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

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

From the MS Counsellors!

…Six weeks has flown by! There has been a lot of excitement at UNIS Hanoi as all the Grades have been getting ready for Trip Week.

Much of our work in Counselling classes with our Grade 6-8 students has been to help develop skills that will contribute to a successful trip experience. We have focused on team building and inclusion, group roles and successful collaboration as well as provided opportunities for Middle School students to express their worries regarding the trip experience.

Grade 9 students have been working on group roles and successful collaboration, including building trust in their counselling groups. We have also been exploring time management and organisation, which is especially important now that they have entered High School.

Another warm welcome to our new families. Our new students are settling in well so far and we will be meeting with them as a group shortly after trip week. If you are new to UNIS Hanoi and feel that your child is in need of support, please don’t hesitate to bring this to our attention. We are here to ensure that all new students have a smooth transition to the school.

Please find some time to chat to your child about their experiences at school and in counselling class. If you have any questions regarding our programme, please don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Wilcox ( and Mr. Jackson (

Parenting Talks with the MS/HS Counsellors

Once a month, the MS/HS Counselling team will design a workshop to share with our parent community.  These topics range from the social/emotional spectrum of adolescent issues to the academic and co-curricular life of our UNIS Hanoi students. This workshops are constructed in a way to help promote an awareness for our parent community and create a partnership between the school and home environment. We value this time as we are able to share our perspectives as school counsellors at UNIS Hanoi with our parent community and offer continued support, when needed. Parents are always welcome to schedule individual appointments with their child’s counsellor at any point during the school year.  

Beginning in September, we will be offering to our parent community our Digital Awareness Series of Workshops. Paul Swanson, the MS/HS Tech Coordinator will co-present each workshop alongside the counsellors. Beginning in December, we would like to offer our MS/HS Parenting Talks around topics that our parents feel would be most beneficial. Please complete this Form

  • September 21 – Understanding the iGen
  • October 19 – Parent Resources – Balancing Technology in the Digital Age
  • November 23 – Cyberbullying

Come meet our MS/HS Counselling Team! You can find your child’s assigned counsellor in Veracross listed as “Advisor”

Mr. Kirk Jackson – Grades 6-9

Ms. Paula Wilcox – Grades 6-9

Ms. Casey Nolen Jackson – Grade 10 -12

Ms. Brenda Manfredi – Grade 10 -12