Important Updates from the Head of School

Dear Parents,

Thank you all for joining us this week for our wonderful UN Day celebrations and for making this community event so special.

More than 800 students are involved in the Parade of Nations and the musical performances making this a truly inclusive celebration of all that we can achieve working together!

While we celebrate the end of a successful Quarter One in our School year, our vision is firmly fixed already on next year and I would like to take this opportunity to inform our community of planning that is already in action.

    COMMUNITY MEETINGS

Many of you have already attended community meetings, which in addition to important updates for the current school year, were also designed to help us with our strategic planning for the future. More opportunities for parents to get involved will be announced in the coming weeks and we hope that the unity in diversity that our UN Day celebrations demonstrated, will weave its way into our planning as we look to the future.

Please read the minutes from these sessions (the week before the Autumn Break) and thank you to the 116 parents who attended, with a special thank you to our parents who coordinated translation. 

 

   CALENDAR 2020-2021

To support our families in their planning for the upcoming School year, we would like to share the following information:

  • August 12, 2020: First Day of School
  • December 19, 2020 – January 11, 2021: Winter Break
  • February 11, 2021 – February 21, 2021: Tet (Lunar New Year) Holiday
  • June 11, 2021: Last Day of School

Further information, including dates for Autumn and Spring Breaks will be shared in the coming weeks. The early start provides an additional week of study to our students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme prior to their final exams at the end of the School year and we believe this to be an important consideration in the annual calendar. We have also worked closely with other schools in Hanoi for alignment to support our co curricular programmes and to support our families with children in those schools.

 

   RECRUITING SEASON HAS BEGUN

This year, UNIS Hanoi will be recruiting 19 faculty members and four administrators to join our team for the 2020 – 2021 school year. This is a typical year for faculty recruitment in our international school context and we are delighted more than 135 faculty members (88%) choose to remain with us for another year! 

Openings are in the process of being posted on our website and through various search agencies that provide a service to the international school recruitment market. 

We will have many opportunities towards the end of the school year to celebrate departing faculty and their years of service to UNIS Hanoi, commitment to both student learning and our larger school community. 

The following teachers and staff will be leaving UNIS Hanoi in June of 2020:

Adrian Hubbard, Charla Marshall, Laura Moore, Kristin McAuliffe, Deborah Vermeire, Daniel Lucardie, Christine Boulden, David Carter, Aga Schaffner, Nicole Moodie, Kristi Belete, Kristen Twynam-Perkins, Michael Luciani, Tom Ryan, Carlo Palusci, Sandra Schneiderman, Sarah Schneider, Brenda Manfredi, Lee Cassidy, Scott Schaffner, Glenda Baker, Marc Vermeire and Stephen Lush.

 

   LEADERSHIP TEAM NEWS

As I mentioned we have four administrators who will leave at the end of the year. 

We have already announced that our High School Principal, Scott Shaffner, will be moving to be closer to family in Europe and USA.

Our Middle School Principal, Marc Vermiere has accepted an offer to join the leadership team at the American School in Japan. Marc has been teaching and leading at UNIS Hanoi for the past seven years. For the past three years, he has been responsible for establishing a Middle School culture at UNIS Hanoi that addresses the unique developmental needs of children in Grades 6 – 8 and developing systems and structures to support this area. He has also worked extensively on our all-school child safeguarding processes. We wish Marc, Deb and their family all the best in their next adventure. 

Our High School Deputy Principal, Glenda Baker will be leaving UNIS Hanoi at the end of the year to explore new opportunities and our Upper Elementary School Deputy Principal Stephen Lush will be joining Gyeonggi Suwon International School in Korea as their new Head of School. 

Next year, JJ Akin will assume the full-time position of Middle School Deputy Principal Secondary School. JJ has been the Middle School Deputy Principal (part-time) for the past two years. He has the background, experiences and expertise to provide not only continuity to this division throughout the upcoming transition but also the leadership and interpersonal skills necessary for our School to continue to flourish as we move into Strategy 2023 – our next strategic plan. 

 

  NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL STRUCTURE

Our current structure in the Middle School and High School strongly supports student well-being by allowing for developmentally appropriate programmes, approaches to teaching and learning, and systems and structures that are aligned with what is best for children during various stages of adolescence.  

However, the same structure does not easily support curriculum alignment within the framework of the MYP and in some areas fosters duplication of efforts and possible barriers for transition for our students.

