Annual Two-Day Board Meeting a Success

The Board and senior leadership team met on campus last weekend (August 28-29) for our annual 2-Day meeting. Our agenda included the following:

  • COVID-19 Crisis Management. Reflections on the 2019-2020 school year and planning for ongoing management of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Strategy 2020-2023. Review of progress and planning for finalization of the Strategic Plan.
  • Leadership Presentation featuring `The Future of Education’ 
  • Head of School’s Annual Action Plan 2020-2021
  • Board-Leadership consideration of anti-racism and equality efforts
  • Team building including onboarding two new Board members and a new Secondary School Principal this year.

The meeting was highly productive and engaging, leaving the Board and leadership team prepared to work together towards important goals this year. 

Amie Pollack, PhD
Board Chair

 

Upcoming Events September 7-11

Monday – Wednesday, September 7-9
Student Photo Days
Location: B8b 115 & 116

Tuesday – Sunday, September 8-12
Ciaflo Online University Fair
11.00-19.45

Tuesday, September 8
Hanoi Bus Tour for Parents – Lower Elementary School
8.15-14.15

Wednesday, September 9
Hanoi Bus Tour for Parents – MSHS
8.15-14.15

Thursday, September 10
Hanoi Bus Tour for Parents – Upper Elementary School
8.15-14.15

Student Photo Days – September 7-9

When: September 7-9

Where: Ly Thai To Learning Centre (Building 8b-115&116)

During three days, September 7-9, UNIS Hanoi will have professional photographers from Picture Day on campus taking individual portraits of each student. The photos will then be used for the School’s Yearbook and other official school materials and school information system.

In respect of physical distancing, students will not be taking class photos at this time. We hope to be able to organise a class photo session in Semester 2.

Please CLICK HERE to view the photoshoot schedule for your child(ren). If your child is absent on her/his assigned day, all make-up photos will be taken in April 2021.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your child(ren) has PE lesson during the day, please remind her/him to bring an additional shirt for the shoot. We will provide a mirror and hair dryer in the Community Room.

As a parent, you will have the opportunity to purchase different sized photographs of your child’s portrait afterwards. Parents will receive access codes on Wednesday September 16 to enter Picture Day’s online galleries to order your child(ren)’s photos. All photos order by September… will be delivered on Tuesday October 20.

Any question about photo schedule, please contact communications@unishanoi.org
Any questions about photo orders, please contact hello@pictureday.asia .

Tips for a striking photo!

Impact Alert!

This month you will start to see our UNIS Impact Fund Big Idea Goals swing into action and we are also ready to accept applications for Project Grants.

Last year our community raised $43,109 to support the Big Idea Goals voted for by our students for our UNIS Impact Fund. And this year we are putting those funds into action to create the UNIS Hanoi Botanical Garden and prototype Solar Energy production on campus.

The UNIS Impact Fund Committee, made up from students, teachers, staff and parents, will have their first meeting of the year this coming week to plan the year ahead and at the top of the agenda, alongside our Big Ideas will be planning for the Project Grants.

The UNIS Impact Fund Project Grants are designed to support individuals or small groups with risk-taking, piloting, prototyping ideas or advocacy. Applications for Grants are open all year.

To be successful for funding, projects must support at least one of the following:
a. Sustainability initiatives
b. Service Learning
c. Learning Excellence: (Academics, Arts, Athletics)
d. Facilities improvements
e. Professional Development

We are grateful to the School Community Organisation for their funding of the UNIS Impact Fund Project Grants.

Some examples from last year’s successful Grants include funding for musical instruments for a Service Learning project, eco-bag production for an Art project, bee keeping suits for a new ASA planned for later this year and approval for a textile artist in resident programme.

What is your idea? Put in your funding application today!
Questions?
impact@unishanoi.org

 

Bridge Programme Students Begin In-Person Classes

Last Monday, the first group of students from the School’s online Bridge Programme arrived at the UNIS Hanoi campus to begin their first day of in-person classes for the 2020-21 school year. 

The Bridge Programme is a specially designed initiative by UNIS Hanoi to meet the learning and connection needs of students who were not yet in Viet Nam but planned to arrive shortly after the start of the school year. 

