From the MS Counsellors…

Your MS Counsellors, Paula Wilcox, Kirk Jackson and Susan Renaud would like to say “goodbye”!

Kirk is heading back to the UK to continue his counselling career and Paula will remain in Hanoi but will dedicate her time to her new baby girl. Paula and Kirk have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the fantastic UNIS community these past two years and have been so grateful for the opportunity to support UNIS families and be a part of a wonderful team of dedicated professionals. Susan Renaud has been with us for a little while, but her impact on the MS has been immense. She is heading to Bangkok and has loved her short but valuable experience with our UNIS community.

Let’s be an Upstander

Dear Grades 6-9 Parents,

We would like to make you aware of a recent situation regarding an Instagram feed that promises to share gossip and secrets about UNIS Hanoi middle school students.  Having viewed several screen shots, we see that the intent is to ridicule fellow students. As Counsellors, we are sending a very clear message to students about the problems of being a follower (or bystander) and not an upstander.  At the beginning of guidance lessons this week and next, we will remind students of their responsibility to members of the community to step in and support each other by not engaging as followers.
Additionally, we have asked our Technology facilitator, Paul Swanson, to investigate the feed further for more information and to shut this down. 
If you have a chance to discuss with your child this weekend the idea of bystander versus upstander and the importance of being an upstander, it will go a long way to supporting the spirit of the community and UNIS Hanoi MS. 

MS/HS Counselling Corner

This week in Middle School Guidance, counsellors are focusing on the following topics related to character development and accessing success:

Grade 6 – You as a Successful Sixth Grader. – What does it look, feel and sound like to be the best student you can be?  How you can get there in terms of habits and behaviors.

Grade 7 – Understanding how personal interests relate to school and future.  What subjects, areas and activities should I try more of to be better ready for my future?

Grade 8 – Being a Better Person. Reviewing important human, community member values for a modern age, and discussing the best characteristics to use to apply these in everyday life

This week in High School Guidance, counsellors have focused on students undertanding…

Grade 9 – Introduction to Cialfo (replacing Naviance). Grade 9 students have updated their appropriate personal information to register their account and ensured their parents get a registration e-mail. This is in preparation for lessons on knowing and understanding your learning style, character strengths etc.

MS/HS Counselling Team

‘Raising Boys with Love’ Presentation

Thank you to the 30+ parents and UNIS Hanoi colleagues who attended the parent workshop ‘Raising Boys with Love’ on 25 January with the purpose of exploring positive parenting strategies for their teenage boys. It was greatly appreciated that parents shared their challenges and/or positive strategies with one another, the hope being that every parent left the workshop with an additional strategy and/or resource.

If you did not make it on the day or would like to access the presentation, you can read it here.

Grades 6-9 Counselling Corner

Find out what Grades 6-9 have focused on during Counselling classes!

MS Counselling lessons have focused on supporting students to understand their self-identity.  Students have explored the various roles we fulfill in and outside of school which shapes our identity, how our self-identity can change over time and why and how we should accept and celebrate our peers’ identities.

Grade 9 Counselling lessons have focused on understanding (and therefore improving) our ability to self-motivate ourselves for whatever situations come our way. Students have learnt that combining what they love, what they are good at, what they can be paid for and what the world needs can potentially lead to a greater sense of purpose.
Speaking of which, thank you to the 30+ parents and UNIS Hanoi colleagues who attended the parent workshop ‘Raising Boys with Love’ on 25 January with the purpose of exploring positive parenting strategies for their teenage boys. It was greatly appreciated that parents shared their challenges and/or positive strategies with one another, the hope being that every parent left the workshop with an additional strategy and/or resource.
Have a relaxing and enjoyable TET holiday!

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.

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.

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 kjackson@unishanoi.org.

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