Annual Report Data Drip: Student Learning Results

This week’s Annual Report ‘data drip’ focuses on our IB Diploma programme and results from the international standardized tests we participate in. Click the links below to learn more:

Standardized Test Results

Students of UNIS Hanoi consistently rank at the top of every standardized test, including the American SAT and PSAT. Although we believe learning is more than test-taking, participation in these international assessments means we can measure the impact of our teaching in a robust way

IB Diploma

UNIS Hanoi is committed to providing a diverse and holistic education and was the first school in Asia to offer all three IB programmes. Our understanding of the IB programme is reflected in the outstanding results our graduates achieve year-on-year. Last year was no exception. Congratulations to the Class of 2019 and their teachers.

Campus Opening Times During Tet

The School campus will be open to our families on Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st February from 9.00 to 13.00 prompt. Depending on the weather and AQI, the fields, covered courts, tennis courts and playground will be available.

As Tet is a very special occasion for our local staff, we ask families who want to use the facilities during this time to please be respectful by leaving the campus no later than 13.00.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Misty Shipley
Director of Finance and Operations

Phở Bò for Lunch?

The Student Food Advisory Group has requested that the School bring in local food vendors a few times a year to show our appreciation towards Vietnamese culture. So, in honor of the Tet Holiday, we are having a Phở Bò (beef noodle) vendor coming to campus on January 23rd. All Middle and High School students will have the opportunity to purchase phở for lunch. The cost is 30K and 35K VND depending on the selection of meat.

We are excited to have this group of students working with our canteen to bring new and exciting food opportunities to UNIS Hanoi.

Influenza is here!

Incidence of the flu has sharply risen on campus over the past week.

Please read the following;

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications.  There are two main types of influenza (flu) virus: Types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

Preventing Seasonal Flu

The first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. Flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu related illnesses and the risk of serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization or even death. CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing) to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like the flu.

How Flu Spreads

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.

Flu Symptoms

Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

What should I do if I get sick?

Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

  • Hand washing is a powerful antidote to illness​. Wash hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • ​When coughing or sneezing, cover mouth with tissue or turn away from people, and cough into the shoulder or crook of the elbow. Throw the tissue in the trash bin after using.​
  • ​Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If having flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone.
  • An oral temperature of 38 ° Celsius or 100.4° Fahrenheit or higher is considered a fever. Exclusion: All students/teachers presenting to the School Health Centre with a fever will be required to go home and not return for 24hrs after the last normal temperature (without taking any oral medication to reduce the fever). If no fever; but appears unwell the person is to remain at home until they are better.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your healthcare provider (doctor, physician assistant, etc.).  for more information.

UNIS Hanoi Advisory Council

In 2011, the Board established an Advisory Council to support long-term strategic planning for the school. The aims of the Advisory Council include the following:

  1. Strengthen the organisational relationship to the United Nations (UN), with the UN Resident Coordinator serving as Chair of the Advisory Council.
  2. Establish and mobilise relationships with key stakeholders in the UNIS community including the Government of Vietnam, Diplomatic Community, Business Community, International and Local NGO Community, Vietnamese Community and educational leaders.
  3. Enhance and strengthen the visibility and status of the school with influential people providing advice, support, counsel, and ideas for strategy, positioning and advancement towards building a great school in Hanoi, Vietnam and internationally.

Over the years, UNIS Hanoi has worked to engage this influential group with discussions on a range of topics from shifting landscapes in international school competition to UNIS Hanoi’s unique role and contributions to Vietnam. Each meeting is organised around a dinner and discussion topic and we are grateful to the 20+ members who have attended these gatherings over the years.

As one of our key stakeholder groups, the Advisory Council met with our strategic plan consultant Dr Stephen Holmes on December 11 to discuss local and global impacts and their relevance to UNIS Hanoi’s next strategic plan. The Board are grateful for their valuable insights and support of our strategic planning process. 

Our 2018/19 Annual Report – the UNIS Hanoi Story by Numbers

As a School we have a long-standing tradition of publishing an Annual Report, made widely available to our community and key external organisations. This year, we continue with this tradition, but with our SDG commitments firmly in mind. What this means is that we will no longer make a paper version of the Annual Report. From today, we will present our Annual Report to you as ‘Data Drips’. 

Every Friday, we will present a snapshot of our School, including ‘Who We Are’, Student Learning Results (IB Diploma and Standardized Test Results), Co-Curricular Statistics, Financial Overview, and finally, Making an Impact (Service Learning and Sustainability).

