UNIS Hanoi’s Teaspoons of Change Movement

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

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

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

SDG Guardians on the RISE!

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

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

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

Keeping your UN Day Memories!

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

UN Day Assembly and Morning Activities

See all photos and download them here

 

UN Day Photo Booths

See all photo booth photos and download them here

Rice and Clothing Drive for Sapa

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

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

Thank you!

 

A Snapshot of Learning at UNIS Hanoi – 3 December

Dear Parents,

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

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

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

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

Small Actions x Lots of People = Big Change

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

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

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

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

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

Watch the Teaspoons of Change video to find out more:

Questions? Contact Kate Dore at KDore@unishanoi.org

Winterfest – Performers Needed!

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

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

‘A Plastic Ocean’ – Family Film Screening

Vietnam ranks amongst the highest polluters of the world’s oceans from plastic waste. Thanks to the dedication of our Elementary School students, an award winning international documentary about the dangers of plastic pollution now has Vietnamese subtitles and UNIS Hanoi is proud to present the World Premiere during our SDG Week! Come and watch, and pledge to change the world as we prepare for UN Day!

You are invited to watch ‘A Plastic Ocean’ with Vietnamese subtitles at the UNIS Hanoi Theatre, 17.00-19.00 on Tuesday 27 November.  (Suitable for children 7+ years old)

‘A Plastic Ocean’ directed by Craig Leeson and produced by Jo Ruxton and Adam Leipzig was screened in April this year by The Plastics Oceans Group for their Grade 5 PYP Exhibition. As part of their research and action project, the students wrote to ask why the film was not available in Vietnamese, when the country has such a high pollution rate. The film makers listened and Tuesday’s premiere is a result of our students action! This is a family event among many other activities happening at UNIS Hanoi next week for SDG Week leading up to our UN Day celebration on Friday 30 November.

Please note that for Tuesday’s screening, ES students must be supervised by an adult or older sibling on campus after hours, and MS students must only be on campus with a buddy. Parents must present their badge for access and guests will have to be signed in at the main security gate and exchange an ID for a security pass. Full campus access information is available on our website. There is no late bus service after the film and transport home must be organised by families.

‘A Plastic Ocean’ documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particles that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

Plastic pollution isn’t new but has become an alarming issue. Everyday billions and billions of plastic items are threw into the oceans, rivers and lakes, left on land unsightly. As a matter of fact, plastic is having negative impact on our planet, health and wildlife. According to a study by the University of Georgia in 2015, Vietnam is the fourth-largest contributor to marine plastic pollution globally but we’ve seen very little action.

Please join us on Tuesday to learn more about this burning issue and how you can help to make a difference. Help us spread the word and bring a Vietnamese friend with you to the screening. This event is free of charge and open to everyone on a first come first serve basis. A donation box will be place at the entrance. All funds raised will go toward stopping plastic pollution.

UN Day Lunch – An International Feast!

After our UN Day Ceremony (November 30), 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!

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 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 Locations & Food Sign-up 

Drop off food between 8.10 – 10.15 at the following lunch locations…

  • Grades 9 – 12 / Location – B8b-Ly Thai To Learning Centre (2nd floor) / (HS Food Sign-up)

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.

UN Peace Day Cranes

As part of our UN week of celebrations, please join us in making a wish for peace. According to Japanese legend, if you fold 1000 cranes, your wish will be granted. The crane has become of a symbol of peace and hope around the world. This next week around campus, you will find recycled paper and instructions on how to fold a Peace Crane. Write your own personal wish for peace inside and think about how you can make that wish come true with every fold. So far we have been able to make 100 cranes, but we need 900 more for our wish to come true. In order for the Sustainable Development Goals to be met, we all need to do our part one crane at a time. Parents, faculty, and students are encouraged to fold a crane or more. Remember, in order to create something big, you have to start small. One small crane at a time.

 

Gearing up for UN Day!

Please plan to join us for the UN Day Assembly in the School Sports Centre at 10.30 on Friday November 30.

And of course be sure to stay and enjoy the Community Lunch which is made possible by all the delicious food you bring to share! (details below and don’t forget to sign up!). 

UN Day is one of the key moments of the School year when our entire community joins together to celebrate our unique status as one of only two international United Nations Schools and the work of the UN in building a better world… together!

We are excited to welcome Mr Kamal Malhotra, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Viet Nam as our opening speaker, and next week our High School students will be vying to join him on stage to deliver the UNIS Hanoi student address.

Meanwhile the dancers are polishing their steps, the choir and musicians are practising their final flourishes and in just ten days time we will be building the stage and start the final rehearsals for this event which involves more than three-quarters of ALL our students during the assembly.

If your child is one the 252 flag bearers for the Parade of Nations, you will have already received information about the rehearsal schedule and some guidelines for their outfit. The Parade is the opening for this special event.

And of course, it wouldn’t be UN Day without the Community Lunch which follows on directly from the School Assembly.

After our UN Day Ceremony (November 30), 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!

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 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 Locations & Food Sign-up 

  • Grades 9 – 12 / Location – B8b-Ly Thai To Learning Centre (2nd floor) / (HS Food Sign-up)

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.

Orange the World #HearMeToo – 24 November

Everyone in society has an important role to play in ending gender-based violence and achieving gender equality. This year, UNIS Hanoi is excited to be joining the the United Nations Orange the World #HearMeToo End Violence Against Women and Girls campaign by hosting a special event during the annual 16 days of activism.

On Saturday, November 24, UN Women and the Vietnamese Women’s Museum will co-host “Speak Up for Gender Equality!” in the UNIS Hanoi Centre for the Arts from 8:00-11:30. The event will feature Pecha Kucha-style presentations by diverse gender equality advocates and will be attended by Vietnamese university delegations, diplomatic representatives, and famous singer and Hoàng Bách.

UNIS Hanoi high school students, parents, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend this event. Please register HERE, or contact lbianchi@unishanoi.org for more information.

Flying For Fun – Family Friendly Event

Are you a person who would love to fly a plane? Here is your chance!

Join us next week for a friendly competition as we make and fly foam gliders here at UNIS Hanoi. Come and watch for free, or for 100,000 VND buy a simple kit to build your own glider. You can decide whether to build a pre-cut kit or to design your own airplane. When the planes are ready, we will be launching them off the stairway behind our new building!

Jachym Jarkulisch will also be showcasing the remote controlled plane that he designed for his Personal Project with a mini airshow. Middle and High School students who are interested in building their own RC plane will have a chance to order a kit for 2,000,000 VND, and Jachym will be helping them construct their planes after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on 27 November.

What: Flying for Fun event – build a glider and compete with your friends
Who:
UNIS Hanoi parents and students of all ages
When: Saturday 17 November

  • Building Phase from 1:00-2:00pm
  • Glider Competition at 2:15pm

Where: The new building – the Ly Thai To Learning Center (B8b)
How: Sign up for Flying for Fun here

If your son or daughter is interested in building a remote controlled plane but is unable to attend the event on 17 Nov, click here

If you have any questions about the event, please email jjarkulisch1@unishanoi.org.