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SCIE Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony: Being Apart is for a Better Re-union
2018-06-28

[SCIE web news, June 28th, 2018] The arrival of June calls for the time of graduation, and in another word, separation. As the graduates of SCIE class of 2018, parents, and teachers gathered at the auditorium of the InterContinental Hotel on 15 June, the long and winding journey of high school drew to an end. 

The ceremony was hosted by the beloved and loving Tom and Margret—our ‘Miss-Ma-whose- surname-is-Deng’. The opening speech was given by the representative of Parents Committee, who conveyed her gratitude towards the school for the support given to the graduates in the past years. It was followed by the Head Boy and Head Girl’s recalling in amazement and appreciation the time they had shared with fellow students. Mr. Greenwood, the retiring headteacher, then took over the stage to conclude his role as the head of the school and send blessings to the graduates,  which culminated at the moment he said in Chinese ‘Broad sea bears springing fins, and vast sky breeds soarring feathers.’, a line from Ruanyue, a poet in Song Dynasty. Last but not least, Mr.Greenwood gave out awards for the ‘Best Staffs’, thanking them for their contribution to the school. 


  
Host and hostess: Tom and Margaret
 
  
2018 Parents representative's (Aliya's mother) speech
  
Principal Mr Greenwood made a speech
 
  
Incoming Principal, Mr Mobsby awarded Ms Hyacinth Meng "Outstanding Form Teacher"
 
Incoming Principal, Mr Mobsby awarded Mr Richard Driscoll "Outstanding Department Manager"

 
Incoming Principal, Mr Mobsby awarded Ms Clara Zhang "Outstanding local teaching staff"

  

Incoming Principal, Mr Mobsby awarded Ms Alice Ye "Outstanding Administrative Staff"
 
2018 Head of Prefects Alex and Elsa made a speech

The sedentary part of the ceremony was succeeded by Mr.Greenwood’s giving certificate to each graduate, while Charlie Wang, the Chinese teacher who had taught almost the entire year group, announced the names of all graduates. Holding the certificate up against the chest, the graduates went off the stage and scampered about to take pictures with each other, proudly showing off their proof of survival of high school, before compressing themselves against each other, so as to be fit into a picture that captured all faces of 2018 SCIE-ers.


Mr Charlie Wang hosted the issuing of certificates


Principal Mr Greenwood award certificate to Ogeta, the president of 2018 student union


SCIE Class of 2018 took photos with Mr Greenwood, Mr MobsbyMs HuangMr ColeMs Haitana

The ceremony was brought to the climax with a series of performances by the graduates. Not only did the audience enjoyed themselves in the music of a guitarist, two pianists, a duet, and several girl bands/choirs, they were also amused by two stand-up comedians and applauded the dance routine of the Sparkling. 

























Besides the performances on the stage, things that took place off the stage were also quite a sight to see. There were students busy introducing their friends to their parents, who were in turn trying their best to match the familiar name with the unacquainted face; there were also people laughing at the year book, which recorded a span of activities ranging from G1 camping to A2 Superman Dance. All in all, the graduates were taking their time collecting and safe-keeping in mind every piece of memory of high school.
 

 

After witnessing three years of graduation, my turn had finally come. Yet, I still wondered how unheeded I had been about how fast time had elapsed. Glancing around the auditorium, I was half-unaccustomed to and half-conscious of the superfluous change of my classmates and me: we were once wandering around that tiny school called SCIE in hoodies and shorts, and look what we have put on ourselves now—cocktail dresses and tuxedoes. This stark, superficial contrast signifies something implicit yet blatant: we have become adults and prepared to set out towards the future in rather different directions; however, we must promise each other that when we do meet again, we will make each other see the better of ourselves.
























































Report:姜若怡Kristen, 翟莹莹Patricia    Pictures:蔡慧萍Crystal、朱佳琦David、黄朝平Chopin


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