Do let me know what you think by emailing me at

Click this link to learn about Who We Are

We also would like to share with you the 2020-2021 one page calendar. Please note that a new Vietnamese holiday will be scheduled on either September 1 or 3. Once we know the date, we will add an additional holiday to allow for a five day long weekend. 

Jane McGee


IMPORTANT: Re-Enrolment Process Notification

Re-enrolment Process for 2020-2021 began on 6 January and ends on
2 March 2020 

Dear UNIS Hanoi Families,

It’s that time of year that we inform you about the re-enrolment timeline for the upcoming school year. As we celebrate you and your family in the re-enrolment process, we also thank you for your ongoing investment in the UNIS Hanoi educational experience. We hope your family plans to return for the 2020-2021 school year; however, if you have plans to depart, please notify us through the online re-enrolment process AND by completing the “Withdrawal Form” on your Parent Portal.

In addition, we are excited to share with you the new features to the online re-enrolment process.

Passport & Visa Update: There is now a link for you to scan and
send the updated valid copies of both legal documents and
update the details and expiration dates for use for the co-
curricular trips, which will be reviewed by the Activities office
and shared with parents prior to the upcoming trip.

Bus Service Annual Registration: There is now a new online form that goes directly to the Transport Office to register annually for your child/ren.

Please note the re-enrolment period dates are earlier and began on 6 January and ends on 2 March 2020. More detailed information with the steps to re-enroll will be sent to you in the coming weeks. However, we wanted to make you aware of the new timeline and updates to the process.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions by coming to the Admissions Office in B7 on the second floor or by email or telephone 0247 300 4508.

Warm regards,
The Office of Admission

MSHS Arts Exhibition – Check it out!

Quench your imagination at the Semester 1 MSHS Arts Exhibition in B10 from 13 January to 6 February 2020. Scan the QR codes with your smart phone to get more details about the artworks.

Grade 6 : Wild Vietnam

In the first semester, grade 6 has been learning and working on the endangered species of Vietnam. After coming back from the Grade 6 Trip to Cuc Phuong National Park and Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC), students created images to spread awareness to protect turtles, primates, and pangolins. Students created images using both their own drawings and digital media.

 Grade 7 : Mythical Creature Prints 

Grade 7 artists have chosen one of their Mythical Creature Prints to exhibit. Each student planned, carved and printed an edition of ten prints using careful planning to layer colors one by one. These mythical creatures came from various cultural contexts exploring their role in explaining the unexplainable. Looking to history, folklore, and literature to inspire new interpretations of mythical beasts. Throughout this unit, students developed drawing techniques and skills that would enhance their print designs. Every print is accompanied by a written narrative which shares creative details and stories of their mythical creatures.

 Grade 8 : Development of personal style allows artists to communicate a unique perspective.

What is style? What makes a style unique? To what extent can an artist develop a personal style?

Grade 8 artists are exhibiting an artwork that is the result of investigation and inquiry that has taken place in art class since August.  For the first part of the school year, these artists explored drawing strategies and media. They investigated artists and how style is used to communicate perspectives. Students used this information to develop a personal project, with personalized success criteria and artistic intentions.

 Grade 9 : The great art mash-up 

In this exhibition, you will see new artworks made from old works. This style of work is called appropriation, which is art making technique that many artists used to question of comment on the visual qualities, ideas and meaning associated with the orignal work. Grade 9 students explored how ‘artists create new images by appropriating and reworking existing artworks” (statement of inquiry). Students generated a range of thought-provoking works that raise awareness about a range of significant issues important to grade 9 students.

 Grade 10 : Looking in  

In this exhibition, you will see a series of stunning self-portraits created by grade 10 students who looked carefully at themselves and considered ‘how identity can be expressed in unexpected ways.’ ( Statement of Inquiry) . Students began by looking at Johari’s window that generated some great discussion about how they see themselfves and how others might perceive them. This discussion enabled students to generate a range of  idea for artworks that took unusual and innovative approaches that were rich in personal symbolism but also communicate with a wider audience.

Haruka’s Teaspoon of Change

Haruka, a 7th grader, took the initiative on her own to knit and sell items at the Winter Fair. She raised over 2 million VND for Blue Dragon.

Haruka approached Ms Kimberly Yash and Mr Colin Campbell to get things in motion, but it was 100% her idea, planning, time, and empathy that led to this great result. Her products were so popular that she had to take orders, and now has some loyal customers!

