Our school is turning 10 this year, and we are celebrating our Anniversary, remembering all the magic moments we have experienced at the school since it was opened by Prince Andrew in 2007. Some of our most recent achievement we are most proud of include:
• Achieving a full CIS accreditation and passing our BSO inspection with a great result
• Our students achieving Best in the World result in their IGCSE Mandarin exam in 2014, 2015 and 2016
• 22 students being published in the Young Writers poetry anthology: Teen Ink, selected from 1,200 student entries worldwide
• Supporting the Children’s Education Foundation in Quang Nam province with $7,000 over two years – enough to buy bicylces for over 70 young women to get to school and get an education.
• Raising $16,000 at the 1st Habitat for Humanity fundraising auction in April 2016 and using the money to build 5 houses in Cho Gao, Tien Giang
• One of our Exceptional Music Talents Ms Nguyen My Anh from Year 9 finishing amongst Top 5 in the international piano competition in Prague, Czech Republic, in May 2017
• For two consecutive years, being amongst the top five donating organisations to the Terry Fox Run that raises money for cancer research and treatment
• Our student Cao Ngọc Thùy Anh (Hiro) winning Renaissance Talent Show and then reaching the finals of Vietnam’s Got Talent
Renaissance Magic Moments
• Mr Richard Fluit (Deputy Head of School): One of my favourite moments was when we welcomed a group of street children from Cambodia for an overnight stay at the school earlier this year, as part of our MUN engagement. It was very moving to see these children experience something so radically different to what they are used to, and to see their joy, it really touched me and I was very proud of our school on that day. Two great moments when I felt very proud of our students was during the Piano Concert last year, and watching the Battle of the Bands this year. Both events were initiated and organised by our students to fundraise money for charities. The creativity of our students, their talents, and their ability and willingness to reach out to other schools to raise the funds together deeply impressed me.
• Mr Geoffrey Barraclough (Teacher of Art and Design / Teacher of Year 13G): When I came for my interview to join the school before it opened in 2007, I was taken from District 1 where I had my interview to District 7 to see the school. We drove through PMH and I saw beautiful landscapes and buildings, and then we crossed a small bridge and I was shown … a hole in the ground! When the school was built and I first saw these amazing facilities in the place where that sad hole had been before, I had a real wow moment!
• Mr Jill Nattrass (Whole School Learning Environment Coordinator/ Teacher of Music): My favourite moment so far is the KS2 production Joseph two years ago. I started teaching music three years ago, and this was my first production at this school, and for any music teacher the first production is always very special. I was very moved to see how confidently the students performed, we had a number of incredible singers in that group and such talented actors too – it was such a special day for me, and I was so proud of our students!
• Ms Nha Trang Tran (Teacher of EAL): My family was very lucky to receive invaluable support from Renaissance students, parents and staff in March 2011. My son was ill with leukemia, and couldn’t have completed his treatment without everyone’s care, love and kindness. The school community collected money to support the treatment, and apart from the financial value of it, the kindness of my colleagues and parents really gave me spiritual strength to stay strong for my son during this very difficult time. I am and will always be very grateful for the thoughtfulness of Renaissance community.
• Ms Adrienn Menyhart (Teacher of English / Teacher of Year 13A): The Halloween event this year is my favourite memory of the school so far. Students worked together to transform the school in a ghost house, and the end result was absolutely incredible. Although I am a great believer in our students, I would never have thought that our Parliament can pull off such an amazing concept! Everyone had so much fun, money was raised for the Habitat for Humanity charity, and I was really awestruck!
• Mr Felipe, Mr Olly, Mr, Stephan, Mr Luke: In January 2016 our Music Department organised the music challenges. The idea behind this was that students and staff could set challenges to one another that were music related. Singing a specific song in front of class or playing a new musical instruments were some examples of challenges. Mr Olly, Mr Stephen and Mr Luke set each other lip synching challenges and ballet dancing.
• Ms Rhonda Morrissette (Head of Library): I was really impressed with last Tet Celebration on the field, the school did such a very good job at decoration, and brought real Vietnamese traditions to an international school. Within just a day, the field was magically transformed into a traditional countryside. It was absolutely magical!
• Mr Peter Spartling (Assistant Head / Assessment Coordinator / Teacher of Year 3P): Seeing one of my ‘shy’ students take on the role of Primary Parliament rep and another pretend to be me me on stage. Seeing one student enjoy the swimming at the Y3 sleepover so much that he let go of the side of the pool and swam with a friend.
