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.
Here, at the Gubei Secondary Campus, I have experienced an array of new classes, learning so many new skills. The teachers are focused and professional. The academic curriculum is excellent, and we are also lucky to have access to many Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs), ranging from a large variety of sports to performing arts. When I leave YCIS, I will miss the fact that next to the great academic learning, the school also emphasises the importance of other activities, giving students a perfect balance.
One of my biggest passions is theatre and performing arts. Every year, we have a school performance, alternating between musicals and plays. Over my time at YCIS, I have participated in ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, and many more unforgettable shows. The opportunities for theatre here are great, with shows every year and many smaller activities connected to the performing arts.
I am also a sports fan. There are many different sports available throughout the year at YCIS. I joined approximately four different sports every year, including volleyball (and I got to play ACAMIS this year!), basketball, touch rugby, and ultimate frisbee. And there are so many other sports available for all ages and all skill levels — something that is truly unique to YCIS.
I am sad about having to leave YCIS and Shanghai. I have made lifelong memories here and met people that have helped and inspired me greatly throughout my amazing years at the school. So, thank you, YCIS!
Lou, Year 10, YCIS Puxi Secondary