High School Back to School Night

Parents of students in Grades 9 – 12 will follow their child’s schedule, meet each teacher, and learn about classes. It is also an opportunity to meet the other parents in the class. This evening is targeted for parents not students. In an effort to further our school’s sustainability goals, the High School will not be printing student schedules. Parents are kindly asked to access student schedules via Veracross.

Parents can see their child’s schedule via the Veracross Portal: “How To View My Child’s Schedule”

Arrival and departure Procedure for High School Students

As the school year begins, we wanted to remind parents and students of the importance of following arrival and departure procedures. This helps ensure student safety and well-being.

Students with a Study Block during Period 1 are required to check in at the HS Office to verify their presence on campus. This is part of UNIS Hanoi’s campus safety and security procedures to help ensure that in an emergency the school can accurately account for all students. Students are able to sign in from 7:45 am. If a student has not registered their attendance by 8:20 am (in person) they will be recorded as Absent on Veracross and the normal procedures for absences will be followed by the HS Office (e.g. calling home).

Bus Notification

For students who are registered on UNIS Hanoi buses, it is important for student safety and well-being that any changes in the normal bus booking is communicate from home to school. Parents should notify Mr Lai, Transport and Faculty Services Manager of any occasion when your son or daughter is not planning on riding the bus as normal. transportmanager@unishanoi.org

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 Hanoi Parents & Community,

We hope everyone had a relaxing summer/winter break (depending on your hemisphere). Currently, the counsellors are working to ensure that all students have a smooth transition into their new grade level – both returning and new students to our community. We are all excited for the start of the year and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Each week you will be finding updated information that is grade specific and high school related.

In the high school, counsellors work with students related to social, emotional, academic and university issues and topics. Brenda Manfredi (Grades 10-12), Franko Cifizzari (Grades 10-12) and Anwer Kamal (Grade 9) will be supporting your child. Please feel free to reach out to your child’s counsellor if you have any concerns.



September 4, 2019  18:00 – 19:30

Post High School Applications – G12 Parent Session

Parent Information session regarding post-high school applications

For more information please contact:

Brenda Manfredi at bmanfredi@unishanoi.org
Franko Cifizzari at fcifizzari@unishanoi.org or
Room B8b – 115 & 116



An Underappreciated Key to College Success: Sleep



Grade 12 update

  • All Grade 12 students should be meeting with their counselor. Please encourage your child to make an appointment if they have not yet done so.
  • Grade 12 students should begin submitting drafts of all of their university essays and personal statements. The process of revising these is a crucial element for some of the student’s university application processes and students should be going through their UNIS Hanoi counsellor to receive feedback numerous times.

Grade 11 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Information related to the PSAT examination in October will be sent out next month

Grade 10 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Information related to the PSAT examination in October will be sent out next month.

Grade 9 update

  • Please keep your child’s counselor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.



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

SAT Subject Test Dates:    

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Nov 2, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • March 14, 2020
  • May 2, 2020
  • June 6, 2020

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

Hard copy SAT information booklets are still available in our office (limited supply). Please note that all information on the SAT is available on the College Board website. (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

All information required for registration (UNIS Hanoi high school code, UNIS Hanoi Test Center Code) is available on the board outside of  the High School Guidance Office or on Cialfo. If you are having problems registering online, please come to the high school guidance office and we will assist you.

*IMPORTANT: Students will need to have credit card information on hand during the registration process.



A complete and constantly updated list of university visitors can be found on the UNIS Hanoi calendar. Please check this regularly as last-minute changes can occur.

Grade 12 Extended Essay Work Day

Grade 12s who are undertaking the full IB Diploma have been working hard on their Extended Essays. “The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper” (IBO). The Extended Essay Work Day provides students with focused time, access to supervisors to get targeted feedback and support prior to the draft deadline.

Here are some comments from students:

The EE day provided me with a lot of independent time to think and write which resulted in me almost finishing my evaluation and conclusion. During the day we were given useful resources (for example, a session learning about the format) and chances to ask questions which would have been more difficult to obtain without this day! (Flora Hamilton)

The EE workday helped me a great deal. It forced me to work on my essay which allowed me to polish my work and be happy with it. It was a great stress-free experience which I am sure was useful to all. It was nice having the opportunity to ask for help when needed. (Bohemond Iskandar)

The EE Workday helped me out tremendously as I am at a stage of hammering out the writing. I found the allocated time to be very generous and gave me the opportunity to relieve pressure off of other school work to only work on the EE. Furthermore, not only was I productive and focused, having time to take my own break was very helpful. I find that sometimes it is hard to focus on a fixed schedule so having my own timings were very helpful. Overall, enjoyed the day! (Richard Dang)

UNIS Hanoi’s (and the IB’s) Newest Class: DP Global Politics

18 UNIS Hanoi juniors are part of the first cohort at UNIS Hanoi to take the IB Diploma Programme’s newest class: Global Politics.

Global Politics combines discussion, research, debate, presentation techniques, leadership & collaboration skills towards the development of each students’ personal political paradigm.

Topics include human rights, sovereignty, the United Nations, development, power, peace & international relations.

Global Politics meets in B5-G29. Come join us!

UNIS MUN – An Energetic Start

UNIS MUN starts strong with a new leadership team, new directors & new energetic membership

UNIS MUN welcomed its new members & had its first general interest meeting after school on 22 August with lively & intense debates on genetic cloning & artificial intelligence.

New members were introduced to professional debate structure, rules of decorum & diplomatic communication skills by returning delegates.

If you want to discuss & debate the main issues of the day, join us every Thursday from 15:30 to 16:30 in B8B.

CAS Spotlight – Summer Filmmaking Experience

Over the summer our current G12 students continued their CAS engagement with a variety of self-initiated experiences extending off of their skills and interests. 

In this CAS Spotlight, we highlight Nissa Hadi, Emma Dufour-Nogueria, and Duy Hoang as they took advantage of their summer free time by writing, producing, editing and acting in an independent film project!

Emma states, “My goals for this activity are to produce a film of quality both in terms of craft and in terms of storytelling. I hope to build on the skills I have been developing over the past year in the IBDP Film course, especially that of editing as it is a film element that I have found to be extremely engaging as well as a possible path to take once I enter University.” 

Nissa decided to reflect on Learning Outcome 7 during the post-production process , which addresses the benefits of working collaboratively.

I believe it was the smoothest phase of the whole film creation process, as when Duy (cinematographer) and I would have problems with anything we would tell Emma (editor) and give her suggestions on how the problem could be fixed…I noticed that, though we are a group composed of three unique individuals, our emotions heavily influence one another.

CAS creates an opportunity for learners to develop personal insight in a setting outside of the classroom. 

I feel that I could have been more patient/lenient during production and it may be that I could not help but micromanage throughout the filming process. This is something I will have to strive to correct in future productions. Despite that, I am happy with how the film turned out though the acting could use some work.” Emma, G12.

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

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