February 26, 2018
As many people in Shanghai know, YCIS Shanghai Century Park Campus is a small but closely connected school community. Students, parents and teachers alike come from various cultures and backgrounds, so there is a truly international atmosphere. There are countless opportunities for students to socialise with each other, such as during homeroom (right before the start of school), during class discussions, and during lunch periods. These opportunities allow students to learn about their peers’ different experiences, as well as develop their social skills.
January 25, 2018
Ever since my first EOTC in Year 7, I have always looked forward to the next year’s school trip. After hearing about the amazing things I would get to see and do on the Year 12 Thailand trip, I was extremely eager to experience this incredible trip myself.
Unlike the school trips I’ve been on before, the Thailand trip allowed me to immerse myself in a culture that I had never seen before. I was introduced to new foods, traditional clothing, architecture, languages, art styles, history, and many more wonderful experiences. But my favorite memory of the trip was being able to ride real live elephants with my friends! It was a little daunting, getting so close to an animal that could literally rip my arm off if it felt like it, but once I clambered up onto its back, I started enjoying myself. It’s not every day that you get to ride on top of one of the largest land animals in the world!
January 10, 2018
Times are changing. Never before has humanity been so close together, and yet so divided at the same time. A rise in nationalism and an “us versus them” mentality has taken a chokehold on human society. Plans to save the earth have been brushed aside. Our leaders have pondered, and promises have been made, but little has actually happened to work toward saving the planet.
Millions upon millions of metric tons of plastic have been dumped into our oceans, killing wildlife and severely impacting the livelihood of coastal cities. Climate change continues to melt the polar ice caps, making sea levels rise enough to threaten populations and driving many beautiful Arctic animals to extinction. The Great Barrier Reef – one of the seven natural wonders of the world – is in critical condition, with corals dying at an unprecedented rate.
November 30, 2017
Songzhou, Year 7, Century Park Campus
Our EOTC (Education outside of the Classroom) trip to Xi’an was pretty cool. We saw a lot of things that you cannot see in the big city of Shanghai.
For instance, random people wanted to take pictures of us because we didn’t look like we were from China. There were also people begging, and that was quite sad to see. However, the good things heavily outweighed the bad ones. One good thing was that the food was very, very, VERY different and delicious. Also, a lot of times the cooking happened right in front of us, and that was really neat. Another example was the citizens’ behavior. The people living there were extremely kind. They were always willing to give directions to the nearest restroom, or suggest what we should eat at the Muslim quarter night market. They were so nice!
November 23, 2017
IB Art at YCIS Shanghai has taught me that art is not just about making something that looks pretty or having the technical skill to paint photorealistic flowers; quite frankly, those skills have become somewhat redundant with the advancement of image-capture technology in the 21st Century. It’s about communication. Just as analyzing literature teaches us skills to become better, more articulate communicators through language, understanding how to both convey a message through a variety of mediums and, perhaps even more importantly, how to perceive the meaning in the work of others makes us better critical thinkers and more empathetic and thoughtful people.