Still Time to Sign-up for Saturday Youth Sport (G3-5)

We are pleased to announce that we have secured Brazilian Football School (BFS) and Thang Long Warriors (TLW) Basketball Academy to run some Saturday Youth Sport offerings for your children.  We hope to expand the offerings in the future with more sport and activity options, as well as opening up to the younger grade levels. 

Please see details below from each organization, as well as the links to sign-up:

Thang Long Warriors (TLW) – Saturday Youth Sport Basketball
September 19-November 28
8:00-9:00 am:grades 3 – 4 (girls/boys)
9:10-10:10 am: grade 5 (girls/boys)

With instruction and guidelines from professional coaches, your child will be able to learn the basics of the game of basketball with the Thang Long Warriors Academy. Whether they are a beginner or have played before, there is an opportunity for all. This program will allow each and every child to establish new skills, in a fun, safe and professional environment. Whether you are looking for an outlet for more fitness for your child or want them to improve on their basketball skills, our team will ensure that all participants will receive proper techniques and training to discover their edge. Feel more energized, healthier, faster and stronger than ever.


Brazilian Football School (BFS) Saturday Youth Sport Football
September 19-November 28
8:00-9:00 am: grades 3 – 4 (girls/boys)
9:10-10:10 am: grade 5 (girls/boys)

Our Brazilian Football School team will come to UNIS and deliver fun training (10 sessions) which not only develop key soccer skills but also promote healthy physical activity and important social skills, such as teamwork and communication. We will challenge and facilitate the development of your child’s skills in the soccer training from the beginner level onward. Your child will learn the basic concepts of soccer and sharpen motor skills which will further enhance their enjoyment of the beautiful game. Training topics will include: Passing & receiving technique, change of direction and dribbling skills, 1v1 attacking moves & creativity on the ball, shooting & finishing skills and basic team concepts – 3 v 3 & 4 v 4.


Talented Students Recognized at Virtual Co-curricular Awards Ceremony

Yesterday, UNIS Hanoi came online together to celebrate the remarkable achievements of its secondary school sports stars, artistes and student leaders. The Virtual Co-curricular Awards Ceremony was an opportunity for the community to honor all co-curricular groups as well as recognize some stand-out individual accomplishments.  

Director of Activities, Tarique Al-Iesa said, “Our students’ talents are as diverse as our student body. Every individual who’s signed up and participated in an activity, committed to the necessary training, practice and prep work and gone out on the field, court or stage to perform deserves a round of applause.”

As is tradition, coaches and directors nominated individuals that had shown exceptional dedication, commitment and success to their chosen sport or activity throughout the school year. 

Watch the Ceremony again!

If you missed the premiere of the Awards Ceremony, don’t worry! You can watch it again here.

High School Sports Awards

The winners are: 

Male Junior Varsity Athlete of the Year: Iestyn Rusinow

Female Junior Varsity Athlete of the Year: Mia Kritenbrink

Male Varsity Athlete of the Year: Shay Smith

Female Varsity Athlete of the Year: Co May Nguyen

Male High School Ambassador: Richard Dang

Female High School Ambassador: Josefine Schmitz


High School Arts Awards

The winners are: 

Thespian of the Year: Bailey Shelley

Musical Artist of the Year: Bao Chau Nguyen

Commitment to the Arts: Merel van Tienen

Excellence in Arts: My Anh Truong


Middle School Sports Awards

The winners are: 

Middle School Male Athlete of the Year: Segdae Lucardie

Middle School Female Athlete of the Year:Jada Al-Iesa

Male Middle School Ambassador: Oliver Pollack

Female Middle School Ambassador: Sophia Chagas



Most Valuable Player Award Winners

Varsity Girls Volleyball: Frances Phan

JV Girls Volleyball: Tey (Tue Chan) Le

Varsity Boys Volleyball: Richard Dang

JV Boys Volleyball: Lam Nguyen

Varsity Tennis: Nguyen Dao

Varsity Girls Swimming: Flora Hamilton

Varsity Boys Swimming: Jan (Honza) Krubner

Varsity Girls Basketball: Co May Nguyen

JV Girls Basketball: Audrey Hanson

Varsity Boys Basketball: Malik Sy

JV Boys Basketball: Iestyn Rusinow


Player’s Choice Award Winners

Varsity Girls Volleyball: Co May Nguyen

JV Girls Volleyball: Mia Kritenbrink

Varsity Boys Volleyball: Richard Dang

JV Boys Volleyball: Gia Khang Vo


Varsity Girls Swimming: Flora Hamilton

Varsity Boys Swimming: Jan (Honza) Krubner


Varsity Girls Basketball: Co May Nguyen

JV Girls Basketball: Trang Pham

Varsity Boys Basketball: Zaid Zeidan

JV Boys Basketball: Junho Hwang


MS Coach’s Choice Medal Winners

Girls Basketball: 

