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Reading Kites Fly at YCIS Beijing

June, 2010
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To celebrate World Book Day on April 23, the Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS) library team planned a whole month of reading activities.

ycis-reading-kites-sFrom April 19- 30 Primary school students participated in “Fly Your Reading Kite”. This reading competition was designed to create a fun environment to promote reading. The students were encouraged to read as much as possible and the class with the highest number of books read would win a prize. To keep track of their progress, each class from was given a kite; small placards containing the titles of books read made up the tails of the kites. Fridays were designated Kite-flying day and students were also encouraged to read at home, but all the reading records had to be versified by adults. 

The students took up the challenge with great enthusiasm and when the results were announced they were both shocking and exciting. In 2 weeks, Year 2B had read 2351 books, Year 4A had read 25073 minutes (418 hours) and Year 6B has read 15258 minutes (254.3 hours), granting the three classes the title of First Place Class for their respective year level classification. Students from the three classes enjoyed a pizza party and the classes were each awarded a beautiful Scholastic Book Display Pocket. Eight classes were also awarded Snack parties during break time for reading beyond expectation. 112 students won individual prizes and were awarded with a book.

Mr. Richard Robinson’s visit was a highlight of the month of reading fun. Robinson, a long- time China expert, recently published a new book “Beijing ABC” to support a charity serving underprivileged children. All proceeds from his book go to Magic Hospital. He joined the parent coffee morning, speaking to our parents about the challenges and rewards of self- publishing an English book in China. Later on, he read his book to all the Early Childhood Education, Year 1 and Year 2 students, and spoke to our secondary students and teachers during the Secondary Assembly.

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