From High School Counsellors’

Please read below for important information related to social, emotional, academic, and university topics in the high school.

Dear UNIS Parents & Community,

Students are heading off campus next week to conduct service related work throughout Vietnam. We applaud their sincere commitment to the UNIS Hanoi and Vietnamese community. Please find updates below.

UPCOMING EVENT

International Schools of Hanoi University Workshops and Fairs
Time: September 27, 2019   8:00am-12:30
All Grade 11 and Grade 12 students will attend this Global University event to learn more about post-high school options. This event will occur at the British International School. The international schools of Hanoi have all worked together to make this event possible.

“Study in Europe” Education Fairs 2019
Click below for more details about the event and registration: http://duhocchauau.vn/

Japan Fair – October 6
The  Japanese fair will have several universities providing information on study in Japan to high school students, university students, and educators. The possible topics to be discussed here are Foreign language and translation, CSO in the bioscience, Hybrid, Archipelago, Deleuze studies with respect to culture, politics, architecture, art, and environment.
https://10times.com/study-in-japan-fair-hanoi

PSAT Information – Grade 10 and 11
As always, we will be administering the PSAT to all Grade 10 students on Wednesday, October 16. Grade 11 Students are welcome to retake the PSAT again for practice for the SAT.

Grade 11 students who would like to take the PSAT, please sign-up in the HS Counselling Centre with Ms Ha.  Remember, PSAT scores are not shared with universities. The PSAT is free for all Grade 10 students and for those Grade 11 students who chose to sign up. Sign-up deadline is today, September 20.

The PSAT will take place on October 16 – the test will begin at 8:10am and end at approximately 12:00-12:15pm.  After your are dismissed from the PSAT, you will go to lunch and then attend the rest of your schedule classes (Early release day – Wednesday). Please see your counselor if you have any questions.

GRADE LEVEL UPDATE

Grade 12 update

Short List of Universities in CIALFO Due September 30. Counsellors are meeting with students daily. We are also reading and providing support on student essays and personal statements which are needed in several countries’ application process.

United Kingdom: Oxbridge and UK medicine/vet applications are quickly approaching- October 15 (September 20 for Singapore interviews). Please see your counselor with your personal statement.

United StatesEarly Action (EA)/Early Decision (ED) deadline– September 30- is the deadline for students to transfer universities to their Short List on Cialfo. We ask students to be thoughtful in the process hence you do not want an incorrect choice or a last minute rushed decision. We need to know of any deadlines November 15 or before by September 30. We require two working weeks for processing applications. This means that if you send your application materials to a university- the Counselling Office will need at least two working weeks to send out documentation.

Counsellors are meeting with students daily. We are also reading and providing support on student essays and personal statements which are needed in several countries’ application process.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 11 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.
  • The university/country research process has begun in our counselling classes.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 10 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 9 update

  • Counselling classes have been focused on helping students develop time management skills.
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal mkamal@unihanoi.org

 

TESTING

The ACT’s/SAT’s can only be taken by Grade 11 & 12 UNIS Hanoi students. Please see below for more information including testing dates for 2019-2020.

PSAT Exam for all Grade 10 students and optional for Grade 11 students
Wednesday Oct 16, 2019

SAT – Important:
College Board has taken extra security measure in test taker fraud.  If a student receives an email from the College Board to complete a survey or questionnaire, please do NOT ignore the email. It must be completed. Failure to do the survey would result in the student being removed from the test center roster and forbidden to take the exam that they have registered for.

Please note that this is a random selection process, and students do not need to panic if they do not get an email. We would like to remind students to check their junk inbox in case the College Board emails get delivered there by accident. Any questions, please see your counsellor!

International testing dates for the SAT are in October, December, March, and May. SAT Subject Tests will be available in October, November, December, May, and June. Students cannot sit the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests on the same day. If you have any questions, please see your counsellor.

SAT test dates for 2019-2020 are:

SAT Test Dates

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • March 14, 2020
  • May 2, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • Feb 14, 2020
  • April 3, 2020

SAT Subject Test Dates:    

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Nov 2, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • May 2, 2020
  • June 6, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Sept 6, 2019
  • N/A
  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • April 3, 2020
  • N/A

** Please note that language tests with the listening component can only be taken on the November date.

The College Board website is www.collegeboard.org

ACT Test dates 2019-2020 are:

ACT Test Date:

  • October 12, 2019
  • December 14, 2019
  • April 4, 2020
  • June 13, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • September 20, 2019
  • November 8, 2019
  • February 28, 2020
  • May 8, 2020

 

UPCOMING UNIVERSITY VISITS

Please check the calendars for the most up to date list of visitors.

