‘Raising Boys with Love’ Presentation

Thank you to the 30+ parents and UNIS Hanoi colleagues who attended the parent workshop ‘Raising Boys with Love’ on 25 January with the purpose of exploring positive parenting strategies for their teenage boys. It was greatly appreciated that parents shared their challenges and/or positive strategies with one another, the hope being that every parent left the workshop with an additional strategy and/or resource.

If you did not make it on the day or would like to access the presentation, you can read it here.

Naviance Database Replacement – CIALFO

Dear Grades 9-11 Parents,

As some of you may know, our High School counselling database, Naviance, is pulling out of international schools as of June 2019.  For the past 14 years at UNIS Hanoi, Naviance has been used to support UNIS High School students as they navigate their self-exploration process, career exploration, post high school research and the grade 12 application process.

As notification of this pull-out was received in March of 2018, we have been committed to securing a stellar replacement database. We are confident that our selection will serve our international population in ways that Naviance was not able to, as an American university focused database. Most, if not all, of the features that we have used in the past to support students are present in our new database, CIALFO, a Singapore based company very committed to serving the international school community.  We selected CIALFO based on UNIS Hanoi’s population of university destinations around the globe. We are excited to be the first school in Vietnam to pilot this database with our UNIS Hanoi High School students and families.  

 

In addition, we are very excited to roll CIALFO out to our Grade 9, Grade 10 and Grade 11 student in the next few weeks. It appears as though most of our student data from Naviance has been successfully imported to CIALFO.  As with any data transfer, there may be a few glitches that will need to be sorted as we roll out. The Class of 2020 will be the first class to use CIALFO in their university research and application process.  

The decision to roll-out to only Grade 9-11 students was to ensure the Class of 2019 were supported through the heavy application season during semester 1 on Naviance.  Now we are confident that many of our grade 12 students are well on their way to university decisions!  Grade 12 students will not be using CIALFO this year.  

Please be on the lookout for an email that will be delivered to your inbox, inviting parents to be part of your child’s CIALFO journey.

If you should have any questions, please reach out to your child’s high school counselor.

Yours in Partnership,

The High School Counseling Team

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.

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.

MSHS Counselling Corner

I trust that parents will join me in appreciating the efforts of my G6-9 Counsellor colleague, Ms Paula Wilcox and wish her a happy maternity leave.  As much as Paula will be missed, let’s all ensure that the ‘cover’ Counsellor – Ms. Susan Renaud, feels welcomed into our UNIS Hanoi Community. Susan is due to start with us on 7 January and I am looking forward to supporting her transition, and working in partnership with her.    

With regards to dates in your diaries, the MSHS Counselling team will be facilitating a series of parent workshops in 2019 starting on 25 January, whereby we will be focusing on supporting the holistic development of ‘boys to men’.  If parents interested in attending wish to share what objectives they would like from the workshop, please contact me before the 11 January at kjackson@unishanoi.org.

G9 Counselling lessons have, focused upon skill building including how to reduce procrastination – a topic which specific students and parents have recently raised with Counsellors.  Middle School Counselling lessons have recently been building upon UN Day, in considering how we embrace that students will be celebrating the upcoming holiday from differing perspectives and cultures. So on this note, l finish by wishing our UNIS community a very joyful December-January break, and the Counselling team looks forward to a successful 2019!

Kirk Jackson
Grade 6 – 9 Counsellor

Parenting Talks with the MS/HS Counsellors

Once a month, the MS/HS Counselling team will design a workshop to share with our parent community.  These topics range from the social/emotional spectrum of adolescent issues to the academic and co-curricular life of our UNIS Hanoi students. This workshops are constructed in a way to help promote an awareness for our parent community and create a partnership between the school and home environment. We value this time as we are able to share our perspectives as school counsellors at UNIS Hanoi with our parent community and offer continued support, when needed. Parents are always welcome to schedule individual appointments with their child’s counsellor at any point during the school year.  

Beginning in September, we will be offering to our parent community our Digital Awareness Series of Workshops. Paul Swanson, the MS/HS Tech Coordinator will co-present each workshop alongside the counsellors. Beginning in December, we would like to offer our MS/HS Parenting Talks around topics that our parents feel would be most beneficial. Please complete this Form

  • September 21 – Understanding the iGen
  • October 19 – Parent Resources – Balancing Technology in the Digital Age
  • November 23 – Cyberbullying

Come meet our MS/HS Counselling Team! You can find your child’s assigned counsellor in Veracross listed as “Advisor”

Mr. Kirk Jackson – Grades 6-9

Ms. Paula Wilcox – Grades 6-9

Ms. Casey Nolen Jackson – Grade 10 -12

Ms. Brenda Manfredi – Grade 10 -12