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.

HS End-of-Year Reports

One of the High School goals this year has been to open the Veracross Gradebook and develop consistency in how teachers report evidence of learning to support student achievement.

As the school year draws to a close, High School teachers have been busy finalising grades for the End-of-Year reports. These will be published next week prior to the last day of school for students and will be available via the Veracross Parent Portal. If you have questions about a final grade please contact the teacher directly.

Our commitment:

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 teacher feedback promotes student reflection of the learning progress and the refocusing of learning goals.

HS Reporting and Evidence of Learning

 LEARNING BELIEFS   ⧫   The UNIS Hanoi High School believes:

  1. grades should be transparent and meaningful
  2. grades should never be a surprise for a student
  3. collaborative, performative, and audience-specific assessments can provide valuable evidence of student learning
  4. teachers can make professional judgements that are transparent for students, parents, and teachers by recording varied evidence of learning.

LEARNING PRACTICES  ⧫   The UNIS Hanoi High School:

  1. collects varied evidence of learning relative to IB grade descriptors, mark bands, and criteria
  2. offers students a range of methods for demonstrating their learning
  3. uses on-going teacher feedback, peer assessment, and self assessment to allow for students to own and use data to inform their learning choices
  4. issues report grades that reflect the latest and most consistent fit between all evidence of learning and IB grade descriptors, mark bands, and criteria (e.g. we do not average grades)
  5. strives for authenticity in assessments
  6. does not include prediction of future performance in our reporting.

ISA Results

In February, Grade 9 students completed the The International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) tests which are offered once a year for students in Grades 3-9. The ISA tests are standardised paper-and-pen tests that focus on Reading, Narrative Writing, Expository Writing and Mathematics. ISA test results will be available along with End-of-Year reports next week via the Veracross Parent Portal.

If you have questions about accessing the ISA test results please contact: Hoang Thanh Huong tlcofficer@unishanoi.org or for tech support relating to Veracross: Tran Ha Thu smsis@unishanoi.org

High School Awards

Today we will celebrate our students’ work. Awards ceremonies can make it seem as if recognition belongs to a few but awesome is a group effort. Every act of courage and kindness deserves recognition. Thank you for another great year of drama performances, music, art, teamwork, countless acts of kindness, laughter, helping others and the list goes on. Awards are a time-honored tradition where we try to capture a year of contributions, a year of countless rehearsals, acts of courage, creativity, and learning from others. A year of building relationships and friendships, of helping others find their way and making UNIS Hanoi and the world a better place.

Congratulations to the following students on their achievements:

Musician of the Year Award – Irma Hogberg
Awarded to a student who has shown an extensive commitment to Music in the co-curricular programme 

Thespian of the Year Award Elena McCullough
Awarded to a student who has shown an extensive commitment to Drama in the co-curricular programme

 Commitment to the Arts Award Chinh Trung Mai
Awarded to a student who has shown a commitment to the Arts in at least 2 areas of the Co-curricular Arts Programme 

 Excellence in the Arts Award –  Mikaela Fenn
Awarded to a student who excels in at least 2 areas of the Co-curricular Arts Programme — Music, Drama, Dance, Visual Art 

Awarded to students that have excelled in Service Learning by going above and beyond minimum expectations, showing a consistently high level of commitment and leadership towards their service group, as well as, taking the lead with a specific project persisting through challenges to make it happen.

Grade 9 Service Awards

Iestyn Rusinow
Minh van der Wielen
Binh Huong Vu

Grade 10 Service Awards

Jachym Jarkulisch
Elena McCullough
Serena Mohanty
Kiet Nguyen
Gai Ogaswara
Harrison Wallace

 Grade 11 Service Awards

Yu Jin Cho
Flora Hamilton
Bohemond Iskandar
Chinh Mai
Minh Quan Neefjes
Co May Nguyen
Ha Nguyen
Sian Rusinow
Bailey Shelley
Sophie-Marie Schroeder
Hai Vu
Da Yu

 Grade 12 Service Awards

Bea Campilan
Minh Quan Do
Mikaela Fenn
Madeline Guihot
Phuong Le
Annika Moore
Giang Nguyen
Linnea Niklasson
Ngan Phung
Hana Takeuchi
Eliza Thu Ti
Uyen Trinh
Marcelle-Marie Villars
Hayeong Yun

This award is presented to two students, in each HS Grade, who have embodied the ideas contained in the UNIS Hanoi Mission statement.

“Our mission is to encourage students to be independent, lifelong learners who strive for excellence and become responsible stewards of our global society and natural environment, achieved within a supportive community that values diversity and through a programme reflecting the ideals and principles of the United Nations.”

The United Nations principles as applied to the school are to:

  • Promote peaceful solutions to problems.
  • Develop friendly relations among children and adults of different nationalities.
  • Promote cooperation in problem solving in economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian matters.
  • Encourage respect for fundamental freedoms and equality for all, without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion.

