Co-Principals' Welcome Message

Welcome to Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing).

We are delighted that you are considering enrolling your child. Our purpose at YCIS Beijing is to assist students with their transition from one country or one education system to another, to provide high quality education and to introduce students to the fascinating cultural and historical heritage of our host country.

Our campus, located at scenic Honglingjin Park in the heart of downtown Beijing, is host to an outstanding student body that comes from over 40 nationalities worldwide.

Our students study a truly unique research-based international curriculum that merges the best of Eastern and Western traditions and provides students with an authentic immersion into Chinese culture within an international framework. This allows us to approach the study of world issues from a global perspective, foster cultural respect and develop fluency in two major world languages of the 21st century. We place great value on character development and provide a wide range of activities such as art, drama, music, sports and leadership opportunities to capture a child’s interest at all levels. This is what we refer to as "Global Education".

As the world changes and faces globalisation we pride ourselves in preparing our students to become adaptable, multilingual global citizens fully prepared to emerge into positions of great worth within society.

Thank you for considering YCIS Beijing as you endeavour to fully prepare your child for a competitive multicultural world.

Noel Thomas and Christine Xu

Christine Xu

Christine Xu joined YCIS Beijing in 1997 and has been the Chinese Co-Principal of the school since 2008. Prior to her Co-Principal appointment, Ms Xu had worked as a Chinese Co-Teacher and Chinese Curriculum Co-ordinator at YCIS Beijing. She was also appointed Co-ordinator of Chinese Department in 2006. As an incredibly experienced teacher she has taught external Chinese examinations in IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme.

Ms Xu holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Literature and a master’s degree in Education Management from Beijing Normal University.

Noel Thomas

Noel Thomas has been the Western Co-Principal of YCIS Beijing since 2014, having previously held the position of Academic Director of the Cambridge International Curriculum Centre at Beijing Normal University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Jurisprudence and a Diploma of Education from Monash University, and has also obtained a master’s degree in Educational Administration at the University of New England.

He has taught Politics, Legal Studies, History, Economics, Accounting and Information Technology in a number of Australian schools and has vast leadership experience across his 30 years of working in education including Director of Studies, Head of Planning and Development, Principal/CEO and Executive Director.


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