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.

Important Update about Banking Details

Dear Parents,

Due to a change in banking regulation, UNIS Hanoi has updated our banking details for depositing tuition monies. This will effect the Q2 tuition fees payments if they have not already been submitted. We have sent all families an email that reflects the updated bank transfer information. Kindly check your email regarding this correspondence to ensure the payment is routed correctly. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or we can be of assistance.

Best regards,

Manu Trivedi
Financial Controller

Flagging up UN DAY!

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

The traditional assembly on the Friday morning will be the culminating event of our Discovery-Grade 12 SDG Week when all our students will take part in projects supporting the UN’s Agenda 2030 and towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Assembly will open with our traditional Parade of Nations to celebrate the 195 Members States and Observer States of the United Nations.

Next week we will be sending out invitations to students to participate in the Parade of Nations and we want to take this opportunity to share with you the process we follow to send out these invitations.

The following process has been developed with the goal of ensuring the most equitable process for all students to have an opportunity to carry their nation’s flag during the UN Day School Assembly.

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.


The Launch of the CIS/IBO/WASC Self Study

Small blocks of Lego, engaged teachers and big ideas were the main components of the official roll-out of the CIS/WASC/IB Accreditation Self-study last Wednesday, September 19 on our UNIS campus. The Accreditation Steering Committee, made up of Co-Chairs Nitasha Chaudhuri and Tom Ryan, as well as the PYP, MYP and DP Programme Coordinators Josh Smith, Daniel Cooper and Elliott Cannell, respectively, captured the interest of over 180 teaches as they paralleled the upcoming Self-study with the highly successful endeavors of the world-renown The LEGO Group, whose own Self-study preserved a positive impact on their stakeholders and their wider community.

Using the Lego Story as an allegory to launch the Self-study this year at UNIS Hanoi, teachers D-12 sat in groups with handful of LEGO engaged in accreditation-related conversation, and created structures which were added to a mega-structure, symbolizing the vision and collegial collaboration required to embark on and complete the upcoming Self-Study at UNIS Hanoi. This will undoubtedly empower UNIS Hanoi to examine its core, see its worth, as excited ‘behind-the-scenes’ leaders will step up and take on exciting roles, so that our bricks at UNIS Hanoi continue to fit as flawlessly as possible.

Nitasha Chaudhuri
Lower ES Deputy Principal

Student Portraits and Class Photo Order

Dear Parents,

This is a reminder that Wednesday, October 3 is the deadline for placing your child’s portrait and class photos. All orders received by this date will be delivered to UNIS Hanoi on Tuesday November 13. Your child will bring the photos home.

You can order here using your child’s access code sent to you via email on Wednesday, September 19.

Any orders placed between October 3 – November 12 will be delivered at your home address starting November 26. And any orders placed after November 12 will be delivered 2 weeks afterwards. Home delivery is the only possible option for orders after October 3 and will involve delivery fee.

If you have any trouble viewing or accessing your child’s photos next Wednesday, please do not hesitate to contact Picture Day team at hello@pictureday.asia.

What if my child missed the student photo week?

A photo day will be scheduled in early April 2019 for all student who missed the photo week on August 27-31, 2018 or students who started school after August 31.



UNIS Hanoi Advancement Office

School Calendar – Next week’s events

We hope that you have all synced your calendars and are keeping up to date with all the events at UNIS Hanoi.

Please visit our Calendar page on the website for full details and instructions for syncing calendars with all devices and calendar soft wares and the quick links to update your devices.