 Grade 9 UNIS Hanoi Award

Binh Huong Vu
Jeongha Kim

Grade 10 UNIS Hanoi Award

Gai Ogasawara
Serena Mohanty

 Grade 11 UNIS Hanoi Award

Chinh Trung Mai
Ha Viet Nguyen

 East Asia Regional Council of Schools Global Citizen Award – Minh Quan Neefjes
This student has an open mind, is well-informed, aware and empathetic, concerned and caring for others, encourages a sense of community and is strongly committed to engagement and action to make our world a better place.


Science Olympiad

The Group 4 Project is a collaborative science event that took place on the afternoon of Mon 13 and on Tue 14 May. Grade 11 students will worked together to host a Science Olympiad for students in Grade 6.

The concept of the Science Olympiad was spawned as a means of fulfilling both the requirements of the IB Diploma programme and enthusing our middles schoolers with a thirst and passion for science. The primary objective for all involved is FUN!

The Grade 11 diploma students spent about a day preparing for the 2 hour event, scouring their minds for creative ways to convey scientific concepts to their younger peers. The Olympiad itself consists of a series of unique events that Grade 6 students circulate on a mission to gain house points and all the while developing their curiosity and fascination of science. For Grade 6, the event culminates in raucous cheers as the winners are announced. For the Grade 11s, they reflect upon the event – whilst they all agree the experience was indeed fun, they also concur they are utterly exhausted and that “teaching is hard work”!

“As a student taking two science courses, it was a very collaborative and meaningful experience working with students with having different capability. Not only this group 4 project helped me to understand ‘international’ aspect of the IB curriculum, it also helped me to learn and explore a subject in many different aspects.”Hyo Rim
” Group 4 project was a unique project where we could design our own experiments and carry them out. I was able to create an experiment that investigates the chemistry behind creating ice cream in a bag. Group 4 project was not only a chance to pursue a fun, innovative science experiment that I desired but also to work together with different students and find a common interest.”  – Da Yu

Student-directed inquiry driving High School learning

It has been another busy week of student-directed inquiry and research in the High school. Highlights have included two annual events for the Grade 11s–the Science Group 4 project and the Extended Essay work day. Grade 9s have also met as a whole class to continue to think about a personal interest to pursue next year for their Personal Project. During visits to classrooms and talking with students about their learning, what continues to stand out is the breadth of areas of inquiry and interest that our students engage in:
Grade 9 student about Personal Project Workshop
The PP is more dependent on what we are interested in and so we can feel more motivated. We get to build our own knowledge that we really care about.

Special End of the year schedule for Grade 11

Dear Grade 11 Parents,

I am writing to share information about the final weeks of the academic year.

From Wed 15 May until summer break, students in Grade 11 will follow a different schedule. Each day they will have one lesson in each of their three Higher Level subjects. This continuous period of learning will give students the opportunity to develop their academic skills and to take a deep dive into the three subjects they have chosen to study at Higher Level.

On Mon 13 May, students in Grade 11 will spend the morning in an Extended Essay work session. This will help students to meet the May 17 deadline by which time all research is expected to be complete and students will have an outline of their essay. The Extended Essay Coordinator will be available on Mon 13 May to support G11 students towards this goal.

The Group 4 Project is a collaborative science event that will take place on the afternoon of Mon 13 and on Tue 14 May. Grade 11 students will work together to host a Science Olympiad for students in Grade 6. Participation and reflection on the Group 4 Project are essential requirements for the IB Diploma.

Information about all of these events has been shared with Grade 11 students. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.

Best wishes,

Elliott Cannell
DP Coordinator


Semester 2 MSHS Arts Exhibition

Quench your imagination at the Semester 2 MSHS Arts Exhibition in the Centre for the Arts Foyer from 6-17 May.

Grade 6 worked on sewing skills and soft sculptures of food inspired by the artists, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, who have turned everyday objects as public art. As a start, students learned and practiced a few different sewing techniques while making their own draw-string bag. Students have decorated it with different kinds of stitches and sewing on of buttons. Students have made soft sculptures of food, the first one to be given to the babies in the local orphanages. Students learned briefly about the significance of physical touch to the babies. The soft sculptures are our ways of somehow giving them comfort and physical touch they need.

Grade 7 investigated portraiture through the lens of personal identity.  Researching the works of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and African American artist Kehinde Wiley, students created two self portraits. One line continuous contour self portraits were created using the ProCreate app on iPad and then vectored in Adobe Illustrator for laser cutting. Pencil drawn portraits appropriated poses based on historical artworks. Both of these challenging tasks asked students to explore their personal identity and in turn learn more about the world around them.

Grade 8 artists have been focusing on a subject we can all agree on: food. In this exhibition, we collaborated with Donkey Bakery, using their donuts as live models for our introduction to ceramic sculpture. Artists then went on to design and sculpt a food-themed sculpture and created this sculpture in three forms: ceramic sculpture, miniature felt sculpture and as a felt painting. Also on display from Grade 8 artists are some collaborative digital paintings. Students spent time creating a collaborative drawing (working on one drawing together with a partner) and then individually digitally edited the drawing. When viewing these images see if you can recognise the location of the subject matter.

Grade 9 artist created vibrant still life painting utilising objects of personal significance in a domestic settings.

Grade 10 artists were asked to create an artwork that captures a sense of place. They created a painting of Hanoi in response to a field trip to the old quarter.