Dr. Pang’s Speech at the Conference
Dear teachers and friends,
On this 36th National Teachers’ Appreciation Day, I would like to first extend my sincere greetings and good wishes to all faculty & staff, on behalf of the school board.?Additionally, I would like to give my congratulations to the 31 excellent faculty & staff of the year, as well as my warm welcome to more than 50 new Chinese and Western teachers. And on this occasion, I want very much to offer my special thanks to all of you, who fought the Covid-19 and provided online and offline teaching.? You’ve successfully prevented the virus, protected the school, and retained the quality of our education.
Education is the footstone of national revival and social progress. Therefore, the importance of teachers goes without saying.? I am glad the social and economical status of teachers continues to go up, and I hope you cherish your career, commit to your job, and continue your self-improvement.? Try to be a successful teacher with lofty goals, professional ethics, rich learning, and caring heart for our students.
Over the past year, our faculty and students “sought excellence with a down-to-earth attitude”, promoted the Clifford faculty spirit of “dedication, professionalism, humanism, innovation”, and have made remarkable achievements again.
Our kindergartens believe in the essence of education. They cherish children’s innocence, close up to nature, contain differences, and offer broad interests. With an open and inclusive philosophy, they stress children’s Chinese & English bilingual development. Their upgraded educational services enjoy continued trust and satisfaction from the parents. For long, our kindergartens act as unsurpassable models for others to learn from.
Our elementary school, based on bilingual curricula, has made initial steps in artificial-intelligence-aided teaching. Our teachers have received municipal, provincial, and national prizes, for their professional developments, teaching & research, and allround education. Its students, on the other hand, are enviably enjoying comprehensive development, with unique strengths in English, invention, and literature & arts.
Our secondary school, with required courses prioritized, attempts “individualized education” through all-English optional and school-based curriculum, which is greatly welcomed by the students. To my delight, nearly a half of its teaching staff holds a master’s degree, and our students have performed extremely well in Zhongkao and Gaokao. Likewise, our graduates of Canadian and American programs have all been admitted into world-famous universities, for their academic excellence, versatile competency, and great creativity. And no wonder, our secondary school has won the 14th gold medal in international invention exposition.
Our international program has tried to place students’ academic learning and personal development in the forefront. For this purpose, it adapts to the changing needs of students with streamlined curriculum, and provides an engaging learning and growing environment for international students. As usual, its graduates have successfully applied into many world-renowned universities.
Our alumni association has finally been established, which will serve as a platform for communication and continued growth of our alumni both at home and abroad. This is a milestone in our school history, witnessing our 20 years of exploration of education.
With all this said, I wish in the forthcoming days, our Chinese and Western faculties continue to learn from each other, with mutual understanding and respect. Only in close co-operation and with positive energy, can you develop noble, wise, and multiple-competent global talents. Accordingly, we should teach our students in their prime time to acquire knowledge, to shape characters, and to think critically. Global while patriotic, all our students can share this special international campus in harmony.
One thing I’d like to stress, is that you could bring extraordinary honors for the school with much-improved teaching. By which is specially meant our secondary school and international program.I strongly hope our secondary school and international program could maximize the potential of your teaching staff to make record-breaking achievements.And another thing is about Covid-19. Since it will possibly co-exist with human beings for some time, education on public health and life safety should be kept in place, and we all should have good habits of personal hygiene.
Finally, my best wishes to your health, work, and life here at Clifford community! Thank you very much for listening!