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)

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

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)

Connecting Hanoi’s Community!

There was a buzz on campus at the Community Connections Fair last Saturday! Whether you are a local Hanoian or just moved to Vietnam, this event was designed for everyone.

Over 60 vendors of services and activities for both children and adults shared what they have to offer. We had biodegradable cleaning products, eco-friendly pest control, plastic-free lifestyle products, cultural groups, e-bike tours of Vietnam, physical therapists, fitness centres, medical professionals and music to lift the ambiance!

Missed the Fair? No worries, for a list of who attended and their contacts/website – click HERE.

If you are new to Hanoi, spend some time browsing through our Hanoi Connections Your Ultimate Guide to Help you get Settled!

For any other community related questions or would like to join the next Community Connections Fair, contact our Community Liaison Coordinator (Nathalie Grun) clo@unishanoi.org

Community Connections Fair – TOMORROW!

With the ever-changing landscape of services opening in Hanoi, the Community Connections Fair is a great way to find out about what is trending and locally available! Follow the event on Facebook for updates. The full participant list if available here.

  • Dance studios to fitness centres
  • Acupuncturists to physiotherapists
  • Travel agencies to cultural shows
  • Medical practices to dentists
  • Healthy living to veterinary services
  • Kids activities to cultural groups. . .we’ve got everything covered!

#SustainableUNISHanoi

In addition to the popular services and organisations, a diverse range of sustainable vendors have been invited to promote their products which are eco-friendly, ethical, fair-trade or designed to minimize single-use plastics to our conscious consumers. You can find suppliers for some of the following items:

  • Bamboo toothbrushes
  • Refillable shampoo / conditioner / body wash stations
  • Coffee from traceable origins
  • Organic fruits and vegetables
  • All-natural insect repellent
  • Plant derived soap/shampoo bars
  • Locally-made natural laundry detergent

Whether you just arrived in Hanoi or you are a local, the Community Connections Fair is the best way to discover what Hanoi has to offer, gather contacts and try new things!

Community Connections Fair
Date: Saturday 21 September
Time: 9.00 – 12.00
Location: UNIS Hanoi Canteen

Please bring ID to enter campus.

Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun at clo@unishanoi.org

Below is a snapshot of who is attending…the full contact list is available HERE.

Community Connections Fair – Next Saturday!

With the ever-changing landscape of services opening in Hanoi, the Community Connections Fair is a great way to find out about what is trending and locally available! Follow the event on Facebook for updates like who is joining!

  • Dance studios to fitness centres
  • Acupuncturists to physiotherapists
  • Travel agencies to cultural shows
  • Medical practices to dentists
  • Healthy living to veterinary services
  • Kids activities to cultural groups. . .we’ve got everything covered!

#SustainableUNISHanoi

In addition to the popular services and organisations, a diverse range of sustainable vendors have been invited to promote their products which are eco-friendly, ethical, fair-trade or designed to minimize single-use plastics to our conscious consumers. You can find suppliers for some of the following items:

  • Bamboo toothbrushes
  • Refillable shampoo / conditioner / body wash stations
  • Coffee from traceable origins
  • Organic fruits and vegetables
  • All-natural insect repellent
  • Plant derived soap/shampoo bars
  • Locally-made natural laundry detergent

Whether you just arrived in Hanoi or you are a local, the Community Connections Fair is the best way to discover what Hanoi has to offer, gather contacts and try new things!

Community Connections Fair
Date: Saturday 21 September
Time: 9.00 – 12.00
Location: UNIS Hanoi Canteen

Please bring ID to enter campus.

Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun at clo@unishanoi.org

Community Connections Fair – Find out what Hanoi has to offer!

With the ever-changing landscape of services opening in Hanoi, the Community Connections Fair is a great way to find out about what is trending and locally available!

  • Dance studios to fitness centres

  • Acupuncturists to physiotherapists

  • Travel agencies to cultural shows

  • Medical practices to dentists

  • Healthy living to veterinary services

  • Kids activities to cultural groups. . .we’ve got everything covered!

#SustainableUNISHanoi

In addition to the popular services and organisations, a diverse range of sustainable vendors have been invited to promote their products which are eco-friendly, ethical, fair-trade or designed to minimize single-use plastics to our conscious consumers. You can find suppliers for some of the following items:

  • Bamboo toothbrushes

  • Refillable shampoo / conditioner / body wash stations

  • Coffee from traceable origins

  • Organic fruits and vegetables

  • All-natural insect repellent

  • Plant derived soap/shampoo bars

  • Locally-made natural laundry detergent

Whether you just arrived in Hanoi or you are a local, the Community Connections Fair is the best way to discover what Hanoi has to offer, gather contacts and try new things!

