From the Board of Directors – New Board Appointments

At the 14th May Board meeting, the Board approved the appointment of Amie Pollack (parent elected 2015-2019) to the Board appointed position becoming vacant in June as Barry Knaggs completes his third and final term on the Board. Amie’s second term will run from 2019-2023.

Ngo Thi Quynh Hoa was re-appointed to the Board for a second term of four years (2019-2023).

United Nations Resident coordinator Kamal Malhotra has appointed Dr. Le Thanh Forsberg to replace Dr. Catherine Phuong who will step down in June. Dr. Forsberg is appointed for a four-year term 2019-2023. The Board would like to welcome Le Thanh Forsberg, and looks forward to working with her.

Le Thanh Forsberg joined the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office as UN Results and Partnerships Specialist in August 2018. Prior to joining the UN in Vietnam, she served as a research advisor and anti-corruption policy specialist at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in Stockholm, Sweden. Before joining SIDA, Ms. Forsberg was an Oxford-Princeton Global Leadership Postdoctoral Fellow where she focused on health policy research. She holds a Ph.D. from Lund University and the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden. Le Thanh has three children at UNIS.

Recognition for Two Departing Board Members

Barry Knaggs (Board Member 2009 – 2019)

The Board would like to recognise the outstanding contribution of Mr. Barry Knaggs. Barry joined the Board in 2009, served as the Board Secretary in 2010, chair of the Advancement Task Force and member of the Strategy Task Force in 2010-2011, chair of the Buildings & Facilities Committee and member of the Strategy Task Force, Advancement Task Force and Committee on Directors in 2011-12 and Vice Chair of the Board 2011- 2013. He was Chair of the Campus Development Task Force from 2014-2018, has served on the Executive Committee since 2015 and is Treasurer this year.

Barry has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, starting from being a software developer to project management, moving on to sales, business development and corporate IT management in Vietnam. His daughter graduated from UNIS in 2017 and his 2 younger children are current students at UNIS.

We are grateful for Barry’s dedication and long-standing service to UNIS!

 

Dr. Catherine Phuong

The Board would like to thank Catherine Phuong for her dedicated work on the Board 2017-2019. Catherine has served as a UN-appointed member. She joined the Board as soon as she arrived in Hanoi in September 2017, leaving unpacked boxes to attend the 2-Day Board meeting. She has been an active contributor at Board meetings and attended the East Asia Region Council of Schools Leadership Conference with the Board. Catherine was member of the Fundraising Task Force during 2018-2019 where she particularly contributed to reviewing the ethical framework for major donations and defining the Impact Fund for next year. Catherine Phuong is French and works for the United Nations Development Programme as Assistant Country Director – Governance and Participation.

Thank you to Catherine for all her valuable contributions!

Volunteer Appreciation Night!

Dear Parents,
We want to THANK YOU for contributing your time, dedication, patience and creative energy to the UNIS Hanoi community over the school year 2018-2019.  To show our thanks, we invite you to the UNIS Hanoi Volunteer Appreciation Night celebration.
Date: Friday, May 24, 2019
Time: 19:00 – 21:00 (stay as late as you wish!)
Location: Turtle Lake Brewing Company (105 Quảng Khánh, Tây Hồ)
There will be drinks (craft beer, wine, cocktails and soda), food and music for all to enjoy. This celebration is jointly organised by the UNIS Hanoi School Community Organisation (SCO) and Advancement Office.
Please RSVP HERE by May 21.
This is an open invitation, we want to ensure that everyone who has given their time has been invited and no one is left out! Whether you have volunteered an hour at the Spring Fair or if you are a Board Member…we want to celebrate our collective achievements this year!
Please share with your friends if this message didn’t reach them – we have over 550 volunteer positions on our roster but we know there are more!
Note: This is an ADULT only function and we kindly ask you to arrange childcare beforehand.
Should you have any questions, please email Nathalie Grun at clo@unishanoi.org.
We hope to see you on May 24!

Lost and Found extended!

UNIS Hanoi has extended the Lost and Found Extravaganza! If you haven’t had time to stop by this week, you have until Tuesday, May 21 (not open on the weekend).

All items that have lost their way this school year will be gathered into one location in B8 – G01 (under the library). Please come and look for anything you are missing between 8.00 – 18.00 either day.

The ever supportive SCO will be helping to organise the items into different categories to make it easier to search through. If you want to help in the setup, please contact sco_es@unishanoi.org.

After the two day pickup period, all remaining lost items will be donated to our service partners.

Questions? Contact ntbhien@unishanoi.org

Reunited and it feels so good!

