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

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

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.

The High School Veracross Gradebook is now Open!!!

Dear High School Parents,

The High School at UNIS Hanoi values effective feedback and its impact on student growth toward learning goals. This school year, teachers have been documenting feedback for assignments and assessments on Veracross to give you the opportunity to observe your child’s progress. When you look at the Veracross Gradebook, please keep in mind that scores (or “grades”) are one indicator of learning, but teacher feedback and student self-assessment can be much richer sources of information. We encourage you to sit with you daughter and/or son to review the evidence of learning recorded in the Veracross Gradebook to date.

All High School students and parents now have access to the Veracross Gradebook. We will continue to keep this Gradebook open throughout the year so parents and students can monitor learning progress. Last year teacher-leaders, students, and parents collaboratively created a “why” statement about the Veracross Gradebook:

“The Veracross Gradebook fosters student learning by making the learning process more transparent and meaningful. Teacher use of the Veracross Gradebook aims to promote communication amongst all stakeholders by recording evidence of student learning. Growth-oriented feedback promotes student reflection of the learning process and the refocusing of learning goals.”

Please read the instructions on how to access your daughter and/or son’s evidence of learning to date here. You can also click on the link provided on the Parent Portal:

Should you have questions, please direct them as follows:

  • Questions about the academic content in a class should be directed to teachers. Please note that Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 22 and 23.
  • Questions about accessing Veracross or technical issues should be directed to our Head of Technology, Ed Gilbreath:
  • Any other questions about Veracross Gradebook should be sent to the HS office:

We appreciate your interest in your daughter and/or son’s educational growth. Have a great weekend!

Scott Schaffner
High School Principal

MYP i-Block Exploration Exhibition

Quench your imagination at the Quarter 1 MYP I-Block Exploration Exhibition. MSHS Exploratory Ceramics classes have explored working with clay, hand-building and glazing. Meanwhile, Grades 7 and 8 Exploratory Digital Photography have explored composition and digital editing using Adobe Photoshop. The MS Exploratory Animate! inquired into visually communicating a story through stop motion animation techniques.

Grade 11 DP Art Field Trip

Grade 11 DP Art students visited the Museum of Ethnology last Friday. This was an experience to have a deeper look at various Vietnamese cultural artifacts as well as to practice observational drawing skills. Students were impressed with the new addition to the museum that focuses on the arts of South East Asia.

Gender Equality Workshop by UN Woman

Beyond campus gates, our students and community members benefit from – and are lucky to enjoy – the sites and experiences that Hanoi suburbs have to offer. For the most part, our young people benefit from a harassment-free existence. From time to time we hear that students experience things that threaten their safety and peace of mind. Recently we heard that some female UNIS Hanoi students suffered unwanted and uncalled for attention while returning home after being out in Tay Ho. Like any city in the world, it’s important that we support our young people to know how to respond should they be confronted and feel threatened.

Gender Equality Workshop

This Saturday, because of the efforts of Grade 11 student Sian Rusinow, a workshop facilitated by UN Women on Gender Equality will be hosted at UNIS Hanoi. One of the topics is gender-based violence and the experiences that are common, e.g. harassment and stalking; we hope our students will consider attending.

Time: 9:00 – 16.00 snacks provided
Location: B8b (new building, level 2)
Please email Sian Rusinow to RSVP or ask questions:

Glenda Baker
HS Deputy Principal

Parent Series: Understanding the Middle Years Programme

All grade 6 – 10 parents are invited to attend the Middle Years Programme (MYP) parent session- part 2 focusing on ‘Applying the MYP’. The session will begin at 8.30 in the Community Room (B7). Please register here
Applying the MYP is a hands-on workshop where parents will be engaged in activities to acquire a deeper understanding of how the MYP works in practice!
  1. How do students engage with assessment rubrics?
  2. Example of developing conceptual understanding.
  3. The explicit teaching of ATL skills
  4. Spend a short time in 2 different MYP classrooms then debrief what we see.

If you were unable to attend the part 1 session – ‘What is the MYP’ – which gives you basic understanding of the MYP concepts, please make sure to register for the next one coming up on January 22. The part 2 – Appyling the MYP will also be repeated on January 29.

What is the MYP (Jan 22) Is a lecture based talk designed to give you basic understanding of the MYP concepts and language surround our curriculum.

  1. What is conceptual learning / understanding?
  2. What is the purpose of the statement of inquiry and inquiry questions?
  3. What does learning in context mean? – (global contexts)
  4. Assessment in the MYP – How does criterion based assessment work?
  5. formative and summative assessment
  6. Approaches to Learning Skills (ATLs)
 Questions? Contact MYP Coordinator, Daniel Cooper:
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