Grand Opening of the Shekou Youth Centre

Flowers, fun activities, and beautiful performances made this past Saturday morning a very special one. The Grand Opening of the refurbished/redesigned Shekou Youth Centre was a spectacle to enjoy.

Shekou Industrial Zone has been spending millions of yuan in community development, which includes schools, hospitals, a sports centre, and the support of various visual and performing arts. Mr. Chengda Yan is the design head of this framework. His team’s mission is to provide a holistic learning to the growing youth of China and the future of the country. They are constantly striving towards building relations with all educational institutions, and extend their friendship towards the expat community too.

The edifice has space for many fine arts, and performing arts like taekwondo, ballet, dance, musical instruments, etc. This superstructure includes the domicile of the new campus of the Shenzhen American International School (SAIS) as well. Director of Admission, the personable Mr. Kris, was busy giving tours of the school to new and old parents alike, who were very pleased with the building’s excellent design. The Youth Centre features a great layout providing fresh air and sunshine into the classrooms and the best colour schemes and patterns for the students’ learning programs. The lowest floor includes an auditorium space with a capacity of 200 people, while the top floor provides an open space that will be developed into a vegetable garden for students to conduct project-based learning about the environment, botany, organic farming, etc. The school is open to lending the space for outside organizations, in the evenings or on weekends, so as to not disturb school timings and functions.

Principle of SAIS, Debbie Summers, has great commitment to this new school and not only handles the day to day responsibilities of running the school, but was also actively involved with the designing and planning of the new campus.

Being a relatively new school (inception in 2005), SAIS has come a long way to create its place as a high quality education provider. The workforce of this school is committed to providing an American-style learning environment where all students develop and apply the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary for academic, workplace and personal success anywhere in the world. Project-based learning is aimed at teaching concepts in a way that children will retain learning for life, and can use their skills and higher-level thinking in various situations. Creativity is highly encouraged and appreciated within the program.

Shenzhen American International School will move into their new facilities early in 2014.

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