UNIS Impact Fund – First Grants Approved!

Student and community ideas are already being put into action!

Thanks to the UNIS Impact Fund and the partnership with the School Community Organisation for its Grants Programme, our students and faculty will soon be working to deliver the following projects:

  • Teaching music to disadvantaged youth with Ukeles provided by the UNIS Impact Fund
  • Plastic pollution reduction through an art exhibition and the stories told by re-usable shopping bags provided by the UNIS Impact Fund
  • Artist in residence to demonstrate and teach traditional Vietnamese Textile Art

This week the UNIS Impact Fund Grants Committee met and reviewed 11 Grant applications from students, teachers and parents and approved three for immediate action!

Three more proposals were asked for further development, and approval in concept and principal was given for UNIS Beekeeping to develop a detailed proposal. All of these Grants are possible thanks to the generous support of the School Community Organisation (SCO) who have donated 20,000 USD to support small projects with a special emphasis on promoting advocacy, risk taking, prototyping and piloting and all with Learning Impact at the centre.

So many great projects making an impact in our community! If you have an idea for a grant proposal we want to hear from you. The UNIS Impact Fund is open for Grant applications all year round – Find out more!

Thanks to the Impact Fund Grants Sub-Committee which has representation from all members of the community:
Chair: Iraj deSilva (Parent)
Members: Chris Behr (SCO), Emma Silva (Admin), Gareth Harrison Poole (Parent), Eddie Lee (G10 student), Vilma Nikklasson (G5 Student), Lily Liu (Faculty), Hanh Bich (Staff).

Meanwhile…

The Impact Fund Committee’s Feasibility Assessment Taskforce is currently mid-review for six potential Big Idea GOALS, interviewing the proposal authors, local experts and School administrators to ensure we can really make the projects work!

We are extremely fortunate to have expert community members both on the Impact Fund Committee and in the Taskforce with decades of experience in assessing, developing, delivering and monitoring projects of this kind and we are confident that all the right questions are being asked and all the necessary information is being gathered to develop and explore all of the possible ideas that have been shortlisted this far.

We are keeping all the projects under wraps at the moment, but the Committee will meet on November 14 to provide a shortlist which will be communicated to the community and all students will be invited to vote and give the Impact Fund Committee their feedback as they face final decision making for the Big Ideas at the end of November.

The final Big Ideas for the UNIS Impact Fund’raising Community Campaign 2019-2020 will be announced in the Tin Tuc on November 29.

And we will be sending out information for how you can support our students make their dreams come true to help change the world with a donation to our Community Campaign 2019-2020 which will launch just before the Winter Break.

QUESTIONS? Please see the UNIS Impact Fund website for more information or email impact@unishanoi.org

Impact Fund – Updates

It has been an exciting couple of weeks for the Impact Fund Committee. And here is what we can tell you so far!

We had 26 proposals from the community for a wonderful range of projects – both for Big Idea GOALS and for Project GRANTS.

The Impact Fund Committee has reviewed them all and the Feasibility Assessment Taskforce is currently reviewing six potential Big Idea GOALS, interviewing the proposal authors, local experts and School administrators to ensure we can really make the projects work!

We are extremely fortunate to have expert community members both on the Impact Fund Committee and in the Taskforce with decades of experience in assessing, developing, delivering and monitoring projects of this kind and we are confident that all the right questions are being asked and all the necessary information is being gathered to develop and explore all of the possible ideas that have been shortlisted this far.

We are keeping all the projects under wraps at the moment, but the Committee will meet on November 14 to provide a shortlist which will be communicated to the community and all students will be invited to vote and give the Impact Fund Committee their feedback as they face final decision making for the Big Ideas at the end of November.

The final Big Ideas for the UNIS Impact Fund’raising Community Campaign 2019-2020 will be announced in the Tin Tuc on November 29.

For the small Project GRANTS, the Sub-Committee will meet on November 5 and the first round of Grants will be approved and proposal authors will be notified the same day!

We will be announcing those first GRANT awards, funded thanks to the generous support for the UNIS Impact Fund by the School Community Organisation, in next week’s Tin Tuc. We look forward to bringing you stories of Impact unfolding as the year goes on.

And we will be sending out information for how you can support our students make their dreams come true to help change the world with a donation to our Community Campaign 2019-2020 which will launch before the Winter Break.