HS students will be on trips next week, no university visits.

CAS Spotlight – Fencing with Sung Eun Kim

Meaningful learning experiences often take place outside of the classroom. This is the philosophy that is the foundation for CAS! This programme encourages students to find experiences that they enjoy and will continue to engage in after high school.

G12 student Sung Eun Kim decided to challenge herself physically and mentally by taking on a new sport, Fencing! 

The goal she set for herself was to commit to the twice weekly training sessions, develop fundamental skills of fencing, and eventually challenge others to match play. These goals connect to Learning Outcomes 1 & 2 which address identifying new skills for development and identifying areas of strength and growth within an activity.

Self-reflection is a powerful tool for recognizing concepts and methods that lead to improved performance. CAS students are required to provide insightful and meaningful reflections related to their experiences.

Sung states through reflection, “I should work more on hand-eye coordination when I am doing a marche or rompre at the same time as doing other skills such as degagement, battement, fente, and more. This is because when I just to marche or rompre, I quickly move my feet. However, when I try to do marche or rompre while doing other techniques, I lose my speed and focus only on the upper part of my body.

In order to improve on this particular weakness, I should film myself doing marche or rompre, along with other skills. Therefore, this will help me to see why I am slowing down, and what particular skills that I need to practice more while moving my legs.”

If you have a CAS experience you would like highlighted please contact Mr. Jarman at cascoordinator@unishanoi.org.

MUN T-Shirt Competition

Dear Parents,

The MUN Leadership team is currently planning the annual conference, and this year’s theme deals with Cultural Heritage Protection.

The team is looking for artists and designers who are interested in creating some T-shirt designs relating to this theme. Be imaginative, creative, and most of all original, as this design will be used for our handbooks, banners and the T-shirt itself.

The theme of Cultural Heritage Protection in the context of MUN deals with the preservation of historically significant buildings, monuments, landscapes, books, art and traditions around the world. The design idea can centre around one of these aspects or be more abstract, as long as the connection can be explained. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites can also be a great source of inspiration.

All participants should bear the requirements in mind:

  • The design has to be ORIGINAL. Please be sure to turn in designs that are your OWN work, and DO NOT violate copyright rules.
  • The design must be related to the theme. Any creative outlook is appreciated, but it must visually connect with the idea of development and technology. Include a brief artist statement to explain the connection.

Please encourage your child to join this competition! The deadline to submit your designs is Friday, September 27.

Please follow the instructions on THIS document should you wish to participate.

If you have any questions relating to the theme, logistics, or the requirements, please feel free to email Mr. Anagnost, Mr. Grana, or one of the members of the MUN leadership team.

Thank you!

MUN Leadership Team

UNIS MUN – One Step at a Time

This week, delegates are working in their designated groups to prepare for the upcoming conferences.

The ISPP MUN team has received the list of countries that they will represent and the committees that they will take part in. Currently, the team is working hard on developing and applying their research skills through the process of gathering information on their assigned countries.

When asked what he expects for the upcoming ISPP MUN, Traves shared:
“I expect to learn and compare the two MUN communities of Hanoi and Phnom Penh and learn about different cultures. I am very excited to collaborate with delegates from all over South East Asia to discuss important and relevant world topics.” 

The rest of UNIS MUN’s delegation is now moving on to draft resolution for the topic of the October conference which is: The question of the security of crucial trade routes near conflict regions.

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

Thank you,

Binh Vu

Extended Essay Submitted

Grade 12 is celebrating a major milestone this week. They started a journey in December 2018, investigating a topic of their choice to produce a research paper of 4,000 words. The process has included learning research methodologies, completing surveys, delving into databases, performing experiments, conquering the intricacies of formatting documents for table of contents. Today the Grade 12 students celebrating handing in the final result of the months of work. 

The process will continue as the students reflect on the process in a final Viva Voce interview with their supervisors. They will also take part in sharing the wealth of knowledge with the Grade 11 students as they start their research journey in October after Fall Break.

Knowers in the House!