So, can it be better? We believe that, yes, it can. The goal of the new structure is to preserve all that is positive about our current situation while simultaneously, addressing areas that could be improved. Our Concept is one of  Schools within a School.

A new Secondary School divided into two distinct divisions – Middle School and High School – independent and autonomous when appropriate, and operating under the cohesion of one Secondary School for seamless student transition and planning.

This new structure will be familiar to our Elementary School families who already experience Lower and Upper ES Schools, within our Elementary School.

And for those families that have been with us for several years, it is worth noting that this is not reverting to our former combined Middle and High School model which had only two leadership roles for the entire Division with minimal separation or distinction.

I would like to share with you some of the details of our thinking andThe Why?” behind this move; Why would we do this?

Primarily it is a better use of personnel resources to best support student learning and well-being. The roles and responsibilities of the members of the Secondary School Leadership Team will be focused and will allow there to be a strong commitment to both teaching and learning and supporting student well-being (the whole-child).

  • Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning
    • Focus on Teaching and Learning
    • Supports curriculum alignment as an IB continuum school 
    • Will shift the way we think about the transition process between Grades 8 and 9 and support more authentic transitions either academically or developmentally when appropriate
    • Will allow for the alignment of systems and structures
    • Will support cross over teachers that currently teach in both divisions, for example, languages, arts and counselling
    • Will strengthen the sense of community, while maintaining strong Middle School and High School cultures
    • Support the work of the MYP (Middle Years Programme) and DP (Diploma Programme) Coordinator
  • MS Deputy Principal (Grades 6-8) and High School Deputy Principal (Grades 9-12))
    • Focus on Schools within a School
    • Maintain a strong sense of community and identity in each division
    • Provides a continued focus on the importance of relationships between students and staff.
    • Continue to ensure that programs, systems and structures are appropriate for each developmental age group.

 

  ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT AND FEE PAYMENT STRUCTURE

UNIS Hanoi is a Non Profit school which endeavours to be as inclusive as possible and to provide the best possible service for a highly transient community.

In addition to reviewing structures to better support teaching and learning (outlined above), we have also been reviewing enrollment deadlines and fee payment structures, both of which are central to managing the school’s finances in a responsible way for our community.

Streamlining the admissions process, re-enrollment dates and fee payment structures is central to delivering  our educational programmes and for future planning. In addition we know that increasingly families who wish to join our school are experiencing unnecessary distress from delays and wait times in School admission timelines which were originally designed to support families!

The budget is based almost entirely on the revenue stream from students enrolled in the school and therefore managing this process more effectively will ensure the success of our programming and delivery of our Mission is dependent upon sound financial planning and timelines.  

What does this mean for you?

  1. We are moving from the option of an annual or quarterly fee payment to the option of an  annual or semester fee payment. The additional fee will remain at 4% for those who choose the semester option.
  2. The re-enrollment deadline will be February 1, 2020.
  3. The payment for Annual/1st semester fees and the capital fees will be July 10, 2020.
  4. The payment for 2nd semester fees will be December 1, 2020.

These changes are aligned with other International Schools and will allow the Enrollment Management Team to offer places to prospective families in a timely manner, ensuring a more consistent enrollment. 

For Example:

(Please note these numbers are for illustration only. Fees for the 2020 – 2021 year will be shared at the November Community Meeting): 

Current Fee Structure New Fee Structure
Annual Quarterly Annual Semester
20000 7280 20000 10400
5200
5200 10400
3120
20000 20800 20000 20800

The Finance Committee (comprised of UNIS Hanoi parents) and the Board of Directors have been consulted throughout this process and concur with the direction the School is taking. 

As always, we are available to answer any questions you may have or to discuss your individual fee payment contract with the School as we transition to this new structure. We are here to support you through this process. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Mr Manu Trivedi in the Business Office: fc@unishanoi.org or telephone (84 24) 7300 4500

Head of School Update

Dear Families,

In the International School World, recruitment for teachers and leaders happens on an annual cycle in the upcoming months, and so although it is only the beginning of the year, it is at this time that many of our community plan for next year!

Our High School Principal, Mr Scott Schaffner has decided with his family that this will be their last year in Hanoi and that he will not be returning for the 2020-2021 School year.

Mr Schaffner joined our team three years ago and has been responsible for developing the High School division as the School transitioned from two divisions (Elementary and Secondary) to three divisions (Elementary, Middle and High).

