Meet our Secondary School Principal Candidates

Dear Parents,

We invite you to meet our Secondary School Principal Candidates. The finalists for this important new leadership role will be visiting UNIS Hanoi and you have the opportunity to meet them on November 7, 8 and 13 at 8.05 – 8.50am in the Community Room (B7).

These sessions have been designed by our Principal Search Team to specifically gather parent perspectives. Each candidate will offer a 20-minute presentation followed by a question and answer session. Resumes for all candidates will be available at the event and we will share a feedback form following the sessions for parents who attended. Your feedback is an important part of the selection process to determine which candidate is the best fit for UNIS Hanoi.

New Secondary School at UNIS Hanoi – The Background:

As we shared in the Tin Tuc, our High School Principal, Mr Scott Schaffner, the High School Deputy Principal, Ms Glenda Baker and the Middle School Principal, Mr Marc Vermeire will be moving on to new opportunities for next school year.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the school to evolve from its current Middle School and High School leadership structure to a Secondary School structure. The goal of the new structure is to preserve all that is positive about our current situation while simultaneously, addressing areas that could be improved. Our Concept is one of Schools within a School.

A new Secondary School will be divided into two distinct divisions – Middle School and High School – independent and autonomous when appropriate, and operating under the cohesion of one Secondary School for seamless student transition and planning (For more information see the Tin Tuc article: Important Updates from the Head of School).

Join us in welcoming the following Secondary School Principal Candidates for our 2020 – 2021 School year. (see poster for details)

Couldn’t make it to school to meet the candidates? All videos will be uploaded onto your Veracross Parent Portal for a very limited time. After the last candidate presents on Wednesday, November 13 parents will be able to watch each presentation from 10.00 to 17.00 and submit feedback on our questionnaire.

Looking forward to seeing you at these events.

In appreciation,

Jane McGee

Head of School

 

 

 

 

UN Day Serving Trays – Take us home!

We certainly hope you enjoyed the UN Day Community Lunch and we would like to THANK YOU again for all your delicious food contributions! Now we have some lonely left-over plates, dishes and containers that are wanting to return home.

Please stop by the Advancement Office (Building 7 Room 102 upstairs) to be reunited with your long lost dishes! We will keep your dishes in the SCO Room (B7/113) until Friday 29 November, before they will be donated to a new home for charity.

Questions? Contact Huong at advasst@unishanoi.org .

Community Lunch – An International Feast!

After our UN Day Ceremony (October 21), we continue the celebration with a whole school community lunch enjoyed by students, parents and staff. It is truly international and delicious! Our shared lunch is made of ‘traditional’ food provided by our parents and is an opportunity for families to showcase cultural cuisines – from old family recipes to new fusion dishes EVERYTHING is welcome!

The lunch which will start at 12:00 noon. The Community Lunch is organised into grade level lunches and your homeroom/grade level parent volunteers will take the lead on organising the lunch. Please review the Food Preparation Guidelines below to ensure we organise a safe and hygienic community potluck lunch with enough food for all!

What should I bring?

  • One national dish per child (serving size: ES 10+ portions / MSHS 20+ portions).
  • List the food ingredients, name of food and country of origin (food label attached).
  • Food should not require refrigeration/heating.
  • Food should be easily served — no soupy dishes.
  • Label your dish tray with your child’s full name & homeroom.

Grade Lunch Food Sign-up Sheets:

Single-use Plastic Free Event

As part of our commitments to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), there will be no single-use plastics used in the organisation of this event. All families are encouraged to come up with create alternatives to single-use plastics when preparing food. Consider using aluminum foil instead of plastic wrap or bring a labeled Tupperware container to bring back home.

Also consider contributing a vegetarian dish as a more sustainable meal option.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact your Class / Grade Level Parent or email the Community Liaison Officer, Nathalie Grun (CLO@unishanoi.org)

Parent Talk: How Does Transition Affect Our Kids?

