Buddies fun!

Hello Parents,

It was great to see those who could make it at openclassrooms this week.

We also paid a visit to our buddy class this week and had a lot of fun playing drawing reading and building with our buddies. One of the students said ” It’s the best time- playing and talking with our little buddies.”

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Hello Parents,

As you are aware it is open classrooms next week on Thursday the 14th and Friday the 15th of March. There will be no World language available as we have a music concert practise on Friday in that time slot. Music is also unavailable as you will be able to come to the music concert the following Thursday 21st March at 9am. We hope to see you if you can make it. Here is the timetable and options available.

                             3A’s Open classroom times are 

 Thursday  10:30 to 11:10 Maths –  Our Classroom number 130

Thursday  14:30 to 15:10 PE      Gym

 Friday      10:30 to 11:10  Literacy -Our Classroom number 130

 Friday        13:45 to 14:25  Art Centre Room 111


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Art Auction

Hello Parents

I hope most of you made it to the silent Art Auction.  The students enjoyed seeing their peers, parents and teachers contributions as well as the class art piece. We were very proud to see Hoang’s two entries. This fits in well with our next unit of Inquiry – How we express ourselves.

I know some of your children have been talking to you about the Inquiry we have just done on- How we organise ourselves- looking at Fair Trade, Food miles and Fashion. It is always interesting for me to receive emails or chat to you about direct or indirect action that your children may be taking- whether it is asking for no plastic straws when out for dinner or noting which places do not use single use plastic.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 14th and 15th of March for Open classrooms- timetable next week- if you can make it. Isn’t the year flying by!

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Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

Good afternoon Parents,

Chuc Mung Nam Moi! Hope you all had a relaxing Tet break. We have launched straight back into learning and it’s as if we have never been away. As you know ISA testing was Thursday & Friday this week – the first time for some students to take part in this type of assessment. 3A did very well with being self disciplined, sitting and working alone for longer periods of time than they are use to.

Next week on Monday there is a snack sale – students will need to bring about 10,000 to 20,000 Vnd if they want to buy something.

We have been practising for our turn to present at assembly next week alongside 3B class. It is U.N. Mother Tongue celebration day and that is the theme for our short presentation.

Thank you all for sending the Blue Dragon donations in so promptly- our class alone made over 18 million Vnd- so hopefully we will have reached and surpassed the target. The students had an interesting Maths period trying to work out how much they earned per lap. Thank you all for your generosity and for supporting this worthwhile cause.

At the beginning of our current Unit of Inquiry the grade 3 students made paper bags during the provocation. Here’s Mr. Garry from the SCO collecting the paper bags. The SCO will be using the students’ excellent bags for upcoming events including snack sales and the Spring Fair. There were about 300 bags in total so he was delighted at both the quantity and the quality of the students’ efforts. It is good to know that the bags are useful as well as giving our students a taste of what ‘child labour’ and an unfair labour market is like for some families in the world.

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Blue Dragon Walk-a-thon

Welcome back everyone!

Hope you all had great holidays. I know I did but it already seems a distant memory. Luckily we have another one just around the corner. The students have all settled back down into school life and routines.

The Friday before Tet is our annual fundraiser for Blue dragon and we are all excited about the day and supporting this very worthwhile cause. Find out all about it-  to see flyer below and click on the link too.

Copy of Walkathon advert for Blogs & Tin Tuc-t3am6s

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Movie Night

Hello Parents what an amazing event last Friday- Un Day. Thank you for all your help, support and the delicious food for our shared lunch. See photo below

Movie Night

Another busy week coming up with the Pirates show this weekend and a movie night (for a good cause) on the 13th- see permission form below.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a relaxing winter break and for those of you who celebrate it- Merry Xmas. I am off back to New Zealand to spend time with my family- exciting times.


Elementary School Movie Night (Grades 3-5)


December 13th, 2018

Dear Parents,

The UNIS High School Habitat for Humanity Service Learning group are planning an Elementary School Movie Night on December 13th, 2018. The Habitat for Humanity Service Learning group raises money through fundraising events for the Habitat for Humanity organization. This money is used to build and repair homes in sustainable communities around Vietnam.

As part of fundraising, a movie night has been planned for students in grades 3- 5. The students will be able to watch CoCo, a family-friendly Disney movie. Students will be asked to bring 100,000 VND for the movie and a bag of popcorn each to enjoy the movie.

Students also have the option to buy other snacks and drinks during the intermission. The price of a pizza slice will be 50,000 VND and drinks will be 20,000 VND. All profits will go directly to funding an upcoming house build.

Please note that there will be no buses available after the movie. Parents are required to indicate how the students are going back home afterwards.

Date of Movie Night:     December 13th, 2018
Name and Location: UNIS Theatre
Start Time:  4:00 pm Finish Time: 6:30  pm

Your child needs to bring with them:  


  • 100,000 VND for the popcorn and movie
  • Extra money according to snacks that they want


Students are asked to bring the completed permission slips and money on the day of the movie – December 13th, 2018.

Note: Students won’t be allowed to enter the theatre without the permission slip.


