Join the Welcome Team!

Join our team of Welcome Volunteers to meet and greet new families during their orientation – TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 
We need as many parent volunteers as we can get to help us welcome over 200 new students and their families! We’re looking for smiling faces at our Welcome Tent, New Family Registration, The Shop and general way finding around campus.
If you are interested in helping out on this important day, simply register (name / email / telephone) on the Orientation Volunteer Registration Form and we will contact you before Orientation with a detailed information plan. 
We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you will join us!
Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun (

UNIS Hanoi Reads Summer 2019 – Million minutes challenge!!

(Phoenix Summer Reading graphic by Noi Kim 5A)

If everyone reads for just 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week in the long holiday (14 June – 13 August 2019), together we can read for a million minutes! Imagine how much you can experience, how many new worlds you can visit, how much you can learn in just a short time each day. Did you know that it has been scientifically proven that reading makes you healthier and smarter … and it’s fun!

You can read anything! Do you like serious mysteries, or romantic humor? Do you enjoy graphic novels and comics, or true crime, or biographies? Do you read magazines or newspapers? Do you read interesting articles or blog posts online? Listening to an audiobook while you travel counts as “reading” as well.

Everyone at UNIS Hanoi is challenged to join in – students of all ages (parents can read to the non-readers), teachers and staff. Students in Grades 2-5 have been introduced to the Library homepage and can navigate their way to recording their minutes of reading every day!

In the Elementary School, there will be PRIZES for the top individual readers and for the top performing grade level. These prizes will involve water. And teachers. And soaking. So, read. And when you’ve finished, read a little more.

Here are some easy steps to enjoy your summer reading and give your family lots of options for reading:

  1. Install the apps Sora and Destiny Read on your family iPad. Sora will give you access to all of the eBooks and audiobooks we have in the library – perfect for travelling. Use your UNIS Hanoi username/password to login (without
  2. Go to Epic and enroll your family for 3 months of reading for $3 using this link: – use the code SUMMER19 to access the offer. Then bookmark this page on the iPad so it can be accessed easily.
  3. If you read in another language go to the International Children’s Library using this link: – bookmark this page and there are thousands of books appropriate for all ages in many languages.
  4. Go to the Library Home page – – bookmark this page – explore the different suggestions for different grades
  5. LOG YOUR MINUTES EVERY DAY!! And watch the grade graph grow!

Having problems? All students can log in using the same user name and password they use to log into the computers (not their email address). This can be used for Destiny as well. Parents can use their Veracross log in to access all library information.

Something for parents? Over the last year, the Library has tried to put all of the subscription magazines as digital subscriptions. If you add the app RB Digital to your iPad or phone you can access all of our magazines and read them online. You can follow step by step instructions on installing the app here. You will be prompted for a country selection (Vietnam) and then a school selection (UNIS). All UNIS magazines (print and digital) can be seen on this list. There are 94 magazine subscriptions in the Library and there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @unislibrary and forward your “reading in different places” holiday snaps to for uploading to our school account.

Photo by Raj Eiamworakul on Unsplash

Happy Reading!

Monica Mayer and Deborah Wells-Clinton

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

You are also welcome to speak to me regarding the canteen

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

Campus Use and Access Over The Summer and Operational Changes

As we close the 2018-19 school year, we want to inform you of campus use and access over the summer, and a number of operational changes that will take place at the beginning of next year.

Community Summer Campus Use:

In order to meet safety and security standards during campus improvement projects taking place over the summer, general community access to the campus will close at the end of the school day on the June 12 and resume once school starts in August. Summer Programme will be in operation, but the campus will not be available for free play during the summer. Energize and facility bookings will run as normal.

Parking of Two Wheeled Vehicles:

Over the past few years, we have been seeing an increase in two wheel transportation. In order to accommodate this, we need to make a few adjustments to the parking lot.

  1. For push bikes, we will ask everyone that arrives before 8:00 to enter through Gate 5. You will also notice that the bicycle and push scooters will be separated depending on the age of the students. Elementary students will be directed to park in one area, while secondary and adults (unless accompanying an elementary student) will park in a different section. For bicycles that enter after 8:10 please use the main gate. 
  2. The parking for electric bikes will be expanded but located in the same area.
  3. All motorized bikes require a parking permit and will be checked at the gate. If you drive a motorized bike that does not have a parking permit attached you will be asked to park in front of Main Gate Guard House. To register your bike, please come to the operations office.
  4. All students will be required to show a valid Vietnamese driver’s license (in accordance to the law) in order to obtain a parking permit for their bike.

Child Safeguarding:

In our continued efforts to strengthen our child safeguarding practices and to align with accreditation standards, adults using the facilities for Energize and any community events will no longer be permitted to use the student dressing rooms in the Sports Centre. There are restrooms behind the gym that will be designated adult use only. Please see the map for the exact location.

