Meet Our New Middle School Counsellor

Hello UNIS Hanoi Middle School!

I am delighted to have begun my time covering for cover for Ms. Paula Wilcox for the second half of the academic year as a middle school counsellor.  Returning to my educational roots in middle school is most exciting, and with the welcoming help from Mr. Kirk Jackson, and the entire Middle School team, I look forward to being a part of the UNIS Hanoi school community.  

I have most recently come from the International School of Dakar, where I covered a HS counselling maternity leave.  Prior to that I worked at the International School of Kuala Lumpur as a teacher and a high school counsellor. I have lived and worked in various parts of Asia for over the past 25 years, so it is great to be ‘home’ again.

As a counsellor, I love that every day is different; no matter what I have on my agenda, it can all change based on the energy, interaction and needs of students. I enjoy the insights into people and reality that happens in counselling when working with students, their families and teachers. Through guidance lessons, roaming the corridors and drop in meetings, I look forward to meeting Middle School students and parents. Contact me at srenaud@unishanoi.org.

Susan Renaud

Raising Boys with Love – Parenting Talks with MSHS Counsellors

When it comes to parenting, do we need to treat our boys and girls differently? On what basis? What are our cultural perceptions and expectations of boys? What does research tells us?  What do our male students tell us they need? MSHS Counsellors will share practical information which can help support the holistic development from ‘boys to men’.

Parents to boys in middle and high school should attend this workshop if they …

  • Would like to share their concerns and/or strategies with other parents and the MSHS Counselling team.
  • Appreciate practical suggestions and information as to how they can support their child/children navigate through adolescence.

For questions, please contact the kjackson@unishanoi.org.

If you wish to attend, please complete the registration form.

Semester 1 MSHS Arts Exhibition – January 14-30

Come explore the amazing work done by our Grades 6-10 students during their Art classes in Semester 1.

This exhibition demonstrate different visual art techniques in a variety of different subjects. While the 6th graders created images using both their drawing and digital media from their Cuc Phuong field trip, grade 7 chose to look into history, folklore and literature to create Mythical Creature Prints. Grade 8 artists are excited with their Artist Trading Cards inspired by their lives in Hanoi that they created during the unit ‘It’s Not What you Draw, It’s How You Draw It’.  You will be blown away with Grade 9’s thought-provoking artworks as they created new images by appropriating and reworking existing artworks. And finally Grade 10 students will treat our eyes with a series of stunning self-portraits which are rich in personal symbolism but also communicate with a wider audience.

See you in the Centre for the Arts next week!

MYP Parent Information Sessions

Dear Parents of MYP students,

You are invited to attend our Semester two MYP information sessions. There are two different types of sessions which are designed to support our parents in developing a deeper understanding of the MYP here at UNIS Hanoi.  These are a repeat of sessions offered earlier in the year.

 

Session 1 is on January 22, 18:30 – 19:30 in the Community Room (B7-104). This is a MYP Information evening with presentation and Q&A session. During the session, we will cover

  • What is the MYP?
  • How does my child learn?
  • How does grading work?
  • Key and related concepts, Assessment, Inquiry

Session 2 is on January 29, 08:30 – 10:00 in the Community Room (B7-104). Different from session 1, this second session is a MYP interactive workshop with example classroom activities following by a Q&A session. Parents will also have the possibility to walk around MYP classroom, learn more about Global Contexts, Atls skills, and the IB Learner Profiles.

Please register your attendance using this sign up form

For more information please contact:  Daniel Cooper at mypcoordinator@unishanoi.org

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MYP i-Block Exploration Exhibition

Quench your imagination at the Quarter 1 MYP I-Block Exploration Exhibition. MSHS Exploratory Ceramics classes have explored working with clay, hand-building and glazing. Meanwhile, Grades 7 and 8 Exploratory Digital Photography have explored composition and digital editing using Adobe Photoshop. The MS Exploratory Animate! inquired into visually communicating a story through stop motion animation techniques.

Counselling Corner: What students have been focusing on?

As Middle School Counsellors we are so fortunate to work with such wonderful young people! UNIS Hanoi students are happy, respectful and engaged, but inevitably issues do sometimes arise as they learn to navigate adolescence and manage their peer relationships.

To support this process, Counselling lessons from Grade 6-8 have focused on positive social interactions, defining and managing bullying, as well as encouraging upstanding behavior. Please don’t hesitate to engage in conversations with your child about their social interactions at school. If you have any concerns, please contact us.

