From the Head of School

Dear Families, 

The United Nations was established on October 24, 1945 following the ratification of the founding UN Charter and ever since, the world commemorates this date as UN Day. This year marks the 75th anniversary and we’re delighted to be collaborating with UN agencies in Viet Nam on a series of events to celebrate this phenomenal milestone. Please read the latest on our UN Day preparations and SDG Week in today’s edition of Tin Tuc. 

To honour Global UN Day, our students will be at booths in various locations around To Ngoc Van tomorrow (October 24), keen to share with the community what they are doing to serve others across our host country. 

Thank you also to everyone who has signed up for the Clean Up Event that will take place tomorrow near Ciputra, in partnership with Keep Hanoi Clean. 

In today’s Tin Tuc, we have shared with the community slight amendments to our COVID-19 health and safety regulations starting from Monday October 26. Please take time to read the information and discuss the changes with your child. 

We are also currently in the process of finalizing Winter Break for our current school year.

As COVID-19 cases rise worldwide, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the majority of our community will be unable to travel outside of Vietnam over Winter Break. We are also acutely aware of the ongoing anxiety of our faculty, staff and families being unable to connect in person with friends and family over an extended period of time. 

We would like your input on the proposal to shorten the Winter Break by one week, which we would then use to increase the summer holiday by one week. Our final decision will consider your feedback in addition to our own internal assessment on the impact this change may have on faculty and staff morale, retention and the impact on student learning.

If this were to be adopted, the calendar would be as follows:

  • Winter Break – December 19 – January 3 (Students back to school on January 4)
  • Summer Break – Last day of School would be Friday June 4. (We are currently planning to return for 2021-2022 on August 18 but this date is to be confirmed.)

Please use this form to give us your feedback before the end of the day on Wednesday, October 28.

Thank you for your input. We will take the community’s feedback into consideration in our decision making and will announce the final decision for the Breaks next week.

Enjoy your weekend.

Jane McGee
Head of School

Upcoming Events October 26-31

Monday – Friday, October 26-30
Secondary School Spirit Week

Monday, October 26
East Coast vs. West Coast: Experiences That Matter
19.00-20.00

Tuesday, October 27
FPP Virtual Event in Asia- High School Sessions
17.00-18.00

Learn More about Queen’s University and Our International Campus in England
19.00-20.00

Student Research Opportunities at 5 Great Liberal Arts Colleges
19.00-20.00

Student Panel – Southeast Asia, hosted by UC San Diego
20.00-21.00

Wednesday, October 28
UniMelb Masterclass series- Sample lecture: Psychology: Exploring behavior and human experience through a psychological len
17.30-18.15

Boston University Virtual Event
19.00-20.00

Greetings from UC San Diego
19.00-20.00

UC SAN DIEGO INFORMATION SESSION – VIETNAM
19.00-20.00

Thursday, October 29
Learning Support Sharing Session for Parents (click for more information)
08.30-09.30

UniMelb Masterclass series- Seminar: Engineering Careers of the 21st century
17.30-18.15

High School Play: All in the timing and time flies (For Grade 9/10 students and teachers)
Ticket: 100,000 VND
18.30-20.30

Friday, October 30
Dress-up Day

High School Play: All in the timing and time flies (For Grade 11/12 students and teachers)
Ticket: 100,000 VND
18.30-20.30

Saturday, October 31
University of Southern California- Virtual information session
13.00-13.30

High School Play: All in the timing and time flies (For parents and siblings)
Ticket: 100,000 VND
18.30-20.30

MUST READ: Updated COVID-19 Operating Regulations

Dear Community,

As a result of the first quarter review of our COVID-19 Campus Regulations by our Health and Safety Committee, the following revisions will come into effect on Monday, October 26.

These updates are approved in order to support our programmes whilst keeping our students and community as safe as possible in the current Vietnam context.

Please note that although there is a relaxing of mask regulations in classrooms, students, faculty and staff must continue to wear masks in transition times and in shared spaces.

