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, February 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

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:


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.

UNIS Music Academy (UMA) Spring Session Registration (January 21-28) Sign-ups for UMA programme open at 7:00 a.m. on January 21 and close at noon (12:00) on January 28. For more information please contact: umaofficer@unishanoi.org

JV Girls Basketball vs ISV Varsity @ UNIS (Wednesday 23 January, 16.00-17.30) This is a Hanoi Activities Conference (HAC) friendly game.

MS Boys Soccer vs OLY @ UNIS (Thursday 24 January 16.00-17.30) This is a HAC friendly match.

HAC JV Basketball Tournament @ SPAS (Saturday 26 January) This this is the final tournament of the Hanoi Activities Conference (HAC). For more information please contact: cocurricular@uninhanoi.org


Spring Musical – Vocal Director Needed

The HS performing arts team are seeking a Vocal Director for the Spring Musical production of Shrek The Musical.

The Vocal Director position is responsible for teaching the music to the cast and rehearsing the different vocal parts.

Commitment Information:
  • Rehearsals are Tuesday & Thursday’s form 3:30-5:30. (This will be negotiated with the director and choreographer) so not every week will you be needed for the whole time.
  • Final Performance dates are: Thursday & Friday 18-19 April @6:30-8:30pm, Saturday 20 April @4-6pm
  • There are two Saturday rehearsals you would be required for (23 March & 13 April)
  • Auditions are first week back after break. Individual auditions are 8 January with dance audition and call back on the 10 January with the view to begin rehearsals the following Tuesday, 15 January.

We are ideally looking for someone who is available for the rehearsal and performance period, with musical knowledge who can take the kids through the required music.

If you are interested, please contact UNIS Director of Activities, Tarique AL-Iesa at da@unishanoi.org for further information.

UNIS Hanoi Cross Country Team Celebrates a Brilliant Season

The UNIS Hanoi Cross Country Team concluded the first part of their 2018/19 year this week. So far it has been a fantastic season! Since UNIS Hanoi hosted the first Cross Country race the team has competed in further two races. The Concordia International School 5km (77 runners) and 3km races was held on 1 December and the UNIS race results were as follows:

Name: Distance Time Place
Iestyn Rusinow 5km 0:18:57 1
Graham Abrams 5km 0:21:19 4
Jakub Trent 5km 0:21:27 5
Basile Villars 5km 0:23:40 13
Dafydd Rusinow 5km 0:24:33 17
Nikolai Inoue 5km 0:26:19 25
Takao Sato 5km 0:26:32 28
Lily Noda 3km Not timed
Saki Sato 3km Not timed

The Hanoi Half Marathon was held on the 9 December. The UNIS Cross Country Team results were as follows:

Name: Distance Time Place
Iestyn Rusinow 10km 38.33 8
Gabriela Chanen 10km 0:52:56
Harrison Wallace 10km 0:53:01
Jan Krubner 5km 0:21:41 4
Graham Abrams 5km 0:23:42 7
Natalie Krubnerova 5km 0:23:48 3rd (Female)
Lily Noda 5km 0:24:14
Lucas Lyon 5km 0:27:58
Amelie Ogasawara 5km 0:28:52
Isabel Zaring 5m 0:28:03
Nicolas Lyon 5km 24:40(provisional)
Kitty Tran 5km 28:52 (provisional)

Iestyn Rusinow was also the overall 10km winner in the 2018 Halong Bay 10km race. Congratulations Iestyn! This brilliant and dedicated team of runners then celebrated their success by having breakfast together on Tuesday. See you all again on 5 March!

Saturday Soccer Autumn Season Tournament

Another wonderful Saturday Soccer season has come to a close. Our team would like to thank you all for being a part of it.  A special thanks must go to all the parent coaches who helped make this season a huge success.

We saw a lot of children grow in confidence throughout the season and develop their skills as football players and as team players. Our end of season tournament, even though a little wet, was a great day had by all. Children left with smiles on their faces after earning their awards, new friends and good memories.

Our spring season will start on 19 January. Registrations are now open and will close on 11 January, so please be sure to register as soon as possible to guarantee your child’s place on the programme.

