Y10 Jianzi Competition

To encourage exercise and friendly competition, and also to encourage participation in a cultural Chinese exercise, the Y10 students had a Jianzi competition to see which tutor group could keep this little ‘hacky-sac’ like item up in the air.

Congrats to Y10B for taking home the award!


Y11 Internship Update

What is happening now?

To keep you updated about the progress of the Y11 Internship Program, all students have completed their interviews and most have agreed internships.   The students did a great job preparing courageously for these interviews.

The above students have agreed internships.


About 2 weeks ago one of the internship companies couldn’t take 3 of the students, and after some communication, it seemed like we needed to look elsewhere.

The students were disappointed and wanted to pursue more opportunities, they really saw this an a great experience.  If new companies couldn’t be found then these students would come into school to help me with the IGCSE exams for Y10 and also their enrichment projects.

After the Internships?

Appreciation Lunch Invitation

Following the internship, the business representatives are invited to an appreciation at YCIS filled with discussion, food and performances to come.








I am very pleased with most of the students having a placement and the companies have really made big efforts to accommodate our students.  The students really took the process seriously.  They were very thankful for this as evidenced by all of the attending the help sessions for resumes and interviews.

Next Year?

We want to start the process sooner, in terms of resume preparations and interview practice. Thus we will include a skills week session for the current Y10 students during their June enrichment to prepare their resumes.  Feedback from the teachers who will visit the students will be able to also direct the future steps in increasing and diversifying our business partners.

We also would like to expand the Science and Technology placements that we can offer.  The whole process was quite strenuous this year in setting up the program but great success has been had.

Students are also learning to be more responsible with their forms and their time management through this process in that they need to show up for their interviews at the right time in order to attain the job.

Y11 Potluck 2017

As a well wish for the Y11 students as they embark on their exam leave before they start their Cambridge IGCSE exams, it is a tradition that we hold a potluck celebration for them.

Students each bring 1 dish to share with their classmates and also their teachers.

Before we eat the students each say a big thank you to their teachers for their help throughout the past 2 years.

Good luck students.

Y9-11 Learning Community Clarifications

As we embark on the new Y9-11 Learning Community we need to make sure all stakeholders are updated.


Here is a presentation about what is to come to give more details about the change in Y9-11 for YCIS Beijing next year.


IGCSE For Admin May 2017


The admin in the meeting were happy to have a clearer picture of what the changes entail and the benefits for the students.  More clarifications are still needed in terms of the naming of this program, in that it is more than just the IGCSE.  As a learning community having 3 years of time would also mean re-planning the years and how the syllabuses will be taught.

There would also be implications for University applications if the amount of time in IGCSE is expanded to 3.  Perhaps the answer is Pre-IGCSE naming, but students will still write finals in Y11.


Modifications to the plan have been abundant, with consultations with parents, teachers and students, and also with the placement of students in the plan.  These changes have allowed for all of the option choices to be offered, which is a very positive thing.  Overall, these changes should help all students have a more individualized program, which is the aim and objective.


Y9-11 Learning Community Structure Fall 2017 Onwards

A new structure for the IGCSE has begun at YCIS Beijing and there comes with it new opportunities and challenges.  The new structure will allow for Y9 students to start the Cambridge IGCSE studies to progress into Y11.


This will hopefully allow for students to have more breadth and depth in their IGCSE studies and allow for more individualized programming for students.

In the English stream more students will be able to attain the World Literature credit, in Science, hopefully students will be able to attain both the Coordinated Science credits as well as individual sciences.  In Math, more students will hopefully be able to attain the Additional Math credit.  All of these are extension courses that can be added on.  Option subjects will also be expanded so students can get more exposure before their IBDP choices. For students who need more time, the 3 years can be taken for even the mainstream core classes beyond extension, or internal study of the courses without the final IGCSE could also be allowed as usual.

Cambridge Timeline?

According to Cambridge, there is not specific time or age requirement for when students take their exams.  Preparation and expansion of the program will allow students with more time, or allow students to go deeper in more expanding to more difficult subjects.

Students, teachers and parents seem to be excited about this new change in their feedback.


Approaching this change is at times difficult to know what to expect.  The mixed Y9-10 classes will be a double cohort challenge, and the expansion really won’t target this group if they are in shared classes.  However, this is the best step to take to provide students with more opportunities, especially with a smaller cohort of Y10s coming in.

Y10-11 IGCSE Music Formative Assessment

Flash Card Activities are very useful in the music class.

In this activity, each student is given a set of musical flash cards/paper. Sometimes they are musical intervals, chords, cadences. There are many ways of using these cards to help give the students practice this aural awareness and ear training. Basically the students will hear an interval/chord/cadence played (by the teacher or by each student) and all the other students need to raise up the appropriate card. The person who played the interval will then validate all the answers from the students. There are many other versions of this:


  • The students can take turns playing the intervals for the rest of the class to guess
  • Each student can raise up the interval that they want other students to play
  • The student can pick a starting note and have the other students build various intervals upon or below that note
  • This can also lead to drawing the intervals in notation on the white board based on the strips of paper that the students hold up.


  • The students can take turns playing chords for other classmates to guess
  • The students can take turns asking the class to build the chord of their choice upon different start notes
  • The students as a class can ‘build’ the chord of choice through singing various notes together
  • The students can use boomwhackers and together as a class build the chords of their choice (major/minor/dominant/diminished)

 Key Signatures

  • Due to poorer results on a recent key signature test, this was added to help students visualize the key signatures and become more familiar with them.
  • Again there are many variations to using these cards, but a student or the teacher can name one key and have the other students raise up the appropriate card with that key signature. Next the teacher or student can ask for both the major and minor key signatures of a certain note.

Y10 Enrichment Program 2017

To help prepare the Y10 students for the upcoming year in IGCSE, we have prepared an academic program following the final examination period.  During this program students will be embarking on workshops targeting key academic areas (ie. CPR Training, Academic Honesty, Presentation skills, Resume Building, Internship Preparation, Leadership Skills etc.).

Students will also be engaged in group projects based on the concept of 20% Time & Genius Hour, applying the topics of the skills workshops and preparing them for IBDP.   The students have been attending workshops already to help them formulate relevant, interesting and creative ideas for projects they will be spending 10 hours of their Enrichment Week time on.  Some of their ideas include learning how to make a new App for the iPhone, research and cook recipes of foods from various countries to compile a cookbook, choreograph a dance to make a music video, publish a set of poetry and to set up a fashion show for charity.  The students have some large ambitions and we hope we can support them well to see these ideas become reality.