We wish you a wonderful summer and look forward to welcoming many of you back in August. For those of you transitioning on, we are grateful for the opportunity to have had you as part of our community and look forward to staying in touch via our alumni network.

Have a wonderful break!

Misty Shipley
Director of Finance and Operations

TEDx Youth

Dear UNIS Hanoi community,

Vietnam Youth Leaders is a service learning group at UNIS Hanoi dedicated to connecting youth and encouraging responsible leadership.

We have the privilege to host a TEDxYouth event on 8 June from 9.00 to 13.00. This year’s theme is What if… where we explore new ideas and look out into a world of more possibilities.

TEDxYouth is an opportunity for great young thinkers and leaders to take charge and share amazing ideas.

If you would like to attend this awesome event, please submit your event registration through this link. Tickets are free and in limited supply, so don’t wait and miss out.

Meet some of the speakers of What if… TEDxYouth event:

If you have any questions, please contact


Vietnam Youth Leaders

Our Alumni

Nicholas Svensson (Class of 2011) and friends completed a trek to the highest point of Africa, Mount of Kilimanjaro, at 5,895m. To make the trip more purposeful, while the cost of the trip was self-funded, Nicholas and the team partnered with UNICEF for a personal fundraiser and raised over GBP 2,000 for children in needs.

“It was an incredibly tough but magical experience”, Nicholas shared from Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro, 5895 Amsl.

Every week we feature a short profile of one of our global alumni in Tin Tuc. UNIS Hanoi is connected to 55% of all alumni students, families and faculty with our very own world wide web connecting UNIS Hanoi in the four corners of the globe!

From the Board of Directors – New Board Appointments

At the 14th May Board meeting, the Board approved the appointment of Amie Pollack (parent elected 2015-2019) to the Board appointed position becoming vacant in June as Barry Knaggs completes his third and final term on the Board. Amie’s second term will run from 2019-2023.

Ngo Thi Quynh Hoa was re-appointed to the Board for a second term of four years (2019-2023).

United Nations Resident coordinator Kamal Malhotra has appointed Dr. Le Thanh Forsberg to replace Dr. Catherine Phuong who will step down in June. Dr. Forsberg is appointed for a four-year term 2019-2023. The Board would like to welcome Le Thanh Forsberg, and looks forward to working with her.

Le Thanh Forsberg joined the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office as UN Results and Partnerships Specialist in August 2018. Prior to joining the UN in Vietnam, she served as a research advisor and anti-corruption policy specialist at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in Stockholm, Sweden. Before joining SIDA, Ms. Forsberg was an Oxford-Princeton Global Leadership Postdoctoral Fellow where she focused on health policy research. She holds a Ph.D. from Lund University and the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden. Le Thanh has three children at UNIS.

Recognition for Two Departing Board Members

Barry Knaggs (Board Member 2009 – 2019)

The Board would like to recognise the outstanding contribution of Mr. Barry Knaggs. Barry joined the Board in 2009, served as the Board Secretary in 2010, chair of the Advancement Task Force and member of the Strategy Task Force in 2010-2011, chair of the Buildings & Facilities Committee and member of the Strategy Task Force, Advancement Task Force and Committee on Directors in 2011-12 and Vice Chair of the Board 2011- 2013. He was Chair of the Campus Development Task Force from 2014-2018, has served on the Executive Committee since 2015 and is Treasurer this year.

Barry has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, starting from being a software developer to project management, moving on to sales, business development and corporate IT management in Vietnam. His daughter graduated from UNIS in 2017 and his 2 younger children are current students at UNIS.

We are grateful for Barry’s dedication and long-standing service to UNIS!


Dr. Catherine Phuong

The Board would like to thank Catherine Phuong for her dedicated work on the Board 2017-2019. Catherine has served as a UN-appointed member. She joined the Board as soon as she arrived in Hanoi in September 2017, leaving unpacked boxes to attend the 2-Day Board meeting. She has been an active contributor at Board meetings and attended the East Asia Region Council of Schools Leadership Conference with the Board. Catherine was member of the Fundraising Task Force during 2018-2019 where she particularly contributed to reviewing the ethical framework for major donations and defining the Impact Fund for next year. Catherine Phuong is French and works for the United Nations Development Programme as Assistant Country Director – Governance and Participation.

Thank you to Catherine for all her valuable contributions!

Volunteer Appreciation Night!

