Knowing more than your teen: Healthy Choices

High School counsellors invite you to the last in our series of ‘Parenting Talks’:

What do you know about smoking, vaping, cannabis and the options on the street here in Hanoi? Come and hear and share in the research and ideas for talking to your teen about what they know and think.

“Adolescents Pushing Boundaries & Making Decisions Without Thinking About Consequences”
When: Friday, May 31 @ 8:00 – 9:00 am
Where: Community Room B7 104 

As a community we strive to work in partnership with families for the most effective learning in both academic and social/emotional areas. Teen years can be challenging for students and parents alike.

In the classroom and through School programmes, our counsellors and PE team discuss healthy choices and peer pressure. We also have a bi-annual programme with Freedom from Chemical Dependency which we are hoping to extend next year. But this is an issue which extends beyond School and we would appreciate the opportunity to discuss strategies and information that will be helpful for all families.

Pushing boundaries, doing new and exciting (and possibly dangerous) things. This is adolescence and a part of your child’s efforts to assert their not-quite-adult independence. Since your teen is not always as good as they think they are at making decisions about things that have real consequences, their willingness to take risks and make impulsive choices is concerning for the adults in their world.

Whether accessing parents’ beverage cupboards, purchasing vape devices or experimenting with cannabis edibles, sound, mature judgement is rarely involved. Given the local availability, illegality and long lasting negative health aspect of vaping, cannabis and excessive alcohol consumption for teens and their developing brains and lungs, conversations with your adolescent are extremely important.  Popular now among adolescents are vape devices (aka – E-cigarettes) with reports indicating that 2.1 million middle and high school students have been users. ( The draw is that they are compact (easily appearing to be a pen or a flash drive, so easy to hide) and come in a wide variety of ‘appealing’ flavors.  These flavors easily mask the reality that vape pens are nicotine delivery devices at much higher levels than cigarettes, including carcinogenic compounds.  The marketing of vape devices is very effective at leading adolescents to believe that they cause not harm, and because of the sleek designs they are a ‘must have’ for teens who enjoy being on the cutting edge of new trends.

Effective conversations with teenagers can be hard work… but it is essential and in this last of our ‘Parenting Talks’ we hope to give you some strategies on framing the conversations and some resources to help guide your discussions.

We hope the resources below will be a helpful start and we will be sharing more at Friday’s coffee morning. It is always useful for our planning if you can let us know if you plan to attend: RSVP form

Articles that might help:  ChildMind Institute

  “How to Talk to Your Teen About Substance Use”

  “Teen Vaping: What You Need to Know”

High School Awards

Today we will celebrate our students’ work. Awards ceremonies can make it seem as if recognition belongs to a few but awesome is a group effort. Every act of courage and kindness deserves recognition. Thank you for another great year of drama performances, music, art, teamwork, countless acts of kindness, laughter, helping others and the list goes on. Awards are a time-honored tradition where we try to capture a year of contributions, a year of countless rehearsals, acts of courage, creativity, and learning from others. A year of building relationships and friendships, of helping others find their way and making UNIS Hanoi and the world a better place.

Congratulations to the following students on their achievements:

Musician of the Year Award – Irma Hogberg
Awarded to a student who has shown an extensive commitment to Music in the co-curricular programme 

Thespian of the Year Award Elena McCullough
Awarded to a student who has shown an extensive commitment to Drama in the co-curricular programme

 Commitment to the Arts Award Chinh Trung Mai
Awarded to a student who has shown a commitment to the Arts in at least 2 areas of the Co-curricular Arts Programme 

 Excellence in the Arts Award –  Mikaela Fenn
Awarded to a student who excels in at least 2 areas of the Co-curricular Arts Programme — Music, Drama, Dance, Visual Art 

Awarded to students that have excelled in Service Learning by going above and beyond minimum expectations, showing a consistently high level of commitment and leadership towards their service group, as well as, taking the lead with a specific project persisting through challenges to make it happen.

