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Renaissance has been entering students for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education exams for 4 years now and has seen students achieve great success. The Cambridge IGCSEs as they are more familiarly known, are sat by 16 year old students in many countries worldwide. They are a recognized standard and allow schools to judge student’s ability and potential for studies in the International Baccalaurean Diploma Programme (IBDP) in the final two years of schooling.

Renaissance Students Achieve High Results in IGCSE 2

This year’s results at Renaissance were excellent with 4 of our students being awarded 8 Grade As when the results were released by the Cambridge exam board.  One student from Vietnam became our most successful yet with 6A*s and 3 As and joins an elite group of students worldwide to succeed at that level. Studying for 8 or 9 IGCSEs can be hard work but the benefits are great.

Renaissance Students Achieve High Results in IGCSE 1

Students with such certificates are recognized for completing a British style examination. They are recognized by universities in both Asia, Europe and North America as being a leading 16+ certification. Furthermore the exams themselves are excellent preparation for IBDP study. The growth in schools offering the exam is testament to the fact they give a student’s resume genuine credibility.

Renaissance School is dedicated to supporting academic success and although only 7 years old is now recognized as a leading international school in Ho Chi Minh. Smaller and more family orientated than some of the bigger schools in the city,  the results show that small classes, attention to detail and most importantly strong and individual support for students,  does bring success.

Renaissance Students Achieve High Results in IGCSE 3

That success was recognized in a special Renaissance celebratory assembly on Friday 18th October. Students were awarded their IGCSE certificates, but that was only half the event as leading students were presented with their scholarship certificates. Renaissance recognized the top students with 100% scholarships for study in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. With such a strong core of students in the IB Programme Renaissance can expect some outstanding IB results and university places once these students graduate in 2015.


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“Catch Me If You Can” Roasted Turkey Take Away

You are planning to celebrate a warm and wonderful Thanks Giving Party at home with your family. You want to send a       meaningful gifts to your friends, partners and family members in this special occasion. Let our culinary experts take charge, so all you need to do is to call or fill out order form, then fax or email to Turkey Take Away Services. Our award winning team will prepare roasted turkey that’s sure to whet your appetite.

  • Turkey (5,5 – 5,6 kg for 6 – 8 persons): VND1,738,000
  • Turkey (6 – 6,8 kg for 8 – 10 persons): VND1,938,000
  • Turkey (7 – 8 kg for 10 – 12 persons): VND2,318 ,000

(Including giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, roasted potato, green bean and carrot)

* Especially, all AmCham members will be received an additional bottle of red wine.

American Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner

Every year we have something to be thankful for and Thanksgiving is an opportunity for families and friends to reunite and celebrate the occasion.

Let us be your host for this meaningful day and celebrate in a hassle free environment at our American Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner with an array of specialties such as Home Smoked Honey Glazed Ham, Roasted Turkey, Grilled Lobster,… and various yummy sweet bites from our dessert station.

VND840,000++ per adult.
Including free flow of wine, beer and soft drinks
Half price for kids from 6-12 years old and kids are under 6 years old eat for free

Dinner buffet, Chit Chat Restaurant, 28th November

For reservations, call 08 3839 7777 – ext. 8000 or email to dine@hcm.equatorial.com.
Hotel Equatorial HCMC is located at 242 Tran Binh Trong Street, District 5, HCMC.


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Renaissance Charity Art Auction 1 Renaissance proudly hosted this year’s Students’ Charity Art Auction. It is the second time the school has held this event, with all money raised going to GoVap Orphanage. Primary and secondary student artists kindly donated their time and all of the artwork to guarantee the auction was a great success. Our wonderfully enthusiastic and caring students acted as auctioneers, attendants, porters and entertainers to ensure this was a very special night.

There was something for everyone – with a vast variety of themes, art styles and compositions from Modern art to Impressionism, collage to paintings and sculptures. The quality and creativity of the work would be difficult to match even in many professional galleries.

An eager public packed the auction room and bidding was fun and friendly…but competitive…with hundreds of dollars being bid for each item. The silent auction part of the evening was just as exciting with the top price continually changing as each new person made an offer.

With over 100.000.000 VND raised, the kindness and generosity of our school community ensured that this was an evening to remember for all concerned.   “

Renaissance Charity Art Auction 2

As well as the Art Auction, our school commits to other supporting projects with GoVap Orphanage. A group of twenty IB students visit the orphanage every week to teach, sing, dance and play games with the children who live there. It is aptly called ‘The Buddy Scheme’ as each of our students are ‘buddied’ or paired with a child from the orphanage who they develop a close and supportive relationship with. It is heart-warming to watch these relationships develop as both the students and the orphans develop life skills and benefit in so many ways from these interactions.

