Journeying Back to Beijing with Hayley Edge
When Hayley Edge, YCIS Bejing Head of Humanities and Secondary School Coordinator, left Beijing for a holiday in January, never did she imagine she would be living from her suitcase in four countries and 15 different accommodations. Approximately seven months later, her penchant for travelling may be less after this experience, but she certainly will have entertaining stories to share with colleagues once she is back in Beijing.
Chefs’ Hats Are on at YCIS Beijing Summer Camp
Food, just like music, has the power to unite people in a way that nothing else can. It has been evident in the YCIS Beijing Primary Summer Programme cooking classes, which are 50-minutes sessions led by Ms Freda Humber, Drama Teacher and Bethany Adams, Year 1 Teacher. Both teachers opted to teach a cooking class based on several reasons. The motivation for both, however, was to develop students’ confidence working in the kitchen, introduce them to different flavours and acquire other skills while enjoying their creations.
Meet our New School Vice Principal
As announced by our CEO and School Supervisor, Dr Betty Chan , before the end of the last semester, our former Vice Principal, Head of Primary School, Mr James Sweeney, has been appointed as the new School Vice Principal on the School Leadership Team (SLT) at Yew Chung International School of Beijing. Starting from August 1st, Mr Sweeney will be working together with his fellow SLT members, Dr Rae Wang and Ms Fanny Du, to oversee the smooth running and continual enhancements of our Honglingjin campus.
Five Fun Activities to Keep Children Busy this Summer
The summer holiday is usually met with the excitement of planning vacations abroad or locally for families in our community - especially after a gruelling academic year. The unpredictable nature of 2020, however, and the closing of borders prompted parents to come up with creative ways to entertain families while in Mainland. This rings true to the experience of Jenny Chu, President of the YCIS Beijing Parent Organisation and her family.
Delivering the Best E-Learning Experience
The abrupt transition to e-learning last semester took us all by surprise, but the adjustment by students and their parents is truly commendable, taking it all in stride. Preparations for the new academic year in September are officially underway and to ensure we kick-start the year on a high note, the academic team with the assistance from teachers are finding innovative ways to continue to offer excellent e-learning to students from K2 – Year 13.
How We Foster Personal Development through Character Education
One of the most important characteristics of our principles at YCIS Beijing is we believe that the core purpose of education is character formation, and it is the most important shared responsibility of the school and home. Within the school, there are designated programmes which are aimed at teaching students about charity, environmental responsibility, and most importantly develop compassion for others while having a strong sense of self. These contribute to our holistic approach to education in preparation for a life post-school.
Five Top Tips for Mental Health this Summer
The summer break was welcomed with open arms by teachers, students and parents alike after several months of eLearning, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Although the majority of students may be experiencing feelings of euphoria during this time, others may be facing mental health challenges. Rachel George, Head of Student Support at YCIS Beijing shares with us factors that can cause stress and ways they can be curbed.
Useful ICT Resources for IBDP Students
Although our YCIS Beijing students like many of their counterparts are enjoying the summer break, we continue to encourage learning to be a constant part of their lives. With the help of Satyendra Arora, YCIS Beijing’s Secondary Technology Integrator we compiled a list of resources they can access to improve or learn new ICT related skills.
Summer Tips to Ease the Transition to Secondary
YCIS Beijing Year 6 students completed their Primary school journey last month. Celebrations and farewell, mixed emotions and important changes also came to light as they began their transition into Secondary. Many may be experiencing excitement and apprehension due to the change, some will feel ready for a new adventure, be confident and enthusiastic, while others may feel worried, concerned and experience anxiety. We chatted with Ms Gillian Wong, soon to be Lower Secondary School Co-ordinator, about what the key differences are between Primary and Secondary, and ways parents can help their children to ease the transition this summer.