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雅礼-休中合作十周年庆典仪式上讲话稿

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安徽省休宁中学校长 李顺宝

尊敬的游子达会长、石蕾主任、各位领导、各位来宾、女士们、先生们:

上午好!

  今天,我们在休宁中学首任校长、徽州现代教育巨擘胡晋接先生铜像前隆重举行“雅礼协会—休宁中学 英语教学项目合作十周年”庆典仪式。首先,请允许我代表休宁中学向出席此次庆典的全体嘉宾表示热烈的欢迎!

  之所以将庆典仪式安排在胡晋接先生铜像前,是因为早在创校之初的“二师”时代,校刊《省立二师杂志》中就有着光耀百年的记载——民国七年和民国八年(1918年和1919年),胡晋接校长先后邀请美国学者丁德仁先生、马丁先生、贾尔思博士等来校参观、讲学和教授学生英文会话。可以说,在休宁中学创校之初,胡晋接校长便确定了融贯传统与当下、中国与世界的超前的办学理念。休宁中学的《校歌》将胡晋接校长的这一伟大办学理念传唱至今:“旧学商量,新知融贯,且把文明种因。紫阳海阳,西欧东美,一炉而冶,气象倍峥嵘”。 今天,“雅礼协会”和休宁中学的中西合作无疑是胡晋接校长教育理念的延续,将庆典仪式安排在这里正是表达我们后辈对胡晋接校长高瞻远瞩的由衷敬意!

  “雅礼协会”与休宁中学英语教学项目良好的合作态势和发展趋势,首先要感谢游子达会长、石蕾主任及先前每一任会长及项目主任的大力支持和努力付出。十年前开始的这项合作具有深远的意义和影响力。休宁中学环境优美,斯文正脉,雅礼的融入为休中百年文脉注入了西式滋养,使我们纯真的孩子有了更多接触世界了解世界的机会,从而让他们思想更富激情,让他们思维更具活力,三年雅礼教师相伴的学习生活必将成为他们一生中引以为豪的经历和倍感珍惜的回忆。

  我还要向所有心向慈善、倾心支持“雅礼协会”公益事业的懂事及热心人士表达由衷的敬意和谢意!你们的义行,延续着雅礼成立至今百多年的美好初衷;你们的义心,传递着雅礼百多年来友善互助的宗旨,你们为彼此和谐、共同进步所做的努力,在每一位休中学子心中注入了善良和爱的力量! 我更要向在我校工作过的二十位外教的辛勤付出致以最崇高的谢意!你们每一个人都足以让我们感受到耶鲁大学学生的优秀:青春、阳光的心态,达观、进取的精神,突出的兴趣爱好,强劲的动手能力,优秀的组织能力,主动获取知识的卓越能力,无不给我们的学生和老师留下深刻的印象,尤其是敬业实干的精神更是感染着每一位休中人。你们是耶鲁的骄傲,雅礼的自豪,休中的荣耀!

  “雅礼协会”与休宁中学英语教学合作的目的有三个:一是协助提高休宁中学的英语教学水平,二是使休宁中学师生了解当代美国文化和美国人民,三是增加雅礼教师对中国文化和中国人民的了解。十年过去了,十年的时间证明我们合作的意义远远不仅于此:2008年,雅礼教师高渔歌和我校袁玉荣两位教师共同成为奥运火炬手,在北京传递奥运圣火,让雅礼和休中的情缘刻在了奥运的历史中;雅礼教师一年一度编排演出的英语音乐剧,早已成为“中国第一状元县”“状元文化”中独特的元素、靓丽的符号;2015年的胡韵颖,2016年的贺济元、涂豫飞、汪雪,两年四位同学连续成功入围“耶鲁全球青年学者计划”,获得全额奖学金赴耶鲁大学参加研修项目,这是雅礼和休中共同努力的结晶,极大地扩大了休宁中学在安徽省乃至更高层面、更大范围的影响;和牛顿公立中学结为友好学校,雅礼协会及耶鲁大学校友会、外教家人等来校交流、参观,这些不仅让休宁中学的影响力走出黄山,在更大的舞台上展示自己的办学特色,也把中国人开放、友善、和谐、发展的美好追求展示给世人;我们的合作还促成了吴林明和林安尼两位雅礼教师的美满婚姻,甚至还促成了另一段浪漫的中美跨国姻缘……上述种种,扩大了雅礼在中国的影响力,扩大了休宁中学对外的影响力,也使中美两国人民的情谊在合作与交流中进一步融合发展。

  尊敬的各位来宾,今天的庆典仪式虽然短暂,但是,休宁中学和美国教育的这份百年情缘让人难忘,休宁中学和“雅礼协会”的真诚合作将会有长远和光明的未来!相信我们双方一定会抱着同一份真诚和十分的努力,共同探讨更好的合作方式,将“雅礼”这份崇高的事业做得更完善、更美好!

  谢谢!

  2016年5月21日

  Mr. David Youtz, Ms. Leslie Stone, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

  Good morning! Today, we feel privileged and humbled to gather in front of the statue of Mr. Hu Jinjie, the founder of Xiuning High School and a great advocate and practitioner of modern education in the Hui Prefecture, to celebrate the tenth Anniversary of the Partnership between the Yale-China Association and Xiuning High School. Please let me extend my warmest welcome to all of you on behalf of all the staff and students in our school!

