Parent Student Teacher Conferences – 19 April

Dear High School Parents,

We are looking forward to Parent Student Teacher Conferences on April 19.

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 – 11. Students in grade 12 will have their regular classes on that day. 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 date will be on Friday, 19 April, 10.00-14.00.

Conference registration and sign-ups will open online through Veracross on Wednesday, April 10 and close on Wednesday, April 17.

Please look out for further instructions to register for conferences from the High School Office.

Glenda Baker
HS Deputy Principal

When UNIS New York and UNIS Ha Noi Give Their Helping Hands

A group of visiting students from UNIS New York joined the Helping Hands Group last week on a visit to Sapa.

Having run rice and clothing drives during the early part of the year, UNIS students (with the help of students from NY) delivered the rice to two ethnic minority primary schools in Sa Pa (Sin Chai School and Sa Seng School) and held a jumble sale at Sa Seng School. In addition, students from UNIS Ha Noi and New York collaborated to deliver an art and craft class with the primary school students in Sin Chai and distributed reading books purchased through funding from the SCO and Birthday Gift Fund.

Nick Whatley, MYP/DP English language & Literature teacher who works with the Helping Hands service group commended that the attitude and behaviour of the students from the two school during the Sapa trip was exemplary.

The group was also accompanied by Mr. Thong from IT Office who supported them as they carried out essential maintenance on the laptop computers loaned to Sin Chai School at the end of the last academic year.
Well done to one and all!!!

Parent Workshop: Grading in High School

On Tuesday, March 19, close to 40 High School (HS) parents attended a workshop about grading in the HS. The workshop was interactive and “hands-on” where parents were asked to describe “hopes and dreams” about grading in the HS, as well as analysing the HS’s important document: HS Reporting and Evidence of Learning.

The workshop addressed some of the questions and concerns surrounding grading in the HS such as:

  • There is no Grade Point Average (GPA) in the HS
  • The IB publishes Grade Descriptors, Markbands, and Criteria Rubrics that teachers use to assign scores (ie. grades)
  • Teachers should always be able to give students feedback about how they can improve their academic performance
  • Grades and student learning do not have to be mutually exclusive
  • “Authentic” learning tasks have some element of “real-life” learning to them, sometimes related to who the audience will be (ie. students write an article – just as a journalist would – and a real-life journalist gives the student feedback)
  • Every student’s university/college admissions process is unique. Parents need to converse with their daughter/son’s counsellor early and often.

Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions that you may have about teaching and learning in the HS:

Grade 11 Exams

Dear Grade 11 Parents,

I am writing to share information about the Grade 11 Exams which take place over three days from Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 March.

The primary purpose of the Grade 11 Exams is to provide students with some experience of taking written assessments in a formal setting. This will be of value as they progress towards their IB final examinations in May 2020. The Grade 11 Exams will take place in the new rooms above the canteen (B8b 115-8). This is the same location that we will use for the IB final examinations. We will run the exams according to the IBO exam regulations.

Following the Grade 11 Exams, students will receive feedback and a mark from each of their teachers. However, student performance in these exams will not have a major impact on their high school transcript. At UNIS Hanoi, report grades are based on the latest and most consistent fit between all evidence of learning. The Grade 11 Exams simply provide one more piece of evidence of student learning, together with all of the other assessments that they will undertake this academic year.

You can find the exam schedule HERE.  We have spent some time to review the IBO exam regulations with the students. Every Grade 11 student will sit one exam for each subject that they study (except for DP Film, DP Theatre and DP Visual Art). Exams will be up to 90 minutes in duration. Students will not be required to attend regular classes from Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 March.

If you have any questions regarding the purpose of the Grade 11 Exams please do not hesitate to reach me in the DP Coordinator’s office, or contact me by e-mail at .

Elliott Cannell

MS/HS Sports Day – March 29

This year’s middle and high school sports day will take place on the afternoon of March 29 from 11:45 to 15.25. This event is a wonderful opportunity for our students to unwind from a busy portion of the school year as they participate in a range of fun activities in their house groups.  The schedule for March 29 is included below.

The UNIS Hanoi Math Team Came Home with Pride

On March 4, the twelve UNIS Hanoi students from the South East Asia Math Competition (SEAMC) team returned to Hanoi with several medals and 4 Golden ticket invitations to the World Mathematics Championships hosted at the University of Melbourne.

In early March, 7th -9th grade UNIS Hanoi students traveled to Ho Chi Minh City to participate in two intense and fun filled days of mathematical challenges hosted at the International School of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The students worked hard in preparation for the big event, meeting with their math coaches after school on Fridays to practice their math skills and strategies. There were rounds of code breaking, lightning, duel, pursuit, open, mathematician, and more! Some rounds required teamwork and other rounds required knowledge itself. Each team also gave a three minute presentation at the event based on what inspired them about mathematics in the natural world.

Overall the SEAMC students were challenged, had a great learning experience, had loads of fun doing mathematics, and had a lot of success on the international stage.

Grade 10 Personal Project Exhibition

On March 5, we held the Personal Project Exhibition, a celebration of our Grade 10 students’ Personal Project. During the Exhibition, the Grade 10 students discussed their own personal journey and displayed their final products to the UNIS Hanoi community. The evening was a celebration of our students’ journey, a journey almost a full year in the making—a journey defined by personal passions and intellectual independence.

The evening began with a roundtable discussion, where each student shared their project process and learning with their family and teachers. After the roundtable, the Exhibition moved upstairs to the Ly Thai To Learning Centre, where the students proudly exhibited their final products.

From a student-designed telescope, to novels, to social action, to a full music album, to a model plane, to a treatise on moral philosophy, to an onion-infuse pollution mask, our Grade 10 students’ Personal Projects revealed a passion for independent learning and growth.

Enjoy the photo specials from the exhibition: