MSHS Band Concert

On Friday, October 25, Middle and High School Band and Orchestra students from Hanoi International School, Concordia International School, St. Paul International School and UNIS Hanoi will combine to put on a short performance in the UNIS Hanoi Theatre from 18:00-18:15.

The students have been preparing their parts at their respective schools and will come together on Friday afternoon to put all the parts together for the performance. No Tickets are needed to attend, but make sure to bring an ID or your UNIS ID Badge to enter the school.

This is the second year this event has happened and it is a wonderful way to bring students together through music. Come by to hear a short and FUN performance before enjoying your weekend!

Global Politics and Societies – exploring the concept of “sovereignty”

This week in the Global Politics and Societies class, the concept of “sovereignty” is being explored and discussed. Sovereignty is a complex term as it carries several different forms and interpretations. For example, Heywood, a renowned and respected political scientist, splits sovereignty into two main forms, “internal” (referring to the location of authority or power within a nation-state) and “external sovereignty” (referring to the ability of a nation-state to act independently on the world stage).

The Peer to Peer Education Session is introduced where the students are given five
minutes to present to their partners their understanding of “sovereignty” with a series of
questions to guide the conversation. In pairs, they decide who will be the “critical colleague,” whose job is to assess the presenting partner’s familiarity to the different forms and interpretations of sovereignty, the depth of their knowledge, and their ability to make connections to real-life examples. The critical colleague provides the presenting partner with constructive feedback, then they switch roles. This process is repeated, each time interchanging partners, increasing the fluidity of the conversation and the ability of the presenter to articulate their answers. As an extension of the Peer to Peer Education Session, students were asked to present to their critical colleague their analysis of sovereignty within an article of choice from the source Inquiries Journal.

The GPS Institute of Foreign Affairs (GIFA) presentations have continued this week. So
far the topic of Gender Politics in Japan was conferred, leading to an engaging dialogue
between the rapporteur and the participants about the causes and potential solutions to such inequalities within Japan.

Power Discussion in IBDP GPS

This week in IBDP Global Politics, students engaged in a variety of activities such as having interactive discussions on the types of power and how it functions, as well as joining and stay connected through the GPS Facebook forum. Apart from focusing on the concept of power, students also have discussions on state sovereignty and raised the controversial question of whether or not should a region be independent.

According to Eric Liu, power is the ability to make others do what you would have them do. The IB GPS handbook notes that our existence is dominated by “power interactions”. There will be power interactions between friends, colleagues, family, teacher and more. The 4 types of power that have been covered in class include soft power, hard power, sharp power, and smart power. These types of power exist in our everyday life in relationships, family, and society.

There will be more interactive discussions held in upcoming GPS lessons on different concepts!

Learning in Grades 9-10

Exciting Research Study on Transition

Preparation for UNIS Hanoi to participate in an international research study on transitions is well underway. All students in Grade 9 and 10 will be invited to complete a 20 min questionnaire on Friday 25 of October as part of a study led by Dr Doug Ota. 

This past week, a number of Grade 9 and 10 students and their parents will have also received an invitation to participate in one of two interviews that the research team will be conducting with a randomly sampled students at our school. 

Please look for emails and reminders to complete the digital consent form. There will be an information session for parents and students for those students participating in the interviews before our UN Day events. 

Grade 9 Student Success – MYP Block

One of the opportunities to provide students with the appropriate care and challenge to empower them to find success in their academic and social-emotional learning is their “MYP block” during I-block on Day 10.  In this block, students meet as a grade level with members of the Student Success Team to engage with a learning experience designed to help them learn skills to be successful in high school. The experience is responsive to student and teacher feedback on the current needs of students.  

So far, learning has included how to invite teachers to meet for extra help using google calendar, the importance of drinking water to stay hydrated on the class trip, locations of key offices and services in the high school, how to count credits to ensure a pathway to graduation, and other key student skills.  Here is the link to our last lesson on Sept 20.  For future MYP block lessons, students will develop their research, collaboration, and tech skills through approaches to learning. 

CAS Spotlight – Fencing with Sung Eun Kim

Meaningful learning experiences often take place outside of the classroom. This is the philosophy that is the foundation for CAS! This programme encourages students to find experiences that they enjoy and will continue to engage in after high school.

G12 student Sung Eun Kim decided to challenge herself physically and mentally by taking on a new sport, Fencing! 

