Student Blog

  • How My Family and I Prepared for Our Move to China

    The preparation to leave our small town of Adelaide to come to Shanghai was testing and chaotic. We started packing boxes over 100 days before we left, and it took weeks and weeks, as we had lived in the same house for nearly 13 years. I cannot remember what I put into any of those boxes since the whole packing experience has all blended into one blurry, hectic memory. 

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  • How Have I Responded to My New Leadership Role?

    A couple of months ago, I was appointed Student Council Co-President, and I must admit it was an incredibly alienexperience for me. Our first big event was the ‘Valentine’s Day Card Delivery’, which required a lot of planning and organisation. We had to consider the card system, gain approval from staff, order the supplies, and promote the event. It was overwhelming for me at first, as this required a lot of new responsibilities that I had to shoulder. However, this sense of stress helped put everything into perspective, and it showed me that events are much harder to host than people think they will be. Initially, it was slightly unsteady, but we still managed to pull it off, and I’m happy that it turned out rather successful.

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  • My Life in Sport at YCIS – Part 2: Sean

    When I was in Year 7, I joined my first sports team: CISSA Touch Rugby. It was the first time that I ever joined a sports Co-Curricular Activity (CCA), including in my previous schools. It was something I was not at all prepared for, but I came out of the experience having made new friends from the team, gained experience in a sport I’d never played before, and have a newfound passion for sports in general.  

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  • My Life in Sport at School – Part One: Bethany

    I believe that in life, sport is essential. Many benefits come from playing sports. It can help you to develop your coordination and teamwork skills, it is important for socialising, creating a community, and much more. 

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  • What I am Most Looking Forward to Next School Year

    Every time I look at the calendar, I remember that IGCSEs are coming up. Even though it might sound quite scary, I know that if we prepare well, things will be fine – if not even better than expected. 

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  • Performing Arts at YCIS Shanghai

    The most memorable moments I have had as a student at YCIS Shanghai are the ones where I was on stage performing. As a musician, my journey in the performing arts started seven years ago, at the age of ten, when I went on stage for the first time to perform a piano solo at a school talent show in front of a crowd of around 100 people. As nerve-racking as it was, the experience sparked in me an interest in performing that has never been extinguished.

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  • How I Prepared for the University Applications Process

    As the university application deadline approached, I started taking a few steps in the application process:

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  • Celebrating Chinese New Year in China

    With every passing moment, this world that we call home grows more and more global. The borders between countries, and the separations between cultures, grow smaller and smaller. But even as our nations and our people meld and cross with one another, some customs still live on. Traditions that have lasted for centuries will not see their deathbeds today, and in China, few things exemplify this better than Chinese New Year.

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  • My Achievements Over the Years and What I will Miss When I Leave

    I first came to YCIS Shanghai in Year 5, six years ago. I did not speak a word of English but was fluent in Chinese. One of the main reasons why I came to YCIS was that the school welcomes students with no English experience. But through a four-level system and six months of hard work, I became fluent in a completely foreign language.

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