TOK Knowledge Seminars: Understanding how we learn & how we know

Year 1 ToK students have begun their TOK Knowledge Seminar process. The purpose of the TOK Knowledge Seminar Process is for participants to examine, evaluate & understand the role that the ways of knowing play in knowing, the production, consumption & evaluation of knowledge & the questions raised by the ongoing relationship between shared & personal knowledge.

Each participant individually takes on the role of a Knowledge Rapporteur. (Rapporteur- someone chosen by an organisation to prepare reports of meetings or to investigate and report on a problem, in this case a WOK) with the goal to develop answers to the following questions as part of their investigation and discussion.

Along the way, students have been asking their subject area teachers for some suggestions about specific Real Life Situations!

These presentations are not about transmission; they are about dialogue & discussion.

Everyone is invited & Knowledge Seminars are taking place over the next two weeks in B5 G20, G21 & G29.

Come & share in the production of knowledge!

DP Business Management IAs in the books: Now down to business…

We handed in our DP Business Management Internal Assessments this week and are now getting down to business, specifically Operations Management (OpMan) business.

OpMan ties together the main business management concepts (business organisation, human resource management, finance and accounts, marketing) we have been learning and it is best explored through case studies.

Thinking about our commitment to the mission of the Sustainable Development Goals, we began our inquiry into OpMan with a look at John Elkington’s “Three Pillars of Sustainability” and all of our case studies (McDonalds, Nestle, Vinmart…) are evaluated using sustainability as a major measure.

Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve added more to the analysis of our case studies including production methods, quality management, reaserch and development and crisis management.

Many of us used our work on this unit to improve our IAs!

This Friday, we will present and discuss our case studies.

BizMan meets in B5 G29 – invest some of your time with us

Jae Chan Lee

An Engaging Week of Discussion in IBDP Global Politics

It has been a busy week in IBDP Global Politics, with a variety of interesting GPS Institute of Foreign Affairs (GIFA) presentations and an ongoing discussion of sovereignty.

Two GIFA rapporteurs gave informative presentations related to human rights in China, one being about the one-child policy and the other about the Chinese organ market. Both raised questions about responsible sovereignty and human rights which resulted in lively discussions. Students also participated in discourse following a GIFA presentation about Germany’s role in the Paris Climate Agreement, a relevant topic as 2020 approaches.

Throughout the week, students were engaged in group discussions of sovereignty. With one facilitator moderating each group, students had the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the key concepts to their peers. They compared and contrasted the ideas of sovereignty and self-determination, and were able to relate these terms to this week’s fitting GIFA presentations. Students were also able to discuss the results of their research on a particular GPS theorist, including Ernest Gellner and Machiavelli.

In upcoming classes, students will be analysing school constitutions and beginning to look at human rights in more depth.

From the High School Counsellors’

Dear UNIS Parents & Community,

Grade 12 students should be meeting regularly with one of the counselors. Ms. Manfredi is actively working with students on-line and Mr. Cifizzari is meeting with students in the office. All students are always welcome to contact either counsellor.

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

How to Be a Strength-Based Parent – By Lea Waters (October 2, 2018)
By focusing on our children’s strengths, we can help them flourish—and stop being so critical and worried.

GRADE LEVEL UPDATE

Grade 12 update

United StatesEarly Action (EA)/Early Decision (ED) deadlines are quickly approaching. Students should be meeting/communicating with their counsellor.

  • Counsellors continue to read and provide support on student essays and personal statements which are needed in several countries’ application processes.
  • We require a minimum of two working weeks for processing applications. This means that if you send your application materials to a university- the counseling office will need two working weeks to send out documentation after they are sent out.
  • All applications with a December 10- January 15 deadline or earlier must be completed by December 1.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 11 update

  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.
  • The university/country research process has begun in our counselling classes.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 10 update

  • Students have begun the Course Request process for Grades 11 and 12 during their counselling classes.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 9 update

  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal mkamal@unihanoi.org

 

TESTING

The ACT’s/SAT’s can only be taken by Grade 11 & 12 UNIS Hanoi students. Please see below for more information including testing dates for 2019-2020.

PSAT Results arrive in early December.

SAT – Important:
College Board has taken extra security measure in test taker fraud.  If a student receives an email from the College Board to complete a survey or questionnaire, please do NOT ignore the email. It must be completed. Failure to do the survey would result in the student being removed from the test center roster and forbidden to take the exam that they have registered for.

Please note that this is a random selection process, and students do not need to panic if they do not get an email. We would like to remind students to check their junk inbox in case the College Board emails get delivered there by accident. Any questions, please see your counsellor!

