UNIS Community Programmes Spring Session: Sign-ups open Monday Feb 18

Make Spring your active season by joining the UNIS Hanoi Community Programmes!

The Spring Session 2019 from March 16 to May 25 is now available for viewing on the UNIS Hanoi Website. Check out all the interesting and new courses offered in this sessions:

  • Cooking: French Baking and Pastry Class…
  • Skill Building: Make up workshop, Meditation for Beginners and all levels…
  • Languages: Chinese in Daily Use…
  • Movement: Zumba Dance for Adult…
  • Swimming classes: We continue offering a wide range of swimming classes for adults and children.

UNIS Tennis Academy: We are committed to offer a diverse selection of tennis classes for both adults and children at different levels. You can view all tennis classes on offer here.

The links for registration will be opened on UNIS Hanoi website starting 08:30 on Monday, February 18 and close the registration at 17:00 on Thursday, February 21. 

CLICK HERE to registration for community classes and workshops.

CLICK HERE to register for the tennis class of your choice. If you would like private tennis lesson, please send an email to Nick Firth at: tennisam@unishanoi.org

UNIS Hanoi Community Programmes offer classes and workshops for both adults and children to UNIS and the local Hanoi community. UNIS Community Programmes run 3 sessions in a school year: Autumn Session (September – November), Winter Session (November – February) and Spring Session (February – May).  Our aim is to provide opportunities for learning and enrichment as well as foster a greater sense of community.


We hope to welcome many of you in the Spring session!

Try Tennis Open Day – Sunday, February 24

Save the date and invite your friends! UNIS Hanoi Tennis Academy is hosting a Try Tennis Open Day on Sunday, February 24 for adults and children.

Never played tennis? Want to improve your game? Everyone is welcome to come hit some balls and meet our tennis Pro Nick, to find out more about lessons, social tennis, and fun fitness activities like Cardio Tennis.

All equipment provided and this event is open to the Hanoi community. Please register at http://www.unishanoi.org/tennisopenday, or email tennisam@unishanoi.org for more information.

UNIS Varsity Girls Basketball Take on APAC

After winning 90% of their games in season, scoring an average of 42 points per game, and bringing home the HAC championship trophy, the APAC Girls Basketball team travelled to Shanghai on January 21 for their final, culminating tournament. This year, Coach Cortney and Coach Jackson selected several snazzy seniors – Thanh Le (co-captain), Uyen Trinh (co-captain), Linh Vu, Gia Han Le, Eliza Tu Thi Stelmach -, a couple jazzy juniors – Sian Rusinow, Co May Nguyen, Jinny Shin, Sophie Shroeder -, and two spazzy sophomores – Frances Phan, Josephine Schmitz.

Apart from the occasional delicious brownie treats that Coach Cortney baked for us, we committed to providing our bodies with good food, our minds with good energy, and our muscles with physical torture. The 6 returning players made sure everyone knew the standards they needed to uphold and expectations they needed to meet not only for themselves but for the team. Eat well, sleep more, train hard, play together.

Knowing the level of basketball we would encounter at APAC, we worked hard all season to not be surprised or intimidated by the big post players, the fast break layups, the full-court press, and the questionable referee calls.




Our first game was greeted with some angst, some anticipation, but mostly the desire to win. Last year, we won against SFS by a slight 3-point lead to come in 5th overall. This year, we won again in overtime. Although we were unable to beat HKIS, the opponent of our next game, we stilled worked hard to take home a win against ISB and WAB in the following days.

Throughout the 3-day tournament, we competed together, showed sportsmanship, and never gave up. Like a sine curve, we had our ups, downs and inflexions points. The only constant is that Frances can always be found rolling, stretching, and massaging an injured body part.

I want to give a special thank you to both my coaches for giving their time and effort for teaching us not only how to play the beautiful game of basketball but more importantly how to be a team. To my sophomores who inspire the team with youthful energy and so much talent. To my juniors who continue to show me what grit, hustle, and hard work looks like. And lastly, to my seniors, who made the final 33 seconds on court the most fun ever.

Uyen Trinh

2018-19 APAC Basketball Season

Our season started with a core of returning players from last year’s squad, so right out of the jump we had experience and talent going into the season. With the addition of new players It was a little difficult at first for them to adjust to our system and team expectations but after hard work in practice and 3534 line drills they were integrated into our system and we became well rounded team.

What was really special about our team was that we were all friends off the court which made it easier for us to play on the court which boosted our chemistry. What mattered most was not our basketball talent but the effort that every player put in and how everyone was willing to give their all  for the team on the court.

The second week of the season is when we started our league games against the other international schools competing for the HAC Cup and Championship. We were in cruise control the whole time and ended up being undefeated and lifting the HAC Cup and winning the Championship.

During the month of November our invitational approached. Our Bangkok invitational was our biggest test of the season at the time because it was our first time against high level competition. This tournament showed us where we were as a team, we surprised other schools and played a close game against the reigning IASAS champs ISB (International School of Bangkok). We showed that we can compete with top schools by placing 5th out of the 8 schools and finishing 2-2 at the tournament.

Our culminating APAC event put us in difficult pools of play with the previous APAC champions from the last 4 years. Starting out 0-3 was a challenge, but our team did not hang our heads and we finished strong with three straight wins, finishing the tournament with a 3-3 record. We were the first UNIS Hanoi team ever to win 3 games at a APAC Super event which is a milestone.

As the captain of this team I will forever be grateful for being part of this team, this is so far my favorite year playing basketball because of the coaches and players I am surrounded with. On behalf of the team we would like to thank our coaches Mr. Tarique and Mr. Taggart for their guidance throughout the whole season and showing us that the little things matter and that being part of a team comes with sacrifices and commitment. You guys pushed us to the very end and made it uncomfortable for us every practice, we might’ve not enjoyed it but deep down we know it was for our own good, we wouldn’t be the people we are to this day if it was not for both of you.  Next year our team aims to come back stronger and hungrier than ever and hopefully lift gold at APAC.

