Meanwhile at UNIS Hanoi
Our Global Alumni Notes
Jessica (Jessy) Penrose (Class of 2007) is finally able to get back to her favorite sports activity, "I've been in Zürich for over a year now and I have finally found and joined my first Ladies Football team in this city."
Souksakhone (Toni) Eberle, formerly Airlie (Class of 2005) attended the Alumni Reunion in Melbourne 2017 with family. She wrote in after the reunion, "Awesome night in Melbourne, perfect venue, wonderful weather and amazing people." Click here to see all the pictures and read about the Alumni Reunion in Melbourne 2017.
Melissa Griffin (Alumni Faculty/Staff) volunteered to host the Alumni Reunion in Melbourne 2017. She said, "A great evening had by all. Everybody was so pleased they came. It was great to be able to attend, because it wasn't in the summer holidays. A lot of the past students had been in my classes and it was lovely to see them as adults making their way in the world. We even had a student reunited with his grade 3 teacher at UNIS." Click here to see all the pictures and read about the Alumni Reunion in Melbourne 2017.
Jian Hao Tan (Class of 2011) wrote in to share a video made to share about his return trip to Thuy An Village. Jian Hao used to be in the Thuy An Village Service Learning group when he was at UNIS. Check out Jian Hao's video story here.
Look who was back on campus! Clint Hamada (Alumni Faculty/Staff) was back in Hanoi to enjoy a bowl of phở for lunch and to join a conference for international schools' Technology Directors at UNIS Hanoi. Clint and his family are now in China.
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.
Hema Chockalingham (Class of 1997) recently reconnected with UNIS Hanoi and shared pictures from the past in response to our call to contribute photograph for UNIS' 30th Birthday. Hema was at UNIS Hanoi from 1989 to 1992. Her brother Vinod Chockalingham (Class of 1993) also attended UNIS Hanoi. We were pleased to help Hema get in touch with Mr Graham Cherry (Alumni Head of School), who, according to Hema's words "has been a great influence in [Hema's] life." She shared, "Whatever I am today, it’s thanks to [Mr Graham Cherry]." Hema and Vinod's father worked for the Embassy of India in Vietnam. Hema and Vinod lives and works in India.
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.