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YCIS Beijing Welcomes New Secondary Vice-Principal

August, 2016
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In the coming months, Yew Chung International School of Beijing will be welcoming experienced educator and leader Don Collins into his new role as Secondary School Vice-Principal with the school.

ycis-bj-seconary-principal-don-collins-photoCollins has served as a Principal for 16 years and another five years as Assistant Principal before that across three different schools. He is the founding Principal of his most recent school Coburg High School, a hi-tech school that has a real focus on the student at the center and using technology in a powerful way.

“When I heard about YCIS Beijing’s Philosophy and Objectives, they sounded very much in line with my own philosophy with regards to education,” Collins said. “The most appealing aspect was what was being offered at YCIS Beijing in terms of a truly global community but heavily based in the appreciation of Chinese culture and Chinese language. I’ve been a strong supporter of bilingualism in my lifetime and throughout my career in education.”

Collins hopes that he can bring a skill set and understanding that will increase dialogue between people. A major goal for him is getting parents, staff, and students connected with one another, e.g. people in science know what people in English are doing and connections can be made between curricula. While there’s been a focus in education on STEM (Science, Tech, engineering, Maths), he is very interested in adding an A (Arts) into it to create STEAM.

“I’m also interested in harnessing expertise from all across the world, bringing people into the school via Skype and other connections, as well as utilizing the wealth of expertise in Beijing that other people bring in from the local community. My experience is that education makes a fantastic motivation to convince local experts to come and speak with students! Finally, and very importantly, I plan to support the objectives of the school and increase our outcomes and make sure our students, parents, and staff are connected and happy while working to further build a sense of community here.”

 

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