International testing dates for the SAT are in October, December, March, and May. SAT Subject Tests will be available in October, November, December, May, and June. Students cannot sit the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests on the same day. If you have any questions, please see your counsellor.

SAT test dates for 2019-2020 are:

SAT Test Dates

  • Dec 7, 2019
  • March 14, 2020
  • May 2, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • Feb 14, 2020
  • April 3, 2020

SAT Subject Test Dates:    

  • Nov 2, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • May 2, 2020
  • June 6, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • N/A
  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • April 3, 2020
  • N/A

** Please note that language tests with the listening component can only be taken on the November date.

The College Board website is www.collegeboard.org

ACT Test dates 2019-2020 are:

ACT Test Date:

  • December 14, 2019
  • April 4, 2020
  • June 13, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • November 8, 2019
  • February 28, 2020
  • May 8, 2020

 

UPCOMING UNIVERSITY VISITS

Please check the calendars for the most up to date list of visitors.

Extended Essay and Senior Project A Celebration for Grade 12 and a Launch for Grade 11

The Grade 12 students have reached a milestone in completing all the requirements of the Extended Essay or Senior Project. This is a graduation requirement for all UNIS students. This sustained piece of academic research saw the students write on a broad range of topics. Drop by the library to see some of the questions that the students spent nearly a year researching and writing.

The Grade 11 students had an opportunity to learn from the Grade 12 students. Armed with a series of questions such as Other than time management, what were the challenges that you faced in completing the EE/SP? And What was the most interesting part of the EE/SP? The students went on the hunt to find out about the research process and what the next year of research and writing will look like for them as a student. After hearing from the Grade 12 students Grade 11 participated in a series of workshops on the EE/SP process, reflection in the EE/SP as well as an exciting opportunity to address some of the global problems in the world through the World Studies Essay. The students will have until early December to decide on a subject area for the EE/SP. If you know one of the G11 students please engage them in conversation, ask them about what the global issues that they are passionate about and what to research. 

Sovereignty in Global Politics Class

Last Monday the school celebrated a wonderful UN day full of waving flags and a mixing pot of cultures making for a truly momentous day. But for global politics class  this made for a very insightful and pertinent discussion topic throughout the week. Especially due to how recently in class we have been delving deep into the key topic of sovereignty and what truly makes a country a country. The week started off with an intriguing discussion points focusing on a shift in perspectives while looking at an issue. We used UN Day as a frame in order to peer into the concept of sovereignty in more detail. A very robust conversation was had about many hot button topics in today’s society such as the Kurdish and Hong Kong issue which all relate back to the concept of sovereignty.

By the end of the discussion people all walked away with a different understanding of sovereignty than before. Sovereignty to us is now a lot more complex. The term itself is described as a nation states independence and control over its territory and ability to govern itself and its people. However, there are different forms of sovereignty such as absolute sovereignty or relative sovereignty and sovereignty on different scales such as individual, group, organisation and corporate and although our understanding has been broadened immensely.  We as a class still have much more to learn about this topic in the coming weeks.

Deep Dive into the Economics Concept ‘Elasticity”

From October 14 to 20, our economics class had 3 classes on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Recently, we are mainly learning about elasticity. To start off, the definition of elasticity is following the law of demand where more of a good will be bought the lower its price, and less will be bought the higher its price, ceteris paribus. Also, measures the effect a change in some factor has on the supply and demand of a good. Furthermore, it shows the relationship between the % change in the quantity demanded and the % change in the price of a good.

Mr Anagnost gave a group task to create a 7-minute workshop that explains elasticity, the significance of price elasticity of demand and includes a relevant & recent case study / real-world example. It will be a significant chance for students to make themselves able to introduce and explain specific topics collaboratively with teammates.

G11 Economics: The Effects of Increasing Chile’s Metro Fare

During the previous week, students from Mr. Anagnost’s Grade 11 Economics class explored the concept of elasticity. This week, our next UEF rapporteur Stella led a discussion on the effects of the recent increase in Chile’s metro fares, effectively tying in this real life situation with elasticity, as well as other economic concepts formerly introduced in class such as the law of demand, determinants of demand, and how these simple economic models may not be enough when it comes to modelling real life.

Stella’s research question was: “How did the increase in Chile’s metro fare lead to huge chaos?”. With the help of some supporting graphs and photos, she talked about the protests that occurred as a response to the increased metro fares, as it takes up 20% of the average person’s income (which is averaged around 800 USD/month). And true to the law of demand, as the price increased and the income stayed the same, the demand for the metro decreased. In fact, this change caused further uproar among several citizens who protested by causing damage to the metro stations.

Some very interesting questions were raised, such as “What can the government do as a solution?”, “Why are they not decreasing the price?”, “Why is the government doing this?”, “What are the possible substitutes?”.

