APAC Basketball Coming to UNIS Hanoi

On February 6-8, UNIS Hanoi will be hosting the 2020 APAC Basketball Tournament. Our community will be welcoming athletes and coaches from Brent International School-Manila, Hong Kong International School-Hong Kong, International School Beijing, Seoul Foreign School-Korea, and Shanghai American School PX, to join our UNIS Hanoi Phoenix in a high-level interscholastic competition.

These athletic events offer an outstanding opportunity to bring our community together as we show our spirit, school pride and unity.

Our girls team plays at 10:00 and 14:30 on Thursday; 12:00 noon and 16:30 on Friday; and 10:00 on Saturday. 

Our boys team plays at 11:30 and 14:30 on Thursday; 9:00 and 13:30 on Friday; and 8:30 on Saturday.

The rest of the tournament schedule will depend on the results from the first five games and will be available on the tournament site at: https://apacsports.unishanoi.org/

Bring the family out and join us for the highest level of boys’ high school basketball in the region and enjoy the community atmosphere.  Go Phoenix!

Meet MUN Head of Admin

While the delegates take up most of the public eye, a spotlight must be shone upon the hardworking and diligent students that make up the Administration Team. The Administration Team, commonly referred to as the Admin, assumes a variety of roles during MUN conferences, and they play an essential role in UNISMUN conferences.

Amongst their many roles, the Admin has to set up all the placards and arrange the tables prior the delegates’ arrival, they are also charged with meeting delegates’ needs throughout the conference, including keeping an eye on refreshments, as well as running around printing various papers, checking notes, et cetera. And the young lady who heads all of this is Ji U Jeong, an eleventh-grade student who, while juggling 6 IB classes, is able to effectively manage and organise the whole Administration Team.

Why did you choose to become an Admin, and later Head of Admin?

At first, I decided to become an Admin because I wanted to participate in the MUN conference but I didn’t want to debate and talk in front of people. Then I encountered this role which I will be able to fully participate in the whole conference and even get to see behind the scenes of such a big event. Just out of curiosity, I joined the admin team and luckily, participating as an Admin for 2 consecutive years, I was able to take the role as the Head of Admin. 

What changes are you planning on implementing for this year’s conference to ensure that it runs smoother than in previous years?

In the previous years, it was the Head of Admin who had to oversee everyone during the conference which wasn’t really effective. So this year, we have created sub-groups that will be more focused on specific tasks, and their respective leaders to be systematic. I truly believe that this will ensure the conference run smoother than the previous years. 

How is this plan going?

We have all the leaders and specific job descriptions, and I am sorting out the photography team and the MS press corps which is also new this year. We are going to have official admin meetings after the TET break and I hope the plan works!

What is your biggest challenge and/or fear for this upcoming Spring conference?

The biggest challenge is that I don’t have enough admin members in our team right now, even after the additional recruitment. So I have to make some adjustments and work with the people I have. Also, since this new sub-group system is new for me as well, I am a little scared and because most of our admin members are new this year, which is great, we have a lot to go through but I’m sure we will be an awesome team!

Stay tuned for further updates! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us through the UNIS MUN Facebook Page.

Middle and High School Spring Sports Season

The third and final sport season of the year kicks off shortly after we return from Tet Holiday. High School soccer and badminton begin on Monday, February 10, and Middle School volleyball begins on Tuesday, March 3.

Students who are interested in HS or MS sports should make their way to the sign-up boards outside the UNIS Hanoi cafeteria 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!

Middle School Gearing up for MUN

The Middle School MUN had their very first meeting today. It was wonderful to see so many students from Grade 6 through to Grade 8 volunteer to be involved in the UNIS MUN.

Middle School MUN students will play an active role in the upcoming UNIS MUN Conference as a part of the Press Corps. Middle School students will be involved in the UNIS MUN Conference by:

  • Interviewing Directors and MUN Chairs from UNIS Hanoi
  • Interviewing Delegate Ambassadors and Delegates from UNIS Hanoi and participating schools
  • Participating as reporters at the UNIS International Conference (February 26 – March 1)
  • Communicating their experience to the wider UNIS community via a blog linked to our UNIS MUN Website.

This involvement will provide students with an opportunity to be immersed in the culminating UNIS MUN experience as well as meaningfully take part as members of the Press Corps.

Over the following weeks prior to the UNIS MUN Conference Middle School students will engage Monday lunchtime meetings where they will learn the foundational skills of the MUN and participate in simulations that will provide with the knowledge and understanding to actively engage as members of the Press Corps.

Should any Middle School students be interested in joining the MS MUN team, please simply contact Ms England via email: lengland@unishanoi.org 

Meet the MUN Delegation Ambassador!

UNISMUN aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy, and the United Nations agenda. Delegates do research about their assigned country and its position on the discussed topics, debate, negotiate, and then work towards solutions to the issues.

During the conference, participants have to employ a variety of communication and critical thinking skills to defend the position of the country they represent. To fulfill this role, delegates within a delegation work together to build strong research, debate skills and work ethics.

