Coping Skills on Wellness Day
Following the success of the inaugural Wellness Wednesday in March, the YCIS Beijing Secondary team hosted yet another Wellness Day for Lower Secondary students one earlier this month after taking into consideration many of the students' recommendations regarding activities. Planned activities were focused on helping students cope with pressures that come with academic work especially during the time of eLearning, reinforcing our school's commitment to a holistic approach to teaching and learning, which stresses students' overall welfare.
Maintaining Engagement with Exercise
Throughout the past months of e-learning, teachers have been working very hard to keep students engaged – PE teachers included. With a subject that mainly requires physical contact like PE, especially with younger students, our teachers have applied their ingenuity in how they plan their lessons to ensure that our YCIS Beijing learners remain focused and involved during online classes.
Campus Safety and Reopening Procedures
On Thursday, 7th May, representatives from various government organisations inspected our Honglingjing campus once again to ensure the readiness of our facilities for the return of Year 11 students next week Monday, 11th May. With the Year 13s already on campus, a majority of the preparations were already complete, but a few adjustments had to be put in place to accommodate the larger cohort. Below is a list of items the School focused on for the second time to be ready to welcome back our Year 11 students.
The Uni Application Process During COVID-19
The second half of the school year has been largely dominated by news related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Education institutions and other organizations, communities and individuals were forced to devise alternatives to how they typically operate – which has required a large proportion of flexibility and adaptation. Graduating classes and universities around the world have also adjusted their procedure in response to the lockdown. Jonathan Mellen, YCIS Beijing’s University Guidance Officer, offers us an overview of which adjustments University Applications have applied to the regular process and how he plans to prepare our students for new academic year.
YCIS-BJ Year 13s are back on Campus!
After almost three months of eLearning and missing school life, our seniors finally returned to a campus thoroughly prepared for their first day on Monday, April 27th. Several government officials, members of the Balizhuang Community and YCIS Beijing staff which included teachers ,were all eagerly waiting for the students' to be back in the classrooms since the closure in January.
Graduates Reflect on University Offers
Earlier this month, Jonathan Mellen, YCIS Beijing's University Guidance Officer, sat down with three students from our graduating class to chat with them about their experiences with eLearning and their thoughts on graduating Secondary School in the time of COVID-19.
Engaging Students with Famous Art Creations
Since the beginning, the COVID-19 outbreak has reinforced the need for truly living up to the concept of global citizenship and leverage the opportunities internet connectivity can offer us. With people spread around the globe, many have found new ways to maintain connections and an active lifestyle; from live streaming, to online workouts and jam sessions, language classes, and for others, like Allison Cusato, YCIS Beijing Secondary Art teacher, her online adventures evolved and have involved an artistic social media challenge, initiated by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and quickly adapted by many of her fellow art teachers through the @Artedportraits account on Instagram.
YCIS-BJ Receives Approval to Reopen on Monday
In light of the announcement by the Beijing Municipal Education Committee earlier this month allowing Schools in Beijing to reopen for some year levels after months of online learning, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, every member of YCIS-BJ staff has worked diligently towards ensuring that our School passed the final inspection conducted by representatives from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDCP), the Chaoyang Education Committee (CEC), the Beijing Education Committee (BEC)and the Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (BCDPC) this week.
YCIS-BJ Students Get Creative with Food Art
Famous visual artists such as Pablo Picasso, Freda Kahlo and Andy Warhol amongst others are names often associated with art – specifically painting. Last week, however, in a lesson with Yew Chung International School of Beijing Primary students, Johan Swart, Primary and Lower Secondary Art Specialist opted to introduce the avant-garde concept of food art.