A huge thank you to the Impact Fund Committee for their hard work and commitment:

  • Co-Chairs: Emma Silva (Director of Advancement) and Iraj de Silva (Parent)
  • SCO Executive member: Chris Behr
  • Parent members: Sandra Le Courtois and Gareth Harrison Poole
  • Student members:
    • ES: Vilma Niklasson (SDG Guardians) and ES Student Council member
    • MS: Beatrice Reilly G8 and Andy Choi G8
    • HS: Solene Shelley G10 and Eddie Lee G10
  • Faculty members: 
    • ES: Christy Heitmiller
    • MS & HS: Qingli Liu 
  • VN Staff: Han Bich Hanh and Nguyen Thi Bich Hien
  • Admin member: Megan Brazil
  • Board member: Michelle Dinh Jones
  • Alumni member: Emmanuel Selvanayagam (Class of 2003)

QUESTIONS? Please see the UNIS Impact Fund website for more information or email impact@unishanoi.org

UN Day – All you need to know!

UNIS Hanoi truly brings the world together every day and on Monday we celebrate unity in diversity and all that can be achieved when we work as one.

831 students are involved in our annual Assembly this year. That is 72% of all our students! Don’t miss it! 

The traditional Assembly is the culminating event of our SDG Week. This week, all our students have been involved in projects supporting the UN’s Agenda 2030 and towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

THE UN DAY ASSEMBLY WILL START AT 11.00 on MONDAY

(The time change is unavoidable and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by the 30 minutes delayed start to our celebrations.)

To help you enjoy our event please note the following:

  • Parking is extremely limited. Please plan to be dropped off and collected if you have a driver or take a taxi. Overflow parking is possible along the street outside the main gate and Gate 4, under the direction of our security staff.

  • Entrance to campus for families (and relatives) is at Gate 1 and Gate 5. Please wear your Parent ID Badge. Relatives/Visitors without ID badges will be asked to sign in with an ID/passport and wear a Visitor ID. Please allow extra time for a smooth arrival. Sign-in for families will be possible at both Gate 1 and Gate 5.

  • The assembly takes place in our Sports Centre. Seats for parents are in the central blocks or on the tiered seating at the back. You can also watch from the upstairs balcony for a great view!

  • Please plan to be in your seats by 10.50. The doors will close at 11.00 for the Parade of Nations and no entry will be possible until it is finished.

  • Please be respectful when taking photos or filming during the event. We will have a team of photographers capturing activities in the morning as well as at the Assembly which will be livestreamed (and recorded). Photos will be shared after the event for all.

  • Share the Livestream Link with your friends and families so they can join in with your children!

  • Our ‘Take Action’ SDG photo booth will be in front of the canteen with a professional photographer from 8.30-13.00. All photos will be available through a shared link after the day. Please note there will not be a flags photo booth this year.

  • At the end of the assembly please stay in your seats to allow the students to safely exit the Sports Centre. You will join them for lunch in the grade level areas.

  • Please note the School playground will be open but WITHOUT School supervision during the Community Lunch. With respect to our faculty and staff enjoying the community lunch, our ‘Out of Hours Playground Rules’ apply which means if your ES children want to play, they must be accompanied by you or another adult with your consent. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Early Dismissal is 13.00. There are no ASAs/UMA/Academy classes and Bus Families have received notification of the revised schedule.

Thank you for your help and thank you for joining with us to celebrate UN Day in style!

Our students and faculty will be wearing their national dress costumes and we would be thrilled if you wanted to join them with your own!

What IF?

This week we asked our community “What IF?”

  • What IF you could change the world? Where would you start?
  • What IF there were no bystanders?
  • What IF you woke up every morning knowing your dreams can become plans?
  • What IF you had $100,000 USD to make change happen?
  • What IF you take action today?

And you can take action today! You can put forward your ideas for consideration by the UNIS Impact Fund Committee as a Big Idea GOAL for this year!

UN Day is on Monday and it is also our deadline for proposals for Big Ideas for the UNIS Impact Fund. What better way to spend the weekend than by submitting a proposal to help change the world?

New this year, the UNIS Impact Fund will support both Big Idea GOALS and smaller Project Funding GRANTS to ensure that our students wake up every morning knowing they can make a difference!

And at the moment, we want you to hear all your Big Idea GOALS with the October 21 deadline fast approaching!

This month the UNIS Impact Fund Committee will review all your Big Ideas and decide which ones go forward into the ‘feasibility phase’ this month. This gives the Committee time to work out with the School Admin which projects we might actually be able to implement – is it even possible?

Then the shortlist will go to a student vote and the UNIS Impact Fund Committee will decide which of the great ideas that we have received will get funding for up to $100,000 USD from our Community Impact Fund’raising Campaign.

You can read all the details on the UNIS Hanoi website and fill out the simple form to get the ideas rolling.

SHARE YOUR IDEAS TODAY!

So what better way to answer the question on Monday at UN Day with “What did you do this weekend?”

