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!

Community Lunch – An International Feast!

After our UN Day Ceremony (October 21), we continue the celebration with a whole school community lunch enjoyed by students, parents and staff. It is truly international and delicious! Our shared lunch is made of ‘traditional’ food provided by our parents and is an opportunity for families to showcase cultural cuisines – from old family recipes to new fusion dishes EVERYTHING is welcome!

The lunch which will start at 12:00 noon. The Community Lunch is organised into grade level lunches and your homeroom/grade level parent volunteers will take the lead on organising the lunch. Please review the Food Preparation Guidelines below to ensure we organise a safe and hygienic community potluck lunch with enough food for all!

What should I bring?

  • One national dish per child (serving size: ES 10+ portions / MSHS 20+ portions).
  • List the food ingredients, name of food and country of origin (food label attached).
  • Food should not require refrigeration/heating.
  • Food should be easily served — no soupy dishes.
  • Label your dish tray with your child’s full name & homeroom.

Grade Lunch Food Sign-up Sheets:

Single-use Plastic Free Event

As part of our commitments to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), there will be no single-use plastics used in the organisation of this event. All families are encouraged to come up with create alternatives to single-use plastics when preparing food. Consider using aluminum foil instead of plastic wrap or bring a labeled Tupperware container to bring back home.

Also consider contributing a vegetarian dish as a more sustainable meal option.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact your Class / Grade Level Parent or email the Community Liaison Officer, Nathalie Grun (CLO@unishanoi.org)

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.”

Grade 5 Saving the Future

In support of the Global Climate Strikes taking place around the world today and as part of their SDGs in actions, Grade 5 students got together for a climate change protest which traveled throughout the school.

Watch the video below and see our students in action

Parent Talk: How Does Transition Affect Our Kids?

Dr Doug Ota is a leading child psychologist specializing in moving and how transitions effect people. To help school’s manage the challenge of transitions better he wrote a guiding book Safe Passage: How mobility affects people and what international schools should do about it“.

UNIS Hanoi has been randomly selected to participate in the Safe Passage Attachment Study at International Schools (SPASIS) looking into the experience transitions have people’s ability to develop deep relationships, also referred to as attachment security. (watch his video on the SPASIS Study here).

Join Dr Ota share his expertise on transitioning followed by an open question session for all parents. This is a great opportunity to learn from a developmental expert on the effects of transitioning.

Date: October 24

Time: 18.00 – 19.00

UNIS Hanoi Theater (B10)

Please note this event is open to the wider community. All guests are asked to show ID to security upon entering campus.

Tap Water Contamination in Hanoi

Many of you have read articles or heard reports regarding the contaminated water in Hanoi. This water supply does not affect the UNIS Hanoi campus. The contaminated water is from the Song Da Water Investment Joint Stock Company (supplied from the Da River) and services the districts of Thanh Xuân, Hà Đông and a part of Nam Từ Liêm, Hoàng Mai, Cầu Giấy, Thanh Trì, Hoài Đức, Thanh Oai, Đan Phượng and Ứng Hòa. See the map blow:

At UNIS Hanoi, our water supply comes from the Cáo Đỉnh Water Plant (supplied from the Red River). The school owns a water filtration system and once the water makes its way to the campus, we once again filter the water. The final precaution we take is having individual filters on all water fountains on campus. UNIS Hanoi then conducts monthly water testing to ensure the quality of our water.

If you live in the contaminated areas, it is advised that you:

  • Do not consume tap water, or water that smells or tastes unusual.
  • Continue to monitor the situation from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment website (in Vietnamese)
  • Seek urgent medical attention if you feel unwell.

For further information about the contamination, please read this article.

Save A Life – Give Your Blood

Dear UNIS Hanoi Family,

Giving blood can save up to three lives and the need is constant.

UNIS Hanoi is organising it’s annual community blood drive in collaboration with the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) on Thursday, October 24 from 8.30 – 12.00 / 13.15 – 17.30 in the B7 Community Room. This event is open to the wider Hanoi community to join.

We hope to make this event as convenient as possible, it only takes about 45 minutes to give blood and is an easy 3-step process:

  1. Bring ID and Register
  2. Take a blood test
  3. Donate blood

Preparation for the Blood Donation:

  • Please read the Basic Donation Information
  • Fill out THIS FORM (a schedule will be sent to you).
  • Bring ID to register
  • Eat a light healthy meal 2 hours before donating blood
  • Drink as much water as possible

 

Steps of the Blood Donation:

  • Arrive between 8.30 – 11.15 or 13.15 – 17.30
  • Complete registration form from NIHBT
  • Medical examination (pulse, blood pressure, blood test)
  • Wait 10-15 minutes for test results
  • Donate blood 10 -15 minutes (250ml female, 350-450ml male)
  • Refreshments, gifts and transportation allowance collection

 What do you gain by donating blood?