Dear Parents,
We want to THANK YOU for contributing your time, dedication, patience and creative energy to the UNIS Hanoi community over the school year 2018-2019.  To show our thanks, we invite you to the UNIS Hanoi Volunteer Appreciation Night celebration.
Date: Friday, May 24, 2019
Time: 19:00 – 21:00 (stay as late as you wish!)
Location: Turtle Lake Brewing Company (105 Quảng Khánh, Tây Hồ)
There will be drinks (craft beer, wine, cocktails and soda), food and music for all to enjoy. This celebration is jointly organised by the UNIS Hanoi School Community Organisation (SCO) and Advancement Office.
Please RSVP HERE by May 21.
This is an open invitation, we want to ensure that everyone who has given their time has been invited and no one is left out! Whether you have volunteered an hour at the Spring Fair or if you are a Board Member…we want to celebrate our collective achievements this year!
Please share with your friends if this message didn’t reach them – we have over 550 volunteer positions on our roster but we know there are more!
Note: This is an ADULT only function and we kindly ask you to arrange childcare beforehand.
Should you have any questions, please email Nathalie Grun at
We hope to see you on May 24!

Lost and Found extended!

UNIS Hanoi has extended the Lost and Found Extravaganza! If you haven’t had time to stop by this week, you have until Tuesday, May 21 (not open on the weekend).

All items that have lost their way this school year will be gathered into one location in B8 – G01 (under the library). Please come and look for anything you are missing between 8.00 – 18.00 either day.

The ever supportive SCO will be helping to organise the items into different categories to make it easier to search through. If you want to help in the setup, please contact

After the two day pickup period, all remaining lost items will be donated to our service partners.

Questions? Contact


What’s happening?

Are you using the beautiful summer sunshine and breeze to charge your phone on campus? Did you know that the wind turbine and solar panels on the roof of Building B8b power the USB sockets in the Canteen and classroom B8b-106 (on the roof)?

What are we doing about it?

There are nine outlets with 18 USB sockets which anyone can use to charge phones or other devices. Both the wind turbine and the solar panels generate electricity which is stored in a battery connected to the USB outlets. Each of the systems, turbine for wind and solar panels for sun, can produce around 1,000 watts of electricity. That’s enough electricity to power the average smart phone for one year!

What can YOU do to help?

Use renewable energy to charge your phone or other devices with a USB charger next time you are in B8b! #SustainableUNISHanoi

Our Alumni

Daphne de Leeuw (Class of 2009) wrote to share that she started working at CIS from January 2019. As the Events Coordinator in the Higher Education Service area, Daphne coordinates and organizes annual events for CIS Higher Education, among which are the CIS Institutes, school and university fairs in Europe and the CIS Global Forum on International Admission and Guidance 2019.

Having worked at large corporations prior to CIS, Daphne shares, “I honestly did not foresee that I would be working within the Education industry, as hospitality and events were really my career ambitions. Nevertheless, when I saw the vacancy at CIS as an Events Coordinator, the fit could not have been more perfect! […] Seeing as I had several years of experience as an events manager in combination with having an international background, I am able to give ‘something back’ to the community and be a better global citizen. It is really a great joy to work for CIS!”

Every week we feature a short profile of one of our global alumni in Tin Tuc. UNIS Hanoi is connected to 55% of all alumni students, families and faculty with our very own world wide web connecting UNIS Hanoi in the four corners of the globe!

Grade 10 Work Experience Placements

Last chance to help us identify exciting Work Experience placements for our Grade 10 students!

We are finalising placements for our Grade 10 Work Experience which will take place 3-7 June. We are still looking for placements in these sectors to match students’ career interests:

  • Business Management
  • Finance (investment, accounting, economics)
  • Medicine and Healthcare
  • Architecture
  • Math
  • Arts (music, film, fashion)
  • Communications
  • International Relations
  • Science
  • Engineering

Can you help our Careers Programme by hosting two students at your work place? Please complete the registration form HERE.

If you are unable to host students, can you recommend a contact in these sectors we can approach to consider hosting? Please email

The goal of the Work Experience Programme is for students to develop a better understanding of the links between school and the skills students will need in their working life. This Work Experience will also give students a chance to meet working professionals to inquire about the daily tasks, responsibilities, working day structure, qualifications needed and to learn more about how they arrived at where they are today in their profession. We feel confident that students will enhance not only their communications and leadership skills, they will learn more about their own strengths and interests throughout this process. Work experience may also help students navigate future university and career decisions.

Your support is VERY much appreciated!

Reunited and it feels so good!

On Thursday and Friday, the 16th and 17th of May, we will be hosting a Lost and Found Extravaganza. All items that have lost their way this school year will be gathered into one location in B8 – G01 (under the library). Please come and look for anything you are missing between 8.00 – 18.00 either day.

The ever supportive SCO will be helping to organise the items into different categories to make it easier to search through. If you want to help in the setup, please contact

After the two day pickup period, all remaining lost items will be donated to our service partners.

Questions? Contact