• Mr Kurt Kerschl (Teacher of History and Theory of Knowledge): My fondest memory of the school so far is a Year 7 students’ performance for the Talent Show in the Assembly last year. The student, whose name is Huy, literally made my jaw drop with his absolutely unique, surreal performance. I didn’t know him back then, and I had never seen such an intense, bold, brave performance in my life! I was perplexed, fascinated and stunned at the same time, and it was such an incredible experience!
• Ms Man Thi Ngoc Han (PA to Head of School): I was particularly proud of the school when I attended the Christmas Story production, where Early Years children joined KS1 children to perform this wonderful story. The children were incredibly talented and I couldnâ€™t believe that all performers were under 8 years old, they were outstandingly great and professional. That day I thought that I am working at the best school in the world, and I was so proud of our teachers and students
• Ms Nguyen Tu Quynh (Admissions Manager): Our parents, teachers and students decided to fundraise money for the Habitat for Humanity charity a few years ago, and it has been so rewarding to see the initiative growing and developing since. It started in the Activity Room with a student art auction, and it felt so great for the school community to come together for such a good cause. Every year since, the auction is getting better and better, and I am very proud that we are such a caring school! Year-End-Party Performance: First-prize dancing perfomance with colleagues from different departments in January 2016 was unforgettable, and the Admissions and Mr Gavin’s singing performance in 3 languages in January 2017 was very special too!
• Ms Adrianna Boden (Teacher of Year 2A / Designated Person for Child Protection): In December, Year 1 and Year 2 worked so hard to learn their lines and perform their songs and dances for ‘The Enchanted Door’. The final show went so well and everybody said they enjoyed themselves. My particular favourite song was “Rocking around the Christmas Tree”!
• Mr Felipe Calderon (Teacher of Music / Global Perspectives / Teacher of Year 12F): The piano competition now in its second edition was started by a Renaissance Year 13 student named Chau who went to South Africa to watch how Rhinos were endangered and protected. She organised the event in the hope to raise funds and awareness, and the event is nw an established annual competition amongst international schools in HCMC
• Mr Felipe & Mr Gavin: The first Round Square event Elyseum: Nguyen in Year 12 went through a tough application form that involved interviews with the board and the school leaders. He is now in Year 13 and he was responsible for coordinating the entire festival which involved 8 bands, sound and light crew plus food.
• Ms Sophie Le (Secondary Art Teaching Assistant): One of my greatest moments when I was in the Vietnamese MC role at the Art Auction for the Habitat for Humanity in April 2016. Our target was to raise enough money to build 2 houses and we collected $8.000, which was generously doubled by the Board of Directors! By the end of auction night we were be able to build 5 houses and I was very proud of our success!
• Mr Phan Thanh Hung (Purchasing Officer): I remember the school when it was under construction and had 3 campuses in the Phu My Hung area and 1 campus on the Tu Xuong street. I worked as a postman at that time. My job was delivering all of letters and parcels from the postoffice to our British teachers. It was so great to see them being so happy when they received a letter ora sourvenir from their parents and friends at home, I made me feel like I had a very meaningful job.
• Mr David, Ms Adrienn, Mr Felipe and Mr Kurt: The Remix Competition! The idea behind it was to introduce music technology at the school as well as becoming familiar with the mission statement. Students were using recording of teachers saying the mission statement and then transforming these intp pieces of music.
• Ms Robyn Bews (Induction Coordinator/Teacher of Year 4R): Prince Andrew, Duke of York coming to visit Renaissance to officially open the school!
• Mr Stephan Issacs (Teacher of English / Teacher of Year 9S): Watching my Year 7 class build play furntiure for cats at an animal sanctury in Hoi An, 2014. Many of them had never seen an animal sanctuary before, and had never seen any rescue animals. They used old recycled materials to build furniture; mostly it was items reclaimed from the nearby beach, so it taught a good lesson about recycling too.
• Ms Do Thi Hanh (Senior Designer): I joined the school in 2010 as Graphic Designer but always wanted to learn more about taking photos, as photography is such an important part of any design job. Mr Tuyen, Chairman of the Board, found out about my interest in photography and sent me on a photography course. Attending the course allowed me to learn many new skills, and now I have a small studio and take photos of pregant mummies and of babies besides my current job wiht the school. This would never have happened without the kindness and care of our Board of Directors.
• Mr Paul Watson (Head of Creative Arts and IT / Teacher of PE): Paul Watson My favourite moment was when our Under 19 Basketball Team played against the Trail International School from Thailand. We were losing by two points with time working against us, and then suddenly Hoang Anh shot from the half way line with ONE SECOND left on the clock and scored a three pointer… We won by one point! The crowd watching went crazy, and I will never forget it!!!