  • You save lives!
  • Vietnamese donors are put on a donor database and are prioritized if a blood transfusion is needed
  • 45,000VND transportation allowance (option to donate to Service Learning)
  • Gift (option to donate to Service Learning)

 Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask!

School Health Centre (SHC@unishanoi.org)
Nurse Joanne Connolly (jconnolly@unishanoi.org)
Vietnamese Nurse Lan Anh (lvlanh@unishanoi.org)

 

Our Alumni

Eunji (Scarlett) Park (Class of 2013) had a chance to meet Ban Ki Moon in person (again, first time was at UNIS Hanoi in 2010) when she attended the European Alpbach Forum in Austria as a Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen’s Scholar this summer. The scholarships are provided to individuals who were working on community-level projects in alignment with the SDGs.

In 2017 Eunji structured a project with Asian Development Bank to provide clean drinking water by utilizing rainwater harvesting methods for societies with limited accessibility to tap water in Marinig, Laguna, Philippines (SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation). Eunji shared: “I was working in a community where ‘25 households gathered $400 in 5 years to install 4 water pumps’. I still cannot forget these words and promised myself to go back to these locals with solutions for better drinking water.”

Eunji first met Ban Ki-moon when he came to visit UNIS Hanoi in 2010. Ban Ki-moon’s speech at UNIS Hanoi encouraged her to follow interest in international affairs. At the European Alpbach Forum, as a Ban Ki-Moon Global Citizen Scholar, Eunji finally had the chance to tell Ban Ki-Moon in person about her adventure and how he inspired her passion.

Eunji is pursuing a Master’s Degree in ‘Environment and Development’ at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also planning to scale her project by coordinating with relevant organizations and ultimately launch the project by 2020 after undergoing consultation and field research. Eunji wishes to connect with Alumni who has expertise in water or is currently residing in the Philippines.

Every week we feature a short profile or an activity from our global alumni community 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!

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!

UN Day Lunch – An International Feast!

After our UN Day Ceremony (October 21), we continue the celebration with a whole school community lunch enjoyed by students, parents and staff. It is truly international and delicious! Our shared lunch is made of ‘traditional’ food provided by our parents and is an opportunity for families to showcase cultural cuisines – from old family recipes to new fusion dishes EVERYTHING is welcome!

The lunch which will start at 12:00 noon. The Community Lunch is organised into grade level lunches and your homeroom/grade level parent volunteers will take the lead on organising the lunch. Please review the Food Preparation Guidelines below to ensure we organise a safe and hygienic community potluck lunch with enough food for all!

What should I bring?

  • One national dish per child (serving size: ES 10+ portions / MSHS 20+ portions).
  • List the food ingredients, name of food and country of origin (food label attached).
  • Food should not require refrigeration/heating.
  • Food should be easily served — no soupy dishes.
  • Label your dish tray with your child’s full name & homeroom.

Grade Lunch Food Sign-up Sheets:

Single-use Plastic Free Event

As part of our commitments to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), there will be no single-use plastics used in the organisation of this event. All families are encouraged to come up with create alternatives to single-use plastics when preparing food. Consider using aluminum foil instead of plastic wrap or bring a labeled Tupperware container to bring back home.

Also consider contributing a vegetarian dish as a more sustainable meal option.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact your Class / Grade Level Parent or email the Community Liaison Officer, Nathalie Grun (CLO@unishanoi.org)

Our Alumni

Louisa de Wet (Class of 2010) has been recognised for her work by visiting Assistant UN Secretary General, Anita Bhatia, during a high-level delegation mission in Uganda.

Louisa works as a Monitoring and Evaluation officer at UN Women, the UN agency dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment at a global level. With a strong academic background and penchant for research, Louisa’s primary role is to monitor and assess the impact and results of UN Women’s work across five priority areas in Uganda.

“The UN does incredible work across the world, and a lot of my commitment to the organisation comes from UNIS Hanoi’s focus on sustainability, life-long learning and the sense of community that the school fosters”. Louisa describes her time at UNIS Hanoi with fond recollection – “I was actively involved in extracurricular activities like Habitat for Humanity, which allowed me to work alongside and together with local communities in meaningful and impactful ways”.

Her passion for gender issues and women’s rights grew from experiencing and witnessing first-hand how women are consistently and systematically oppressed across the world, irrespective of culture, demographic group, socioeconomic status or geographic locality. “No country in the world has accomplished gender equality, and I have made it my mission and calling in life to address the structural and social inequalities that prevent women and girls from equal opportunities”.

Louisa has a bachelor’s in International Relations from Southampton University (UK) and a master’s degree in Development Studies from Lund University in Sweden.

