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

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.

Peter Goverde Tennis Tournament 2019

Calling on All Tennis Players!!

The 12th Annual Peter Goverde Memorial Tennis Tournament – Sunday November 24, 2019

If you’re a tennis player, you don’t want to miss out!!  The UNIS Tennis Courts will be full of tennis enthusiasts on Sunday, November 24 as players from the UNIS community gather to remember a former staff member, Mr. Peter Goverde. 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 2019 Peter Goverde Memorial Tennis Tournament will be divided into 2 portions:

  • Morning Session (08:00–13:00) for students
  • Afternoon Session (14:00–17:00) for adults

All play will be doubles (subject to numbers).

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:

  • K.2 – GR.2 – 8:00 – 9:00
  • GR.3 – GR.6 – 8:30 – 10:30
  • GR.7 – Gr.12 – 11:00 – 13:00

All student and adult players will enter individually and be paired with a variety of different players throughout the day in doubles.

You can register by going to Peter Goverde Tournament Registration

There is no entry fee for this event. Closing date for registration is end of the day on Wednesday, November 20 2019.

This tournament is open for UNIS community and the wider Hanoi community.

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

UNIS Hanoi APAC Tennis Varsity

On Wednesday 23rd October 2019 the UNIS varsity tennis team headed to the hosts Seoul Foreign School, Seoul, Korea to compete in the 2019 APAC tournament. This year 6 schools participated: SFS, HKIS, SSPD, ISB and Brent. The matches were played at the school campus but at three different sites, making use of the British School there too.

The teams consisted of 5 boys, 5 girls. 2 of each gender played singles, a girls and boys doubles and finally a mixed doubles. The format began with team round-robin where every school played against one another. The scoring was first to 8 games with sudden death deuces (at deuce nextpoint wins).

UNIS Hanoi started with a match against HKIS (Hong Kong). With it being first match it was a battle against opponent and nerves! We lost 0-7, some close 6-8 loses meant we were unlucky to not pick up some wins. Next we played the hosts SFS (Korea). Their home advantage told and both on their boys and girls sides were very strong. We lost this one 0-7. Our remaining match on day one was against another tough school ISB (Bejing) matches were at times close and long; but ultimately a 0-7 loss in this one.

Day 2 was an early start with another packed day of matches. We started with a match against Brent (Philippines). We were just unable to pick up the team win on this one losing 2-5, wins came from Dao and our boys doubles. Last up was SASPX (Shanghai) . We lost this match 0-7. This match completed the six school round-robin and then depending on your placings the first two days was where you were seeded as we went into the individual competition.

Final day (3) and by now everyone is playing their respective individual event. Nguyen Dao had our highest individual placing just missing out on a medal coming 5th, with the singles 2 players joining the draw as well he finished 5th out of 12 . He was in fact very close to making the final had some key points gone better his way – he had match points against the runner-up. Big credit to Shern-Ern and ShinYoung who both managed to reverse loses against players in the knock-out rounds respectively. 

Ultimately the competition was extremely good and it’s good to be aware of the level and standards we wish to aspire too.

The finals produced excellent tennis to watch, girls event and boys event was won by  SFS. Overall fantastic event well organised by the host school SFS. Great experience for our players. We say thank you to our now ineligible Grade 12’s next year who move on with our best wishes. Nguyen Dao and ShinYoung Kim have competed in 4 APAC Tennis Championships for UNIS so fantastic credit to them. Big thanks to Taku Shiwa and Mayu Mori who also take their next steps from high school after this year.  Some of our players now have 2/3 yrs experience so that will hold us in good stead. We know we have to practice more often and play more matches so hopefully that’s something we can commit to all year round now.

Team:

Boys Singles 1 – Nguyen Dao                                 Girls Singles 1 – Shernern Wang

Boys Singles 2 – Sohan D’Silva                               Girls Singles 2 – ShinYoung Kim

Boys Doubles – Taku Shiwa/Min Yong An               Girls Doubles – Mayu Mori/Marigrace Bishop

Mixed Doubles – Miki Takeshi/Do Hun An

Should you be interested in trying out for the APAC team (Grade 9-12) or interested in playing/starting tennis please contact me. We have elementary, middle and high school tennis sessions running throughout the week with additionally an adult community programme.

Yours,

Nick Firth 

(Tennis Academy Manager)
tennisam@unishanoi.org

UNIS MUN- End of A Beginning

After 4 days in Phnom Penh, the ISPP traveling team have landed in Hanoi on Sunday, 27 October.