UNIS Hanoi’s Secondary School Deputy Principal for High School and one of the Bridge Programme Coordinators said, “It is an understatement to say the students were excited to join in-person classes and make new peer connections.”

She added, “The goal of the Bridge Programme is to offer engaging, interdisciplinary projects as well as help students get a sense of what makes UNIS Hanoi such a great school.”

Remaining Bridge Programme students are expected to join their teachers and peers on campus over the course of six to eight weeks. 

What’s on your Parent Portal?

More than 50 pages of information considered of interest to current UNIS Hanoi families was recently added to the Veracross Parent Portal as part of the School’s efforts to streamline communications. 

Essential content such as the School calendar, handbooks, and how to access the library services can now be viewed via the portal. The new revamp resulted in a major jump in the number of users last month, with a reported 8,834 visits to the site!

In this new Tin Tuc series, a selection of our top pages will be featured to help even more parents navigate their new online space successfully. 

This week, we take a look at the School Calendar…

For the convenience of parents, the School calendar can be easily accessed via the parent portal. Click on ‘Calendar’ along the navigation bar to discover all the events that take place at the School. 

UNIS Hanoi’s calendar is a series of online Google calendars designed to be sync’d or turned on/off depending on which grades your children are in or which events you are interested in.

These colour-coded division calendars are the most reliable go-to places for information about events; with timings, locations and contact information included. 

We encourage all parents to sync these Google calendars with their own personal calendar. Detailed instructions on how to do this for different operating systems can be found along the right hand column of the calendar.

Try it out! Login to your parent portal today. 

 

From the Head of School

Dear Families,

We have had a second incredible week of learning and our students have made strong connections to their teachers and peers. We will be continuing our focus on community throughout the next few weeks and months as the remainder of our student body returns to Vietnam.
At the end of the 2019-2020 school year, the leadership team spent significant time reflecting on feedback from the visiting accreditation team (December 2019), the impact of COVID-19 on our students and their families, and the outcomes of our last Strategic Management Plan – Strategy 2020. This exercise has resulted in five focus areas, five school-wide goals and our Annual Action Plan. This weekend, the Annual Action Plan will be shared with the Board of Directors for approval. I have shared our goals below and will provide details of the Annual Action Plan at the Community Meeting scheduled for September 15.
Community: Our community communicates, connects and engages in a respectful and inclusive way.
Inclusion: UNIS Hanoi will have an understanding of our definition of inclusion that is shared across the school community by all stakeholders.
PSEL (Personal, Social, Emotional Learning): Social and emotional learning, literacy and wellbeing is prioritised at all levels and has a positive impact on school climate and student learning. All faculty members will actively seek to enhance the social and emotional learning, literacy and wellbeing of themselves and their students.
Sustainability: UNIS Hanoi will continue to work towards best practice in becoming a sustainable organisation through an effective and balanced approach.
Technology: Educational Technology at UNIS Hanoi enhances learning for students and faculty through virtual and face to face environments.
 
On a final note, I would like to share an update from my email earlier this week about the UNIS Hanoi family that had been identified as F2 during contact tracing for an F1 (a person exposed to a confirmed FO COVID-19 case). We have updated all families and faculty who may have been in contact with the student as follows:
The F1 has had the first COVID-19 test and the result was negative (no COVID). A second test for the F1 may be scheduled over the weekend if symptoms occur. For both F1 and F2 (our student), 14 days will have elapsed since possible exposure on Tuesday. No symptoms are currently being displayed by the UNIS Hanoi family or the F1 person with whom they came into contact. 
Have a lovely weekend. Please remember that Wednesday, September 2 is a National Holiday and school will be closed.
Sincerely,
Jane McGee
Head of School

Board Role and Goals for the Year

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to welcome all new and returning parents, students, faculty and staff to the 2020-2021 school year. We are delighted to have all of you in our school community this year. While we expect ongoing challenges related to the pandemic, we champion the School’s theme “Stronger Together” and look forward to an exciting year of learning, friendship and growth ahead. 