Leading by example and proving that you can make a difference on your own, Haruka has truly showed the learner profile of caring and is being the change we want to see in the world.

From the Board of Directors

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I write to update you on some of the work the Board has been engaged in during the first half of this year.


One of the main duties and responsibilities of the Board is the fiscal stability of the School. We are committed to maintaining a secure financial foundation and transparency for our community. We are pleased to note the following; 

  1. Audit 2018-19: Ernst and Young have carried out last year’s audit and have declared the school’s financial reports to be in good order.  A copy of the summary report can be found here. UNIS’s Annual Report 2018-2019 will provide the summary financial overview. The Annual Report will be shared in the TinTuc throughout Semester Two.
  2. Budget planning 2019 -20: Our projected budget for this year was based on an enrollment figure of 1135 students. Current admissions data shows enrollment figures tracking higher than that figure with no budget adjustment required.
  3. Budget 2020-21: The Board has approved the budget for next year’s annual action plan based on a steady enrollment of 1145. This is a cautious figure as we  budget conservatively to ensure long term stability for the school. UNIS Hanoi remains the number 1 choice of new families relocating to Hanoi.

Tuition Fees Increase of 4.5%, Capital Fees remain at $3,000 (K2-G12)

The Board bases its budget decision on the School’s Values, Mission and Vision to ensure that the School honours its commitment to you and your children. Key to that commitment is recruiting and retaining highly qualified and experienced teachers and further developing our facilities in support of teaching and learning. Thorough benchmarking analysis of local and regional international schools as well as wider economic scans are used to determine the budget figures each year. Following review, a draft budget with a proposed 4.5% tuition increase for 2020-2021 was presented at our community meeting in November with capital fees to remain at $3,000 for grades K 2 – 12. These budget figures were subsequently approved at the 12th November Board meeting.

During the first half of this year the Board has concentrated its work on the following goals:

  1. Development of next Strategic Plan by May 2020
  2. Financial Oversight
  3. Governance Training and Leadership
  4. Fundraising Leadership 

None of this work would be possible without the dedication of Board, Committee and Task Force volunteers. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season, and a healthy and happy New Year!

Amie Pollack, PhD.
Board Chair, 2019-2020

Air Quality Action Updates

As we head into our December Holiday, I would like to offer an update of various initiatives the School has started to address the elevated AQI levels we have been experiencing. 

  1. Tackling construction site burning: Members of our community have expressed concerns regarding the burning that is occurring on the construction site across the road from the school. UNIS is in close contact with Ciputra regarding the situation. The School has contacted the police and in some cases, this has resulted in a change in practice. As a further preventative measure, Ciputra has sent official letters to three different governmental agencies to seek assistance in stopping the burning with an emphasis on the impact on the health and wellbeing of those who reside, work and are educated in Ciputra..
  2. Planning for improvement: UNIS has contracted with a sustainable design expert. As a school, our goal is to ensure the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in all classrooms is under 50 throughout the day. In order to achieve this goal our buildings will require modifications. The contract is to analyze and test the impact of various classroom modifications on the level of IAQ. The testing is one more step in preparing a comprehensive plan that brings us closer to achieving our goal of maintaining healthy IAQ levels. 
  3. Daily classroom action: The School continues to actively monitor IAQ in the classrooms. This means the School has an employee assigned to watch the levels at all times during the school day. When the level in a classroom reaches 100 or the machine appears offline, an employee is dispatched to review the situation. If all doors and windows are closed and the students have not been outside recently, the employee takes a manual IAQ reading to ensure the microchip is working. If the readings match, further action is taken. The additional steps range from repositioning air purifiers to redirecting traffic flow through specific doors to adding additional air purifiers to the space.
  4. Improving data reliability: The UNIS reading has consistently been higher than the AQI reading throughout Hanoi and our immediate surrounding area. We have been reporting and using the ground reading while waiting for a new pump to be installed for our roof reader. 

We have put several other initiatives in place to support our work in developing a comprehensive response plan to the AQI. Our Health & Safety Committee is discussing the AQI action levels and various monitoring techniques (such as real time monitoring and ground vs roof levels), the divisional Principals have analysed the daily schedule to maximize the use of indoor space for recess, breaks, and lunches, our Activities Department is currently reviewing communication guidelines to support consistent implementation of practices across ASA’s and community programs, the sustainability committee is creating a dashboard to display indoor AQI readings and the School is conducting a facilities assessment that will help determine the feasibility of building modifications. 

