Goody Bag Discovery Trail – This Weekend!

Our Community Connections special weekend launch is here!
Our UNIS Connectors are looking forward to welcoming you, and we hope that you have enjoyed signing up for activities for the weekend and planning your trail to visit them. There are spaces still available for activities and time to make your plans today!
You will meet plenty of new friends out on the Discovery Trail this weekend and every time you see one of our UNIS Eco-Bags be sure to say “Hi” and take the opportunity to get to know someone new!
All the details for the events and the special offers to ‘fill your goody bag’ are on on our Community Connections page on the Parent Portal and some of the highlights for this weekend include:
  • Maison Art Market at Maison de Tet Decor featuring many of our UNIS Connectors on site (Saturday).
  • Free kickboxing trial class with Pace Gym (all weekend – booking required)
  • Tradition textile workshop with Future Traditions (Sunday – booking required)
  • Free workshops at Hockett Haus of Crafts  (Sunday drop-in)

Thank you for signing up for your eco-bag ‘passport’! Your bag has been sent home with your child. Please check with them. 

If they forget to bring it home you can either collect a bag at Maison de Tet Decor (26 Quang Ba, Tay Ho, Hanoi) from 09:00 – 10:00 (look out for the Community Connections table) or use the ‘Virtual Bag’ you have been sent by email as your passport until we can deliver your bag to you. All the UNIS Connectors have been informed and will recognise the ‘virtual bag’ as acceptable for the offers this weekend. Please be ready to show this email on your phone. 

Whether you have just arrived in Hanoi or have been part of the community for years, our new Community Connections Programme will have something for you.

Our goal is simple – to help orientate new families and inspire all our parents to try the wonderful range of shops and services in Tay Ho and further afield in Hanoi, with a strong focus on environmental sustainability and ethical partners.

We are grateful to the scores of UNIS Connectors (ethical shops, businesses and organisations) that have stepped up this week to offer you all a special welcome and special offers.

We look forward to seeing you out of the trail!

EVENTS: Saturday, September 26: 
  • 9:00 -17:00: Maison Art Market at Maison de Tet Decor. Read more about the event here.
  • 9:00-11:00 and 15:00-17:00: Free trial classes at Pace Kickboxing & Fitness To Ngoc Van. Call Ms. Giang at 0976056410 at least 15 minutes before to book your slots.
  • All day: Guided tour of The Secret Garden‘s professional music and lesson studio with free ice cream for kids (and adults!) Get $10 off demo lesson when enroll in September.
  • 9:00 – 21:00: Moon Festival event at Playtown: dragon dance and lantern making. Discount on entry.
  • 10:00-15:00: An introduction to Lotus Painting at Marina Slewka’s Lotus Painting Workshop. Refreshments will be available. Get 15% discount for future workshops if you sign up on the day. Visit their Facebook to find out more.
  • 10:00 – 16:00: Free drop in Yoga class and amazing discount when buying 1 month pass at Zenith Yoga. Get 20% discount when ordering food from our Vegan cafe (We serve proper coffee/espresso, juice and kombucha). Sign up here.
  • 11:00 – 14:00: Enjoy free refreshment when you shop at Cattan New York Clothing. 10% discount for UNIS Hanoi Families all year round.

EVENTS: Sunday, September 27: 

