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:

Peter Goverde Memorial Tennis Tournament @ UNIS Hanoi Tennis courts (Sunday 25 November)

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

JV Boys and Girls Basketball @ BVIS (Monday 26 November, 15.30-17.00)

Varsity Boys Basketball vs HIS @ UNIS Hanoi (Monday 26 November, 16.00-17.30)

MS Boys and Girls Soccer vs BVIS @ UNIS Hanoi (Tuesday 27 November, 16.00-17.30)

Saturday Soccer Tournament @ UNIS Hanoi back field (Saturday 1 December, 8.15-11.30)

Varsity Boys Basketball vs WIS @ UNIS Hanoi (Saturday 1 December, 14.00-15.30)

Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball vs SPAS @ UNIS Hanoi (Saturday 1 December, 15.30-17.00

GO PHOENIX!

UNIS Hanoi at THIMUN Singapore

UNIS Hanoi Model United Nations students have been in Singapore all week debating the important issues that the world is facing. Whether it be the illegal drug trade, autonomous weapons systems, climate change, testifying before the International Court of Justice or calling for defending the human rights of those who are powerless it has been a busy week.

Enjoy some of the photos from the trip! Watch this space next week for some more details and photos on the conference.

Posted in MUN

Youth Sports Soccer – A Season of Joy

Grades 4-5 students who were part of the Youth Sports Soccer Season at UNIS Hanoi  had been training hard for 5-6 weeks before the final event – the Soccer Festival on 13 November.

Our coaches, Mr Imran, Mr Gibbons, Mr Phi, Mr Geoff and Mrs Mindy were amazing. They helped us not only to train hard during the season but also to have fun and learn to work with others. At the end of the season we had a tournament where we come together with other schools in Hanoi to have a fun afternoon of soccer.

All the weeks of training led to a great festival. The girls teams won a few, tied a few and lost a few and the boys teams were the same. Overall the Youth Sports Soccer Season was such a great time filled with joy and hard working.

Thank you to the great coaches that helped us from day one.

Written by Emily Dinh (Grade 5)

“In youth sports, I learned lots of skills and strategies, such as formations and dribbling skills. When we were in the teams I made lots of friends with kids in the fourth and fifth grade while bonding on a sport we like. I always looked forward to Tuesdays and Thursday because practices were fun, especially when we did practice games. The coaches were nice and I improved greatly. I think the highlight of soccer was the tournament. It was really fun testing our skills against other schools. In all, I really enjoyed it and so did my sister who also attended.” Grant Carroll (Grade 5)

Peter Goverde Memorial Tennis Tournament – Register now!

Register now to join 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.

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.

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.

(UNIS Hanoi Peter Goverde Tennis Tournament 2017)

 

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

Regards,

Nick Firth
UNIS Tennis Academy Manager

“We did it! We are the MRISA Champions”

On 10 November 2018, the UNIS Hanoi girls basketball team won the Jr. MRISA tournament in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The road was long and hard, starting way back in the hot and humid end of August.

The season began with a bit of uncertainty. The team only had three players returning from last year: Abi, Jada, and Sophia.  The rest of the team, Beeke, Celina, Lisa, Lily, Michelle, Ngoc, Trang, Luna, and Kiara were new to MRISA Basketball.  Four out of the nine newcomers were even new to the sport. However, as practices began, the team slowly grew in confidence. We won our first game, beating HIS 40 to one. Despite the score, the entire team groans whenever the game is mentioned. With the awful rainbow passes, horrible shooting form, and confusion during the inbound plays, we all recognize it was not our best game.

Practices didn’t get easier. With pushups, stair laps and the endless suicides, we were always dripping with sweat by the time they were over.  But, with every practice and the seven games that followed, we got better and closer as a team. We weren’t just individual players anymore.  We were becoming teammates, thanks the guidance of our amazing coach, Coach Cortney.

The regular season ended with the Hanoi Athletic Conference (HAC) Tournament on the 3rd of November. After winning three games in five hours, we walked away with the championship trophy, and so did the boys.

