UNIS Hanoi Voices

 

Parent Perspective

"Hanoi was the first overseas posting from my family. It was a very hard decision for me personally to leave my home and family in Sri Lanka and start our life in Hanoi. Settling into Hanoi life was a bit hard at first, but from the moment we entered the school for the orientation I felt so welcomed. There was always a smiling face around to help me navigate the school and answer any questions I had! My kids fell in love with the school, the teachers, and their friends and within a few weeks they already felt quite at home at UNIS.

 What I like most about UNIS is how they value parent partnership with the school, the fact that the school works in collaboration with the parents and listens to and values parent contribution. It's a novelty I haven't experienced in other schools.

It's been three years since I moved to Hanoi [from Sri Lanka] and I am glad to truly call Hanoi my second home now. This is largely due to the friendships I have built through the school and the experiences I have received. The diversity we find at UNIS helps the students and parents to learn to respect, appreciate and enjoy other cultures."

Alumni Student Voice

"Here at UNIS we have to have opinions, be creative, and think outside the box. Teachers expect you to do your homework, finish your assessments, and study, but they are really supportive. We come to school to learn and that's the most important thing. That's what the school focuses on but UNIS also focuses on making us have fun while we learn."

Faculty Voice

"I love letting children inquire and feel responsible for their own learning. When children are very young, they are ready to communicate at different times, and in many different ways. For example one of our students receiving English as an Additional Language support loved to draw. For him, it was a way to feel safe and secure and express his thoughts and feelings, it became a form of communication when his English language abilities were still developing.

Integrating the SDGs into our learning for small children is complex, we are challenged to find a way to explain them that helps even three and four-year olds begin to understand the concepts. In visual arts we've taken inspiration from artists like Andy Goldsworthy who creates art from natural materials but is very conscious that he makes no impact on the beautiful landscape around him. This helps us as artists to connect with SDG 15 where we think about "Life on Land" and how we can protect it.

UNIS is an open and friendly school, a very supportive community. It's nice to be working at an independent, non-profit school. We have time and energy to put into helping the community, impacting people in Vietnam through service learning."

Parent Voice

"UNIS provides a balanced education, children learn to be good people through many activities, not only academic work in the classroom. Even in the classroom, other aspects are integrated and monitored. Interpersonal skills play a vital role in today's employment market. UNIS students are confident and prepared for life. Parents don't worry about their future.

UNIS students have a vast life view and are confident. My son cares about others in everything he does. This comes from the integration of UN principles into education at UNIS. Students care about the earth and other species, not only themselves. It's very natural for UNIS students to be aware of their impact on the environment, it's vital for them.

It's so hard as a parent to help your children through transition in teenage years. The Middle and High School counsellors really helped us as parents to get through this transition. The school has an amazing system of dealing with students who are challenged with transition during teenage years. It's one of the most difficult times in anyone's life, there is so much change. At UNIS we are lucky to have adults who are understanding, patient and know how to guide students."

Student Voice

"It's such a welcoming community and no one is left out. Everyone has their spot, and everyone makes a difference."

Alumni Faculty Voice

"Something unique about UNIS is the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) throughout the curriculum which is intentionally planned and shared with students. As the school has evolved in using the SDGs, the students have really taken ownership of knowing which ones they are passionate about, which are connected to what they are learning, and in what ways they can take action. It will take all of us to achieve the SDGs, if we can begin by empowering our students, we will have leaders championing this work in the future.

One way you know learning has occurred is when you hear students sharing, using the language of the SDGs unprompted, with clear passion. I've overheard students saying that SDG 15 is their favourite because they want to save pangolins, which are an endangered animal in Vietnam. It demonstrates that they are internalising what they are learning and considering how they'll take action."

Alumni Parent Perspective

"We arrived in Hanoi with two children who didn't speak English and one who had a little. Now, you wouldn't know that they received English as an Additional Language (EAL) support! For every grade in Elementary School, there is an EAL specialist; it's very successful.

My daughter really connected to her group and the teachers. The EAL programme helped my children both socially and academically. UNIS EAL teachers in the Elementary School are exceptional. They have to interpret and feel what the children are trying to express. The EAL programme was more than language support, the teachers were very kind people who are truly calm, patient, and help kids overcome the stress of starting a new school where they don't speak the language."

 

 

Student Voice

"Teachers at UNIS are really flexible with their students because they have the understanding that not all students are able to comprehend information in the same way."

Parent Perspective

"I love the diversity of teachers at UNIS. World language teachers are native speakers and classroom teachers could be British, Australian, American - kids get different viewpoints based on their teachers' life experiences. Teachers also come from a wide range of backgrounds: they are different ages, single families, teaching couples - the diversity is very reflective of the student base and life.

We'd been in Hanoi already 18 months when we went on the new family bus tour, but we saw things we never knew about! I learned so much from other parents. I love that I can come to the campus everyday. You are encouraged to volunteer and included in what's happening at the school. I love that we're included and invited."  

