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:

Varsity Boys Basketball vs Warriors U19 @ UNIS Hanoi (Saturday 12 January, 16.00-17.30)

Varsity Boys Basketball vs Ba Dinh Club @ UNIS Hanoi (Wednesday 16 January, 16.00-17.30)

Varsity Girls Basketball vs UP Club @ UNIS Hanoi (Wednesday 16 January, 16.00-17.30)

Youth Sport Volleyball Festival @ UNIS Hanoi (Thursday 17 January, 14.00-17.30) This is the culminating event of this season which feature a sports festival involving grades 4 & 5 student athletes from UNIS and our partner schools around Hanoi.

JV International Basketball Invitational @ UNIS Hanoi (Friday-Sunday, 18-20 January)

HAC Varsity Basketball Tournament @ UNIS Hanoi (Saturday 19 January)

HAC MS Soccer Tournament (Saturday 19 January) This this is an event of the Hanoi Activities Conference (HAC), Middle school teams from schools around Hanoi will compete in this event. The tournament is a single elimination event. The event will be played at the National Sports Training Centre. UNIS Boys play at 8:40 and girls at 9:20. If boys win they play at 10:00 and if girls win they play again at 10:40.

GO PHOENIX!

UNIS Tennis Academy Winter Camp

UNIS Tennis Academy ran a 3 day winter tennis camp from 17 December 2018. In perfect weather conditions 12 UNIS Hanoi students learnt and practiced their tennis skills in a fun environment. We had fitness, racket skills, rallying, competitions and match play all included. Coaches Mr Pho and Mr Nick described the camp as a great success.

UNIS Tennis Academy would like to wish everyone a fantastic year ahead.

If your an adult or child who’s interested in joining the UNIS Tennis Academy programme in 2019 please get in touch with Tennis Academy Manager – Nick Firth at tennisam@unishanoi.org

Save your seat for Macbeth now!

Get your ticket now to one of the most renown productions of the year! It’s only a week before the show begins.

At the beginning of November, UNIS Hanoi will be presenting the great Shakespearean tragedy, Macbeth. Directed by Theatre teacher Kristen Twynam-Perkins this production has a cast and crew of over 50 students from grades 9 – 12. Some of whom will be taking the stage for the first time.

This re-imagining of the tragedy takes us to a depression era carnival ‘freak show’ and explores the control that fate has over MacBeth’s decisions and ambition. MacBeth comes across a trio of witches on his way back to Dunsinane who tell him he will be King, from this point they control and guide all his decisions and actions until his tragic end.

Performances are Thursday November 8 and Friday November 9 at 18.30 and Saturday November 10 at 16.00 in the UNIS Hanoi Centre for the Arts. Tickets are 100,000 and are on sale at the Arts Office or during lunch and after school in front of the old canteen.

This production is one not to be missed and audiences will be immersed in the action from the minute they arrive with the ‘Freak Show’ spilling off the stage.

There are some extra special seats that will be allocated by a ticket lottery the day before each performance. Watch this space for more information on these awesome seats.

The students have all been working extremely hard over the last few months to bring this story of ambition, supernatural control, manipulation and murder to the UNIS Hanoi stage and we would love to see everyone come along to support their hard work and dedication.

Something Wicked this way comes – are you brave enough to face it?

Peter Goverde Memorial Tennis Tournament – 25 November

Calling on All Tennis Players!!

The 11th Annual Peter Goverde Memorial Tennis Tournament
Sunday, 25 November, 2018

If you’re a tennis player, you don’t want to miss out! The UNIS Hanoi tennis courts will be full of tennis enthusiasts on Sunday, 25 November as players from the UNIS community gather to remember a former staff member, Mr. Peter Goverde. Ten years ago the inaugural tournament was held, as UNIS Hanoi recognised and remembered Peter, a truly special PE teacher who passed away in the late summer of 2009. Peter brought the passion of tennis to the students of UNIS Hanoi and loved to play the game of tennis with everyone and anyone!  He is missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing him and this event is held in his memory.