On Thursday and Friday, the 16th and 17th of May, we will be hosting a Lost and Found Extravaganza. All items that have lost their way this school year will be gathered into one location in B8 – G01 (under the library). Please come and look for anything you are missing between 8.00 – 18.00 either day.

The ever supportive SCO will be helping to organise the items into different categories to make it easier to search through. If you want to help in the setup, please contact sco_es@unishanoi.org.

After the two day pickup period, all remaining lost items will be donated to our service partners.

Questions? Contact ntbhien@unishanoi.org

From the Head of School

Dear Parents,

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Community Meeting that was held last Tuesday. If you were not able to make the meeting, the notes can be found here.

Have a restful and safe break.

Yours sincerely,

Jane McGee

From the Head of School

Dear parents,
You are cordially invited to the final Head of School Community Meeting of the year on April 23 at 8.15 in the Ly Thai To Learning Centre (B8b/115).​
We look forward to sharing this year’s institutional celebrations with you as we head into the final weeks of school. I will also present on key areas we have been focusing on this year, progress of the CIS self-study and some new changes planned for next year. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion together with our School’s Senior Leadership Team who will respond to any questions you may have. Included in the panel are: ES Principal, MS Principal, HS Principal, Director of Activities, Director of Advancement and Director of Technology. Our Director of Finance and Operations will unfortunately be out of town during this time.
In addition, Board of Directors Parent Elect candidates will be invited to present themselves and explain why they have chosen to seek election.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Sincerely yours,
Jane McGee

Earth Day Actions YOU can do!

Building the world’s largest environmental movement. Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.” (www.earthday.org)

UNIS Hanoi students are taking action for Earth Day this year and they are asking for all community members to take part!

Looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd? We’ve got two ideas to share…

1) Go Green – Literally! Wear your green shirts, shorts, socks, dresses, shoes, what-have-you!

2) Have a look at our UNIS Hanoi Earth Day Action Calendar! Each day connects one small action to a Sustainable Development Goal. Practice one action a day, and challenge yourself to see which actions you can turn into habits for your daily life.

3) PYPX Action – Hour of no Power  Everyone is encouraged to join in this action to raise awareness of effects of climate change and highlight the essential changes needed in consumer behavior to reverse these negative global effects.

4) The SDG Guardians have created a Stop Single-Use Plastic Petition. We invite you to have a read through, and complete this petition. Please add any questions you might have in the comments section, and let us know if you would like to join us in our work!

5) No meat for a lunch! The canteen will also join forces with the student initiatives by having a meat-free lunch on Earth Day. Meat-free protein options will be available.

Happy Earth Day!

#SustainableUNISHanoi

A community that saves lives!

Thank you to community members who took the time to to donate blood yesterday. We appreciate it so much. Your effort shows your generosity, selflessness and dedication to helping others. Those are remarkable traits.

With the help of our 65 participants, we were able to collect 54 units of blood! The real winners are the patients in need of blood. Your effort is truly appreciated by the blood recipients, their loved ones and all of us here at UNIS Hanoi.

In addition to blood donation to the National Institute for Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT), we raised 4,900,000VND for the Service Learning group Operation Healthy Hearts! This event was an all round success and we are committed another blood drive in the following school year.

We hope that we can count on you at our next blood drive. And if you have not given before, consider donating next time!

If you are interested in organising a Blood Drive of your own, you can contact the NIHBT representative Mr Thuy (xuanthuy.dav@gmail.com). He is great to work with and it is very simple to setup. Happy to be of support if you have any questions or share any resources shared!

Thanks again,

Nathalie Grun, Susan McComic and Lan Anh Nguyen

From the Head of School

Dear parents,
You are cordially invited to the final Head of School Community Meeting of the year on April 23 at 8.15 in the Ly Thai To Learning Centre (B8b/115).​
We look forward to sharing this year’s institutional celebrations with you as we head into the final weeks of school. I will also present on key areas we have been focusing on this year, progress of the CIS self-study and some new changes planned for next year. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion together with our School’s Senior Leadership Team who will respond to any questions you may have. Included in the panel are: ES Principal, MS Principal, HS Principal, Director of Activities, Director of Advancement and Director of Technology. Our Director of Finance and Operations will unfortunately be out of town during this time.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Sincerely yours,
Jane McGee

Give Blood – Save Lives – This week!

Dear UNIS Hanoi Family,

Giving blood can save up to three lives and the need is constant.

UNIS Hanoi is organising it’s annual community blood drive in collaboration with the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) on Thursday, April 18 from 8.30 – 12.00 / 13.15 – 17.30 in the B7 Community Room.

This event is open to the wider community to join.