  • 9:00-11:00 and 15:00-17:00 all weekend: Free trial classes at Pace kickboxing & Fitness To Ngoc Van. Call Ms. Giang at 0976056410 at least 15 minutes before to book your slots.
  • 10:00 – 12:00: Workshop Open Day for UNIS Families at N Square Creative Learning Center. Enjoy our welcome coffee , tea and snack and introduction of workshops, teachers and chit chatting. Kids’ workshop include: Swimming, Craft & Storytelling, Baking, Hip Hop – Jazz dance Adults’ Workshops include: Art – painting , sketching, shading. Sign up here.
  • 10:00 – 14:00: Free workshops at Hockett Haus of Crafts. 10:00 – 11:00 Tie dye 12:30 – 13:30 Mask Making & Coffee 13:00 – 14:00 Bohemian Art & Clay making.
  • 13:00 – 17:00: Open house at Future Traditions Showroom. Meet Future Traditions designer Cynthia Mann and renowned textile producer Sam Thi Tinh from Hoa Tien Brocade. Special discounts on all Future Traditions collections, a free gift and a range of ethnic Thai textiles will be available for sale.
    From 15.30 to 16.30 Tinh will run a special “taster” dyeing workshop. As numbers will be limited to 10, please email your request to participate to cynthia@futuretraditions.asia.
  • 10:00 – 16:00 all weekend: Free drop in Yoga class and amazing discount when buying 1 month pass at Zenith Yoga. Get 20% discount when ordering food from our Vegan cafe (We serve proper coffee/espresso, juice and kombucha). Sign up here.
  • 9:00 – 21:00: Moon Festival event at Playtown: dragon dance and lantern making. Discount on entry.
Check out the Directory and Map on our Community Connections page on the Parent Portal.

Questions? Please contact Events Coordinator, Giang Pham (pngiang@unishanoi.org).

Register Now for our Free and Flexible Summer Programme

Parents can now register their child onto the School’s Free Summer Programme. Exclusively for UNIS Hanoi students, this year’s programme is designed to be fun-filled and stimulating. Seventy teachers, together with teaching assistants and student leaders have volunteered to offer sessions for students of all ages. There’s also a bonus trip for the more adventurous Middle Schoolers – a 5-day outdoor educational trip to Ninh Binh!

 

The Summer Programme will run for four weeks, commencing on June 15 to July 10. 

On Offer to Elementary School Students

Families with Elementary School students will have the option of registering their child for one week, two or three weeks, or for the entire four weeks. Students in Grades 1 to 5 will be able to enjoy STEAM classes, movement and games, dance, music, as well as arts and crafts. Math and literacy classes will also be on offer, while children who speak English as a Second Language will be pulled out of class and given specialized instruction throughout the week. Students in Discovery up to Kindergarten 2 will have free reign of the Early Childhood Centre, where they’ll play educational games, cook and socialize with their friends. 

Elementary School sessions will run from Mondays to Fridays, 08:30 to 15:20, however parents also have the option to register for half-days and collect their child straight after lunchtime, once the teacher has been notified ahead of time. 

What’s more, Elementary School students will enjoy lunch and transportation, absolutely free of charge!

On Offer to Middle and High School Students

Middle and High School students are also in for a treat! Their teachers are offering almost 100 phenomenal Passion Pursuits for them to try their hands at. If your child has ever wanted to create a Podcast, learn how to breakdance, do some woodwork or want to get ahead in the SATs and Extended Essay, now’s the chance! And there’s even more flexibility available to our older kids. They can book one two-hour session a week or pack their entire week with activities – the choice is completely theirs. And just like the Elementary School students, they can commit to one week or all four! Students have been sent the full array of offerings by email. Free snacks and transportation to and from school is included. 

Passion Pursuit sessions will run from Mondays to Fridays, 08:30 to 15:30. 

An Outdoor Education Field Trip to Ninh Binh!

For Middle Schoolers who love the great outdoors, four faculty members, including the School nurse, will head to Ninh Binh with them from June 22 to June 26. 

The team is promising a week of ‘wild learning’, during which students are certain to develop new skills such as fishing, fire-building, paddle boarding (SUP), nature sketching, survival first aid, wildlife identification and cooking!

What’s more, there will be opportunities to hike and bike. The group will depart UNIS Hanoi at 08:00 on Monday June 22 and return to the School at 16:00 on Friday June 26. 

Registration Now Open!

To register, please refer to the Summer Programme registration email that was recently sent by the Activities Office. Registration closes on Friday May 22 by 09:00

For queries, please email the Activities Office at: ccamanager@unishanoi.org

Thank You! Over USD12,000 Raised for Charities

On Tuesday, May 5 (Giving Tuesday), the UNIS Hanoi community rallied together to take action and raise much needed funds to help feed and shelter Vietnam’s most vulnerable citizens.

