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.
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
Jada AL-Iesa, Victoria Kim, Mikkeline Lundsby, Giulia Landini, Svea Schmidt, Melissa Teo
Segdae Lucardie, Clemens Schmitz, Duc Vinh Nghiem, Sai Radu
Sophia Chagas, Nathalie Rowe, Polly Ward, Harley Dore, Robin van Tienen, Emily Dinh
Ségdae Lucardie, Will Francis, Thoma Bigot, Alinghi Song, Duc Vinh Nghiem, Clemens Schmitz
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
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.
Sophie Kim – In 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 Oh – In recognition of her focus and attention to detail in rehearsal and performance
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 Eun – In 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.
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.
The best performances on the field never actually start when a team steps on to the field. They start long before that moment. They start the instant that a team decides who it wants to become. For this year’s historic Varsity Girls Soccer team, that moment came two years ago. The team was having a team meeting. They sat in a room strung with posters. Each poster had statements written on them such as, “We can compete for a championship” and “Other APAC teams take us seriously.” On each paper the players placed different colored sticky notes depending on how much they agreed with the statement. Red was for “disagree,” yellow was for “kind of disagree” and green was for “definitely agree.” The posters were full of yellow and red stickers. Just two years earlier the team had finished playing in an APAC tournament where they not only didn’t win a game but they didn’t score a single goal. Other teams didn’t take UNIS Hanoi seriously. Why would they? UNIS Hanoi themselves didn’t think they could compete at APAC.
But in that moment, in that meeting the girls looked around the room and decided they wanted to change all that. They no longer wanted to play in scoreless APAC tournaments where no one feared them. They wanted to compete. So they began the long hard process of reaching their goals. The girls committed to training all off season, improving their skills, mentoring younger players, watching game film, eating healthy and staying fit. During the season they continued their hard work and dedication giving up Saturdays for runs in Soc Son, evenings to study game tape, afternoons and spring break for extra practices. By April 11, when the girls arrived in Hong Kong for the APAC tournament, they were ready.
The first game was against Seoul Foreign School. UNIS Hanoi got off to a good start by playing to their strengths. They played possession style football looking for triangles and passing opportunities from the defense through the midfield. Then maintaining possession by putting relentless high pressure on the opposing defense to create scoring opportunities. UNIS Hanoi scored their first and second goals on such pressure. The first was off a cross from Natalie that Josefine raced to and struck into the goal. The second was after the strikers pressured a defender into desperately trying to clear the ball only to find Uyen racing in to head the ball into the back of the net.
The second game of the day against Hong Kong International School proved a difficult one for UNIS Hanoi. Just before halftime, starting center back Phoebe broke her arm and Phuong the other starting center back injured her ankle. Without the heart of it’s defense UNIS Hanoi quickly found themselves down 3-0. But through pure team play and determination, they came back to score two goals one by Natalie and the other by a combined play from Irma and Ines. The game ended 3-2.
The next day UNIS Hanoi needed a win against Canadian Academy and Shanghai American School if they wanted to keep their chances of going to the championship alive. It wouldn’t be easy without their two starting center backs. Co May and Sian stepped up and took over as center backs for the day and they played magnificently. Through brilliant team defense, UNIS Hanoi held both teams scoreless and got two 1-0 wins off of scores from So Eun and Uyen.
On the final day of competition UNIS Hanoi found themselves in a position to make the final if they could get either a tie or a win in their game against Western Academy of Beijing (WAB). Phuong was now healthy enough to play. UNIS Hanoi was warned by other teams that they might get muscled off the ball. But UNIS Hanoi would have none of that. They matched the physical toughness and speed of WAB by playing tough and fast on their own. The game got off to a scary start when WAB scored an early goal and went up 1-0. But UNIS Hanoi didn’t stop believing in themselves and just before the half, Irma found the ball on the edge of the box and shot it past the goalkeeper to tie the game at 1-1. UNIS Hanoi held strong for the next 35 minutes and pulled out the tie that they needed to guarantee their spot in the championship game. As the final whistle blew the players swarmed the field hugging each other in recognition of what they had just accomplished. They had just become the first ever women’s team of any sport at UNIS Hanoi to make an APAC championship game.
The final pittited UNIS vs. the host school HKIS, who most teams had said was unbeatable. But if there was one team at the tournament not afraid of HKIS, it was UNIS Hanoi. That was because UNIS Hanoi knew just how good their own team was. The game was a hard fought, physical battle with neither team giving any balls away easily. HKIS scored off an impressive shot before halftime to go up 1-0. UNIS Hanoi played strong and physical and had their chances but ultimately was not able to score an equalizer. They lost 1-0.
In the end the UNIS Hanoi girls did not win the championship but they accomplished the goals that they set out for themselves that day two years ago. They became the team that everyone took seriously and the team proved to themselves just how much they are capable of.
Amazing job girls. You are legends.
A special congratulations to the seniors: Phoebe, Ines Vi, Irma, Phuong, Uyen and Thanh. What a legacy you have created.
From the first day of the season until the end, MRISA Girls soccer team has worked extremely hard as one unit out on the field. The long lasting journey to our victory in the MRISA tournament was not an easy one; it was filled with sweat and tears that all came together in the end, resulting in a great achievement. The team traveled to Vientiane International School in Laos from the 20th of February to the 24th, and came back home with a gold medal of pride and dedication around each of our necks.
The season started off with our strong leaders; Misaki and Sophia as captains, and our coach, Coach Coleman, having our backs throughout our journey no matter what. Our team had 4 returners; the captains, Ngoc, and Caitlin, and 8 players who were new to MRISA Soccer – Abi, Beeke, Elione, Jada, Kim, Lily, Michelle, Ngoc, and Saki.
