Students Taking Action for Child Rights!

Grade 4 How We Organise Ourselves…Market Day!

As part of their Unit of Inquiry, “How we organise ourselves” the grade four students got to learn about all the different aspects of starting up their own small business. Groups were formed at the beginning of the unit, based on the International Child’s Right that they felt passionate about. Throughout the unit the students learned about different market forces, such as supply and demand, wants versus needs and profit and loss. As they were learning about these concepts they were continually developing their own business plan. It was a unit that required the students to use their group work skills as they cooperated and compromised with their business partners. Once their business proposal was approved by the “Grade Four Chamber of Commerce” the students then set to work at preparing their goods or services to sell. On June 6th, 2017, the Grade 4 Market was open for business. Students from across the elementary school came and purchased a range of goods from frozen popsicles to rice krispies or they played games that varied from virtual reality rides to mazes. Apart from the extreme heat (that saw the slushee and popsicle stands do a roaring trade) the market was a huge success and the students raised a total of 18,159,000 VND!


After calculating their profits, business groups made their final decision together as a team. Together they researched the different UNIS Service Learning Projects that directly related to their selected Child Right. As a group, they decided what Service Learning Project they would like to donate their business earnings to. The donations that Grade 4 2016/17 made were:

Habitat For Humanity        = 2,428,000vnd

Heartbeat                              = 1,146,000vnd

Chuc Son Orphanage          = 5,161,000vnd

Operation Smile                  = 1,062,000vnd

Room To Read                     = 1,742,000vnd

Blue Dragon                         = 5,866,000vnd

KOTO                                    = 386,000vnd

Swim For Life                      = 368,000vnd

We are very proud of the learning that the students displayed throughout the unit and were so happy to see the satisfaction that they felt when they realised how much they were able to help Vietnamese children who are less fortunate than themselves.


More details for end of year celebrations!

Please join us for our end of year Potluck Lunch on Tuesday the 13th of June at 11.35 in the Grade 4 homerooms. Please come to school at 11.15 to contribute a plate to the tables in time for the students to come back and enjoy a fun meal together and celebrate their fantastic year in Grade 4! If you are unable to join us for the lunch please send your food contribution to school with your child in the morning (please remember we do not have any appliances available for heating of food).


The last week of Grade 4!

As we come to the end of the year we have a number of different activities planned for our group of “entrepreneurs”.

We would love for you to help us put together a pot luck lunch / celebration for the students on Tuesday between 11.30 and 12.30. Tables for the food will be set up outside Ms Mel and Mr Reynolds classrooms before the classes head off to the pool party at 10.00. Please contact your homeroom teacher if you have any questions.

SCO Used Book Drive Begins TODAY!

The much anticipated SCO Used Book Sale will be held on May 5 & 6, 2017 this year!

The active Homeroom Book Donation Competition begins TODAY and ends on April 28! Time to sort through those bookshelves and donate your pre-loved books:

  • Do you have books that you no longer need that someone else would enjoy?
  • Are you leaving Hanoi in June and don’t want to ship all of your books to your next posting?
  • Do you want to donate your books to promote literacy in Vietnam?

The Book Sale will be glad to accept your books. Used Book Sale is an opportunity for both kids and adults to purchase some ‘pre-loved’ books, in their native tongue (or another language!), at bargain prices.

Kids’ books, adults’ books, fact or fiction, English, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, German, Swedish, French – we’re interested in books on any subject, in any language spoken within the UNIS Hanoi community. If it’s a book that someone else might enjoy, donate it (please no out-dated travel guides, class readers or inappropriate books please!).

Books will be collected in each ECC/ES and MS classroom. HS will have one central collection box in front of Common Room.

Where does all the money go?

The funds raised at the SCO Used Book Sale will be used to empower a variety of literacy projects created and led by UNIS Hanoi students through the Service Learning Programme. Currently, a Middle School service group is working in collaboration with a Grade 12 design student to develop a library in a school in Pu Bin and more literacy initiatives are in the works!

Volunteers Needed!

A lot of volunteers are needed to help sort/price books and then sell during the book Sale. This year, the SCO has decided that each hard-working volunteer will have the opportunity to pre-purchase 1 book per 1.5 hour shift!

Book Sorting:April 20 and May 3 from 8.00 – 11.00 (Canteen)

Book Sales:May 5 from 8.00 – 16.30 and May 6 from 8.00 – 13.00 (Centre for the Arts)

Sign-up for shift here

If you have questions, or would like to be part of the team, please let us know!

Kelly Kim and Winnie Fano, Book Sale CoordinatorsContact us at:

SCO Used Book Sale Basket Instructions 2017-1pmedz4