Once this bond was created, the students wanted to do more to help their new friends and so we set up ‘Play Days’ for our students and the children at the orphanage. Our students organise different games and activities at our school on Saturdays throughout the year, including swimming, sports and art for the children of all ages from 2-18 years old. We have now had two and look forward to enjoying this again next term.

Our collaboration with GoVap Orphanage has proved to be such a valuable experience for both the orphanage and our school as we dedicate our hearts and minds to learning about each other’s lives.

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lang coVietnam, October 2013 – Christmas is around the corner and New Year is on its way, Banyan Tree Lăng Cô announces its new offer for local Vietnamese and resident expatriates to celebrate the festive season in Banyan Tree style.

Nestled in a unique crescent bay offering privacy and unparalleled exclusivity, Banyan Tree Lăng Cô offers a luxurious retreat from which to explore the culturally rich destination of Central Vietnam. Accessible within 60 minutes from Da Nang International Airport, the elegant Banyan Tree Lăng Cô features 49 all-exclusive villas, each with a private swimming pool, commanding scenic lagoon views and panoramic vistas of the East Sea.

Guests may tee-off at the 18-hole, par-71 championship course designed by Sir Nick Faldo. The course delivers a golfing experience that can be enjoyed by skilled and novice players alike. For less strenuous experiences, luxuriate in relaxing and revitalizing spa therapies at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa. Incorporating the fresh, indigenous ingredients unique to Vietnam, the signature treatments at Banyan Tree Lăng Cô feature local ingredients as primary components to the treatment recipe, offering guests a truly sensory experience.

Banyan Tree Lăng Cô is offering an exclusive offer starting from VND 23,350,000++ for two persons for 3 consecutive night stay in Lagoon Poll Villa and enjoy the following inclusions:

  • Daily breakfast with complimentary sparkling wine
  • Round trip airport transfers from Da Nang International Airpot
  • Choice of one Christmas or New Year’s Eve dinner for 2
  • Daily shuttle service to Hoi An
  • Special discounts for spa and golf treatments

*Offer is subject to 5% service charge and 10% government tax and valid for bookings of minimum three night stay from now, valid for stays from 20 December until 1 January 2014.

This offer is applicable for local residents only. Local resident ID or proof of work permit is required upon check-in.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Banyan Tree Lăng Cô directly at +84 54 3695 888, email reservations-langco@banyantree.com, or visit banyantree.com for online bookings.

About Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts

The leading international operator in the boutique resort, residences and spa industry, Banyan Tree offers a signature blend of romance and travel with a green conscience. The philosophy behind the hotels, resorts, residences, spas, retail galleries and destination club is based on rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul – a Sanctuary for the Senses. Angsana Hotels and Resorts is the ideal complement to Banyan Tree, comprising contemporary, chic and ecologically sensitive retreats. Based in areas of outstanding natural beauty and exciting city hubs, Angsana hotels, resorts, residences, spas and retail galleries reflect the spirit and communities of its environment.

To date, the Banyan Tree Group manages and/or has ownership interests in over 30 resorts and hotels, over 60 spas, in excess of 80 retail galleries, as well as three golf courses.

Marketing Communications
Khiet Le (Mr)
Marketing Communications Manager
T +84 8 3822 9242

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Discover Burmese treasures along the Irrawaddy River on the boutique Paukan 2007.

Two different cruise programs on four departures dates are on sales. Book your Burmese experience on the comfortable ship Paukan and sail along the most impressive stages Mandalay, Sagaing, Bagan of the Irrawaddy River. In the Land of Golden Pagodas you will see the whole variety of this latest hot spot destination in South East Asia with its deep cultural roots, small villages away from modern civilization and almost untouched nature.

  • 8-DAY cruise is departing on 22.11.2013 / 23.01.2014 / 09.03.2014 with an entry price of USD 3,336 per person (Superior Twin/Double sharing)

Please contact sales@terraverdetravel.com for detailed information, program and prices. This offer is valid only on above departures and includes GERMAN speaking guidance!

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On 17th & 18th October 2013, Mercer, the leading global provider of human resource services and its associate in Vietnam, Talentnet, will announce the results of Vietnam Total Remuneration Survey 2013 at the Sofitel Plaza – Hanoi and the Sheraton – Ho Chi Minh. The seminars will provide essential data about salary increase rates, common allowances and bonuses by industry and level, as well as other information such as employee turnover rates, the most difficult jobs to attract and retain, the compensation mix for each level of staff…..in 2013.

With 418 participants and remuneration data of 142.587 employees, this remuneration survey is considered the largest and the most comprehensive remuneration survey in Vietnam.

This is the fourteenth consecutive year that Mercer has conducted its remuneration survey in Vietnam.

Registration by: 11/10/2013; Further information, please contact: (84 8) 6 291 4188 – Ext: 615/607/616 or Email: le.t.diem.chi@talentnet.vn

Click here to find the highlighted salary data in Vietnam market in 2012

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