High School Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences – November 21-22

Dear High School Parents,

We are looking forward to Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences on November 21 & 22.

This is another 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 progress at school. During conferences there will be no classes for students in grades 9 – 12. 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.

Conference registration dates online through Veracross:

Conference registration and sign-ups will open at 8:00 on Monday, November 11

Conference registration and sign-ups will close at 11:00 on Monday, November 18.

Instructions to register for conferences: Online instructions including written and video instructions. Please use this link: Parent Student Teacher conference signup

Conference dates:

Thursday November 21, 10.00-18.00

Friday November 22, 10.00-18.00

Conferences with Counsellors: book via Counselling office 024 7300 4500 ext. 8513 or email directly to your child’s Counsellor as follow: Mr. Kamal – mkamal@unishanoi.org, Mr. Cifizzari – fcifizzari@unishanoi.org or Ms. Manfredi – bmanfredi@unishanoi.org

If parents/guardians experience difficulties 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

From the High School Counsellors

Dear UNIS Parents & Community,

Many thanks to all the parents who came to the Grade 10 UNIS Course Request Carousel. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk with community members.  The UNIS Course Request Carousel is an opportunity for parents to learn more about the various courses on offer for their child in Grades 11 and 12. Meetings have been scheduled for all of the Grade 10 students over the next several weeks and into January. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting with their child if they are able. If the timing does not work, the meeting can be moved to another time. In addition, if parents feel they would like more time with their child and counselor, please contact our office assistant: hsguidancesec@unishanoi.org

Grade 12 will have their Senior Photo Day on 11 Nov 2019. It is very important that they be in the high school commons room by 8:30. Class photos will take place downtown and individual portraits will occur on campus, in the afternoon, after we return.


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Grade 12 update

Hong Kong & Netherlands – Deadlines are quickly approaching for some universities in both Hong Kong and the Netherlands. Students should be meeting/communicating with their counselor. We are here to support you in the process

  • Counsellors continue to read and provide support on student essays and personal statements which are needed in several countries’ application processes.
  • We require a minimum of two working weeks for processing applications. This means that if you send your application materials to a university- the counselling office will need two working weeks to send out documentation after they are sent out.
  • December 1 deadline: All Applications with a December 10- January 15 deadline or earlier must be completed by December 1.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 11 update

  • Students are working on a university research process related to the country or countries they are considering in the counselling classes.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 10 update

  • Students are in the midst of the Course Request process for Grades 11 and 12- appointments have been scheduled. Please check with your child to see when they have been scheduled.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 9 update

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

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal mkamal@unihanoi.org



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 Results arrive in early December.

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 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

  • 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:    

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

  • 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:

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

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



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

A Successful Week in Grade 10

G10 Carousel (Mon 4 November)

Students in Grade 10 were introduced to the academic courses available next year. DP Teachers and Grade 12 students were available to answer their questions in an event designed to support Grade 10 students in planning their future pathway to graduation.

G10 Parents Evening (Tue 5 November)

Parents of Grade 10 students were introduced to the academic courses available next year. DP Teachers were available for discussions and to answer questions. The event was designed to support families of students in Grade 10 who are planning their future pathway to graduation.

MRISA Art Exchange is open for Application

What is the MRISA Arts exchange (MRISA AX)

Mekong River International Schools Association (MRISA) carries out sports/arts exchange among 6 international schools in the region. The arts exchange is a fun-packed three-days of Arts workshop in music, dance, drama, and visual arts on March 18-22 at Vientiane International School in Laos.

What is expected of participants?

Selected participants will be involved in weekly after school workshops run by teachers and students January-March.

Selected participants will be in charge of creating and leading their very own workshop to present at the Art Exchange. 

Selected participants will be travelling to Vientiane International School in Laos to take workshops in their chosen discipline as well we exploratory workshops.

Selected participants will be staying with a hosted family in Laos.

* See video from last year’s exchange for a clearer understanding.

Who should apply

Students grade 6 -12 who have a passion for the arts and wish to dive deeper into a chosen discipline.

Students who are willing to collaborate with other students from MRISA schools.

Students who are responsible and respectful.