Restricted Parent Entry to Campus
Unfortunately, the restriction regarding parent access to campus during the school day remains in place. Therefore, we are considering ways to create face-to-face opportunities with our parent community, either off-campus or if on-campus, before or after school hours in carefully managed groups. For example, we are offering parents whose children are participating in the play, a chance to watch the performance on the weekend. We will also host Grade 10 parents on campus for a Diploma Programme (DP) meeting in November. Please check the Tin Tuc regularly to stay up-to-date with events. 

In all other respects the Campus Regulations remain as published at the start of the school year which you can find on the Parent Portal and are linked here for your convenience.

Kind Regards,
Misty Shipley
Director of Operations of Finance

Students Promote their Projects at Saturday Service Pop Ups

UNIS Hanoi is partnering with cafes in Tay Ho to give an opportunity for our students to advocate in the community for their Service projects and partners.

This Saturday October 24, take a stroll down To Ngoc Van and visit a series of booths and tables set up by our student led groups to inform the community of the issues they are tackling with their projects.

The service groups and their pairing cafes for our Community Connections Service Trail will be as followed:

  • Swim For Life: Students will promote drown prevention with video and leaflets at Joma Bakery Cafe 43 To Ngoc Van. 10:30 – 12:30

  • Legacy Vietnam: Students will promote a flood disaster relief campaign at Joma Bakery Cafe 43 To Ngoc Van. 09:00 – 15:00

  • Bamboo Music School: Students will play music and sell cookies to raise funds for Blossom House Orphanage at Doppio Coffee 94 To Ngoc Van. 09:00 – 10:00

  • Habitat for Humanity: Students will set up a mobile thrift store to sell used clothes and have open donations to raise funds at Essie Tearoom & Bistro 86 To Ngoc Van. 11:00 – 13:00.

  • UNIS Sustainability Group: Students will be encouraging people to donate used 500ML bottles and old clean plastic bags to help make eco bricks as part of the UNIS target of 300 Bricks – Gelato Italia 31 To Ngoc Van. 10:00 – 12:00.

Join Our Clean Up Efforts Tomorrow!

We are  partnering again with a local volunteer organisation Keep Hanoi Clean to organize a Community Clean-Up event.

Location:  https://goo.gl/maps/2hxXVAxneFomPCBbA

MORNING SESSION (8.00 -11:45)
8:00 – 8:15 Welcome volunteers & briefing
8:15 – 9:30 Cleanup activity
(9:30 – 10:00 Break time – optional)
10:00 – 11:30 Continue Cleanup activity
11:30 – 11:45 Group photos

SPONSORED LUNCH (12.00 – 13.30)
Lunch will be sponsored by UNIS Hanoi for everyone who joins us in the morning and for everyone who joins in the afternoon. Please bring your own water bottles.

AFTERNOON SESSION (14.00 – 17.30)
13:30 – 14:15 Setup, Welcome volunteers
14:15 – 14:30 Briefing plans and procedures
14:30 – 16:00 Cleanup activity
(16:00 – 16:30 Break time – optional)
16:30 – 17:30 Continue cleanup
17:30 Group photos

KEEPING YOU PROTECTED
It’s important for UNIS Hanoi to make sure all of you stay safe during the event. We will provide all the safety equipment including: gloves, tongs and bags as well as first aid kits.
*Please wear your UNIS T-Shirt, pants and closed shoes/boots and bring a mask.

MEET UP AND PARKING
The meet up and parking will be located in front of the K-Market and next to E4 Ciputra. Please check the google map link to familiarize yourself with the area.
📍347 Đường Nguyễn Hoàng Tôn 👉 https://goo.gl/maps/7qicovxkpDCZALmB8

Please note this activity is not advisable for children under 10 years old. Parents must take responsibility for younger children and all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Explore the World – Find those photos to share!

Our grass courtyard will be transformed into a UN Plaza for SDG Week as the centerpiece of our new look UN Day celebrations.