“I helped change the world.”

So You Want To Change The World?

The UNIS Impact Fund is designed to you help you do exactly that!

New this year, the UNIS Impact Fund will support both Big Idea GOALS and smaller Project Funding GRANTS to ensure that our students wake up every morning knowing they can make a difference!

And at the moment, we want you to hear all your Big Idea GOALS with the October 21 deadline fast approaching!

This month the Impact Fund Committee will review all your Big Ideas and decide which ones go forward into the ‘feasibility phase’ this month. This gives the Committee time to work out with the School Admin which projects we might actually be able to implement – is it even possible?

Then the shortlist will go to a student vote and the Impact Fund Committee will decide which of the great ideas that we have received will get funding for up to $100,000 USD from our Community Impact Fund’raising Campaign.

You can read all the details on the UNIS Hanoi website and fill out the simple form to get the ideas rolling.

SHARE YOUR IDEAS TODAY!

Impact Fund – What is your idea?

  • We believe that great ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, anytime!
  • We believe that education transforms lives and society!
  • We believe that together we can change the world!

And that is why our community created the UNIS Impact Fund which is designed to support both ‘Big Ideas’ through its annual GOALS and smaller ‘Project Ideas’ through its GRANTS programme.

But be it a ‘Big Idea’ or a smaller grant proposal, they will all have this in common: IMPACT on learning, IMPACT on our community and IMPACT on changing the world!

The UNIS Hanoi Impact Fund, new this year, supports projects and initiatives proposed by the School community to support the School’s Mission, Vision and Values and the UN’s SDGs. The Fund is designed to:

  • Engage and excite students – Student Impact!
  • Realise our ambitions as educators – Learning Impact!
  • Ensure opportunities for everyone – Community Impact!
  • Further our Mission, driven by our Values and Vision – Strategic Impact!
  • Deliver Agenda 2030 – World Impact!

Today we have opened the UNIS Impact Fund Ideas Application Form! And we want to hear from you! What is your idea?

It can be for either a ‘Big Idea’ which might be adopted by the School for our Impact Fund’raising campaign, or for a smaller grant award which can be put into action in the next weeks or months!

Your idea should create IMPACT, support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and support the School in one of the following areas:

  • Sustainability initiatives
  • Service Learning
  • Learning Excellence: Academics, Arts, Athletics 
  • Facilities improvements
  • Professional Development

Read all the details on the UNIS Impact Fund website including the detailed guidelines for submission of your ideas.

For a Big Idea GOAL proposal – Deadline is October 21 at 18:00. The UNIS Impact Fund Committee will review all the Big Ideas and after a student vote, one or two will be chosen to be our community goal for fundraising – a GOAL we can all achieve by working together!

Some of the early ideas that we have heard about for GOALS include: Solar panels for electricity, an animation studio, a languages academy and a plastic recycling plant.

For an application for a GRANT – you can apply anytime and the Impact Fund Grants Sub-Committee will review them as they come in. Thanks to the School Community Organisation who are partners for the UNIS Impact Fund, we have funds ready to award for the GRANTS Programme. Grant applications are designed for individuals or small groups to pilot, experiment or prototype ideas and will not exceed 2,500 USD.

We want our students to wake up every day knowing we can all make a difference, explore a passion for change and empower others to build their dreams. Together.

UNIS Hanoi seeks to unleash potential and empower creativity to change the world. The UNIS Hanoi Impact Fund is designed to support community inspired projects which will help do exactly that!

UNIS Hanoi is one of only two international UN schools in the world and is committed to the delivery of Agenda 2030 through both curriculum and service. As a not-for-profit organisation, institutional fundraising empowers UNIS Hanoi to extend the impact of its programmes beyond what is possible within a school budget.

By working together the UNIS Hanoi community can transform lives and society!

Find out more on the UNIS Impact Fund website

Questions? Ask our Director of Advancement, Emma Silva: doa@unishanoi.org

Ready, steady… IMPACT!

We are delighted to announce the membership of the Impact Fund Committee.

This cross community committee will be the decision makers choosing the projects for our community Impact Fundraising in 2019-2020.

The projects supporting UNIS Hanoi’s Vision, Mission and Values to help deliver the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals will be selected from the BIG IDEAS that you are poised to submit!

Watch this space for the details on how to get your ideas in front of the Committee for consideration in next week’s Tin Tuc.