Grade 9 is beginning the 4 year post-high-school planning process with self-exploration and identifying their interests and priorities. Please take a look at your child’s ‘Digital Collage’. They have also focused on some of their Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills, such as self-management, communication and collaboration.

Our upcoming ‘Parenting Talk’ with the MS/HS counselors will take place on the 23rd November and the topic for this will be ‘Cyberbullying’. Our MS students have completed a survey, sharing their perspectives on Bullying at UNIS Hanoi and this will form the basis of the presentation. We hope you will be able to join us!

The MS Counsellors – Kirk Jackson & Paula Wilcox

Parent Series: Understanding the Middle Years Programme

All grade 6 – 10 parents are invited to attend the Middle Years Programme (MYP) parent session- part 2 focusing on ‘Applying the MYP’. The session will begin at 8.30 in the Community Room (B7). Please register here
Applying the MYP is a hands-on workshop where parents will be engaged in activities to acquire a deeper understanding of how the MYP works in practice!
  1. How do students engage with assessment rubrics?
  2. Example of developing conceptual understanding.
  3. The explicit teaching of ATL skills
  4. Spend a short time in 2 different MYP classrooms then debrief what we see.

If you were unable to attend the part 1 session – ‘What is the MYP’ – which gives you basic understanding of the MYP concepts, please make sure to register for the next one coming up on January 22. The part 2 – Appyling the MYP will also be repeated on January 29.

What is the MYP (Jan 22) Is a lecture based talk designed to give you basic understanding of the MYP concepts and language surround our curriculum.

  1. What is conceptual learning / understanding?
  2. What is the purpose of the statement of inquiry and inquiry questions?
  3. What does learning in context mean? – (global contexts)
  4. Assessment in the MYP – How does criterion based assessment work?
  5. formative and summative assessment
  6. Approaches to Learning Skills (ATLs)
 Questions? Contact MYP Coordinator, Daniel Cooper: mypcoordinator@unishanoi.org
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Understanding the Middle Years Programmes Curriculum – Parent Info Sessions

All grade 6 – 10 parents are invited to attend this 2-part parent series focusing on teaching parents about the Middle Years Programme. Please register here
What is the MYP (Oct 23 / Jan 22) Is a lecture based talk designed to give you basic understanding of the MYP concepts and language surround our curriculum.
  1. What is conceptual learning / understanding?
  2. What is the purpose of the statement of inquiry and inquiry questions?
  3. What does learning in context mean? – (global contexts)
  4. Assessment in the MYP – How does criterion based assessment work?
  5. formative and summative assessment
  6. Approaches to Learning Skills (ATLs)
Applying the MYP (Nov 6 / Jan 29)  is a hands-on workshop where parents will be engaged in activities to acquire a deeper understanding of how the MYP works in practice!
  1. How do students engage with assessment rubrics?
  2. Example of developing conceptual understanding.
  3. The explicit teaching of ATL skills
  4. Spend a short time in 2 different MYP classrooms then debrief what we see.
These sessions are created to build on each other and will also be repeated in semester 2 if you are unable to make these events (Jan 22 and Jan 29).
Questions? Contact MYP Coordinator, Daniel Cooper: mypcoordinator@unishanoi.org
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Show your Phoenix Pride on Spirit Week

The Spirit Week will be taking place next week from October 22-25. Middle school and High School students will have a great week of fun and show their phoenix pride by dressing up theme each day. An activity is happening at lunch time everyday with a cool prize.

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MYP Parent Information Series

All grade 6 – 10 parents are invited to attend this 2-part parent series focusing on teaching parents about the Middle Years Programme. Please register here
What is the MYP (Oct 23 / Jan 22) Is a lecture based talk designed to give you basic understanding of the MYP concepts and language surround our curriculum.
  1. What is conceptual learning / understanding?
  2. What is the purpose of the statement of inquiry and inquiry questions?
  3. What does learning in context mean? – (global contexts)
  4. Assessment in the MYP – How does criterion based assessment work?
  5. formative and summative assessment
  6. Approaches to Learning Skills (ATLs)
Applying the MYP (Nov 6 / Jan 29)  is a hands-on workshop where parents will be engaged in activities to acquire a deeper understanding of how the MYP works in practice!
  1. How do students engage with assessment rubrics?
  2. Example of developing conceptual understanding.
  3. The explicit teaching of ATL skills
  4. Spend a short time in 2 different MYP classrooms then debrief what we see.
These sessions are created to build on each other and will also be repeated in semester 2 if you are unable to make these events (Jan 22 and Jan 29).
Questions? Contact MYP Coordinator, Daniel Cooper: mypcoordinator@unishanoi.org
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