His leadership in this area has been outstanding and has led to a strong High School culture with a focus on programme development appropriate for this age group. The implementation of online learning opportunities for students, the STEAM programme, online grading and reporting, “bring your own device” programme and a deep focus on pedagogy and curriculum are just some of his many achievements.

Mr Schaffner’s leadership, dedication to the mission and open personality will be missed.

We look forward to his ongoing leadership throughout the year and will find the time to say thank you and good-bye later in the year. I know you will all join me in wishing him and his family all the very best.

Next week, I will send out more information regarding the search process for his replacement which will seek to engage members of our community.

Sincerely,
Jane McGee

First Days of School

We have had a fantastic start to the School year. For the past four days we have seen our Values of Learning, Community and Responsibility in action.

On Tuesday, we welcomed over 140 new families and their children to our community. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our parent cultural representatives and volunteers, the SCO, our Middle and High School student ambassadors and of course our UNIS Hanoi faculty and staff. Thank you!

Over the next three days, the energy and enthusiasm to be back at School and focused on learning was palpable throughout the campus. Whether students were learning about their classmates, developing new routines or diving into the curriculum, activities were designed to create a culture that will support a productive learning environment for the year. The commitment and preparation of our teaching staff ensured a very smooth start to the year. Thank you!

I would like to also take this opportunity to thank our support staff – these teams worked diligently over the summer to ensure that we could open on time with a safe, secure and beautiful campus.

Have a lovely weekend. I am looking forward to seeing all of your children on Monday!

Jane McGee
Head of School

From the Head of School…

This is the time of year when our entire community is in transition. Members of our school community are either leaving, entering a new place, or being left behind.

Many of our teachers and staff are also in transition. We are grateful to the following individuals who have been a part of our school community, actively contributing to our school values of Learning, Community and Responsibility. We know that they have touched the lives of many students and their families during their time at UNIS Hanoi.

Edward Gilbreath
Tech Director
Carl Strefford
Senior Manager Operations
Bronagh Lucardie
Senior Manager Admissions
Susan McComic
Health Centre Coordinator
Liana Bianchi
Senior Manager – Marketing & Enrollment
Thango Vu
Senior Manager Business Administration
Andy Myers
Aquatics Academy Manager
Francis Beeckmans
ES Mother Tongue
Nao Akagawa
MSHS Mother Tongue

Please join me in wishing them well for their new adventures ahead.

Jane McGee
Head of School

 

From the Head of School

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that in a very short period of time, we will be gathering together to “Bang the Drum” to close down the School year. The end of the year brings an excitement and energy through many celebrations while simultaneously creating the opportunity for reflection as we process another year of Learning, Community and Responsibility.

Over the next few weeks, we will be celebrating the journey of our students, their academic progress and achievements, their commitment to service, their pursuit of athletics and activities, and a number of rites of passage as our students move from one division of the School to another or from UNIS Hanoi to post-secondary experiences.

We are very excited to be celebrating the achievements of the Class of 2019 next week with our students and their families at the annual Tree Planting Celebration, the Grand Walk and our Graduation Ceremony.

Additional celebrations over the next few weeks include Farewell Assemblies, Grade 8 Promotion and Grade 5 Celebration Assembly as well as events to celebrate our leaving faculty and staff and to honor the years of service of those who are staying.

As we head into the final three weeks of school, our community – students, parents, faculty and staff – are going through the highly emotional process of transition. In the next few weeks, I urge families that are both staying and going to dive into the research on “leaving well” so they can find ways to support their children through this period of transition. If you feel your child needs additional support, please reach out to our counselling team.

As the faculty and staff work to ensure a smooth, effective and well communicated close to the school year, the leadership team is no exception. In the final Tin Tucs of the school year, we will be communicating with you regarding some end of year developments from our annual action plan priorities, including developments with the canteen, summer campus projects and our new fundraising initiative for 2019-2020.

We will also give you a taste of what is to come and some of the planning already underway for next year.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our end of year events!

