力迈中美学校优秀外籍教师Mr. Martin 代表全体教师发言。
Greetings students and faculty! It’s wonderful to see all of you again for the new school year. Many of you may know me already, some more than others, but for those of you who are new to Limai or may not have had the opportunity for a more formal introduction, allow me to share with you the experiences that I have encountered during my time here at the school. In this brief speech, I would like to introduce to you the culture here at Limai, and to welcome all of our students to our school. In addition, I would like to outline our expectations for our students, and to share the aspirations that all of us here at Limai will strive to accomplish for the coming school year.
Firstly, I would like to share my experiences with the staff here at Limai. When I arrived last year in September, I was amazed at what this school had to offer. I found a community of dedicated professionals, who were selfless in their actions, and put forth their best efforts to create a safe and welcoming environment for all of our students. I found a group of knowledgeable experts who despite having tremendous responsibilities placed on their shoulders every day, somehow always found the time to help those in need, and – for someone who was new to this school – were never too busy to help with even the smallest of tasks. I found a group that banded together across many nationalities, beliefs, and backgrounds to accomplish a single purpose – to ensure that future generations would be ready to face the hardships and opportunities that will be presented to them in our ever-changing world.
Overall, my experiences with the culture at Limai can be summarized with a few words: hard work, respect for each other, and a desire to show these attributes every day. I have witnessed these traits in the work that our staff and students commit to every day. These traits can be seen in our seasonal school-wide drama performances, which require the full dedication of our performing arts staff and many of our students from across all grades over the course of many weeks. These traits can be seen in all of our classrooms throughout the day, where children are taken into the care of our instructors to learn the skills that they will need to become successful later in their lives, and they can be seen through the clubs and sporting events that are hosted throughout the school, which teach children to embrace friendly competition and to express the full scope of their talents to their peers. These actions, which are foundational to the values of Limai, embody a culture that is positive, nurturing, and ensures the continued growth of all our students.
Now I want to personally speak to the new students who have joined our Limai community this year. All of us here, including our teachers, know the feeling of being new to an unfamiliar place. We all know the feeling of uncertainty and doubt of trying to integrate into an unknown environment, and the slight dread that often accompanies it. I want to assure those students now, that you will not find a more welcoming place in this city than you will here at Limai. For the reasons I have mentioned earlier, the teachers at this school genuinely care about whether you succeed here, and they will do their utmost to ensure that your stay at Limai will be a memorable life-long experience.
Students, in return for the dedication that we will show to you throughout this year, we do have several expectations to ask of you. We ask that you give us your best, not just in your school work, but also in your attitude and your desire to contribute to our community. We askyou to listen to your instructors and to heed their advice, and to know that everything they do here is done so in your best interest, even if it may not be immediately apparent. We ask you to be kind to one another and to respect your peers in the same way that you would like to be treated. We ask that you be engaged in our community by participating in one of our many clubs, or in our sporting or cultural activities that we will host throughout the year. In conclusion, we ask that you welcome us into your lives, so that we can help you grow into the person that you were meant to be.
So whether you are returning to Limai as a student or staff member, or if you are new to our community, welcome! We are all looking forward to the future, to a life of dignity and meaning through the passion our staff put in our work, and to a year of invoking excellence in our students through the joint cooperation between both our Chinese and foreign staff. Ladies and gentlemen, it is our privilege to embark on this journey together, and to learn and grow from one another for the coming school year.