A Sustainably Fun Spring Fair

UNIS Hanoi welcomes all of you to join the Spring Fair 2019 as we spread and share the love for our world!

Come join us for tons of lively music, stage shows, cuisines from around the world , plenty of games and fun surprises for all ages to enjoy, learn about other cultures and explore our beautiful world !

Let’s begin our journey at the Spring Fair 2019 on Sunday, 17th March from 11am – 3pm.

To “LOVE OUR WORLD” and show some care the SCO’s Teaspoon of Change is to organize an awareness creating, environmentally sustainable and fun-filled whole school fair!

Stay Connected to what’s going on by following our  Spring Fair page on Facebook!

Ready to Eat, Party and Play?

What makes any UNIS event amazing is the vibrant diversity we bring-in and the Spring Fair is no exception !

Get together with families and friends and organise a cultural booth to showcase traditional food, games for children and adults, performances or whatever your heart may desire. As before, we encourage home cooked meals and are ready with some exciting plans to make it easier for smaller communities to join in on the fun. Feel free to contact our cultural booth coordinator with your questions, suggestions and ideas !

Logistics Meeting: February 27 at 11.00 (B7 / Community Room)

The SCO welcomes UNIS Hanoi parents, faculty, staff, MSHS students and alumni to promote their family-owned small businesses to over 4000 participants at the Spring Fair. This is a great way for our entrepreneurial community members to engage with the community!


It’s show time and we are calling on YOU!

This is your time to shine! We are looking for anyone interested in performing on the main stage!  Are you in a band? Got a cool talent? Love to dance? Want to perform a song? Play some instruments or have any other talents to showcase? We are looking for you!

Also calling on talented speakers to MC the event!

Complete our team!

We definitely need your help to make this journey around the world AMAZING and FUN! The Spring Fair is 100% volunteer-based.

The Spring Fair Team is JUST looking for a Sponsorship Coordinator to complete the team! Are you interested in networking with local businesses? Want to create a fun auction? This position is destined for YOU!

Contact our Spring Fair Coordinators if you have any questions at all. . .

Spring Fair Coordinator

Arushi Panagariya and Grace Smart  – SpringFair@unishanoi.org

Cultural Booth Coordinator

Iraj de Silva – FAIR_Cultural@unishanoi.org

SCO Treasurer

Eun Mee Lee – SCO_Treasurer@unishanoi.org

Facilities Coordinators

Francesco Pontalti and Garry Reichert – FAIR_Facilities@unishanoi.org

Small Business Coordinator

Aleksandra Brading – FAIR_SmallBusiness@unishanoi.org

Social Media Coordinator

Esther Van Tuijl – sco_ecc@unishanoi.org

Fun Corner Coordinator

Kacper Wozniak – FAIR_FunCorner@unishanoi.org

Sponsorship Coordinator

THIS COULD BE YOU! – FAIR_Sponsorship@unishanoi.org

Entertainment Coordinator

Bruna Nascimento and Yamina Tourki – FAIR_Entertainment@unishanoi.org

Volunteer Coordinator

Mayumi Masudo – FAIR_Volunteers@unishanoi.org

Design Coordinator

Akiko Nakano and Miho Motojima – springfair@unishanoi.org


Get Your Bright Ideas Funded!

Several projects have been funded by the SCO Project Funding Committee over the past months: A Record Board for MSHS Track and Field and for the Aquatics Academy, the play based learning infrastructure for G1, the ES gardening area, books in the Library for several mother-tongue groups, printing of The Flame, Vietnamese subtitles for a documentary on plastic pollution, a new School Song, are some of the projects that have become a reality with help from the SCO.

But we only provide help and funding, we need new ideas!

We develop new initiatives from students, teachers and parents to enhance our school and our community. If you feel the need for some equipment in campus, or have figured out a way to implement the UN’s SDGs within our community, or have an idea for a workshop and need money to make it real, you can apply for funding to the SCO.

The SCO Project Funding Committee is made of volunteer parents who make a two-year commitment to oversee funding allocation. We are now recruiting new members, let us know if you want to join!

We are looking forward to seeing your ideas and working together to make the community we want. To learn more, or apply for a project click here SCO Project Funding website.

Spring Fair Kickoff Lunch!