Dr Doug Ota is a leading child psychologist specializing in moving and how transitions effect people. To help school’s manage the challenge of transitions better he wrote a guiding book Safe Passage: How mobility affects people and what international schools should do about it“.

UNIS Hanoi has been randomly selected to participate in the Safe Passage Attachment Study at International Schools (SPASIS) looking into the experience transitions have people’s ability to develop deep relationships, also referred to as attachment security. (watch his video on the SPASIS Study here).

Join Dr Ota share his expertise on transitioning followed by an open question session for all parents. This is a great opportunity to learn from a developmental expert on the effects of transitioning.

Date: October 24

Time: 18.00 – 19.00

UNIS Hanoi Theater (B10)

Please note this event is open to the wider community. All guests are asked to show ID to security upon entering campus.

UN Day Lunch – An International Feast!

After our UN Day Ceremony (October 21), we continue the celebration with a whole school community lunch enjoyed by students, parents and staff. It is truly international and delicious! Our shared lunch is made of ‘traditional’ food provided by our parents and is an opportunity for families to showcase cultural cuisines – from old family recipes to new fusion dishes EVERYTHING is welcome!

The lunch which will start at 12:00 noon. The Community Lunch is organised into grade level lunches and your homeroom/grade level parent volunteers will take the lead on organising the lunch. Please review the Food Preparation Guidelines below to ensure we organise a safe and hygienic community potluck lunch with enough food for all!

What should I bring?

  • One national dish per child (serving size: ES 10+ portions / MSHS 20+ portions).
  • List the food ingredients, name of food and country of origin (food label attached).
  • Food should not require refrigeration/heating.
  • Food should be easily served — no soupy dishes.
  • Label your dish tray with your child’s full name & homeroom.

Grade Lunch Food Sign-up Sheets:

Single-use Plastic Free Event

As part of our commitments to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), there will be no single-use plastics used in the organisation of this event. All families are encouraged to come up with create alternatives to single-use plastics when preparing food. Consider using aluminum foil instead of plastic wrap or bring a labeled Tupperware container to bring back home.

Also consider contributing a vegetarian dish as a more sustainable meal option.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact your Class / Grade Level Parent or email the Community Liaison Officer, Nathalie Grun (CLO@unishanoi.org)

Community Meetings with the Head of School – Strategy 2023

Dear Parents,

You are invited to attend a Community Meeting with the Head of School and Senior Leadership on October 1 from 8.30 – 9.30 in B8b/115. 

This year UNIS Hanoi is developing the next Strategic Plan – Strategy 2023 (which begins next school year). At this meeting, the Head of School will explain the planning process and organise a parent activity that enables community input into the Strategic Plan.

Following the presentation by the Head of School, parents will attend a panel presentation led by the Elementary School, Middle School and High School Principals and Directors sharing goals for the year ahead and divisional celebrations.

Please note: To maximize engagement and community input the same session will be repeated in Korean and Vietnamese with the support of our parent volunteers.  If you prefer to attend a translated session the dates are:

Korean language – October 3 (9.00 – 10.30 / B8b-115)

Vietnamese language – October 3 (19.00 – 20.30 / B8b-115)

Japanese language – October 1 (8.30 – 10.00 / B8b 118) two tables for Japanese parents will be reserved and the meeting resources translated and shared. 

Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting,

친애하는 학부모 여러분,

여러분을 10월3일 오전9시~10시30분 B8b/115실에서 열리는 학교장 및 초중고 교장 선생님들과의 커뮤니티 면담에 초대합니다. 본 미팅은 학부모 자원봉사자들께서 통역을 해주실 예정입니다.

유니스 하노이는 올해  ‘전략 2023’ 이라는 전략적 계획을 수립하고 있습니다. 본 커뮤니티 면담에서 전체 교장 선생님이 계획 과정을 설명한 후, 커뮤니티가 전략적 계획에 참여할 수 있도록 학부모 활동을 조직할 것입니다.