The flags of the 195 Member and Observer States will be displayed on the School’s central courtyard celebrating global collaboration and as a digital exhibition for students to explore.

There will be a map (print and digital) to ‘explore the world’ with QR codes attached to each flagpole. The linked digital resource will provide a country factfile and a ‘photo album or scrapbook’ of contributed photos from our community

Our students will visit a world created by our community and see the countries through the eyes and experiences of our community. 

This week we invited all families to share photographs from your UN Member homeland in the digital “Country Photo Albums/Scrapbooks”. We hope you will have fun finding photos from home together as a family and sharing them with the community for our Explore the World project.

You can upload your photos with a brief description of where and when they were taken and you can add some interesting facts about your country if you would like to. Please be careful when editing these collaborative documents to not delete other family’s contributions. Thank you.

The links will be open for contribution until 12.00 noon on Monday November 2.

Together we will create an exhibition and an interactive map of the world accessible both on campus and online! We hope that this will be something your family can enjoy together and we look forward to seeing the photo album/scrapbooks grow over the next week.

(Please note that the country’s linked for families are the citizenships registered on our school system for your child(ren) from your enrollment information and only include the UN Member and Observer states).

UNiquely UNIS SDG Week & UN Day – Beyond Food n’ Flags!

We all know the annual UN Day celebrations will be different in the age of COVID – But what will it look like?

Before the Autumn Break we shared with you an outline of our reimagined UN Day and SDG Week plans and today we can share more detail and some important updates.

UN Day is primarily about celebrating what can be achieved when we work together to find solutions to challenges. It is about collaboration and understanding what that means for powerful impact in a multicultural world. #StrongerTogether

Launching the SDG Week

Our traditional community address from the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Kamal Malhotra will kick off our SDG Week on Monday November 9 with a special High School assembly in the UNIS Theatre for our IB Diploma Students and MUN Student Leadership Team and watched live in Homebase for Grades 10 and 11. It will be broadcast live at 10.30 for the community and will also include a deep dive panel discussion with special guests.

Launching UN Day

Our traditional Elementary Mass Choir is busy rehearsing in their separate ‘bubbles’ and Ms Noor and Mr Neal will ensure the magic of their united voices is shared with the community through a special recording which will premiere on UN Day to introduce our Head of School’s community address at 8.15 on Friday November 9 – also live broadcast to the community.

National and Cultural Costumes

There will be a festive atmosphere on campus for our students on UN Day (Friday, November 13) and we encourage all students, faculty and staff to dress in costumes to express their national and/or cultural identities.

Community Food Sharing

Instead of the Potluck Community Picnic we traditionally enjoy for UN Day, we will have a special menu in the canteen that the students themselves have voted for from your recipes!

The School Community Organisation is working closely with our Chef Quan and the team from Epicure to provide a menu from the UN Day Family Favourites Cookbook being launched for SDG Week. The options are being finalised and the students will be invited to vote next week, but the final menu will remain under wraps as a surprise for UN Day!

Our menus for SDG Week are created to make our canteen part of the learning journey for our students with a mix of thought provoking menus, initiatives and festivity:

    • Monday – International Day – Menus from three of the 195 member and observer states (selected at random by ES, MS and HS Student Councils) will be offered.
    • Tuesday – Vegan Day highlighting the impact on climate change, pollution and planet sustainability from animal agriculture and the power of consumer choice for a better world.
    • Wednesday – Vietnamese Banquet celebrating our host country’s rich culinary traditions.
    • Thursday – Zero Waste Day (Zero Hunger, No Poverty) Reflect on responsible consumption generally in our lives, and make a commitment to clean plates as our action! 
    • Friday – UN Day Family Favourites: A menu voted for by students from the new UNIS SCO Cookbook. (Vote to take place Week of Oct 26-30)

“1 Minute Green” UNICEF Climate Change Film Challenge

Partnering with UNICEF ahead of their World Children’s Day (November 20) we will take part in their national competition for 1 minute films made by children highlighting both concern and action for climate change. For FULL DETAILS

A Plastic Ocean

Award winning documentary director and journalist, Craig Leeson, will continue his work with our students during SDG Week. The Vietnamese subtitles for the Netflix documentary, A Plastic Ocean were created from the collaboration of our Grade 5 students (PYPx) with the international film company in 2018. This year our students will continue their campaign through promoting community screenings of the documentary (organise a watch party!) and a series of workshops and discussions with the award winning filmmaker.