Jada AL-Iesa, Victoria Kim, Mikkeline Lundsby, Giulia Landini, Svea Schmidt, Melissa Teo

Boys Basketball: 

Segdae Lucardie, Clemens Schmitz, Duc Vinh Nghiem, Sai Radu

Girls Soccer: 

Sophia Chagas, Nathalie Rowe, Polly Ward, Harley Dore, Robin van Tienen, Emily Dinh

Boys Soccer:

Ségdae Lucardie, Will Francis, Thoma Bigot, Alinghi Song, Duc Vinh Nghiem, Clemens Schmitz


MUN Recognition

Recognition of MUN Leadership team:

Da Hyun Yu: In recognition of your leadership including your presence as a reliable guiding force throughout 2019-2020.

Ji U Jeong: In recognition of your organisational skills, specifically your management of the administration & hospitality for our two UNIS MUN conferences.

Harrison Wallace: In recognition of your embodiment of UNIS MUN core principles including your role as Secretary General for UNIS MUN 2020.

Seokhee (John) Yoon: In recognition of your affability & team building specifically with regard to the development of UNIS MUN Delegates.

Bao Chau Nguyen: In recognition of your dedication including your role as President of the Security Council at THIMUN 2019.

Binh Vu: In recognition of your commitment to raising the profile of UNIS MUN including your design of the UNIS MUN homepage & weekly TinTuc articles throughout 2019-2020.  

Ho Lun (Felix) Shum: In recognition of human resource management skills including your training & development of UNIS MUN Presidents & Chairs.  

Long Tran: In recognition of your interpersonal skills towards the development of a professional team of UNIS MUN Delegation Ambassadors.    


Recognition of Ambassadors and Special Delegate 

Duc Anh Nguyen Phu: In recognition of your leadership & professionalism as a UNIS MUN Delegation Ambassador at ISPP MUN.

Thanh An Nguyen: In recognition of your leadership & professionalism as a UNIS MUN Delegation Ambassador at ISPP MUN.

Heedong Cho: In recognition of your outstanding lobbying & debating skills as a UNIS MUN Delegate at ISPP MUN.

Jeongha Kim: In recognition of your leadership & professionalism as a UNIS MUN Delegation Ambassador at THIMUN.


Performing Arts Recognition

Concert Band 

To the seniors – Yoo Chan Ko, Roy Lee, Jiyoon Kang, and Hye Min Lim In recognition of their dedication to leaving the Band Program at UNIS better than how they found it.

Harry Chowdhry, Ben Knaggs, and Ambrose Phelps In recognition of their stellar attendance, being dependable members of the Band, and always being ready to contribute at a high level. 


APAC Band 

Sophie KimIn recognition of her ability to lead by example with consistently strong and excellent playing that makes the whole group better

Thanh Nguyen In recognition of his drive and dedication to make himself a better musician


HS Mekong Delta 

Jinha OhIn recognition of her focus and attention to detail in rehearsal and performance 


APAC Choir

Chinh Mai In recognition for his dedication, expertise and leadership in his role as a Tenor in APAC choir. 

Da Hyun Yu In recognition of your dedication to APAC choir and your leadership in the Soprano and Alto sections.

Sung EunIn recognition for your resilience and commitment to the group as a reliable support for your peers. 



Jeremy Smith In recognition for his tireless work on the technical aspects of production, training other students and keeping it all running smoothly.

Gaby Chanen In recognition of her outstanding commitment to role and consistent demonstration of creative process.

Elena McCullough In recognition of her outstanding commitment to role and consistent demonstration of creative process.

Matthew Wood In recognition of his outstanding commitment to physical characterisation.