Every delegation has a selected, voted or appointed Ambassador. An Ambassador is responsible for being a delegation leader and point person for anything relating to their country. They organise the delegation’s meetings and take initiative on research. This role is incredibly crucial for the delegation’s growth.

This week, we will introduce one of our Delegation Ambassador: Sarah Anthony, the Ambassador of Japan.

A short introduction from Sarah:

As a student in Grade 9, I have many interests and like to explore with extra-curricular activities based around music, sports and, of course, Model UN. I started doing MUN in Grade 7, and continued doing it in Grade 8; now, in UNISMUN XII I am a delegate in General Assembly 6 and the delegation ambassador for Japan.

Why did you join MUN?

At first, I joined MUN so I would have a way to consistently develop my public speaking skills with people who would give me input and advice throughout the experience. Now, I find that MUN is a great way to learn about past, current and possible future issues that are taking place around the world and I have a chance to look into them through different perspectives with students from various places around South-East Asia.

What do you want to achieve as a delegate but also as a delegation ambassador? 

As a delegate, an important goal to work towards is to fully understand a country’s perspective on certain issues and be able to represent that country’s ideology and opinions as well as possible. As a delegation ambassador, that goal is even more important; but it’s also our job to oversee and guide the rest of our delegation through that process.

How do you feel about your delegation’s progress so far? 

A few people in my delegation are new to MUN, but the mix of experience has meant that the more confident delegates are able to help anyone who’s struggling with the tasks. While the progress has been a little slow so far, the delegation is on track and improving along the way. I believe that the delegation of Japan will be able to make this conference interesting and productive.

Stay tuned for further updates! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us through the UNIS MUN Facebook Page.

HAC Varsity Basketball Cup

On January 11 UNIS Hanoi will be hosting the 2020 HAC Varsity Basketball Cup.  Our community will be welcoming teams from the Hanoi Activities Conference to compete for the trophy.  Athletic events offer an outstanding opportunity to bring our community together as we show our spirit, school pride and unity.  The schedule for our teams is as follows:

Boys:
8:00
13:15 if UNIS Hanoi wins
16:30 if UNIS Hanoi wins again.

Girls:
12:00
14:30 if UNIS Hanoi wins.

 Go Phoenix!

UNIS MUN Faculty Mentor

Committee chairs and council presidents play an important role in assisting delegates’ research process to create a fruitful conference. To fulfill these responsibilities, student officers receive help from faculty mentors who are passionate experts on issues of the conference. They guide students officers towards understanding topics in-depth as well as writing research reports.

Meet one of our faculty mentors, Ms Donna Frose who is the mentor of General Assembly 1, Disarmament and International Security Committee.

As the director of UNIS MUN 2019, Ms Frose is familiar with the structure of the conference. She is a DP History teacher who is an expert on global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community.

When asked about her thoughts on the topics of GA1, Ms Frose shared:

“The issues for GA1 are really interesting and timely for our world today. I think that the issue related to the protection of cultural heritage sites in conflict zones is very timely with the current escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran. The rhetoric coming from President Trump of the United States threatening the cultural sites of Iran shows that this is not just an issue of the past and that the United Nations needs to have a focus on ensuing sure that the worlds cultural sites are protected.”

Ms.Frose further talks about her work with Jeongha Kimm – the head chair of GA1: “I am enjoying working with Jeongha as a student officer. He is capable and organised and with the research and work he is putting into the conference preparation I am sure that Committee 1 will be a success.”

Jeongha shares: “Ms.Frose guided me in the right direction by consolidating my array of ideas per topic. She has suggested different sources that I can look at for my research reports.”

Stay tuned for further updates! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us through the UNIS MUN Facebook Page.

Peter Goverde Tennis Tournament 2019

Sunday 24 November 2019 saw the 12th annual Peter Goverde Tennis Tournament. There was mass activity on the tennis courts with over 60 players participating over four age categories; 8 & Under, 12 & Under, 18 & Under and Adults.

The day started with 8 & Under age group. They were grouped in a round-robin format and played each other in singles format. Congratulations to the winners:

Champion – Kevin
2nd – Kojiro
3rd – Seoungwon

The next age group was 12 & Under age group. With quite a wide age range they were grouped into grade levels for some singles before all mixing together and playing doubles. They played with the mini orange ball which aided a great spectacle of high quality rallies and tennis. Congratulations to the winners:

Champions – Saleema & Henry
Runners – Up – Tobias & Ibtihaz
3rd – Emily & Dylan

Next up were the 18 & Under. Suddenly there was a real increase in pace and the ball was coming off the rackets like a rocket from these players! A mixture of singles and doubles was played in this age category and there was quite an age range as Grade 7’s were playing with and against Grade 11’s. Congratulations to the winners:

1st – Nathan & Hyeong
2nd – Taku & Mayu

It was the adults turn in the afternoon. The weather started to heat up and so did the tennis skills on offer. An excellent entry of 22 players included 7 players playing their first UNIS Tennis Event. They played doubles tie-break scoring for a 12 minute time limit and after 4 rounds of play the top 8 scorers moved through to play knockout semi-finals. Followed by final and 3rd/4th. Congratulations to the winners:

1st – Maeve O’Donovan & Haewoog Choi
2nd – Elina Caunite & Toby Jarman
3rd – Saori Shiwa & David Hoang

It was a wonderful day with lots of excellent tennis played. Well done and thank you to all participants.