UNIS Cultural Collection – Exhibition and Launch

Last year Hanoi gallery 54 Traditions donated to UNIS Hanoi more than 200 artefacts from the 54 ethnic groups represented in Vietnam; from 4000 year-old stone axes to 20th ceramics and textiles to create a unique learning resource for our students.
For SDG Week we will showcase both the artefacts and the work from the Grade 7 project exploring Culture from their opening unit for this year and feature artwork from Grade 8 sketching journals that chose to draw items from the Cultural Collection.
Donors Mark Rapoport and Nhung Nguyen will officially open the exhibition with a special Grade 7 assembly and an opportunity for our students to show the work their philanthropy has inspired.

Dress-up Day Guidelines – October 30

Dear Students, Parents, and Teachers, 

On Friday, 30 October, Elementary, Middle, and High School will be celebrating the popular tradition of Hallowe’en with a fun dress up day where students may come to school in costume. 

In an effort to enjoy the dress up day at UNIS Hanoi appropriately, respectfully and in accordance with school guidelines, we ask that students use the following parameters when selecting a costume:

  1. Costumes should not completely obscure a student’s identity. Staff members must be able to identify students e.g. Full face masks should not be worn.
  2. Students are encouraged to be creative in their choice of costume. Costumes should not be frightening or gory. Remember that UNIS Hanoi student ages range from 3-18. Costumes should be appropriate for the full school community.
  3. Fake weapons are not allowed. No military-style costumes.
  4. Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, heritage, or religion are not permitted.
  5. Costumes should not hinder a student’s ability to participate in their classes, including P.E. Costumes may not disrupt learning or present issues of safety.

Students wearing questionable costumes will be asked to change into normal school attire and may be sent home if necessary. Let’s all be respectful and work together in the spirit of having FUN!

Reflection & Talking points to assist in this teachable moment in classrooms and at home…  

  • Remember our audience includes everyone in the school (students, teachers, parents, community members).
  • This is a school—what may be appropriate in pop culture or the media may not be appropriate for a place of learning. Remember, a costume you wear to a weekend dress-up party might not be appropriate in a school setting.
  • We are a community, and we want students to think about how their costume choices may impact others within this community.

Thank you for taking the time to discuss and understand these guidelines. We look forward to seeing our school filled with great costumes, and celebrating everyone’s creativity and spirit! 

Congrats to Saleema for Tennis Tournament Win!

Congratulations to UNIS Hanoi student, Saleema, for being named the U10 Women’s Singles Champion at the recently held VTF Junior Tour 3 – Hai Dang Cup 2020 Tennis Tournament! It was the first big win for the Grade 5 tennis supremo, who traveled down to Ho Chi Minh City with her parents, for the competition. Saleema’s success was covered by media outlets Thanh Nien News and The Thao. This weekend, Saleema competes again.

We wish her the best of luck!

Meet the Student Success Team – D12 Parent Session!

Counselling and student support services are available for students at UNIS Hanoi and are overseen by the Student Success Team and the Student Intervention Team.

The Student Success Team is committed to helping our students be academically and socially successful. The Team consists of the Principals, Deputy Principals, Counsellors, Learning Support Teachers, a Speech and Language Therapist, a Psychologist, and the School Nurses.

Next Thursday (October 29) at 08:30-09:30 at JAFA restaurant, the Team is hosting a special get-to-know-them meeting for parents who are new to UNIS Hanoi or those with children who receive Learning Support, language support or Enrichment and Extension services. There will be presentations about the Student Success structure at UNIS Hanoi, giving parents an overview of the assistance currently available for neuro-diverse learners and language learners.