The 2018 Peter Goverde Memorial Tennis Tournament will be divided into 2 parts:

  • Morning Session (08:00–12:00) for students
  • Afternoon Session (13:00–16:00) for adults

All play will be doubles (subject to numbers). UNIS community members are encouraged to come out to enjoy a fun day of tennis.  If there are heavy rains on Sunday morning, the tournament will be rescheduled.

The format and further details will be given closer to the event.  Students will play in 3 separate divisions:

  • Kindergarten 2 – Grade 2:  8.00 – 9.00 am
  • Grades 3 – 6:  8.30 – 10.00 am
  • Grades 7 – 12: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Adults will enter individually and be paired with a variety of different players throughout the afternoon in doubles.

REGISTER NOW: Peter Goverde Sign-up

(UNIS Hanoi Peter Goverde Tennis Tournament 2017)

A limited number of places will be available in each of the divisions.  Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. There is no entry fee for this event. A waiting list will be established and if openings do become available and we will contact those who are next in line. Closing date for registration is end of the day on Tuesday, 20 November, 2018.

This tournament is prioritised for the UNIS community, but registration is extended to the wider Hanoi community.

We look forward to your participation and an enjoyable day of tennis!  

Regards,

Nick Firth
UNIS Tennis Academy Manager

Middle School Winter Sports Season

The second sport season of the year is almost here!  Middle School soccer begins on Tuesday, November 13.

Students who are interested 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. 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!

Historic Volleyball Season

In 2018, the Varsity Boys Volleyball team had a historic year culminating with the Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC) trip hosted by Seoul Foreign School in Korea.  This year, we entered the season with last season’s disappointment weighing on our shoulders, but we had a strong foundation of returners with APAC experience under our belts. With the culture change felt across our sports programme and the positive vibe from the team, we entered each game with confidence, no longer allowing the mentality of being okay to lose in our heads. Our school arranged for ex Olympic volleyball player and coach, David McKienzie, to start off our year with a 3 day-intensive camp for coaches and players. This start became the spark which would last us through to the end of the season. The opportunity brought forth new and old players alike, and we became more aware of the potential of this cohort.

Practices were very difficult at times. We were each dealing with our own problems, whether it be college applications, a broken leg, or the usual teenage pains, but at volleyball practices we found escape in the strenuous rope jumps and suicide runs up and down the court. Here, at least, we could all suffer together, and laugh at Lenny for breaking his leg prematurely from a motorbike accident. And Mo’s horrendous tipping. Never again, Mo.

Local league games started the second week of the season, and we ripped through the Hanoi Activities Conference (HAC) schedule, going undefeated and winning both the HAC Championship and the HAC Cup.  As it turned out, our second team was the second best team in Hanoi, and proved as such winning the HAC Cup with the starters supporting from the sideline. Before we knew it, APAC came around, and Jacob was late to the airport. We rode the bus to the airport with the excitement of ninety year olds, because it was 7:30 in the morning. However, with our bags stuffed with our jerseys and Haribos, we were ready to play and put all our hard work to the test.

Game day came, and we started off the tournament with our first win against Western Academy of Beijing (WAB), which we would later face in the finals. We fought through the grueling round robin portion of the tournament, earning the first seed, and the boys lost it. We were in the semifinals. UNIS  Hanoi team in the semifinals, what even?!

Prior to our game against Canadian Academy, a few jerseys were wet, a few muscles worn out, but our spirits were stronger than ever. We sat around on the soccer pitch outside the gymnasium, and in this moment, we saw the culminating point of our team. Here was a squad of boys who played their hearts out on the court, and this would carry us to the finals after a 3-1 win over Canadian Academy. Finals baby.

