“Amazing Arts Exhibition and Auction” – By the Community, for the Community!

Calling for donations from all artists and art makers for UNIS Hanoi’s upcoming Amazing Arts – Community Exhibition & Auction.

Advancement office is partnering with Service Learning, Lower and Upper Elementary art students for the 3rd annual Amazing ARTS – Community Exhibition & Auction raising money for Service Learning projects and partners through The Birthday Gift Fund.

Opening evening: 18:00 – 20:00 on Friday, February 15
Exhibition: February 15 – March 1
Location: Centre for the Arts

The concept is simple… students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni donate a piece of art they have created (or collected) for the auction and then for 2 weeks our community will bid in a silent, secret auction to take home the art of their choice! Artwork could be a painting, a sketch, an embroidery, a book, photographs, ceramics… all up to your creative talents!

Thanks to our supportive community, we raised over $10,000 USD in the last 2 years. We look forward to a flood of artistic offerings this year. Don’t be shy! Your art will look fabulous in someone else’s home!

Please drop off your piece of art by Friday, February 8 at the Advancement Office (B7 Rm 102) so that we can create a wonderful exhibition.
Please complete our Art Auction Information form to let us know a little about you and your work to help us plan our display. We will find room for everyone’s art! THANK YOU!

Questions? Contact  Ms Ha Dinh (fundraising@unishanoi.org) in the Advancement Office.

Wishing all a Happy, Healthy 2019!

 

The new year is a great time to review your child’s immunization records to ensure that they AND yourself are up-to-date on vaccinations. UNIS Hanoi follows the CDC recommendations that you can review here for updates. Review CDC guidelines here.

Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions and prevents between 2 and 3 million deaths every year. From infants to senior citizens, immunization protects against diseases such as diphtheria, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus. The benefits of immunization are increasingly being extended to adolescents and adults, providing protection against life-threatening diseases such as influenza, meningitis, and cancers (cervical and liver cancers).

Raffles, Hanoi Family Medical Practice and French Hospital can provide your family with most vaccinations  needed. Please note, Vietnam does not have regularly enforced laws regarding vaccinations. This being said, it puts our community at risk for coming in contact with a preventable illnesses.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the School Health Nurses with any questions or concerns at shc@unishanoi.org

Our Alumni

Bridie Taber (Class of 2013) was a part of the Victorian Roller Derby League B Team (Australia), the Queen Bees, that traveled to Dallas, Texas, USA in September 2018 to compete in the World Championships. The team won the 2018 B Team Championships, making them the first non-US team to win the title. Roller Derby is a full contact sport, played on a flat, oval surface where five players from two teams compete to score the most points. Bridie is working and living in Victoria, Melbourne. Bridie’s sister Caitlin is also a UNIS Hanoi alumni and their parents Daryl and Cathy Taber are Alumni Faculty/Staff. (Photo: Duane Baker Photography)

Every week we feature a short profile of one of our global alumni in Tin Tuc. UNIS Hanoi is connected to 55% of all alumni students, families and faculty with our very own world wide web connecting UNIS Hanoi in the four corners of the globe!

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 Board of Directors

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I write to update you on some of the work the Board has been engaged in during the first half of this year.

Finances

One of the main duties and responsibilities of the Board is the fiscal stability of the School. We are committed to maintaining a secure financial foundation and transparency for our community. We are pleased to note the following;

  1. Audit 2017-18: Ernst and Young have carried out last year’s audit and have declared the school’s financial reports to be in good order. The Annual Report 2017-2018 (UNIS Unfolded)  will provide the summary financial overview – available end semester 1.
  2. Budget planning 2018 -19: Our projected budget for this year was based on an enrollment figure of 1135 students. Current admissions  data anticipates no change to this figure with no budget adjustment required.
  3. Budget 2019 -20: The Board has approved the budget for next year’s annual action plan based on a steady enrollment of 1135. This is a cautious figure as we  budget conservatively to ensure long term stability for the school. UNIS Hanoi remains the number 1 choice of new families relocating to Hanoi.

Tuition Fees Increase of 4%, Capital Fees increase to $3,000 (K2-G12)

The Board bases its budget decision on the School’s Values, Mission and Vision to ensure that the School honours its commitment to you and your children. Key to that commitment is recruiting and retaining highly qualified and experienced teachers and further developing our facilities in support of teaching and learning. Thorough benchmarking analysis of local and regional international schools as well as wider economic scans are used to determine the budget figures each year. Following review, a draft budget with a proposed 4% tuition increase for 2019-2020 was presented at our community meeting in November with  a capital fee increase to $3,000 for grades K2 – 12. These budget figures were subsequently approved at the 20 November Board meeting.