Grade 9 Service Awards

Iestyn Rusinow
Minh van der Wielen
Binh Huong Vu

Grade 10 Service Awards

Jachym Jarkulisch
Elena McCullough
Serena Mohanty
Kiet Nguyen
Gai Ogaswara
Harrison Wallace

 Grade 11 Service Awards

Yu Jin Cho
Flora Hamilton
Bohemond Iskandar
Chinh Mai
Minh Quan Neefjes
Co May Nguyen
Ha Nguyen
Sian Rusinow
Bailey Shelley
Sophie-Marie Schroeder
Hai Vu
Da Yu

 Grade 12 Service Awards

Bea Campilan
Minh Quan Do
Mikaela Fenn
Madeline Guihot
Phuong Le
Annika Moore
Giang Nguyen
Linnea Niklasson
Ngan Phung
Hana Takeuchi
Eliza Thu Ti
Uyen Trinh
Marcelle-Marie Villars
Hayeong Yun

This award is presented to two students, in each HS Grade, who have embodied the ideas contained in the UNIS Hanoi Mission statement.

“Our mission is to encourage students to be independent, lifelong learners who strive for excellence and become responsible stewards of our global society and natural environment, achieved within a supportive community that values diversity and through a programme reflecting the ideals and principles of the United Nations.”

The United Nations principles as applied to the school are to:

  • Promote peaceful solutions to problems.
  • Develop friendly relations among children and adults of different nationalities.
  • Promote cooperation in problem solving in economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian matters.
  • Encourage respect for fundamental freedoms and equality for all, without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion.

 Grade 9 UNIS Hanoi Award

Binh Huong Vu
Jeongha Kim

Grade 10 UNIS Hanoi Award

Gai Ogasawara
Serena Mohanty

 Grade 11 UNIS Hanoi Award

Chinh Trung Mai
Ha Viet Nguyen

 East Asia Regional Council of Schools Global Citizen Award – Minh Quan Neefjes
This student has an open mind, is well-informed, aware and empathetic, concerned and caring for others, encourages a sense of community and is strongly committed to engagement and action to make our world a better place.


Graduation Day is coming!

Friday morning saw the final IB exam for 2019 conclude, and the High School is now turning our attention to help prepare for a fabulous Grade 12 Graduation celebration.

On 31 May students in Grade 9 to 11 will have a special schedule for Grades 9 to 11. Classes will conclude at 12:00 with lunch available from 12:00 – 12:30. All Grade 11 students are expected to attend the Graduation ceremony. Students in Grades 9 and 10 are not required to attend Graduation this year, although we know siblings and many friends of our Grade 12s in other grades will want to come. Earlier this week, the Grade 9 and 10s were sent the survey where they could indicate if they will stay for the Graduation ceremony which will start at 1:00 pm in the Sports Center. Buses will leave UNIS Hanoi at 3:00 pm after the celebration.

High School Compressed Schedule on 31 May



8:10 – 8:55

H Block

9:00 – 9:45

J Block

9:45 – 9:55

Short Break

10:00 – 10:45

F Block

10:50 – 11:35

G Block

11:45 –                      Buses Leave for G9-10s

11:40 – 12:30

LUNCH for Grade 11

and any G9-10 students staying for Graduation

Science Olympiad

The Group 4 Project is a collaborative science event that took place on the afternoon of Mon 13 and on Tue 14 May. Grade 11 students will worked together to host a Science Olympiad for students in Grade 6.

The concept of the Science Olympiad was spawned as a means of fulfilling both the requirements of the IB Diploma programme and enthusing our middles schoolers with a thirst and passion for science. The primary objective for all involved is FUN!

The Grade 11 diploma students spent about a day preparing for the 2 hour event, scouring their minds for creative ways to convey scientific concepts to their younger peers. The Olympiad itself consists of a series of unique events that Grade 6 students circulate on a mission to gain house points and all the while developing their curiosity and fascination of science. For Grade 6, the event culminates in raucous cheers as the winners are announced. For the Grade 11s, they reflect upon the event – whilst they all agree the experience was indeed fun, they also concur they are utterly exhausted and that “teaching is hard work”!

