Words from ACAMIS Basketball D1 Girls Captain

As a senior, I cherished my last year of basketball ACAMIS very much. This time it was located in Beijing, and despite the cold weather, our team of enthusiastic ballers definitely made my last year memorable. From the first tip off to the last buzzer, I felt us grow as a team as younger players stepped up and we started to really bond as a team. I was delighted to be captain of my amazing team that pushed through even though they were tired, and they pushed through with great attitude, with every intention to play some great basketball, under the guidance of our coach Ms Fung. It was really exciting and intense to compete against schools we’ve never played before, challenging excellent teams that actually in turn, helped us to improve. I am so grateful to be able to be a part of the sports programme, and thankful to be finishing off with buzzer beaters, laughs, and a wonderful ACAMIS.

Eunice Sung
D1 Girls Captain

IB Year 13 Solo Performance Evening

The IB Y13 Music class gave their final solo performances on Tuesday 23rd of January this semester. The evening was a true event of eclectic music with classical piano, violin performances as well as a jazz band combo featuring one of our Y13 students. Music went from Bach and Mozart to the French composer Massanet. A drum solo titled Make War by the group From First to Last was a highlight of the evening and two pieces by the metal band ACDC were also performed. Blues, jazz and pop music were also among the genres of music used to entertain the audience. The evening was a cold, chilly Shanghai night but the music did much to warm our souls and hearts. This year’s IB Music class has shown great diversity in their abilities, interests and specialities. Their gift of music to YCIS Shanghai GuBei campus will long be remembered.

Beth Kerzee
Head of Performing Arts

New Books in the Library

New books are being added to the library all the time to provide fun reading and up to date information. Here are a few recently added titles.

Seven Dead Pirates by Linda Bailey

Lewis Dearborn’s family inherits a seaside mansion. He is delighted until he discovers that his bedroom is occupied by the ghosts of seven dead pirates. The ghosts expect him to help them re-take their ship, now restored and on display in a local museum, so that they can sail to Libertalia, a legendary pirate utopia.


Heart of a Champion by Ellen Schwartz and Obasan by Joy Kogawa

These are two historical novels dealing with the treatment of Japanese people in Canada during World War II. In Heart of a Champion, baseball is central to surviving the hardship (younger readers). Obasan, intended for older readers, examines the hardships of one family and the multigenerational impact.

It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis and The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

Both of these novels explore alternative history ideas of fascism in America. Lewis’s novel was published in 1935, prior to World War II,
and Roth’s novel was published in 2004. In It Can’t Happen Here Buzz Windrip defeats F.D. Roosevelt to become president using fear tactics, promising economic and social reforms and promoting patriotism. The Plot Against America has a similar plot in which Charles Lindbergh defeats F.D. Roosevelt leading to an isolationist and anti-semitic government.

How to Babysit a Leopard by Ted & Betsy Lewin.

World traveling authors/illustrators, Ted & Betsy, entertain you with stories of their travel experiences.

Driving Honda: Inside the World’s Most Innovative Car Company by Jeffrey Rothfeder

What drives the company that keeps creating and improving award winning and bestselling models? According to Jeffrey Rothfeder, what truly distinguishes Honda from its competitors is a deep commitment to a set of unorthodox management tenets.

 Two New Collections in the Library: Spanish and Korean

In addition to English and Chinese books, we have begun adding books in Spanish and Korean languages. The Spanish books will be available to support students in Spanish courses who are learning the language. Korean books are available for any students who are fluent in Korean and wish to read fiction or non-fiction in their home language.

Karla Castle
Head Librarian

Managing Stress during the Spring Semester

As the winter extends into spring with warmer temperatures and happier faces, everything seems to be improving in one’s life, so it seems. When you think of the academic year if you are a student, you might have some concerns or questions at this time. You might be thinking “Am I maintaining good grades?” With those IB exams quickly approaching, “Did I meet my own or parent’s expectations this year as a student?” Stress can slowly creep in extending a cold and dismal feeling of winter within. As a student who is navigating the academic, social and challenges of daily life, stress can cause you to move backwards instead of forward and disrupt those goals you established for yourself during the New Year’s festivities with your family and friends.

What can you do if stress is creeping in causing negative outcomes or forcing you to question yourself in the busy life where there is no dress rehearsal?

Manage your time and do no procrastinate: Establish a schedule that includes breaks and hold yourself to it. Do not wait until the night before to complete tasks that are not desirable. Complete chunks early on and ask for help where you need.

Organize your academic and social life: Complete academic tasks first, and ask questions if not sure on requirements. Try working on more difficult academic tasks earlier in the afternoon or evening before your brain hits rest mode later at night. Socialize in person or on media with friends when a reasonable amount of time committed to academics has been accomplished.

Exercise and drink plenty of water: Schedule in daily exercise, even if that means walking around the block for 10 minutes. If stressed with academics or daily life move your body. Increasing blood flow can limit stressors affecting you and can assist in prevention against bacteria and viruses too. Drink a lot of water through-out the day. Keeping hydrated limits stress.

Practice your hobby or talent daily: Even if you have not completed your academics or you have not socialized, you should participate in a sport, music instrument, artistic practice, reading or writing for enjoyment daily. Do not exclude activities you love or possess a talent for when times are tough. These hobbies or talents could be your life’s calling, a future career, and continued practice helps you in your academics and perfecting your craft.

Receive Proper Rest: Do not exclude rest if you are feeling burned out or have not completed your daily tasks. As young adults 7-9 hours of sleep nightly is crucial. Refrain from screen time (Social Media, iPad, smart phone, or video games) 30 minutes before you go to bed for the night. This allows your eyes to ease into the stages of sleep more naturally.