  We hold this grand ceremony in front of Mr. Hu’s statue for the reason that a few years after this center of learning was founded, in 1918 and 1919, Mr. Hu invited some famous American scholars, Dr. Martin, Mr. Ding Deren, and Dr. Giles to deliver speeches, give classes, and help students learn to speak English, which was tracked by the then school magazine, “Journal of the Provincial No. 2 Teacher’s School”. I feel proud to say that Mr. Hu paved the way and set the standard for the development of education in our school—“blending the past and the present, integrating the world and China”. The lyrics from the school anthem of Xiuning’s predecessor school pronounced it so: “Old ways should be discussed, and new knowledge should be mastered, to sow the seeds of civilization. From Ziyang to Haiyang, Western Europe to the United States, all smelted in one furnace, to double the atmosphere of the extraordinary.” The Partnership between the Yale-China Association and Xiuning High School has undoubtedly been a remarkable product of Mr. Hu Jinjie’s educational principles. Today, we are paying our greatest tribute to Mr. Hu Jinjie for his dedication and vision in front of the monument to this great man!

  Thanks to the consistent support and commitment of Mr. David Youtz, Ms. Leslie Stone, and each of the former directors and other leaders of Yale-China, the past ten years have witnessed the growth and maturity of the Partnership between Yale-China and our school, which has had an impact beyond measure on everyone who has been blessed by it. Xiuning High School enjoys her fame for her unrivalled beautiful campus. The Partnership between Yale-China and Xiuning High School has been to an extent nurturing the development and prosperity of this school, allowing the young aspiring pupils here an invaluable chance to learn more about this fast-developing world and helping them become passionate learners and vigorous critical thinkers. The three years that they breathe the same air with the Yale teaching fellows will surely be an experience they’ll cherish and take pride in for a lifetime!

  Here, I want to genuinely thank all the Yale trustees and others who care about charity and who have for decades generously funded and supported Yale-China! It is your kind act that has carried the initial intent of Yale-China since it was founded over a century ago. It is your kind act that has passed on Yale-China’s spirit of friendly mutual assistance for over five score years. Your great commitment to building a partnership where both sides progress in harmony has sowed seeds of friendship and mutual understanding in the hearts of all Xiuzhong people!

  More importantly, I want to express my heart-felt gratitude to the twenty young teaching fellows our school has proudly had! You have been perfect representatives of all Yale graduates. You all feature a positive mindset, optimism, entrepreneurship, wide interests, excellent hands-on skills, and thirst for knowledge. Your willingness to devote all you have to helping your students learn has left a wonderful impression on every member of the community. You have won honor for Yale University as well as Xiuning High School, and we all take great pride in you!

  The Yale-China and Xiuzhong Partnership was established with three missions to fulfill: to assist us in enhancing the level of English language instruction in our school, to help all Xiuzhong people have a better understanding of contemporary American culture and learn more about the American people, and to provide a platform for the Yale teaching fellows to have a deep insight of Chinese culture and Chinese people. Ten years has passed in the blink of an eye—it has proved that our cooperation has been far more constructive and meaningful than we had expected. The “tin wedding” of the Yale-China Association and Xiuning High School has witnessed many fruits of labor. In 2008, the Yale-China Association teacher Wyatt Golding and Xiuning High School teacher Yuan Yurong jointly received the Olympic torch, leaving a permanent imprint of the Yale-China Association and Xiuning High School on the Beijing Olympic torch relay. The annual school musical directed by the Yale-China teaching fellows on campus has been an indispensable, shining and distinctive element of the No. One Scholars Culture of Xiuning County, which is widely acknowledged as the No. One County of the No. One Scholars. It is especially worth mentioning that under the joint efforts of the Yale-China Association and Xiuning High School, local student Hu Yunying successfully joined the Yale Young Global Scholars and won a full scholarship to attend the summer program at Yale University in 2015. This year, He Jiyuan, Tu Yufei, and Wang Xue also received full scholarships for the program. For a provincial-level model high school where most of its students come from the countryside, these are unbelievable achievements. Meanwhile, the educational and cultural exchanges between our school and Newton public schools in Boston, which were conducted even earlier than the establishment of the Partnership, and the visits of Yale alumni and of the family members of the Yale-China teaching fellows, have not only opened the door of Xiuning High school to the world, allowing us to exhibit our unique way of school administration on the world stage, but have also demonstrated to the world the Chinese people’s pursuit of open-mindedness, friendship, harmony and development. Our partnership has also witnessed the budding and blooming of a trans-Pacific romance between two former Yale-China teaching fellows, Annie Lin and Brendan Woo. All the above have drawn attention to the influence of Yale-China in Xiuning High School as well as the influence of our school locally and globally. Moreover, the Partnership serves as a bridge of friendship between the two greatest peoples in the world.

  Ladies and gentlemen, today’s gathering is brief, but the one hundred-year bond in education between the USA and China has gone through trials and tribulations as well as joyous moments. I look forward to a brighter and more fruitful future of the Partnership between Yale-China and Xiuning High School with both sides working whole-heartedly together. I firmly believe that both sides will come up with a new blueprint for our more comprehensive cooperation for many years to come, making Yale-China mission a mission for all! Thank you very much!