If you’d like to attend, please register here. Alternatively, sign up via the Parent Portal. Details of the venue (online/offline) will be confirmed nearer the date.

Message from the Head of School

Dear Families,

As we head into our Autumn Break and marking the end of eight full weeks on campus, it is a time to celebrate, reflect and truly be grateful as a community.

Our students, your children have engaged meaningfully in all aspects of school life. They have participated fully in their own personal learning experience. They have developed new relationships with classmates, peers and teachers or reconnected with returning community members. They have demonstrated our values of community and responsibility by taking action and or speaking out on world issues or by following health and safety guidelines to protect our community. It has been a fantastic start to the school year. 

Each week in the TinTuc, our communications team has reported on the range of learning experiences of our students, the outreach to support our local community and the way in which our students have had the opportunity to engage in a robust co-curricular programme. We know we will have much more to share when we return following the holiday, but first we’d like to share our plans regarding UN Day and our planned lockdown drill:

UN Day Plans Unveiled
Although, we won’t be able to celebrate the event in the way we’ve been accustomed to, we will certainly celebrate it! A cross-divisional team has reviewed how our UNiquely UNIS identity can be commemorated on this special day and how we can amplify the work of the United Nations. Please read our detailed plans in today’s edition of Tin Tuc

Planned Lockdown Drill – October 23
Health and Safety is one of our highest priorities at UNIS Hanoi. On Friday, October 23, at 13:30, the school will be conducting a lockdown drill on campus. This is an announced drill and all staff and students have been informed and trained on what to expect during a lockdown drill. Please take time to read the full details in today’s edition of Tin Tuc

Enjoy the break!
Jane McGee

 

Community Connections – Service Pop-Ups & Trash Pick-Up!

Service Pop-Ups

Building on the success of our Discovery Trail, the Community Connections programme is planning the next in its series of events for UNIS Hanoi families and this time, our Service Learning students will be front and centre.

We are delighted to be partnering with cafes in Ciputra and Tay Ho on Global UN Day – October 24 – to give an opportunity for our students to advocate in the community for their Service projects and partners.

A stroll down To Ngoc Van and all around the Tay Ho neighbourhood will give families the opportunity to visit a series of booths and tables set up by our student led groups to inform the community of the issues they are tackling with their projects. Already planning are our Swim for Life, Bamboo Music and Legacy groups!

For now – mark your calendars and watch from more details in Tin Tuc on Friday October 23 after the break. You can find a list of our partner cafes on the Community Connections parent portal page.

Trash Pick-Up

Partnering with Keep Hanoi Clean for the fifth year our community will convene to help clean up our local neighbourhood.

This is a high visibility opportunity to role model our community’s commitment to local service. We will partner with this local action group and our Young Alumni will also join this community event designed for UNIS Hanoi family involvement. Location details after the break – Mark your calendars!

Please note: Student groups which choose to participate during their weekend will be encouraged to follow local authority guidelines on social distancing and mask wearing for their off-campus activities. Specific guidelines for health & safety during the Trash Pick-Up will also be shared with volunteers.

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!
Questions?
 impact@unishanoi.org

 

UNiquely UN Day – Our plans unveiled!

UNIS Hanoi is one of only two UN international schools and as such, our UN Day celebrations provide both a calendar highlight for the community and a focus of learning for our students. Our families and faculty choose UNIS Hanoi because of our connection to the United Nations and our shared vision to be agents of change for a better world. In addition, this year we will be helping the UN celebrate their 75th Anniversary #UN75.

We all know UN Day will be different in the age of COVID – But what will it look like?

A cross-divisional team has reviewed the way in which we celebrate our UNiquely UNIS identity for this special day and how we can amplify the work of the United Nations. We have developed a programme which will both shine a torch on the achievements of our students and challenge our community to reflect on the issues that we must mobilise to solve together. 

