Washing Hands Saves Lives

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats.
  • After touching garbage.

School Health Centre

From the Head of School

Happy New Year and welcome back!

We are committed to gathering the perspectives and feedback of our students, parents, faculty and alumni on an annual basis. As you know, this year we are completing our self-study for our Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation process. The Community Survey is an important part of our accreditation and we will be launching it next week. The survey is administered by CIS and you will receive an email with a link to the online questionnaire and instructions on Monday (January 14).

The survey is anonymous and should only take around 10 minutes to complete. It can be taken in 30 languages including English, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, French, Spanish, and others. We use the data collected during this survey as a benchmark in how we are delivering on our mission, vision, and values, to evaluate our achievement of our Annual Action Plan and our Strategic Plan, and to set targets for improvement. By taking time to complete the survey you will help us know whether we are on track to achieve our objectives, and what we should prioritise for next year.

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.

As a reminder, these were the highlights and challenges identified from last year’s Community Survey completed in March 2018:

Last year’s Highlights included:

  1. Our curriculum is in line with our mission, and our mission is well understood.
  2. Our campus is safe, healthy, and clean, with an outstanding increase in satisfaction with food services.
  3. There is a strong understanding of our United Nations connection and agreement that multiculturalism and diversity enrich teaching and learning at UNIS Hanoi.
  4. Parents feel their children are engaged in their learning, and both parents and students feel they understand grading.
  5. Our community feels technology effectively supports and enhances learning at UNIS Hanoi.
  6. Learning is collaborative at UNIS Hanoi, and personalised learning is meeting the needs of most students.

Challenges identified last year include:

  1. There was a downward trend in perception of campus maintenance. We think this is largely related to the impact of the campus development project on our campus spaces this year and we will monitor this concern closely next year. We don’t expect this trend to continue when the construction fences are removed and we can all enjoy the results of the project.
  2. There was a drop in satisfaction with Board of Directors communications and some drop in satisfaction with school communications among specific national groups and across divisions. We completed a  communications audit led by the Parent Partnerships Task Force which provided detailed recommendations to improve school communications including increasing translation where possible and reviewing new family orientation.
  3. Students were less satisfied this year with emotional support, counseling, and expressing themselves at school. Parents are also concerned about counseling services. In 2017-2018 three of our four MSHS counsellors were new to the school, and both MS and HS principals were new to their roles. The separation of MS and HS divisions is an ongoing project which is designed to provide better, more tailored services at division level in the long-term. MSHS counsellors are following up with additional research to understand how services can be improved. In 2017-2018 we already began providing training for student councils and leader retreats, and will continue to  develop with student spirit councils to strengthen student voice.
  4. Our community understands our United Nations connection and values its impact on learning, but doesn’t feel as connected to the work of the UN in Vietnam. We continue to maintain and strengthen our UN connection through a variety of activities, and are planning several events to showcase the work of the UN at UNIS Hanoi including continuing to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into our curriculum, recognition of significant UN observances such an event with UN Women for Women’s Day, and further linking our Service Learning projects with UN initiatives in Vietnam.
  5. Although our community feels very safe on campus, some specific concerns with emergency procedures, busing, and local health awareness were identified. We will be reinforcing our policies and procedures through training for staff and contractors (busing), and improving communication by departments such as the School Health Centre and Transportation.

Jane McGee
Head of School

Important Admissions Notices

Do you have children for whom you would like to apply for next year? Admissions for the 2019-2020 school year will open next week, so please contact us as soon as possible to register your child’s details.

Are you planning on leaving at the end of this semester? Please submit an Admissions Withdrawal Form indicating the last day of attendance for your child/ren.

Will you re-enroll your children for the 2019-2020 school year? Re-enrolment for current students will commence at the end of January and will be completed using the parent portal. To secure placements, a tuition deposit payment is required for each child and will be due 29 March 2019.

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.

Thank you

Bronagh Lucardie
Senior Manager Admissions

Help us find the next UNIS Hanoi scholar!

The application season for the UNIS Hanoi Scholarship Programme is now open for next year’s scholars and we need your help to find them!

Our Scholarship Programme is designed to give opportunities to talented local students from families with disadvantaged backgrounds and we are looking for new scholars to join Middle and High School next year.

Do you know a teenager from a low income family who is excelling at their Vietnamese public school (currently in Grade 7-9) who would like to join UNIS Hanoi to complete their education? Pass this information on to them, share on your social media, post it on your office noticeboard… Help us get the word out!

