15 Apr, 2019
10 : 00
This year at Yew Chung International School of Beijing, our Year 12 girls planned and implemented a peer mentoring programme as part of their Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) project. This peer mentoring programme focuses on girls in Years 6-10 who could benefit from a little extra social support. Teachers nominated young ladies that they identified as in need of a buddy, encouragement, or a positive role model. The programme launched with five pairs of mentors and mentees and we hope to continue and grow the programme next term.
Our new peer mentoring programme aligns with YCIS Beijing’s commitment to character education and the school mission, “To raise globally competent and compassionate leaders with a servant’s heart, who aspire to, and act for, a better world”. It also makes an excellent CAS project, assisting students in becoming positive contributors to their communities, teaching empathy and kindness, while fulfilling a core part of their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma requirements.
Recently at Yew Chung International School of Beijing, our Year 4 students put-on quite the show with a faux ‘wax museum’ for their Celebration of Learning, to mark the end of their unit on Rome. This fully-interactive, multi-lingual, class presentation saw parents and teachers enter the YCIS Beijing auditorium to find it had been transformed into a wax museum exhibit on Pompeii! Students posing as wax figures dressed as citizens of Pompeii, were positioned around the room next to pillars with museum labels describing their characters’ roles in society. These pillars also featured buttons labelled with multiple language options. Visitors were invited to press the buttons to make the wax figures spring to life and provide an interactive narration in the language chosen by the guests, on the wax figure’s life in Pompeii and facts about the city.
The Pompeii Wax Museum was quite the site to behold and the presentation ended dramatically with the startling eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The extensive mastery of complex concepts by our students, and their ability to demonstrate this mastery in multiple-languages, was even more impressive than the elaborate costumes they crafted for this dynamic ‘So What Moment’. We cannot wait to see what our students will do for their next Celebration of Learning.
Every year at Yew Chung International School of Beijing, we hold an insightful information session for our existing secondary parents on the benefits of our secondary school programme. The workshop, run by a team of experienced academic leaders, explained the unique YCIS Beijing path to a continued IBDP 100% pass rate, outstanding results and successful university acceptances. The Info Session also covered in detail our reason for adopting Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) curriculum standards, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) we offer, and the roles of our dedicated, on-site, full-time University Guidance Counsellor (UGC), and IGCSE and IBDP Coordinators. As our graduating seniors are beginning to receive their impressive university acceptances, the workshop is a good reminder of all the many resources available to YCIS Beijing parents and students to ensure the educational success of our alumni.