전체 교장 선생님의 발표에 이어 학부모님들은 학교급별로 나뉘어 초, 중, 고 교장선생님들과 면담하는 시간을 갖습니다.

Kính gửi Quí Phụ Huynh Việt Nam,

Trân trọng kính mời Ông/Bà tới dự buổi họp giữa phụ huynh Việt Nam với Giám đốc và Hiệu trưởng Nhà trường vào ngày 3 tháng 10 từ 19h00 đến 20h30 tại phòng 115, tòa nhà B8b.  Sẽ có phiên dịch tiếng Việt cho buổi họp này.

Năm nay nhà trường đang triển khai xây dựng Kế hoạch Chiến lược tiếp theo – Chiến lược 2023.  Trong buổi họp này, Giám đốc Nhà trường sẽ giải thích quy trình lập kế hoạch và sẽ tổ chức một hoạt động cho phụ huynh để khuyến khích cộng đồng tham gia vào việc xây dựng Kế hoạch Chiến lược 2023.

Sau phần thuyết trình của Giám đốc Nhà trường, phụ huynh có thể lựa chọn tham dự một trong các phần thuyết trình của Hiệu trưởng trường Tiểu Học, Trung học hoặc Cấp 3.

Jane McGee, Scott Schaffner, Marc Vermiere and Megan Brazil

UN Day Lunch – An International Feast!

After our UN Day Ceremony (October 21), we continue the celebration with a whole school community lunch enjoyed by students, parents and staff. It is truly international and delicious! Our shared lunch is made of ‘traditional’ food provided by our parents and is an opportunity for families to showcase cultural cuisines – from old family recipes to new fusion dishes EVERYTHING is welcome!

The lunch which will start at 12:00 noon. The Community Lunch is organised into grade level lunches and your homeroom/grade level parent volunteers will take the lead on organising the lunch. Please review the Food Preparation Guidelines below to ensure we organise a safe and hygienic community potluck lunch with enough food for all!

What should I bring?

  • One national dish per child (serving size: ES 10+ portions / MSHS 20+ portions).
  • List the food ingredients, name of food and country of origin (food label attached).
  • Food should not require refrigeration/heating.
  • Food should be easily served — no soupy dishes.
  • Label your dish tray with your child’s full name & homeroom.

Grade Lunch Food Sign-up Sheets:

Single-use Plastic Free Event

As part of our commitments to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), there will be no single-use plastics used in the organisation of this event. All families are encouraged to come up with create alternatives to single-use plastics when preparing food. Consider using aluminum foil instead of plastic wrap or bring a labeled Tupperware container to bring back home.

Also consider contributing a vegetarian dish as a more sustainable meal option.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact your Class / Grade Level Parent or email the Community Liaison Officer, Nathalie Grun (CLO@unishanoi.org)

Connecting Hanoi’s Community!

There was a buzz on campus at the Community Connections Fair last Saturday! Whether you are a local Hanoian or just moved to Vietnam, this event was designed for everyone.

Over 60 vendors of services and activities for both children and adults shared what they have to offer. We had biodegradable cleaning products, eco-friendly pest control, plastic-free lifestyle products, cultural groups, e-bike tours of Vietnam, physical therapists, fitness centres, medical professionals and music to lift the ambiance!

Missed the Fair? No worries, for a list of who attended and their contacts/website – click HERE.

If you are new to Hanoi, spend some time browsing through our Hanoi Connections Your Ultimate Guide to Help you get Settled!

For any other community related questions or would like to join the next Community Connections Fair, contact our Community Liaison Coordinator (Nathalie Grun) clo@unishanoi.org

Community Connections Fair – TOMORROW!

With the ever-changing landscape of services opening in Hanoi, the Community Connections Fair is a great way to find out about what is trending and locally available! Follow the event on Facebook for updates. The full participant list if available here.

  • Dance studios to fitness centres
  • Acupuncturists to physiotherapists
  • Travel agencies to cultural shows
  • Medical practices to dentists
  • Healthy living to veterinary services
  • Kids activities to cultural groups. . .we’ve got everything covered!