This comprehensive scholarship package covers not only 100% tuition fees and all other school expenses, but also provides incredible opportunities for them to truly transform their lives! Our scholars travel on sports teams to compete globally, learn musical instruments and perform on international stages and launch their careers at the world’s top universities! Find out more.

This is an opportunity not to miss and UNIS Hanoi will support any scholarship family that joins the programme through the process.

Students should apply now to enter the selection process for the start of the 2019-20 school year. Deadline for Applications is 31 March 2019. 

Visit the UNIS Hanoi website www.unishanoi.org/scholarship to read the eligibility criteria in detail and to download the application form. Complete application should be delivered to UNIS Hanoi, G9 Ciputra, Phu Thuong Ward, Tay Ho, Hanoi. 

All questions concerning the Scholarship Programme should be sent by email to scholarships@unishanoi.org


Học bổng UNIS Hà Nội năm học 2019-2020

Chương trình Học bổng UNIS Hà Nội đang tiếp tục nhận hồ sơ đăng ký thi tuyển cho năm học tới và chúng tôi cần sự giúp đỡ của cộng đồng UNIS Hà Nội.

Chương trình Học bổng này mở ra cơ hội cho các em học sinh Việt Nam có hoàn cảnh khó khăn và có thành tích học tập xuất sắc vào học tại khối THCS và THPT tại UNIS Hà Nội.

Nếu quý vị biết học sinh nào hiện đang theo học lớp 7, lớp 8 hoặc lớp 9 tới từ gia đình có hoàn cảnh khó khăn và học giỏi tại trường công lập tại Việt Nam, hãy giúp chúng tôi giới thiệu Chương trình này tới học sinh đó, chia sẻ thông tin lên các kênh thông tin online của quý vị, dán tại bảng thông tin ở cơ quan… Hãy giúp chúng tôi chuyển thông tin này tới các bạn học sinh phù hợp!

Chương trình học bổng của UNIS Hà Nội không chỉ hỗ trợ tài chính 100% mà còn mang tới những cơ hội tuyệt vời cho các bạn học sinh chắp cánh tương lai! Được tham gia đội tuyển thi đấu quốc tế, được học âm nhạc, tại UNIS Hà Nội học sinh học bổng sẽ có những điều kiện tốt nhất để bắt đầu sự nghiệp tại các trường đại học hàng đầu thế giới. Quý vị có thể tìm hiểu thêm thông tin tại đây.

Đây là một cơ hội không thể bỏ qua và UNIS Hà Nội sẽ luôn hỗ trợ các gia đình học sinh trúng tuyển.

Các em học sinh có thể đăng ký dự tuyển cho năm học 2019-2020 ngay bây giờ.

Hạn nộp hồ sơ: 31 Tháng Ba năm 2019 

Truy cập www.unishanoi.org/hocbong để biết thông tin chi tiết và tải hồ sơ đăng ký thi tuyển. Hồ sơ hoàn thiện nộp tại/gửi về UNIS Hanoi, Khu G9 Khu đô thị Ciputra, phường Phú Thượng, Quận Tây Hồ, Hà Nội.  

Mọi thắc mắc liên quan đến Chương trình Học bổng đề nghị liên hệ theo địa chỉ thư điện tử scholarships@unishanoi.org

“Amazing Arts Exhibition and Auction” – By the Community, for the Community!

Calling for donations from all artists and art makers for UNIS Hanoi’s upcoming Amazing Arts – Community Exhibition & Auction.

Advancement office is partnering with Service Learning, Lower and Upper Elementary art students for the 3rd annual Amazing ARTS – Community Exhibition & Auction raising money for Service Learning projects and partners through The Birthday Gift Fund.

Opening evening: 18:00 – 20:00 on Friday, February 15
Exhibition: February 15 – March 1
Location: Centre for the Arts

The concept is simple… students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni donate a piece of art they have created (or collected) for the auction and then for 2 weeks our community will bid in a silent, secret auction to take home the art of their choice! Artwork could be a painting, a sketch, an embroidery, a book, photographs, ceramics… all up to your creative talents!

Thanks to our supportive community, we raised over $10,000 USD in the last 2 years. We look forward to a flood of artistic offerings this year. Don’t be shy! Your art will look fabulous in someone else’s home!

Please drop off your piece of art by Friday, February 8 at the Advancement Office (B7 Rm 102) so that we can create a wonderful exhibition.
Please complete our Art Auction Information form to let us know a little about you and your work to help us plan our display. We will find room for everyone’s art! THANK YOU!

