The Path for a Sustainable Future
Beijing makes us as parents acutely aware of the severity of ecological issues and the importance of solving them. YCIS Beijing, starting from the very beginning of their schooling, through a combination of hands on learning and unique character education programmes, equips our students with the tools and mindset necessary to instil a sense of responsibility to become a proactive agent of environmental responsibility to ensure a brighter future for our globalised world.
YCIS Beijing Spirit Shines through a Rainy Global Community Day
May 14 marked the 8th annual Global Community Day, the biggest and most talked about event on the YCIS Beijing campus. Organized by our dedicated Parent Organisation, the Global Community Day’s mission is to have fun celebrating international culture while raising money for a worthwhile cause. Despite an unexpected downpour, spirits were high and in the end, the day was an undeniable success, raising a whopping 79,721.92 RMB for the YCIS Seeds of Hope Charity!
Fostering Peer Mentoring and Leadership in Primary School
In the fourth edition of our YCIS Beijing teacher talks, Learning Support Teacher Karen Killeen introduces and discusses the newly implemented “Peer Mentoring and Leadership Programme” and the benefits it has produced for our young learners. Occasionally students find it challenging to understand certain concepts presented by their teacher. What methods of problem solving might work for some might not work for others. It is a situation that all teachers face when attempting to introduce new concepts to their students. In an effort to combat this issue, the YCIS Beijing Learning Support Team has implemented the “Peer Mentoring and Leadership Programme” initiative. In conjunction with our recent introduction of the Times Tables Olympics it was the perfect time start the programme.
The Cross-Cultural Revolution: YCIS’s Co-Leadership Model
The YCIS concept of Co-leadership is one that is quite unique to workplaces in China and indeed the world. While on the surface it may seem self-explanatory, implementing the actual techniques involved in creating a cross-cultural environment where there is mutual respect, adaptation, and co-operation between the two different approaches of Chinese and Western leadership is actually very challenging. On May 19, YCIS Beijing Co-principals Christine Xu and Noel Thomas delivered a seminar at the European Chamber of Commerce regarding cultural awareness in the workplace, useful strategies for embracing cultural differences, and the advantages that this unique leadership model promotes.
From Brush to Paper: A Picture of True Language Immersion
At YCIS Beijing, we know that immersion in a cultures’ traditions and practices is the best method of acquiring cultural and language learning. Similar to our Year Six Kite Workshop, our bright Year 2 students were given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with one of China’s oldest and most respected art forms: Chinese brush painting.
The Benefits of Play-Based Learning
Preschool age is one of the most important periods in a child’s learning. It is YCIS Beijing’s mission to create a solid foundation from which a student can grow and become not only life-long learners but also active and fully-rounded individuals. In order to achieve such goals, we utilize a Play-Based Learning Programme, in which children receive multiple learning opportunities to practice new skills through meaningful activities, all within a nurturing environment.
YCIS Beijing Students Put Myths to the Test!
As a follow up to last month’s highly successful Primary School Science Enrichment Week, our Years 6–9 students got in on the action by putting together a truly awe-inspiring science fair. With a concept based on the popular television series MythBusters, students were placed in small teams with the goal of designing an investigation to put commonly agreed-upon myths to the test. The findings of some of these investigations were quite amazing!
YCIS Beijing’s Experiencing China Guide: Huangshan (黄山)
Every academic year, YCIS Beijing Secondary students are given the unique opportunity to travel with their teachers and classmates to culturally significant destinations within China as part of the Experiencing China programme. In April, Year 9 students journeyed to historic Huangshan (黄山). For those of us who were unable to take part in their fabulous field trip, fear not! YCIS Beijing has prepared this guide so that you too may Experience China as our students get to every year!
Communication, Co-operation, and Community
In the coming months, YCIS Beijing will be welcoming experienced educator and leader Don Collins into his new role as Secondary School Vice-Principal with the school. Already settled in Beijing, we were able to sit down with Mr Collins to discuss his extensive experience in education and some of the major improvements and enhancements he has planned for the Secondary School section of YCIS Beijing.