Student Blog

  • My Experience Studying IGSCE at YCIS Puxi

    Last year, I finished the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme at YCIS Puxi Secondary. This qualification is the most popular international certificate worldwide for students aged 14-16 and is organised by Cambridge Assessment International Education.

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  • The Impact of Leading the Student Council

    It is safe to say that I have grown from my experience as Student Council Co-President.

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  • My Favourite Teacher at YCIS and How They Inspired Me

    Who is my favourite teacher at YCIS?  That’s a hard question! After 13 years of learning at the school, I think I should come up with an answer. Throughout these 13 years, many teachers have helped me go through difficulties and challenges. No matter if they are still here or they left, they have always inspired me to improve myself. I feel that one of my teachers that inspired me the most, however, was the IB coordinator, Dr Maria Sieve, and I thought that I should thank her.

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  • How I Like to Spend My Free Time on Campus

    Life on campus is never limited here at YCIS Shanghai. It is common to see students enjoying themselves in the school during breaks and even after school, certainly not feeling compelled to leave as soon as the bell rings. Many students prefer to stay in the library, a quiet and peaceful place that is suitable for both revising and chatting with friends, and I am also one of those who often frequent the library. It’s a tranquil place, as no one will be disturbing me, and nothing will distract me, which helps me to focus better. The cafeteria is also an option during breaks to buy some tempting snacks to fuel my brain, but, most of all, I prefer spending my free time out on the field when possible.

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  • How Students Can Deal with Stress

    Unfortunately, stress can be an issue for school students, and it is something that can increase as we get older. High-stress levels can be extremely harmful to a teenager’s health and well-being, negatively impacting academic performance. So how can we deal with stress at school?

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  • Tips for Students Who Miss their Home Countries

    Perhaps I am not the best person to tell you how to deal with being homesick, considering the fact that I was born in Shanghai and have never lived anywhere else. However, I think this gives me the advantage of knowing how to enjoy the city to its fullest, so let me try.

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  • Why the International Baccalaureate Diploma Is Such a Great Qualification to Have

    The International Baccalaureate – yes, that is how it is spelled – or simply "IB", is a rigorous course that challenges individuals to immerse themselves in an advanced academic curriculum. Students tackle this course alongside the tasks of completing an Extended Essay, a Theory of Knowledge course, as well as Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) requirements.

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  • The Importance of Collaboration in House Competitions

    House competitions have always played an important role within our closely-packed, family-like school community. We have four houses: the Green Gators, Blue Wolverines, Yellow Jaguars, and the Red Scorpions. The members of these houses are randomly selected, with the exception being that siblings are placed in the same team. This selection process means that most of the time, friendship groups are separated, which sounds quite intimidating. But is it really? Not at all! With the involvement of the entire student body, these house competitions enable students to build friendships across all year levels. The students are supportive of one another, regardless of age, gender, or abilities, and this allows students to push each other out of their comfort zones, and for them to grow as individuals.

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  • Discovering My Culture

    Seventeen years ago, my dad left his hometown of Adelaide, Australia to come to Shanghai to teach at YCIS. Within a year he met my mum, who’s from Shanghai, and soon after they got married. After some time, I was born in Shanghai, and I have lived here ever since. So, I’m half Australian and half Chinese, but I’ve lived in China my whole life. I’m surrounded by Chinese culture, but I’m always finding ways to connect with the Australian part of myself.

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