We have been delighted by the community response to the Impact Fund and choosing the members of the Committee was hard, with so many excellent candidates and submissions. The decision for membership was taken after careful consideration of all the applications that were received and we are delighted to announce the following Impact Fund Committee for 2019-2020:

  • Co-Chairs: Emma Silva (Director of Advancement) and Iraj de Silva (Parent)
  • SCO Executive member: Chris Behr
  • Parent members: Sandra Le Courtois and Gareth Harrison Poole
  • Student members:
    • ES: Vilma Niklasson and Student Council member TBC
    • MS: Beatrice Reilly G8 and Andy Choi G8
    • HS: Solene Shelley G10 and Eddie Lee G10
  • Faculty members: 
    • ES: Christy Heitmiller
    • MS & HS:  Qingli Liu
  • VN Staff: Han Bich Hanh and Nguyen Thi Bich Hien
  • Admin member: Megan Brazil
  • Board member: TBC after the Board’s 2-Day meeting in September.
  • Alumni member: TBC
  • Committee Coordinator: Dinh Thi An Ha

For any questions please contact the Committee Coordinator Ha Dinh and Co-Chairs Emma Silva and Iraj de Silva: impact@unishanoi.org

Head of School Update

Dear Families,

In the International School World, recruitment for teachers and leaders happens on an annual cycle in the upcoming months, and so although it is only the beginning of the year, it is at this time that many of our community plan for next year!

Our High School Principal, Mr Scott Schaffner has decided with his family that this will be their last year in Hanoi and that he will not be returning for the 2020-2021 School year.

Mr Schaffner joined our team three years ago and has been responsible for developing the High School division as the School transitioned from two divisions (Elementary and Secondary) to three divisions (Elementary, Middle and High).

His leadership in this area has been outstanding and has led to a strong High School culture with a focus on programme development appropriate for this age group. The implementation of online learning opportunities for students, the STEAM programme, online grading and reporting, “bring your own device” programme and a deep focus on pedagogy and curriculum are just some of his many achievements.

Mr Schaffner’s leadership, dedication to the mission and open personality will be missed.

We look forward to his ongoing leadership throughout the year and will find the time to say thank you and good-bye later in the year. I know you will all join me in wishing him and his family all the very best.

Next week, I will send out more information regarding the search process for his replacement which will seek to engage members of our community.

Sincerely,
Jane McGee

What are you doing this weekend?

Would you like to help the School decide how to spend money on our students to support exciting projects conceived by them and our community?

Would you like to be part of a team that will decide how we can most make a difference in the world?

Would you like to represent the community on the UNIS Impact Fund Committee?

If the answer is Yes to any of those questions, all you have to do this weekend is let us know that you would like to get involved with the new UNIS Impact Fund Committee by filling in this SHORT FORM.

We will be selecting the UNIS Impact Fund Committee members next week – so be sure to fill out the form before Tuesday September 10.

What is the UNIS Impact Fund?

The UNIS Impact Fund is both a community fundraising campaign and a project fund to support learning. In short, it is designed to help students change the world!

You will be hearing a lot more about it this year…

Approved projects will create Impact in the following areas:

  • Sustainability initiatives
  • Service Learning
  • Learning Excellence: Academics, Arts, Athletics
  • Facilities improvement
  • Professional Development

And the decision makers for which project gets funding?

It could be you!
As part of a cross-community team – the UNIS Impact Fund Committee – with students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni, admin and Board members. You could be part of the team that selects the shortlist for student vote and then make the final decision!

The Fund supports both ambitious community projects – the Big Ideas – chosen at the start of each year and adopted as the focus for annual community fundraising (GOALS); and smaller individual projects supporting risk-taking, pilot programmes and advocacy by small groups or individuals (GRANTS).By working together the UNIS Hanoi community can transform lives and society!

Find out more on the UNIS Impact Fund website and fill in the Impact Fund Committee FORM.

And if you have questions? Our Director of Advancement, Emma Silva is happy to help: doa@unishanoi.org

Flagging up UN Day!

UN Day will be celebrated at UNIS Hanoi on Monday October 21 and we are busy with our preparations!

The traditional assembly on the Monday morning will be the culminating event of our Discovery-Grade 12 SDG Week (October 14-18) 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 with more than 250 student flag bearers.

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.

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

Parade of Nations Flag Bearer Selection Guidelines

The following guidelines have 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.