The first few practices didn’t quite meet our expectations, as we were all still new to playing in this team. As time went by and we started to improve, we grew not only as individual players but also came together as one team. With multiple repetitions of the same drills; passing and moving to space, shooting off a pass, and ball controlling footwork, our dedication towards the sport never stopped.
All those practices continued with countless numbers of sprints, burpees, lunges, and strength-agility training. The circuit workout that we included in a couple of our practices helped us immensely during games by emphasizing on endurance, flexibility, and speed. Even during school holidays, our team would encourage each other to stay in shape and exercise regularly.
On January 19th, our team participated in the Hanoi Athletic Conference (HAC) Tournament. Returning with a first place trophy, for both the girls and the boys’ team, we knew that we were ready for the challenge we were about to face; MRISA Junior Soccer tournament in Vientiane International School. We were all nervous. We were all anxious. But none of those feelings stopped the fire of determination burning inside us; because most of all, we were ready to win.
Arriving in Laos, our whole team was exhausted from the delayed flight and lack of sleep. However, we knew nothing could stop us, even the stifling atmosphere since this was part of what we had to fight against; and part of what we’ve been working towards.
Our first game started at 8:30 am, playing against the Saigon South International School (SSIS). With a very close game winning 1-0 and beautiful passing by midfielders Misaki, Sophia, Caitlin and Ngoc, we were now facing one of our biggest competition; Vientiane International School, the host school of the tournament. Seeing the signs and hearing the chants of supporters all rooting for VIS, this game might’ve been one of our toughest challenges. With our careful passes and communication that we’ve been establishing throughout the season, after two long 20 minute halves, we were able to beat the team by 1-0 after a top left corner shot by Caitlin. With a mixed emotion of relief and excitement, we were now against the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP), one of our strongest opponents. Thanks to our teamwork, Abi and Lily’s speed in the midfield to keep the ball away from our goal, and coach’s guidance, we beat them by 3-1. After a long day of playing 3 games, we were ready for whatever the second day had to bring.
We were off to a great start for day 2, winning our first game against Hanoi International School (HIS) by 2-0. This is the game when our strong defenders Michelle, Saki, Beeke, and Elione really started to blend with the offense to not only keep the ball out of our goal area, but also set up attacks on goal. After beating the ISPP-B team by 4-0 and Ngoc adding her first goal to the mix, we were now first seed after the round robin. We went into the third and final day of the tournament, undefeated.
Our opponent for the semifinals game was SSIS. We were all dripping in sweat already in the first 10 minutes, with blinding sunlight directly in our eyes. Even after the third quarter, the scoreboard showed the point of 0-0, haunting us with nervousness. Both teams were eager to advance into the finals. We had to show that UNIS Ha Noi girls wanted it more. With 2 seconds remaining in the game, our last, fading hope was now shining towards us when we got a free kick due to the handball of the other team. Each one of us praying and waiting for our hope to be turned into a reality, after the sound of the referee’s whistle, Sophia took the shot. The strong shot went right into the goal, and the buzzer telling us that the game ended was also a sign that we were now in the finals.
Right before our finals, our coach called us all for our last huddle. “I’ve never coached a team this supportive, committed, intelligent, and bring the best out of each other. I love being your coach.” With the emotional words from our coach, as we all held back our tears we screamed, “Phoenix on 3! 1, 2, 3, Phoenix!”
We were now off in the field, playing our last ever game of the season. Everything we’ve worked on throughout this season was for this moment. We were all sprinting, calling for passes, defending our goal, and just giving our best out there. With Sophia’s early shot and our great midfield plays, we were leading the game with 1-0. Thanks to our great defenders always stealing the ball and our amazing goalie, Jada, blocking every single shot in the game including a late penalty that could have sent us into golden goal overtime, being the MRISA champion was now an attainable dream. After the second half when the buzzer went on telling us the game ended, we all ran up to each other hugging and screaming, “We won! We did it! We’re the champions!”
Thanks to each one of our hard work and commitment towards the team, and most importantly, our coach’s dedication to improving us as a team, we were able to get to where we are right now. Our victory was not only represented by the gold medal, but also as a sense of achievement and teamwork.
With four returning players from last year’s team, and seven new players, the team quickly got to know each other, on and off the field, and developed a strong and energetic team spirit. This positive spirit was a real highlight of the season and the cornerstone of a fantastic season which saw us come first in the Hanoi Activities Conference (HAC) and second place at the MRISA tournament held in Vientiane Laos last weekend.
During the season, they qualified for the finals day of the HAC season, where they defeated BIS, BVIS and St Paul’s American School on the way to claiming the HAC title. Special mention for Segdae, Dafydd, Aoi and Nam for superb performances.
Our MIRSA tournament was very enjoyable, we were hosted by students at Vientiane International School and players were able to renew old friendships. The relationships and connections that are created between players of different schools is very special and a very valuable part of the experience for our students.
With temperatures between 35-38 degrees celcius in Vientiane, it was hot going and hydration and cooling down were crucial parts of our preparation. We won all 5 of our round robin games with special mention to August, Harald and Tyson for outstanding performances that showed a lot of dedication and enormous improvement during the season. UNIS Ha Noi played quality passing football and scored 22 goals and conceded 0 leading into the finals day. Nico, Julius and Aoi contributed very well to the team and also had stand out performances.
After defeating ISPP in the semi final we prepared for the final against SSIS at 15.30 in the heat of the day. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and after a scoreless game we went into Golden goal extra time. SSIS played really well and score a long range goal which ended the final immediately and we had to settle for 2nd place. We learnt a lot from the tournament and experiences throughout the season and built a terrific camaraderie which the players should be very proud of.
Rory and Ruben were named in the tournament All Star team which was well deserved after and outstanding tournament where they showed they have a very high level of football skill and awareness.