Questions? Contact  Ms Ha Dinh (fundraising@unishanoi.org) in the Advancement Office.

Wishing all a Happy, Healthy 2019!


The new year is a great time to review your child’s immunization records to ensure that they AND yourself are up-to-date on vaccinations. UNIS Hanoi follows the CDC recommendations that you can review here for updates. Review CDC guidelines here.

Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions and prevents between 2 and 3 million deaths every year. From infants to senior citizens, immunization protects against diseases such as diphtheria, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus. The benefits of immunization are increasingly being extended to adolescents and adults, providing protection against life-threatening diseases such as influenza, meningitis, and cancers (cervical and liver cancers).

Raffles, Hanoi Family Medical Practice and French Hospital can provide your family with most vaccinations  needed. Please note, Vietnam does not have regularly enforced laws regarding vaccinations. This being said, it puts our community at risk for coming in contact with a preventable illnesses.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the School Health Nurses with any questions or concerns at shc@unishanoi.org

‘A Plastic Ocean’ – Family Film Screening

Vietnam ranks amongst the highest polluters of the world’s oceans from plastic waste. Thanks to the dedication of our Elementary School students, an award winning international documentary about the dangers of plastic pollution now has Vietnamese subtitles and UNIS Hanoi is proud to present the World Premiere during our SDG Week! Come and watch, and pledge to change the world as we prepare for UN Day!

You are invited to watch ‘A Plastic Ocean’ with Vietnamese subtitles at the UNIS Hanoi Theatre, 17.00-19.00 on Tuesday 27 November.  (Suitable for children 7+ years old)

‘A Plastic Ocean’ directed by Craig Leeson and produced by Jo Ruxton and Adam Leipzig was screened in April this year by The Plastics Oceans Group for their Grade 5 PYP Exhibition. As part of their research and action project, the students wrote to ask why the film was not available in Vietnamese, when the country has such a high pollution rate. The film makers listened and Tuesday’s premiere is a result of our students action! This is a family event among many other activities happening at UNIS Hanoi next week for SDG Week leading up to our UN Day celebration on Friday 30 November.

Please note that for Tuesday’s screening, ES students must be supervised by an adult or older sibling on campus after hours, and MS students must only be on campus with a buddy. Parents must present their badge for access and guests will have to be signed in at the main security gate and exchange an ID for a security pass. Full campus access information is available on our website. There is no late bus service after the film and transport home must be organised by families.

‘A Plastic Ocean’ documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particles that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

Plastic pollution isn’t new but has become an alarming issue. Everyday billions and billions of plastic items are threw into the oceans, rivers and lakes, left on land unsightly. As a matter of fact, plastic is having negative impact on our planet, health and wildlife. According to a study by the University of Georgia in 2015, Vietnam is the fourth-largest contributor to marine plastic pollution globally but we’ve seen very little action.

Please join us on Tuesday to learn more about this burning issue and how you can help to make a difference. Help us spread the word and bring a Vietnamese friend with you to the screening. This event is free of charge and open to everyone on a first come first serve basis. A donation box will be place at the entrance. All funds raised will go toward stopping plastic pollution.

Board of Directors Community Meeting – November 13

Please join us for the Board of Directors Community Meeting on November 13, 2018 at 18.30

UNIS Hanoi Parents  are cordially invited to attend the Board of Directors Community Meeting which will be held on Tuesday November 13, 2018  starting at 18.30.  The meeting will be held in UNIS Hanoi Building B8b, Ly Thai To Learning Centre (Upstairs, new Canteen), rooms 116 – 118.

A reception will begin at 18.30 at which you can meet with UNIS Hanoi Board members.

Wine, beer, soft drinks and light food refreshments will be available.

The formal meeting will start at 19:00 and will include the following:

  • Introduction to Members of the Board of Directors 2018-2019
  • Board Goals and Committees/Task Force for the Year
  • Comprehensive Financial Update to include:
    1. Overview of international school financing
    2. Country and regional economic factors
    3. Programme and staffing requirements

Proposed 2019-2020 Budget to include details of anticipated tuition and capital fees.

The meeting will conclude with a community exercise where attendees are asked to contribute to a group discussion topic.

To prepare for and effectively respond to your questions, please send me in advance any specific Board or Governance questions you would like us to address at boardofdirectors@unishanoi.org.


