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UNIS Ha Noi’s year of triple celebrations

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Ha Noi, 03 October 2017 - The 2017-2018 academic year will certainly be a year to remember for the United Nations International School Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi) as it celebrates three significant milestones!

This year marks the School's 30th year in operation, 20 years as the first IB school in Asia and the Head of School's 10th year at the helm of UNIS Hanoi.

To commemorate, the School has organised a series of events throughout the year, starting with an all-school birthday celebration which took place on Tuesday 19 September.

The calendar of activities will also include a special UN Day event as well as the launch of UNIS Hanoi's very first official school anthem which will be composed by Middle and High School students and performed at a special occasion by young musicians of all ages. In addition, alumni from 73 countries plan to converge on the campus for a mega Hanoi Homecoming event, culminating in a memorable Day of Service and a wonderful community cocktail celebration.

Remarking on the landmark year, UNIS Hanoi's Head of School, Dr Chip Barder said: "It's wonderful to get the opportunity to reflect and celebrate the cumulative achievements of this School, especially during my tenth and final year here. UNIS Hanoi began in borrowed classrooms with just 13 students and a handful of teachers; three decades later we've mushroomed to a School that boasts more than 1,100 students and 315 faculty and staff members from as many as 64 different nations, all learning together on one sprawling purpose-built campus. And as part of our mission to encourage students to be independent, lifelong learners, we are also passionate about Service to our host nation and her people."

Established in 1988, UNIS Hanoi is one of only two United Nations (UN) International Schools in the world. The School, founded on UN ideals and principles and 20 years ago, became the very first school in Asia to offer the full IB programme - PYP, MYP and IB Diploma.


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