85th Anniversary and the YCIS SH Mathematics Department

YCIS Gubei Campus Mathematics Department celebrated the 85th Anniversary in the spirit of the student learning focus for Reinvention: The Future Beckons. In their annual Pi Day on March 14th (3.14) throughout the Lower Secondary classes students were committed to numerous tasks and projects related to the symbolic meaning of π. Some students made bracelets with distinct coloured beads to represent each of the 10 digits of pi and to highlight that no pattern can be seen visually with the colourful array displayed on the bracelets. Others participated in a scavenger hunt where they digitally searched for information related to the number pi, π, such as finding the names of Chinese cities, which have something to do with a circular object, and famous people with birthdays on March 14th.

Significantly, in the context of the 85th Anniversary Teachers’ Conference Technology Keynote presenter Professor Nathan Holbert, the GB Campus Year 10 students held their annual Math Fair with a twist; students produced their own Smart phones apps, investigating the mathematics used for developing the functionality of the apps, and making sure they work correctly to achieve a win or score points.

In the context of their YCIS commitment to cultural interchange, exploration and investigation, the Year 10 classes also visited the Shanghai Han Xiang Water Expo Garden (上海韩湘水博园) where they examined the architecture of the Chinese bridges featured in the park. Students studied quadratic equations as preparation for the excursion, as throughout these gardens are many different and interesting architectural designs that lend themselves to modelling the use of mathematical equations. A Tracker programme was used to plot the arches in the bridges and make measurements, which they later used to determine the equations engineers might use in building bridges.

Some Year 7 students have been investigating and exploring their mathematics skills and understandings in examining how animations are made by looking at how midpoints on a coordinate plane help to smooth surfaces and different transformations move the objects left and right, up and down, and forwards and backwards.

More recently, two Gubei teams of Year 9 students headed to Beijing to represent the school in the British School of Beijing, Shunyi Math Olympiad where they placed an impressive 2nd place amidst 25 participating schools from around China. Also in March, YCIS Shanghai Gubei Campus also earned a rating of first place within the international and USA schools that participate in the American Scholastic Mathematics Association Contests.

Mathematics Department

Fundraising walk – Via Francigena – for Seeds of Hope Philippine project

Earlier this year, Mr. Steve Hackman and I did a presentation at each YCIS Campus in Shanghai about Seeds of Hope, which included an introduction about Mr. Hackman walking the 2000 Km “Via Francigena” pilgrimage departing from the Canterbury Cathedral (in England) on 1st June, all the way to the Vatican in Rome (in Italy) which he is aiming to reach by Aug 10. There will be five of us joining Mr. Hackman at the launch in Canterbury and for the first few days of the walk. I personally will also be walking into France with him for a further 5 days.

This adventure is to raise awareness for Seeds of Hope as well as solicit donations for our “Common Project” with Kids International Ministries in the Philippines.

If you’d like to make a donation yourself (highly encouraged and easy to do) or follow along with the pics we’ll be posting along the way, please check out our page: https://simplygiving.com/seedsofhope
(All donations received through the page will be given directly to Kids International Ministries)

Mr. Hackman has also been able to do a couple of promotional interviews for the Seeds of Hope walk on Radio 3 in Hong Kong as well as for the South China Morning Post. You can view these at:

http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/2146573/church-church-hong-kong-teacher-walk-2000km-england-vatican-city-raise

There is also a clip from Kids Ministry international at the following link: https://youtu.be/byKeqOJIR14

Please get the word out, the awareness up, and the donations for a worthy cause coming in

Thanks all for the many well wishes we’ve received and we look forward to sharing with you all the “tales from the trail”

God Bless
Mr. Chris Perks and Mr. Steve Hackman

CAL1 & CAL2’s Zoo Trip

 On Thursday May 3rd 2018, CAL1 & CAL2 Chinese classes went on a field trip to the Shanghai Zoo. The trip was very pleasurable because it was a weekday and not a lot of people were present then. As a result of this, seeing the animals was a nice and effortless experience.

First, we visited the marine life enclosure. It was very interesting to see the turtles patterns on its head and along the back of its shell. There was also a lot of different kinds of marine animals such as cat fish, lion fish, angelfish, a variety of different small sharks, and gold fish.

Secondly, we went to the reptile enclosure. We were able to see the different types of snakes and crocodiles from different perspectives and get a close look at them.

            

Next, we went to see the different types of birds at the zoo. Some of these birds were parrots, macaws, flamingoes, and many other beautiful birds. During this, we were able to look across a big lake filled with ducks and other birds that were interesting and cool to look at.