Congratulations to Year 1 Theory of Knowledge students on the successful submission of their reactions to the ToK provocation related to the challenges of language as a “double edged” way of knowing & justifying what we know (or think we know)!

Using articles from Aeon Magazine (aeon.co), Harvard Business Review, the IB TOK Guide, Lagemaat as well as other sources, these responses underscore the challenges posed by relying on one single way of knowing in terms of our relationship to certainty as well as the importance of the evaluation & interplay between the ways of knowing & other methods or means of justifying what we know (or think we know).

They are worth a view:

Feel free to contact these knowers if you have responses or reactions to the significant questions they have posed at the end of their reflections!

Discussions about knowledge are always on the table in B5 G20, G21 & G29.

A Week of Global Politics and Society

During this week, GPS (Global Politics and Society) students have discussed on a variety of topics prior to the student-led presentations such as the Central American Immigration Crisis, how Brexit affects people in the Netherlands as well as the rest of the world and about the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

For each class, there will always be one person being a rapporteur to lead a discussion for the first ten minutes in class. Their job is to deconstruct, assess & evaluate the media’s portrayal of significant events that have a personal connection to them and discuss with the class. Other people would be note-takers of the topic mentioned and will contribute as well by asking “tricky” questions every now and then. After the discussion, the note-takers give feedback to the rapporteur. As the concepts of each person take a role to lead one topic, this is a great opportunity for all the members to be used to the summative tasks and improve their leadership, speaking and improvising skills.

Not only that but they also discuss the concepts of power. Answering the questions, “What is power?” “What are power relationships?” in pairs of two with examples. They defined power as an ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality. There are different types of power included soft (the ability to influence without using the threat of military force), hard (a coercive approach to international political relations, especially one that involves the use of military power), sharp (the use of manipulative diplomatic policies by one country to influence and undermine the political system of a target country) and smart (combination of hard power and soft power strategies).

Well done GPS Scientists!

Written by Phuong Thao Pham

Congratulations are on Order!

DP Business Management Standard Level students handed in their Internal Assessment this week.
Congratulations are on order to the DP Business Management Standard Level students on handing in their Internal Assessment this week!
Hard work & dedication have really paid off. Only 8 months to May 2020 exams…

Further inquiry into the Concept of ‘Supply & Demand’

Picking up from last week, the members of the Year 1 UNIS Economic Forum (UEF)  had an opportunity to further investigate the concept of the relationship between ‘supply and demand’ by referring to a variety of sources (eg. Crash Course video, online articles) provided in class. By defining key terms and taking notes on significant details about the ‘market’, members were able to construct at least five potential ‘supply and demand’ diagrams. They also had an opportunity to share their diagrams to other members of the UEF and explain what each of them illustrates.

This week, members were challenged to generate a normative statement by answering this question, “To what extent do you agree that markets must be regulated?” In order to make an evaluation, this inquiry required the members of the UEF to show a thorough understanding of the type of regulations made in a market as well as improving their abilities in citing their sources. This was a worthwhile experience for members to make themselves familiar with these normative statements and practice supporting their arguments with adequate, suitable evidence.

Written by Rosan (Seung-won) Kim

From the High School Counsellors’

Please read below for important information related to social, emotional, academic, and university topics in the high school.

Dear UNIS Parents & Community,

Thank you for taking the time to read through the high school counseling weekly news. We hope you find it useful. Below, please find information related to upcoming events, specific grade level information, standardised testing information and upcoming university visits.

UPCOMING EVENT

Introduction to High School – Grade 9 Parent Session
Time: September 18, 2019  18:00 – 19:30
Location: Room B8b – 115 & 116
This will be a great opportunity for parents to meet with our support team and the other Grade 9 parents. During our Info night we will share information about High School Graduation. Also, our tech coach will share some tips with the parents regarding technology use in high school. We are looking forward to meeting with all of you.

International Schools of Hanoi University Workshops and Fairs
Time: September 27, 2019   8:00am-12:30
All Grade 11 and Grade 12 students will attend this Global University event to learn more about post-high school options. This event will occur at the British International School. The international schools of Hanoi have all worked together to make this event possible.

PSAT Information – Grade 10 and 11
As always, we will be administering the PSAT to all Grade 10 students on Wednesday, October 16. Grade 11 Students are welcome to retake the PSAT again for practice for the SAT.