And finally, a parent AQI Advisory Committee has been established. This committee has been created to lend a parent perspective to our plan, to learn from those who have been in locations with similar AQI issues and are aware of the response of comparable schools and to ensure ongoing communication and transparency.

We look forward to updating you further after the break.

Misty Shipley
Director of Finance and Operations

A New Experience For The Huong La Children

Huong La Centre is an orphanage for physically disabled and developmentally delayed children which is an hour away from UNIS Hanoi. The Huong La Centre is one of UNIS Hanoi’s service learning partners. We have a high school service-learning group supporting Huong La, who meets on a weekly basis during the school day. 

Our Huong La service learning group visit the orphanage each year, and this year we wanted to provide an opportunity for the children at the Huong La Centre to experience a musical production at UNIS Hanoi. On December 7, 19 children from Huong La Centre came to UNIS Hanoi to watch the elementary school play Aristocats. This was an exciting experience for the children who really enjoyed the musical.

We would like to congratulate all of the elementary performers and crew for putting on a truly entertaining show and thank them for being so accommodating of our service learning group and the children of Huong La.

If you would like to support our service group, we will have a booth up at Spring Fair. 

Minh van der Wielen G10 Huong La Service Learning Leader
Audrey Hanson G10 Hunog La Service Learning Leader 

Helping Hands Service Group Trip to Sapa

Last weekend, the Helping Hands Service Group travelled to Sapa to provide the students from local schools in Sa Pa with clothing and food that had been donated by the UNIS and Hanoi community. Our goal was to make sure that the students had warm clothes for the winter as well as food for lunch so that they could stay at school throughout the day.

We went to Sa Seng school to deliver the clothes and organise the jumble sale. We organised clothing in piles based on warmth as we are in the middle of winter and the mountainous region of northern Vietnam are known to be much colder during the winter. The jumble sale was a success as all the clothes were put to use. We also provided the
students with rice and cooking oil so they would be able to have lunch at school.

We also went to Sin Chai school and also brought them rice and we saw that the computers that we had previously donated had enabled them to create a room dedicated to learning about using technology for students in grades 1-5.

This trip has been beneficial in understanding that every bit of help counts as we have seen an enormous development in the facilities of the Sin Chai school over the past 5 years. A big THANK YOU to all of you who supported Helping Hands!

UNISMUN- Meet The Secretary General!

The United Nations describes the Secretary General, also known as the S.G, as the chief administrative officer. UN underlines that the Secretary General is a symbol of United Nations ideals and a representative voice for the interests of people around the world.

The same applies for the position of Secretary General in the UNISMUN Conference. The S.G is entrusted with the responsibility of public relations and administrative tasks. They monitor all operations and oversee all Student Officers prior to and during the Conference. Being a Secretary General requires a lot of hard work and skills.

With that said, we are delighted for you to meet our Secretary General: Harrison Wallace.

A short introduction from the Secretary General:

My name is Harrison Wallace and I’m currently in grade 11. I joined MUN in Grade 9 as a way to broaden my knowledge on international affairs and to practice public speaking. After the first mock October conference, I was selected to be the crisis director. My job was to run a crisis simulation council during the March Conference. I had this role for two years before joining the MUN Leadership Team and becoming SG.

What are you hoping to achieve as a S.G?

As this year’s Secretary General I’m hoping to improve the general process in which we run the conference so that it runs smoothly as possible. I also hope to provide the best avenue for students from all sorts of schools to express their views under the guise of their respective delegations by providing them the necessary resources.

As of so far, how do you feel about our progress towards the conference?

This year we are making good headway towards the conference and by the time we meet up again after the December Holiday, there will be little work left to do. The delegates are working really hard to finish their policy statements as well as starting on their resolutions. I am very proud of where we are right now as a UNISMUN team.

What is your biggest challenge right now as a SG? 

Being Secretary General means that I’m one of the major points of information for almost a hundred rising delegates—some of whom have never been in MUN before. This means that I have to be prepared and have the knowledge to answer a wide array of questions.

What are your thoughts on the UNISMUN XII Conference theme: Cultural and Heritage Protection? 

This year’s theme is on cultural heritage protection and it’s a theme that I myself find important. As global warming and industrialisation rise, multiple priceless cultural sites and artifacts are being destroyed. Being a multinational school, I find that it’s of utmost importance to learn to respect and value all symbols of another’s culture.

Stay tuned for further updates! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us through the UNIS MUN Facebook Page.