Facilities

SWIMMING POOL

The school has two pools. A small learning pool is next to the Early Years suites. It was designed specifically to allow young children to gain confidence in a swimming pool environment. It is protected from the rays of the sun with a UV-resistant awning. The second six-lane, 25m, indoor salt water pool is situated on the ground floor next to the PE offices. Renaissance has a coach who works with the PE staff. Swimming lessons and swim teams that compete with other schools are a popular part of the Curriculum and Activities Programme.

ASTROTURF FOOTBALL FIELD 

This area in the centre of the school is a hive of activity during break times and lunch times. Students can play and run on a surface that is hard-wearing, safe and flood-free. During lesson times students utilize this area – along with the gym – for skills-based lessons. The pitch is used for fixtures against other schools in Ho Chi Minh City.

ART STUDIO 

The school has two Art rooms that are airy and full of light. Art is an important part of any school curriculum, and with our skilled Art teachers, students are able to work during lessons or at break and lunch times. Artwork can be seen in all parts of the school. The Renaissance Art Auction is a highlight of the annual school calendar.

SPORTS FIELD

We are delighted to announce the opening of our new Sports Field which brings with it a significant enhancement of our facility and provides more sporting opportunities for our students. The new field was used extensively for the first time last week for the Primary and Secondary Sports Days which were both an outstanding success.

Many thanks to the Board for making the dream of a large Sports Field a reality and we look forward to hosting many events over the remainder of this year and into the future.

GYMNASIUM

Renaissance’s large multi-purpose indoor gymnasium allows for a variety of competitive sports. The gymnasium floor is a wooden sports surface, with high-impact absorption, underfoot support and good playing performance. The facility is fully lit and air-conditioned.

LIBRARY

The Renaissance school library serves as a hub for information, technology, and reading literacy. Our School Library Team includes 2 Librarians and a Media Production Specialist. The Library Program is led by a fully trained Teacher-Librarian who provides a full range of service to Early Years – IBDP students to develop a love of reading, and to become effective, ethical and discriminating users of information and technology.

There are 40,000 books in the library as well as 3 e-book libraries and several subscriptions to other online information databases.

Early Years and Primary students visit the library at least once a week to return, choose and check out books. Secondary classes are scheduled in the library regularly and secondary students may also come to the library before and after school and during breaks to do school work, read or study.

Parents are able to take out 14 books at a time for up to 2 weeks and are most welcome to come to visit or volunteer in the library.

Library Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (free bus shuttle will transport Secondary students within District 7 at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.).

Visit the Library website at rislvn.weebly.com.

For more information please contact Ms. Kerry Gittins, Head of Library, kerryg@renaissance.edu.vn

COMPUTER SUITES

Students and teachers have access to IT throughout the school via a wireless network. Students in the Upper Secondary School of Renaissance use their laptops in many lessons, and teachers communicate homework and reminders through that medium. In the Primary Section, Students have access to desktops in each classroom, and sets of iPads are being used in Lower Primary classes. Classrooms have interactive whiteboards that enable teachers and pupils to learn by seeing and sharing. Whether used in Early Years or in IB Higher Level Mathematics lessons, such boards really do enhance learning for pupils.

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY STUDIO

At Renaissance, we value creativity and understand that creativity is a critical part of your child’s education. That’s why we foster the imagination of our students, encouraging them to create their own unique products in our dedicated Design Technology Studio. Whether they prefer to learn traditional techniques or use state-of-the-art technology, our Studio is well-equipped and very popular amongst our students. Our students are now designing and developing products from prototype to packaging using traditional and modern methods.

MUSIC SUITE

The school has two areas for Music adjacent to each other. A Primary Class for Music is situated on the first floor. A specialist music teacher who gives music lessons to all Primary students uses this space. There is a further Secondary Music suite where students learn to play and compose. Between the two music rooms, practice rooms exist for students to play and practise during lessons, at lunchtimes or after school.