Coming up for parents next week:

  • Monday, October 1: Community Meeting – Meet Epicure. Please read the article in this Tin Tuc to find out the details.
  • Monday, October 1: ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School/ASAs/UMA for Discovery to Grade 5 students)
  • Tuesday-Friday, October 2-5: Middle School Trip Week
  • Wednesday, October 3: High School Japan Parent Community Meeting
  • Thursday, October 4: High School Korean Parent Community Meeting
  • Friday, October 5: G3 Mathematics Coffee Morning with Parents

“I Live Green” Exhibition at UNIS Hanoi

UNIS Hanoi is pleased to announce the launch on Monday of “I Live Green,” a mobile exhibition on loan to us from the Vietnamese Women’s Museum. The exhibition is on display in the Centre for the Arts foyer from 24 Sept – 5 Oct. Captions are in both Vietnamese and English.
We are proud to be partnering with the Vietnamese Women’s Museum to host this exhibit which is a series of posters telling the story of neighbourhood empowerment teams in Hanoi and elsewhere who are taking simple and creative steps to save energy and water, reduce and recycle waste, and plant gardens. The exhibition highlights what Vietnamese people, young and old, and even those with few resources, are doing to “live green.”

We hope students, parents, staff, and faculty will enjoy this opportunity to be inspired by our host community’s sustainability efforts as we launch our own school initiatives to improve this year.

HIWC Call for Performers and Volunteers

UNIS Hanoi is proud to once again sponsor the Hanoi International Women’s Club (HIWC) annual Charity Bazaar which will take place on Sunday, November 18 at Starlake (nearby UNIS Hanoi in Tay Ho). The HIWC Bazaar is one of the largest family events in Hanoi with international food, shopping, and fun for all ages, raising an incredible amount of money for good causes. Tickets will be on sale soon and everyone is welcome to attend.

HIWC is also 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 time to spare, sign up HERE. This year’s theme is “Travel the World and Celebrate,” something our diverse, multicultural community from around the globe can certainly contribute to!


From the Head of School

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the UNIS Hanoi community we offer our sincere condolences to the people of Vietnam following the announcement of the sad news of the passing of President Trần Đại Quang.

State media announced this morning the President’s death at the age of 61 following treatment for illness at a Hanoi hospital.

The arrangements for his funeral have not been announced and we will communicate any impact on school operations as we know them.

Our thoughts are with his family, the leaders of Vietnam and our Vietnamese staff and families on this day.

Jane McGee

From the Board of Directors

As part of our annual planning for the year, the Board and senior leadership team will meet for a 2-Day offsite meeting this weekend. On the agenda will be team building (we have two new Board members this year), the Head of School will present the annual action plan and goals for 2018-2019 and we will review some case studies to reinforce our understanding of good governance. We will also review and reflect on past Board work to learn from those experiences and enhance practices of good governance.

As Life Long Learners, our 2-Day Board meeting helps our Board learn and achieve a greater understanding of international school governance – reflected in better more strategic decisions for the long term health of the school.

Amie Pollack

School Badges for MS and HS Students

In our ongoing efforts to continue to strengthen our security measures, beginning Monday, September 24, all MS and HS students will be required to have their badge to enter campus.

If a student arrives without his/her badge, they will be asked to wait until their enrolment is confirmed by their respective division before entering campus. As their card is needed for use in the canteen, library and for printer use, we hope all of our older students are already bringing their badge everyday. Those without a badge will not be allowed to enter gate 5 but will be asked to go to gate 1 for identity verification.

Our hope is to keep this as seamless as possible and not impact learning. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to roll out new efforts to keep our students safe.

UNIS Hanoi Administration

Campus Security and Community Events

At UNIS Hanoi we love creating events to connect our community, both parents at the school and the broader community. And we are also working hard to make sure that our families can enjoy the school campus as safely as possible.

This year we announced the start of our Community Campus Access programme, with the opening up of campus use for our families outside of school hours. And we have also stepped up our requirement for all adults to wear Campus Card ID badges.

Thank you for helping us keep our students and our campus safe!

This weekend is the first of the year when we have a number of large events happening on campus at the same time. We have a Varsity Volleyball Tournament on campus and also our Community Connections Fair which means we are expecting a significant number of external visitors on site.

Our security team will be working hard to keep you and our campus safe. Please be patient and please be reminded that the campus facilities are open for families at their own risk.

