Spring Musical – Vocal Director Needed

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

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

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

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

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

UNIS Hanoi Cross Country Team Celebrates a Brilliant Season

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday Soccer Autumn Season Tournament

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

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

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

Saturday Soccer Team

THIMUN 2018 . . . In Their Own Words

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Peter Goverde Tennis Tournament

Sunday 25 November 2018 saw the 11th annual Peter Goverde Tennis Tournament. There was mass activity on the tennis courts with over 60 players participating over four age categories; 8 & Under, 11 & Under, 18 & Under and adults.

The day started with 8 & Under age group. They were grouped in a round-robin and all players played 6 matches each. The winners are:

1st – Sofia
2nd – Nathan
3rd – Ibitaz

The next age group had the highest entry. 20 players competed the 11 & Under age group. Due to the high entry all play was doubles. They played with the mini orange ball which aided a great spectacle of high quality rallies and tennis. The winners are:

1st – Rei & Nghia
2nd – Clavant & Emily
3rd – Kosuke & Mathias

Next up were the 18 & Under. Suddenly there was a real increase in pace and the ball was coming off the rackets like a rocket from these players! A mixture of singles and doubles was played in this age category and there was quite an age range as Grade 7’s were playing with and against Grade 11’s. The winners are:

1st – Nathan & Khoi
2nd – Gai & Hyeong
3rd – Soi

It was adults turn in the afternoon. The weather started to heat up and so did the tennis skills on offer. An excellent entry of 22 players included 5 players playing their first UNIS Hanoi Tennis event. They played doubles tie-break scoring to 15 points and after 3 rounds of play the top 8 scorers moved through to play semi-finals. Followed by final and 3rd/4th. The winners are:

1st – Akiko Fujii & Kotaro Takahasi
2nd – Chi Pho & Hung Lui
3rd – Ashish Malhotra & Kristoffer Schram

It was a wonderful day with loads of excellent tennis played. Well done and thank you to all participants.

If you would like to be involved in events like this or have interest in taking coaching classes at UNIS please contact Nick Firth – UNIS Tennis Academy Manager at tennisam@unishanoi.org

Turn Up and Support UNIS Hanoi Phoenix Teams

Do not miss the important sports event coming up! Please join our UNIS Hanoi team on the days at the following locations/events and show your Phoenix spirit:

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


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.

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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!  


Nick Firth
UNIS Tennis Academy Manager