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YCIS Beijing Year 7 Students Develop Problem-Solving and Teamwork Skills

September, 2015
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ycis-bj-team-building-2In the third week of August, Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) Year 7 students, both new and returning, participated in a four-day event titled “Skills Week.” It consisted of a wide variety of activities and workshops ideal for assisting new Secondary School arrivals in transitioning into the next stage of their school career. Workshop topics included teamwork, problem solving, time management, study skills, and cross-cultural awareness. Each student also met with their Year 12 “buddies,” Year 12 students who support their Year 7 partners in dealing with any academic or social issues they might experience during their first year of Secondary School.

Joy Moore, the YCIS Lower Secondary School Coordinator, was primarily responsible for the invention and development of this session. She had this to say about the week’s importance for Year 7 students: “The transition to Secondary School can be daunting and it is important that students are well supported throughout this time. The Y12 ‘buddies’ and a range of workshops and activities arranged throughout skills week help ease the students into Secondary School life. In an engaging few days, we facilitate the students getting to know their new classmates, highlight necessary skills, and start the process of developing good study strategies.”

The capstone of the week was a trip to The Hutong, a language and cultural exchange center with a presence in Beijing for more than 10 years. Students attended an improvisation workshop, dumpling making classes, and a scavenger hunt. In addition to allowing students to experience Beijing’s rich Chinese culture, students had a great time playing and bonding with their classmates. 


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