Amie Pollack
UNIS Hanoi Board Chair

Tech Hacks to Simplify Your Life

  • Do you have problems syncing the school calendar to your personal device?
  • Are you struggling to figure out how to publish your personal information in the Community Directory on the Parent Portal?
  • Do you want to better understand what systems are for what?

Then this session is for you! Join this session to learn about time-saving tech shortcuts to better organise your online life with UNIS Hanoi! Get tips from our school tech pros and an opportunity to get answers to tech-related questions from the experts themselves!

November 6 (18.00 – 19.00) – Community Room (followed by a community meeting with the Head of School)
To be prepare for the meeting, please register HERE.
Can’t make it to this session? No worries, we have an additional session scheduled!
  • February 12 (8.30 – 9.30)
Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun at CLO@unishanoi.org

KOTO Dream Ride – Last Chance to Register!

Last chance to register for this year’s KOTO Dream Ride!

UNIS Hanoi is proud to continue this year sponsoring the KOTO Dream Ride, which is an annual bike ride to raise funds to support at-risk and disadvantaged youth through vocational training. The race will take place next weekend on Saturday, November 10th and this year will once again start and end right here at UNIS Hanoi campus! This is a popular event with our with our staff, faculty, students and parents and we encourage you to join the fun for a good cause. Click HERE to register.

For your convenience, KOTO Dream ride registration payment can be made by UNIS Hanoi community members on UNIS Hanoi campus at the reception desk in the lobby of Administration building (B7) on weekdays from 8am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-5pm. Please see Ms. Linh at the reception desk to pay after registering online with KOTO.

Notice: School Days Next Week

This is a reminder that next week students will be in school only from Monday to Wednesday, 29-31 October.

Thursday and Friday, 1-2 November, are Faculty Professional Development days. There will be no classes or activities including Saturday Soccer and UMA for students.

Head of School Community Meeting

Dear Parents,

Please join me on Tuesday, 6 November at 19.00 in the Community Room (B7) for the second community meeting of the year. I look forward to sharing a summary of the first community meeting of the year, engaging in a dialogue about the school’s self study process with our three accreditation bodies (CIS – Council of International Schools, WASC – Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and IB – International Baccalaureate), and providing a forum for Q&A.
To be prepare for the meeting, please register HERE.

Jane McGee
Head of School

Sunday of Service – Sign up remains open till Saturday 12 noon

Service is central to all that we do at UNIS Hanoi and so what better way to celebrate our commitment to a Better World than as a community!

Building on last year’s successful pilot event in May, we are organising two events this year and the first is coming up next weekend.

The goal is for students, faculty, parents and alumni to enjoy giving back to our community together and we hope that you will join in.

On Sunday October 28 choose from four varied service activities. There are no costs to participate:

  • Sports afternoon with visiting local children at UNIS Hanoi (14:00 – 16:00). Spaces limited to 10 Sunday Service volunteers (Any ages. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling).
  • Organic Gardening with our High School team (14:00 – 16:00). THIS ACTIVITY IS FULLY BOOKED.
  • Visit to the Fauna Flora International Delacour’s Langur Project in Van Long Nature Reserve with the HS Wildlife Group. (12:00 depart UNIS Hanoi. Return by 18:30) THIS ACTIVITY IS FULLY BOOKED
  • A Clean-up with UNIS Hanoi Sustainability Group – Unlimited but please note this activity is not suitable for children under 10 years old and all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.



Flagging up UN Day – Final Reminder

This week the second round of invitations went out this week for Flag Bearers for our UN Day celebrations.

The second round, is to assign flag bearers for those few remaining flags which were not accepted in the first round through our random lottery system.

Please be sure to check your email and confirm participation by REPLY TO THE EMAIL before 18:00 on Monday October 29. If we do not receive a response to advancement@unishanoi.org before the deadline the invitation will be re-assigned to another student.

The UN Day assembly opens with the Parade of Nations a dramatic celebration of the 195 Full Member and Observer States of the United Nations.

We follow a strict procedure to try and be as fair as possible to all and are sorry for any disappointments. We share the procedure in full below for transparency. This has been a system that we have used for three years and is reviewed every year with community input.

