UNIS Impact Fund Grants – First Approved Projects of the Year!

This week the UNIS Impact Fund Grants Sub-committee met and reviewed Grant  applications from the community members and approved funding for the following projects:

  • SCO Cookbook: Family Favorites for UN Day: Some Grade 12 parents and students are making a UNIS Hanoi cookbook with the theme “Family Favorites for UN Day”. They’ve collected amazing recipes from around the world which are contributed by members across the school community. The impact they hope to achieve is creating and keeping strong community bonds, relying on our shared UNIS values of learning and community. The cook book is planned to be published for the UN Day Celebration and available for sale to the community. The Grants Sub-committee has approved a fund of $1,000 USD to support the production costs for this cookbook. Funds raised through the sale of the cookbook will help cover G12 Graduation Committee activities supporting and celebrating our seniors.

Watch out for the special student voted menu from the Cookbook on UN Day at the School Canteen!

  • Refill o’day service: This is a student led initiative with the aim to provide a sustainable solution where community members can refill household items (hand soap, dish soap, shower gel etc) using their home brought reused containers. The Impact Fund Grants Sub-committee has approved the fund of $500 USD in principle for this project idea, pending more details as the student group completes their market research and develops a more detailed business plan. Watch out this space for more updates from the Refillable service group with their plan to kick off the service in Semester 2!

The UNIS Impact Fund Project Grants are designed to support individuals or small groups with risk-taking, piloting, prototyping ideas or advocacy. Applications for Grants are open all year.

What is your idea? Put in your funding application today!


UNIS Cultural Collection Enriches Student Learning

The UNIS Cultural Collection is an educational collection designed to inspire learning through the lens of Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage. This collection was made possible by the generous donation of more than 200 Vietnamese cultural and historical artefacts by a UNIS Hanoi parent and her business partner from 54 Traditions.

While the official launch of the collection to the community is not until the UN Day Celebration, our teachers couldn’t wait any longer, wishing to advance their students’ learning experience by bringing the collection to their classes.

This week, Grade 8 students have been observing and drawing items from the UNIS Cultural Collection in the current unit focusing on improving drawing skills. While focusing on line, mass and ink, the students looked at objects such as instruments, baskets and rice cutters. A variety of clothing items from the collection were the subject matter while examining patterns and using watercolor. Grade 9 and Grade 10 students who are currently in the iBlock Vietnamese Textiles looked at the weaving and embroidery used in these textiles.

Meanwhile, Grade 7 students, as part of their Individuals and Societies classes, explored artefacts in the UNIS Cultural Collection for their exciting new project: showcasing their learning and helping be cultural ambassadors for Vietnam.The unit focuses on culture and how it forms a part of our shared identity with others, which is often dependent on time, place, and space, and can be expressed in many ways. This week the students examined different items and their connections in class. They also had a chance to look at the collection in person and begin the investigation of the diverse ethnic groups and cultures in Vietnam.

Grade 7 will be creating videos explaining the artefacts and the cultures they are from. These videos will eventually be part of the UNIS Cultural Collection’s on-campus exhibition and online resource. If you are interested in helping be a community contributor or you feel you have any expertise or insight to help contribute to this project, please contact Laura Kaufman.


A Journey of “Nhat” – A Journey of Making an Impact

When you sign up to join our Community Connections Programme, you will receive ‘Nhat’ – an eco-bag which will serve as your ‘passport’ for a wide range of exciting offers. But you can also get involved in a bigger project started by one of UNIS Hanoi graduates from the Class of 2020 designed to help Change the World for Good and supported by the UNIS Impact Fund.

As part of the ongoing and increasingly important fight for the preservation of the planet, Shinyoung Kim (Class of 2020) chose to embed her sustainability passion into her IB Diploma Visual Arts project – using art as a form of social and political change.

Over the years living in Hanoi, seeing the massive consumption of single-use plastic bags, which normally ended in landfill sites, Shinyoung wanted to make a change by creating a lightweight and reusable grocery bag that would fit easily into backpacks, handbags, or even pockets. Her idea was supported by the UNIS Impact Fund and that’s how Nhat – the reusable eco-bag was born.

The bag designs were developed as a part of Shinyoung’s IBDP Art exhibition. The bag features a silhouette of a baby polar bear reaching out to the mother bear as a child reaches for their parents.

