UNIS Hanoi Cross Country Invitational Race

UNIS Hanoi held their first ever Cross Country Meet on Wednesday 24 October. 22 UNIS Hanoi students raced against 20 Concordia students over a distance of 4km. The trail covered a variety of terrain in and around school environs – including grass, gravel, mud, concrete and tarseal.

Some excellent racing was seen in the 2 races of the day. At times, the finishes were very close by millimeters. It was very exciting. The runners were supported by many parents and teachers coming out to watch and cheer on everyone.

Results were:

BOYS:
1st Iesytn           UNIS   15.37
2nd Honza         UNIS   17.02
3rd Andrew        CONC 17.09
4th Graham       UNIS   17.10

GIRLS:
1st: Natalie         UNIS   17.51
2nd: Gaby           UNIS   18.58
3rd: Kim              UNIS   18.58
4th: Lily               UNIS   19.11

A Sonata Evening with Vietnamese Composer Nguyễn Văn Quỳ

Don’t miss the special cultural musical event: A Sonata Evening with Vietnamese Composer Nguyễn Văn Quỳ on the evening of Tuesday, October 30 hosted by UNIS Hanoi in partnership with Friends of Vietnam Heritage .

This event is FREE for UNIS Hanoi students, and discounted for UNIS Hanoi staff and parents (100,000 VND). For Hanoi community (non-UNIS) the cost is 200,000 VND. For your convenience, payment by UNIS Hanoi community members may be made after registering online at the reception desk in the Admin building (B7), 8.00-12:30 and 13.30-17.00 during week days. The link for registration for the event is here.

The event will begin with a reception in the Centre for the Arts foyer from 17.45 and the performance will start at 18.30 in the UNIS Hanoi Theatre. The evening will be a celebration and performance of Master Quy’s work as a classical music composer and poet. Master Quy, now 93 years old, has been nicknamed the “Beethoven” of Vietnam for his prolific composition. More details about the event can be found on FVH website here

This is a non-profit event and proceeds will support an honorarium for musicians and Master Quy. Parents please note that alcohol will be served to adults during the reception preceding the event 17.45 – 18.30.

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 on Saturday, November 10 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 at UNIS Hanoi for our community members. Please see Ms Linh at the reception desk in the Administration building (B7) on weekdays from 8.00-12:30 and 13.30-17.00 to pay after registering online with KOTO.

Sign up for Sunday of Service – October 28

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). Spaces limited to 12 Sunday Service volunteers (Any ages. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling).
  • 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) Spaces limited to 16 Sunday Service volunteers (Any ages. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. This is an ideal family outing)
  • 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. (Times to be confirmed. Please sign up if you are interested and we will publish the time on Monday October 22 on UNIS Hanoi Facebook.)

SIGN UP TODAY

And next week we will be publishing detailed itineraries and information on the UNIS Hanoi Sunday of Service website – look out for it under Community Life!

 

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.

SIGN UP TODAY FOR YOUR VIRTUAL TOUR! 

(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.**

A Sonata Evening with Vietnamese Composer Nguyễn Văn Quỳ

UNIS Hanoi is partnering with Friends of Vietnam Heritage to host a special cultural musical event: A Sonata Evening with Vietnamese Composer Nguyễn Văn Quỳ on the evening of Tuesday, October 30.

The event will begin with a reception in the Centre for the Arts foyer from 17.45 and the performance will start at 18.30 in the UNIS Hanoi Theatre. The evening will be a celebration and performance of Master Quy’s work as a classical music composer and poet. Master Quy, now 93 years old, has been nicknamed the “Beethoven” of Vietnam for his prolific composition. More details about the event can be found on FVH website here. The link for registration for the event is here.

This event is FREE for UNIS Hanoi students, and discounted for UNIS Hanoi staff and parents (100,000 VND). For Hanoi community (non-UNIS) the cost is 200,000 VND. For your convenience, payment by UNIS Hanoi community members may be made after registering online at the reception desk in the Admin building (B7), 8.00-12:30 and 13.30-17.00, Monday-Friday beginning Monday, 15 October. Registration is open now and you may complete the payment later after the October break.

This is a non-profit event and proceeds will support an honorarium for musicians and Master Quy. Parents please note that alcohol will be served to adults during the reception preceding the event 17.45 – 18.30.

HIWC Annual Charity Bazaar tickets on sale now at UNIS Hanoi!

Are you ready to shop, eat, and enjoy a great family day out in Tay Ho?

UNIS Hanoi is proud to once again sponsor the Hanoi International Women’s Club (HIWC) Annual Charity Bazaar on Sunday, November 18th. The HIWC Bazaar is a major fundraising event in Hanoi, contributing nearly $150,000 to vulnerable women, youth and children in Vietnam. This year’s theme is “Travel the world and Celebrate!” Tickets are on sale now online here.

For your convenience, members of UNIS Hanoi community (with ID for campus access) can also purchase them on campus at the reception desk in the Administration Building (B7). Please see Ms. Linh from 8.00-12:30 and 13:30-17.00 on weekdays to pay for your tickets.

The Bazaar is still looking for performers (music, dance, and other talents!) and volunteers to support the event. If you have a talent to share, sign up HERE. If you have an hour or two to spare, sign up HERE  to support this amazing event!

 

 

 

From the Head of School

Open Campus

During the Autumn Break, “open campus” hours will be from 8:00 – 18:00 daily, except for Sundays. Please check the website for Energize and pool hours.