For those new to UNIS Hanoi, the Board has six primary responsibilities:

  1. To hire, nurture and evaluate the Head of School who is responsible for the day to day management of the School
  2. To develop strategic plans, ensuring their implementation and monitoring progress
  3. To develop and approve school policy
  4. To ensure the financial health of the School
  5. Leading and supporting Governance as Leadership Training Institute (GALTI) at UNIS Hanoi
  6. To provide leadership to support and drive institutional fundraising.

Our goals for this year are the following;

  1. COVID-19 Pandemic Monitoring and Strategic Planning 
  2. Completion of 2020-2023 Strategic Plan
  3. Financial Oversight
  4. Governance Training and Leadership
  5. Fundraising Leadership

Board updates are provided throughout the year via Tin Tuc articles or direct emails.

In the coming weeks, I will provide you with details of our new UN-appointed Board member. In the meantime, welcome to the new school year at UNIS Hanoi!

Warmest regards,

Amie Pollack
Board Chair

Upcoming Events August 31 – September 4

Monday, August 31
Grades 4-5 Musical Auditions

Tuesday, September 1
Grades 4-5 Musical Auditions

ES New Parent – Virtual Welcome Coffee
9.00-10.00

Secondary New Parent – Virtual Welcome Coffee
11.00-12.00

Wednesday, September 2
School Closed – Vietnamese National Day

Thursday, September 3
Grades 4-5 Musical Dance Audition
12.25-13.10

HS Virtual Back to School Night
18.00-20.30

Student Photo Days – September 7-9

When: September 7-9

Where: Ly Thai To Learning Centre (Building 8b-115&116)

During three days, September 7-9, UNIS Hanoi will have professional photographers from Picture Day on campus taking individual portraits of each student. The photos will then be used for the School’s Yearbook and other official school materials and school information system.

In respect of physical distancing, students will not be taking class photos at this time. We hope to be able to organise a class photo session in Semester 2.

Please CLICK HERE to view the photoshoot schedule for your child(ren). If your child is absent on her/his assigned day, all make-up photos will be taken in April 2021.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your child(ren) has PE lesson during the day, please remind her/him to bring an additional shirt for the shoot. We will provide a mirror and hair dryer in the Community Room.

As a parent, you will have the opportunity to purchase different sized photographs of your child’s portrait afterwards. Next week, details of the order and delivery dates will be shared.

Any question about photo schedule, please contact communications@unishanoi.org
Any questions about photo orders, please contact hello@pictureday.asia .

Tips for a striking photo!

Grade 6 Students Witness Birth of Ducklings

Grade 6 students witnessed new life come into the world during their Science classes earlier this week. So far five ducklings have hatched in front of their very eyes.
The ducklings will be raised by Grade 6 students who will teach them how to eat and swim before eventually being adopted to a farm. Since their arrival, the students have taken great delight showing the ducklings to Elementary students and learning all about them.
Names are yet to be given to our community’s newest members, but students are busy deliberating!
Watch a duckling’s first moments on this earth!

UNIS Hanoi’s New-Look Website Launched!

Visually-led, streamlined and easy-to-navigate, UNIS Hanoi has revamped its external website: www.unishanoi.org 

The development is part of the School’s efforts to streamline communications and make it easier for different members of the School’s diverse community to find the information they need in just a couple of clicks!

Designed with prospective families and prospective employees in mind, the new site gives visitors details about who we are, as well as the breadth of academic subjects and courses, co-curricular activities and Service Learning opportunities that are on offer to students. Through the use of visual stories, visitors are given a sneak peek into life at the School. 

Additionally, the website contains information about the School’s unique philosophy to learning, the 3 IB programmes undertaken and UNIS Hanoi’s commitment to community, which ensures a rich and diverse learning experience for every child. 

What’s more, busy visitors who are looking for quick answers to their burning questions can take advantage of the new chatbot function on the site. 

www.unishanoi.org is currently in English and Vietnamese. Plans are well underway to launch Korean and Japanese versions soon.

Visit: www.unishanoi.org to take a look!

 

Shop Virtually at UNIS Hanoi

This school year, UNIS Hanoi’s school shop is taking orders virtually! Are you looking to buy House shirts, PE kits, water bottles or even masks? All this and more is available in our shop.

