburg.

In addition to his time and commitment as a teacher, principal, and Head of School, Andy has served as a professional learning consultant in a variety of schools offering a wide range of expertise and support. AISH is extremely fortunate to have such an accomplished and distinguished international school leader as its next CEO.

Andy will succeed Dr. Deb Welch, who has been CEO since 2015 and who has done a remarkable job of facilitating the growth and development of the organization. We congratulate Deb for all that she has done to lead the organization to its current position of stability and strength. Deb will remain at the helm of AISH until July 2020, at which time Andy will assume his new role.

Our organization is at its largest ever, counting 450 individual members (Heads and Deputy Heads of international schools). The AISH standards are being used more and more by Heads around the world and are providing a research-based tool for their growth and development. Because of its expansion and the growing member requests for support and advocacy, AISH has teamed up with Global Online Academy to offer a series of professional learning modules facilitated by experienced colleagues.

OASIS day drew over 120 as a type of “pre-conference” to Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) Conference. The Summer Seminar continues to receive extremely positive reviews from attendees each year. And of course, AISHnet continues to provide “just in time” advice and support for those questions, problems, or concerns that need immediate attention.

Andy will be the fourth CEO as AISH enters its 21st year, following in the footsteps of founding CEO Clark Kirkpatrick, succeeded by Bambi Betts, and then of course Deb Welch – all distinguished and accomplished international school leaders. AISH has been fortunate to have had a tradition of strong leadership and we are confident in Andy’s ability to take AISH forward.

We anticipate a smooth leadership transition over the next 18 months while we continue to work hard to support and advocate for our membership. In the meantime, congratulations to Andy on his successful appointment.”

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Nicholas Svensson (Class of 2011) and friends completed a trek to the highest point of Africa, Mount of Kilimanjaro, at 5,895m. To make the trip more purposeful, while the cost of the trip was self-funded, Nicholas and the team partnered with UNICEF for a personal fundraiser and raised over GBP 2,000 for children in needs.

“It was an incredibly tough but magical experience”, Nicholas shared from Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro, 5895 Amsl.

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Daphne de Leeuw (Class of 2009) wrote to share that she started working at CIS from January 2019. As the Events Coordinator in the Higher Education Service area, Daphne coordinates and organizes annual events for CIS Higher Education, among which are the CIS Institutes, school and university fairs in Europe and the CIS Global Forum on International Admission and Guidance 2019.

Having worked at large corporations prior to CIS, Daphne shares, “I honestly did not foresee that I would be working within the Education industry, as hospitality and events were really my career ambitions. Nevertheless, when I saw the vacancy at CIS as an Events Coordinator, the fit could not have been more perfect! […] Seeing as I had several years of experience as an events manager in combination with having an international background, I am able to give ‘something back’ to the community and be a better global citizen. It is really a great joy to work for CIS!”

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My Tran (Class of 2014) won the 2019 Chautauqua Janus Prize for their story “Tree rings, like concentric ghosts”.

My Tran (Class of 2014) attends Brown University in Providence where they identify as a cross-genre/gender artist making sculptures and performances.

Impossible to summarize or categorize, and touching on everything from longing and loss to theories of language, consciousness, and time, “Tree rings, like concentric ghosts” is featured in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Black Warrior Review and was nominated by its editors for the Prize.

Started in 2018, each year the Chautauqua Janus Prize celebrates one emerging writer’s single work of short fiction or nonfiction for daring formal and aesthetic innovations that upset and reorder literary conventions, historical narratives and readers’ imaginations.

As the winner My will receive a summer residency at Chautauqua during the 2019 summer season where My will present a public lecture and reading at a celebratory event. My’s writing will also appear in a future issue of the Literary Journal Chautauqua.

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Kevin Wade (Class of 2009) is running for Virginia House of Delegates. Kevin will be on the ballot for the Democratic Primary Election on June 11. Kevin comes from a Thai-American family and attended UNIS Hanoi from Grade 9 to Grade 11. Click here to find out more about Kevin and support him.

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Brendan McGibbon (Alumni Faculty) wrote to share about his most recent project – an AI character that can help in the classroom. Read Brendan’s message below:

“Hello from Japan!

I left UNIS about 4.5 years ago and I really miss my friends there and of course – beautiful Vietnam. I left because I was offered the opportunity, with my wife Izumi, to start a new boarding school in Japan and design a 3- year stand alone leadership course that focuses on Mindfulness, Neuroscience, Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship. It has gone really well and it’s now the cornerstone of the school ethos. I think the school wide leadership course is really unique and would love to share it far and wide.