Yours sincerely,
Jane McGee

From the Head of School

Dear parents,
You are cordially invited to the final Head of School Community Meeting of the year on April 23 at 8.15 in the Ly Thai To Learning Centre (B8b/115).​
We look forward to sharing this year’s institutional celebrations with you as we head into the final weeks of school. I will also present on key areas we have been focusing on this year, progress of the CIS self-study and some new changes planned for next year. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion together with our School’s Senior Leadership Team who will respond to any questions you may have. Included in the panel are: ES Principal, MS Principal, HS Principal, Director of Activities, Director of Advancement and Director of Technology. Our Director of Finance and Operations will unfortunately be out of town during this time.
In addition, Board of Directors Parent Elect candidates will be invited to present themselves and explain why they have chosen to seek election.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Sincerely yours,
Jane McGee

From the Head of School

Dear parents,
You are cordially invited to the final Head of School Community Meeting of the year on April 23 at 8.15 in the Ly Thai To Learning Centre (B8b/115).​
We look forward to sharing this year’s institutional celebrations with you as we head into the final weeks of school. I will also present on key areas we have been focusing on this year, progress of the CIS self-study and some new changes planned for next year. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion together with our School’s Senior Leadership Team who will respond to any questions you may have. Included in the panel are: ES Principal, MS Principal, HS Principal, Director of Activities, Director of Advancement and Director of Technology. Our Director of Finance and Operations will unfortunately be out of town during this time.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Sincerely yours,
Jane McGee

From the Head of School

Dear Parents,

At my recent  Head of School Community Meeting I highlighted the work of the Leadership Team in revising and updating the UNIS Hanoi Air Quality Index (AQI) Response Chart.

The updated chart is linked here.

Please note, the “Health Implications” and “Health Advisory” at the different levels of AQI are derived from the US Government Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines and the third column details the UNIS Hanoi response.  

The AQI is monitored hourly through the UNIS Hanoi AQI station, a second AQI reader located at ground level and the Hanoi AQI data found on this website. Based on these readings, the staff is informed of the level of the AQI and responds according to the UNIS Hanoi AQI response chart.

The Sports Center and Ly Thai To Learning Center (B8b – canteen building) both have air filtering systems. Stand alone air purifiers are in all other learning spaces to ensure our students have filtered clean air. The staff is regularly updated on appropriate use of the purifiers and our operations team regularly visits classrooms to ensure the air quality in classrooms is safe. Sample measurements are taken with a handheld machine.

I have also included some feedback from our PE department which provides a sense of modifications that are made to ensure a high quality educational experience in spite of the AQI reading. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Principals, PE department or me if you have any questions.

Head of School
Jane Mc Gee

 

Examples of Modifications:

101 – 150 (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups)

Examples: Recess/break times limited to 20 minutes.

ES PE example: When doing a high intensity activity it would be adapted for sensitive groups. High intensity lessons/games or running for long periods of time would take place indoors.

MS/HS PE example:

  • No vigorous activity or intense game play. Activities that require students to spend an extended period of time with their heart rates above 130 bpm/ex-football, waterpolo, athletics running events would be modified decrease level of exertion. Modifications would include decreasing field size, changing position rules so that movement is restricted to zones, changing longer running events into relay races.
  • Sensitive students will have modified activities to minimize heavy exertion ( ex. design a modified fitness workout that allows them to focus on muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility while minimizing cardiovascular fitness)

151 – 200 (Unhealthy)

Example: Recess/break times limited to 20 minutes, no “running” activities (field and soccer pitch closed)

ES PE example: All high intensity activities are done inside. PE that is done outside is modified to low/medium intensity activities. Volleyball is an example of a low/medium intensity activity which would still happen outside. However the warm-up game (which is high intensity) would take place inside.

MS/HS PE example:  

  • Activities will be moved to an indoor space when possible (ex- Warmup and cardiovascular fitness portions of a lesson could be moved to the movement room or fitness room (yoga, aerobics, dance and circuit training can all be integrated into a unit and facilitated in these spaces as students explore ways to maintain the health related fitness components)
  • All activities that require heavy exertion will be modified.  (Ex. A Track & Field lesson would focus on throwing & Jumping events and would not participate in running events on unhealthy days.)
  • Sensitive students would have a modified role in class that does not include physical activity (ex- referee, coach, warmup specialist, team manager).

201 – 300 (Very Unhealthy)

MS/HS PE example:

  • When indoor facilities are not available lessons would be  structured to accommodate classroom work (when applicable) from the current unit. This also helps to  increase outdoor activity time on healthy days.
  • Facility schedules would be altered when possible to maximize indoor activity space.  An example would would be splitting the sportscenter in to four instruction spaces when normally it is two.

