Meanwhile at UNIS Hanoi
Our Global Alumni Notes
Minso (Alex) Kim (Class of 2008) welcomed her baby girl on February 27, 2017. She wrote in to say, "I am very blessed to have such a wonderful family, a loving husband who stood by my side"
Ksenia Krasnobaeva (Class of 2013) came by to see the School with a friend. Ksenia is studying hospitality and will be interning in Hong Kong in the next few months.
Kate Maconachie (Alumni Faculty) visited UNIS Hanoi as part of her Vietnam trip and was amazed by the changes. Kate worked as an art teacher at UNIS Hanoi from 2008 to 2010. She visited her old art classroom in Elementary School building. After the completion of the Centre for the Arts, the room is now a regular classroom. She also reconnected with friends from UNIS Hanoi, Bron agh Lucardie, Noi Nguyen, An Le (Current Staff) and many others while on campus.
Sandy Dodd (Alumni Faculty) stopped by UNIS Hanoi while visiting from Australia. Sandy said, "It was so lovely to catch up with everyone at UNIS- same same but different!"
Xuan Ngo (Alumni Parent) had a coffee session with Dr Chip Barder (Head of School). Xuan Ngo's family was at UNIS Hanoi from 1999 to 2001 when Lan Ngo (Class of 2005) attended Grade 7 and 8. The family spoke fondly of the then Head of School Dr Frances J. Rhodes.
Nhi Nguyen (Class of 2015) visited UNIS Hanoi with Kristel Valle (Class of 2015). Nhi is visiting Hanoi during her summer holiday. Nhi is studying in Sydney, Austalia and Kristel is living in Phillipines.
Lan Ngo (Class of 2005) came back to UNIS Hanoi both to reminisce and for business reasons. Lan serves as the Director of Training at Vinschool Education System. She visited with members of Vinschool's administration. After the visit, Lan wrote in to say that, "Thank you very much for helping reconnect me with one of the best childhood experiences I’ve had." Lan and her husband also attended the UNIS Hanoi Alumni Reunion in Hanoi 2016.
Paroot Mekkrajang (Class of 2011) was in Seoul for business reasons and met up with some Class of 2011 members which he hadn't seen in years. The Class of 2011 members in Seoul introduced Paroot to their home town and made sure he didn't miss out on some of Seoul's best delicacies.
Annie Gainsborough (Class of 2012) made UNIS Hanoi a stop on her Asia tour after meeting up with many of her friends from UNIS time all around Asia. She was delighted to meet many of her former teachers when she was at UNIS in Grade 6 in 2005-2006, Mr Campbell, Mr Cooper and Mr Phi. Annie said, "It was so incredible to be back! It is almost the same (except bigger trees now!) and a few new bits and bobs. And I could even recognise myself and my friends in the children." Inspired by her service activities with Blue Dragon children during her year at UNIS, Annie has been actively involved in community service ever since. Annie graduated University of Sheffield in 2015 and is living and working in the UK.
Nikolaj Jensen (Class of 2015) and mother Merete Jensen (Alumni Parent) came by to see the School. Nikolaj is taking a gap year and is travelling with friends. The family now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Lois Coulthart (Alumni Librarian) stopped by UNIS Hanoi and reconnected up with long time coworkers Huong Dao and Quynh Le (Library Teaching Assistants). Lois had not been back to UNIS Hanoi or Vietnam since leaving the School in 2007. After leaving UNIS Hanoi, Lois had worked in Australia then in the USA. She and her husband now live near London, UK.
Over the Autumn Break Devin Cheong (not in the picture), Thai Son Trinh, Phuong Ly, Jedidah (Jed) Edwards, Son Nguyen (Class of 2016) had a mini reunion in New York.
Victor (Class of 2025) and Tony Borchert (Class of 2023) were back on campus with parents Kai Borchert (Alumni Parent and Faculty/Staff) and Birgit Erbel (Alumni Parent) just in time to see the new Elementary School playground. The family now lives in Cologne, Germany.
Bram Smis (Class of 2008) stopped by UNIS Hanoi on his motorbike road trip through Vietnam. Bram started his trip from Ho Chi Minh City on September 26, 2016 and arrived to Hanoi on October 13, 2016 and continued up North to Sapa. Bram is living in Brussels, Belgium but is looking forward to moving to South Africa soon.
Kim-Leigh Endley (Class of 2007) proudly announces the birth of her first daughter, Izabella-Rose Catalina Groepes, born on 22 September 2016. Kim lives and works in Pretoria, South Africa.