Involving our wider community in our plans during the time of COVID is challenging, but we also recognise the importance and power of our UN Day celebrations in uniting our community and will try to include opportunities for parents to join if at all possible. We are grateful to our partnership with the SCO (School Community Organisation) who are also committed to this programme and will be working with us.

UN Day is primarily about celebrating what can be achieved when we work together to find solutions to challenges and ensuring our students find their place in that endeavour. It is about collaboration and understanding what that means for powerful impact in a multicultural world. #StrongerTogether

In 2020 our focus will be three-fold:

  1. Global UN Day: #UN75 celebrationsOctober 24
  2. UNiquely UNIS SDGs WeekNovember 9-15
  3. UNIS UN DayNovember 13

PLEASE NOTE: Our detailed preparations will respect health and safety regulations, developing best practice and our local authority requirements.      

For full details, please read on…


GLOBAL UN DAY – SATURDAY OF SERVICE
October 24

  • Secondary Student Leaders will visit Service Group partners 
  • Community Service Pop-Ups – Service groups will partner with cafes in Tay Ho to extend advocacy and fundraising for their projects in the community. This will become our Community Connections ‘Service Trail’. We are grateful to the cafes which are partnering with us and you can find the full list on our Community Connections website.
  • Community Service Activity – Trash Pick-Up with Keep Hanoi Clean. This is a high visibility opportunity to role model our community’s commitment to local service. Location details after the break – Mark your calendars!

UNiquely UNIS SDGs WEEK
November 9-15

Students will be exploring the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in classes following their regular schedule throughout the week. Below are some of the highlights emerging for the week’s activities

Our SDGs Week Top 10!

  1. UN Plaza – Explore the World! The flags of the 195 Member and Observer States will be displayed on the School’s central grass courtyard as both a visual representation of global collaboration and a digital exhibition. Our students will be given a map and invited to ‘explore the world’ through the QR codes attached to each flagpole which will link to resources created by our community about the countries. Our students will visit a world created by our community and see the countries through the eyes and experiences of our community. After the break all families will receive an invitation with links to share photographs from their homelands in these ‘Country Scrapbooks’. Together we will create an exhibition and an interactive map of the world accessible both on campus and online! We hope that this will be something all families can have fun helping to create from home and enjoy together.
  2. SDG Walkway – Our giant SDG banners will create a focus on campus to share work from students linked to the SDGs and demonstrate the SDGs in Action in our learning and in our action. This might be through QR codes to digital resources and projects, or with booths, activities and demonstrations led by students during the week. A digital version of this ‘walkway’ will be created online for families to explore together at home and celebrate our student learning. It will be our SDG Walkway online for the year!
  3. UNcomplicated series (UNIS Hanoi) As part of #UN75 the United Nations are sharing interviews with global leaders in a series called UNcomplicated. We are adopting the idea with students interviewing leading experts from the UN in Vietnam, Ambassadors and NGO and Business leaders committed to the UN’s SDGs. The pre-recorded interviews will be broadcast throughout the week and shared with students, families and alumni through social media. The series will reach its climax on UN Day with a live event hosted by our MUN student leaders and broadcast for our community.
  4. Climate Change Film Challenge – Partnering with UNICEF ahead of their World Children’s Day (November 20) we will take part in their national competition for 1 minute films made by children highlighting both concern and action for climate change. This links to our commitment to Teaspoons of Change and our continued work inspired by the Plastic Ocean Netflix documentary.
  5. A Plastic Ocean and Beyond – Award winning documentary director and journalist, Craig Leeson, will continue his work with our students during SDG Week. The Vietnamese subtitles for the Netflix documentary, A Plastic Ocean were created from the collaboration of our Grade 5 students with the international film company in 2018. This year our students will continue their campaign through a community screening of the documentary (organise a watch party!) and take on their next global challenge with the film director and focus on climate change.
  6. UNIS Cultural Collection – Official Launch. Last year Hanoi gallery 54 Traditions donated to UNIS Hanoi more than 200 artefacts from the 54 ethnic groups represented in Vietnam; from 4000 year-old stone axes to 20th ceramics and textiles to create a unique learning resource for our students. With donor support we are creating both an on campus exhibition centre (to be opened in January) and an online exhibition to include community outreach for local and global schools.For SDG Week we will showcase both the artefacts and the work from the Grade 7 and Grade 8 projects in their opening units for this year and donors Mark Rapoport and Nhung Nguyen will officially open the exhibition with a special Grade 7 assembly.
  7. Canteen – A series of special menus are being planned to explore our community and the SDGs through a daily learning experience linked to food. Full details will be shared with the community before SDG Week but here is a sneak preview:
    • Monday – International Day – Menus from three of the 195 member and observer states (selected at random) will be offered.
    • Tuesday – Vegan Day highlighting the impact on climate change, rainforest destruction and ocean pollution from animal agriculture and the power of consumer choice promoted by the United Nations.
    • Wednesday – Vietnamese Banquet celebrating our host country
    • Thursday – Zero Waste Day (Zero Hunger, No Poverty) Let’s make this happen together!
    • Friday – UN Day Family Favourites: A menu voted for by students from the new UNIS SCO Cookbook.
  8. MUN Conference (Saturday November 14) As one of only two United Nations international schools in the world, our student led Model United Nations conference will close the week. The theme for this conference will be Unity in the Face of Crisis featuring a special SDG 5 (Gender Equality) Committee and with a Reform Security Council mirroring ‘real-life’ current reforms being considered.
  9. Me in a Minute: What do our students do to help change the world once they have left UNIS Hanoi? Our alumni share their stories with the community. Our alumni are both ambassadors for the School and can provide a rich mentoring source for our students. This year we are extending our mentoring programme and these mini films will both demonstrate our Mission in action to inspire our students and provide possible connections for projects, university and career research.
  10. (TENTATIVE) International Community Pot Luck Picnic (Sunday November 15) – We are trying hard to make possible a family event at the weekend to allow parents to experience the campus exhibits (Explore the World, SDG Walkway and Cultural Collection) in a socially distanced community event. To be confirmed. 

