14 Oct, 2013
10 : 00
On October 11, more than 5,500 students and 1,500 teachers and staff at all YCIS locations worldwide gathered together – virtually – to commemorate an important milestone in Yew Chung history, when, in 1932, the late Madam Tsang Chor-hang founded Yew Chung in Hong Kong. To celebrate this momentous occasion, and in honour of the founder, YCIS campuses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Qingdao, Chongqing, and Silicon Valley (US) were connected by a live video broadcast of the celebration and assembly at each location.
The event commenced with an introduction of the history of the school by YCIS Secondary students, followed by the singing of the school’s hymn. After a prayer by Mr Steve Hackman, the schools’ Head of Christian and Moral Education Division, Dr Betty Chan, the Director of the Yew Chung Education Foundation and Madam Tsang Chor-hang’s daughter, gave an extremely thoughtful and moving address.
Following the inspiring remarks by Dr Chan, YCIS Shanghai students enjoyed seeing video greetings from all YCIS campuses, with students and staff describing and demonstrating how they would reflect the Yew Chung spirit throughout the day.
All Shanghai campuses then continued the celebration with a number of sporting activities and games held throughout the day. Students and teachers enjoyed a “staff versus student tug-of-war,” a Founder’s Day run, teambuilding games, football matches, and more! At the Hongqiao Campus, students were thrilled to see their Co-Principals, Mr Andrew Mellor and Ms Julie Zheng, take part in some of the games alongside them, and at the Regency Park Campus, students gave their best effort during each year level heat of the Founder’s Day run, while all spectators cheerfully encouraged the participants, creating a true sense of community. The fun was meaningful for all students and staff at YCIS Shanghai, especially given the global connection and interaction with everyone from Yew Chung worldwide.
Afterward, Dr Chan kindly congratulated everyone for another successful Founder’s Day, highlighting the purpose of the event, saying, “The YCIS schools belong to each and every one of you, and I pray that we will continually be reminded of our Founder’s vision and mission at each annual Founder’s Day in the years to come!”