Members of our community, young and old, took part in a virtual walkathon, a sponsored head shave and marathon thank you card project to write to health workers on the front line here in Vietnam.

As a result of collective efforts, almost USD13,000 was raised and money is still pouring in! The funds will be shared with the School’s Learning Service partners – Blue Dragon, KOTO, Blossom House and the Huong La Centre – as part of the School’s Emergency Relief Fund.

There’s still time to make a donation online (click here). Or students can bring in envelopes with their sponsored collections next week and the Advancement team will collect them from the Homerooms.

UNIS Hanoi Supports Kindness is Contagious Campaign

And our philanthropy doesn’t stop here! Viet Nam’s Ministry of Health, together with UNICEF Viet Nam has launched the Kindness is Contagious campaign, which UNIS Hanoi is supporting wholeheartedly.

The media campaign calls on adolescents and young people to be kind, tolerant and optimistic in the fight against COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

Parent Meeting Series

Thank you to the parents that attended the meetings this week on campus. It was wonderful to see you sharing experiences and connecting with each other, and we hope that you found the sessions useful and informative.

We are also grateful to those of you that have shared your messages of support and appreciation for the efforts our faculty and staff have gone to providing support for your children with our distance learning programmes.

If you missed the meeting series, please watch them by clicking the links below:

Or download a copy of the slides that were shared at the meetings:

Please don’t hesitate to ask the teachers if you have any questions about the programme that your child will be working on this week.

Operation Healthy Heart Art Auction – Get your bids ready!

The Operation Healthy Heart service group is organising an art auction consisting of ECC to High school student’s artworks. All proceeds raised from the art auction will go to funding the heart surgeries of local Vietnamese children.

Check out all the beautiful artworks below created by our talented students and teachers for the Art Auction.

Artist Statements and art pieces for Art Auction

This is a silent auction held in the UNIS Hanoi art foyer from December 2 to 12, opened for biding during school hours. You could also choose to bid online HERE.

Come and support OHH!

Parent Talk: Substance Use and Relationships

All parents are invited to this special guest session:

As part of our ongoing commitment to prevention and wellness, we have invited prevention specialists from Freedom from Chemical Dependency Prevention Works to join our community this week. A part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, FCD is a non-profit organisation that provides substance abuse prevention services for schools. Since 1976, they have taught over a million students of all ages. Their mission is to:

  • Encourage and support the non-use of alcohol and other illegal or illicit drugs during the growing years.
  • Empower young people to make healthy, responsible choices regarding alcohol and other drug use
  • Teach students and adults how to recognize the early warning signs of substance abuse and to intervene appropriately
  • Educate students, parents, teachers, and administrators on the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and other drugs
  • Promote awareness of drug addiction, including alcoholism, as a progressive, chronic, and often fatal disease
  • Provide educational communities with the guidance and training necessary to implement comprehensive, effective approaches to substance abuse prevention.

FCD prevention specialists are highly trained professionals who have achieved healthy recovery from alcohol or other drug addictions. This unique perspective enhances the credibility of their message and provides students with role models for happy, healthy, drug-free living. The FCD prevention specialist will also present a parent workshop to HS Parents on Wednesday at the HS Parent Let’s Chat starting at 8.30 in the Community Room.

The use of alcohol and other drugs affects virtually all of a teen’s relationships: to parents, siblings, and friends; school, work, and play; mind, mood, and body; conscience, confidence, and integrity; to how they perceive their past and their future, and to their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual lives. This construct offers a provocative entry point for discussing the impact of use on the growing adolescent.

These programmes present a perfect opportunity for discussing alcohol and other drug-related issues with your children. Parental involvement is crucial to our efforts to reduce the risks teenagers face. We want our students to hear from both school and home that we are concerned about alcohol, nicotine, and other drug use by adolescents, and that we are committed to keeping our children safe.

