Parent Election to the Board 2019

The Board of Directors has the following 3 positions open for the upcoming 2019/2020 school year. All Board terms are for four years.

  1. One parent-elected position.
  2. Two Board-appointed positions. Board appointed positions are determined in May following the parent election.

Nomination/registration for the parent-elected position is now open until March 29th. Online voting will take place April 12th – April 26th with results to be announced at the 7th May Annual General Meeting. Parents can find more information about the work of the Board, the role of a Board member and the election process including registration and registration forms HERE.

Anyone considering this opportunity or who would like to understand in greater detail the work of a Board member is invited to attend an Information Session About Board Service on Wednesday 27th  March at 6.30pm, B7, room G015 (Conference Room in the Admin Building).

The Board of Directors encourages all parents to consider putting themselves forward for election. The deadline for receipt of application forms is Friday 29th March at 12 noon.

If you have any questions, please contact Maeve O’Donovan, Board of Directors Administrator, bodadministrator@unishanoi.org.

Please consider joining us on the Board.

Sincerely,

Ngo Thi Quynh Hoa
Board Vice Chair

Amazing Arts Auction – Thank you!

Thank you to our community members for your generous donations of art and the bids for the Amazing Arts Auction. With your support, we have raised almost 90 million VND (equivalent to 3,865 USD) from a total of 131 bids!

Every single VND will be used to transform lives through our Service Learning projects! The winners and artists have been contacted and can collect the winnings from the Advancement Office after payment is made with the Business office.

Again, thank you for making this another successful funsraising event!

If you have any questions, please contact Ha Dinh – Fundraising Coordinator at fundraising@unishanoi.org

Our Alumni

Linh Nguyen (Class of 2018) was selected to receive one of the Vanderbilt University’s Nichols Humanitarian Fund Awards to help improve health care access and education system in Ban Lien, an impoverished, geographically-challenged region in Lao Cai, Vietnam. Thanks to the support from the Fund, Linh will be travelling back to Vietnam in summer 2019 to allocate the granted funds alongside SANSE, the Service Learning group co-founded by Linh during her time at UNIS Hanoi. A former UNIS Hanoi scholar, Linh is pursuing a double degree in the field of Communications and Human and Organisational Development at Vanderbilt University on a full scholarship. The merit- and need-based Nichols Humanitarian Fund is awarded to service-based projects proposed by students to address an area of need of a community, domestic or international.

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,

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.

Help Our Students to Shape Their Future Career Journeys on Careers Day

We are looking forward to another fun and enlightening Careers Day for our Grade 10 students, which will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, March 14.

Last year’s Careers Day featured an amazing lineup of professionals working in medicine, energy, marketing, arts and design, sports, technology and industry, education, hospitality and cuisine, research, the UN and the World Bank, Vietnamese government, non-profits, and start-ups who told our students the story of their careers: ups and downs, twists and turns, success and failure. The objective is for our students to learn about different industries and sectors while also understanding that career journeys are rarely in a straight line. This year we will again ask presenters to use the creative Pecha Kucha presentation format and we will also host small-group discussions between students and working professionals.

We are looking both for parents who are willing to deliver Pecha Kucha presentations as well as to talk to students in small groups informally about their careers.

You might learn something about yourself or have a new perspective after telling your story to students!

Please contact Liana Bianchi, lbianchi@unishanoi.org to register your interest.

Media Mentor Month 2019

Do you ever feel that technology is creating a barrier between you and your child? If so, take a look at the Media Mentor Month strategies and suggestions for opening up the discussion about media and technology. Created by Keri-Lee Beasley, you can use the calendar to find inspiration, connect with your child, or just have some fun.

Our Alumni

Ellen Beard (Class of 2013) is working as the lead programme assitant of Redeeming Love, a safe house and holistic recovery programme for sex trafficking survivors in Southern California. “I work directly with residents [of the safe house] to encourage movement toward healing and their future life goals. I’ve been learning about the issue of human trafficking and I discovered sex trafficking as one of the darkest and most troubling injustices I’ve come across, and it is far more common than we realize,” Ellen shares. With this cause in mind, Ellen took on the creative challenge of wearing a dress during each of the 31 days of December 2018 for her personal fundraising campaign “December Dresses” to support Redeeming Love. Ellen’s goal is to raise $750 USD, the cost of mental health services for one survivor, “I decided to start my own page because I know Redeeming Love well and truly believe in the kind of healing it pursues. We focus on quality, highly-personalized support over quantity of individuals reached.” Check out Ellen’s donation page here or ask Ellen a question to keep the conversation going and raise awareness about this hidden problem.

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

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

Help Our Students to Shape Their Future Career Journeys on Careers Day

We are looking forward to another fun and enlightening Careers Day for our Grade 10 students, which will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, March 14.

Last year’s Careers Day featured an amazing lineup of professionals working in medicine, energy, marketing, arts and design, sports, technology and industry, education, hospitality and cuisine, research, the UN and the World Bank, Vietnamese government, non-profits, and start-ups who told our students the story of their careers: ups and downs, twists and turns, success and failure. The objective is for our students to learn about different industries and sectors while also understanding that career journeys are rarely in a straight line. This year we will again ask presenters to use the creative Pecha Kucha presentation format and we will also host small-group discussions between students and working professionals.

We are looking both for parents who are willing to deliver Pecha Kucha presentations as well as to talk to students in small groups informally about their careers.

You might learn something about yourself or have a new perspective after telling your story to students!

Please contact Liana Bianchi, lbianchi@unishanoi.org to register your interest.

Amazing Arts Auction – Don’t Miss Out!

  • Are you looking for meaningful gift ideas?
  • Do you have an empty wall in your home waiting for a nice piece of art?
  • Are you a big supporter of the Service Learning programme?
Dont miss a chance to visit the Centre for the Arts to explore our Amazing Arts Exhibition and Auction – a fundraising event to support Service Learning projects.
Thanks to our generous and supportive community, over 130 amazing artworks donated by students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni are now on show and waiting for your bidding in a secret, silent auction!   

What a better way to have oppotunity to choose an art that you or your beloved one would treasure, knowing that your money will help saving a life from heart operation, empowring children with lifelong water safety skills, or setting up a library for a school in remore area in Vietnam…

PUT YOUR BID in the auction ballot box at Centre for the Arts or BID ONLINE HERE (please click on each photo to bid). Auction will end 12:00 noon Friday, March 1 and winner will be contacted via email.