“As a student taking two science courses, it was a very collaborative and meaningful experience working with students with having different capability. Not only this group 4 project helped me to understand ‘international’ aspect of the IB curriculum, it also helped me to learn and explore a subject in many different aspects.”Hyo Rim
” Group 4 project was a unique project where we could design our own experiments and carry them out. I was able to create an experiment that investigates the chemistry behind creating ice cream in a bag. Group 4 project was not only a chance to pursue a fun, innovative science experiment that I desired but also to work together with different students and find a common interest.”  – Da Yu

Teachers as Leaders!

The High School’s Curriculum Leaders met on Wednesday to do a “deep dive” into the High School’s curriculum.

Teachers, coordinators and administration discussed and debated a number of pedagogical ideas and concepts, such as the IB MYP’s Building Quality Curriculum process, upcoming changes to the IB Diploma Programme, building essential teaching agreements across subject areas, and how to best support students to be successful.

The entire day was driven by our shared to commitment to ensuring that UNIS Hanoi’s students experience excellent learning everyday!

Scott Schaffner
High School Principal


Join us for a day full of exciting activities! Come connect, share ideas and learn how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math come together to form STEAM!!

Who: UNIS Ha Noi MSHS students, staff and families

What: Showcase of STEAM-related work and ideas to celebrate and share

Activities include:

  • 9.00 – 9.30 Opening talk with local STEAM entrepreneur guest speakers
  • 9:30 – 12.00 Variety of STEAM demonstrations and challenges run at booths by MSHS students and staff (Picnic lunch provided)
  • 12.00 – 13.00 Underwater robot obstacle course challenge in pool; Prize raffles and closing slideshow

Where: UNIS Hanoi (B8B & pool)

When: 18 May, 9 AM – 1 PM

Cost: 100k entrance fee for lunch and activities

RSVP: Formal invite will be sent out by 12 Apr, RSVP by 26 Apr

What if I want to present an activity at a booth? Students and staff interested in presenting at STEAMfest should fill out this form.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Email

Student-directed inquiry driving High School learning

It has been another busy week of student-directed inquiry and research in the High school. Highlights have included two annual events for the Grade 11s–the Science Group 4 project and the Extended Essay work day. Grade 9s have also met as a whole class to continue to think about a personal interest to pursue next year for their Personal Project. During visits to classrooms and talking with students about their learning, what continues to stand out is the breadth of areas of inquiry and interest that our students engage in:
Grade 9 student about Personal Project Workshop
The PP is more dependent on what we are interested in and so we can feel more motivated. We get to build our own knowledge that we really care about.

Last chance to get your Graduation Dinner Tickets!

Dear Class of 2019 students and parents,

Time flies and it’s now time to plan for the last big evening for our students!
The Graduation Dinner is an all family event and we ask all c/o 2019 students and their families join us for one last hurrah!
Please support us by purchasing your tickets early so we as organizer can better make this a fantastic event. All the details are below (translated)
Date: 31 May, 18.30
Where: Hilton Hanoi Opera House Hotel
Price: 950.000 per person
  • Ticket Sales Location: B7 Business office at UNIS (cash only)
  • Purchase tickets between 12 April – 27 May (tickets not available at the door)
  • Choose a table for your party when purchasing tickets
  • Each table sits 10 or 12 people. Empty spots at a table will be filled by faculty.
  • Tickets include a fantastic buffet dinner and a gift for our students.
  • All drinks sold separately.
Questions: Please contact Malin,, 034 4067883
Please show your support by purchasing tickets early!
  • Thời gian: 18.30 ngày 31 tháng 5, 2019
  • Địa điểm: Khách sạn Hilton Opera Hà Nội
  • Thời gian bán vé: từ ngày 11/4 đến ngày 27/5 tại phòng Kế toán B7-G06 (Không bán vé tại cửa)
  • Giá vé: Vnd 950,000 (chỉ chấp nhận tiền mặt)
  • Được chọn trước chỗ ngồi/ bàn tiệc.
  • Vui lòng mua vé sớm để có thể chọn chỗ ngồi cùng một bàn tiệc.
  • Mỗi bàn tiệc cho từ 10-12 chỗ.
  • Giáo viên sẽ được xếp ngồi vào các chỗ trống còn lại.
  • Mọi thắc mắc vui lòng liên hệ Malin – 0344067883 (
Rất mong nhận được sự ủng hộ bằng cách mua vé sớm!
  • 날짜: 2019 5 31
  • 시간: 18 30
  • 티켓 판매: 3 11일에서 5 27일까지 B7에 있는 The Business Office에서 판매합니다. (정문에서 판매하지 않습니다.)
  • 티켓 가격: 1인당 950,000 (현금만 가능합니다)
  • 당일 앉을 테이블과 자리를 선택해주세요.
  • 같은 테이블에 앉으시려면 서둘러 티켓을 구매해주시길 바랍니다.
  •  한 테이블에 10-12명 앉으실 수 있습니다.
  •  빈 자리는 교직원이 채울 예정입니다.
  • 질문은 Malin에게 연락주시길 바랍니다번호: 0344067883 
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Special End of the year schedule for Grade 11

