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.