We hope to make this event as convenient as possible, it only takes about 45 minutes to give blood and is an easy 3-step process:
1) Bring ID and Register
2) Take a blood test
3) Donate blood
Preparation for the Blood Donation:
– Please read the Basic Donation Information
– Fill out THIS FORM (a schedule will be sent to you).
– Bring ID to register
– Eat a light healthy meal 2 hours before donating blood
– Drink as much water as possible
Steps of the Blood Donation:
– Arrive between 8.30 – 11.15 or 13.15 – 17.30
– Complete registration form from NIHBT
– Medical examination (pulse, blood pressure, blood test)
– Wait 10-15 minutes for test results
– Donate blood 10 -15 minutes (250ml female, 350-450ml male)
– Refreshments, gifts and transportation allowance collection
What do you gain by donating blood?
– You save lives!
– Vietnamese donors are put on a donor database and are prioritized if a blood transfusion is needed
– 45,000VND transportation allowance (option to donate to Service Learning)
– Gift (option to donate to Service Learning)
Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask!
School Health Centre (SHC@unishanoi.org)
Nurse Susan McComic (SMccomic@unishanoi.org)
Vietnamese Nurse Lan Anh (lvlanh@unishanoi.org)

#SustainableUNISHanoi

What’s happening?

Kindergarten 2 students have been sharing their ideas on small actions we can all take for a more sustainable world.

What are we doing about it?

Have you ever asked yourself what you as one person can do to help achieve the UN SDG’s? This year the Kindergarten 2 students invited d’Arcy Lunn, the creator of Teaspoons of Change, into their classroom. They asked him what he thinks are the five most important actions we could make right now to make the world better. It was a tough question, but d’Arcy answered by sharing five SDG’s that he thought they might focus on. The K2 students ran with the idea, and created their own “Teaspoons of Change” action plan for the year.

  1. Don’t waste food.
  2. Eat more plants, eat less meat.
  3. Look after what you have, don’t waste anything.
  4. More doing, less buying.
  5. Don’t use single-use plastic.

What can YOU do to help?

Have a look and see what actions our amazing students have shared, get inspired, and join in!

Give Blood – Give Life – Community Blood Drive

Dear UNIS Hanoi Family,

Giving blood can save up to three lives and the need is constant.

UNIS Hanoi is organising it’s annual community blood drive in collaboration with the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) on Thursday, April 18 from 8.30 – 12.00 / 13.15 – 17.30 in the B7 Community Room.

This event is open to the wider community to join.

We hope to make this event as convenient as possible, it only takes about 45 minutes to give blood and is an easy 3-step process:
1) Bring ID and Register
2) Take a blood test
3) Donate blood
Preparation for the Blood Donation:
– Please read the Basic Donation Information
– Fill out THIS FORM (a schedule will be sent to you).
– Bring ID to register
– Eat a light healthy meal 2 hours before donating blood
– Drink as much water as possible
Steps of the Blood Donation:
– Arrive between 8.30 – 11.15 or 13.15 – 17.30
– Complete registration form from NIHBT
– Medical examination (pulse, blood pressure, blood test)
– Wait 10-15 minutes for test results
– Donate blood 10 -15 minutes (250ml female, 350-450ml male)
– Refreshments, gifts and transportation allowance collection
What do you gain by donating blood?
– You save lives!
– Vietnamese donors are put on a donor database and are prioritized if a blood transfusion is needed
– 45,000VND transportation allowance (option to donate to Service Learning)
– Gift (option to donate to Service Learning)
Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask!
School Health Centre (SHC@unishanoi.org)
Nurse Susan McComic (SMccomic@unishanoi.org)
Vietnamese Nurse Lan Anh (lvlanh@unishanoi.org)

Library soon to open on Saturday – Find out more…

Hello UNIS Hanoi parents –

The SCO and the UNIS Hanoi librarians, Monica and Deborah, are pleased to announce the opening of the main library on Saturday mornings from 9:00am – 12:00pm. There has been great interest from all sectors of the UNIS Hanoi community to have a library that is accessible at times when families are on campus for weekend activities. The hard work of many people in our community has enabled this vision to become a reality and we’re very excited to finally be getting it off the ground.
Mark your calendars for our opening date on SATURDAY, APRIL 13!
In this initial phase, the library will be staffed by one UNIS staff and with the help of 1-2  parent volunteers. Sign up is now open for parent volunteers here. Sign up is for one-hour slots, but signing up for more than one hour is very much encouraged.
All parent volunteers will undergo a training with our wonderful librarians. The first training is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 8 at 9:00am in the library. If you cannot make the training, please contact ES librarian, Monica Mayer, to arrange a suitable time.
Even if you don’t have an exact date, but are interested in volunteering at some point, please plan to join the training. To get an idea of the number of parents who will attend the training, please RSVP here.
Thank you for supporting the UNIS Saturday library!