Lenny brought it down with the first hit of the finals, and with that, we pulled the first set off 25-21. With our gears cranking and motions in place, we won the second set as well, albeit at a smaller deficit of 25-22. Struggling to maintain our fire, we slipped on the third set, losing it 19-25. However, undeterred, we brought back our A-game, proving difficult for WAB. We were going 1 point back and forth, and before we knew it, it was 24-24. With an influx of emotions and stress pervading our mind, we dug to our roots, clutching our ears, whispering Woo Sa, and we clinched the next point, making it 25-24. And perhaps the most memorable moment is when Charlie served the ball for the final point and ran in to play defense, Mo and Richard put up and intimidating block that forced the WAB middle attacker to push the ball out of bounds, giving us the 2018 APAC Championship. The celebrations were intense and all over the place, tears of joy, shouts of pride, and support from our amazing girls’ team took over the gym. Finally, APAC Champions!

Afterwards, we sat on the reflection staircase outside the gym, and Charlie and I could not be prouder to captain this group of boys. Series of congratulation videos were sent from home, and we felt even more the heftiness of this win for the UNIS Hanoi Sports Programme. We felt like heroes. We also realized we had to dye our hair…

This season’s success would not have been possible without our coaches, Coach Tarique and Coach Boy. You guys pushed us to our limits with your dated jokes and back to the basic drills which frustrated us, but we all secretly knew it was for our own good (“Starts with a pass”). We credit this success to you. A special shout out to former players Yoav and Jake, we take this moment to thank them for their continued positivity and transformative effect on UNIS Hanoi sports culture. We also want to thank all our previous coaches and everyone who was a part of this journey, with special thanks to Coach Mac for setting the foundation and for Coach Giller for her passion and enthusiasm in providing opportunities in the off season to get better.

We are very proud of the special place this team will hold in the UNIS Hanoi history books. First APAC championship of any kind for our school. Keep it rolling – GO PHOENIX!

By Rohan Gowda and Charlie Wood, Varsity Volleyball Team Captains

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:

MRISA Senior Volleyball @ International School Easter Seaboard (1 – 4 November 2018).  Please follow our team here: https://mrisa18.wixsite.com/seniorvolleyball.

HAC MS Basketball Tournament & Festival @ BIS (3 November). This this is an event of the Hanoi Activities Conference (HAC), Middle school teams from schools around Hanoi will compete in this event. The schedule for the day is: Competitive Bracket (UNIS MRISA Teams) play from 8:00 to 13:00. Festival Teams play from 13:00 to 17:00. For more information please contact: cocurricular@unishanoi.org

MRISA Junior Basketball @ International School of PhnomPenh (8-11 November) Follow our teams at: https://sites.google.com/mrisa.org/mrisajuniorbasketball2018/home?authuser=0

HAC JV Volleyball Tournament @ Olympia School (Saturday, 10 November)

Swim Invitational ages 7-14 @ Saigon South International School, Vietnam (Saturday, 10 November). This is a dual meeting for our Phoenix Swim Club participants ages 7-14. For further details please contact: aacoach@unishanoi.org

Youth Sport Soccer Festival @ UNIS Hanoi (13 November, 14.00-17.30) Come out to support our Grades 4-5 soccer athletes at the back field.

GO PHOENIX!

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:

UNIS Hanoi Invitational Swim Meet @ UNIS Hanoi (26 – 28 October 2018)

HAC Varsity Volleyball Tournament @ Concordia International School. This this is the final tournament of the Hanoi Activities Conference (HAC). UNIS Teams play at 11.00 and 1400

MRISA Senior Volleyball @ International School Easter Seaboard (1 – 4 November 2018).  Please follow our team here: https://mrisa18.wixsite.com/seniorvolleyball. They are leaving on October 31.

HAC MS Basketball Tournament & Festival @ BIS (3 November). The event starts at 8:30 and ends at 16.30.  UNIS Hanoi will be sending 4 boys teams and 3 girls team to the event. Teams will be playing at various times throughout the day in shortened games.

