Student Blog

  • Working With Our Artist-in-Residence Has Inspired Me

    The moment I heard about the ‘Floral Bench Painting Project’ our Artist-in-Residence was conducting, I knew I had to participate. I really enjoy art, and I appreciate learning from our Artist-in-Residence, Ms Esther Chow, who I know because she taught us when we were in Year 6. We previously worked on a Hong Kong cityscape diorama project with Ms Esther, and that experience really made me look forward to this new project.

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  • How is YCIS Different From Other Schools

    Libby, Year 12, Century Park Campus Bilingual in environment, and international in variety is what makes YCIS unique. From Year 1 through Year 6, I always had two Co-Teachers, one English-speaking and one Chinese-speaking. My friends and I never thought twice when the language spoken in the classroom or on the playground was consistently changing. We were from all around the world, but we were brought together by the two languages we shared.

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  • A Duet of Reflections: Recording for the IGCSE Music Assignment

    Ruth & Joey, Year 10, Century Park Campus Ruth Recording for our IGCSE music composition and performance assignment was different, but also fun. My classmate, Joey, and I were prepared for recording because we had previously recorded songs with our teacher, Mr Adgemis, for our band, “6SN”. However, recording for coursework felt more serious.

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  • The Connection Between Computing Classes and the YCIS Robotics League

    Emma, Year 8, Gubei Campus This year in Year 8, I have been part of the YCIS First Lego League (FLL) Robotics team. We use legos and Mindstorm EV3 as a programming language, which has similarities to PyCharm (a programming language which is studied in our Lower Secondary Computing Classes).

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  • Student Council and Prefect Update from Century Park Campus

    Lorenzo, Year 12, Century Park Edited by Kevin, Year 9, Century Park January and February were busy months for the Student Council and the Prefects. Events and fundraisers were held throughout both months.

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  • My Creativity, Activity, Service IB Project: The Creative Change Project

    Elisa, Y13, Century Park Out of all the disciplines within the IB Diploma, you’d think completing the ‘Creativity, Activity, Service’ (CAS) project would be the easiest. Naturally, of course, because it’s considered part of the IB Core, the project is nowhere near as easy as it sounds! The CAS project refers to an activity that an IB student must conduct which engages other individuals to take part in the community, get active, or provide service to others.

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  • YCIS and the Thrill of Robotics Competitions

    Clark, Y8, Gubei Campus The Robotics Club recently participated in the First Lego League Robotics Competition here in Shanghai. This was the first time our team participated in the competition. All of my outstanding teammates had collaborated exceptionally well to create one sturdy, innovative robot, with several unique aesthetic attachments and an excellent programme. Throughout the first few months of our second semester, we had been diligent and contributed toward our final project. Our project was not only to do table missions, but also to create a project analysis of the relationship between animals and humankind. This was a presentation to show the judges that our programme, design strategy, and YCIS Robotics Club posters could develop ideas in Robotics Core Values.

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  • Basketball at YCIS

    Ian, Y13, Century Park Campus Our recent ACAMIS Basketball tournament in Beijing was one to remember for those of us in Year 13. The team consisting of nine players who entered the tournament well prepared and thrilled to take on the challenge. Learning from experience, we started our games with high speed passing, were very aggressive, and we reciprocated according to the physicality of our opponents. Our 1-3-1 press approach, in particular, caught the other teams by surprise. We played exceptionally well for the round robin games, just narrowly falling short of winning on a buzzer beater 3. However, we didn’t let it get in our heads, and instead it motivated us to make tactical adjustments so we would be better prepared to face our opponents again in the finals.

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  • A Very Fun After School Activity - Robotics Club

    Nathan, Y7, Century Park Campus This year, I am participating in the ‘First Lego League’ Extra Curricular Activity (ECA) run by Mr. Horwood, the Secondary Head of Computer Science at our campus. The First Lego League ECA is centered around robot building; however, there are many other parts of the ECA that are important, too. 

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