If you would like to be involved in events like this or have interest in taking coaching classes at UNIS please contact Nick Firth – UNIS Tennis Academy Manager at tennisam@unishanoi.org

UNIS Hanoi Varsity Basketball Invitational – Saturday 30 November

Come out and support the varsity basketball teams this Saturday as the take on some tough competition against university and club teams.  GO PHOENIX!

Boys Teams include: UNIS Hanoi Varsity (UNIS), Air & Air Defense Force (A&A), Hà Đông Basketball Club (HDBC), Ngôi Sao Basketball Club (NSBC).

Girls Teams include UNIS Hanoi Varsity (UNIS), Hanoi Basketball Team (HBT), National University Basketball Team (NUBT), Whales Basketball Club (WBC).

Game (Court 2)

Saturday – Nov 30
Time

Game (Court 1)

UNIS vs HDBC

9:00 Boys

A&A vs NSBC

UNIS vs HBT

10:15 Girls

WBC vs NUBT

NSBC vs UNIS

11:30 Boys

HDBC vs A&A 

NUBT vs UNIS

12:45 Girls

HBT vs WBC

UNIS vs A&A

2:00 Boys

HDBC vs NSBC

UNIS vs WBC

3:15 Girls

HBT vs NUBT

UNIS MUN- Committee Carousel

We are back on track with the weekly meeting every Thursday. This week, all delegates are having a committee carousel designed by the chairs of each committee. This aims to help them understand more about each committee and the topics within it. After the workshop, delegates will be able to choose a committee that they are interested to be in the February conference.

The committees available for UNISMUN are:

  • GA1 – Disarmament & International Security
  • GA2 – Economic & Financial
  • GA3 – Social, Humanitarian & Cultural
  • GA6 – Legal
  • Environmental
  • Special
  • Human Rights Council
  • Security Council
  • Historical Security Council

Stay tuned for further updates! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us through the UNIS MUN Facebook Page.

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UNIS Hanoi Invitational Swim Meet

Over the weekend of November 9-10, UNIS Hanoi held our largest ever Swimming Invitational with 500 swimmers from 19 schools and teams. As well as having our regular attendees from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, we had schools from Shanghai, Manilla, Hong Kong and even a returning UNIS student from Japan.

The competition was extremely tough with strong swims from both Shanghai American School and the Shanghai Community International School who took away 5 team trophies between them. The British School, HCMC took 1 team trophy and UNIS Hanoi took 4 team trophies and the overall team award.

Our 160 Phoenix swimmers performed amazingly and represented the school proudly. Congratulations to all participants!

Enjoy the videos from the event.

2019 JV Girls Volleyball Placed Third at MRISA

The 2019 season for the UNIS girls JV tournament was full of new relationships, team spirit, and successes. This year’s team consisted of co-captain My Nguyen, co-captain Mia Kritenbrink, Victoria Moro de Mendoza, Kitty Tran, Didi Bullard, Elaine Dang, Tey Le, Sarah Anthony, Isabella Brazil, Ngoc Nguyen, Hari Jang, Trang Pham, Carmen Cortizas, and Abigael Goosey. The team first participated in and won first place in the local HAC tournament hosted at Concordia International School Hanoi. Then, we traveled to Saigon South International School in Ho Chi Minh City for the final MRISA tournament. After three days of fantastic volleyball with five other teams, we received third place. 

The level of play in MRISA was considerably higher than in previous games our girls had faced, with all of the other teams participating being those at the varsity level. Despite the difference in age, we persevered and demonstrated amazingly positive attitudes in every game, showing a determination to never give up no matter the score. An honorable mention from the tournament must go to the three pairs of colorful socks, one for each day, that were worn by the travel team to boost team spirit. Featuring hot dogs on the first day, popsicles on the second, and avocados for the third, these socks were just one of the ways that our team made an effort to foster a family atmosphere, which showed in the way that we played and really banded together as a team. Our amazing back row players produced incredible “3-point” passes, our setters set beautifully for our hitters, and our spikers absolutely killed it! There were only words of encouragement spoken on the court, and in a sport that is as mentally exhausting as volleyball, supportive teammates are key to success. 

It’s safe to say that our team has made incredible progress throughout this season in terms of individual skills and working together as a team. As co-captains, we are extremely proud of our awesome team for how far we’ve come from the group of mostly uneasy strangers to the highly functioning volleyball machine that we’ve become. All the hard work and effort that we’ve put in, ranging from extra morning practices to planning outfits on game days, definitely paid off, and the memories from this season will be ones that we will keep forever. We’re going to miss being with these energetic, goofy, yet powerful players. It was an honor to be a part of this team! 

Mia Kritenbrink and My Nguyen