Key Takeaways from the First YCTalks Series Live Stream
On Thursday, May 21, YCIS Shanghai hosted its first Live Stream discussion as part of the new YCTalks Series. The inaugural talk, "Discovering the Uniqueness of the YCIS Chinese Programme", hosted by Ms Ivana Fan, with guest speakers Ms Sissy Shen and Ms Kian Ji, highlighted the school’s excellent Chinese curriculum and what sets it apart from international schools in China and around the world. Here, are some of the highlights of the discussion:
In Time of Need, Music and Charity Are the Answer
Part of the YCIS school motto states that Yew Chung will "align with arts and charity". Students at YCIS Shanghai endeavour to embody the school’s mission in many ways throughout their time at the school. Recently, students at YCIS Shanghai Puxi and YCIS Shanghai Pudong have been coming up with creative and caring ways to make the most out of the current COVID-19 situation.
Safeguarding and Protecting Students First and Foremost
At YCIS Shanghai, the creation and maintenance of a safe, secure, and supportive learning environment and the welfare of all students is of paramount importance to the school community. The school fully recognises its responsibilities regarding child protection and is committed to providing education and support to students, parents, and teachers in all aspects of safeguarding. During the e-learning period, YCIS Shanghai staff have continued to undertake child protection and safeguarding training and adhere to all established protocols, albeit in a digital setting. YCIS Shanghai Child Protection Officers Ms Lucia Hu and Ms Laura Muir (YCIS Shanghai Pudong), along with Ms Jana van Zyl and Ms Lauren Rogers (YCIS Shanghai Puxi), describe the measures in place at the school to maintain these high standards.
We're Back! Upper Secondary Students Reunited on Campus
Since the COVID-19 outbreak in January, YCIS Shanghai students have been studying remotely from various locations around the world. Now that the situation in Shanghai is getting better, most of our students are back in the city and ready to get back to campus. After successful rounds of government inspections, the school has now started to resume classes on our Puxi and Pudong campuses, and students are beginning to return. This week, students from Years 10-13 and their teachers were the first to come back.
YCIS Shanghai Campuses Ready to Welcome Back Students
At YCIS Shanghai, the health, safety, and well-being of all students, staff, and community members are always at the forefront of everything the school does. Consistent and stringent health and safety protocols are maintained across all our school campuses to ensure everyone can learn, work, and develop in the best possible environment. In response to the current COVID-19 epidemic, the school has further ramped up these measures to ensure we are meeting all government requirements, ready for school reopening. After the announcement on Thursday, April 9 by the Shanghai Epidemic Prevention and Control Group that schools are due to reopen soon, we are pleased to share the efforts that are already in place on our five campuses across the city.
Supporting Families During COVID-19 at YCIS Shanghai
During this challenging time, YCIS Shanghai has offered support not just to students, but also to the many parents around the world that are spending time at home with their children. The Parent Relations teams of both YCIS Shanghai Puxi and Pudong campuses have been very active in making sure families can easily communicate with teachers and staff, have access to all important materials, as well as in helping them with any challenges they may face during the quarantine and e-Learning periods.
Online Resources for E-Learning at YCIS Shanghai
With the COVID-19 situation continuing to develop globally, many schools across China and the world remain temporarily closed. Classes have moved online, and e-learning has become the norm for students. Due to these school closures, libraries have also been focusing more and more on their online resource offering.
Mathematics Mastery: YCIS Students Shine in Competitions
At YCIS Shanghai, the robust Mathematics programme in both Primary and Secondary is bolstered by a plethora of Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) and events, including Maths competitions, throughout the year. Despite the current situation, the temporary closure of our school campuses, and busy e-Learning schedules, YCIS students keep achieving tremendous results in international Mathematics competitions!
Exceptional E-Learning – Tales of Success from YCIS Teachers
The extraordinary circumstances in which we currently find ourselves have created many new challenges and opportunities for staff and students from YCIS Shanghai. While located all across the globe and in many different time zones, and while quickly becoming adept at using new technologies, the need for adaptability and ingenuity has never been greater. Of course, YCIS staff and students are known to be flexible (as well as determined, innovative, resilient, and more!), and this situation has brought out the best in our school community. Here, several YCIS Shanghai teachers describe their experiences over the past few weeks as they have been creatively connecting with their students.