Thank you Stella for a great UEF topic!

From the High School Counsellors’

With UN Day quickly approaching, It has been a great opportunity to see so many students and staff reflect on the UNIS Hanoi Mission statement and the corresponding Values. As we move forward in the coming period, please know that both Mr Cifizzari and Ms Manfredi are both available to support students. Ms Manfredi is actively working with students on-line and Mr Cifizzari is meeting with students in the office. All students are always welcome to contact either counsellor.

As the western holiday of Halloween approaches, the counselling department would like to share news that was shared with us. We cannot vouch for the veracity of this report, but thought it is important to share with you.

There is allegedly a new kind of drug that smells and tastes like candy and/or chocolate, but they are recreational drugs. Please see photo:

There has been no indication that UNIS Hanoi students have encountered these drugs. We always feel it is best to keep parents aware and vigilant. In November, a well respected educational organisation, Freedom From Chemical Dependency (FCD) will be making it’s bi-annual visit to UNIS Hanoi to continue to further educate students regarding preventative strategies and gauge issues in the general Hanoi area. FCD is used by several of the international schools in Asia and globally and is well respected. UNIS Hanoi has historically brought FCD in to speak and meet with students every other year and is not coming in reaction to the above mentioned report.

GRADE LEVEL UPDATE

Grade 12 update

United StatesEarly Action (EA)/Early Decision (ED) deadlines are quickly approaching. Students should be meeting/communicating with their counsellor.

  • Counsellors continue to read and provide support on student essays and personal statements which are needed in several countries’ application processes.
  • We require a minimum of two working weeks for processing applications. This means that if you send your application materials to a university- the counseling office will need two working weeks to send out documentation after they are sent out.
  • All applications with a December 10- January 15 deadline or earlier must be completed by December 1.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 11 update

  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.
  • The university/country research process has begun in our counselling classes.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 10 update

  • Students will begin the Course Request process for Grades 11 and 12 during their counselling classes.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 9 update

  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal mkamal@unihanoi.org

 

TESTING

The ACT’s/SAT’s can only be taken by Grade 11 & 12 UNIS Hanoi students. Please see below for more information including testing dates for 2019-2020.

PSAT Results arrive in early December.

SAT – Important:
College Board has taken extra security measure in test taker fraud.  If a student receives an email from the College Board to complete a survey or questionnaire, please do NOT ignore the email. It must be completed. Failure to do the survey would result in the student being removed from the test center roster and forbidden to take the exam that they have registered for.

Please note that this is a random selection process, and students do not need to panic if they do not get an email. We would like to remind students to check their junk inbox in case the College Board emails get delivered there by accident. Any questions, please see your counsellor!

International testing dates for the SAT are in October, December, March, and May. SAT Subject Tests will be available in October, November, December, May, and June. Students cannot sit the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests on the same day. If you have any questions, please see your counsellor.

SAT test dates for 2019-2020 are:

SAT Test Dates

  • Dec 7, 2019
  • March 14, 2020
  • May 2, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • Feb 14, 2020
  • April 3, 2020

SAT Subject Test Dates:    

  • Nov 2, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • May 2, 2020
  • June 6, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • N/A
  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • April 3, 2020
  • N/A

** Please note that language tests with the listening component can only be taken on the November date.

The College Board website is www.collegeboard.org

ACT Test dates 2019-2020 are:

ACT Test Date:

  • December 14, 2019
  • April 4, 2020
  • June 13, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • November 8, 2019
  • February 28, 2020
  • May 8, 2020

 

UPCOMING UNIVERSITY VISITS

Please check the calendars for the most up to date list of visitors.

Tuesday, October 22
Time: 11.05 – 11.55

Location: Courtyard outside HS Counselling Center B5 G04

Fairfield University
Strong Business and Engineering Programmes. Close to New York City. Suburban Traditional Campus. 1Km from the beach. Liberal arts core curriculum. Some full tuition scholarships available for students from international high schools.

George Mason University Korea 
Unparalleled Education
Provides quality education through diverse academic environments and interactions with world-class faculty. Mason’s faculty is comprised of renowned global leaders and experts, including former executives, Nobel Prize winners, and many more.

Seoul National University
Presentation in B8b 116 @ 11:05-11:55

The mission of Seoul National University in the twenty-first century is to create a vibrant intellectual community where students and scholars join together in building the future. As Korea’s leading research university, Seoul National University is committed to diversifying its student body and faculty, fostering global exchange, and promoting path-breaking research in all fields of knowledge.

For more information please contact Ms. Ha Phan – HS Guidance Secretary at hsguidancesec@unishanoi.org.