GO PHOENIX!

Macbeth at UNIS Hanoi – Get your ticket now!

Get your ticket now to one of the most renown productions of the year!

At the beginning of November, UNIS Hanoi will be presenting the great Shakespearean tragedy, Macbeth. Directed by Theatre teacher Kristen Twynam-Perkins this production has a cast and crew of over 50 students from grades 9 – 12. Some of whom will be taking the stage for the first time.

This re-imagining of the tragedy takes us to a depression era carnival ‘freak show’ and explores the control that fate has over MacBeth’s decisions and ambition. MacBeth comes across a trio of witches on his way back to Dunsinane who tell him he will be King, from this point they control and guide all his decisions and actions until his tragic end.

Performances are Thursday November 8 and Friday November 9 at 18.30 and Saturday November 10 at 16.00 in the UNIS Hanoi Centre for the Arts. Tickets are 100,000 and are on sale at the Arts Office or during lunch and after school in front of the old canteen.

This production is one not to be missed and audiences will be immersed in the action from the minute they arrive with the ‘Freak Show’ spilling off the stage.

There are some extra special seats that will be allocated by a ticket lottery the day before each performance. Watch this space for more information on these awesome seats.

The students have all been working extremely hard over the last few months to bring this story of ambition, supernatural control, manipulation and murder to the UNIS Hanoi stage and we would love to see everyone come along to support their hard work and dedication.

Something Wicked this way comes – are you brave enough to face it?

Varsity Volleyball Teams’ Victory at APAC 2018

Congratulations Boys Varsity Volleyball who are the Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC) Champions 2018! What a great WIN and it’s the first one in UNIS Hanoi history!

Watch their winning moment: (https://youtu.be/-stcrbA1jZc)

The Girls team finished 5th place after playing great Volleyball but losing some tough games! Girls took every team they played to the 3rd or 5th set losing by only 2 or 3 points. We are super proud of how hard they fought!

Thank you to all the players and coaches for your hard work and great matches.

Boys Team: Jacob Biros, Red Chiles, Viet Dang, Richard Dang, Lenard El-Hage, Anthony (Kevin) Gibney, Rohan Gowda, Oliver Hanson, Jinha Hwang, Do Yoon Kwan, Yoo Chan Ko, Mohammed Sy, Charles Wood
Coaches: Tarique AL-Iesa & Boy Hei Hei

Girls Team:  Frances Phan, Caitlyn Francis, Ha Nguyen, Trang Bui,So Eun An, Josefine Schmitz, Mikaela Fenn, Athitiya Thaminrach, Irma Hogberg, Hoai Co May Nguyen, Uyen Trinh,
Krisha Valle.
Coaches: Anne Thompson-Wambua & Sarah Schneider

Watch this space for more stories coming next week from the teams’ captains.

Coming Soon: MacBeth at UNIS Hanoi

 

At the beginning of November, UNIS Hanoi will be presenting the great Shakespearean tragedy, MacBeth. Directed by Theatre teacher Kristen Twynam-Perkins this production has a cast and crew of over 50 students from grades 9 – 12. Some of whom will be taking the stage for the first time.

This re-imagining of the tragedy takes us to a depression era carnival ‘freak show’ and explores the control that fate has over MacBeth’s decisions and ambition. MacBeth comes across a trio of witches on his way back to Dunsinane who tell him he will be King, from this point they control and guide all his decisions and actions until his tragic end.

Performances are Thursday November 8 and Friday November 9 at 18.30 and Saturday November 10 at 16.00 in the UNIS Hanoi Centre for the Arts. Tickets are 100,000 and are on sale from Monday, October 22 at the Arts Office or during lunch and after school in front of the old canteen.

Important Co-Curricular Updates

Middle and High School Winter Sports Season

The second sport season of the year is fast approaching!  High School Basketball and Swimming begin on Monday, October 29, and Middle School Soccer begins on Tuesday, November 13.

