Advertorial — Ask any child what they enjoy most about their holidays and the answer will probably be “free time.” Pupils all over the world look forward to no teachers, no homework and no school, but the reality often does not match their expectations as the novelty wears off and boredom creeps in.
When designing our summer programme, we – the Renaissance International School Saigon (located in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City) – looked at three things: What do parents want? What do pupils want? What does a teacher know will most benefit pupils? The Renaissance Active Summer Learners’ programme promotes learning for a whole six weeks in a variety of academic and activity programmes.
A parent’s decision to enrol their child in a summer school must be difficult. All parents want the best experience for their child – an experience that will stretch them academically and emotionally, without leaving them exhausted. Ninety-one pupils took part in our summer school last year. There is an expectation to deliver a great programme that is fun, keeps boredom at bay, and provides high-quality education.
“When we started this venture I knew I needed an academic programme that would be rigorous but enjoyable for our pupils. Any academic programme requires some form of assessment so I chose the TOEFL Junior and TOEFL Primary test systems to give our pupils (and parents) a clear progress guide. I used the TOEFL assessment as the scores are valid all over the world,” Stephen Isaacs, a teacher of Summer Learners’ programme, commented.
“Our pupils didn’t disappoint us, as our honour pupil Vo Bui Y Nghi [a Renaissance pupil] scored a near perfect 875/900 in her TOEFL Junior last summer,” Mr. Isaacs elaborated.
All learning does not happen inside the classroom, however; a child’s personal, social, and emotional development cannot be learnt from a textbook.
With this in mind to balance the academic side, Renaissance makes certain that the activity programme is equally strong.
To do this Renaissance offers afternoon excursions outside the classroom. Pupils are allowed to have fun and enjoy playing golf, tennis, football, badminton, climbing, sky jumping, painting, music playing, and cupcake making. Everything is designed to make sure that our pupils enjoyed themselves, developed social skills, and genuinely learned something outside the classroom.
“It is a pleasure observing friendships being made, confidence developing, new skills being learnt, English language improving… and everyone enjoying success,” Mr. Isaacs said.
Renaissance is an international British school, offering the National Curriculum for England complemented by the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), Cambridge IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate.
Established in 2007 and opened by HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York with the presence of government, industry and corporate sectors, Renaissance is now one of the leading international schools in Vietnam that is committed to long-term development and investment.
Please contact Admission for details:
Tel: (+84-8) 3773 3171 – ext 120/121/122
Fax: (+84-8) 3773 3176
74 Nguyen Thi Thap Street, Binh Thuan Ward
District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
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