Dear parents,

Join us for lunch and as we start our plans for the upcoming Spring Fair on March 17, 2019! We are looking for parents interested in joining a dynamic, fun, energetic and creative team for this school-wide community celebration. So whether you are going to be involved in a cultural booth, interested in a coordinating position, have ideas to share or just want to join us for a yummy lunch, everyone is welcome!

January 10 from 11.30 – 13.30 in the B7 Community Room.

Register HERE so we can arrange food for everyone.

What is the Spring Fair? This video captures it all…

Questions? Contact sco@unishanoi.org are we can tell you all about it!

Get your bright ideas funded!

Several projects have been funded by the SCO Project Funding Committee over the past months: A Record Board for MSHS Track and Field and for the Aquatics Academy, the play based learning infrastructure for G1, the ES gardening area, books in the Library for several mother-tongue groups, printing of The Flame, Vietnamese subtitles for a documentary on plastic pollution, a new School Song, are some of the projects that have become a reality with help from the SCO.

But we only provide help and funding, we need new ideas!

We develop new initiatives from students, teachers and parents to enhance our school and our community. If you feel the need for some equipment in campus, or have figured out a way to implement the UN’s SDGs within our community, or have an idea for a workshop and need money to make it real, you can apply for funding to the SCO.

The SCO Project Funding Committee is made of volunteer parents who make a two-year commitment to oversee funding allocation. We are now recruiting new members, let us know if you want to join!

We are looking forward to seeing your ideas and working together to make the community we want. To learn more, or apply for a project click here SCO Project Funding website.

Ideas welcomed

Several projects have been funded by the SCO Project Funding Committee over the past months: A Record Board for MSHS Track and Field and for the Aquatics Academy, the play based learning infrastructure for G1, the ES gardening area, books in the Library for several mother-tongue groups, printing of The Flame, Vietnamese subtitles for a documentary on plastic pollution, a new School Song, are some of the projects that have become a reality with help from the SCO.

But we only provide help and funding, we need new ideas!

We develop new initiatives from students, teachers and parents to enhance our school and our community. If you feel the need for some equipment in campus, or have figured out a way to implement the UN’s SDGs within our community, or have an idea for a workshop and need money to make it real, you can apply for funding to the SCO.

The SCO Project Funding Committee is made of volunteer parents who make a two-year commitment to oversee funding allocation. We are now recruiting new members, let us know if you want to join!

We are looking forward to seeing your ideas and working together to make the community we want. To learn more, or apply for a project click here SCO Project Funding website.

Teacher Appreciation Day – November 20

Dear UNIS Parents,

 As you may know, Teacher Appreciation Day is globally observed in different ways and times. In Vietnam, Teacher Appreciation Day is November 20 and is one of the most important national dates in which students and their families plan extensively to practice and deliver performances, make little presents, buy flowers and even visit teachers’ homes in an expression of thanks for the role that teachers have played in their lives.

 At UNIS, the SCO is planning several Teacher Appreciation Events:

First, we are organising a pop-up spa along with some food for teachers to feel pampered on the actual Teacher Appreciation Day.

Second, we are coordinating with student councils from all divisions to encourage students to write notes to teachers as a way of showing appreciation. Small note cards will be available on the day for your child to write a short note to their teachers. Your help in encouraging your child to participate would really make this special.

Lastly, we are excited to try something new this year. In the spirit of community and fun, we are organizing opportunities for you to thank teachers through your many talents and interests. For example, if you are good at baking bread, you could offer to bake a loaf for a teacher, or teach a few teachers your secret recipe. If you know mountain biking trails near Hanoi, lead teachers on a ride during a weekend. If you want to simply bring dinner to a teacher during their crunch weeks at the end of the semester, they would surely appreciate it. And, since many teachers like to travel, consider offering conversation tips in your mother tongue. The event could be anything, from a one hour class to a home cooked meal delivered a way that is convenient.