Every week we feature a short profile or an activity from our global alumni community 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!

Community Meetings with the Head of School – Strategy 2023

Dear Parents,

You are invited to attend a Community Meeting with the Head of School and Senior Leadership on October 1 from 8.30 – 9.30 in B8b/115. 

This year UNIS Hanoi is developing the next Strategic Plan – Strategy 2023 (which begins next school year). At this meeting, the Head of School will explain the planning process and organise a parent activity that enables community input into the Strategic Plan.

Following the presentation by the Head of School, parents will attend a panel presentation led by the Elementary School, Middle School and High School Principals and Directors sharing goals for the year ahead and divisional celebrations.

Please note: To maximize engagement and community input the same session will be repeated in Korean and Vietnamese with the support of our parent volunteers.  If you prefer to attend a translated session the dates are:

Korean language – October 3 (9.00 – 10.30 / B8b-115)

Vietnamese language – October 3 (19.00 – 20.30 / B8b-115)

Japanese language – October 1 (8.30 – 10.00 / B8b 118) two tables for Japanese parents will be reserved and the meeting resources translated and shared. 

Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting,

친애하는 학부모 여러분,

여러분을 10월3일 오전9시~10시30분 B8b/115실에서 열리는 학교장 및 초중고 교장 선생님들과의 커뮤니티 면담에 초대합니다. 본 미팅은 학부모 자원봉사자들께서 통역을 해주실 예정입니다.

유니스 하노이는 올해  ‘전략 2023’ 이라는 전략적 계획을 수립하고 있습니다. 본 커뮤니티 면담에서 전체 교장 선생님이 계획 과정을 설명한 후, 커뮤니티가 전략적 계획에 참여할 수 있도록 학부모 활동을 조직할 것입니다.

전체 교장 선생님의 발표에 이어 학부모님들은 학교급별로 나뉘어 초, 중, 고 교장선생님들과 면담하는 시간을 갖습니다.

Kính gửi Quí Phụ Huynh Việt Nam,

Trân trọng kính mời Ông/Bà tới dự buổi họp giữa phụ huynh Việt Nam với Giám đốc và Hiệu trưởng Nhà trường vào ngày 3 tháng 10 từ 19h00 đến 20h30 tại phòng 115, tòa nhà B8b.  Sẽ có phiên dịch tiếng Việt cho buổi họp này.

Năm nay nhà trường đang triển khai xây dựng Kế hoạch Chiến lược tiếp theo – Chiến lược 2023.  Trong buổi họp này, Giám đốc Nhà trường sẽ giải thích quy trình lập kế hoạch và sẽ tổ chức một hoạt động cho phụ huynh để khuyến khích cộng đồng tham gia vào việc xây dựng Kế hoạch Chiến lược 2023.

Sau phần thuyết trình của Giám đốc Nhà trường, phụ huynh có thể lựa chọn tham dự một trong các phần thuyết trình của Hiệu trưởng trường Tiểu Học, Trung học hoặc Cấp 3.

Jane McGee, Scott Schaffner, Marc Vermiere and Megan Brazil

Make an IMPACT today!

  • 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

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.

WHAT DO I WEAR? WHAT DO THE CHILDREN WEAR?

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’.

UN Day Lunch – An International Feast!

After our UN Day Ceremony (October 21), we continue the celebration with a whole school community lunch enjoyed by students, parents and staff. It is truly international and delicious! Our shared lunch is made of ‘traditional’ food provided by our parents and is an opportunity for families to showcase cultural cuisines – from old family recipes to new fusion dishes EVERYTHING is welcome!

The lunch which will start at 12:00 noon. The Community Lunch is organised into grade level lunches and your homeroom/grade level parent volunteers will take the lead on organising the lunch. Please review the Food Preparation Guidelines below to ensure we organise a safe and hygienic community potluck lunch with enough food for all!

What should I bring?

  • One national dish per child (serving size: ES 10+ portions / MSHS 20+ portions).
  • List the food ingredients, name of food and country of origin (food label attached).
  • Food should not require refrigeration/heating.
  • Food should be easily served — no soupy dishes.
  • Label your dish tray with your child’s full name & homeroom.

Grade Lunch Food Sign-up Sheets:

Single-use Plastic Free Event

As part of our commitments to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), there will be no single-use plastics used in the organisation of this event. All families are encouraged to come up with create alternatives to single-use plastics when preparing food. Consider using aluminum foil instead of plastic wrap or bring a labeled Tupperware container to bring back home.

Also consider contributing a vegetarian dish as a more sustainable meal option.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact your Class / Grade Level Parent or email the Community Liaison Officer, Nathalie Grun (CLO@unishanoi.org)