One community, a world of difference

30 August 2016

The skies opened up this morning and poured a huge amount of water on the school premises. It felt good to see the three admin staff (thank you, Ms Hsu, Ms Chua and Mr Than for the good work) working together with me, to quickly bringing their umbrellas to shelter our students coming in from the buses and cars, to make sure they are as dry as possible when they begin their lessons for the day.

One of my staff was concerned because I had gotten wet along the way, while sheltering my students. My reply to her was very simple, “When the parents are not around, we are their parents. We shall give them the same love that their parents give to them.”

And in a nutshell, this is what school is about. No just helping our students to acquire knowledge (which is but a simple Google or Baidu away, anyway), but also helping these young shoots entrusted to us to grow into tall trees, that in future they may be the ones providing shelter for society.

And for that, it is seriously no big deal getting wet along the way.

        今早的一场倾盆大雨,让校园多处都积着水,但很高兴看到我们三位办公室的同事 - 许老师,蔡老师和谭老师立即拿了伞和我一起给刚到校下车的孩子们挡风遮雨,尽可能不让他们被雨水淋湿,有个干爽的早晨,美好的开始。

        我的一位员工很担心我,因为在为孩子撑伞的时候我自己也被雨淋湿了。我轻轻的告诉他:当家长不在的时候,我们就是孩子们的父母,我们需要像他们的爸爸妈妈一样无微不至的关爱他们。

        对我而言,这就是学校的核心价值。学校不该局限于帮助学生获得知识(因为谷歌和百度同样可以做到),更要帮助这些信赖我们的幼苗茁壮为参天大树,期许他们将来有一天也可以为社会撑起一把大伞。

        也正因如此,为了给他们撑伞而被雨淋湿实在是小事一桩。 

Michael Chan 曾俊成
Principal 校长
Hillside World Academy