Learning Support Department

Happy Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year which is also known as Spring Festival is now only a few days away! The Chinese Lunar New Year dates from 2600BC, when the Emperor Huang Di introduced first cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Because of this cyclical lunar dating, the first day of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. On the Chinese calendar, 2018 is the Lunar Year of 4715-4716. On the Western calendar, the start of this Chinese New Year falls on February 16, 2017.

We are entering a New Year, the Year of the Dog. The dog is symbolic of loyalty. The word for “barking” (汪, wāng) in Chinese has pronunciation similar to that for “prosperity” (旺,wàng). It’s believed that this animal would bring people luck and prosperity.

There is no doubt that the Year of the Dog will be another very exciting year for us at YCIS Gubei.  The Chinese role-play competition and speech competition, the Science Fair, the Model United Nation and the IGCSE and IB exams are examples of what will take place during this coming year, together with the challenges and adventures that still lie undiscovered ahead. We look forward to a year in which our students will continue to grow and mature through life’s experiences and we wish they will all grasp the opportunities afforded to them and enjoy the thrill of well-deserved success after hard work.

We wish all the Yew Chung students, staff and families a wonderful and prosperous Year of the Dog!

Ms. Isabel Xu & Dr. Richard Swann

Offset Your Carbon Emissions!

This Chinese New Year, the Environmental Club invites you to fly while reducing your global warming pollution! At YCIS, we believe in educating our students with a caring attitude towards the environment. This year, we invite you to take part in a school-wide attempt to offset our CO2 emissions from holiday travels. We will continue our work with the Roots and Shoots Million Tree Project to plant more trees in Inner Mongolia. Each tree that is planted costs 25 RMB and will offset 250 kg of CO2 throughout its lifespan.

Use the reference table below to guide you, however, please feel free to donate any number of trees you see fit.

Destination Number of Trees Cost(RMB)
Beijing/HK/Tokyo/Seoul 1 25
Bangkok/Manila 2 50
Singapore/Bali 3 75
Sydney/Cairo 6 150
Auckland/London/Vancouver 7 175
New York/Capetown 9 225

Please fill out this form and have your child return it along with you cash donation to his/her homeroom teacher before February 13th 2018. Thank you!

Thank you for your support!

                         x 25 RMB =                             
total number of trees                total amount

If the YCIS environment club reaches our 1000 tree goal, we will personally go to Inner Mongolia and plant the trees on your behalf.


D1 Boys Basketball Team Vanquishes All Opponents En Route to SISAC Puxi Championship

The D1 Boys’ Basketball team had a season for the ages this year as they destroyed every foe they faced on their way to a perfect regular season record and the SISAC West Division Championship. Led by team captain Jody Yu the deep and talented roster worked hard all season long and showcased the true definition of teamwork every time they took to the court. The senior heavy squad has been playing together for many years now and that continuity has brought out a sense of brotherhood that helped propel the team to unprecedented heights. As great as this dream season has been up to this point the work is far from finished.
As you read this our D1 Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams will be competing in the ACAMIS tournament in Beijing looking to continue the incredible run of success we’ve had. We appreciate all the love and support that the YCIS Community has shown us and we look forward to bringing home a bit of hardware to add to our overflowing trophy case.

Spencer Davis

CISSA Ultimate Frisbee

The Frisbee season was very nice. We got to know different people from different year levels. We also got to play against people from different schools. When we were playing we had awesome sportsmanship and team work and I wished the Frisbee season was longer.

Tin On Y8D

CISSA Soccer

In Soccer I learnt a lot of new skills with my teammates. We had good teamwork and supported each other. Ms. Vincent (our coach) taught us very well and encouraged us not to give up and go for the ball. I hope I can improve and learn from my mistakes.

Ines Y8A

In the start of the season I was not very good and I did not try very hard in all of the practices. We didn’t win many game but we were happy in the last game because we got a win.

Hamilton Y8A

School Production: The Actor’s Nightmare

This year, the year 12 IB Theatre class was assigned The Actor’s Nightmare, by Christopher Durang. This was an unprecedented opportunity; to enable the IB Theatre class to experiment with directing in a completely authentic manner. To this end, Tetta Takikawa, a Year 12 IB Theatre student was appointed assistant director. Along with Mr. Simon Norton, our upper school drama/theatre teacher, the tasks of standing in when cast members were absent, reminding cast members about rehearsals, designing the poster and program AND stepping in as director were tasks done collaboratively with this Y12 IB Theatre student. The end result was a smashing success of a play, The Actor’s Nightmare, performed January 18, 19 and 20 in our Gubei Hall.

Assistant Director Tetta Takikawa said of the play, “The Actor’s Nightmare takes a deeper look at the nature of fear. It deals with the loss of control, and how we all react to fear in different ways. An actor’s nightmare itself is a common nightmare dreamt by many actors during their career; in which they find themselves unable to perform the play they are in due to a lack of preparation. ”

Students performing in the play were Hugh Wilcox as George (who experiences the actor’s nightmare), Zuzanna Spizak as Meg the stage manager, and various cast members in roles from various plays including our Alvina Chen, Ashly Parodi, Landen Melvin, Ashlee Weeks and Tetta Takikawa. Lighting was prepared and run by Jonathan Jones and Sound was assisted by Joshua Soenario and Andy Luo who also helped backstage. Other students who helped as backstage crew members were Natalie Phongsavanh, Vivian Chen and Sally Kim. Lastly, our own Mr. Matthias Peitsch served as Sound Engineer for the play.