Please check all boxes below to show your agreement

I give permission for (name)____________________________________to attend the event listed above.

  • I will be picking him/her/them up after the movie
  • Family support will pick up my child

Students won’t be allowed to leave after the movie without an adult.

My child is allergic to ………………./ not allergic to any food.


Parent/Guardian Name and signature:  
Contact phone number:   Date:  


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T Shirt Bags & community art work

Hello Parents,

So far we are having a great SDG week. Thank you for your continued support with the T shirts. Today we had Grade Two students and some teachers in to help them make T shirt bags. It was a very busy time and the bags turned out well. The students identified this activity with SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production.

Yesterday we were making peace cranes with Grade Two. This aligns with SDG 16- Peace, justice and strong institutions. They have set a target of 1000 cranes to hang as an art work in the Library. It takes time and patience to learn to fold the crane not to mention accuracy and persistence but as you can see from the photos below we also enjoyed ourselves. We look forward to seeing the finished product.

Hope to see you on UN day.


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T Shirt Bags

Hello Parents,

Thank you for supporting your child with the T Shirt to make a bag. (See photos below) Generally they turned out well.

We came across a few problems -mainly the narrow shoulders on small T Shirts. So we would like to have another shot at making them before Wednesday, when other students will be coming to our class for help with making a bag. This is part of our SDG focus next week.

Could you please help your child to remember to bring an adult T Shirt  on Monday.

Looking forward to seeing you all on UN day.

Thanks again for your support.

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Visiting Expert. Makerspace. T shirts for Monday.

Hello Parents,

Could you help us to remember to bring a used T shirt on Monday as we are going to be turning them into bags. This is part of our SDG learning. Thank you

We were so fortunate this week, to have a visiting wildlife photographer show us his latest movie and photos-all about endangered primates in Vietnam. There were some amazing shots and very interesting information. Great for our U.O.I. at present- Sharing the Planet. See photos below

Also we spent time in the makerspace on Monday learning about ways to join different materials. All of us found this interesting although at times challenging. We were particularly interested because we had discovered that hot glue, which was everybody’s go to- to join things, was actually plastic! After learning about how long it takes most plastic to break down we are all trying to reduce our use of it. We also used tools that we had not used before such as hammers and cardboard saws. Now we know other ways to join when we are making. See photos below








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Open classrooms next Thursday & Friday

9th November 2018

Open Doors – Open Classrooms – Open Minds!

Dear 3A Families,

I warmly invite you to our Elementary School Open Classrooms – next Thursday and Friday, 15th-16th  November. 3A’s Open classroom times are 

                                               Thursday  10:30 to 11:10 Maths

                                                Friday      10:30-11:10  U.O.I

What are Open Classrooms?

Have you ever wondered what inquiry-based learning is like for your child? Here is your chance! Open Classrooms showcase learning in action. For two days, at selected times, our classrooms are open for you to observe lessons that put the philosophy and pedagogy of the Primary Years Programme into practice.    

Purpose of Open Classrooms

Open Classrooms is for parents to get an insider’s view of what life is like inside the classrooms at UNIS.  By opening up our classroom doors we would like to give parents a glimpse of student-centered, constructivist teaching and learning in action. We aim to demonstrate our inquiry based teaching philosophy which is central to our identity as an IB school.

How does it work?

  • Classrooms will be designated as ‘open house’ events for certain lessons on Thursday and Friday, 15th-16th  November, 2018.
  • All specialist lessons will be designated as ‘open’ on Thursday 15th November (all day) and on Friday 16th November (until 11.10am).  
  • Classes will be a reflection of our PYP programme: what you will see will be a snapshot of our regular lessons, routines and activities.  
  • Parents may attend any of their child’s open lessons – both homeroom classes and specialist lessons.
  • Parents may only visit open lessons in classes that their child attends.

What might I see?

All lessons are different, though you may expect to see:

  • Lessons that have a clear learning objective which has been explained to the students
  • A variety of lessons and subject areas open for parents to observe (and in some cases, you may be invited to participate).
  • Lessons that showcase students demonstrating the Learner Profile
  • Lessons that involve students using a variety of transdisciplinary skills (thinking, research, problem solving, social and self-management skills)
  • Lessons that are based on students’ understanding of broad concepts, in addition to specific content (e.g. the concept of “form” in addition to the content of balanced gymnastics movements in PE).

Which classrooms are NOT open?

  • Due to the following teachers being involved in other professional development activities, their classes will not be open:
    • Maria Abella (music, strings, choir)
    • Noor Sandhu (music, choir)

What is my responsibility as a visitor to an active learning environment?

  • Silence and put away all mobile devices.
  • Please enter classrooms quietly and be on time. We recommend you stay for at least 20 minutes to see the flow of the lesson.  
  • Please be aware of not interrupting the flow of a lesson/your child’s learning.  
  • Interact with your children only when/if invited to do so.  Some classes will be ‘observe only’ while others may be more interactive.  
  • Please leave younger siblings at home with a caregiver, so that you may give you full attention to your child’s class.
  • All parents must wear their UNIS Parent ID badge.
  • Photographing students is not permitted.

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday November 15th and Friday November 16th.    




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