UNIS Hanoi’s Teaspoons of Change Movement

UNIS Hanoi was delighted to host d’Arcy Lunn, founder of the Teaspoons of Change movement which promotes small actions by lots of people to achieve BIG change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. d’Arcy met with students, teachers and parents over his two day visit at school. Over 50 parents, students and teachers participated in the family workshop which helped families to communicate about the SDGs and reflect on what small, household actions we can all take. Parents and children alike were challenged to use communication and teamwork (some of our IB learner profile attributes and approaches to learning!) for fun, interactive exercises like a “hoolium.” We all hope to continue engaging and working together at school and at home to making teaspoons of change!

If you were not able to make it to the sessions this week, you can view the Tuesday presentation PPT HERE and the Wednesday Parent Talk video HERE for access to the great resources that d’Arcy shared with the UNIS Hanoi community, like the Good Life Goals which are created to ‘help a global audience to recognize the vital role of individual action in achieving the SGDs.

Join the UNIS Hanoi SDG Movement! One parent’s Teaspoon of Change was to  start a WhatsApp group to share ideas and resources with each other to maximise what we can do at home. All parents are welcome to join the conversation HERE

SDG Guardians on the RISE!

The SDG Guardians also had an awesome day of learning with d’Arcy Lunn. The Guardians started the day by creating personal stories as change agents – knowing that the stories we share about who are and why we care can be a powerful tool for bringing people together. The SDG Guardians also worked together to create a Mission, Vision, DNA statements, as well as goals for this school year and next. The SDG Guardians’ vision is to bring our community together to take action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through inspirational and creative education, communication, and leadership.

The SDG Guardians:
  • are risk-takers and knowledgeable leaders
  • care about our community and are passionate about positive change
  • work collaboratively
  • are committed to our mission and vision

We all hope to continue engaging and working together at school and at home to making teaspoons of change!

The ‘Nutella Protest’ Group’s Spoon of Change

The ES “Nutella Protest” group wrote a letter and spoke to some Middle School students about the proposed use of Nutella at Winterfest. This was a response to their learning about the issues involved with palm oil and orangutan habitat destruction.

They was then received an immediate response from the Middle School service learning group running the Waffle stall who promise to substitute Nutella with chocolate sauce which does not use palm oil.

This is such an excellent initiative from the Middle School service learning group. Congratulations to the ‘Nutella Protest’ group to make it happen! As the great Australian sing Paul Kelly would say “From little things big things grow”.

Admissions Notices

Are you planning on leaving? Please submit an Admissions Withdrawal Form indicating the last day of attendance for your child/ren. This will help us to transition new students into school as early as possible for the second semester of this academic year.

Do you have other siblings for whom you would like to apply? Admissions for the 2019-2020 school year will open in January, so please contact us as soon as possible to register your child’s details.

Will you re-enroll your children for the 2019-2020 school year? Re-enrolment for current students will commence at the end of January and will be completed using the parent portal. To secure placements, a tuition deposit payment is required for each child and will be due 29 March 2019.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance by dropping into the Admissions Office in B7, email admissions@unishanoi.org or telephone 0247 300 4508 extensions 8217 / 8738 / 8739 / 8732 / 8220.

Thank you

Bronagh Lucardie
Senior Manager Admissions


Keeping your UN Day Memories!

UN Day stays as the best day of the year when every members of UNIS Hanoi community joins in to celebrate our diverse culture and friendship. Enjoy the photo special from UN Day celebration on November 30 taken by photographers Trung Cao and Phong Lê.

UN Day Assembly and Morning Activities

See all photos and download them here


UN Day Photo Booths

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Rice and Clothing Drive for Sapa

The Sapa Helping Hands service group is organising a rice drive and a clothing drive for the children in the rural area schools in Sapa.

The rice and clothes collected will then be transported to Sapa to help providing lunch and warm clothes to the school children. Please join the Sapa Helping Hands by donating rice and clothes from now until the end of January! Carton boxes are placed around school, in the HS Office, in front of the library, in the canteen and in the ES office  for you to drop your donation.

Thank you!


Student Success through the Lens of Learning Support

On Monday December 3, there was a well attended parent coffee morning looking at Student Success through the lens of Learning Support. 

The Student Success Team (SST) model at UNIS Hnaoi is a multidisciplinary team approach to establishing support for a student and providing a coordinated system of care to ensure student success. Parents as partners are seen as a key part of student success. The composition of each SST was explained and the UNIS Hanoi statement on Inclusion was shared UNIS Hanoi celebrates the talents and diversity of its students and acknowledges the right of every learner to be empowered and successful in his/her learning.”