Operation Healthy Heart Art Auction – December 2-12, 2019

The Operation Healthy Heart service group is organising an art auction consisting of ECC to High school student’s artworks. All proceeds raised from the art auction will go to funding the heart surgeries of local Vietnamese children. This is a silent auction held in the UNIS Hanoi art foyer from December 2 to 12, opened for biding during school hours.

Come participate and support Operation Healthy Heart!

OHH Service group

Save the Date: Operation Healthy Heart Art Auction

The Operation Healthy Heart service group is organising an art auction consisting of ECC to High school student’s artworks. All proceeds raised from the art auction will go to funding the heart surgeries of local Vietnamese children. This is a silent auction held in the UNIS Hanoi art foyer from December 2 to 12, opened for biding during school hours.

Come participate and support Operation Healthy Heart!

OHH Service group

Service Learning Community Event – November 16

Service is central to all that we do at UNIS Hanoi and so what better way to celebrate our commitment to a Better World than a service day as a community!

UNIS Hanoi is organising a Community Service Day on Saturday November 16 with service orientated trips that are open to our community to join. The events are run by our student service groups and/or UNIS Hanoi service partners to provide opportunities for people to connect through fun and meaningful activities.

Plan now to join the following trips:

TRIP 1: Visit and design activities to Blue Dragon Farm & Garden

The Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is one of our closest service partners and this trip will be our first visit to their new Dragon Valley farm and garden. The trip will involve learning more Blue Dragon from their staff and helping in the newly established garden.

We are also looking for volunteers to help Blue Dragon design and make some features for the garden including some Dragons. The Blue Dragon staff will share ideas about this on the trip and we are hoping to form a UNIS Hanoi based design team to follow-up on this. Please indicate in the sign-up form if you are interested in this aspect of the trip.     

When? Saturday November 16, 8.30-16.00
Where? Dragon Valley (90 mins from Hanoi)
Who can join? All Ages (children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult)
Number of participants: 20 volunteers maximum
Where to meet? UNIS Hanoi Bus Stop
What to bring? Water bottle, Sunscreen, mosquito repellant, packed lunch, hat

Read more about Dragon Valley here

SIGN UP HERE for the trip and/or to volunteer to help design the Dragons.

TRIP 2: Fargeen Farm Visit and UNIS Community Garden Volunteers

Fargreen is a new service partner for UNIS Hanoi this year and is working with us to develop our approach to sustainable farming and food production. They have been collaborating with the HS Garden Service student and this trip will help us learn more about their own systems.

This trip will involve visiting Fargreen’s farm in the Hung Ha District, Thai Binh province which is around two and a half hours from Hanoi and will include visits to local farms guided by Fargreen staff to learn more about their approach to sustainable farming.

When: 8:30 – 17:30
Where? Hung Ha District, Thai Binh (two and a half hours from Hanoi)
Who can join? All Ages (children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult)
Number of participants: 20 volunteers maximum
Where to meet? UNIS Hanoi Bus Stop
What to bring? Water bottle, Sunscreen, mosquito repellant, packed lunch, hat

Find out more about Fargeen trip here.

SIGN UP HERE for the trip and/or to support the UNIS Hanoi collaboration with Fargreen as an adult volunteer.

Any questions,  please contact our Service Coordinators:
MSHS Colin Campbell: ccampbell@unishanoi.org
ES Kris Bezzerides: kbezzerides@unishanoi.org

HIWC Annual Charity Bazaar – November 17

Looking for a place to shop for Christmas, or experience international cuisines and have a fun family outing day?

UNIS Hanoi is proud to once again sponsor the Hanoi International Women’s Club (HIWC) Annual Charity Bazaar on Sunday, November 17. The HIWC Bazaar is a major fundraising event in Hanoi, contributing nearly $1.25US million to vulnerable women, youth and children in Vietnam since 2005. This year’s theme is “Color the Future” Tickets are on sale now online here.