#SustainableUNISHanoi

In addition to the popular services and organisations, a diverse range of sustainable vendors have been invited to promote their products which are eco-friendly, ethical, fair-trade or designed to minimize single-use plastics to our conscious consumers. You can find suppliers for some of the following items:

  • Bamboo toothbrushes
  • Refillable shampoo / conditioner / body wash stations
  • Coffee from traceable origins
  • Organic fruits and vegetables
  • All-natural insect repellent
  • Plant derived soap/shampoo bars
  • Locally-made natural laundry detergent

Whether you just arrived in Hanoi or you are a local, the Community Connections Fair is the best way to discover what Hanoi has to offer, gather contacts and try new things!

Community Connections Fair
Date: Saturday 21 September
Time: 9.00 – 12.00
Location: UNIS Hanoi Canteen

Please bring ID to enter campus.

Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun at clo@unishanoi.org

Below is a snapshot of who is attending…the full contact list is available HERE.

Community Connections Fair – Next Saturday!

With the ever-changing landscape of services opening in Hanoi, the Community Connections Fair is a great way to find out about what is trending and locally available! Follow the event on Facebook for updates like who is joining!

  • Dance studios to fitness centres
  • Acupuncturists to physiotherapists
  • Travel agencies to cultural shows
  • Medical practices to dentists
  • Healthy living to veterinary services
  • Kids activities to cultural groups. . .we’ve got everything covered!

#SustainableUNISHanoi

In addition to the popular services and organisations, a diverse range of sustainable vendors have been invited to promote their products which are eco-friendly, ethical, fair-trade or designed to minimize single-use plastics to our conscious consumers. You can find suppliers for some of the following items:

  • Bamboo toothbrushes
  • Refillable shampoo / conditioner / body wash stations
  • Coffee from traceable origins
  • Organic fruits and vegetables
  • All-natural insect repellent
  • Plant derived soap/shampoo bars
  • Locally-made natural laundry detergent

Whether you just arrived in Hanoi or you are a local, the Community Connections Fair is the best way to discover what Hanoi has to offer, gather contacts and try new things!

Community Connections Fair
Date: Saturday 21 September
Time: 9.00 – 12.00
Location: UNIS Hanoi Canteen

Please bring ID to enter campus.

Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun at clo@unishanoi.org

Sparkly Social: Battle of the Decades!

Our parent and faculty party of the year is BACK! This year’s theme is Battle of the Decades…
1) Choose a decade from the 60’s through 2000’s and dress to impress!
2) Purchase tickets at The Shop (350,000VND UNIS / 700,000VND non-UNIS – limited ticket available + processing fee for credit/debit cards)
3) Dance the night away!
  • Live music from each decade
  • DJ’s Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs in da house!!
  • Two-hour free flow wine, beer and delicious food
  • Spectacular surprise performance and more!!!
You do not want to miss this party of the year! Oh and did we mention, it’s at the Sheraton Deja Vu Bar!
Tickets will be available for purchase starting Monday, August 26 at The Shop using your Campus ID Card or credit/debit card. (Note: 3% processing fee will be added to credit/debit card sales).
Tickets will be sold by parents in front of the library after school starting from August 30 – September 12. (Cash only)
Get into the MOOD! 
To make this party rock, the Sparkly Social Committee is looking for parent support to join the decorations and ticket sales team! Party people sign-up HERE !
Please note: This is an adult-only event. Arrange child care and enjoy the night out.
Questions? Feel free to email Esther van Tuijl at sco_ecc@unishanoi.org!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Community Connections Fair – Find out what Hanoi has to offer!

With the ever-changing landscape of services opening in Hanoi, the Community Connections Fair is a great way to find out about what is trending and locally available!

  • Dance studios to fitness centres

  • Acupuncturists to physiotherapists

  • Travel agencies to cultural shows

  • Medical practices to dentists

  • Healthy living to veterinary services

  • Kids activities to cultural groups. . .we’ve got everything covered!