Support through collaboration, consultation, co-teaching and coaching to support student success was discussed including early intervention and prevention. Learning Support service provision was explained by the continuum of services outlined below:

Thank you for all the parents who joined the coffee morning.

Student Success Team

From the Head of School

Thank you to everyone who joined us today for our UN Day celebrations and Community Lunch! I was happy to meet so many of our community on such a special day which involved so many of our students, and was made possible by the hard work of so many volunteers, faculty and staff. Thank you all!

I would like to take this opportunity to share with those of you who could not join us on campus today, my message to the community.

All week our students have been learning about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and this was our opportunity to challenge our entire community to help make a difference:

“Many of you have been learning about how small actions can make a big difference – how a teaspoon of change – whether it is ideas, attitudes or actions – can have an impact over time. So, let’s think about this for a moment. How big is a teaspoon? Imagine a teaspoon… In the UNIS community, there are over 2500 members. Now, imagine 2500 teaspoons…let’s use our imagination to measure change.
I want you to think about plastic bags. If everyone in our community refrains from using a plastic bag once…we have saved 2500 plastic bags.
If everyone refrains from ordering a take-away smoothie or coffee in a paper or plastic cup, that is 2500 fewer paper or plastic cups. If everyone shortens their shower by 2 minutes, that saves 40,000 Litres of water. 40,000 Litres in one a day.
And look at a tiny teaspoon…One teaspoon multiplied by 2500 UNIS Hanoi community members = 12 litres of change, 2500 bags, 2500 cups, 40,000 Litres of water. 
One school community. In just one day.”

Please come to our Teaspoons of Change Family Workshop or Parents Event this coming week and challenge yourselves to make the change. You can find more details in this edition of Tin Tuc.

And as I mentioned today, here is the Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World from the United Nations to guide you and give you plenty of ideas. We can all start as Sofa Superheros and move to Household Heros or beyond!

If you would like to watch the all school assembly again or share it with your families around the world, here is the link. All photos will be shared in Tin Tuc next week.

I would also like to share with you today the calendar for the 2019 – 2020 year which is now available on the UNIS Hanoi website. Please note that the first day of school for our students will be  Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

Jane McGee
Head of School

A Snapshot of Learning at UNIS Hanoi – 3 December

Dear Parents,

Join us for a coffee morning for parents of learning support students, and other interested community members (Discovery to Grade 12).

We will talk about what learning support services are available at UNIS Hanoi, introduce the Student Success Teams (SST) and provide an opportunity for parents to connect, share experiences and network.

December 3
8.30 – 9.30am
Building 8B – 116 (Ly Thai To Learning Centre)

Should you have any questions, please contact Deirbhile at dniscolai@unishanoi.org

Small Actions x Lots of People = Big Change

How can you and your child/ren change the world?

UNIS Hanoi is excited to host d’Arcy Lunn, a global citizenship educator and founder of the Teaspoons of Change movement, which makes the SDGs fun, accessible, and attainable. Some of our Elementary and Middle School students have been adopting this simple model to take action to achieve the SDGs. UNIS Hanoi has invited d’Arcy to work with our students, teachers, and parents to help make us all more effective change agents through two days of workshops and classroom visits.

For families there will be a fun, interactive workshop for both parents and children (5+) after school on Tuesday, 4 December from 15:30-17:30 in the Ly Thai To Learning Centre (B8b). Register for the family workshop HERE.

For parents interested in empowering your family as change agents, an evening talk will be held on Wednesday, 5 December in the Community Room (B7 Admin Building) from 18:00-19:00. Register for the parent talk HERE.

d’Arcy is the youngest of 6 children from rural South Australia but for the last 18 years he has travelled to more than 90 countries as a global citizen educator, keynote speaker, communications specialist and youth leadership facilitator with the likes of UNICEF, Gates Foundation, WHO, World’s Largest Lesson, JUMP Foundation, Global Citizen and many others. d’Arcy has given almost 850 presentations to more than 75,000 people in the past 8 years and built two self-sufficient tiny houses. His favourite Global Goal is Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production.

Watch the Teaspoons of Change video to find out more:

Questions? Contact Kate Dore at KDore@unishanoi.org

Winterfest – Performers Needed!

Come on down to UNIS Hanoi’s Winterfest 2018, on Friday 7 December from 17.00-19.00 in front of the old canteen! You and your family will be able to sample a variety of delicious food and drinks, including nutella waffles, Vietnamese banh mi, and gingerbread cookies. At the same time, you’ll be able to enjoy some fun games and live performances, the perfect combination to get you into the festive spirit!

We are reaching out to performers of all ages and talents. If you like to sing, dance, or to perform poems…etc. Click here  to volunteer to perform. We encourage all community members – to come on stage!