  1. We include all the flags of the 195 United Nations member states in the UN Day Flag Parade. (193 full member states and 2 observer states: Palestine and Holy See)
  2. The flags from the 64 member states represented in our community in 2019-2020 will be paraded downstairs in the Sports Centre carried by students from those countries. The 131 other flags will be upstairs in the balcony parade and can be carried by students from any nation. 
  3. National flags for countries not included in the UN Members States or Observer States will not be included in the Parade of Nations. Students from those countries will be entered into the lottery to carry national flags not represented within the UNIS Hanoi student community (the upstairs parade), or may chaperone younger students downstairs. They are permitted to wear their national dress.
  4. 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. Students in the roster for the UNIS Hanoi Symphonic Orchestra can not carry a flag. 
    2. If the only student from a country is in Grade D-K2, they may carry their flag assisted by an appointed MSHS student chaperone.
    3. 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.
    4. 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 21 nationalities represented in this year’s graduating class. If the oldest G12 student from that nationality chooses not to carry the flag (or is in the UNIS Symphonia) the opportunity will be offered to the second eldest and so on.
    5. 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. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The 131 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.
  9. 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 on September 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 Thursday September 12 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 Tuesday September 10.
    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 Monday September 16 with a deadline of Friday September 20 at 18.00. There will be no reminder for second round invitations.
    6. If a third round is necessary (in excess of 20 flags are still without bearers),  it will be sent out on September 23 with a deadline of September 26.
    7. If following three rounds of invitations, there are still flags which do not have bearers, Division Principals will be engaged to find flag bearers on September 30.

UN Day Date Change

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.

Impact Fund Needs You!

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 IFC 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.

A Year in the Life of our New Canteen…

As we wrap up our first year in the new canteen, we would like to share with you some of the changes that have occured during the year, progress that we have made with sustainability efforts and what we can look forward to when we return in August.

As many of you know, we changed our canteen concept this year and  Epicure was brought in to be our service provider. In addition to serving healthy, well-balanced meals and maintaining the highest standards of food hygiene, they were tasked with helping to reduce single use plastic, and catering to our many on-campus School events.

Epicure is keen to be responsive to community feedback and in order to ensure unfiltered user-opinion is being heard we have introduced an in-canteen satisfaction app, encouraging students to rate their experience daily. As the use of the app develops, the data will be used in conjunction with sales and food-waste data to improve menus and customer service training.

In addition we have met with the parent community, student councils and the School Community Organisation (SCO) to both gather feedback and gauge progress on Epicure’s initiatives. There have been regular updates at the Head of School Community Meetings throughout the year and today we summarise a year of canteen development.

A very popular initiative has been Epicure’s commitment to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at UNIS Hanoi; No food was served in single use plastic containers, food waste was reduced from last year and 90% of the food was sourced locally with traceability (which can have cost implications).

In addition, with the input from students and community members, we saw several positive changes in the canteen menus and serving options over the course of the year. In response to feedback, the Cafe increased both its snack and ‘quick lunch’ options, serving times during breaks have been significantly reduced, ES students are now given a set meal to help ensure they have a balanced lunch, ‘Fun Food Days’ were added to the menu for popular favourites, sauces are served separately and the salad bar options have grown both in terms of serving choices and with additional side-orders of  protein offered.

Not only did Epicure cater 270 events during the 2018-2019 school year but we also saw an increase of 2,387 hot meals and salads sold from the 17-18 year as of May 27th. This year, the canteen was available on Saturdays during Saturday Soccer and for select campus events on the weekends, such as last week’s STEAMFest.

We are sharing this information to keep you up-to-date and also to share that more changes will be implemented at the start of the new school year. We believe we have laid a great foundation to build from but we will work to continue to enhance the canteen. Next year, we plan to roll out the following changes:

  1. Further increase in selection and rotation of items available in the Cafe
  2. Salad bar available to Grades 4 and 5
  3. A student advisory committee will assist with food ratings, menu selections, tastings and general feedback
  4. A separate meal (in addition to the fixed hot meal) option will be added during the Middle School and High School  lunch
  5. And improved and more dynamic Canteen website page to keep the community up to date

We value your feedback. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Andy Bird, Epicure Director at andy@epicure.co.th.

You are also welcome to speak to me regarding the canteen dfo@unishanoi.org.

Epicure will kick off the 2019-20 school year by catering the Back to School BBQ. We look forward to seeing many of you back next year as we continue to grow and enhance our canteen.

Misty Shipley
Director of Finance and Operations

Community Meeting – Meet Epicure!

It’s a new canteen and it’s a new catering company! And we are confident that our community is curious to find out more…

Please join us for a Community Meeting on Monday October 1 at 8.15 in the Community Room (B7) where you will hear a 30 minute presentation by Epicure and get a chance to try for yourself some of the food that they prepare for our Deli and Catering ranges.

There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers and our Head of School, Jane McGee and our Director of Finance and Operations, Misty Shipley, will also be there to answer questions and give some feedback from our student focus groups as well as outlining how the community can collaborate with Epicure with constructive feedback.

In order for the meeting to be a informative as possible, please let us know any hot topics that you would like to hear about from Epicure by leaving a comment below on this post.