Dear Grade 11 Parents,

I am writing to share information about the final weeks of the academic year.

From Wed 15 May until summer break, students in Grade 11 will follow a different schedule. Each day they will have one lesson in each of their three Higher Level subjects. This continuous period of learning will give students the opportunity to develop their academic skills and to take a deep dive into the three subjects they have chosen to study at Higher Level.

On Mon 13 May, students in Grade 11 will spend the morning in an Extended Essay work session. This will help students to meet the May 17 deadline by which time all research is expected to be complete and students will have an outline of their essay. The Extended Essay Coordinator will be available on Mon 13 May to support G11 students towards this goal.

The Group 4 Project is a collaborative science event that will take place on the afternoon of Mon 13 and on Tue 14 May. Grade 11 students will work together to host a Science Olympiad for students in Grade 6. Participation and reflection on the Group 4 Project are essential requirements for the IB Diploma.

Information about all of these events has been shared with Grade 11 students. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.

Best wishes,

Elliott Cannell
DP Coordinator


Semester 2 MSHS Arts Exhibition

Quench your imagination at the Semester 2 MSHS Arts Exhibition in the Centre for the Arts Foyer from 6-17 May.

Grade 6 worked on sewing skills and soft sculptures of food inspired by the artists, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, who have turned everyday objects as public art. As a start, students learned and practiced a few different sewing techniques while making their own draw-string bag. Students have decorated it with different kinds of stitches and sewing on of buttons. Students have made soft sculptures of food, the first one to be given to the babies in the local orphanages. Students learned briefly about the significance of physical touch to the babies. The soft sculptures are our ways of somehow giving them comfort and physical touch they need.

Grade 7 investigated portraiture through the lens of personal identity.  Researching the works of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and African American artist Kehinde Wiley, students created two self portraits. One line continuous contour self portraits were created using the ProCreate app on iPad and then vectored in Adobe Illustrator for laser cutting. Pencil drawn portraits appropriated poses based on historical artworks. Both of these challenging tasks asked students to explore their personal identity and in turn learn more about the world around them.

Grade 8 artists have been focusing on a subject we can all agree on: food. In this exhibition, we collaborated with Donkey Bakery, using their donuts as live models for our introduction to ceramic sculpture. Artists then went on to design and sculpt a food-themed sculpture and created this sculpture in three forms: ceramic sculpture, miniature felt sculpture and as a felt painting. Also on display from Grade 8 artists are some collaborative digital paintings. Students spent time creating a collaborative drawing (working on one drawing together with a partner) and then individually digitally edited the drawing. When viewing these images see if you can recognise the location of the subject matter.

Grade 9 artist created vibrant still life painting utilising objects of personal significance in a domestic settings.

Grade 10 artists were asked to create an artwork that captures a sense of place. They created a painting of Hanoi in response to a field trip to the old quarter.