THEATRE

Renaissance is one of the few schools in Vietnam to have a 321-seat, sound-proofed theatre. It is an impressive part of the school’s infrastructure. It was designed for both amateur and professional use. It has lighting and sound facilities that make it a superb learning area for the students. The theatre is used for school productions, assemblies, presentations and student performances such as the ‘Lion King’…. The Theatre is also used by external community for the high quality performances by previous booking for the weekend.

EARLY YEARS PLAY AREA

The Early Years area was refurbished and redecorated in 2013. The interlinked rooms create an environment where young children can learn through activity and play also have the sliding door system which is more suitable for teachers and pupils used. Adjacent to the Early Years rooms is the Early Years Swimming pool and beyond that a covered playground.

PRIMARY ADVENTURE PLAY AREA

Our Renaissance Adventure Play Area enables students to exercise, enjoy each other’s company and involve themselves in the natural world. Their imagination is stimulated by ‘hidden’ pathways through bushes and borders and their emotional health and well-being is cared for by having shaded seating areas where students can chat, relax (even lie down) and listen to the sounds of the waterfall. The shaded seating areas are big enough to take entire classes for learning outdoors.

Physically, students can climb ladders, scramble over nets, slide down one of two slides, lower themselves down ropes or balance across a bridge that shifts under their weight. This helps develop both gross and fine motor skills, exercises muscles and helps oxygenate blood. Students can also jog along the hidden paths and walk through the adventure area.

Intellectually, student awareness of the natural outdoor world is enhanced by the planted borders, vertical garden and large planting troughs that classes and pupils can use to plant their own plants. The waterfall is stocked with small fish and students love watching these and learning about what the fish eat and how we care for the fish when we clean the water pools. When designing the Renaissance Adventure Play Area we were very careful to build the area around the existing trees, in doing so modelling care for the environment and livings things. By planting their own plants and by walking on the pathways rather than running across planted areas, students are helped to develop a sense of responsibility for the environment.

Classes have already used the area for making tally charts of mini-beasts located, while others have made observational drawings and listened to stories. Younger pupils have been on ‘Bear Hunts’ linked to stories they were reading in class.

The imagination of students is aided by the ‘castle’ having four turrets which are often turned into a pirate boat, ‘home base’, spaceship or vehicle, depending on the imagination of the students and type of game they wish to play.

The outdoor classroom allows students to teach one another using two large wall-mounted whiteboards with seating for many other student ‘learners’. Students are cooled by large fans which operate only when they are playing.

The sand play area encourages the development of fine motor skills, turn taking, sharing, socialisation and conversation.

Emotionally and socially, students are able to ‘take a break’ from the busy life of school and chill out near the waterfall, sitting on purpose built seats, under a tree, in the shade. Or they can chat to one another in the shaded wooden meeting huts, surrounded by greenery and beautiful flowers. They can take a relaxing walk along mosaic pathways or play with other students, agreeing games to be played and rules to be adhered to. Negotiating what game to play, who the leader will be and taking turns also helps students develop emotionally. If students do get upset, there are always adults very close by to support if peer support has not worked.

Students, staff and parents are delighted with our new Renaissance Adventure Play Area. If you would like to know more about the benefits of outdoor play, the first website below offers a clear, concise read, while the second delves deeper into ‘The Importance of Outdoor Play and Its Impact on Brain Development In Children’:

Outdoor Play Matters

The Importance of Outdoor Play and Its Impact on Brain Development in Children

Do ask your child about our Adventure Play Area, or even better, come and visit when we have a school event.

Kind regards.

Peter Spratling

Head of Primary and Early Years

INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS

Students and teachers have access to IT throughout the school via a wireless network. Pupils in the Upper Secondary School of Renaissance use their laptops in many lessons, and teachers communicate homework and reminders through that medium. In the Primary Section, students have access to desktops in each classroom, and sets of iPads are being used in Lower Primary classes. Classrooms have interactive whiteboards that enable teachers and students to learn by seeing and sharing. Whether used in Early Years or in IB Higher Level Mathematics lessons, such boards really do enhance learning for students.

CAFETERIA

Our newly air-con refurbished cafeteria is run by Dussmann, a modern catering company based in HCMC. An extensive choice of food is offered from either a set menu or a la carte. Vietnamese, Korean, Western and Vegetarian options are available.