17 Jan, 2020
10 : 00
At Yew Chung International School of Beijing we strive for excellence in everything we do, be it from our staff or students. Our Primary School Student Council is one example of how this idea is put into practice. The student council, although there to reinforce the overall wellbeing of students on campus, also serves as a blueprint of how an exemplary YCIS Beijing student should be.
According to Jane Martuneac Kang, "We initially devised ‘A Portrait of a YCIS Beijing Student Council Representative’ for students to select their Student Council representatives. The reason was to give criteria for what we believed would be a fitting representative," she said. "Understanding that, the student isn't just joining Student Council to do some fun and interesting projects, but that they are there to set the tone for their peers."
Setting the tone for their peers has previously been achieved in numerous ways such as through academics, sports, the arts and by being of service to the community at large.
To be a part of the Student Council, students need to exemplify several qualities as individuals that will have a positive effect on the school community. However, the benchmark of a portrait of a YCIS student does not only apply to learners who wish to run for council, but the hope is also that all students aspire to this and become great ambassadors of the school.
Sometimes we say to our students, "You are wearing the YCIS logo. Therefore, you are YCIS. So be mindful of that. But it was important for us to clearly define what is a YCIS student and what we hope for students to be, and so we thought this was important for the students to be able to have something to emulate." . Almost like small goals for themselves.
Ms Martuneac Kang shared some of the criteria from the “Portrait of a YCIS Beijing Student Council Representative” : Be collaborativeClearly and confidently communicate Be responsible Have a passionBe caring Exhibit characteristics of a developing leader Set the example for behaviour and effort
Another aspect of these qualities is demonstrating an awareness of the Dimensions of Learning and work to exemplify them. This criterion is presented to students at the beginning of the school year by their teachers, thus allowing them to decide if they will run for a council member or not.
There are also endless other opportunities for students who embody these qualities, the main one being a member of the student council, but "there are other times of added responsibility, for example, being given a leadership position during special school events such as Global Community Day", Ms Kang added
"It is students that show a real desire and passion to make the school a better place."
As a school, we are committed to driving excellence in all our students and teachers daily dedicate their time to rewarding great efforts and encouraging students who wish to embody these traits even more.