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

JV Boys Volleyball Place 4th at MRISA in Saigon

After winning our local HAC league the Junior Varsity Boys Volleyball team traveled to SSIS for our season finale MRISA tournament. Six teams played a round robin followed by semifinals and finals. Our UNIS Phoenix came fourth, narrowly losing 3rd place after a very intense and close third set against VIS. This year’s JV squad was made up of Gia Khang Vo & Lam Nguyen (Co-Captains), Hung Le, Heedong Cho, Huy Nguyen, Jeongha Kim, Johnny Okello, Kiet Nguyen, Aoi Ito, Nam van der Wielen, Ian Moore, and Aryan Behar.

The level of play encountered in Saigon was nowhere near the teams we played locally in Hanoi, as the tournament consisted of Varsity teams only. Even so, our players have worked hard to get to where we are. We managed to do our best and put up a good fight for our last game in MRISA, losing to VIS while bringing them to a third set (we lost to them in 2 sets on the first day). Although we lost some games, everyone still had their heads up and were always ready to bring their game, no matter the outcome (especially you Johnny). Every single member was dedicated and has contributed to the team in a positive matter. We worked extremely hard and it was worth it to see the improvements we’ve achieved in the past season.

It has been a wonderful 2 months to be able to play alongside this team and watch every single player improve in many ways. I am extremely grateful for this team, alongside coach Darren. This will be my last MRISA Volleyball, and even though we didn’t manage to get the outcome we wanted, I have absolutely no regrets as it had been a ton of fun playing with this team. Thank you to everyone in this team, including Ian & Aryan who didn’t get the chance to travel, as well as Coach Darren for making this season an absolute blast!

By Gia Khang Vo

Varsity Girls Volleyball 2019

We hustle into our huddle, arms around one another. As each second passes, the clock nears zero and we exchange looks of unease, but words of strength and confidence. The timer goes off, our hands reach to the center of our bunch. Frances and Co May, our team captains wink at each other and chant, “Phoenix on three”, and in unison, we shout, “One, two, three Phoenix”. This marks the beginning of each of our games this season. 

The volleyball team this year started off shaky. Comparing our first game against a university team, to the games we were able to play out during the APAC tournament, you see evident progress. As the season went by, our team chemistry augmented, our sense of unity was built with every practice, every game, every team dinner, every win, every let down. We started off as individuals each playing our own game, and ended the season knowing to play our game as a team.

This noticeable change from the start to finish wouldn’t have been possible without the guidance and support of Coach Schneider and Coach Thompson. Each game, they noted what we needed to improve on, recording data on the accuracy of our serves, serve receive, our sets. They made time for each of us to mark our progress and set goals for ourselves and the team. They designed workouts and made practice an environment where we were comfortable to make mistakes. Their effort throughout the season, contributed immensely to the development of our skills. 

We also had our team captains who made significant effort throughout the entirety of the season. Co May and Frances motivated our team, made practice plans, and spoke like true leaders. Both captains worked tirelessly to support our team both on and off the court.  

Throughout the season, we waited anxiously for APAC. Before we knew it, the four day tournament we had been training for all season, abruptly appeared at our feet. We were ready. Pool play brought a variety of challenges, and the team figured out how to play together at a new level.  We finished 2-3 in pool play, notably taking the only set from Shanghai American School. In the playoffs, our team took a respectable 5th place, beating Hong Kong International School, a serious rival from the previous year.

Varsity Girls Volleyball finished our regular season 8-7 overall, 5-0 in the HAC conference and 3-7 against university teams.  We are once again the HAC champions, and incredibly proud of the season. Congratulations to our team: Co May Nguyen, Ha Nguyen, Frances Phan, Caitlyn Francis, Josefine Schmitz, Navya Kala, Bella Roulbet, Mai Linh Neefjes, Audrey Hanson, Natalie Krubnerova, Mai An Nguyen, and Naomi Judge. 

Varsity Boys Volleyball

This year’s team had a compact season, cramming in the HAC regular season, the HAC cup, the UNIS invitational, as well as our main event, APAC Volleyball Tournament at Shanghai American School – Puxi. The team is proud of their work throughout the entire season improving throughout, winning the HAC championship, winning the HAC Cup, holding our own against strong university teams at the UNIS Invitational and finally competing at APAC.

The team had many ups and downs, with problems like injuries, the miserable SAT or other commitments, the team had to battle through not having all members available during many training which impacted our progress. However, dealing with adversity made us a stronger team both on and off the court. Perhaps this brother-like bond is reflected upon our attitude towards one another on the court and everybody’s readiness to fight for each other.

The result of 5th place achieved at APAC was disappointing to all, and definitely does not show our true capabilities. However, when looking back, most of us can say we played hard, smart and together. This attitude is what all 12 of us hopes reflects upon the programme and how together we are helping to build our legacy.

To the seniors, thanks, you all have contributed greatly to this program and we all hope you continue playing volleyball wherever you are. To the rest of the team, continue to be passionate about the sport, work hard and carry on the pride imprinted in the Phoenix.

By Richard Dang, Team Captain