Teachers as Leaders!

The High School’s Curriculum Leaders met on Wednesday to do a “deep dive” into the High School’s curriculum.

Teachers, coordinators and administration discussed and debated a number of pedagogical ideas and concepts, such as the IB MYP’s Building Quality Curriculum process, upcoming changes to the IB Diploma Programme, building essential teaching agreements across subject areas, and how to best support students to be successful.

The entire day was driven by our shared to commitment to ensuring that UNIS Hanoi’s students experience excellent learning everyday!

Scott Schaffner
High School Principal

STEAMfest – TOMORROW!

Join us for a day full of exciting activities! Come connect, share ideas and learn how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math come together to form STEAM!!

Who: UNIS Ha Noi MSHS students, staff and families

What: Showcase of STEAM-related work and ideas to celebrate and share

Activities include:

  • 9.00 – 9.30 Opening talk with local STEAM entrepreneur guest speakers
  • 9:30 – 12.00 Variety of STEAM demonstrations and challenges run at booths by MSHS students and staff (Picnic lunch provided)
  • 12.00 – 13.00 Underwater robot obstacle course challenge in pool; Prize raffles and closing slideshow

Where: UNIS Hanoi (B8B & pool)

When: 18 May, 9 AM – 1 PM

Cost: 100k entrance fee for lunch and activities

RSVP: Formal invite will be sent out by 12 Apr, RSVP by 26 Apr

What if I want to present an activity at a booth? Students and staff interested in presenting at STEAMfest should fill out this form.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Email sschneider@unishanoi.org

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.

Last chance to get your Graduation Dinner Tickets!

Dear Class of 2019 students and parents,

Time flies and it’s now time to plan for the last big evening for our students!
The Graduation Dinner is an all family event and we ask all c/o 2019 students and their families join us for one last hurrah!
Please support us by purchasing your tickets early so we as organizer can better make this a fantastic event. All the details are below (translated)
Date: 31 May, 18.30
Where: Hilton Hanoi Opera House Hotel
Price: 950.000 per person
  • Ticket Sales Location: B7 Business office at UNIS (cash only)
  • Purchase tickets between 12 April – 27 May (tickets not available at the door)
  • Choose a table for your party when purchasing tickets
  • Each table sits 10 or 12 people. Empty spots at a table will be filled by faculty.
  • Tickets include a fantastic buffet dinner and a gift for our students.
  • All drinks sold separately.
Questions: Please contact Malin, mniklasson4@gmail.com, 034 4067883
Please show your support by purchasing tickets early!
MUA VÉ TIỆC TỐI BUỔI LỄ TỐT NGHIỆP NGAY HÔM NAY!
  • Thời gian: 18.30 ngày 31 tháng 5, 2019
  • Địa điểm: Khách sạn Hilton Opera Hà Nội
  • Thời gian bán vé: từ ngày 11/4 đến ngày 27/5 tại phòng Kế toán B7-G06 (Không bán vé tại cửa)
  • Giá vé: Vnd 950,000 (chỉ chấp nhận tiền mặt)
  • Được chọn trước chỗ ngồi/ bàn tiệc.
  • Vui lòng mua vé sớm để có thể chọn chỗ ngồi cùng một bàn tiệc.
  • Mỗi bàn tiệc cho từ 10-12 chỗ.
  • Giáo viên sẽ được xếp ngồi vào các chỗ trống còn lại.
  • Mọi thắc mắc vui lòng liên hệ Malin – 0344067883 (mniklasson4@gmail.com)
Rất mong nhận được sự ủng hộ bằng cách mua vé sớm!
  • 날짜: 2019 5 31
  • 시간: 18 30
  • 티켓 판매: 3 11일에서 5 27일까지 B7에 있는 The Business Office에서 판매합니다. (정문에서 판매하지 않습니다.)
  • 티켓 가격: 1인당 950,000 (현금만 가능합니다)
  • 당일 앉을 테이블과 자리를 선택해주세요.
  • 같은 테이블에 앉으시려면 서둘러 티켓을 구매해주시길 바랍니다.
  •  한 테이블에 10-12명 앉으실 수 있습니다.
  •  빈 자리는 교직원이 채울 예정입니다.
  • 질문은 Malin에게 연락주시길 바랍니다번호: 0344067883 
  • 이메일mniklasson4@gmail.com

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.

