Helping Hands Needed – Rice and Clothes Drives

Among the regions in Vietnam, poverty incidence is higher and deeper in the Northern Mountain and Central Highlands. Lao Cai Province, in the far North of Vietnam, is one of the poorest regions in the country. Most adults are subsistence farmers, but the mountainous terrain is very labour-intensive and families struggle to make ends meet.

Sa Pa, a popular tourist destination in Vietnam and famous for its scenery and ethnic minority groups remains one of the poorest districts of Lao Cai province. The district’s remote mountainous areas make the delivery of educational service more difficult. Other factors that keep Lao Cai’s enrolment rates the lowest in Viet Nam include language barriers, poor and outdated teaching methods used in many schools and dilapidated classrooms. Many of the Primary and Secondary schools in the area suffer from an inordinate lack of even the most basic resources and facilities. Most schools have insufficient classrooms, sanitary facilities, desks, chairs, and textbooks. Classrooms often have poor quality blackboards and some chalk, but that is the extent of their teaching resources.

This year we will be organising rice and clothes drives to support children in Sapa. Please donate any used children’s clothes or a small sum of money for the rice to B5 G18 (Mr Campbell’s office).

Helping Hands Needed – Rice and Clothes Drives

Among the regions in Vietnam, poverty incidence is higher and deeper in the Northern Mountain and Central Highlands. Lao Cai Province, in the far North of Vietnam, is one of the poorest regions in the country. Most adults are subsistence farmers, but the mountainous terrain is very labour-intensive and families struggle to make ends meet.

Sa Pa, a popular tourist destination in Vietnam and famous for its scenery and ethnic minority groups remains one of the poorest districts of Lao Cai province. The district’s remote mountainous areas make the delivery of educational service more difficult. Other factors that keep Lao Cai’s enrolment rates the lowest in Viet Nam include language barriers, poor and outdated teaching methods used in many schools and dilapidated classrooms. Many of the Primary and Secondary schools in the area suffer from an inordinate lack of even the most basic resources and facilities. Most schools have insufficient classrooms, sanitary facilities, desks, chairs, and textbooks. Classrooms often have poor quality blackboards and some chalk, but that is the extent of their teaching resources.

This year we will be organising rice and clothes drives to support children in Sapa. Please donate any used children’s clothes or a small sum of money for the rice to B5 G18 (Mr Campbell’s office).

#SustainableUNISHanoi

What’s happening?

Do you know that UNIS Hanoi has community gardens across three school divisions? Do you know that the vegetables grow in our gardens are 100% organic?

What are we doing about it? 

Have you ever asked yourself what it takes to bring vegetables and grains to your dining table?

UNIS Hanoi, Sustainable UNIS Hanoi, Sustainability Committee, Green UNIS Hanoi

A group of HS students has devoted 3 hours per week to learn about sustainable gardening. The students started this project from the beginning of the school year as part of their Service learning activity. By cultivating this piece of land from scratch, the group has learnt that gardening and organic gardening, in particular, is an ongoing process and requires huge efforts to make it happen.

Even though it is truly rewarding to see the plants sprout and grow, there are a lot of work needs to be done on a regular basis including turning the dirt, sowing, watering and weeding until the harvest days.

What can YOU do to help?

Appreciate the food that you eat every day.

Reduce food waste.

#SustainableUNISHanoi

Grade 5 PYP Exhibition

The Primary Years Program Exhibition (PYPx) is a showcase of the concepts and skills that Grade 5 students have learned throughout our Elementary School years in the PYP. It began with students taking our passions and connecting them to an issue. From there, the teachers sorted everyone into small groups of two to five students. This year the groups include social media and screen time, global warming, animal welfare, endangered animals, deforestation, animal cruelty, gender education, education resources, quality education, water quality, LGBTQ, plastic ocean, human impact on the ocean, hunger, clean energy, plastic pollution and reuse, animal trafficking and poaching, waste and cooking, war and weapons, domestic violence, unemployment, homelessness, girls in sports, gender equality and transport.

For the first few weeks, the students worked on developing our lines of inquiries to have an idea of what we were going to research. After researching, we took the information and wrote informational reports. Then we revised, edited and published our reports, which can now be found in the library.

We spent the last two weeks taking action and preparing our presentations.

All our hard work will be exhibited on 24 April and 25 April in the UNIS Centre for the Arts at the following times:

Wednesday, 24 April

  • 10:00am – 11:00am
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Thursday, 25 April

  • 9:30am – 11:00am
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm (special presentation for families and friends)

We hope to see you at the PYPx!

The G5 Student Publicity Committee (Hannah, Ivy, SungJoon, Zoe)

UNIS Ha Noi Student Film Shortlisted for AAYFF 2019 International Student Film Festival

This year’s Across Asia Youth Film Festival received 244 films from 101 schools across 15 countries. Out of this batch of films, 21 have been shortlisted for the final awards ceremony to be held in Ho Chi Minh City next weekend on Saturday, 20 April.

One group of UNIS Hanoi grade 9 students submitted a film that has been shortlisted for the awards ceremony in the age 13-15 category! They produced a documentary about student stress and coping with it. Watch the film below:

In addition to the festival awards, there is an audience choice award that YOU can vote for! Please follow this link to vote (scroll to the bottom of the page for the ballot … voting closes 19 April).

You may remember that a group of UNIS Hanoi G12 students won the Best Director and Audience Choice awards for their short film Nhân in last year’s festival.

Thank you for supporting student filmmakers and the Arts at UNIS HaNoi!

Jackson Garland and Colin Campbell

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.