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Graduation Speech of Heads of Prefect
2018-06-27

Good Evenings Ladies and Gentlemen: 

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 Heads of Prefect:Alex  Elsa


Welcome to the Graduation Ceremony of SCIE Class of 2018!

 

Four years ago, we came to SCIE not knowing one another. It was just like yesterday. The first English class. The first basketball game. The first crush. The second crush. The third crush. The time when you realize that you are the problem. Since then, we’ve experienced the once-in-a-lifetime G1 camp, the competitive House competitions, the muddy MacLehose lane, and the seemingly endless CIEs. 20 exams in two months, can you believe that? We’ve led various ECAs in A1, and in this year, we became the best Class SCIE has even seen.

 

 

 

Never had any Class before us made such a lasting impact. In addition to our fantastic academic records, not only did we establish a better work-hard-play-hard environment by reserving Room 109 and 110 for the A2s, we have set the precedent and built the fundamentals for repealing redundant school policies such as the A2 morning registration. And instead of ranting on the social media, we negotiated in an adultly manner when confronted with things we do not like. Different from cohorts before us, we built a buddy-group system that actually helped new SCIE students, both academically and socially. I have received so many positive feedbacks. What’s more? We have the heart to help the unfortunate ones. To create a level playing field for the disadvantaged, we raised approximately 16,000 RMB for the Promised Land and 110,000 RMB for the Captivating International. When, Ben, a SCIE family member was diagnosed with cancer, we witnessed the overwhelming support from us students and parents, and we raised approximately 150,000 RMB to support him and his family at the time of need. This is the epitome of our values: one for all, and all for one.

 

 

 


Graduates, you are all destined for greatness. Each and every one of you has the potential to leave a massive footprint in whichever field you choose to enter. There is never a doubt. But as street poet and philosopher Drake once said, “Tables turn, bridges burn, you live and learn.” It is often the journey that teaches us about the destination. While we set sail on a expedition for greatness, let our time together be forever remembered.

 

 

  


Indeed, as a class we’ve been through 1460 improbable yet ordinary days. We’ve witnessed Brexit, Donald Trump’s ascension, Zika and Ebola outbreaks, and 4 mind-bending stupendous SuperMan Dances and we STILL managed to graduate. (Yeah!) [SCIE - where maturity is marked by costume role play and more - I’m just kidding, I love the school]. A pat on the back for all you traumatised minds out there. Some things you just can’t unsee. To all you 18 and 19 year olds, congratulations on getting through the easiest part of your life, (high school graduation, where finishing one of the easiest parts of life is suddenly a huge deal) as I’ve always been told. Taking 4 years away from adolescence, we went from unworldly youngsters gathered in ShuiWei to adults with great intellectual potentials, still in ShuiWei. New campus on the way! 

 

 

 

 


On a more serious note though, time flies - what a familiar sentiment of reminiscence. I like to think otherwise. Surely time dilates when one moves at high speeds, and it contracts when one barely moves at all. But time doesn’t fly. Nor does it sprint or gallop. It painfully blesses people with permanence as their lives evolve or dissolve, until we ask ourselves, how did it get so late so soon? 

 

 

  


The first thing I remember about this school is the sign at the side gate that reads: Striving to Achieve Excellence. Striving, as biologists and philosophers would agree, is the defining characteristic of the organism. We’ve come a long way both individually and as a class, equipped with priceless knowledge and decorated with achievements. As we part ways, class, despite the failures and mistakes which we WILL make, strive ceaselessly to be the best version of yourself. 

 

 

    



But remember, no one can sail the ocean of life single-handed. Friends and family make us resilient. Our time here together will be remembered by our relationships, and the impact we have on people with whom we cross paths. These have a longevity that we do not. 

 

 

 

 


A graduation speech is not complete without cheesy inspirational quotes. So to quote the famous philosopher and reverse centaur, Bojack Horseman: “We live in a world so cold and perilous that all we have are the connections we make with other people.” Congratulations to the SCIE Class of 2018, and to those who help us get here. Thank you. Have a nice evening. 

 

(Heads of Prefect:Alex  Elsa,Pictures from some Graduates' Wechat Moments)

 

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