From the Head of School

Thank you to everyone who attended the Head of School Community Meeting and shared your thoughts about the Community Survey data that was shared. For those of you who were unable to attend, you can find the presentation and notes here including the Air Map of Hanoi link mentioned at the meeting.

For those of you running in the Family FUNd Run, I’ll see you there to kick it off! Have a great weekend.

Jane McGee
Head of School

From the Head of School

Join me on Tuesday February 19 at 8.15 for the Community Meeting. 

In this meeting, we will be sharing some of the results of the Parent Community Survey and involve you in making sense of the data for our school planning. We will also share important updates on a number of areas, including our Air Quality Index monitoring and action plan.

I hope you enjoy reading the annual report for 2017-2018, UNIS UNfolded that I shared with you before the Tet break and I look forward to seeing you next week.

Jane McGee
Head of School

From the Head of School

As we celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig in Vietnam I would like to take this opportunity to wish your family a new year filled with good health, happiness and success.

We are committed to your children’s success and working in partnership with you and all our parents is important to us. You chose UNIS Hanoi for your children and we take the trust you place in us very seriously.

To that end, and as we start the year of the Pig I would like to make three important requests of you:

  1. Give us your opinion in our Parent Community Survey (if you have not already completed it). You have already received information about this and I can only encourage you to make the time to help us, help your children. It is available in many languages and is anonymous.

  2. Join me on Tuesday February 19 at 8.15 for a Community Meeting at which we will share some of the results of this survey and involve you in making sense of the data for our school planning. We will also share important updates on a number of areas, including our Air Quality Index monitoring and action plan.

  3. Read UNIS UNfolded, our annual report for 2017-2018 in which we share the results of other surveys and important data demonstrating our Mission in action through our values of Learning, Community and Responsibility. Some of the numbers are impressive, some are reassuring and some we are confident we can improve.

You might be interested to know how our IB Diploma results compare to the world? How many students earn a Bi-lingual IB Diploma? How do our standardised test results in Grade 3-9 compare to other international schools? How many students take part in our co-curricular programmes? How many programmes do we offer to the Hanoi community? How many alumni remain connected to UNIS Hanoi as a network for your children? How many volunteer hours do parents give? What is the impact of the school community’s philanthropy?

I hope you enjoy finding the answers in UNIS UNfolded and I look forward to seeing you after the break at my Community Meeting.

Please note that campus will be fully closed over the Tet break from February 2 – February 10. Campus will reopen on Monday, February 11. 

Chúc mừng năm mới!

Jane McGee

Head of School

Artwork by Hong Kiey Anh (Alumni Class of 2020)

From the Head of School

Happy New Year and welcome back!

We are committed to gathering the perspectives and feedback of our students, parents, faculty and alumni on an annual basis. As you know, this year we are completing our self-study for our Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation process. The Community Survey is an important part of our accreditation and we will be launching it next week. The survey is administered by CIS and you will receive an email with a link to the online questionnaire and instructions on Monday (January 14).

The survey is anonymous and should only take around 10 minutes to complete. It can be taken in 30 languages including English, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, French, Spanish, and others. We use the data collected during this survey as a benchmark in how we are delivering on our mission, vision, and values, to evaluate our achievement of our Annual Action Plan and our Strategic Plan, and to set targets for improvement. By taking time to complete the survey you will help us know whether we are on track to achieve our objectives, and what we should prioritise for next year.

We hope that you will be willing to take a few minutes to share your thoughts, feelings and beliefs about UNIS Hanoi with us. We are grateful for your participation.

As a reminder, these were the highlights and challenges identified from last year’s Community Survey completed in March 2018:

Last year’s Highlights included:

  1. Our curriculum is in line with our mission, and our mission is well understood.
  2. Our campus is safe, healthy, and clean, with an outstanding increase in satisfaction with food services.
  3. There is a strong understanding of our United Nations connection and agreement that multiculturalism and diversity enrich teaching and learning at UNIS Hanoi.
  4. Parents feel their children are engaged in their learning, and both parents and students feel they understand grading.
  5. Our community feels technology effectively supports and enhances learning at UNIS Hanoi.
  6. Learning is collaborative at UNIS Hanoi, and personalised learning is meeting the needs of most students.