                                  

Then, we went to see the African Savana animals. We were able to see beautiful elephants, zebras, giraffes, wild horses, and many others. One of my favorites was gazing upon the cute elephant we thought was very cool to see.

           

Lastly, we went to see a goat. He was cute and he licked my hand. I (Mika) was so surprised I slapped him by accident. I think he forgave me though because he stated to lick me again! After I sanitized my had cause I didn’t know what he did before. I took a photo of him … look …

Brianna Finnegan & Mika Wallace

Everything You Need to Know about Textbooks and the End of the Year

The end of the year is approaching quickly, and all textbooks will need to be returned or renewed before the summer begins.

On June 8th, all students will receive an email listing all books that are checked out in their name indicating the current due date and status. This is intended to assist students identify what needs to be returned.

Y11 Students:

All textbooks must be returned by June 15th at the latest. Students may return textbooks to the library as soon as they are finished with the exam for that subject.

Y10 and Y12 Students:

The same textbooks will be used during Y11 and Y13, so Y10 and Y12 students have the option to return their textbooks or keep them over the summer. If opting to keep them over the summer, they must renew their books. This can be done online by logging into the library catalog from May 16-June 16. Instructions will be provided. All textbooks must be either returned or renewed by June 15th in order to receive end of year grade reports.

Instructions for renewal can be found here http://moodle-shpxsec.ycis-schools.com/pluginfile.php/2/course/section/2012/Renew%20Textbooks%20Online%202018.pdf

Y7-9 Students:

All textbooks must be returned to the library by June 15th. All textbooks must be returned in order to receive end of year grade reports.

Summer Reading and Study:

All returning students are encouraged to borrow library books for reading over the summer break. This should be done in late June. Let the library staff know that it is for summer reading and the due date will be in August.

Karla Castle
Head Librarian

Girls’ ACAMIS Football Tournament 2018 – Red Division

The girls’ football season came to an end last month with the ACAMIS tournament played at Dulwich College in Pudong. Like all ACAMIS core sports, the tournament starts with six teams playing each other in a round robin tournament before playoff matches on the third day.

For many of the YCIS squad it was their first football ACAMIS tournament and this showed in their first game against a very experienced Dulwich Shanghai team. The girls, encouraged by periods of good play, remained positive and took confidence into their next game against Suzhou. Unfortunately, the girls suffered another defeat, however stand out performances from rookie goalkeeper, Rhea Menon, and defenders Ashly Yang Parodi and Qian-Rou (Sheryl) Huang gave the girls heart for the following days’ action.

On the Friday, in blistering thirty-degree heat, the girls’ played three matches. The first, against Australian International School, Hong Kong, was a close match with YCIS creating scoring opportunities due to good play by attackers Chi I Joyce Wing, Ho Yiu (Anson) Lee and Hafsa Siddiqui. The score didn’t finish in the girls’ favour who eventually lost to the tournament winners. Our next game saw the girls’ best performance of the tournament, a narrow defeat to Tianjin International School (TIS). After losing two early goals, the girls’ battled hard and, despite suffering the loss of maverick captain Yulia Kirina to injury, were unlucky not to come back into the game. Excellent defending to keep a clean sheet in the second half allowed the team to build attacks, however a fantastic performance from the TIS goalkeeper kept YCIS out. The third game was against another very experienced team, Dulwich Beijing, and despite the best efforts of On Ni (Annie) Ting and Verlaine Bergeret, the girls succumbed to the extreme heat.

On the Saturday, the girls returned to play their playoff match, once again, against TIS. Despite playing their sixth match in three days, the girls put in a brave performance and were unlucky not to better their previous results.

During the tournament their hard work throughout the season showed, as the girls played their best matches so far as a squad. All players improved hugely as the season progressed in particular footballing first timers Mei Hei (Audrey) Tsui and Julia Fung. A special mention goes to our goalkeeper, Rhea Menon, whose fearless performance earned her the award of Most Valuable Player.

Led by their captain Yulia Kirina, the girls ‘never give up’ spirit earned the praise of opposition players and coaches. Their perseverance against teams more experienced and older than themselves helped win them the Sportsmanship Award at the end the tournament.