These bags are distributed free of charge to members of the Hanoi community, and are documented through an Instagram account – Nhatstravels, where anyone can send in their photos or videos with their use of Nhat bags.

As Shinyoung passionately shares: “I hope to convey that we have been dependent on our earth from the beginning of time, and by damaging the environment, we are simultaneously damaging our future generations’ future”

If you would like to join Shinyoung and Nhat’s jouney in making a collective impact, please sign up for the Community Connections Programme and get a free eco-friendly bag and post your ‘Nhat Travels’!

And don’t forget, You could make Impact with your own idea! Share your project idea with the UNIS Impact Fund Committee by Filling out a GRANT APPLICATION today. Help Change the World For Good!

UN Day Celebrations at UNIS Hanoi

UN Day is one of the key moments of the school year when our entire community joins together to celebrate building a better world…together!

Our UN Day Celebrations is only 3 weeks away and we’re busy preparing for this wonderful event on Monday, October 21! All Parents and Guardians are warmly invited to this special event which involves many of our children from all three divisions.

The traditional Assembly 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.

The Assembly will start promptly at 11:00am in the Sports Centre and followed by our delicious international Community Lunch at 12:00.


You and your children are welcomed and encouraged to wear something representing your “national” dress or clothes from a place where you have lived.

With such a multicultural mix of nationalities, it is sometimes difficult to identify with only one nationality, so we encourage the children to create or put together a costume that represents their own sense of identity. In the end, wear something you will feel comfortable wearing. Business dress is often preferred by parents and no one should feel any pressure to ‘dress up’.

Amazing Arts Auction – Thank you!

Thank you to our community members for your generous donations of art and the bids for the Amazing Arts Auction. With your support, we have raised almost 90 million VND (equivalent to 3,865 USD) from a total of 131 bids!

Every single VND will be used to transform lives through our Service Learning projects! The winners and artists have been contacted and can collect the winnings from the Advancement Office after payment is made with the Business office.

Again, thank you for making this another successful funsraising event!

If you have any questions, please contact Ha Dinh – Fundraising Coordinator at fundraising@unishanoi.org

Amazing Arts Auction – Don’t Miss Out!

  • Are you looking for meaningful gift ideas?
  • Do you have an empty wall in your home waiting for a nice piece of art?
  • Are you a big supporter of the Service Learning programme?
Dont miss a chance to visit the Centre for the Arts to explore our Amazing Arts Exhibition and Auction – a fundraising event to support Service Learning projects.
Thanks to our generous and supportive community, over 130 amazing artworks donated by students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni are now on show and waiting for your bidding in a secret, silent auction!   

What a better way to have oppotunity to choose an art that you or your beloved one would treasure, knowing that your money will help saving a life from heart operation, empowring children with lifelong water safety skills, or setting up a library for a school in remore area in Vietnam…

PUT YOUR BID in the auction ballot box at Centre for the Arts or BID ONLINE HERE (please click on each photo to bid). Auction will end 12:00 noon Friday, March 1 and winner will be contacted via email.

Amazing Arts Auction is on Show

Don’t miss the Amazing Arts Auction with over 130 original artworks donated by our students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni. This is on show from February 15 to March 1 at noon and it could be yours!

The concept is simple… students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni have donated a piece of art they have created for the auction and then for 10 days our community will bid in a silent, secret auction to take home the art of their choice!

Five steps for a successful secret, silent auction:

  1. Wander around the gallery in the Centre for the Arts and decide which pieces you would like to take home.
  2. Decide what you want to pay for it and complete one of the bidding slips. Be sure to include the artwork ID Number and your name and contact information.
  3. Post the bid in the sealed auction ballot box.
  4. Wait patiently to find out if you bid high enough!
  5. We will gather all the bids from the sealed ballot box at the end of 10 days and the artwork will go home to the highest bidder!

Over $10,000 USD was raised over the last two year thanks to this community’s generosity in donating their artworks! ALL the funds this year will go to support our Service Learning projects and partners through The Birthday Gift Fund.

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

It’s the season of giving! As everyone is set for the winter break, why not take some of your holiday time to create a piece of art for the upcoming Amazing Arts – Community Exhibition & Auction?
Advancement office is partnering with Service Learning,  Lower and Upper Elementary art students for the 3rd annual Amazing ART 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.