#SustainableUNISHanoi

In addition to the popular services and organisations, a diverse range of sustainable vendors have been invited to promote their products which are eco-friendly, ethical, fair-trade or designed to minimize single-use plastics to our conscious consumers. You can find suppliers for some of the following items:

  • Bamboo toothbrushes

  • Refillable shampoo / conditioner / body wash stations

  • Coffee from traceable origins

  • Organic fruits and vegetables

  • All-natural insect repellent

  • Plant derived soap/shampoo bars

  • Locally-made natural laundry detergent

Whether you just arrived in Hanoi or you are a local, the Community Connections Fair is the best way to discover what Hanoi has to offer, gather contacts and try new things!

Community Connections Fair

Date: Saturday 21 September

Time: 9.00 – 12.00

Location: UNIS Hanoi Canteen

Please bring ID to enter campus.

Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun at clo@unishanoi.org

Make an Impact!

This year our community will have the opportunity to help make an impact both on student learning at UNIS Hanoi and to help change the world!

A plastics recycling plant on campus? An artist in residence creating sculptures from our waste? Solar panels powering the pool?

These are just a few of the ideas from students, faculty and parents and we haven’t even got started yet!

The UNIS Impact Fund is a new programme which will support both your child’s learning and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as we work together to embrace a future with hope.

This new project fund will be coordinated by a cross-community committee made up of students, parents, teachers, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni. And we would like to hear from you if you are interested in being involved.

Please visit the UNIS Impact Fund Committee information on the website and apply today through this Application Form. (Deadline for applications is Wednesday September 10.)

And if being part of a committee is not your thing… Everyone will have the opportunity to submit ideas for projects and of course help us raise the funds for this transformational philanthropy campaign. Watch out for updates in the Tin Tuc in the coming weeks.

But to get started, we need our Impact Fund Committee of volunteers. Is it for you? Check out the website for the committee description, terms of reference and schedule of meetings.

And to get you in the mood for transformation… Watch the UNIS Impact Fund Anthem by UNIS Hanoi Alumnae (Class of 2019) Irma Hogberg.

Posing Time

When: August 26 – 30

Where: Community Room (Building 7)

During the last week of August 26-30, UNIS Hanoi will have professional photographers on campus taking individual portraits of each student and class photos. The photos will then be used for the School’s Yearbook and other official school materials and information system.

Please CLICK HERE to view the photo shooting schedule for your child(ren). If your child is absent on her/his assigned day, all make-up photos will be taken in April 2020.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your child(ren) has PE lesson during the day, please remind her/him to bring an additional shirt for the shoot. We will provide a mirror and hair dryer in the Community Room.

As a parent, you will have the opportunity to purchase different sized photographs of your child’s portrait and his/her class photo. You will be receiving an access code via email on Friday 13 September. This access code allows you to log in an online catalog with all portraits and class photos options for your child(ren). All photo orders between 13-25 September will be delivered to school on 15 October.

Any question about photo schedule, please contact communications@unishanoi.org
Any questions about photo orders, please contact hello@pictureday.asia . Picture Day will be on campus during the Community Connection Fair, 21 September, to help you with any order difficulties.

Tips for a striking photo!

UN Day Date Change – reminder

Our UN Day Celebrations – a highlight of our School calendar – were planned for Friday October 18. But due to an unforeseen conflict, UN Day will now be celebrated on MONDAY OCTOBER 21.

We always like to fix important dates firmly in the calendar as early as possible, however, sometimes there are unavoidable reasons for changes and when this happens we try to let you know as soon as possible.

Apologies for any inconvenience. And we take this opportunity to remind you that as part of our sustainability initiatives this year we are not producing a printed school calendar.

We have been encouraging the move to our online calendar for both accuracy and to support detailed information for our community since last year.

For full details on how to sync for any device, and choose the calendars relevant for your family please visit the Calendar page on the website.