Celebrating the Arts: the MSHS Visual Arts Exhibition is VIRTUAL

This semester’s MYP Art Exhibition is the culmination of creativity produced in distance and campus learning. Included are works from grade 6 through 10.  Each grade level explores a variety of media, techniques and themes from portrait drawing, ceramics, embroidery, and watercolor painting. Take a walk through this virtual exhibition, where you can view the artwork and read more about each unit by clicking on the grade level maps. Please allow time for this virtual exhibition to open as there is a lot of art to load upon opening. We encourage you to share the link with family and friends around the world!

Link to the virtual exhibition: https://www.artsteps.com/view/5ebcfb1115727d50c049ddc0

Highlights from the Grade 12 Pre-university Course Reflections

Pre-university courses aimed to provide authentic distance learning opportunities for Grade 12 students in the six weeks leading up to graduation. The courses provided continued academic engagement and helped prepare them to transition to University. Each course was led by a G12 teacher, or two collaborating G12 teachers. In many cases, courses were built on DP subjects, but were not limited by them. Each course consisted of six weekly assignments that students completed including weekly live tutorials. The level of challenge was intended to be equivalent to first year university in terms of skills and content. This was an exciting opportunity for our Grade 12 faculty to share passion for their subjects with our Grade 12s.

This week students completed self reflections about the programme. The following are a selection of feedback from students.

Courses: International Human Rights, Personal Investment

The pre-university courses have really helped narrow the scope and focus of what I want to study at university. As the courses are more refined and focused upon possible majors, courses and areas of studies offered in university, it acts as a great stepping stone for students. Furthermore, it may simulate the independence I will have to take on as I approach university. – Richard Dang

Course: International Human Rights Protection Regime

In my International Human Rights Course, I developed my critical thinking skills by looking at different views of Human Rights violations all throughout the world. I think my participation has supported my preparation for university because I have been able to work more on my critical and creative thinking skills and because of how small the classes were (this gave me the ability to understand what some smaller college courses might look like). – Bailey Shelley

Course: Personal Investment

Throughout the Personal Finance course, there were a lot of terms and expressions that I was unfamiliar with since I had never been in any economy or business class. Due to this, I had to research many things independently in order to fully understand the course and be able to apply it in real life. – Emma Héloïse Dufour-Nogueira

Courses: Positive Psychology, International Human Rights, Evolutionary Biology

Through these classes I learn more about what I like and what other learning style I can do to help myself. Online classes can be difficult and we’re doing pre-uni courses as well. I believe this helps me to be more engaged in discussing and finding out what works for me. – Thu Giang Pham

Courses: Investigative Economics, Astrophysics, Personal Investment, Future Cinema

They helped my social skills since online it can get quite awkward when people are just silent waiting for some kind of response without any physical contact or communication. I learned many ways to prevent and break the awkwardness..some courses will definitely carry on into my adult life instead with their more practical application and knowledge. – Alexander Getschmann

Courses: Art and History, Personal Investment, Virtual Art Exhibition

It has given me a taste of how university courses function and what will be expected from me. Most enjoyable was the personal investment course. It taught me the importance of starting an investment portfolio, which I intend to do in the near future. – Minh Quan Neefjes

Band, Choir, Orchestra Students Asked to Share Recordings

In preparation for our online celebration next week, the Grade 6-10 band, choir and orchestra students have been busily sharing their video recordings through the google form that was emailed last week.

Please check with your student to make sure they have done this so that they can join in the celebration of all their hard work this quarter. Keep an eye out in your emails for the final link on Wednesday June 3. We are so excited to unveil the creative work of our students! 

G11 Economics Students Present Posters

Hello, my fellow economists in UNIS!

This week, our young economists presented their poster about the relationship between Inflation and Unemployment!

The concept started with the statement of A.W. Phillips. Then, students slowly developed the idea with Short-run Phillips curve and long-run Phillips curve which could divide into Keynesian view and Monetarist view. 

During the presentation, students are allowed to ask questions and have a small discussion about the concept of “Phillips Curve”.

After students finished their presentation, we wrote feedback on other teams’ posters – strength, weakness, efficiency as a revision tool, and so on.

Would you like to have a look at our WONDERFUL presentations?

GPS Student Shares the Week’s Learning

This week in GPS the students have started a new unit – Peace and Conflict. Content wise, the new unit has proven to be the largest by far, tying together everything else we’ve done this year. The students have also developed a strong understanding of what peace is and its forms, those being negative peace, positive peace and sustainable peace as well as learning about violence in more depth and detail. Eventually learning that violence runs deeper than just physical but can be deeply rooted within systems and cultures. Along with this, the students have also begun to make great strides in finishing the preliminary steps for their engagement activity, an activity where the students will focus on one pertinent issue happening in the world. All the while tying together multiple GPS concepts from all the units in order to make a potent and compelling analysis of the situation. 