Saturday Soccer Team

THIMUN 2018 . . . In Their Own Words

The students who attended the THIMUN Conference this year were asked to describe the conference in their own words. Here is a selection of the comments that they made.

Vi Nguyen
For me, THIMUN wasn’t just a formal debate, but it was also an opportunity to make friends across the globe. I started from not wanting to raise my placard at all to raising it after every questions asked by the chair. A highlight of my committee is definitely when Mexico tried to legalized drugs as a solution to organized crime; that was definitely the most controversial debate I’ve ever participated in.

Shin Young Kim
THIMUN has always been an event I would look forward to, and each year, it does not disappoint.

In THIMUN we have the opportunities to meet new amazing people, and further develop our public speaking, leadership, and critical thinking skills.

If you truly do love MUN and debate, THIMUN is an incredible chance that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Tiffany Cheng
THIMUN has been a memorable experience, having made new friends from the conference and was given the chance to take part in some fruitful debates. I not only enjoyed the intense debate we had in my committee, I also liked the free time we had every evening.

Hanbee Seo
This trip has allowed me to improve as a delegate through collaborating with other delegates and discussing the different methods to solve certain issues. Thus, this trip helped me to stand out of the comfort zone where I could socialise further with more diverse communities.

Thuy An Le
THIMUN provided me with an opportunity not only to meet and connect with people from various cultures and nationalities, but also to debate and to work together with them to propose solutions to real world problems. As such, the highlight of THIMUN for me would definitely be the people: the intelligent, admirable individuals that I got to work with and learn from.

Ha Nguyen
I like THIMUN! It has given me a great opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and speak up in front of a full auditorium of people. I learned so many things, more than I could ever thought of. I will use this experiment to continue developing my skills for the upcoming UNIS MUN and other MUN conferences in the future.

Bao Chau Nguyen
THIMUN was a difficult yet rewarding experience that you just simply can’t forget. From the long hours of actively listening to debates and trying to pick out details from everyone’s speech to actually standing up on the podium to speak, even if you are allowed to speak for a certain number of times. It is all worth it in the end to see people actually cooperate and agree with each other’s stances on the topic, even though half the time we were always at each other’s necks.

Kiet Nguyen
THIMUN Singapore 2018 was an unforgettable experience; especially the Black Friday. It was my first ever MUN conference so at the beginning I was very nervous about being roasted by other delegates but however, that never happens. I had a fun time coming up with solutions to world issues and debating with students from everywhere in the world. One of the best thing at THIMUN was the Instagram page (@thimundane) filled with interesting memes and kept the energy up for the whole week of debate. Despite having a lot of threats on legalizing prostitution, overall the experience was remarkable and I will never forget this year’s THIMUN Singapore.

Miki Takechi
The highlight of THIMUN was cooperating with students from all over Asia in order to create a substantial resolution to serious issues humanity face today. Through this experience I learnt how to effectively answer challenging POIs (Points of Information)  on the spot and my debating skills improved so much more. Furthermore, the friendship I was able to build within the 5 days at THIMUN allowed me to make new connections with many students from different cultural backgrounds. I believe this experience helped me grow as a participant of MUN and an active debater.

Min Jae Kang
THIMUN is an unforgettable experience. We had the opportunity to meet delegates from thirteen different countries and discuss world issues with them. This was a valuable experience as I got to meet outstanding public speakers and global thinkers from all around the world. After the conferences, we had time to explore Singapore, and this created a bond between the UNIS delegates.

Kevin Rayan
Our GA effectively debated and passed over 7 resolutions out of the 9 resolution made. THIMUN unlike most of the sporting events I have been to helps you make a really close bond with many different people around the world and that bond is meant to last for years to come. I did not only learn about world issues but THIMUN was a great opportunity to learn how to interact with people from different regions, how to make important decisions within short periods of time and mainly how to back yourself under any circumstance against anyone.

Hannah Seo
THIMUN conference gave me opportunities to strengthen my public speaking skills, communication skills and team work. The trip was full of passion, excitement and commitment. I met numerous number of friends from all over the world, and I wish to join THIMUN again next year!


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