Please note that there will be some campus improvement projects taking place during the week as well. To ensure the safety of our students and community, please ensure that the “open campus” guidelines are followed.

Jane McGee
Head of School

Flagging up UN DAY!

UN Day will be celebrated at UNIS Hanoi on Friday November 30 and we are busy with our preparations!

This week invitations went out to the lottery-selected Flag Bearers for the special assembly’s Parade of Nations when we celebrate 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.

With the many performances, there are many ways students are involved beside the Parade of Nations and typically as many as 75% of our students are involved in the assembly in some way.

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.

 

Sunday of Service – October 28

Service is central to all that we do at UNIS Hanoi and so what better way to celebrate as a community! Last year, as part of our 30th Birthday celebrations, we had a Sunday of Service on May 6 when our UNIS Hanoi community gave a Birthday Gift back to our host country by taking action.

Building on the success of this event, we are organising a few more this year. Mark your calendar now with the first Sunday of Service on October 28! This will be a day for all! Families can join with faculty and staff and alumni to participate in different activities led by our students. Some exciting projects will be:

  • Sports session with Thuy An Village children at UNIS Hanoi led by our students
  • HS Community Garden activity
  • A visit to the FFI Delacour’s langur project in Van Long Nature Reserve with the HS Wildlife Group
  • And more…

Please watch this place for further details and sign-up after the Autumn break.

 

Epicure Catering Update

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all who took the time to meet with us on Monday, October 1.
We hope that we were able to offer a better insight into ‘Epicure’ and answer some of your questions.

We have listened to your concerns and are currently working through comments and suggestions received during the meeting, via the Tin Tuc message board and through student feedback. Following the Autumn break we will begin to make some changes to our services and also our menu. 

The first change will support ES students choosing and enjoying a more nutritionally balanced lunch by changing the current ‘buffet style’ dishes to Asian/Western/Vegetarian set meals. We will also display sample plates. We will be working with the ES Administration team to ensure these changes are well communicated in advance so the transition does not impact lunch service or cause any confusion at the counters for the younger students.

I will update the school community accordingly on further developments and look forward to working closely with you to ensure we provide the best possible service.

If you could not make it to this meeting, please listen to the presentation and Q&A session here.

Kind regards,

Andy Bird – Managing Director
Epicure Catering Indochina

Key Facts about Influenza

We have seen some confirmed cases of flu over the last couple of  week, please be aware.

What is influenza (also called flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness.

Signs and symptoms of flu:

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Period of contagiousness

You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.

Preventing seasonal flu: Get vaccinated

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. Flu vaccine is usually available from September. Flu vaccine takes 2 weeks to become effective.

Please remember all students, staff and family members with a temperature of 38 or higher, vomiting or diarrhea should remain at home until they have been fever free, without medication, vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours.

Many thanks,
School Health Centre

 

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm

Cross Country Team: Hanoi Moi Race

On Sunday September 30, the UNIS Hanoi Cross Country team participated in the 45th Annual Hanoi Moi Peace Run at Hoan Kiem Lake.

The Boys team: Honza Krubner; Iestyn Rusinow; Harrison Wallace; Dafydd Rusinow; Jakub Trent; Nico Lyon; Lucas Lyon; Nikolai Inoue; Graham Abrahms

The Girls team: Gaby Chanen; Natalie Krubernova; Isabel Zaring; Kitty Tran; Lily Noda; Sophia Chagas

The students were also supported by many of their parents running in the same race. It was great to see the camaraderie and competition that occurred between the parents and their child.

The team produced outstanding results, as they are competing against adults:

  • Women’s Race – Natalie Krubernova 1st; Lily Noda 4th. Ms L-P was 3rd in this race.
  • Men’s Race – Iestyn Rusinow 2nd; Honza Krubner 3rd.
  • All received flowers and awards for their placings.

A Sonata Evening with Vietnamese Composer Nguyễn Văn Quỳ

UNIS Hanoi is partnering with Friends of Vietnam Heritage to host a special cultural musical event: A Sonata Evening with Vietnamese Composer Nguyễn Văn Quỳ on the evening of Tuesday, October 30.

The event will begin with a reception in the Centre for the Arts foyer from 17.45 and the performance will start at 18.30 in the UNIS Hanoi Theatre. The evening will be a celebration and performance of Master Quy’s work as a classical music composer and poet. Master Quy, now 93 years old, has been nicknamed the “Beethoven” of Vietnam for his prolific composition. More details about the event can be found on FVH website here. The link for registration for the event is here.

This event is FREE for UNIS Hanoi students, and discounted for UNIS Hanoi staff and parents (100,000 VND). For Hanoi community (non-UNIS) the cost is 200,000 VND. For your convenience, payment by UNIS Hanoi community members may be made after registering online at the reception desk in the Admin building (B7), 8.00-12:30 and 13.30-17.00, Monday-Friday beginning Monday, 15 October. Registration is open now and you may complete the payment later after the October break.

This is a non-profit event and proceeds will support an honorarium for musicians and Master Quy. Parents please note that alcohol will be served to adults during the reception preceding the event 17.45 – 18.30.

Ride to Build Dreams with KOTO

 

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 on Saturday, November 10 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 at UNIS Hanoi for our community members. Please see Ms Linh at the reception desk in the Administration building (B7) on weekdays from 8.00-12:30 and 13.30-17.00 to pay after registering online with KOTO.