PAL Workshops


BCIS holds regular workshops known as Parents as Learners (PAL) Workshops on topics of general interest to parents. The sessions are led either by BCIS faculty members or guest experts.

Please note that PAL workshops are only open to BCIS parents (unless stated otherwise).


Upcoming PAL Workshops in November:


Chinese Learning in the ECC

Presenters: Cathy Chen and Dan Zhu

Date: November 18

Time: 08:30 – 09:30

Open To: ECC Parents

Description: Learning about how Chinese language skills and awareness of Chinese culture are developed at the ECC, through the IB PYP units of inquiry and the integration of different subjects, such as music, movement, visual arts, etc.


Child Protection: Our Keeping Safe Curriculum

Presenters: Elle Mei & Jane Farrelly

Date: November 23

Time: 08:45 – 10:30am

Open To: All Parents

Description: All parents have a duty to protect their children from harm and keep them safe. At BCIS, we have a robust Child Protection Policy to support all members of our school community in the understanding our roles and responsibilities to child protection and keeping our community safe.

At this workshop, parents will learn more about our Keeping Safe program and our universal approach to Child Protection, and how we support all students in understanding:

  • their right to be safe
  • healthy relationships
  • how to recognize and report abuse and neglect
  • how to use protective strategies.

We look forward to welcoming parents and working in partnership to keep our children safe.


IDEATE: Assessment

Presenters: Ellie Flesher and Tai Yanlong

Date: November 26

Time: 09:00 – 10:30am

Open To: IDEATE Parents

Description: The workshop will examine the common assessment formats used in IDEATE with a focus on self-assessment. We’ll explore the some of the common language used in IDEATE as well as some common strategies parents can use to support their children throughout the program.


Focusing on the Future: Skills for Success REPEAT WORKSHOP

Presenters: Ellie Flesher and Tai Yanlong

Date: November 27

Time: 10:00 – 11:30am

Open To: SS Parents

Description: The workshop will take you through a series of activities that ask questions about the future job market both in China and Internationally. It will look at the skills young people need to be successful in navigating a complex world where change is a constant.


Preparing Your Child With Twenty-first Century Skills for the Workplace

Presenters: Monique Smith, Dom Halliday, Sara Clark-Ignash

Date: December 3

Time: 09:00 – 10:30am

Open To: SS Parents

Description: This presentation will look at how your child can prepare and engage with the 21st Century skills employers are looking for from graduates. We will specifically examine the Arts Program at BCIS including Visual Art, Drama, Music, and Movement, and how a solid foundation in the Arts can set your child up for success in the future. We will tap into our own creativity and experience the educational benefits of a strong Arts education and examine how the Arts improves self-confidence, communication, a cultural understanding, and helps to foster a growth mindset.



To register for PAL workshops, please contact your child’s school division secretary:

Early Childhood Center

Lynette Liu

Lynette.Liu@bcis.cn

Elementary School

Jade Zhou

Jade.Zhou@bcis.cn

Secondary School

Mary Wu

Mary.Wu@bcis.cn