As we continue this fourth quarter with our Distance Learning Programme, we also look forward to next year. Planning for the 2020-21 school year is already underway! Our current Grade 10s have already submitted requests for courses in Grade 11, and in the coming weeks we will begin to share with Grade 8s and 9s more about the learning opportunities they will be offered in the High School next year.
Upcoming information sessions for students and important dates:
April 10 – Grade 8s and Grade 9s receive Grade Level screencasts about Course Requests
April 13 – 16 – In Homebase meetings, Mentors will be talking with G8s and G9s about their Elective & iBlock requests
April 17 – Elective Course Request forms close
Parents are encouraged to watch the Grade Level screencast so they can discuss their student’s elective course requests with them prior to the submission date: Friday April 17.
Year-Long electives in High School
UNIS Hanoi is very proud of the skills and talents that students develop through the many arts, design, and now STEAM courses we offer. For Grade 9-10s, the MYP offers greater flexibility within the programme which affords students the opportunity to pursue interests and focus for a full year by requesting two elective courses. Students are able to request from nine different courses below:
Invent & engineering
iBlock: Putting ‘I’ into learning
Another way UNIS Hanoi provides opportunities for high school students to pursue interests and explore contemporary topics is through iBlock. Students in the IB MYP are required to undertake one unit each year that is interdisciplinary in nature (IDU). To fulfill this expectation, students are able to request from a range of collaboratively designed semester-long HS Interdisciplinary courses. HS Courses next year will include:
- Finance and Investment,
- Vietnamese Language and Culture,
- Is the Future Post Human? I am a documentary maker,
- Ancient Ceramics,
- Life After War.
Explorations courses are designed to provide students with opportunities for enrichment and extension in areas of personal interest with a common focus on developing important skills like communication, social, research, self-management, thinking skills. New courses next year will include Athletic Training and Sports Medicine and E-Sports.
Global Online Academy
Over twenty UNIS Hanoi students took Global Online Academy courses this year. Grade 10s are able to request to take a GOA course as part of their iBlock schedule. Students interested in a GOA course will be asked to complete some additional items as part of their request process.
Global Online Academy believes connecting students around the globe to explore topics they’re passionate about is the next frontier of learning. Building a network of students like you helps us build bridges, share ideas, and foster global citizenry. Courses are dynamic, rigorous, and fun. Expect to learn how to use technology to express yourself, to make global connections. (Global Online Academy Student and Parent Handbook.)
Some of the exciting topics covered by GOA courses that may be of interest to our students include:
Applying Philosophy to global issues
Climate change and Global inequality
Genocide and Human rights
Computer Science Computational thinking
Game design and development
iOS App Design
Parents and students can explore the GOA site and course catalogue here. NB: Grade 10 students do not need to register for GOA courses themselves. They do need to make a request on the UNIS Hanoi Request Form.
If you have any questions about the Elective Course Request process please feel free to reach out. Next week there will be an update about 2020-21 Math and Language.
HS Deputy Principal