Learn more about the trip from Thanh An Nguyen, Ambassador & head of the UNIS MUN Russian Delegation in the article below.

When asked about their highlights from the trip, the delegates answered:

It was an amazing experience for me. My favorite part of the trip would be how we all gathered together to play games like pool and were able to even go and explore the busy city of Phnom Penh as a team. If I had to pick a favorite moment, it would be when we went to explore the scenery from the back of a Tuk Tuk.” -Ho Yeon

My highlight would actually be the conference itself. I have made many new friends and was introduced to many new perspectives and ideas. My knowledge and opinions were challenged during the conference by people that I didn’t know. This is an aspect that made the conference so thrilling and engaging!”- Trang Pham

When asked about his highlights from the trip, the ISPP traveling team’s chaperone, Mr. Stephan Anagnost said:

I was really impressed. We had sent a really interesting team to ISPP. Since the team is made up of 9th and 10th graders, this trip was a perfect opportunity for them to familiarize themselves with the dress code, the procedure and the interaction when it comes to lobbying and merging countries. They really understood the mission and spirit of what a MUN program is supposed to be. It is not about winning the debate or the resolution making it through the closing plenary, it is about the relationship that you build. Not just the personal ones, though they are important, but also the relationships that you forge to draft a resolution that meets the needs of your co-submitters, as well as the ultimate needs that we have on the planet. The delegates that we had, who are new to MUN, got a sense that this is more than just a co-curricular activity; instead, this is an activity that really has the potential to incrementally and evolutionary make the fundamental changes that we need to see happen.

If you see any of the delegates or chaperones, please congratulate them for their successful trip to Cambodia!

After months of hard work to prepare country research, opening speeches, policy statements, and resolutions, all delegates participated in the October Conference (Security Council Simulation) this Tuesday from 4:30 to 8:30pm.

The October Conference focused on The question of the security of crucial trade routes near conflict regions.

Jennette shared insights on her experience as the delegate of the October Conference:

“I thought this mock conference was really helpful. Since I am a new delegate, this conference really helped calm my nerves down for the UNIS February Conference. For me, this was the time where I could make mistakes and learn from it. Plus, I really liked the pizza for dinner. We also had really funny superlatives at the end!”

After a busy week, the MUN Leadership Team would like to thank all the delegates, admins, student officers and MUN directors for their hard work and unwavering enthusiastic spirit.

However, this week is merely marking the end of a beginning to our MUN journey.

Starting November 14, 2019, after 2 weeks of re-energizing, we will continue with our weekly MUN meeting every Thursday. During the break, the THIMUN delegates will continue to have meetings to prepare for the upcoming conference.

Stay tuned for further updates! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us through the UNIS MUN Facebook Page.

Binh Vu (Head of The MUN Publicity Team)

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UNIS Hanoi at ISPP MUN

Our UNIS MUN delegations were expertly led & prepared by Ambassadors Thanh An Nguyen (Russian Federation), Duc Anh Nguyen (Somalia) & Traves Lee (Fiji) but we soon realized that clearly more research was needed (what was the capital of Somalia again? Who is the CURRENT UN Secretary General?) so we spread out waiting for our delayed flight to depart to do a little more background on the countries we are expected to faithfully represent.

We visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Memorial after we arrived.

At the Tuol Sleng Genocide Memorial we met & had the chance to speak with Bou Meng, an artist, & Chum Mey, a mechanic. They are two of only 179 known survivors of S-21 when it was liberated by the Vietnam. Their stories were also inspiring as we began to prepare our opening statements & consider our resolutions before the start of the conference. Bou Meng was quoted directly; many of us made connections to the genocides in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda & of the Rohingya; others considered ways in which we could strengthen existing UN capcities & laws like the Genocide & Refugee Conventions.

For many of us, ISPP Day 3 kept Bou Meng & Chum Mey’s call to action & civility as a central focus.

We began with what is perhaps the most valuable elements of MUN: Lobbying, Merging & Approval.

It is through the lobbying that we can reach out to other delegations, testing our own mastery of our country’s positions, international, legal & institutional frameworks as well as our ability to empathise, sympathise &, truth be told, manipulate & mislead.

While not much was ultimately past, the final day of ISPP brought out the best of our delegates in GA Plenary & Security Council.

We did engage in meaningful debate on the struggle between the right to privacy & the need for security; the future of Isreali-Palestinian relations; a lasting & universal convention recognising & protecting the rights of LGBTQ+; a strengthening of child protection & misery allievation; an amicable & sustainable solution to the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Our delegates were active & that activity received both recognition & commendation (as well as a less-than-perfectly-timed-in-committee-nap). More importantly, we learned & are motivated to reinvest these experiences in February’s UNIS MUN international conference & beyond.