Students who are interested in HS or MS 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. For those interested in participating in the APAC Swim Team, please contact Mr. Andy Meyers at aacoach@unishanoi.org.

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!

 

Support UNIS Hanoi at APAC Volleyball and APAC Tennis

A big shout out to our APAC Volleyball and APAC Tennis teams who are attending Tournaments at Seoul Foreign School and Canadian Academy. Check them out on the following live-streams and websites!

 

 

https://caapactennis.weebly.com/

 

UNIS Community Programmes Winter Session 2018

The Community Programmes Winter Session 2018 (26 November 2018 – 2 March 2019) is now available for viewing on the  UNIS Hanoi Website.

All classes and workshops are offered to all members of the Hanoi Community including:

Cooking: French Baking and Pastry, Gourmet French Cooking…
Movement: Zumba Dance for Adult…
Activities for Children: Science Discovery Projects, Book Creator Club…
Swimming classes: We continue offering a wide range of swimming classes for adults and children.
Community Tennis Programme: We are committed to continue the tennis classes for adults and children. Registration is through the online registration form here. Private tennis lesson enquiries can be directed to Mr Nick Firth at: tennisam@unishanoi.org

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL 2018 WINTER SESSION CLASSES AND WORKSHOP

PLEASE CKICK HERE TO VIEW THE TENNIS PROGRAMME

We will open the link for registration on UNIS Hanoi website from 08:30 on Monday, October 22, 2018 and close the registration at 17:00 on Thursday, October 25,  2018. Please click the COMMUNITY PROGRAMMES REGISTRATION FORM to register.

UNIS Community Programme is a programme of activities in the areas of cooking, movement, language, arts and culture, skill building, sports… that UNIS Hanoi offers to the wider local Hanoi community. UNIS Community Programme has 3 sessions in a school year: Autumn Session (September – November), Winter Session (December – February) and Spring Session (March – May).  Our aim is to provide opportunities for learning and enrichment as well as foster a greater sense of community.

EMPOWERING LEARNING FOR THE COMMUNITY BY THE COMMUNITY!

We look forward to your participation.

Junior Tennis Tournament

On Sunday 14 October 2018 five of our Varsity team players took to the courts at Cau Dien in Hanoi for a junior tournament. This was ideal practice for our up-coming APAC event. Players travelled some distances to play in these events and the playing level was very high. Congratulations to our Grades 9-11 players Gai, Serena, Taku, Shern-Ern and Siwan.

Autumn Intrasquad Swim Gala Success

What a lovely day we had on Saturday for our first swim meet of the year! The weather even cooperated; not too hot, not too cold and no lightning. It was a really fine way to start the season.

Swimmers! It was really good to finally see you race. We are already far ahead of last year.  Our swimmers took down 6 UNIS Team records which is very good for the first meet of the year. Nghia Le broke records in the 9+10 50 Breast, 100 Fly and 100IM.  Bill Nguyen broke the 13+14 50 Fly record and new Phoenix swimmers Endric Lotsch and Jacob Biros each broke one.  Endric broke the 9+10 50 Free record and Jacob broke the 15+over 50 Fly record and narrowly missed the 50 free record.  Well done swimmers!

We had well over 300 Personal Best Times with many swimmers having best times in all their events. Almost every swimmer had multiple best times after less than a month of training. Our swimmers are paying attention and working hard. Our coaches are very happy and proud of you!

Our parents were fantastic. It makes a huge difference to the swimmers when the parents are positively involved and actively supporting the team support. Parents, you rocked! The coaching staff sends a huge thank you to all the parents who supported the team. Without your amazing support, we would not have been able to coach and  focus on the swimmers!

Our next meet is the UNIS Hanoi Invitational Meet at the end of the month. We will have about 250 swimmers; some coming from as far away as Singapore to race with us.

Enjoy the photo special of the Swim Meet

Andy Myers
Aquatics Academy Manager