After that tournament, we only had one more practice before getting on a plane for the MRISA tournament in Cambodia. Some of us were nervous, but we all knew that we hadn’t come to this tournament as individuals. We had come as a team. We were ready for whatever Cambodia threw at us.

On the first day, many of us had to wake up at 5:30 a.m.  Even with the early start, we played our first game, winning 28 to 20 against South Saigon International School (SSIS).  With a boost in our energy and excitement, we did well in our next two games against the International School of Eastern Seaboard (ISE) and the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP), outscoring both by a total of 33 points.  After our game against ISPP, Coach Cortney told us she hadn’t won against ISPP in the last five years.  We hadn’t known that, and cheered even louder than when we had won the game.

On the morning of our second day, Coach sent us us a message on Whatsapp, saying, “I saw the forecast for today. Sunny with a chance for UNIS Hanoi to be first seed!” She was right. We outscored our next two opponents by a total of 60 points, and went 5 – 0 in the round robin. That meant we were the first seed in the playoffs.

Our semi final game was against Vientiane International School (VIS). Thanks to our incredible defense, we won 34 to 4.  One of our teammates whispered on the bench, “Oh my god.  We’re completely shutting them down.”  She was right.  And Coach Cortney was right about the endless defensive drills during practice. They were the key to us reaching the finals.

Right before the championship game started, Coach pulled us all aside into our last team huddle. She told us that this was why were were there. This was what we had trained for. We were ready, and it was time for us to play our game. And we did.

From the first blow of the referee’s whistle, we were playing our game. We ran our offense, Jada and Sophia with their incredible two-man play. We did our defense, all of us on our toes in case someone needed help. We played the way we knew we could play. Finally, with all of us breathing hard, it was down to the last few seconds of the game.  It was our ball, and we were up 30 to 10. The ball was passed in, we held it, and the buzzer sounded.

The stands and bench exploded. We all ran up to each other. We hugged, we high fived, we celebrated so much we accidentally threw each other on the ground. “We did it!  We actually did it!”  We were the middle school girls basketball team from UNIS Hanoi, and we were MRISA Champions.

As our teammate Sophia said, “Our team has grown a lot in this season and it’s amazing how many of our players went from never playing basketball to winning a gold medal.”  Because of everyone’s hard work, everyone who was cheering us on, and, most of all, to Coach Cortney, we won.  But, we didn’t just win at MRISA. We won as a team throughout the entire season, all twelve of us.

“So Jada, about dying your hair blue if we win MRISA…”

“Oh shizzles.”

Kiara Fenn

Our Phoenix Pride Shone at the Junior Varsity Boys Volleyball

Junior Varsity Boys Volleyball place 2nd at MRISA in Thailand November 2018

After winning our local HAC league the Junior Varsity Boys Volleyball team traveled to Thailand for their season finale MRISA tournament. 6 teams played a round robin followed by semifinals and finals. Our UNIS Hanoi Phoenix came second overall, after a very intense and close third set final. This year’s team was made up of Captain Ji Seong Park, Dario Landini, Kiet Nguyen, Duc Anh Nguyen Phu, Alex Kim, Long Nguyen, Lam Nguyen, Minh van der Wielen, Iestyn Rusinow, Gia Khang Vo, Jeongha Kim, Huy Nguyen, Minh Nguyen, Danila Zuyeu.

The level of volleyball in Thailand was nothing like we had encountered in our local league here in Hanoi. The boys played exceptionally well and put up a good fight against some very tough opponents with big hits and hard serves. Their hard work paid off as the boys went undefeated in all sets and games going into the final. The heart, commitment and attitude of our JV boys was amazing – they never gave up, and kept a positive team atmosphere both on and off the court. The skill level and game IQ they posses proved above and beyond their young years. The boys represented UNIS Hanoi proudly as all weekend complements of how remarkable the boys were by host families, teachers, other coaches and players came pouring in.