UN DAY
November 13
(Please note this will be a regular school day and the calendar has been updated. There is NO EARLY DISMISSAL)

As a climax to our UNcomplicated series (see item 3 above) we hope to host a live event featuring a multilateral panel interview with Q&A by our MUN Student Leadership. This event would also serve as the opening ceremony and keynote for our MUN Conference (Saturday November 14) and will be broadcast live for our community.

In the Canteen – UN Day Family Favourites from the new SCO Cookbook and voted for by the students. And Student musical performances will of course provide the the finishing touches to an outstanding week of learning, exploration and celebration! A number of creative collaborations will be unveiled on UN Day. 

Please send any questions or feedback for this new approach for our annual celebrations to Director of Advancement, Emma Silva: doa@unishanoi.org

Planned Lockdown Drill – October 23

Dear Parents,

Health and Safety is one of our highest priorities at UNIS Hanoi. On Friday, October 23, at 13:30, the school will be conducting a lockdown drill on campus. This is an announced drill and all staff and students have been informed and trained on what to expect during a lockdown drill. A lockdown drill is one of the emergency preparedness standards required for our Council of International School (CIS) accreditation. The drill will be conducted in the same manner as our regular evacuation drills. Our hope is that we never have an actual need to go into lockdown mode. However, if this unlikely event occurs, please be assured that UNIS Hanoi is prepared to deal with it appropriately. Your child may come home with questions or concerns about this drill. 

Some key messages that you may wish to reinforce with your child are:

  • That we should always listen to an authority figure for safety information
  • Practice means being prepared – knowing what to do keeps us as safe as possible
  • This is a ‘just-in-case’ plan – it’s like wearing a helmet when we ride our bikes. We wear helmets and knee pads when we skateboard. We don’t expect to fall, but if we do, we’ll be protected. Then we don’t have to worry. We can just ride our bikes and boards and not even think about falling, because we have the situation covered.

Warm Regards,
Misty