Well done to all girls who played throughout the season, it was a pleasure to coach you, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

Mr. Hastings and Miss. Vincent

From right to left;
Back row; Mr. Hastings, Ashly Yang Parodi, Qian-Rou (Sheryl) Huang, Verlaine Bergeret, Mei Hei (Audrey) Tsui, Julia Fung, Miss. Vincent.
Front row; Rhea Menon, Yulia Kirina, Chi I Joyce Wing, Ho Yiu (Anson) Lee, On Ni (Annie) Ting, Hafsa Siddiqui

Study under stress

Stress is not always a bad thing and not all stress is bad. Eustress is known as the “good” stress that helps us keep working at things and performing challenging activities. The specific challenges for being students such as taking a test, giving a presentation or completing a project will cause stressful feelings, but if we take actions to deal with the situation with proactive approaches, these stressful events can become a positive experience and create emotions of pride or excitement as after-effects. Here are few revision techniques that will help elevating exam stress:

1. Set up a study time table and write down your goals. The body produces fight and flight enzymes that increase anxiety when under stressful situations. The mind is further limited when it does not receive a good night of sleep. As a result, both the body enzymes and a restless mind prevent the calm attitude, the logical rationalization and the analytical assessment skills that are crucial during an examination. Furthermore, the brain can only store a finite amount of material each time we study. In order to allow the brain to absorb the most amounts of information and being able to recall previously studied information during an exam, contents and information must be broken down into manageable segments. Setting achievable goals so you don’t frustrate yourself and write these goals down. Make a plan to cover all the contents 1 or 2 days before the exams so that you have enough time reviewing the materials and doing practice exams.

2. Ask for advice from your teachers. The study methods may vary depending on the subject matter. Reading through a hundred pages of the text book is the most ineffective way of studying and can be a waste of time. Your teacher knows the format of the exam and the essential content you need to know for that subject. Make sure that you follow your teachers’ advice when you study.

3. Know your weakest links. Let’s face it; no one is competent in mastering every topic in all subjects. In most cases, little of the content knowledge may remain after a while, it will be wise to make every effort to revisit and study or set extra time in your everyday goals to relearn it again. If it’s a mathematic topic that you can’t comprehend, make sure that you sort it out with your teacher or classmates before you begin test revision. If there is a part of history content that you don’t remember at all, the easy solution is to set extra time now to read it over and understand it through notes, books and video clips.

4. Study with concentration. Without a doubt, many people can stay focused sitting in front of the computer or television for many hours. However, staying focused during reading and studying is more challenging. The problem is we all have a limited attention span and it varies with each individual. Therefore, the most effective way to maximize our attention span is by doing all sorts of studying activities. Trying to change subject matter every 30 minutes or changing the approach of studying the same subject matters to sustain our attention. For example, you can study science terms for 15 minutes and then change the approach by writing down all the terms from memory for about 5 minutes. Arrange a reasonable break time that will not distract you in between long periods of studying.

5.It’s all about practice. You can make learning more interesting by testing yourself in various ways through verbal practice, writing summaries and making study notes. You can’t apply learned knowledge without any practices. If answering analytical essay questions are hard for you, try to practice through writing framework and working on your topic sentences.

6. Motivate yourself by setting limitations. Create a limited and inaccessible environment that prevents any disruptions when you study. Don’t surround yourself with any accessible entertainment and comfort. Any privileges such as taking a break, drinking a soda, making a phone call and listening to music can be a motivator and a reward only after a long period of concentrated study time.

7. Eat, rest and exercise. Your ability to concentrate depends heavily on your physical well being. Eating light and healthy is the golden rule for everyone. Research has shown that having the right nutrition, quality rest, and regular exercise can boost your brain power.

Carolyn Lee
Learning Support Coordinator

Everything You Need to Know about Textbooks and the End of the Year

The end of the year is approaching quickly, and all textbooks will need to be returned or renewed before the summer begins.

Y13 Students:

All textbooks must be returned by May 25th. Students may return textbooks to the library as soon as they are finished with the exam for that subject.

Y11 Students:

All textbooks must be returned by June 15th at the latest. Students may return textbooks to the library as soon as they are finished with the exam for that subject.

Y10 and Y12 Students:

The same textbooks will be used during Y11 and Y13, so Y10 and Y12 students have the option to return their textbooks or keep them over the summer. If opting to keep them over the summer, they must renew their books. This can be done online by logging into the library catalog from May 16-June 16. Instructions will be provided. On June 8th, students will receive an email listing all books that are checked out in their name indicating the current due date and status. All textbooks must be either returned or renewed by June 15th in order to receive end of year grade reports.

Y7-9 Students:

All textbooks must be returned to the library by June 15th. Students will receive an email on June 8th listing all the books that are checked out in their name to assist them in making sure all books are returned. All textbooks must be returned in order to receive end of year grade reports.

Summer Reading and Study:

All returning students are encouraged to borrow library books for reading over the summer break. This should be done in late June. Let the library staff know that it is for summer reading and the due date will be in August.

