MSHS Counselling Corner

I trust that parents will join me in appreciating the efforts of my G6-9 Counsellor colleague, Ms Paula Wilcox and wish her a happy maternity leave.  As much as Paula will be missed, let’s all ensure that the ‘cover’ Counsellor – Ms. Susan Renaud, feels welcomed into our UNIS Hanoi Community. Susan is due to start with us on 7 January and I am looking forward to supporting her transition, and working in partnership with her.    

With regards to dates in your diaries, the MSHS Counselling team will be facilitating a series of parent workshops in 2019 starting on 25 January, whereby we will be focusing on supporting the holistic development of ‘boys to men’.  If parents interested in attending wish to share what objectives they would like from the workshop, please contact me before the 11 January at

G9 Counselling lessons have, focused upon skill building including how to reduce procrastination – a topic which specific students and parents have recently raised with Counsellors.  Middle School Counselling lessons have recently been building upon UN Day, in considering how we embrace that students will be celebrating the upcoming holiday from differing perspectives and cultures. So on this note, l finish by wishing our UNIS community a very joyful December-January break, and the Counselling team looks forward to a successful 2019!

Kirk Jackson
Grade 6 – 9 Counsellor

Makers Club Opening Soon

Are you into robots and apps making? Would you like to create things from cardboard or simply enjoying making things?

Join The Makers Club starting on January 8 at 12.10, room B6-108. The Club will meet every Tuesdays. All Middle School students are free to drop by!

Run for Fun and for School on the Boat

Middle School Fun Run – Friday, 14 December 13.30. Starting on the sports fields.

After lunch on Friday, 14 December, Middle School students and staff will be charging 5km around Ciputra in the annual MS Fun Run. We are also inviting parents who would like to participate or cheer on the runners.

This year, we are calling for runners to run in their most awesome costume. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative and entertaining costumes.Just remember that costumes should be appropriate to the school dress code.

All runners will also be issued with a sponsorship form to fundraise for School on the Boat – an organization that helps disadvantaged children living along the Red River near the Long Bien bridge.

UNIS has an ongoing relationship with School on the Boat, and this year a Grade 8 Service Learning Group are partnering with the NGO throughout the year. So please get behind our Middle School kids to recognise their efforts and support a great cause.

Food and drinks will be on sale after the race, with proceeds also going to School on the Boat. Please bring cash to purchase post-race snacks.

Bringing SDGs Knowledge to the next Level

Over the course of this week, all 7th Grade home bases applied their knowledge of the SDG’s to a better extent. Because this week was SDG week, all 7th graders were attended to by guest speakers that had completed some sort of action related to at least one of the 17 sustainable development goals; this encompassed the G9 students who briefly talked about how they were helping those in rural poverty.

Tod Pollack from the Harvard Medical Center also came to explain how poverty is depriving many Vietnamese citizens of getting the medical aid they need; specifically for HIV which is quite common in rural areas. Another guest speaker talked about NGO work and climate action related to the dangers we are facing and could face in the near future.

The 7th graders then applied what they had learned to fabricate a list of what SDG’s they think are the most and least important. The intentions were, of course, to show how much SDGs are seen in daily life as well as how we can make a difference.

All these guest speakers had made an impact on society in some way which is the path we, 7th graders, should be influenced to follow as a result of identifying the importance in all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Kaylin Slewka

Supporting the SDG’s in Language Acquisition

During the grade 10 1st unit of Advanced French under the theme of “Media and Society”, we explored how “Social & Individual bias can be changed through the creative use of media”.

To do so, we learned how advertising campaigns are made, investigated persuasion and other language features that help us convey messages and convince people. The final product of this unit was a publicity campaign for a SDG of student’s choice.

The results were of excellent quality and deserve being shown.

Here are some of the students’ thoughts and works about the importance of doing this kind of project:

“…these type of projects are important to do in french class because while it helps us expand our french vocabulary it also informs us about real life current events that is happening in our generation. It helps us because these are real life problems and we will be able to discuss it in french”

“this is an important project because it is a fun way for us to learn about the SDGs, and raise awareness about them. We are able to apply our French skills to something that matters in the world around us so that we can make a difference”


And what they’ve learned:

“I was able to develop my skills and practice using language to persuade an audience. I carried out methods that we learned to create an advertisement and also describe one afterwards.”

“I learned new vocabulary words and sentence structures. I also learned about the general attitude toward my topic in the francophone world.”

“I learned about the SDG quality education. I inquired into how this SDG is relevant in francophone countries in Africa. I learned that many children around the world do not have access to a quality education, and I learned many factors as to why, especially in Africa. This project educated me a lot about education related issues, and it also helped me see how I can spread the word and make a difference.”

Parent Teacher Conferences – November 22-23

Dear Middle School Parents,

Following up with our Initial Progress Reports – Quarter 1 recently, we will be holding Parent Teacher Conferences on November 22 and 23.
This is  a wonderful opportunity for you as parents to meet with your child’s teachers to discuss his/her progress in the subjects as well as asking any questions about your child’s experience at school.
The conferences will be on 2 days from 10am until 6pm. Appointments with each teacher are 10 minutes in length. Though this is the formal time for you to meet with teachers, please remember that teachers are available before or after school upon request.
To sign up for the meetings, please follow THIS INSTRUCTION or view this VIDEO TUTORIAL. The sign up is now available on your Veracross on November 13 until November 18.
Please note that this sign up procedure does not apply for Counsellors.  If you would like to set up meeting, please email directly to your child’s Counselor as follow: Ms. Wilcox – or Mr. Jackson –
For any other questions, please feel free to contact our Middle School office at or
Thank you for your support.
Kindest regards,
Marc Vermeire
MS Principal

Middle School Design Classes in Action


We began the year in Grade 6 with a DIY challenge to make a gift for a family member. Students learned how to safely operate multiple tools in the workshop and discovered the importance of creating concept sketches and foam-core prototypes to test their ideas and perfect their measurements. Their final products have been taken home and their process has been documented on a new tool we are testing out in the MS in Design called Seesaw. 


We started our inter-disciplinary learning journey this year with several courses designed to combine knowledge from two MYP subjects. In this course, we coupled the iterative process in Design with the nutritional studies of Physical Health Education. During MasterChef Remix, students learned about the benefits of balancing proteins, carbohydrates and vegetables in their diet to create healthy fusion cuisines. They paired their menus as a group and competed in a multi-staged competition that offered them the chance to improve their dish using the design cycle. In the end, there could be only one group who won, but they all came away with a collective cookbook of their favorite cultural dishes.