 We want to inspire you, our parent community, to come up with fun, creative and interesting options for teachersTo inspire your thinking, we have listed a few ideas of potential activities to offer:

  • Ikebana flower arrangement 
  • Offer a Vietnamese culture lesson
  • Steps to organise your house
  • Make-up lessons
  • DIY lamp oil making
  • Beeswax wrapper making
  • Learn to perform a kick-turn in the pool
  • Mountain biking on banana tree island
  • Learn to juggle
  • Participate in a Japanese Tea ceremony
  • Deliver a home-made Indian dinner
  • Deliver snacks to teachers during the school day
  • Vietnamese language refresher – how to bargain at the market
  • Foreign language conversation – as prep for a holiday
  • Learn how to make the perfect Australian hamburger
  • Game Night: Learn to Play “Settlers of Catan”
  • Yoga, Pilates, or Self-defense class
  • Photography lessons around town
  • Secrets to baking
  • Trip to the pottery village
  • Organize a friendly soccer match

To make this happen, we have created a Google sign-up form where you can add information about the activity you are willing to offer. All of the activities will be compiled in a list and then we will create a separate sign-up for teachersWe are asking for parents to complete the Google sign-up form by next Sunday, November 18.

 Please note that we are not suggesting that this event occur on Teacher Appreciation Day. In fact, your activity could be organized for any day, time or place during this school year.

 Since this is our first year celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day in this way, it is likely that given the diverse interests of teachers and busy schedules, there could be activities for which teachers do not sign up. Please know that we appreciate your effort and the teachers do too! By simply offering your thanks in this way can go a long way to strengthening our community.

 Any specific questions can be directed to Chris Behr, sco_ms@unishanoi.org.

 Thank you for considering offering your talents, skill, time and effort to this upcoming Teacher Appreciation Day!

 From your SCO Executive Committee,

Chris, Esther, Eun Mee, Garry and Sue

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day – November 20

Dear UNIS Parents,

 As you may know, Teacher Appreciation Day is globally observed in different ways and times. In Vietnam, Teacher Appreciation Day is November 20 and is one of the most important national dates in which students and their families plan extensively to practice and deliver performances, make little presents, buy flowers and even visit teachers’ homes in an expression of thanks for the role that teachers have played in their lives.

 At UNIS, the SCO is planning several Teacher Appreciation Events:

First, we are organising a pop-up spa along with some food for teachers to feel pampered on the actual Teacher Appreciation Day.

Second, we are coordinating with student councils from all divisions to encourage students to write notes to teachers as a way of showing appreciation. Small note cards will be available on the day for your child to write a short note to their teachers. Your help in encouraging your child to participate would really make this special.

Lastly, we are excited to try something new this year. In the spirit of community and fun, we are organizing opportunities for you to thank teachers through your many talents and interests. For example, if you are good at baking bread, you could offer to bake a loaf for a teacher, or teach a few teachers your secret recipe. If you know mountain biking trails near Hanoi, lead teachers on a ride during a weekend. If you want to simply bring dinner to a teacher during their crunch weeks at the end of the semester, they would surely appreciate it. And, since many teachers like to travel, consider offering conversation tips in your mother tongue. The event could be anything, from a one hour class to a home cooked meal delivered a way that is convenient.

 We want to inspire you, our parent community, to come up with fun, creative and interesting options for teachersTo inspire your thinking, we have listed a few ideas of potential activities to offer:

  • Ikebana flower arrangement 
  • Offer a Vietnamese culture lesson
  • Steps to organise your house
  • Make-up lessons
  • DIY lamp oil making
  • Beeswax wrapper making
  • Learn to perform a kick-turn in the pool
  • Mountain biking on banana tree island
  • Learn to juggle
  • Participate in a Japanese Tea ceremony
  • Deliver a home-made Indian dinner
  • Deliver snacks to teachers during the school day
  • Vietnamese language refresher – how to bargain at the market
  • Foreign language conversation – as prep for a holiday
  • Learn how to make the perfect Australian hamburger
  • Game Night: Learn to Play “Settlers of Catan”
  • Yoga, Pilates, or Self-defense class
  • Photography lessons around town
  • Secrets to baking
  • Trip to the pottery village
  • Organize a friendly soccer match

To make this happen, we have created a Google sign-up form where you can add information about the activity you are willing to offer. All of the activities will be compiled in a list and then we will create a separate sign-up for teachersWe are asking for parents to complete the Google sign-up form by next Sunday, November 18.