Students who are comfortable travelling to another country and be hosted by a family in Laos. Families need to be able to host future visiting students from MRISA or APAC events

Who will be selected

  • Only 20 students will  be able to attend
  • 5 for each discipline: Music, Dance, Drama, Visual Arts
  • Selection will be based available spaces application questions and  teacher recommendations.

How do you apply

Complete the application form  by November 22.

Come and speak to Ms Wise or Ms Graham.

Imagination, Memory & Faith: Oh My!

ToK year 1 classes continue their exploration of the factors that may support and/or impede us as knowers in our pursuit of knowledge.

What is becoming more clear is that these factors, like imagination, intuition & memory, do not work in isolation but instead form a type of network that may aid us as we try to discern fact from fake news.

We are also coming to realize that these “networks of ways of knowing” have an equal capacity to mislead us, contributing to our reliance on a number of logical fallacies & cognitive biases which hinder our ability to effectively evaluate what we know.

In other words, fake news becomes fact & we fall for it all the time.

Knowledge Seminars continue in B5 G20, 21 & 29 on 12 & 14 November. Come share with us how you know.

Understanding Legitimacy in Global Politics

This week in the Global Politics and Societies class, the students had an engaging discussion on the topic of legitimacy. In the discussion, different types of legitimacy was introduced such as traditional, charismatic, rational-legal, consent, and power legitimacy. Many interesting questions were brought up during the discussion, from a simple definition on the textbook to a broader question, all encouraging students to break ideas down and think critically. Because of this fruitful discussion, every student walked out of class with a thorough understanding of this topic.

Another highlight was the 10th grade carousel which took place in the beginning of this week, where several student volunteers promoted the Global Politics and Societies class to future IB students who might be considering to join this class next year.

We also had multiple unique topics brought up in the Global Politics Institute of Foreign Affairs (GIFA) presentations this week. Child marriage in India, lone wolf terrorism and Japan’s population decline was this week’s topics. Students were able to develop their Personal Political Paradigm (PPP) by thinking about diverse topics introduced by students from different cultural backgrounds.

In Thursday’s class we had our last GIFA rapporteur present in class.

At the end of this week a student-led class picnic took place, where students were able to deepen class spirit as we head into the core, and more difficult topics in the upcoming months.

Looking at Elasticity in High Level Economics

From October 27 to November 1 with classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, the IBDP Higher level economics class, taught by Mr Anagnost, focused on elasticity. There were 3 groups and each group presented on a specific type of elasticity which were Price Elasticity of Supply (PES), Cross Elasticity of Demand (XED), and Income Elasticity of Demand (YED).

There were discussions involved answering questions about the elasticities which were answered by the experts of the topic. We then evaluated these three topics individually to see how they affect the revenue of a business and we had to consider what other factors have a role in affecting the elasticity and revenue.

The week ended with Suhyun presenting her unis economic forum about the temporary workers in Korea. Her research question was “How is the increase of temporary workers affect the korean economy and what are some possible solutions for it?”

In this class we discussed many important key economic concepts such as HDI – Human Development Index, behavioral economics, demographics – population, employable population, birth rates etc. We also learned about important economists that helped the growth of economics.

This week was very informative and the students had a lot of fun and gained a lot of economic knowledge. 

IB Learner Profile Awards

IB Learner Profile Awards were presented during HS Assembly on Friday 1 November. The awards recognise students who show excellence in demonstrating one aspect of the IB Learner Profile. The recipients were nominated by High School Students and UNIS Hanoi Faculty.

  • Heedong Cho for being balanced (Grade 9)
  • Naomi Judge for being reflective (Grade 11)
  • Mai An Nguyen for being a risk-taker (Grade 10)
  • Philippa Goh-Calalang for being caring (Grade 9)
  • Menglin Luo for being an inquirer (Grade 12)
  • Bailey Shelley for being balanced (Grade 12)

Hanoi Band Evening

On October 25, students representing ensembles from HIS, Concordia, St. Paul’s, and UNIS Hanoi put all their skills and individual practice together to form an ensemble of 80 student musicians.  After two rehearsals the group performed.

Enjoy pictures and videos of the rehearsal and performance here. Highlights for students were meeting others who are excited to play and perform music, playing music and spending time with old friends, and of course a celebratory pizza dinner!