Thanh An Nguyen

UNISMUN- It’s On!

After long weeks of hard work and careful preparation, the ISPP MUN traveling delegates flew to Phnom Penh this Thursday. Stay tuned for insights on their experiences!

To prepare for the October conference next week, the non-traveling delegates are having a mock debate in their assigned committees on the topic of: the question of the political climate in Hong Kong.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us through the UNIS MUN Facebook Page.

Community Programme Winter Session 2019

Make Winter your active season by joining the UNIS Hanoi Community Programme!

The Community Programme Winter Session 2019 (November 25 – February 29) is now available for viewing on the UNIS Hanoi Website.

In this session, we continue to offer a wide-range of classes, workshops and activity options designed for both adults and students of all ages. Please carefully read the highlight information about the Winter Session 2019 as below:

ADULT AND CHILDREN SKILLS CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS OFFERED:

Classes for the Community by the Community! Offerings are open to wider Hanoi community and range from cooking classes to fun science and language classes! Available options for both adults and children.

Check out all the interesting and new courses in this session:

  • Skill Building: Kickboxing, Cardboard Challenge.…
  • Movement: Ballet Fit, Swing Dancing…
  • Tennis classes: We are committed to offer a diverse selection of tennis classes for both adults and children at different levels. You can view all tennis classes on offer on our website hereSign up: 09:00 October 21 – 17:00 October 28. If you would like private tennis lesson, please send an email to Mr Nick Firth at: tennisam@unishanoi.org.
  • Swimming classes: We continue offering a wide range of swimming classes for adults and children. Please visit the websitefor more information. In this session, for Community Swim Lessons (School of Fish) and Community Swim Club (HSC), current participants will automatically retain their swimming level in their current class and that there is no need for reassessment. New participants joining the Winter Session must contact the Aquatics Manager, Mr Martin Hamilton at: aquaticsmanager@unishanoi.org for an individual assessment. Sign up: 09:00 October 21 – 17:00 October 28.
  • Saturday Youth Sports: In the Winter Season, Saturday Youth Sports will offer Soccer and Floor Hockey. (The Spring Season will offer Basketball and Tag-Rugby). For full details see the website.Sign up: 09:00 October 21 – 17:00 October 28.

 IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PAYMENTS:

Payment for Community Programmes is required online during the registration process. You can pay the registration fees using PayPal/Debit/Credit Cards. PAY AS YOU SIGN-UP.

  1. The PayPal Gateway allows for payment via PayPal or valid credit/debit card.
  2. Make sure billing address entered matches the address of the credit/debit card.
  3. Any issues with the PayPal payment gateway should be dealt directly with PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/us/smarthelp/contact-us

IN ALL CASES payment deadlines must be respected to ensure your space. Final confirmation of your place in any activity will come only after the payment has been made and received by UNIS Hanoi.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: Please note that once you have paid for an activity your spot is confirmed and your status will be marked as “Enrolled”. If you decide to cancel you will be refunded 50% and expect the refund within 10 working days. This refund will only be available if cancellation is informed and made within 24 hours of the first lesson. No refunds will be granted after this time. 

GUIDELINE ON HOW TO REGISTER:

  • Please note that we use new sign-up system for the above programmes – now via VERACROSS system and you will be required to go through a login process.
  • For sign up instructions, click HERE.
  • Please read the Q&A carefully before registering and making payment:
  • COMMUNITY PROGRAMME CATALOGUE AND REGISTRATION. Sign-up will open at 09:00 October 21 – 17:00 October 28 and is on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

 Questions: Contact Ha Thien Ha: communityprogrammes@unishanoi.org

EMPOWERING LEARNING FOR THE COMMUNITY BY THE COMMUNITY!

We hope to welcome many of you in the Winter session!

UNIS MUN- A Busy Week

This Thursday is a very busy week for both delegates and student officers.

The ISPP delegates are preparing for their departure next week on October 24. They are finalizing their resolutions, opening speeches, and getting their game faces on.

As for non-traveling delegates, they are starting opening speeches and finishing resolutions to prepare for the October Conference on Tuesday, October 29.

The admins are also getting busy with preparing and organizing materials for the October conference.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us through the UNIS MUN Facebook Page.

Middle and High School Winter Sports Season

The second sport season of the year kicks off in November.  High school basketball and swimming begin on Monday, November 4, and middle school soccer begins on Tuesday, November 19.

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!