 Please note that we are not suggesting that this event occur on Teacher Appreciation Day. In fact, your activity could be organized for any day, time or place during this school year.

 Since this is our first year celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day in this way, it is likely that given the diverse interests of teachers and busy schedules, there could be activities for which teachers do not sign up. Please know that we appreciate your effort and the teachers do too! By simply offering your thanks in this way can go a long way to strengthening our community.

 Any specific questions can be directed to Chris Behr, sco_ms@unishanoi.org.

 Thank you for considering offering your talents, skill, time and effort to this upcoming Teacher Appreciation Day!

 From your SCO Executive Committee,

Chris, Esther, Eun Mee, Garry and Sue

Sparkly 80s Photo Special – That’s the power of LOVE!

Hey Parents,

The entire UNIS Hanoi community totally got into the groove at our EPIC Sparkly Social Strictly 80s party! The costumes were on point and brought out everyone’s playful side that night. The LED dance floor was packed from start to end and the smiles of that night are still on our faces!

The Sparkly Social is a start of the year highlight where our true colors shine and everyone has a good time! We hope walking around school this week, you were able to connect with more familiar faces around campus and feel more at home in Hanoi.

To quote an MS and HS parent, “The teachers were so into the 80s theme, it was awesome! Glad the kids are being taught by these awesome creative souls!”

We have so many great photos from the night that we want to share with you…here are a selection of our favorites: SCO Strictly 80s Sparkly Social Photo Special.

This event would not have been possible without the creative masterminding of Esther Van Tuijl (SCO ECC Chair) who put this event together with her detailed vision, resourceful procurement of 80s cassette tapes to gaming consoles, getting together entertainment for the night and leading the Sparkly Social team with decoration ideas to ticket sales! And also a hug THANK YOU to the entire Sparkly Social team: Eun Mee Lee, Tina Kolovou, Grace Smart, Lilly Pielago, Kathleen Lam, Ronke Bearzi and Nathalie Grun for helping with developing the vision, the music list, the decoration, ticket sales and the magic of fun!

Everyone is asking “When’s the next event?” IT’S THE SPRING FAIR! And the SCO is looking for a collaborative Spring Fair coordinator to lead the team! Stay tuned for the brainstorm lunch following the break to get the discussion started!

Have a lovely break!

Kids are settled . . . Now is the opportunity for you to engage your professional skills towards volunteer work

The SCO (School- Committee Organisation) Project Grant Committee seeks parent volunteers for activities related to grant management.  Over the years, the Project Grant under the SCO has funded numerous initiatives ranging from the UNIS school song to the supplies for Thuy An Orphanage.  The six-member committee works to identify new initiatives to fund in the school and community, reviews the submissions from students, teachers and parents, promotes the project grant fund opportunities and puts into place criteria and related guidelines.   In return, the committee provides an excellent opportunity for people with professional skills to get involved in community and school activities in an informal way. It’s a great way to engage, participate and also strengthen your skills.

Membership on the committee is for a two-year period. The committee meets monthly, and has flexibility in terms of meeting times and locations.

We are currently seeking two new members . . . Everyone is welcome to apply.  Get involved and you’ll get more back in the end!

 Next Grants Committee meeting scheduled for October 18 at 12.00 at Jafa restaurant in Ciputra.

Contact us for more details at sco_grants@unishanoi.org

Your SCO Grants Committee

Wake me up before you Go-Go…take me to the Sparkly Social!

Are you ready for some Wham! Madonna! Michael Jackson! Joan Jett! Oh the list will continue at our parent and faculty Sparkly Social Strictly 80s Party tomorrow!

We will be out on the dance floor bustin’ moves, dressed well…the options of 80s attire are entertainingly diverse…we look forward to seeing your own interpretation of the 80s!

We look forward to you joining us at the Sheraton Hotel Deja Vu Bar in Tay Ho. Come out prepared to mingle with parents, staff and faculty, dance and have some fun on the LED dance floor! We have a live band and Brazilian DJ lined up for this event. It’s not to be missed!

We may have some tickets left over at the door, stay tuned to Facebook for more info:

ES Parent Facebook Group

MSHS Parent Facebook Group 

Questions? Feel free to email Esther van Tuijl at sco_ecc@unishanoi.org!
See you tomorrow!