Diplomats Offer YCIS Beijing Students Tips and Traits for a Successful Career in Diplomacy
On January 27, Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) invited representatives from three different diplomatic entities to speak to Secondary School students as part of the school’s continuing Career Talk series. Representatives included Lisa Heller, the Minister Counsellor of Public Affairs at the United States Embassy, Carmen Cano, Deputy Head of the European Union’s Delegation to China, and Brian Hewson, Political Counsellor of the New Zealand Embassy. Their Q&A session was full of tips for would-be diplomats and some of the most important traits needed to survive and thrive in the challenging world of diplomatic work.
YCIS Beijing’s Temple Fair Welcomes the Year of the Monkey
On January 27, the greater Yew Chung International School of Beijing community held a day of Chinese New Year celebrations featuring student performances, arts and crafts, and Chinese acrobatics.
YCIS Beijing U14 Boys Take 2nd in Divisional Volleyball Showdown
On January 16, Yew Chung International School of Beijing’s (YCIS Beijing) U14 Boys Volleyball team competed in a divisional ISAC tournament with five other schools from around the conference. The boys competed hard throughout the day with a short-handed squad of just six athletes, the minimum required to field a full team. Despite this handicap, they managed to beat out the majority of the competition and make it all the way to the finals of the tournament.
Essential Tips for Young Artists from a Professional Ceramic Designer
On January 25, Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) invited artist and educator Nick Geankoplis to speak to a group of Secondary School students. Mr Geankoplis works primarily with ceramics and ceramic design, although he is also an acting Professor of Art and Design. During his presentation, Mr Geankoplis was able to introduce students to his profession and give a fair bit of guidance to those students interested in pursuing a career in art and visual design (be sure to check out Tiffany Choi’s student blog to learn about one such student!) We were able to catch up with Mr Geankoplis prior to his presentation gleaning some further insight into his personal inspiration for art as well as a few tips he has for young artists.
Teacher Profile – Damion Walker
Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) IB Maths Teacher Damion Walker discusses his passion for enriching student lives through mathematics, the driven teachers of the YCIS Beijing community, and how maths projects and 3D printing collide.
Five Essential Study Skills for Secondary School Learners
Transitioning from Primary School to Secondary School is a daunting task. The difficulty and amount of homework assignments as well as academic pressure increase dramatically as teacher expectations rise. Effective study methods and time management skills are therefore vital to a student’s success. Joy Moore, YCIS Beijing Lower Secondary School Co-ordinator, runs annual study skills workshops for students in Years 7–9 to ensure that Lower Secondary students at the school are developing the right study habits for success in the school’s IB Diploma Programme. Here are five tips she has for Secondary School leaners to improve their study habits that will make handling their expanded workload a breeze!
Playing with Polymers: How YCIS Beijing Secondary Students Created Plastic in a Single Lab Period
In their first lab experiment of 2016, Year 9 students from YCIS Beijing created their own polymer compounds in the Science class on January 7. Through this hands-on experiment, they learnt about the properties of different kinds of plastic and had a ton of fun in the process!
Elizabeth Briel – Yew Chung International School of Beijing’s Artist in Residence
If you’ve visited the YCIS Beijing campus, you’re sure to have seen the lovely murals displayed around the school. This is thanks in large part to the school’s talented Artist-in-Residence Elizabeth Briel. We recently talked with her about the great contributions she makes to the school’s Art Department and how she helps to develop some of YCIS Beijing’s most talented art students.
Mid-Year New Student Orientation Welcomes Incoming YCIS Beijing Students and Families
On January 4, new students and parents from around the globe began their journeys at YCIS Beijing at the school’s spring semester new student orientation. Families were given a warm welcome by the school’s Co-Principals and co-ordinators, many of whom were nearly as new to the city of Beijing as they were to YCIS Beijing! We caught up with the newly arrived Loh family on the day to hear their thoughts on life in Beijing so far.