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

Human Rights Day #StandUp4Rights #RightsOutLoud

December 10 was Human Rights Day around the world. It is a celebration of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70 years ago. This year the United Nations sent out a call for everyone to stand up for equity, justice and human dignity. The UDHR is the most translated document in the world according to the UN. “The Declaration sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. It establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person.”

This year as part of the programme, the United Nations invited people all over the world to speak out the rights in a language of their choice. Some G12 homebase classrooms took up the challenge during our connections time. Students were challenged to find the article that spoke the most to them and then record it to be sent to the United Nations for their web site. Here is a compilation of some of the videos that were made on that day.

If you would like to join us in the  #StandUp4Rights campaign and create your own video please check out this web site. https://www.un.org/en/udhr-video/index.shtml

Homebases – 12.01 Frose and 12.06 Chagas

MSHS Counselling Corner

I trust that parents will join me in appreciating the efforts of my G6-9 Counsellor colleague, Ms Paula Wilcox and wish her a happy maternity leave.  As much as Paula will be missed, let’s all ensure that the ‘cover’ Counsellor – Ms. Susan Renaud, feels welcomed into our UNIS Hanoi Community. Susan is due to start with us on 7 January and I am looking forward to supporting her transition, and working in partnership with her.    

With regards to dates in your diaries, the MSHS Counselling team will be facilitating a series of parent workshops in 2019 starting on 25 January, whereby we will be focusing on supporting the holistic development of ‘boys to men’.  If parents interested in attending wish to share what objectives they would like from the workshop, please contact me before the 11 January at kjackson@unishanoi.org.

G9 Counselling lessons have, focused upon skill building including how to reduce procrastination – a topic which specific students and parents have recently raised with Counsellors.  Middle School Counselling lessons have recently been building upon UN Day, in considering how we embrace that students will be celebrating the upcoming holiday from differing perspectives and cultures. So on this note, l finish by wishing our UNIS community a very joyful December-January break, and the Counselling team looks forward to a successful 2019!

Kirk Jackson
Grade 6 – 9 Counsellor

Extended Essay and Senior Project: A Celebration for Grade 12 and a Launch for Grade 11

The Grade 12 students have reached a milestone in completing all the requirements of the Extended Essay or Senior Project. This is a graduation requirement for all UNIS Hanoi students. This sustained piece of academic research saw the students write on a broad range of topics. Drop by the library or DP lounge to see some of the questions that the students spent nearly a year researching and writing.

The Grade 11 students had an opportunity to learn from the Grade 12 students. Armed with a series of questions, the students went on the hunt to find out about the research process and what the next year of research and writing will look like for them as a student. After hearing from the Grade 12 students Grade 11 participated in a series of workshops on the EE/SP process, reflection in the EE/SP as well as an exciting opportunity to address some of the global problems in the world through the World Studies Essay.

Enjoy the photo special from the event!

Guidelines for Formal Assessments

Dear High School Parents,

The High School has introduced guidelines to be followed whenever a formal assessment is given in class. All High School student were sent the email below.  Please read it and discuss it with your daughter/son.

If you’d like to learn more about why students are academically dishonest, you can read more here – and be sure to take the quiz at the end!

Email to students:

Dear HS students,

In an effort to provide clarity for both students and teachers, we have created guidelines to be followed when there is a “formal assessment” or a test in class. 

Much of the document comes from the IB, which follows very similar standards for IB exams which take place at the end of grade 12.

Please feel free to ask questions with your teachers, mentor, counsellor, and/or administration about this. It is important that HS students are clear about the rules surrounding academic dishonesty.  

Bottom line: if you are feeling stressed, falling behind, and/or under pressure due to grades & feel a temptation to cheat, speak to your teacher, mentor or counsellor. Don’t do it.

Scott Schaffner
High School Principal

Supporting the SDGs in Language Acquisition

During the grade 10 1st unit of Advanced French under the theme of “Media and Society”, we explored how “Social & Individual bias can be changed through the creative use of media”.

To do so, we learned how advertising campaigns are made, investigated persuasion and other language features that help us convey messages and convince people. The final product of this unit was a publicity campaign for a SDG of student’s choice.

The results were of excellent quality and deserve being shown.

Here are some of the students’ thoughts and works about the importance of doing this kind of project:

“…these type of projects are important to do in french class because while it helps us expand our french vocabulary it also informs us about real life current events that is happening in our generation. It helps us because these are real life problems and we will be able to discuss it in french”

“this is an important project because it is a fun way for us to learn about the SDGs, and raise awareness about them. We are able to apply our French skills to something that matters in the world around us so that we can make a difference”


And what they’ve learned:

“I was able to develop my skills and practice using language to persuade an audience. I carried out methods that we learned to create an advertisement and also describe one afterwards.”

“I learned new vocabulary words and sentence structures. I also learned about the general attitude toward my topic in the francophone world.”

“I learned about the SDG quality education. I inquired into how this SDG is relevant in francophone countries in Africa. I learned that many children around the world do not have access to a quality education, and I learned many factors as to why, especially in Africa. This project educated me a lot about education related issues, and it also helped me see how I can spread the word and make a difference.”

Parent Teacher Conferences – 22 and 23 November

Dear High School Parents,

Following up with the opening of the Veracross Gradebook recently, we will be holding Parent Teacher Conferences on 22 and 23 November.

This is a great opportunity for you as parents to meet with subject area teachers for a 10-minute session to discuss his/her progress in the subjects as well as to ask any questions about your child’s experience at school. Please note, students are requested to attend conferences because we believe it is important for students to be able to demonstrate their accomplishments and learning. With the exception of some grade 12 Higher Level IB classes, no students have classes on these days.

If you are unable to make it to school on these days, please feel free to email teachers directly to set up a day and time for you to meet with them should you so desire. In fact, parents are welcome to email teachers and/or to meet with teachers at any time to discuss a student’s learning progress.

Conference registration dates online through Veracross:

  • Conference registration and sign-ups opened on November 13 and is closing on November 18.
  • Instructions to register for conferences:  Online instructions including written and video instructions.  Please use this link .

Conference dates:

  • Conferences will be held on Thursday, 22 November and Friday, 23 November from 10:00 – 18:00.
  • Conferences with Principal and Deputy Principal: book via High School office 024 7300 4500 ext. 8500

Conferences with Counsellors: book via Counselling office 024 7300 4500 ext. 8513 or email directly to your child’s Counsellor as follow:

If you experience any difficulty booking conferences or need login information please contact the High School office on 024 7300 4500 ext. 8500.

Please enjoy your conferences!

Scott Schaffner
High School Principal