During the first half of this year the Board has also worked in the following areas:

  1. Nurturing and supporting our new Head of School Jane McGee during her first year at UNIS Hanoi.
  2. Establishing a Fundraising Task Force that will work to define the future of Fundraising at UNIS Hanoi.
  3. Preliminary planning for our next strategic planning cycle to follow `Strategy 2020’, which reaches completion at the end of next year.  
  4. Maintaining strong financial oversight as the school works to build reserves for our next phase of campus development.

None of these achievements would be possible without the dedication of Board and Committee volunteers. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support and I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year. 

Amie Pollack, PhD.
Board Chair 2018-2019

Admissions Notices

Are you planning on leaving? Please submit an Admissions Withdrawal Form indicating the last day of attendance for your child/ren. This will help us to transition new students into school as early as possible for the second semester of this academic year.

Do you have other siblings for whom you would like to apply? Admissions for the 2019-2020 school year will open in January, so please contact us as soon as possible to register your child’s details.

Will you re-enroll your children for the 2019-2020 school year? Re-enrolment for current students will commence at the end of January and will be completed using the parent portal. To secure placements, a tuition deposit payment is required for each child and will be due 29 March 2019.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance by dropping into the Admissions Office in B7, email admissions@unishanoi.org or telephone 0247 300 4508 extensions 8217 / 8738 / 8739 / 8732 / 8220.

Thank you

Bronagh Lucardie
Senior Manager Admissions

Campus Cards for Lunch

We have had an ongoing issue with students forgetting to bring their campus cards to the canteen to pay for meals. In order to support our students, we have provided lunch and recorded their names. This week we have applied charges to family accounts for these meals provided. Please make sure to top up your family account for your child’s meal purchase and remind your child to bring the campus card to the canteen.

To make the lunch process easier when students do not have their card, we have developed a programme that emails parents if the child does not bring their card and provides an internal report for faster account billing. You will now receive an email if your child is provided lunch when they forget their card and the Business Office will apply the charges to your family account.

Please work with us and remind your children that they must take their card to the canteen for lunch and breaks and keep the cards topped up with funds.

Thank you.

Misty Shipley
Director of Finance and Operations

Amazing Arts Exhibition and Auction – By the Community, for the Community!

It’s the season of giving! As everyone is set for the winter break, why not take some of your holiday time to create a piece of art for the upcoming Amazing Arts – Community Exhibition & Auction?
Advancement office is partnering with Service Learning,  Lower and Upper Elementary art students for the 3rd annual Amazing ART raising money for Service Learning projects and partners through The Birthday Gift Fund.

Opening evening: 18:00 – 20:00 on Friday, February 15
Exhibition: February 15 – March 1
Location: Centre for the Arts

The concept is simple… students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni donate a piece of art they have created (or collected) for the auction and then for 2 weeks our community will bid in a silent, secret auction to take home the art of their choice! Artwork could be a painting, a sketch, an embroidery, a book, photographs, ceramics… all up to your creative talents!

Thanks to our supportive community, we raised over $10,000 USD in the last 2 years. We look forward to a flood of artistic offerings this year. Don’t be shy! Your art will look fabulous in someone else’s home!

Please drop off your piece of art by Friday, February 8 at the Advancement Office (B7 Rm 102) so that we can create a wonderful exhibition.
Please complete our Art Auction Information form to let us know a little about you and your work to help us plan our display. We will find room for everyone’s art! THANK YOU!

Questions? Contact  Ms Ha Dinh (fundraising@unishanoi.org) in the Advancement Office.

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!

The ‘Nutella Protest’ Group’s Spoon of Change

The ES “Nutella Protest” group wrote a letter and spoke to some Middle School students about the proposed use of Nutella at Winterfest. This was a response to their learning about the issues involved with palm oil and orangutan habitat destruction.

They was then received an immediate response from the Middle School service learning group running the Waffle stall who promise to substitute Nutella with chocolate sauce which does not use palm oil.

This is such an excellent initiative from the Middle School service learning group. Congratulations to the ‘Nutella Protest’ group to make it happen! As the great Australian sing Paul Kelly would say “From little things big things grow”.