Solene Shelley In recognition of her focus and reactions when not having a lot to say. And her innate comic timing.

Frances Phan In recognition of her focus and reactions when not having a lot to say. And her innate comic timing.


Senate Recognition

To the HS Senate Officers – Hye Min Lim, Dao Nguyen, Harrison Wallace, Jeremy Smith and Eileen Kang – you are recognized and gratefully thanked for your leadership, initiative, organization and work in improving the HS Senate throughout the year and your ongoing efforts to engage with students and maintain Senate operations during Distance Learning. 

To the HS Senate Events Committee – Shaivee Sharma, Jae Hee Jung, Huy Nguyen, Woochang Jung, Bao Chau Nguyen, Daniel Jung, Lenard El-Hage and Minh Thien Mai – thank you for your efforts in organizing and running exciting student-centered activities that help raise school spirit throughout the year.

To the HS Senate Student Representatives Committee – Oskar Stenman, Sarah Anthony, Binh Vu, Eddie Lee, Hong Hai Tran, Long Tran, Johnny Ngo and Holly Seo – thank you for your efforts in creating opportunities for all students to have their voices heard through town hall meetings, HS assemblies and other outreach programmes.




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:

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!

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:

13:15 if UNIS Hanoi wins
16:30 if UNIS Hanoi wins again.

14:30 if UNIS Hanoi wins.

 Go Phoenix!

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

Game (Court 1)


9:00 Boys



10:15 Girls



11:30 Boys

HDBC vs A&A 


12:45 Girls



2:00 Boys



3:15 Girls


Middle School Festival Girls Basketball

In the new school year 2019/2020, the Middle School basketball season began. Many girls and boys tried out for the MRISA team on the  27th of August, and some got into the team and other came in the best team ever: THE FESTIVAL TEAM!!!! Every girl and boy which didn’t made it on the MRISA team joined the Festival Team to improve their skills and to find new friends. It was so much fun to improve the skills and play games against each other or against other schools.

After we had our first matches at UNIS, we wanted to improve and learn new strategies to fight for the UNIS Festival Team and play even better. After we had our second match at Concordia, we were much more comfortable in playing and applying our learned skills.

After several weeks of training, exercising, and a little break of holidays, we actually had a game at BIS, but it was cancelled. Everyone on the team was disappointed and nobody could understand why. Our last training was coming soon, and we decided to make a short practice on Thursday and end with a big PIZZA PARTY!!!!!!!!  After this nice evening, we saw our last big tournament on Saturday at BIS. At the tournament we played in total 25 games of basketball!

It was very fun to play and cheer for each other and look at what skills other schools have. The important thing of the whole season were the Coaches. Coach Shannon and Coach Coleman were the best basketball coaches we ever had. They showed us skills and tricks about how to beat the other schools, and they cheered us up when we had problems. If we had other things we had to do, they let us do them because they believed in balance. It was the best thing I’ve ever experienced. So thank YOU coaches for being our coaches and helping us improve the skills we never had before. And I am very sad to say that this season of MRISA and Festival Basketball in the MS is now over. Thanks to all the coaches that supported the girls and boys in this wonderful season of basketball.

The last thing I want to say is: GO PHOENIX!

I hope every boy and girl in 6,7and 8 grade try out for next year’s teams.

Svea Schmidt

MRISA Jr. Basketball Boys

Coach Micah, Coach Gomez, and Coach Shay were extremely impressed with the MS Festival Basketball Boys Team this season. With over 40 student-athletes joining in on the festivities, the developing of self-esteem, honing leadership skills, and understanding the importance of teamwork was present in amass for every team practice and game. In addition to character building through athletic experiences at UNIS Hanoi, the MS Festival Basketball Boys Team displayed improvement of skills in all areas, including communication, ball-handling skills, passing, and shooting. We are very proud of the effort put forth by all festival team participants. The future of the middle school basketball programme is bright.

”Know your role, stay in your role and star in your role.” That was the theme of the MRISA Jr. Basketball Boys Team. To that effect, Segdae, Dafydd, Rahul, Clemens, August, Frank, Momo, Noah, Oliver, Ashe, Tyson, Dylan and Alinghi complemented each other on the court. As a result of unselfish team play, the boys triumphed in the MRISA championship game, decisively beating their nemesis, SSIS. The following week, the boys defended their HAC title by beating the Olympia Schools. And off the court, the boys are still enjoying the special bond that was created from this unforgettable experience! 

