Student Blog

  • Art in School - Why It Matters

    Anna, Year 13, YCIS Shanghai Century Park Campus 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.

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  • Student Leadership Spotlight: Owen and Levona

    This series shares thoughts from our young student leaders. Today we introduce the School Captains from our Hongqiao Campus, Owen and Levona.  What year are you in, and where are you from? Owen – I’m in Year 6, and I’m from New York. Levona – I’m also in Year 6, and I come from Hong Kong.

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  • How Teachers at YCIS Have Helped Me, Academically and Beyond

    For the past six years in which I have been attending YCIS, teachers have always been willing and disposed to assist me in any way. Whether it is related to academics or to something which extends beyond the classroom environment, teachers are always ready and pleased to help.

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  • What I’ve Learned from Participating in Charity Programmes at YCIS

    The charity programmes at YCIS create amazing opportunities for students to truly think about what they can do to make the world a better place. “Love and charity” is a part of our school’s motto that aims to promote a charitable heart in each individual, as well as the passion for helping others. YCIS has hosted many events in promoting this concept, such as bake sales, Charity Week, volunteer work during our EOTC trips, and simple opportunities to just volunteer your time; these chances offer a versatility that is unparalleled.

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  • A Reflection on the ‘WeStand’ Leadership Summit

    Michael and Nicole, Year 10, Gubei Campus We stand. We lead. On March 3rd, 2017, a group of YCIS Prefects and members of the Student Council had the great opportunity to attend the annual ‘WeStand Summit’ by Young Leaders World. We were lucky to be invited to the summit and we learned so many new things. The summit conferences provided me with an expanded understanding of how to be a personal, local, or even a global leader, and with a clearer vision for my future. This remarkable day started at 8 a.m. with a bus ride from Shanghai to Suzhou. By 9 a.m. we arrived at the event and were simply given a booklet, a wristband, and a pen. What I didn’t know was that those three items would inspire a whole room full of young leaders to act.

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  • 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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