How to Order
To place an order at any time of the year, please visit the parent portal, click on ‘Community Life’ and ‘shop’. On that page, you’ll find a range of available products and a form to complete. Payments are charged to the family’s ID Campus Card. Please make sure there is sufficient funds on your account. Login to Campus Online, to check your balance. 

Please be advised that this service runs on a first-come-first-serve basis. If an item you select is found to be out of stock, you have the option to change the order (different colour or size) or remove the order from your order list. 

Delivery Service Available
Near the end of the form, buyers will be asked if they’d like their purchase(s) to be collected by their child or by themselves at the main gate. For an extra fee, purchases can be delivered to the home address. Please expect delivery to take from 1-4 working days.

Exchange Policy Only
Please be advised there is no refund. Exchanges are accepted within 7 days of receiving the order and with receipt.  Returned item(s) must be in their original condition and with all tags on.

Should you need further information, please contact The Shop Coordinator at shop@unishanoi.org or  +84 24 7300 4500 Ext: 8414

From the Head of School

Dear Families,

We have enjoyed an incredible week of learning with a focus on building relationships across and between adults and students, welcoming those new to the UNIS Hanoi community, deepening understanding of processes and procedures to ensure a healthy and safe environment and beginning new units of study across disciplines and classes. It has truly been a pleasure to see our students rise to our expectations and return to school with energy, enthusiasm and a passion for learning.
Next week, parents of Elementary and Middle School students will have the opportunity to engage with the teachers of their children at our virtual  “Back to School” Nights. The purpose of these evenings is an opportunity to meet the teachers of your child and also learn more about the year ahead for your child. More information has been shared by Mr Jeff Leppard and Ms Megan Brazil, our Division Principals.
Enjoy the weekend.
Sincerely,
Jane

2020-21 Board Member Changes

The Board of Directors would like to recognise three departing Board Members and two new Board Members

Recognition for Three Departing Board Members:

Louis Vigneault Dubois (Board Member 2017 – 2020)
The Board would like to recognise the outstanding contribution of Mr. Louis Vigneault Dubois who stepped down from the Board this summer.  Louis was UN appointed to the Board in July 2017, has served as the Board Secretary from 2018-2020, Chair of the Strategic Plan Task Force 2019-2020 and has been a member of the Executive Committee from 2018. His attention to detail, generative approach to governance and dedication to the Board are much appreciated. On behalf of the Board, we would like to thank him and wish him much success in the future.

 

Caryn McClelland (Board Member 2018-2020)
The Board would also like to recognise the hard work and dedication of Caryn McClelland who steps down from the Board in August 2020. Caryn became a valued member of the Finance Committee in 2017 and was invited to become a Board appointed member in August 2018. Caryn was also a valued member of the Strategic Plan Task Force in 2019-2020. Her dedication to the work of the Board, strategic vision and practical approach to problem solving will be greatly missed by the Board. We wish her much success on her move to London.

 

Cristiana Sparacino (2019-2020)
The Board would like to thank Cristiana Sparacino for her hard work this year. Cristiana joined the Board in August 2019 and was also a member of the Finance Committee. Cristiana is an economist on a sabbatical from the International Fund of Agricultural Development in Rome, Italy. She will return to Rome to pursue her next assignment. We are grateful for the clear thinking and ‘big picture’ perspective Cristiana brought to all discussions and thank her for her dedication on the Board this year.


Welcome two new Board members:

Zeynel Kasapoglu
We are delighted to announce that Zeynel Kasapoglu agreed to join the Board in a Board appointed position in June 2020. Zeynel has been a member of the Fundraising Task Force 2019-2020. Zeynel is from Cyprus and has lived in Hanoi for over the last ten years. He is managing director of Ilse Education and Consulting. He has two children at UNIS Hanoi. Zeynel’s first term will run 2020-2024. Please join us in welcoming Zeynel to the Board.

 

Simone Vis
Simone Vis is our new UN appointed member who joins the Board in August 2020. Simone joined the United Nations in 1997 and has worked on education programmes in many countries including Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Suriname, Turkey and Lebanon. Ms. Vis has served as UNICEF Vietnam’s Chief of Education since June 2018. Simone is from the Netherlands and has one child at UNIS. Simone’s first term is 2020-2024. We are delighted to welcome Simone to the UNIS Hanoi Board of Directors.