For your convenience, members of UNIS Hanoi community (with ID for campus access) can also purchase them on campus at the reception desk in the Administration Building (B7). Please see Ms. Linh from 8.00-12:15 and 13:45-16.30 on weekdays to pay for your tickets.

The Bazaar is still looking for volunteers. Sign up HERE  to support this amazing event!

In The Arms of Angels

On November 7, 8 and 9 High School students will be performing the play In The Arms of Angels, by Kate Rice. Performances are at 6.30pm on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 and 4pm on Saturday 9 and will take place in the Centre for the Arts Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now from in front of the Canteen at lunch or from the Arts office at other times for 100,000vnd/Seating

‘She’s as elegant as an eagle, as soft as a feather on the wind, and as fast as a messenger of God. Come fly with the Zeppelin company, and discover the true heights of German luxury.’

May 1937, Friedrichshafen, Germany. The elite passengers of the luxury  Zeppelin Hindenburg begin their two-day trip across the Atlantic. As they settle in, travelling socialite and poetess Margaret Mather discovers that God is a female dog, she’s in the freight hold, and she says that the whole ship is going to burn.

A plot to blow up the ship is uncovered, the bomb is found and defused, but destiny won’t be thwarted. Mortality is inevitable: the passengers each have 34 seconds to look death in the eye and take their chances.

Come join the cast and crew of the High School play on this fateful journey where relationships are changed forever. One in three will not survive, who will it be?

‘Flight on the Hindenburg. It’s so smooth, you’ll feel as though you are carried In The Arms of Angels.’

HIWC Annual Charity Bazaar – Tickets on sale at UNIS Hanoi!

Looking for a place to shop for Christmas, or experience international cuisines and have a fun family outing day?

UNIS Hanoi is proud to once again sponsor the Hanoi International Women’s Club (HIWC) Annual Charity Bazaar on Sunday, November 17. The HIWC Bazaar is a major fundraising event in Hanoi, contributing nearly $ 1.25US million to vulnerable women, youth and children in Vietnam since 2005. This year’s theme is “Color the Future” Tickets are on sale now online here.

For your convenience, members of UNIS Hanoi community (with ID for campus access) can also purchase them on campus at the reception desk in the Administration Building (B7). Please see Ms. Linh from 8.00-12:15 and 13:45-16.30 on weekdays to pay for your tickets.

The Bazaar is still looking for performers (music, dance, and other talents!) and volunteers to support the event. If you have a talent to share, sign up HERE.

You can also support by volunteering at the bazaar, sign up HERE  to support this amazing event!

 

Upcoming Service Learning Community Day – Save the Date

On Saturday November 16 we will run activities in connection to our service programme. Our goal for these events is to offer opportunities for the wider UNIS Hanoi community to connect with our service projects and partnerships through fun and family friendly visits and volunteering opportunities. More details to follow next week about how you can sign-up for the events!

HIWC Annual Charity Bazaar – Tickets on sale at UNIS Hanoi!

Looking for a place to shop for Christmas, or experience international cuisines and have a fun family outing day?

UNIS Hanoi is proud to once again sponsor the Hanoi International Women’s Club (HIWC) Annual Charity Bazaar on Sunday, November 17. The HIWC Bazaar is a major fundraising event in Hanoi, contributing nearly $ 1.25US million to vulnerable women, youth and children in Vietnam since 2005. This year’s theme is “Color the Future” Tickets are on sale now online here.

For your convenience, members of UNIS Hanoi community (with ID for campus access) can also purchase them on campus at the reception desk in the Administration Building (B7). Please see Ms. Linh from 8.00-12:15 and 13:45-16.30 on weekdays to pay for your tickets.

The Bazaar is still looking for performers (music, dance, and other talents!) and volunteers to support the event. If you have a talent to share, sign up HERE.

You can also support by volunteering at the bazaar, sign up HERE  to support this amazing event!

 

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)