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Parent's Speech: Everything happened, happens for the best
2018-06-27

  

Good evening SCIE’s administrators, teachers, students, and parents. I am Aliya’s mother. It is such a pleasure and honour for me to be one of the speakers at the commencement of Class of 2018.

In the first place, I would like to express my sincere congratulations on SCIE.Thesatisfactory university application outcomes of class of2018 live up to her vision of“To be the most successful international high school in Asia”.

From my point of view, SCIE is a small but diversified campus with student-based education. SCIE embraces students with sufficient trust, freedom, respect, and tolerance. SCIE treats students equally as adults and guidesthem to be responsible for their own choices. SCIE greatly encourages and supports students to reach the worldwide elite universities and colleges.

For many times, my daughter said to me: “SCIE is not only one of the best high schools in the world, but also the best. ”She loves SCIE

 

I am gratefulfor SCIEs administrators and teachers. It is you who fulfil the promise of “letting the students be happy”. Their life was, is, and would be extraordinary because of SCIE.

I also would like to thank the parents who actively participated in all types of SCIE’s events, such as the Food fair, the New Year Concert, the Charity Walk, the corsages for tonight’s commencement, the suitcase straps with SCIE’s logo, and etc. Our children’s life experience was different because of the unconditional love.

 

Confucius said that “Ifparents arealive, peopleshouldnot travel far. When travelling, itmust be in clearways.” Dear students, from today, you are ready to set out for the next destinations ——the renowned institutions of higher education from all overthe world.

 

We all understand that out of all kinds of love, only the parental love is for separation. However parents wish to, they are not able to company the children for the whole journey of life. Broad sea bears springing fins, and vast sky breeds soaring wings. Our children would be freely chasing after their dreams. We as parents would be their greatest and warmest supporter, gazing at the diminishing figure, and let them know that wherever they go, whether they succeed or fail, love will be here.

 

The following is a story I want to share about time and love between a mother and the daughter. 

Retrospecting to the end of November of 2016, when the mother looking at the SCIE calendar, excitedly,she found out that the date of the New Year Concert would beherdaughter’s 18th birthday.

Therefore, in the subsequent one more month, the mother secretly prepared for a surprise.

On the date of 2017 Jan. 18th, she realized the plan and dream happening in mind for years —— the 18th birthday present for the daughter was two big volumes of journals about her girl’s growth, which was named “travelling with you in time and love”.

As the girl opened up the packaging, she was so amazed at the present. She said: “Mum, thank you!”

 The journals illustrated her past: both significant and subtle occasions are the experience with family, her reflections and sentiments, the articles she wrote for SCIE, and etc..

Looking at the girl’scheering face, the mother felt an inexpressible joy: that was the best and most special way for celebrating her daughter’s entranceto adulthood. 

Time flies. Back to tonight, this mother wishes to speak to her girl: I am also thankful to you for the two decades. As you grow up, I also reinvent myself. My life is different because of you.

The paths we chose, the books we read, the people we met, the decisions we made, the distinctive thinking and feeling we had are all remarkable for who we are now.

The university of Rochester that you are going to enter is the paradise of music lovers,  like you, and I believe that there will be another beautiful chapter written in your life journal.

All the thoughts, knowledge and accomplishments we get are not just about our own endeavor, but also greatly affected by the family, the school, the country, and the society. On one hand, studyingabroad prepares your perception for the changing world. On the other hand, please keep this in mind that wherever you would studywork or live, the homeland is where you came from and should eventually return. Be grateful to the ones that support you, and send back your love in your unique way.  

My life experience taught me that gratitudebrings happiness.

Dear parents, dear children, what were your stories? 

Well, I believe, love flows with time. Everything happened, happens for the best. 

After all, I would like to quote from a Greek Stoics philosopher as the final words to all students of the class of 2018 —— God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Thanks for being each other’s companion, my children! Thank you SCIE! Thanks for tonight!

Wish SCIE better and better!

Wish all SCIE’s administrators, teachers and parents success, and happiness! 

Wish all students a safe, healthy and bright future!

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

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