Enjoy this highlight video from the MRISA championship game.

JV Boys Basketball Recap

Our season started with a bunch of freshmen and only three returning players from last year’s team, so we didn’t have much experience going into the season. After closely losing a season-opening game we realized that we had a lot to grow as a team. So we worked hard in practice and focused our efforts.

In January we had two tournaments: JV Invitational tournament and HAC tournament.

Our JV invitational tournament 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 only lost by two points against the last year’s runner up and reigning champs. This showed that we could compete with other top teams placing 3rd out of the 6 schools and finishing 3-2 at the tournament. During the HAC tournament, we showed that we have developed and improved as a team. We beat Concordia in the semi-finals but lost to Olympia by two points in the finals. Both teams that we lost to in the Hanoi League games.

Our culminating MRISA tournament put us against highly skilled and experienced teams. Other teams consisted of experienced juniors and seniors. However, we started out with two wins on the first day but unfortunately, we lost our next five games and finished 6th place. The results weren’t what we wanted;  however, all of our games were very close.

In reflection, I believe our team was special because we weren’t afraid of any team and we were always optimistic and believed that we could win. Secondly, we were resilient. We always fought back and found a way to come back regardless of the score and the time. Lastly, we were always having fun. We enjoyed every moment as a team. We enjoyed playing together and we made countless memories as a team.

As the captain of this team, I will always remember this team, this is my favorite year playing basketball because of the coach and players I’ve played with. If this core can stay together for next year then we can definitely contend for a championship.

 Jinha Hwang

JV Girls Basketball Finish Epic Season

The JV Girls Basketball team capped off a very successful 2018-19 season at the MRISA Senior Basketball Tournament hosted by SSIS last week. The tournament was a culmination of months of hard work.

Eleven grade 9 and 10 athletes were selected for the team way back in November and they had to quickly mesh together as local league competition started immediately after the season began. The heart and soul of the team was held together by our Super Sophomores; Caitlyn F., So Eun K., and Thao D. Caitlyn and So Eun served as co-captains for the team.

A group of athletic grade 9’s filled out the rest of the team and they hit the ground running – quickly racking up 7 straight wins all before Winter break against local opponents. The Phoenix averaged 25.6 ppg while holding their opponents to just 12.3 ppg. Our offensive fire power came from So Eun who led the team with 8.6 ppg and silky smooth Frosh Mia K. was not far behind with 8.4 ppg.

Vicky M., Lieke V. and Annabel N. were major contributors on both sides of the floor providing the team with the necessary height and athleticism to give our team the best chance to win! Mai An N., Audrey H., Didi B. and Anne Marie C., filled out the rest of our guards and despite all being new to the sport, they made huge strides of improvement with each practice and game!

The season highlight most definitely came from our championship performance at the JV Asia-Pacific Invitational hosted at UNIS Hanoi in January. Our Phoenicians went undefeated in tournament play beating very competitive teams from ISKL, CDIHK, ISHMC, and RIS. This was the first time in the tournament’s history that the JV girls team brought home the championship!

The next big date on the calendar was the HAC tournament hosted by SPAS. With the league title already secured our top-seeded girls felt confident coming into the one-day win or go home event. The team cruised into the final game, but met a tough Concordia team that came to play and was by no means intimidated by UNIS’s season resume. CIS handed us our first loss of the season which was very much a learning experience that we took to heart heading into our final challenge of the year in Saigon.

The team knew MRISA was going to be an uphill battle as we faced off against strong U19 teams. We got out to a hot start on Thursday winning both games and went into day 2 with confidence. However, the second day was much more challenging as we faced the three dominant teams in the tournament and couldn’t find a way to win.

With our top scorer, So Eun, out with an ankle injury, we knew we needed an inspired performance for day three. As the 4th seed, we made good work against the 5 seed which earned us the honor of playing the undefeated no. 1 seed ISPP. That team proved to be too much for us and a lopsided loss set us up for our next challenge; the 3/4th game against VIS. The girls played up to the competition fighting every second on the court. Ultimately the team lost by one but left the court with their heads held very high.

Caitlyn represented UNIS Hanoi as our MVP and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Congratulations on an awesome season!

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