Karla Castle
Head Librarian

Chinese Field Trip to Guyi Garden

On a beautiful April morning, the members of YCIS’s CAL 7 class stepped off their school bus, entered a gateway and stared wide-eyed at the sprawling landscape in front of them. Rivers crawled this way and that amongst exotic flowers and magnificent trees. Pavilions emerged from stunning and elaborate rock formations. Huge fish swam around picturesque ponds. Caves and other secrets were hidden in the vast yet detailed landscape. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, and a light breeze was blowing. Butterflies fluttered through the air. What we had unknowingly stepped into was the most beautiful park in the world.

We first walked past a small hill upon which stood a small pavilion, artfully hidden behind trees, flowers and shrubbery. This immediately aroused our curiosity, but unfortunately, we were not able to investigate further, as something else grabbed our attention. In front of us stood a thick wall of trees and flowers, concealing what lay beyond, but we were certain that there was the sound of running water just ahead. We followed the path until we saw it – a small waterfall running into and around it were a small family of swans. We stood there stunned for a few moments before lack of time forced us onward. Next, we came upon a small exhibit, in which rested many unique stones and small rocks. Each one was named and almost seemed to have an entire story around them. I am certain some individuals could spend ages just studying how all the rocks were shaped. Even us non-intellectuals spent a long time gazing at them. We then proceeded to cross an assortment of beautifully designed bridges which were placed across scenic lakes and ponds. Every pond and lake was artfully surrounded by a mixture of buildings, rocks and flora that reflected themselves in the water to make the view even more gorgeous.

After that, we played some games, and then returned to school. I have been on many field trips, and have been to many beautiful locations, but none have been as beautiful as this park.

GREENSPAN Max – Y8A

Chinese Field Trip to Shanghai Museum

On Tuesday 24th April, Cal 6 Year 7 and 8 students went to Shanghai Museum(上海博物馆) for a field trip.

I was in a group with Sonny and Hamilton. Everyone was given a worksheet to fill in and an audio recording (for each group) about the pottery and artifacts from Ancient China. The 1st floor had lots of Ancient Chinese statues and the 2nd floor had a variety pottery and porcelain.

We learnt about how they made pottery and we took pictures of the artifacts we were interested in.

After that, we took a look at the 3rd and 4th floors of the museum. The 3rd floor had some interesting arts, for example, calligraphy, Chinese painting and the 4th floor had coin exhibitions.

We also went to the teahouse and tried eating some local Chinese food.

Overall, on this field trip, everyone had a fun time and we learnt a lot more about Chinese culture and how they make pottery.

HO Kaysa Mun Yee – Y7B

World Scholars Cup

This year, a couple of Y12 students, Yulia, Matthew and I, have re-started the Debate Club at our school for our Major CAS project. The club was originally founded by Mrs. Okada, a teacher who had left our school three years ago. The club was primarily focused on debating skills, but also trained us for a debate competition in April known as the World Scholars Cup. Calling it a debate competition is quite misleading, as the competition also includes other activities such as an essay and a multiple-choice test containing 120 questions, along with three rounds of debate. Thus, after three years, we once again set out to the World Scholars Cup.

On day one, the first activity was team debates. We had two teams, one team comprising of Yi Qian and Emily from Year 7, and Dylan from Year 9. The other team was Julia and Tasha from Year 7, and Percival from Year 8. Both teams managed to win 2 debates out of three, a good result considering that this was their first time competing. In the afternoon however, was the essay and multiple-choice test. While generally less fun than the debates, these parts of the competition help make the students consider a wider range of ideas. This time, the theme was ‘An Entangled World’, and asked students to think about issues such as ‘The Science of Memory’ and ‘The History of Diplomacy’. This allows the competition to be both a fun experience while allowing students to learn new knowledge and broaden their perspectives.

On day 2 was the Scholars Bowl, where all the teams sit in the auditorium, and use a clicker to answer the questions on the screen. It also is multiple choice, but the atmosphere is more fun, and is more intense as teams race against the clock to decide on what answer to choose. Ultimately, the day ended with the Awards Ceremony. Dylan won third place overall in the competition, while Tasha, Percival and Julia also won various medals for their outstanding performance. Lastly, both teams managed to pass the Shanghai Regional Round of the World Scholars Cup, and thus qualified to attend the Global Rounds of the WSC, which occurs on June 18-23 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Speaking on the behalf of my friends and fellow supervisors, I would just like to say that we are very proud of your amazing performance in the WSC. Having done the competition myself, I can attest that it can be quite challenging, and yet you all passed with flying colors. I hope to see you all attend the global rounds, and continue to succeed there.

Anthony Foo – Y12C