MYP Parent Information Sessions

Dear Parents of MYP students,

You are invited to attend our Semester two MYP information sessions. There are two different types of sessions which are designed to support our parents in developing a deeper understanding of the MYP here at UNIS Hanoi.  These are a repeat of sessions offered earlier in the year.

Session 1 is on January 22, 18:30 – 19:30 in the Community Room (B7-104). This is a MYP Information evening with presentation and Q&A session. During the session, we will cover

  • What is the MYP?
  • How does my child learn?
  • How does grading work?
  • Key and related concepts, Assessment, Inquiry

Session 2 is on January 29, 08:30 – 10:00 in the Community Room (B7-104). Different from session 1, this second session is a MYP interactive workshop with example classroom activities following by a Q&A session. Parents will also have the possibility to walk around MYP classroom, learn more about Global Contexts, Atls skills, and the IB Learner Profiles.

Please register your attendance using this sign up form

For more information please contact:  Daniel Cooper at mypcoordinator@unishanoi.org

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Grade 10 Course Requests – Parent Information Session

All grade 10 parents are STRONGLY encouraged to attend this very important information evening on January 31.

All grade 10 parents should have received the following important email from Elliott Cannell the IB Diploma Coordinator in the High School:

Dear Grade 10 Parents,

I am writing to outline some future events which aim to support Grade 10 students in making course requests for next academic year.

Grade 10 students were recently introduced to the different academic pathways open to them in Grade 11, including International Baccalaureate (IB) Courses, and the IB Diploma.

During High School Counselling lessons, G10 students have explored:

  • the requirements for the UNIS High School Diploma, the IB Diploma, the bilingual IB Diploma, and the IB Course Transcript
  • the introduction of Diploma Program (DP) Global Politics as a new taught subject at UNIS Hanoi
  • the advantages of studying an Arts subject
  • the opportunity of studying a course online via Pamoja
  • the importance of researching possible course request implications for future university course requirements

Several future events have been organised to further support Grade 10 students in formulating their course requests for next academic year. These include a G10 Parents Information Evening on 31 January.

Event Date Details
G10 Student Carousel Tuesday,
29 January
12.50 – 14.15
Grade 10 Students will learn more about the courses available at UNIS for students in Grade 11. Grade 12 Students, High School Teachers, and the DP Coordinator will share information and answer questions.
G10 Parents Information Evening Thursday,
31 January
18.30 – 20.00
Grade 10 Parents are invited to learn more about the courses available at UNIS for students in Grade 11. The DP Coordinator and High School Teachers will be available to share information and answer questions
Course Request Deadline Wednesday,
20 February
Grade 10 Students will submit their requests for courses by midday

Students in Grade 10 are encouraged to talk to their current subject teachers about individual courses available next year. Additionally, our Grade 12 students are open to conversations and can share the student’s perspective.

UNIS High School Counsellors have been discussing the importance of course requests for college and university admissions. Students with very specific pre-professional goals (medicine, computer science etc.) would be wise to explore possible course requirements which can vary between universities and national systems. Parents are most welcome to schedule an individual meeting with their child and their child’s counsellor to discuss course requests, as well as any university course requirements that may exist. To do so please contact hsguidancesec@unishanoi.org

The High School at UNIS Hanoi believes strongly that parents and students should discuss these important academic options as a family, and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday, 31 January.

Should you have any questions about IB Courses, the IB Diploma, or the courses available at UNIS Hanoi next academic year, please contact Elliott Cannell at dpcoordinator@unishanoi.org

We look forward to seeing you on January 31!
Scott Schaffner
HS Principal

Raising Boys with Love – Parenting Talks with MSHS Counsellors

When it comes to parenting, do we need to treat our boys and girls differently? On what basis? What are our cultural perceptions and expectations of boys? What does research tells us?  What do our male students tell us they need? MSHS Counsellors will share practical information which can help support the holistic development from ‘boys to men’.

Parents to boys in middle and high school should attend this workshop if they …

  • Would like to share their concerns and/or strategies with other parents and the MSHS Counselling team.
  • Appreciate practical suggestions and information as to how they can support their child/children navigate through adolescence.

For questions, please contact the kjackson@unishanoi.org.

If you wish to attend, please complete the registration form.

Semester 1 MSHS Arts Exhibition

Come explore the amazing work done by our Grades 6-10 students during their Art classes in Semester 1.

This exhibition demonstrate different visual art techniques in a variety of different subjects. While the 6th graders created images using both their drawing and digital media from their Cuc Phuong field trip, grade 7 chose to look into history, folklore and literature to create Mythical Creature Prints. Grade 8 artists are excited with their Artist Trading Cards inspired by their lives in Hanoi that they created during the unit ‘It’s Not What you Draw, It’s How You Draw It’.  You will be blown away with Grade 9’s thought-provoking artworks as they created new images by appropriating and reworking existing artworks. And finally Grade 10 students will treat our eyes with a series of stunning self-portraits which are rich in personal symbolism but also communicate with a wider audience.

See you in the Centre for the Arts next week!

Refresher on the School Dress Code

UNIS Hanoi has a school dress code that students helped create. It can be found in the High School Handbook on page 20.

Students should wear comfortable clothing and footwear. They should also dress neatly and respect the diversity of the UNIS Hanoi community. Clothes should not be torn, dirty or unkempt. Extremes in styles should be avoided. Revealing clothing cannot be worn. No cleavage or underwear can be exposed.

UNIS Hanoi is a diverse international school. As such, there are students and adults on campus representing many different religions and cultures. All members of our learning community must be respectful of cultural and religious customs and comfort levels.

