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Dedication Ceremony and Grand Opening for the New YCIS Qingdao Campus

November, 2011
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ycis-qd-opening-sYew Chung International School of Qingdao (YCIS Qingdao) has recently had much to celebrate. In August 2011, the doors of its fantastic new campus opened to students in the rapidly developing district of Huangdao.

Conveniently linked by undersea tunnel to Qingdao city, this area is fast becoming the favored place for business and high living standards. The large school campus, located within the residential area, has an excellent provision of outdoor and indoor facilities including a high-tech new Apple computer suite and interactive Smartboards in every classroom.

On 21st October the excitement was suitably high and fitting for the much-awaited great occasion, the Dedication Ceremony and Grand Opening, with guests coming from far and wide. A selection of photographic memories and a unique short film about the construction of the new campus passed before the eyes of the audience. This showed the birth and development of the new school, which highlighted YCIS’s unique position.

Dr. Chan and Professor Yip of Yew Chung and YewWah Education were among those delivering addresses to the audience, joined by representatives for the Management Committee of Qingdao Economic and Technology Development Zone of Qingdao, Shandong Education Bureaus and the Shandong Provincial Education Department.

Student performances were interspersed between the speakers, bringing a range of musical talent. Raising the roof with Chinese drums for an explosive start, leading later to the soft tones of a student’s beautiful solo telling a story of dreams flowing into a duet; this was accompanied by an electrifying visual display of sand picture art. The seven images were created and displayed live as the sand was strewn across glass – depicting key elements of YCIS philosophy and education objectives. Orchestral pieces, including Allegro from Handle’s Water Music, epitomized the level of musical ability.

This was followed by the symbolic cutting of ribbon by the keynote speakers, indicating the euphoric arrival of the official opening of the school. Concluding with an orchestral crescendo, the celebrations then flowed into the playground courtyard to witness the release of white birds, representing the flight of students’ dreams and the proclamation of love. 

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