Malick Sy
Varsity Basketball Team Captain

UNIS Hanoi Tennis Champion!!

Grade 2 UNIS student Gabriel played in the Junior Xcite Tennis Tournament last Sunday (27 January 2019). A big congratulations to Gabriel as he won his Under 8 age group and also played an age group up Under 10 and won that too! Great form from one of UNIS Tennis Academies rising stars. Gabriel has been playing with UNIS Tennis Academy for a year now and currently attends three classes a week. His mother – Katya; also attends the Adult Social Tennis classes weekly on Wednesday evenings.
If you are interested in playing tennis with juniors like Gabriel, adults like Katya or other players in your age group, please contact UNIS Tennis Academy Manager – Nick Firth at tennisam@unishanoi.org.

Turn Up and Support UNIS Hanoi Phoenix Teams

Do not miss the important sports event coming up! Please join our UNIS Hanoi team on the days at the following locations/events and show your Phoenix spirit:

ASA Spring Session Registration (UMA) Spring Session Registration (11-18 February) Sign-ups for UNIS Hanoi After School Activities (ASA) programme opens at 9:00 a.m. on 11 February and closes at 1:00 p.m on 18 February. For more information please contact: cocurricular@uninhanoi.org

MS Boys Soccer vs WIS @ UNIS Hanoi (Tuesday, 12 February, 16.00-18.00)

Varsity Girls Soccer Vs. Vietnam U15 Development Squad @ UNIS Hanoi (Friday, 13 February)

Varsity Boys Soccer vs Dream Club @ UNIS Hanoi (Friday, 15 February, 16.00-17.30)

Varsity Girls Soccer vs HN Expat Ladies @ UNIS Hanoi (Saturday 16 February)

Community Programmes Spring Session Registration (18-21 February) Sign-ups for UNIS Hanoi Community Programmes Classes and Workshops opens at 8:30 on 18 February and closes at 17:00 on 21 February. For more information please contact: communityprogrammes@unishanoi.org

Varsity Boys Soccer vs Hanoi U17 Club @ UNIS Hanoi (Monday, 18 February, 16.00-18.00)

Badminton Exchange vs SPAS @ UNIS Hanoi (Wednesday, 20 February, 15.00-16.30) This is a friendly set of matches as our team prepares for upcoming tournaments and events.

Varsity Boys Soccer vs Hanoi U17 Club @ UNIS Hanoi (Saturday, 23 February)

Varsity Girls Soccer vs Hanoi Phui Ladies @ UNIS Hanoi (Saturday, 23 February)


Super APAC Championship Meet

Last weekend the UNIS Varsity Swim Team traveled to International School of Beijing for the Super APAC Championship Meet.  In an extremely successful weekend, both the UNIS Boys and Girls teams placed 7th for the highest finishes ever.

The meet started out brilliantly as our first two swimmers, 9th graders Hotchy and Alexandra, achieved their best times ever in the girls 200 freestyle. The 200 freestyle boys also saw lifetime best times from Honza and another Grade 9 swimmer Dylan. The first event set the tone for the rest of the competition.

Over the three day competition UNIS Hanoi swimmers set 10 team records and achieved over 30 lifetime best times. UNIS Hanoi broke 8 individual team records and two relay records.  Jacob set new team records in all his events, the 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and the 100m freestyle.  Gai set new records in the 50m and 100m backstroke.  For the girls, Flora set new team records for the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly.

The girls 200 medley relay with Flora, Sonya, Ezell and Mina broke their own record from last year with a gigantic 5 second improvement. The boys relay team, Gai, Matthew, Honza and Jacob broke the 200 freestyle relay record by .04 seconds in the final event of the competition.  What a great way to end an exciting swim meet!

The full APAC Girls Varsity Team included in addition to those already mentioned, Grade 12:  Annika, Marcelle, Jeyne, Grade 10 Linh Trang, and Gaby.  Jeongha also represented the APAC Boys Varsity Team with some very strong swims.

At first we were all dismayed to find our return flight was scheduled for very late in the day on Sunday. To our surprise and excitement, ISB had arranged a trip to The Great Wall for our team. The event ended with a super enjoyable day.

During APAC, our team was very cohesive, with swimmers continually cheering each other on and offering plenty of high fives and hugs for team members. Congratulations to all APAC Varsity Swimmers on a fantastic performance!

Andy Myers
Aquatics Academy Manager

Middle and High School Spring Sports Season

The third and final sport season of the year is fast approaching!

High school badminton and soccer begin on Monday, January 28, and middle school volleyball begins on Tuesday, February 26.  Students who are interested in MS or HS sports should make their way to the sign-up boards outside the UNIS Hanoi Canteen and register as soon as possible.  Be on the lookout for more detailed information from your respective coaches.

Middle School sports are a two-day a week commitment while High School is a three to four-day a week commitment. Our Middle School programmes operate as a no-cut opportunity. Everyone wishing to participate will have the opportunity to practice, improve, and play some competitions.

Good luck to all. GO PHOENIX!

Tarique Al Iesa
Director of Activities

Hanoi Aquathlon 2019

Come and challenge yourselves with the 2019 Aquathlon held at UNIS, a fun swmming and running event. Participants can choose an age group event or take part in the Aquaflun which is for any age and can be completed individually, as a family or relay.

Entry is 500,000VND with all participants receiving a T-shirt, food and a medal!

The event is for the entire Hanoi Community and spaces are limited so sign up now

Sign up closes 17 February 2019. If you have any questions please contact Martin Hamilton at aquaticscoordinator@unishanoi.org.