Right now my most recent personal Leadership project is starting to take off. I am focusing on how we might use AI in the classroom to help students think through difficult problems when they get stuck. I created the character TIVI and he is helping people in two ways. Firstly I am writing some good old fashioned graphic novels aimed at creating a growth mindset in elementary students and help reframe challenges as opportunities to learn about themselves and secondly I have created a fun conversation bot. When I have enough data I will refine it and begin the laborious work of coding the AI. 

Here is the link to the Kindbot Beta TIVI: https://landbot.io/u/H-140105-20LRFAH93KRY9Y0I/index.html

I’m at 500 users now and growing. Each time someone uses it it can be refined and expanded to learn more scenarios and I can program more features. Try it out.
I wish UNIS well and please reach out if you are in Japan – want to know more about the leadership program (Gr10-12) or my AI project.

Kind Regards,
Brendan McGibbon”

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Brendan McGibbon (Alumni Faculty) wrote to share about his most recent project – an AI character that can help in the classroom. Read Brendan’s message below:

“Hello from Japan!

I left UNIS about 4.5 years ago and I really miss my friends there and of course – beautiful Vietnam. I left because I was offered the opportunity, with my wife Izumi, to start a new boarding school in Japan and design a 3- year stand alone leadership course that focuses on Mindfulness, Neuroscience, Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship. It has gone really well and it’s now the cornerstone of the school ethos. I think the school wide leadership course is really unique and would love to share it far and wide.

Right now my most recent personal Leadership project is starting to take off. I am focusing on how we might use AI in the classroom to help students think through difficult problems when they get stuck. I created the character TIVI and he is helping people in two ways. Firstly I am writing some good old fashioned graphic novels aimed at creating a growth mindset in elementary students and help reframe challenges as opportunities to learn about themselves and secondly I have created a fun conversation bot. When I have enough data I will refine it and begin the laborious work of coding the AI. 

Here is the link to the Kindbot Beta TIVI: https://landbot.io/u/H-140105-20LRFAH93KRY9Y0I/index.html

I’m at 500 users now and growing. Each time someone uses it it can be refined and expanded to learn more scenarios and I can program more features. Try it out.
I wish UNIS well and please reach out if you are in Japan – want to know more about the leadership program (Gr10-12) or my AI project.

Kind Regards,
Brendan McGibbon”

Every week we feature a short profile of one of our global alumni 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!

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Anh Nguyen (Class of 2011) participated in a clean up activity last Sunday in Ho Chi Minh City with a group of friends. He wrote in to share:

Fun? Yes
Tiring? Yes
Disgusting? YES
Sustainable? NoI did a clean up today with an amazing group of people who wanted to do something good. Even strangers joined us after seeing our effort to make a change, no matter how small that change was. We met a person who was cleaning up before us, saying that he couldn’t imagine doing it himself. With the amount of trash in Vietnam, I don’t think any one person can do it themselves, but if we get together and do this as a fun activity, we can all enjoy a cleaner environment.
It starts with small steps. The #trashtag challenge has been started by an online trend, and it is the only online challenge I have done, because I really believe it does good, and hope that it doesn’t stop until Vietnam can be the cleanest country in the world #vietnamvodich. 
Littering is a big problem, and cleaning up like this is not a sustainable way, it is akin to treating the symptoms and not the cause. Cleanups like this only make a difference, when the littering stops. While we were cleaning up, there were already people throwing trash right next to us. The solution to the problem of littering is to overcome the inconvenience of cleaning up for yourself. When you throw plastic on the street, know that it will stay there and your children will be living on trash in the future. 
I want Vietnam to be clean for one simple reason. I love this country, it’s beauty and charm. So I challenge you, dear reader, to get friends together and do a few sessions of clean ups. And tell your neighbor to not throw that piece of trash on the ground.”

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Linh Lan Dover Arthur (Class of 2002) and family is coming back to Hanoi this April to deliver the funds raised at her wedding in support Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation.
As part of her wedding celebration on 16 March in Sydney, Australia, instead of gifts or money, Linh Lan and her husband Ben set up a personal fundraiser on a crowd raising platform and asked the guests to donate to Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, hoping to raise AUD 1,603 to mark the date.

The couple proudly shared that AUD 7,000 was raised as a result, “We are very happy that this money will go to helping street kids, and those affected by trafficking, AIDS and disabilities as well as help put those in need through school and rehabilitation.” Linh Lan and Ben and their children are living in Australia. They plan to be back in Hanoi this Spring for a small celebration with friends and family in Hanoi and to deliver the funds to Blue Dragon.