If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Advancement, Emma Silva: doa@unishanoi.org

Parade of Nations – Flag Bearer Selection Procedure

  1. We include all the flags of the 195 United Nations member states in the UN Day Parade of Nations. (193 full member states and 2 observer states: Palestine and Holy See)
  2. The flags from the 68 member states represented in our community in 2018-2019 will be paraded downstairs in the Sports Centre carried by students from those countries. The 127 other flags will be upstairs in the balcony parade and can be carried by students from any nation.
  3. Students in Grades 1-12 are eligible to carry flags. We will invite one ES (G1-G5) and one MSHS (G6-12) student from each national group to carry their national flag (2 bearers per flag). Exceptions to this general rule as follows:
    1. If the only student from a country is in Grade D-K2, they may carry their flag assisted by an appointed MSHS student chaperone.
    2. Students in Grades 1-11 may not be selected to carry their nation’s flag downstairs for two consecutive years in any national group with more than two students represented. They can still be selected to represent a member state in the balcony parade.
    3. In recognition of our graduating class’s final year, we will invite the oldest of our G12 students to carry the flag of their nationality. There are 23 nationalities represented in this year’s graduating class.
    4. In the case that there are only students from a country in one division, two students will be selected from that division. Please note for Elementary School one flag bearer would be selected from G1-3 and one from G4-5 in order for the older student to support the younger flag bearer.
    5. Students performing in the UNIS Hanoi Symphonic Orchestra may not carry a flag.
  4. We determine a student’s nationality based on the country/ies of citizenship (passport/s) registered in the UNIS Hanoi school information system. Individual affinity, heritage, family history or past place of residence is not taken into consideration.
  5. All invitations will be issued by lottery (random selection based on individual Veracross Student ID) within national groups. The goal is to provide every eligible student with equal opportunity.
  6. If any student invited does not want to carry their country’s flag, the replacement bearer is then drawn by lottery from the national group in their division. Flag bearers do not have the option to transfer their invitation to a family member or friend.
  7. The 127 flags from the other UN member states will be carried by students selected by lottery from G4-G11 (one bearer per flag). Again, replacements will also be selected by lottery from this group.
  8. Invitation and confirmation process as follows. Please note that invitations for all flag bearers go out at the same time. This year invitations will be sent before Friday October 5:
    1. The initial invitation is sent to parent 1 email, CC parent 2 email and student email (for students from G4 and above) with clear instructions to confirm before the deadline of Monday October 22 at 18:00.
    2. If we do not receive a response to advancement@unishanoi.org before the deadline the invitation will be re-assigned to another student.
    3. A reminder will be sent before the deadline on Friday October 19.
    4. Confirmation will be sent from UNIS Hanoi when we receive a response to accept or refuse the invitation by parent or student and cc’d to the original recipients.
    5. A second round of ‘lottery’ generated invitations will go out on Tuesday October 23 with a deadline of Monday October 29 at 18.00. There will be no reminder for second round invitations.
    6. If following two rounds of invitations, there are flags which do not have bearers, student council/senate will be engaged in the process.


Son Doong is back at UNIS Hanoi – Sign Up Today!

Hang Son Doong from Ryan Deboodt on Vimeo.

We are delighted to welcome Huong Le from the Save Son Doong group as the opening plenary speaker at our upcoming IBO regional workshops event hosted at UNIS Hanoi. And the team will be with her to bring the virtual experience of the worlds largest and most pristine caves to our community again.

Sessions for UNIS Hanoi community ONLY will be available in 30 minute time slots from 9:00 until 16:00 on Friday November 2 and Saturday November 3.


(REMINDER: There is no school on Thursday or Friday (November 1-2) due to our all school professional development training days.)

What is the Son Doong Cave Experience?

Would you like to experience the world’s largest cave via VIRTUAL REALITY? Thanks to the Save Son Doong Organisation in partnership with Samsung, the Son Doong VR Experience is coming back to UNIS Hanoi in the Centre for the Arts foyer.

Five-million year-old Son Doong Cave is located in the core area of UNESCO World Heritage listed Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh province. First discovered by a local man in 1991, the cave was officially claimed as the largest in the world in 2009 by the British Cave Research Association. The main Son Doong cave passage is more than five km long, 200 metres high and 150 metres wide, which could fit an entire 40-floor city block in New York or a Boeing 747. The cave runs for approximately 9 kilometres and is punctuated by two large dolines, which are areas where the ceiling of the cave has collapsed. Sunlight enters the dolines creating small forests with different types of trees and vegetation.

ONLINE BOOKING ONLY – Limited spaces. Don’t miss out!

**The Virtual Reality headsets are designed for ages 12 and up only, children must be at least 12 years old to sign up.**