Grade 11 students who would like to take the PSAT, please sign-up in the HS Counselling Centre with Ms Ha.  Remember, PSAT scores are not shared with universities. The PSAT is free for all Grade 10 students and for those Grade 11 students who chose to sign up. Sign-up deadline is September 20.

The PSAT will take place on October 16 – the test will begin at 8:10am and end at approximately 12:00-12:15pm.  After your are dismissed from the PSAT, you will go to lunch and then attend the rest of your schedule classes (Early release day – Wednesday). Please see your counselor if you have any questions.

ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

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By Elizabeth Scott, MS
Updated June 11, 2018

GRADE LEVEL UPDATE

Grade 12 update

We have begun lunch-time student sessions related to the application process for the UCAS (UK), Common Application (US), University of California application (US), and European application systems. Students should bring their lunch and meet us in B8b – 115. More sessions related to other countries application systems to follow.

  • European/ Applications Workshop – Sept 16 – Monday
  • Common Application Workshop – Sept 17 – Tuesday

Reminder for students: Teacher Recommendation Form to Counsellor due today, Friday September 13. Please thank your child on our behalf for completing this important step.

Short List of Universities in CIALFO Due September 30. Counsellors are meeting with students daily. We are also reading and providing support on student essays and personal statements which are needed in several countries’ application process.

United Kingdom: Oxbridge and UK medicine/vet applications are quickly approaching- October 15 (September 20 for Singapore interviews). In another week, UK bound students will have a session and open their UCAS application as a group on September 9. Please do not start this process until that session.

United States- Early Action (EA)/Early Decision (ED) deadline– September 30 – is the deadline for students to transfer universities to their Short List on Cialfo. We ask students to be thoughtful in the process hence you do not want an incorrect choice or a last minute rushed decision. We need to know of any October or November 1 deadlines by September 30. We require two working weeks for processing applications. This means that if you send your application materials to a university- the counseling office will need at least two working weeks to send out documentation.

Counsellors are meeting with students daily. We are also reading and providing support on student essays and personal statements which are needed in several countries’ application process.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 11 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.
  • The university/country research process has begun in our counselling classes.
  • September 12, 2019 was the last day for requesting course changes.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 10 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 9 update

  • Counselling classes have been focused on helping students develop time management skills.
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal mkamal@unihanoi.org

 

TESTING

The ACT’s/SAT’s can only be taken by Grade 11 & 12 UNIS Hanoi students. Please see below for more information including testing dates for 2019-2020.

PSAT Exam for all Grade 10 students and optional for Grade 11 students
Wednesday Oct 16, 2019

SAT – Important:
College Board has taken extra security measure in test taker fraud.  If a student receives an email from the College Board to complete a survey or questionnaire, please do NOT ignore the email. It must be completed. Failure to do the survey would result in the student being removed from the test center roster and forbidden to take the exam that they have registered for.

Please note that this is a random selection process, and students do not need to panic if they do not get an email. We would like to remind students to check their junk inbox in case the College Board emails get delivered there by accident. Any questions, please see your counsellor!

International testing dates for the SAT are in October, December, March, and May. SAT Subject Tests will be available in October, November, December, May, and June. Students cannot sit the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests on the same day. If you have any questions, please see your counsellor.

SAT test dates for 2019-2020 are:

SAT Test Dates

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • March 14, 2020
  • May 2, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Sept 6, 2019
  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • Feb 14, 2020
  • April 3, 2020

SAT Subject Test Dates:    

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Nov 2, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • May 2, 2020
  • June 6, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Sept 6, 2019
  • N/A
  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • April 3, 2020
  • N/A

** Please note that language tests with the listening component can only be taken on the November date.

The College Board website is www.collegeboard.org

ACT Test dates 2019-2020 are:

ACT Test Date:

  • September 14, 2019
  • October 12, 2019
  • December 14, 2019
  • April 4, 2020
  • June 13, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • N/A
  • September 20, 2019
  • November 8, 2019
  • February 28, 2020
  • May 8, 2020

 

UPCOMING UNIVERSITY VISITS

Please check the calendars for the most up to date list of visitors.

Monday, September 16
11:05 – 11:55am (HS Counselling Centre B4 G04)

  • Colorado College
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • Macalester College
  • Trinity University
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Oberlin College
  • Smith College
  • University of Rochester
  • Brandeis University
  • Case Western Reserve University

Wednesday September 16
12:45 – 13:35
New York University