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.
YCIS Beijing Scorpions Undefeated Seasons
Terrific news for YCIS Beijing Scorpion fans this week as both the Under 14 boys and girls basketball teams brought home 1st place trophies from the ISAC tournament held in Tianjin. For those of you who have been following along at home, both teams haven’t dropped a single game throughout the entire season.
Exclusive interview with Captain Louie from Primary School Musical
On April 19, the Primary School put on a fantastic production of Captain Louie Jr for their annual school musical. The students have been 100% committed since the rehearsals began; on the night of the performance their dedication and energy was on full display! We sat down with Captain Louie himself, Year 5 student Chris Jun Hyun Park, to discuss his role in the performance.
Setting Science Enrichment Week in Motion
April 18 to 22 saw the YCIS Beijing Primary School students and teachers buzzing with excitement as students celebrated all things scientific with Science Enrichment Week. The week had each class complete projects while exploring concepts related to this year’s Science Enrichment Week theme of motion, including gravity, kinetic force, and friction.