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Linh Nguyen (Class of 2018) was selected to receive one of the Vanderbilt University’s Nichols Humanitarian Fund Awards to help improve health care access and education system in Ban Lien, an impoverished, geographically-challenged region in Lao Cai, Vietnam. Thanks to the support from the Fund, Linh will be travelling back to Vietnam in summer 2019 to allocate the granted funds alongside SANSE, the Service Learning group co-founded by Linh during her time at UNIS Hanoi. A former UNIS Hanoi scholar, Linh is pursuing a double degree in the field of Communications and Human and Organisational Development at Vanderbilt University on a full scholarship. The merit- and need-based Nichols Humanitarian Fund is awarded to service-based projects proposed by students to address an area of need of a community, domestic or international.

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Ellen Beard (Class of 2013) is working as the lead programme assitant of Redeeming Love, a safe house and holistic recovery programme for sex trafficking survivors in Southern California. “I work directly with residents [of the safe house] to encourage movement toward healing and their future life goals. I’ve been learning about the issue of human trafficking and I discovered sex trafficking as one of the darkest and most troubling injustices I’ve come across, and it is far more common than we realize,” Ellen shares. With this cause in mind, Ellen took on the creative challenge of wearing a dress during each of the 31 days of December 2018 for her personal fundraising campaign “December Dresses” to support Redeeming Love. Ellen’s goal is to raise $750 USD, the cost of mental health services for one survivor, “I decided to start my own page because I know Redeeming Love well and truly believe in the kind of healing it pursues. We focus on quality, highly-personalized support over quantity of individuals reached.” Check out Ellen’s donation page here or ask Ellen a question to keep the conversation going and raise awareness about this hidden problem.

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On Thursday February 21 Adélaïde Charlier (Class of 2019) was alongside Greta Thunberg in Brussels as Greta delivered a speech in front of the European Economic and Social Committee, an EU consultative body representing civil society organisations. Adélaïde is one of the coordinators of Youth4Climate, the grassroots organisation behind the movement against inaction on climate change in Belgium which mobilised thousands of pupils across Belgium, including 12,500 who marched in Brussels on Thursday (31 January) in protest and thousands more in the Flemish city of Leuven and in Liège, Wallonia.

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Your opinions matter!

There is still time for you to take part in our community survey, and we would like to encourage all parents that have not yet taken the survey to spend 10 minutes giving us your feedback.

It is important information that we use in our planning every year and this year it will also be used by a visiting team for our accreditation evaluation.

Please use this link to complete the PARENT SURVEY: https://survey.cois.org/s3/Parent-2018-19-UNIS-Hanoi

And we would ask that you complete one survey for each child you have enrolled at UNIS Hanoi, as we know that your experience may be different depending on the Division or Grade level.

The survey is anonymous an we have already had 49% of our families complete surveys in one of the 30 languages offered, including English, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese.

We hope that you will be willing to take a few minutes to share your thoughts, feelings and beliefs about UNIS Hanoi with us. We are grateful for your participation.

And you can see some of the highlights from the 2017-2018 survey shared in the UNIS UNfolder annual report which will be published early next week.

New Attendance Feature on Veracross Parent Portal

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to introduce you to a new Attendance feature on Veracross Parent Portal.

What is it?

The Attendance feature allows parents to inform school of their child/ren’s daily attendance (absence, late arrival, early leave, etc.) and/or multi-day absences.

A link to the Attendance request have been made available on Veracross Parent Portal. You are be able to access it using your phones, tablets, or computers.

When to submit Attendance request?

Starting January 18, parents are required to use this Attendance feature on the Parent Portal to notify the Elementary, Middle or High School Offices for all student absences and/or late arrival/early departure. Requests should be submitted for:

  • Daily attendance: Student will be absent, late to school, will be leaving early or will be leaving school and returning before the end of the school day.
  • Multi-day absence: Student will be absent from school for a period of time.

Questions?

Should you have questions, please direct them as follows:

Questions about accessing Veracross or technical issues should be directed to techsupport@unishanoi.org

Student Admissions and Enrolment 2019-2020

Applications have been distributed for the next school year. If you would like to receive an application for placement, please register your child’s details directly with the admissions office.

Re-enrolment for the 2019-2020 academic year has been launched. Please secure placement for each child by completing enrolment requirements through the parent portal and remitting a tuition deposit payment by 29th March 2019.

If you would like to confirm your departure, please complete an Admissions Withdrawal Form indicating the last day of attendance. Only one form is required per family.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance by dropping into the admissions office in B7, email admissions@unishanoi.org or telephone 0247 300 4508 extensions 8217 / 8738 / 8739 / 8732 / 8220.