Art Collaboration between Hanoi and New York City

Sharing artwork creates a dialogue about who you are and where you are from: An Art Collaboration between Hanoi and New York City

Early this school year Grade 8 artists created small Artist Trading Cards that were inspired by our city, Hanoi. These cards were used to inspire larger compositions and were sent to Grade 8 students at UNIS New York. In exchange, grade 8 artists in New York sent us mixed media linoleum print portraits. Grade 8 students on both sides of the world enjoyed considering the media and composition and reading what the artist wrote about the art piece.  Some students have become art pen pals via email correspondence.

Students are now working on an artwork in response to the artwork received. Here are some pictures of our UNIS Hanoi students creating art in response to the UNIS New York art. Students are working with a variety of media from painting, printing to ceramic tiles.

And some work in progress from New York:

Science Olympiad

The Group 4 Project is a collaborative science event that took place on the afternoon of Mon 13 and on Tue 14 May. Grade 11 students will worked together to host a Science Olympiad for students in Grade 6.

The concept of the Science Olympiad was spawned as a means of fulfilling both the requirements of the IB Diploma programme and enthusing our middles schoolers with a thirst and passion for science. The primary objective for all involved is FUN!

The Grade 11 diploma students spent about a day preparing for the 2 hour event, scouring their minds for creative ways to convey scientific concepts to their younger peers. The Olympiad itself consists of a series of unique events that Grade 6 students circulate on a mission to gain house points and all the while developing their curiosity and fascination of science. For Grade 6, the event culminates in raucous cheers as the winners are announced. For the Grade 11s, they reflect upon the event – whilst they all agree the experience was indeed fun, they also concur they are utterly exhausted and that “teaching is hard work”!

“As a student taking two science courses, it was a very collaborative and meaningful experience working with students with having different capability. Not only this group 4 project helped me to understand ‘international’ aspect of the IB curriculum, it also helped me to learn and explore a subject in many different aspects.”Hyo Rim
” Group 4 project was a unique project where we could design our own experiments and carry them out. I was able to create an experiment that investigates the chemistry behind creating ice cream in a bag. Group 4 project was not only a chance to pursue a fun, innovative science experiment that I desired but also to work together with different students and find a common interest.”  – Da Yu

Middle School Open Classrooms

Dear Middle School Parents,

We are excited to remind you about Middle School Open Classrooms on Wednesday (May 15 from 8:00 – 12:30) and Thursday (May 16 from 1:10 – 3:25).

We have made some adjustments based on parent feedback to our fall invitation, so please follow the instructions below in order to make the most of your visit to campus.

First, talking with your student, form a visit plan. Maybe you want to come for a couple of classes in the morning or the following afternoon. Maybe you have a specific class that you want to engage in, or you want to see a few classes over the two days. The invitation is open for you to decide.

Then all you need to do is attend on Wednesday and/or Thursday! Middle School students start at 8:10 AM in their HomeBase and you are welcome to be part of that to begin your Wednesday visit. Connect with your child during the visit as they can help to guide you around campus.

We will also be offering a chance for MS parents to enjoy a break and connect with each other, counsellors and administrators.

Thank you for planning to attend! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Marc, JJ & The MS Team

Semester 2 MSHS Arts Exhibition

Quench your imagination at the Semester 2 MSHS Arts Exhibition in the Centre for the Arts Foyer from 6-17 May.

Grade 6 worked on sewing skills and soft sculptures of food inspired by the artists, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, who have turned everyday objects as public art. As a start, students learned and practiced a few different sewing techniques while making their own draw-string bag. Students have decorated it with different kinds of stitches and sewing on of buttons. Students have made soft sculptures of food, the first one to be given to the babies in the local orphanages. Students learned briefly about the significance of physical touch to the babies. The soft sculptures are our ways of somehow giving them comfort and physical touch they need.

Grade 7 investigated portraiture through the lens of personal identity.  Researching the works of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and African American artist Kehinde Wiley, students created two self portraits. One line continuous contour self portraits were created using the ProCreate app on iPad and then vectored in Adobe Illustrator for laser cutting. Pencil drawn portraits appropriated poses based on historical artworks. Both of these challenging tasks asked students to explore their personal identity and in turn learn more about the world around them.

Grade 8 artists have been focusing on a subject we can all agree on: food. In this exhibition, we collaborated with Donkey Bakery, using their donuts as live models for our introduction to ceramic sculpture. Artists then went on to design and sculpt a food-themed sculpture and created this sculpture in three forms: ceramic sculpture, miniature felt sculpture and as a felt painting. Also on display from Grade 8 artists are some collaborative digital paintings. Students spent time creating a collaborative drawing (working on one drawing together with a partner) and then individually digitally edited the drawing. When viewing these images see if you can recognise the location of the subject matter.

Grade 9 artist created vibrant still life painting utilising objects of personal significance in a domestic settings.

Grade 10 artists were asked to create an artwork that captures a sense of place. They created a painting of Hanoi in response to a field trip to the old quarter.

Dystopia and the SDGs: Grade 7 Fiction

Earlier this year, our Grade 7 English students wrote short stories in the dystopian genre as part of their inquiry into the way fiction enhances our understanding of the world around us. In their Digital Literacy class, they then illustrated their stories and helped create a website with a selection of stories that address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Please enjoy some outstanding work from our Grade 7s.

Middle School French: A Tech Magazine Project

Middle school students who are taking French class have worked hard on a project about their favourite technology. Students were asked to create an article explaining  the advantages and disadvantages of their chosen technology.

They then combined their articles into a very informative magazine. Enjoy reading about technologies in french: UNIS Hanoi French_MS Technologie magazine-123f516

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.”

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.