The following represent standards of dress:

  • Shorts should fit properly with a reasonable inseam. Underwear cannot be visible nor can any part of the buttocks.
  • Shirts that expose the stomach or are low cut should not be worn.
  • T-shirt slogans should be respectful. No drug, alcohol, tobacco
  • or slogans containing sexual innuendos.
  • Caps and hats should not be worn inside classrooms.
  • Students and teachers who are unsure about the appropriateness of dress should refer to the Deputy Principal who will make a final determination.

 

  • During special events, (school socials, dances and special dress days) dress code regulations may be altered.
  • Students who dress inappropriately will be asked to change immediately.
  • Footwear must be worn at all times. No bare feet on campus.

Dress codes in High Schools are historic friction points and too much time and energy is spent on the issue. Common sense and cultural awareness will guide the UNIS Hanoi standard of dress. Students not willing to attend to common sense dress code standards will be asked to change clothing and parents will be notified.

Please note: Flip flops (thongs) are not allowed in the Design Technology or Science labs. (High School Handbook 2018-19, p. 20)

Teachers will be discussing the school dress code with students to provide an opportunity to clarify expectations and to ensure that all student are aware of what happens if their attire does not meet the dress code. These may include being asked to change what they are wearing and contacting parents.

Thank you.

Glenda Baker
High School Deputy Principal

Raising Boys with Love – Parenting Talks with MSHS Counsellors

When it comes to parenting, do we need to treat our boys and girls differently? On what basis? What are our cultural perceptions and expectations of boys? What does research tells us?  What do our male students tell us they need? MSHS Counsellors will share practical information which can help support the holistic development from ‘boys to men’.

Parents to boys in middle and high school should attend this workshop if they …

  • Would like to share their concerns and/or strategies with other parents and the MSHS Counselling team.
  • Appreciate practical suggestions and information as to how they can support their child/children navigate through adolescence.

For questions, please contact the kjackson@unishanoi.org.

If you wish to attend, please complete the registration form.

MYP Parent Information Sessions

Dear Parents of MYP students,

You are invited to attend our Semester two MYP information sessions. There are two different types of sessions which are designed to support our parents in developing a deeper understanding of the MYP here at UNIS Hanoi.  These are a repeat of sessions offered earlier in the year.

Session 1 is on January 22, 18:30 – 19:30 in the Community Room (B7-104). This is a MYP Information evening with presentation and Q&A session. During the session, we will cover

  • What is the MYP?
  • How does my child learn?
  • How does grading work?
  • Key and related concepts, Assessment, Inquiry

Session 2 is on January 29, 08:30 – 10:00 in the Community Room (B7-104). Different from session 1, this second session is a MYP interactive workshop with example classroom activities following by a Q&A session. Parents will also have the possibility to walk around MYP classroom, learn more about Global Contexts, Atls skills, and the IB Learner Profiles.

Please register your attendance using this sign up form

For more information please contact:  Daniel Cooper at mypcoordinator@unishanoi.org

Semester 1 MSHS Arts Exhibition – January 14-30

Come explore the amazing work done by our Grades 6-10 students during their Art classes in Semester 1.

This exhibition demonstrate different visual art techniques in a variety of different subjects. While the 6th graders created images using both their drawing and digital media from their Cuc Phuong field trip, grade 7 chose to look into history, folklore and literature to create Mythical Creature Prints. Grade 8 artists are excited with their Artist Trading Cards inspired by their lives in Hanoi that they created during the unit ‘It’s Not What you Draw, It’s How You Draw It’.  You will be blown away with Grade 9’s thought-provoking artworks as they created new images by appropriating and reworking existing artworks. And finally Grade 10 students will treat our eyes with a series of stunning self-portraits which are rich in personal symbolism but also communicate with a wider audience.

See you in the Centre for the Arts next week!

Capturing a Sense of Place at Dong Xuan Market

On Wednesday, January 9, Grade 10 visual art students when on a Field trip to Dong Xuan market to take photographs for their next unit Capturing a sense of place. The painting generated from this unit will be used to creating a set of cards sold by UNIS Hanoi service learning students at Winterfest next year.

This year we were able to capture the vibrancy of Hanoi as the city gets ready to celebrate TET. Thank you to Mr Schaffner, Ms Le, Ms Graham for coming along and helping out

Enjoy some pictures from our trip.

IB Learner Profile Awards of the Month

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.

They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.

Each of the IB’s programmes is committed to the development of students according to the IB learner profile. The profile aims to develop learners who are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective 

The High School would like to introduce the IB Learner Profile Awards… a new monthly initiative which aims to highlight students who show excellence in demonstrating one aspect of the IB Learner Profile. This month’s winners have been nominated by UNIS Teachers and by Students in the Senate. The winners were recognized at the HS assembly Friday.

The first award was given to a student who is highly Principled. She is deeply consistent and gives her utmost best to everything that she does. She is respected by her Service Learning group as a hard working leader. Her environmental principles are highly visible. She is quiet, focused, and works hard to make things happen. The recipient was Mina Mok.

The next award was given to a student who is Caring. He has always demonstrated kindness and respect towards his peers and teachers in the UNIS community. Despite being someone who is very busy, he still finds the time to help other students with school work and even with problems that don’t involve him at all. The recipient was Kevin Bae.

The next award is given to a successful Risk-taker. She frequently chooses to demonstrate her learning in a manner that moves outside of the box.  As a learner, she revels in exploration. She takes risks both in the topics that she chooses to explore, and in how she communicates her understanding.The recipient was Phuong Dang.


The final award was given to a student who is very Balanced. He is passionate about his involvement in a range of extracurricular activities, including cross country running, the science debate, Model United Nations, the HS Senate, and acting in the play. Yet he is able to efficiently manage all his activities and retain a sense of calm. The recipient was Harrison Wallace.


More IB Learner Profile Awards will follow in January 2019!

Have a great holiday!

Scott Schaffner
High School Principal