Challenges identified last year include:

  1. There was a downward trend in perception of campus maintenance. We think this is largely related to the impact of the campus development project on our campus spaces this year and we will monitor this concern closely next year. We don’t expect this trend to continue when the construction fences are removed and we can all enjoy the results of the project.
  2. There was a drop in satisfaction with Board of Directors communications and some drop in satisfaction with school communications among specific national groups and across divisions. We completed a  communications audit led by the Parent Partnerships Task Force which provided detailed recommendations to improve school communications including increasing translation where possible and reviewing new family orientation.
  3. Students were less satisfied this year with emotional support, counseling, and expressing themselves at school. Parents are also concerned about counseling services. In 2017-2018 three of our four MSHS counsellors were new to the school, and both MS and HS principals were new to their roles. The separation of MS and HS divisions is an ongoing project which is designed to provide better, more tailored services at division level in the long-term. MSHS counsellors are following up with additional research to understand how services can be improved. In 2017-2018 we already began providing training for student councils and leader retreats, and will continue to  develop with student spirit councils to strengthen student voice.
  4. Our community understands our United Nations connection and values its impact on learning, but doesn’t feel as connected to the work of the UN in Vietnam. We continue to maintain and strengthen our UN connection through a variety of activities, and are planning several events to showcase the work of the UN at UNIS Hanoi including continuing to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into our curriculum, recognition of significant UN observances such an event with UN Women for Women’s Day, and further linking our Service Learning projects with UN initiatives in Vietnam.
  5. Although our community feels very safe on campus, some specific concerns with emergency procedures, busing, and local health awareness were identified. We will be reinforcing our policies and procedures through training for staff and contractors (busing), and improving communication by departments such as the School Health Centre and Transportation.

Jane McGee
Head of School

From the Head of School

Dear Parents,

It has been a pleasure working with your children throughout the first semester. On behalf of the faculty and staff at UNIS Hanoi, I hope you have a restful, safe and happy holiday with friends and family.

Please note that the campus will be closed from December 24 – January 1. We will resume operations on January 2, 2019. During the break, the administrative building will be closed. If you need the below departments, they will be located in the following areas:
  • HOS Office – B8B Activities Conference Room
  • Human Resources – B8B – 117
  • Business Office – B5 – 127
  • Advancement – B8B – Faculty Lounge
  • Admissions – B8B – 115 & 116

We look forward to welcoming everyone back on January 7 and wish you all the best for 2019!

Jane McGee
Head of School

From the Head of School

Thank you to everyone who joined us today for our UN Day celebrations and Community Lunch! I was happy to meet so many of our community on such a special day which involved so many of our students, and was made possible by the hard work of so many volunteers, faculty and staff. Thank you all!

I would like to take this opportunity to share with those of you who could not join us on campus today, my message to the community.

All week our students have been learning about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and this was our opportunity to challenge our entire community to help make a difference:

“Many of you have been learning about how small actions can make a big difference – how a teaspoon of change – whether it is ideas, attitudes or actions – can have an impact over time. So, let’s think about this for a moment. How big is a teaspoon? Imagine a teaspoon… In the UNIS community, there are over 2500 members. Now, imagine 2500 teaspoons…let’s use our imagination to measure change.
I want you to think about plastic bags. If everyone in our community refrains from using a plastic bag once…we have saved 2500 plastic bags.
If everyone refrains from ordering a take-away smoothie or coffee in a paper or plastic cup, that is 2500 fewer paper or plastic cups. If everyone shortens their shower by 2 minutes, that saves 40,000 Litres of water. 40,000 Litres in one a day.
And look at a tiny teaspoon…One teaspoon multiplied by 2500 UNIS Hanoi community members = 12 litres of change, 2500 bags, 2500 cups, 40,000 Litres of water. 
One school community. In just one day.”

Please come to our Teaspoons of Change Family Workshop or Parents Event this coming week and challenge yourselves to make the change. You can find more details in this edition of Tin Tuc.

And as I mentioned today, here is the Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World from the United Nations to guide you and give you plenty of ideas. We can all start as Sofa Superheros and move to Household Heros or beyond!

If you would like to watch the all school assembly again or share it with your families around the world, here is the link. All photos will be shared in Tin Tuc next week.

I would also like to share with you today the calendar for the 2019 – 2020 year which is now available on the UNIS Hanoi website. Please note that the first day of school for our students will be  Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

Jane McGee
Head of School