Community Connections Fair

Date: Saturday 21 September

Time: 9.00 – 12.00

Location: UNIS Hanoi Canteen

Please bring ID to enter campus.

Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun at clo@unishanoi.org

Flagging up UN Day!

UN Day will be celebrated at UNIS Hanoi on Monday October 21 and we are busy with our preparations!

The traditional assembly on the Monday morning 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.

Next week we will be sending out invitations to students to participate in the Parade of Nations and we want to take this opportunity to share with you the process we follow to send out these invitations.

If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Advancement, Emma Silva: doa@unishanoi.org 

Parade of Nations Flag Bearer Selection Guidelines

The following guidelines have been developed with the goal of ensuring the most equitable process for all students to have an opportunity to carry their nation’s flag during the UN Day School Assembly.

  1. We include all the flags of the 195 United Nations member states in the UN Day Flag Parade. (193 full member states and 2 observer states: Palestine and Holy See)
  2. The flags from the 64 member states represented in our community in 2019-2020 will be paraded downstairs in the Sports Centre carried by students from those countries. The 131 other flags will be upstairs in the balcony parade and can be carried by students from any nation. 
  3. National flags for countries not included in the UN Members States or Observer States will not be included in the Parade of Nations. Students from those countries will be entered into the lottery to carry national flags not represented within the UNIS Hanoi student community (the upstairs parade), or may chaperone younger students downstairs. They are permitted to wear their national dress.
  4. Students in Grades 1-12 are eligible to carry flags. We will invite one ES (G1-G5) and one MSHS (G6-12) student from each national group to carry their national flag (2 bearers per flag). Exceptions to this general rule as follows: 
    1. Students in the roster for the UNIS Hanoi Symphonic Orchestra can not carry a flag. 
    2. If the only student from a country is in Grade D-K2, they may carry their flag assisted by an appointed MSHS student chaperone.
    3. Students in Grades 1-11 may not be selected to carry their nation’s flag downstairs for two consecutive years in any national group with more than two students represented. They can still be selected to represent a member state in the balcony parade.
    4. In recognition of our graduating class’s final year, we will invite the oldest of our G12 students to carry the flag of their nationality. There are 21 nationalities represented in this year’s graduating class. If the oldest G12 student from that nationality chooses not to carry the flag (or is in the UNIS Symphonia) the opportunity will be offered to the second eldest and so on.
    5. In the case that there are only students from a country in one division, two students will be selected from that division. Please note for Elementary School one flag bearer would be selected from G1-3 and one from G4-5 in order for the older student to support the younger flag bearer.
  5. We determine a student’s nationality based on the country/ies of citizenship (passport/s) registered in the UNIS Hanoi school information system. Individual affinity, heritage, family history or past place of residence is not taken into consideration.
  6. All invitations will be issued by lottery (random selection based on individual Veracross Student ID) within national groups. The goal is to provide every eligible student with equal opportunity.
  7. If any student invited does not want to carry their country’s flag, the replacement bearer is then drawn by lottery from the national group in their division. Flag bearers do not have the option to transfer their invitation to a family member or friend.
  8. The 131 flags from the other UN member states will be carried by students selected by lottery from G4-G11 (one bearer per flag). Again, replacements will also be selected by lottery from this group.
  9. Invitation and confirmation process as follows. Please note that invitations for all flag bearers go out at the same time. This year invitations will be sent on September 5:
    1. The initial invitation is sent to parent 1 email, CC parent 2 email and student email (for students from G4 and above) with clear instructions to confirm before the deadline of Thursday September 12 at 18:00. 
    2. If we do not receive a response to advancement@unishanoi.org before the deadline the invitation will be re-assigned to another student.
    3. A reminder will be sent before the deadline on Tuesday September 10.
    4. Confirmation will be sent from UNIS Hanoi when we receive a response to accept or refuse the invitation by parent or student and cc’d to the original recipients.
    5. A second round of ‘lottery’ generated invitations will go out on Monday September 16 with a deadline of Friday September 20 at 18.00. There will be no reminder for second round invitations.
    6. If a third round is necessary (in excess of 20 flags are still without bearers),  it will be sent out on September 23 with a deadline of September 26.
    7. If following three rounds of invitations, there are still flags which do not have bearers, Division Principals will be engaged to find flag bearers on September 30.

Community Connections Fair – Find out what Hanoi has to offer!

With the ever-changing landscape of services opening in Hanoi, the Community Connections Fair is a great way to find out about what is trending and locally available!

