Why Raising Globally Aware Children is Important
Today, our children need to be aware of global issues and cultural differences more than ever. Global competence is essential to children growing into successful adults. Here at the Yew Chung International School of Beijing, we strive to instill in students these important ideologies on a daily basis, but parents play a vital role in this process as well. We’ve outlined how parents can positively influence their child’s global mindset on a day to day basis to create responsible and ethically-minded leaders for the next generation.
Eight Great Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Artistic Talent
At the Yew Chung International School of Beijing, art is one of the key pillars of the school’s curriculum. Integration of this core subject begins as early as Year 1 in Primary School, where children engage in a variety of painting, drawing, sculpting, crafting, and much more, receiving a variety of benefits. Our Primary Art teacher Johan Swart has been with the school for nine years (and counting). He explains why art is vital for a young child’s development, even if they’re not going to be the next Picasso!
Instilling Leadership in Our Youngest Students
As part of the Yew Chung International School of Beijing Student Leadership Programme, Primary and Secondary students are being introduced to what it takes to be an effective leader and communicator earlier than ever before! Recently, a selection of Primary School students from the Student Leadership Group participated in an entertaining leadership-building activity, the Go Games, held in partnership with the Hutong. We spoke with Primary School Curriculum Coordinator Jennifer Mills on the impact of Primary School Leadership on our young representatives.
Collaborative Teaching and Learning Communities
Year 3 Learning Communities at the Yew Chung International School of Beijing are transforming the educational landscape of the school. Designed by master education space architects at FNI, the space’s unparalleled adaptability provides students with the resources to pursue learning in their own way. For teachers, the learning space not only diversifies their teaching and lesson planning options, but also gives them valuable opportunities for professional growth.
Crowing in the New Year at YCIS Beijing’s Temple Fair
Last Wednesday, the Yew Chung International School of Beijing held its annual Temple Fair to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Rooster. Students, teachers, vendors, and performers joined together to create a truly festive atmosphere. Stalls replete with seasonal treats, handicrafts, traditional games, and even goldfish (representing wealth and prosperity) lined the walls of the gym and bright red banners and lanterns hung from the ceiling. The events saw hundreds of guests throughout the day, a rousing success and validation of plenty of hard work on the part of the organizers and staff!
Our Range of Co-curricular Activities in Secondary School
The 3rd session of co-curricular activities (CCA) has begun at YCIS Beijing. This is an important aspect of our whole school curriculum and provides opportunities for students to follow their hobbies and passions as well as enhance their learning in a wide range of areas.
YCIS Beijing’s Secondary School Musical One for the Ages
Last week, the Yew Chung International School of Beijing put on three sellout performances of the critically acclaimed Legally Blonde: The Musical. Students from across our Secondary School came together, working hard for nearly six months to put on this fantastic show featuring a slew of talented actors, actresses, and musicians. The upbeat and energetic production had everyone on their feet cheering and clapping along!
Preparing for Pollution: A New Family’s Take on Beijing
With the beginning of the second semester at YCIS Beijing, we’ve welcomed a number of newly arrived expat families into the fold. For new families arriving in the dead of Beijing’s winter, it can be a daunting transition. We sat down with one of our new parents, Emma O’Brien, to learn more about her initial impressions of YCIS Beijing and the city itself.
Spotlight: A Day in YCIS Beijing’s Learning Community
YCIS Beijing’s newest Learning Community has a lot to offer our Primary School students. Most importantly, it allows our unique curriculum to be employed more effectively than ever before. Groundbreaking teaching techniques, the flexibility of our innovative spaces and technology integration accommodate each child’s different learning style and help students achieve better academic results.