The students have just finished their stakeholder profiles and have begun to fill out the EA board, which helps to track each student’s progress in a simplified manner. The students will spend their last four GPS classes of the year building a ground work for peace and conflict which will be further developed throughout the next year of global politics, as well as planning out the goals each student will have for the summer, weather that be fleshing out their action plans or meeting with high ranking government officials in a rousing interview. However whatever the case, the fruits of each GPSers labour will surely show in time as they get step by step closer to completing their monumental engagement activity.

Personal Project – The Journey Begins for Grade 9 Students

At this time of year the Grade 9 students begin their introduction to the Grade 10 Personal Project. In the final weeks of school a series of workshops and a special Bootcamp help launch students into this year long journey that is the culmination of their learning in the Middle Years Programme. 

Last week Grade 9 students had their first workshop which included a special panel discussion from current Grade 10s talking about the highs and lows, the lesson learned along with some very practical advice about how to get started with a personal project. A second panel of current Grade 11s provided further advice and some important messages about how their experience in the Personal Project have prepared them for various aspects of their IB courses. Some highlights from them included “make sure you choose something you are really interested in”; “you will learn to be more self organized and to manage long term projects”; and “it’s great if you can connect your goal to something you are also involved in like your service learning interests”. 

The PP Coordinator, Mr Loynes, has been planning a number of informative workshops with special guests coming up in the final weeks of school which will include a Bootcamp on June 8 to give Grade 9s time to meet with their Supervisors.  

IB Diploma Economics Class Learns about the Phillips Curve

This week in Mr. Anagnost’s DP1 Economics class, we learned about the Phillips curve. The Phillips curve is a concept that states that there is an inverse relationship between the rate of inflation and the rate of unemployment. We evaluated the concept of the Phillips curve and whether there was indeed a relationship between inflation and unemployment. Students looked through the different lenses of Neo-classical and Keynesian, and assessed different concepts such as demand-pull and cost-push while drawing some real life examples of stagflation to further evaluate the concept.

Erica and Yuki evaluating the relationship between the rate of inflation and rate of unemployment.

Students split into three different groups to discuss ideas, analysis, and evaluation of the Phillips curve and whether the relationship was coincidental, correlational, or causal. The majority of our class agreed that there was a correlational relationship that is also conditional.

Rosan and Navya drawing the long-run Phillips curve and using a Keynesian approach to evaluate the relationship between the rate of inflation and rate of unemployment.

Students used a variety of graphs to help explain their reasoning behind their decisions and delved deeper into the issue by looking at real life situations supporting and going against the Phillips curve.

Jinha, Thao and Thu An researching on Phillips Curve

Before work on the poster began, the groups planned which graphs they would include in order to tell their story. Some looked from the monetarist perspective, others looked through the Neo-Keynesian lens.

Suhyun, Minju, and Stella designing the layout of their poster.

This project enabled students to consider the short-run, medium-run, and long-run effects on the stakeholders involved: the government, suppliers, and consumers. They were also able to look at the relationship between inflation and unemployment through multiple economic schools of thought. A lot of the stories they were telling involved other fundamental concepts from our unit, such as economic growth, income inequality, and the business cycle.

Outside of class time, we also had individual meetings to discuss our Microeconomics IA, as well as our recent policy paper. These meetings allowed us as students to have more insight into our progress in class, and be able to recognize fundamental takeaways that we can use to improve. These meetings will still be continuing throughout the next few weeks giving enough time for students to really evaluate their skills and hopefully apply them in future projects. 

The Truth About DP Theatre

The truth about DP theatre is that it is a challenging programme because it forces you to think very creatively. It is very collaborative with a lot of time spent working with a small group of people who kind of become like your family. Because of this you don’t want to mess up and you do want to make sure that you pull your weight. DP Theatre might seem easier than other art courses however that’s not true–it takes a lot of effort, time and commitment to create performances especially when you’re working with people that you care about.  – Kevin Zhou

 DP Theatre is a course that explores all aspects of Theatre and gives the students the chance to experience many different roles including director, designer and actor. Over the last two years the students have worked together on a number of collaborative performances where they have developed their theatre skills. In addition to this, the course allows students to develop empathetic understanding, creative problem solving and their communication skills. 

This year’s seniors have worked hard on curating a special Showcase Performance for the community to celebrate their hard work. This past week the Performance went live. As Baily Shelley explained, “The Grade 12 theater production is a short piece culminating what we have learned through the two year course. It was a fun piece that showed how we worked as partners and how we worked on our own.” 

The presentation is a recognition of the learning that has occurred in each performer over the last two years with scenes from Almost Maine, by John Cariani. Each scene explores the theme of love lost or love found, whether that is a broken marriage, best friends hanging out or someone who has returned ‘home’ to answer a long ago asked question.  