When it was all over the boys played with everything they had and I could not be more proud to be their coach. The drive and dedication they had for our team this year was outstanding. Our Phoenix Pride shone throughout the competition. The boys played with passion and heart. From a coaches perspective it has been a joy to watch them grow not only as players, but as young men as well. I had some wonderful times coaching this amazing group. Thank you to all the parents for allowing your son to be a part of this team and for all the extra practices, team meetings and dinners. Finally, thank you to all the players for putting up with this novice coach and her crazy ideas. I look forward to our future seasons.

Coach Nikki Carey

 

Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball’s Success in Thailand

Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball place 3rd at MRISA in Thailand November 2018

This year, in addition to winning our local HAC tournament, the Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball team had the opportunity to play in a Varsity tournament hosted by UNIS Hanoi. That experience proved invaluable as we traveled to Thailand for the MRISA Varsity tournament  where six teams played three days of high intensity volleyball. This year’s team was made up of Co-Captains Ezell Wambua and Audrey Hanson, Mai Linh Neefjes, Ha Ngo, Linh Trang (LT) Do, Victoria Moro de Mendoza, Mia Kritenbrink, Elaine Dang, Mai An Nguyen, Natalie Krubnerova, Didi Bullard, Kitty Tran, and My Nguyen.

Our Phoenix came out strong, winning four of five matches solidly. Their knowledge of the game and commitment to each other kept us in every game with close scores and exciting rallies. Our defense, led by liberos Elaine and Mai An, and powers Mai Linh and Natalie, worked tirelessly to produce an accurate pass to the setter to start a strong offensive play.

Our middles contributed to our defense then transitioned quickly to offense. Our setters and hitters were strategic with their hits and tips, and were solid on defense as well.

Congratulations to the girls for their commitment to the team all season and for representing UNIS Hanoi proudly as we took 3rd place at the MRISA Varsity tournament!

This was an exciting season of volleyball.  Players showed consistent dedication to the sport by showing up early on Wednesday mornings, coming to optional Saturday practices, and building extra volleyball workouts into their own personal fitness routines; all while maintaining their academic and service commitments. It was my absolute pleasure to work with this group of athletes. Thank you to the parents for allowing your daughters to spend so much time developing their play. We are looking forward to next year.

Coach Keri Giller

APAC Choir Coming to UNIS Hanoi

On November 15-17 UNIS Hanoi will be hosting the 2018 APAC Choir Festival.  Our community will be welcoming students and directors from Canadian Academy (CA), Seoul Foreign School (SFS), Shanghai American School (SAS-PD), Hong Kong International School (HKIS), and Western Academy Beijing (WAB) to join our UNIS Hanoi performers in this wonderful event. The goal of this festival is to nurture students’ talents, skills and self-confidence as well as develop their interest and appreciation of the arts. The festival will encourage social interaction as students work collaboratively to prepare a culminating performance. Special guest director Patrick Romano will lead the festival to enhance the learning experience.

These types of events offer an outstanding opportunity to bring our community together in support of the arts. The culminating event of the festival will be a concert on Saturday, November 17 at 18:45. in the UNIS Hanoi Centre for the Arts. Tickets for the final event are free of charge and will be available from the Co-Curricular Activities Office (B8B-102) on a first come first served basis starting Monday, November 12.

Join us for a high caliber concert you will not soon forget.

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

Turn Up and Support UNIS Hanoi Phoenix Team

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:

MacBeth – HS Production Tickets are still available for Saturday performance on 10 November at 16.00 in the UNIS Hanoi Centre for the Arts. You can get the ticket prior to the show at the Centre for the Arts Building (B10)

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)

Youth Sport Soccer Festival @ UNIS Hanoi (13 November, 14.00-17.30) Tuesday 13th November will see UNIS Hanoi host a Grade 4 and 5 Youth Sport Soccer Festival  at the back field. 18 budding soccer teams from six international school will participate in the festival and would love your support. Please come by and enjoy the festivities.

Saturday Soccer Tournament @ UNIS Hanoi back field (24 November, 8.15-11.30)

GO PHOENIX!