  • Dance studios to fitness centres

  • Acupuncturists to physiotherapists

  • Travel agencies to cultural shows

  • Medical practices to dentists

  • Healthy living to veterinary services

  • Kids activities to cultural groups. . .we’ve got everything covered!

#SustainableUNISHanoi

In addition to the popular services and organisations, a diverse range of sustainable vendors have been invited to promote their products which are eco-friendly, ethical, fair-trade or designed to minimize single-use plastics to our conscious consumers. You can find suppliers for some of the following items:

  • Bamboo toothbrushes

  • Refillable shampoo / conditioner / body wash stations

  • Coffee from traceable origins

  • Organic fruits and vegetables

  • All-natural insect repellent

  • Plant derived soap/shampoo bars

  • Locally-made natural laundry detergent

Whether you just arrived in Hanoi or you are a local, the Community Connections Fair is the best way to discover what Hanoi has to offer, gather contacts and try new things!

Community Connections Fair

Date: Saturday 21 September

Time: 9.00 – 12.00

Location: UNIS Hanoi Canteen

Please bring ID to enter campus.

Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun at clo@unishanoi.org

Community Connections Fair – Find out what Hanoi has to offer!

With the ever-changing landscape of services opening in Hanoi, the Community Connections Fair is a great way to find out about what is trending and locally available!

  • Dance studios to fitness centres

  • Acupuncturists to physiotherapists

  • Travel agencies to cultural shows

  • Medical practices to dentists

  • Healthy living to veterinary services

  • Kids activities to cultural groups. . .we’ve got everything covered!

#SustainableUNISHanoi

In addition to the popular services and organisations, a diverse range of sustainable vendors have been invited to promote their products which are eco-friendly, ethical, fair-trade or designed to minimize single-use plastics to our conscious consumers. You can find suppliers for some of the following items:

  • Bamboo toothbrushes

  • Refillable shampoo / conditioner / body wash stations

  • Coffee from traceable origins

  • Organic fruits and vegetables

  • All-natural insect repellent

  • Plant derived soap/shampoo bars

  • Locally-made natural laundry detergent

Whether you just arrived in Hanoi or you are a local, the Community Connections Fair is the best way to discover what Hanoi has to offer, gather contacts and try new things!

Community Connections Fair

Date: Saturday 21 September

Time: 9.00 – 12.00

Location: UNIS Hanoi Canteen

Please bring ID to enter campus.

Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun at clo@unishanoi.org

TEDx Youth

Dear UNIS Hanoi community,

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

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

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

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

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

If you have any questions, please contact hnguyen30@unishanoi.org

Sincerely,

Vietnam Youth Leaders

First STEAMfest Success at UNIS Hanoi

This past week, approximately 100 members of the UNIS Hanoi community came together to celebrate STEAM on campus.  

The day started with local STEAM celebrity guest speakers sharing their inspiring agricultural, architectural, and educational work in our surrounding community. We were honored to have Ms Trang Tran, Fargreen founder, who is helping tackle the rice burning in Vietnam by creating organic & sustainable agricultural solutions; Mr Luong Trung Tien shared his love of Science/STEM, and the YouTube channel he created to reach students in Vietnam; and architects Man Xuan Nguyen shared his eye popping prototype of using AI and robotics to automate buildings which he calls the Pizzabot Assembler.

We then enjoyed UNIS Hanoi student and staff presentations at a variety of 12 engaging booths, with topics ranging from Flotatoes (aeroponics) to Hover Shoes.

The day wrapped up in the pool for an underwater ROV challenge.

Thank you to the UNIS Hanoi community for coming out and celebrating with us.  We look forward to making this a repeat event in the coming school years!

If you have any feedback, please share with sschneider@unishanoi.org.

Volunteer Appreciation Night!

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

STEAMfest – 18 May

You are invited to…

Join us for a day full of exciting activities! Come connect, share ideas and learn how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math come together to form STEAM!!

Students, staff, and parents are invited to share an activity or demonstration on STEAMfest. Email Sarah Schneider at sschneider@unishanoi.org by 18 April 2019 to sign up!

Who: UNIS Hanoi community
What: Showcase of STEAM-related work and ideas including:

  • Local STEAM celebrity guest speakers
    1. Trang Tran: CEO & Founder of organic & sustainable agricultural company Fargreen
    2. Luong Trung Tien: Founder of creative science/ STEM channel called Táy Máy Tò Mò
  • Variety of demonstration booths and challenges
  • Underwater robot obstacle course
  • Lunch options provided for purchase

Where: UNIS Hanoi (B8B & pool)
When: 18 May, 9 AM – 1 PM

Questions, comments, or concerns? Email sschneider@unishanoi.org