The goal she set for herself was to commit to the twice weekly training sessions, develop fundamental skills of fencing, and eventually challenge others to match play. These goals connect to Learning Outcomes 1 & 2 which address identifying new skills for development and identifying areas of strength and growth within an activity.

Self-reflection is a powerful tool for recognizing concepts and methods that lead to improved performance. CAS students are required to provide insightful and meaningful reflections related to their experiences.

Sung states through reflection, “I should work more on hand-eye coordination when I am doing a marche or rompre at the same time as doing other skills such as degagement, battement, fente, and more. This is because when I just to marche or rompre, I quickly move my feet. However, when I try to do marche or rompre while doing other techniques, I lose my speed and focus only on the upper part of my body.

In order to improve on this particular weakness, I should film myself doing marche or rompre, along with other skills. Therefore, this will help me to see why I am slowing down, and what particular skills that I need to practice more while moving my legs.”

If you have a CAS experience you would like highlighted please contact Mr. Jarman at

UNIS MUN – One Step at a Time

This week, delegates are working in their designated groups to prepare for the upcoming conferences.

The ISPP MUN team has received the list of countries that they will represent and the committees that they will take part in. Currently, the team is working hard on developing and applying their research skills through the process of gathering information on their assigned countries.

When asked what he expects for the upcoming ISPP MUN, Traves shared:
“I expect to learn and compare the two MUN communities of Hanoi and Phnom Penh and learn about different cultures. I am very excited to collaborate with delegates from all over South East Asia to discuss important and relevant world topics.” 

The rest of UNIS MUN’s delegation is now moving on to draft resolution for the topic of the October conference which is: The question of the security of crucial trade routes near conflict regions.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us through the UNIS MUN Facebook Page.

Thank you,

Binh Vu

Extended Essay Submitted

Grade 12 is celebrating a major milestone this week. They started a journey in December 2018, investigating a topic of their choice to produce a research paper of 4,000 words. The process has included learning research methodologies, completing surveys, delving into databases, performing experiments, conquering the intricacies of formatting documents for table of contents. Today the Grade 12 students celebrating handing in the final result of the months of work. 

The process will continue as the students reflect on the process in a final Viva Voce interview with their supervisors. They will also take part in sharing the wealth of knowledge with the Grade 11 students as they start their research journey in October after Fall Break.

Knowers in the House!

Congratulations to Year 1 Theory of Knowledge students on the successful submission of their reactions to the ToK provocation related to the challenges of language as a “double edged” way of knowing & justifying what we know (or think we know)!

Using articles from Aeon Magazine (, Harvard Business Review, the IB TOK Guide, Lagemaat as well as other sources, these responses underscore the challenges posed by relying on one single way of knowing in terms of our relationship to certainty as well as the importance of the evaluation & interplay between the ways of knowing & other methods or means of justifying what we know (or think we know).

They are worth a view:

Feel free to contact these knowers if you have responses or reactions to the significant questions they have posed at the end of their reflections!

Discussions about knowledge are always on the table in B5 G20, G21 & G29.

A Week of Global Politics and Society

During this week, GPS (Global Politics and Society) students have discussed on a variety of topics prior to the student-led presentations such as the Central American Immigration Crisis, how Brexit affects people in the Netherlands as well as the rest of the world and about the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

For each class, there will always be one person being a rapporteur to lead a discussion for the first ten minutes in class. Their job is to deconstruct, assess & evaluate the media’s portrayal of significant events that have a personal connection to them and discuss with the class. Other people would be note-takers of the topic mentioned and will contribute as well by asking “tricky” questions every now and then. After the discussion, the note-takers give feedback to the rapporteur. As the concepts of each person take a role to lead one topic, this is a great opportunity for all the members to be used to the summative tasks and improve their leadership, speaking and improvising skills.

Not only that but they also discuss the concepts of power. Answering the questions, “What is power?” “What are power relationships?” in pairs of two with examples. They defined power as an ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality. There are different types of power included soft (the ability to influence without using the threat of military force), hard (a coercive approach to international political relations, especially one that involves the use of military power), sharp (the use of manipulative diplomatic policies by one country to influence and undermine the political system of a target country) and smart (combination of hard power and soft power strategies).

Well done GPS Scientists!

Written by Phuong Thao Pham

Congratulations are on Order!

DP Business Management Standard Level students handed in their Internal Assessment this week.
Congratulations are on order to the DP Business Management Standard Level students on handing in their Internal Assessment this week!
Hard work & dedication have really paid off. Only 8 months to May 2020 exams…