G12s Complete CAS!

The G12s completed their third and final CAS interviews last week which was their final step in the 18 month journey that is the CAS programme! For the past two years this group has dedicated a significant amount of time and energy in creativity, activity and service experiences.

The CAS programme challenges students to engage in activities that extend off of their personal interests and bolsters their global perspective from a range of experiences outside of the classroom.

Although student initiative and agency is a big part of the programme, they did not accomplish this alone. A big thanks goes to their experience supervisors, G12 mentors/CAS advisors, and the G12 CAS coordinator Mr. Campbell.

To the G12 students, congratulations on your accomplishment! You have served as great representatives of our community through your effort. Furthermore, you have firmly positioned yourselves as role models for the G11s and other future DP students. Good luck with your exams!

Watch this space for future CAS information and student spotlights.

Get Your Graduation Dinner Table Early!

Dear Class of 2019 students and parents,

Time flies and it’s now time to plan for the last big evening for our students!
The Graduation Dinner is an all family event and we ask all c/o 2019 students and their families join us for one last hurrah!
Please support us by purchasing your tickets early so we as organizer can better make this a fantastic event. All the details are below (translated)
Date: 31 May, 18.30
Where: Hilton Hanoi Opera House Hotel
Price: 950.000 per person
  • Ticket Sales Location: B7 Business office at UNIS (cash only)
  • Purchase tickets between 12 April – 27 May (tickets not available at the door)
  • Choose a table for your party when purchasing tickets
  • Each table sits 10 or 12 people. Empty spots at a table will be filled by faculty.
  • Tickets include a fantastic buffet dinner and a gift for our students.
  • All drinks sold separately.
Questions: Please contact Malin, mniklasson4@gmail.com, 034 4067883
Please show your support by purchasing tickets early!
MUA VÉ TIỆC TỐI BUỔI LỄ TỐT NGHIỆP NGAY HÔM NAY!
  • Thời gian: 18.30 ngày 31 tháng 5, 2019
  • Địa điểm: Khách sạn Hilton Opera Hà Nội
  • Thời gian bán vé: từ ngày 11/4 đến ngày 27/5 tại phòng Kế toán B7-G06 (Không bán vé tại cửa)
  • Giá vé: Vnd 950,000 (chỉ chấp nhận tiền mặt)
  • Được chọn trước chỗ ngồi/ bàn tiệc.
  • Vui lòng mua vé sớm để có thể chọn chỗ ngồi cùng một bàn tiệc.
  • Mỗi bàn tiệc cho từ 10-12 chỗ.
  • Giáo viên sẽ được xếp ngồi vào các chỗ trống còn lại.
  • Mọi thắc mắc vui lòng liên hệ Malin – 0344067883 (mniklasson4@gmail.com)
Rất mong nhận được sự ủng hộ bằng cách mua vé sớm!
  • 날짜: 2019 5 31
  • 시간: 18 30
  • 티켓 판매: 3 11일에서 5 27일까지 B7에 있는 The Business Office에서 판매합니다. (정문에서 판매하지 않습니다.)
  • 티켓 가격: 1인당 950,000 (현금만 가능합니다)
  • 당일 앉을 테이블과 자리를 선택해주세요.
  • 같은 테이블에 앉으시려면 서둘러 티켓을 구매해주시길 바랍니다.
  •  한 테이블에 10-12명 앉으실 수 있습니다.
  •  빈 자리는 교직원이 채울 예정입니다.
  • 질문은 Malin에게 연락주시길 바랍니다번호: 0344067883 
  • 이메일mniklasson4@gmail.com

Get your Graduation Dinner Table Early!

