YCIS Shanghai Ushers in the Year of the Dragon
China is, in fact, a collection of the traditions and practices of more than 50 minority groups that make up the country’s population. So when it came time to welcome the much anticipated Year of the Dragon, in late January, YCIS Shanghai’s Chinese teachers helped students prepare a full range of celebrations that are fun, meaningful and informative, and able to reflect the ethnical diversity of China.
YCIS Shanghai Sponsors Literary Festival
Living up to its motto to align with culture and arts, YCIS Shanghai is proud to sponsor the tenth Shanghai International Literary Festival, hosted by M on the Bund. The festival will run from February 29 to March 18 and will be attended by bestselling author Amy Tan, Pulitzer Prize recipient Edward P. Jones and The Simpsons’ legendary creator Matt Groening.
YCIS Shanghai Takes Centre Stage
As the semester drew to a close, all the hours spent rehearsing lines, blocking, and getting costumes fitted paid off when the curtains rolled up for the grand productions.
YCIS Shanghai Starts Model United Nations Club
YCIS Shanghai’s new Model United Nations (MUN) Club travelled to Hangzhou last month to participate in the Westlake MUN Conference with 15 other international schools. The conference lasted a weekend and allowed the delegates to participate in simulations of debates that are currently taking place at the United Nations in New York and at other MUN conferences around the world.
“Ayi” Appreciation Day
Sometimes it is easy to forget that lessons on giving can apply to our places of work and study. For one week in November, students at YCIS Shanghai Gubei Campus expressed their appreciation for the school “Ayi’s” who work around the clock to maintain a clean environment for faculty and students.
Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach
One of the great benefits of working in a school environment is that both children and staff are continually exposed to new aspects of learning.
A Delicious Way to Learn
What does it mean to encourage learning through play in the kindergarten years? One K4 class’ visit to a hotel kitchen makes for a fine example. Last month, the four-year-old students had developed an interest in different elements of cooking and were invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of Jin Jiang Oriental Hotel’s kitchen as part of their studies. Accompanied by their teachers, the children put on little chefs’ hats and took a tour with the executive chef to learn about how things work in a large hotel kitchen.
Running for a Cancer-Free World
For the fifth year, YCIS Shanghai has organised for the greater Shanghai community to participate in the worldwide Terry Fox Run.
Dotting Inner Mongolia Green
The Ecology Action Team at YCIS Shanghai’s Pudong Campuses handed over a cheque to Roots and Shoots in September for RMB 25,000 yuan to sponsor the school’s third 1000-tree forest in Inner Mongolia. “This is an incredible effort and a credit to all the teachers and students who contributed,” said Western Co-Principal Chris Connellan.