Parent Perspective

"I can see that my child seems to have wider and very different perspectives studying at UNIS. I see the difference in her mindset and it keeps growing!"

 

 

Parent and Staff Perspective

"Travelling the world for the last 30 years, my family has experienced a wide and varied selection of educational institutions - some with warm communities but limited resources, some more challenged as political uncertainties impact enrolment. UNIS combines the best of high-quality education with outstanding facilities, and classrooms filled with eager, diverse students from all over the world. UNIS has a strong pedagogical approach mixed with professional development. I do not know of a more inspiring, rewarding and invigorating place to work and live."

 

 

Parent Perspective

"With our son Totti, the diversity at UNIS motivates him to learn. Getting to know different cultures and learning from them is a motivation. He's an international kid and at UNIS the other students have this international perspective and experience. As a family we enjoy talking about how different backgrounds influence how people from other cultures grow up.

The IB film programme at UNIS was a fantastic choice for our son Sabin [Class of 2017]. Film is something that not even bigger schools have in their IB programme; it's rare even at other schools in Asia. Sabin is now studying film in London and he's ahead in his classes after doing the film programme at UNIS."

 

 

Staff Voice

Being a part of UNIS Hanoi is an honor and a privilege. The team I work with feels like family, the work we do is focused on pushing the boundaries of innovation and learning, and the kids I work with are phenomenal.

Alumni Faculty Voice

From Admin, to staff, to teachers, to students, there is a lot of positive energy at UNIS.

Staff Voice

UNIS changes you. Everyday I work at UNIS Hanoi I am amazed by the diversity of the faculty and staff. It amazes me not only that we do come from so many varied countries and cultures, but the diversity of interests and backgrounds that are represented. In just this year I have learned more about traditional Vietnamese poetry and literature, photography, Swedish and Dutch holiday celebrations, Micro-finance loans, honey production and Korean games. This is truly a place of life-long learning both for the faculty and the students. It is impossible to not change and grow as a learner.

Staff Voice

“UNIS addresses the challenges of modern education in a globalised world without losing sight of the traditional importance of local communities and pushing yourself to be better than you were before.”

Staff Voice

“A few of us were remarking this morning about how fortunate we are to work here. For me, one important piece is the intentionality, always making sure that what we do relates to our mission and our vision and our plan, and always keeping the best interests of the students as the highest priority. It's also so great to work with such an experienced, intelligent, hardworking, and interesting group of colleagues. We have the most stimulating conversations, about education and about the important issues of the wider world. I feel as though I am continually learning here, from my colleagues, from the students, and from the many professional development opportunities offered to us. I also appreciate the encouragement to feel some responsibility to share our good fortune with the wider world -- through service learning projects in Hanoi and elsewhere in Vietnam, through connections with other international as well as Vietnamese educators, through our focus on the goals and ideals of the United Nations. ”

Alumni Faculty Voice

“This is my first year teaching at UNIS and the welcome and support for new staff has been amazing. Then to be surrounded by world class educators and leaders makes you feel the challenge to really deliver great lessons, even as a teacher with 25 years experience I have so much to learn and that's what makes it exciting.”

Alumni Voice

“Working at UNIS has been an outstanding experience. It has meant being a part of a collaborative, caring and truly international community. Our students at UNIS Hanoi are exceptional; they are hardworking young leaders who welcome new people into their community easily and openly. I have experienced a great amount of growth here, due largely to the outstanding caliber of teaching partners I have had; all of whom have taught me something new and opened my eyes to new ideas, viewpoints and understanding.”

Alumni Faculty Voice

“UNIS is a very unique School Community combining the UN Principles and themes with the IB curriculum. I feel privileged to work with such enthusiastic students, teachers and parents in our community. Many varied opportunities are available to UNIS teachers to align personal and professional goals from year to year. I am particularly grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to travel to PYP Arts conferences as well as being supported by UNIS to give workshops at other Arts Festivals. I am thankful that UNIS encourages teachers to follow their passions and bring them into their classroom teaching and the wider community.”

Alumni Voice

“As a member of the UNIS community, I have been extremely overwhelmed by the level of professionalism at the school. It is clear that there is a lot of hard work and dedication put in by the teachers and the admin. The school also balances this with a community spirit which enables the educators here to get involved with much more than teaching. In my experience, UNIS is a great place to work and Hanoi a great city to live in.”

Staff Voice

"As a specialist subject coordinator and leading a large team, the school's initiative to develop and advise 'middle managers' illustrates the school's desire to enhance each level of management throughout. I've been able to seek advice from senior Administrators and discuss relevant topics with colleagues in similar positions to myself. Such conversations are inspiring and it's been a privilege being part of this professional learning community."

  • United Nations International School of Hanoi
  • G9 Ciputra
  • Tay Ho
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
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