Dear Class of 2019 students and parents,

Time flies and it’s now time to plan for the last big evening for our students!
The Graduation Dinner is an all family event and we ask all c/o 2019 students and their families join us for one last hurrah!
Please support us by purchasing your tickets early so we as organizer can better make this a fantastic event. All the details are below (translated)
Date: 31 May, 18.30
Where: Hilton Hanoi Opera House Hotel
Price: 950.000 per person
  • Ticket Sales Location: B7 Business office at UNIS (cash only)
  • Purchase tickets between 12 April – 27 May (tickets not available at the door)
  • Choose a table for your party when purchasing tickets
  • Each table sits 10 or 12 people. Empty spots at a table will be filled by faculty.
  • Tickets include a fantastic buffet dinner and a gift for our students.
  • All drinks sold separately.
Questions: Please contact Malin, mniklasson4@gmail.com, 034 4067883
Please show your support by purchasing tickets early!
MUA VÉ TIỆC TỐI BUỔI LỄ TỐT NGHIỆP NGAY HÔM NAY!
  • Thời gian: 18.30 ngày 31 tháng 5, 2019
  • Địa điểm: Khách sạn Hilton Opera Hà Nội
  • Thời gian bán vé: từ ngày 11/4 đến ngày 27/5 tại phòng Kế toán B7-G06 (Không bán vé tại cửa)
  • Giá vé: Vnd 950,000 (chỉ chấp nhận tiền mặt)
  • Được chọn trước chỗ ngồi/ bàn tiệc.
  • Vui lòng mua vé sớm để có thể chọn chỗ ngồi cùng một bàn tiệc.
  • Mỗi bàn tiệc cho từ 10-12 chỗ.
  • Giáo viên sẽ được xếp ngồi vào các chỗ trống còn lại.
  • Mọi thắc mắc vui lòng liên hệ Malin – 0344067883 (mniklasson4@gmail.com)
Rất mong nhận được sự ủng hộ bằng cách mua vé sớm!
  • 날짜: 2019 5 31
  • 시간: 18 30
  • 티켓 판매: 3 11일에서 5 27일까지 B7에 있는 The Business Office에서 판매합니다. (정문에서 판매하지 않습니다.)
  • 티켓 가격: 1인당 950,000 (현금만 가능합니다)
  • 당일 앉을 테이블과 자리를 선택해주세요.
  • 같은 테이블에 앉으시려면 서둘러 티켓을 구매해주시길 바랍니다.
  •  한 테이블에 10-12명 앉으실 수 있습니다.
  •  빈 자리는 교직원이 채울 예정입니다.
  • 질문은 Malin에게 연락주시길 바랍니다번호: 0344067883 
  • 이메일mniklasson4@gmail.com

Update about 2019-20 Schedules and Courses

Student Courses requests for 2019-20

The high school counsellors have finished meeting with all current Grade 10 students planning to enter Grade 11 at UNIS Hanoi in 2019-20. Course requests are currently being checked for conflicts in the 2019-20 schedule and around mid-May students and parents will receive notice from the DP Coordinator and counsellors of the confirmed courses.

Global Online Academy Courses during iBlock

UNIS Hanoi continues to look for ways to provide opportunities for students to pursue interests, and to enrich and extend their skills. Next year, thirteen students have requested and have successfully completed enrollment requirements to study an online course during iBlock with Global Online Academy (GOA). Courses our students will be studying next year include:

  • Computer Science I: Computational Thinking
  • International Relations
  • Medical Problem Solving I
  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Fiction Writing
  • Gender Studies
  • Arabic Language through Culture I
  • Japanese: Language through Culture I

The high school selected Global Online Academy (GOA) to join because of the quality and thoughtful approach they take to structuring and supporting students. Global Online Academy (GOA), is a non-profit organization that provides modern, global, online learning opportunities for students in an international network of independent schools. View the list of member schools.

GOA hosts an annual online student conference as a way for students to share their learning and action with a global audience. The Catalyst Conference starts on 3 May and is open to the public. While UNIS Hanoi students are invited to view and respond to presentations this year, we hope to see many UNIS Hanoi students sharing projects in the years to come.