Happy Birthday UNIS Hanoi – Again!

September 19 was the first day of school for UNIS Hanoi in 1988.

We have come a long way since we welcomed 12 students into borrowed classrooms in a local High School with teachers on secondment from UNIS New York!

This week we took a moment to appreciate the endeavours of our founders and all those families that came before us and to watch this short film by our most recent graduating Scholar, Linh Nguyen who is certainly demonstrating our Vision in action – “to be an inspirational role model for a better world!

Discover the impact of our community’s investment in the Scholarship Fund by watching this short film, “Future Me…” , written by our 2018 graduating Scholar, Linh Vu Nguyen, to tell her story.  

Linh left Hanoi in early August to start a 4-year full scholarship at Vanderbilt University, USA.  She was the first recipient of the Bitexco Founders Scholarship at UNIS Hanoi. She plans to return to Vietnam after university to give a voice to the underprivileged children of Vietnam.

THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to our Scholarship Fund over the last four years and helped us raise more than 630,000 USD to support our Scholarship Programme.

Last Call – Sustainability Committee

Want to help make UNIS Hanoi a more sustainable school? Join our sustainability committee to make this a reality.

What is a Sustainable School? A Sustainable School is a school that practices and models sustainability in all aspects of its mission, governance, operation, its engagement and relationship with the outside community, and of course, its curriculum, teaching and learning processes. In all its essence and practice, a sustainable school is focused on improving all aspects of student learning with a clear purpose towards effectively participating and contributing to a better and more sustainable future for humanity.

How can schools do this? As places of learning, schools can help students understand our impact on the planet and how to effectively address the challenges we face.  And as models of good practice, they can be places where sustainable living and working are demonstrated to young people and to other members of the school community. Solutions to the world’s current and future challenges may be found in our classrooms and schools.

This journey will need input and ideas from all members of our community: teachers, staff, parents, and students. We will have an information session for anyone that is interested in learning more on Thursday, September 27 at 16.00 in the B7 Community Room. Please contact Misty Shipley, Director of Finance and Operations (dfo@unishanoi.org) to RSVP to the meeting.

Mobile Phone Numbers Updates – Don’t let us misdial in an emergency!

The 11-digit mobile telephone number changes that were widely advertised to take place on September 15 are being phased by the telephone companies over several weeks.

They did not all change this weekend, and some will not change until October 7.

It is important that the school has your correct telephone numbers in order that we can contact you, especially in case of emergencies. And especially with Trip Weeks for Grade 5-12 coming up.

Please study the below list of numbers and dates and Update Family Profile as necessary on the Veracross Parent Portal .

To activate your new number on the designated day you may have to restart your phone.

Please contact your service provider if you have any questions. Please note that the auto updates provided by some of the apps on offer will do all the numbers at one time.


THÔNG BÁO QUAN TRỌNG: Việc chuyển đổi đầu số di động được thông báo diễn ra vào ngày 15 tháng 9 đang được các nhà mạng tiến hành theo từng giai đoạn và sẽ diễn ra trong một vài tuần.

Các nhà mạng không thay đổi đồng loạt các đầu số vào cuối tuần trước mà sẽ thay đổi dần từ ngày 15 tháng 9 đến ngày 7 tháng 10.

Nhà trường rất cần có thông tin chính xác về số điện thoại của quý vị để liên lạc, đặc biệt là trong các trường hợp khẩn cấp.

Vui lòng kiểm tra thông tin về lịch thay đổi các đầu số của từng nhà mạng trong danh sách như trên (xem bản tiếng Anh) và cập nhật thông tin liên lạc của quý vị trên Veracross Parent Portal nếu cần.

Để kích hoạt số điện thoại trong ngày chuyển đổi, quý vị có thể phải khởi động lại điện thoại của mình.

Nhà trường hi vọng những thông tin này hữu ích với quý vị. Vui lòng liên hệ với nhà mạng nếu quý vị cần trợ giúp.