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New Students at Side by Side
On August 10, Side by Side was excited to start their sixth academic year. Existing students Dominic and Max welcomed Isaac, Johann, and Polina as their new classmates.
YCIS Beijing Celebrates 20 Years in Beijing
This school year marks the 20th anniversary of YCIS Beijing’s delivery of education to international students in Beijing. Established in 1995, the school has grown to over 750 students spanning ages 2 to 18 and representing over 45 nationalities. YCIS Beijing offers students an academic experience pioneered by Madam Tsang Chor-hang in 1932 and later refined by her daughter Dr. Betty Chan in 1972. YCIS Beijing also offers a bilingual learning environment to international school students in early childhood education and primary school.
HoK Welcomes New Grade 1 Teacher
Linda Nguyen joins House of Knowledge International School (HoK) from the US to teach Grade 1 students. Nguyen holds both a B.A. in elementary education and a master’s in education. She has over eight years teaching experience in the US.
Ivy Group Appoints New Chief Academic Officer
Daystar Academy and the Ivy Schools welcome long time educator
Elizabeth Hardage as chief academic officer. Hardage will be directing the K-12 academics and character path for students. She is an expert in immersion education (proficient in Mandarin herself), school administration, and curriculum design and assessment. Her 13-year career as an educator has focused on Chinese/English immersion education and implementing best teaching practices. Hardage holds credentials in elementary education and administration, a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a concentration in Chinese, and a master’s degree in curriculum, instruction and assessment.
BISS Welcomes New Faculty
BISS has a host of new teachers this year, across grades and subject matter. The school is excited to welcome these new staff members, who are bringing knowledge, experience, and creativity to the existing team. Back row: Mrs. Talamahina (Grade 1), Mr. Grayell (Grade 4), Dr. Qadri (secondary school mathematics) Middle row: Ms. Carolina Poblete (elementary school music), Mr. Talamahina (elementary school physical education), Mrs. Baker (pre-kindergarten) Front row: Ms. Nishimoto (secondary school Japanese), Mrs. Rivera (secondary school OLC)
HISB Welcomes New Head of the Lower School
Harrow International School of Beijing (HISB) welcomes Kelly Wailes, who has been appointed the new head of the lower school. Wailes moved from the UK with her husband and two young daughters and will be bringing a wealth of experience from her years as deputy head of one of London’s most prestigious prep schools, Eaton Square School.
Keystone Welcomes Over 130 New Students to Middle and High School
On August 28, over 130 new middle and high school students were welcomed into the Keystone community at the school’s annual matriculation ceremony. Each student’s induction involved signing the Matriculation Book, and a self-introduction giving their name, grade, and hometown.
BCIS ECC Receives LEED Certification
Beijing City International School Early Childhood Center recently received the news that the campus has been officially LEED Certified to Gold Standard. This certification (LEED: Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) comes from the US Green Building Council, and the BCIS ECC is the first pre-school facility in Beijing to receive such an honor. Gaining LEED Certification is something of a marathon, beginning at the design stage, and only finishing when the building is final in operation. BCIS is proud that its commitment to sustainability and the environment is bringing new honor to the skyline of downtown Beijing.
This article originally appeared on page 14-15 of the beijingkids October 2015 issue. Click here to read the issue for free on Issuu.com. To find out how you can get your own copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos: Courtesy of Side by Side, HoK, YCIS, HISB, BISS, Ivy Group of Schools, Keystone, & BCIS