DP theater was a new challenge for me. I had never taken drama class before but with the structure of the program set up for all levels, I quickly learnt and felt comfortable in the class. Overall, the class allowed me to be creative and was a space where I could express myself through different and new forms.  – Flora Hamilton

The DP Theatre program encapsulates my passion and dedication towards the subject. Prior to the program, I always had an interest in Theatre. However, through the program, I was truly able to learn, excel and demonstrate the skills and knowledge I had acquired. Our final Theatre performance showcases this exact idea, with everyone coming together to create a final piece. I would like to thank everyone who has been part of this wonderful journey.  – Richard Dang

We are very proud of our G12 DP Performers – Bailey Shelley, Richard Dang, Flora Hamilton, Kevin Zhou. Minh Quan Neefjes also makes a special guest appearance in the footage.

Here is the link to the video: https://www.wevideo.com/view/1701213880 


The Making of the DP Arts Exhibition, “Carnaval de Sanguine”

In this article, MYPDP Arts Teacher, Nora Graham shares how the DP Arts Students pulled an exhibition together during lockdown….

The process of making this virtual exhibition began on the first of April when the lockdown in Hanoi started. It was challenging to consider this culminating event for the artists in a virtual format. Accepting this reality and transitioning from the event we had been imagining happening was not easy. On April 1st, the artworks sat in the B10 foyer ready to be hung on the display boards that were already in place. We were all lucky to be safe at home, but left with lingering disappointment of something so close to completion; the event that so much dreaming and planning had gone into.  After a few days of recovery, the students demonstrated their ongoing flexibility and determination and began to discuss options, especially as a requirement of the course is to submit two images of the art exhibition to the IBO.

While at home, students collaborated with arts teachers and investigated options. The result was the “UNIS Hanoi DP Arts Exhibition 2020” using the online platform Artsteps.com. This interactive exhibition is for the UNIS Hanoi community and family of the artists. For the exhibition’s official opening, students designed a format to present their work virtually to the community. This opening was held from 12:00-1:30 on Wednesday, 6 May. The opening consisted of welcome speeches from me, Ms Graham, Shin Young Kim and Bohemond Iskandar, and each artist presented and discussed their artwork with zoom participants.

May 6 also happened to be the day that Grade 12 students were allowed to return to campus. A special surprise was waiting for them in B10 – their exhibition. The exhibition had been hung the previous week when teachers and operations staff were back on campus. Some of the student artists presented their virtual exhibition from their actual exhibition space. The real life exhibition is now available for classes to visit during prearranged times, following the norms of social distancing, mask wearing, and group sizes. The artists and art teachers were pleased with the success of the opening and appreciate all the people and classes who attended.

Please view the virtual exhibition here: https://www.artsteps.com/view/5e941122ecdd0662dd431dcc

The zoom opening event videos can be viewed here.

Students Share DL Experiences in Global Politics Class

This week was all about connecting with each other again. In Global Politics, we explored different waves of feminism and how it contributes to development and sustainability. At the end of the week, we will continue our long rigorous process of the Engagement Activities (EA). Even though most of us are back to school, some of our class members are still continuing their Distance Learning experience.

Here are three different perspectives on Distance Learning from three different parts of the world:

First is Thao Pham. She is currently back with us at UNIS Hanoi. Here she shares her experience…

“Distance Learning always seems like a challenge for all of us but as long as we push ourselves and become independent we can achieve all our goals. For me, it was great seeing all my friends again even though we still need to practice social distancing. Teachers and staff are extremely helpful during school as they instruct me what to do. Being back at school means a lot to me and I have learned how to appreciate the times that I am at school engaging with all my friends and teachers. At the beginning of the week, we started discussing the Emergency Relief Fund and Giving Tuesday and what effect it will have in our local community. During the discussion, we talked about poverty in Hanoi and how the government practices responsible sovereignty and the responsibility to protect. We also incorporated different concepts that we have learned throughout the year into a fruitful discussion. I have learned a great lesson from this experience and how it can make or break a person”.

Next is Sohan D’Silva who is currently in Singapore shares his experience…

“For me, distance learning in GPS has been at times hard, but mostly manageable. I’ve been able to keep up with the work that has been set, and I like how we get the independence to manage our own time, with occasional check-ins. Mr A is always there for us if we need any help, and now that School has started, we have come up with a check-in every few days after school so that Mr A can catch us up on anything that we need to do. This has been incredibly helpful, and even though, at times, we tend to get a lot of work and struggle to manage our time, Mr A is there to help and support our needs even though we are not physically there in class”.

Moeka is currently in Japan and she’s missing her friends…

“It is wonderful to be back to Japan with all my relatives; however, I miss all the friends that are returning to School and engaging with each other, especially my Global Politics class. Everyday I look out the window and see each bloom of the Sakura opens and miss the summer heat in Hanoi. Distance Learning is somewhat a wonderful experience for me because of how it gives me the confidence to manage time as well as engaging with my teachers more. Whenever I join the call for GPS, I see all of my classmates through my screen and what we have been through in order to get here. There isn’t a significant difference in the timezone here and Hanoi so that is a relief for me. This also means that I wake up the earliest in UNIS Hanoi, what a great achievement. Whenever I need help, Mr. A is always online to give me feedback as well as further explanations. I am forever grateful for everyone that supported me all the way through. I hope that the disease will be contained and I can be back in Hanoi with all my friends”.