Dear Parents of the Graduating Class of 2017
Englishman Francis Bacon is often attributed to have said “Knowledge is Power” in the 16th century. These words ring as true today as they did more than 400 years ago. Indeed, knowledge is power! The more knowledge a person has, the better opportunity a person will have to succeed in the future. You have chosen to send your child to Haileybury, which offers a truly unique curriculum at the forefront of international education.
Primary schooling is of critical importance! This year your child has completed a significant learning milestone – Primary Schooling. Although there will be harder and more advanced educational challenges in the future, the knowledge and skills they have gained so far will form the foundation of all future learning. You will be reassured to know that a lot of knowledge and skills have been attained by your child this year, all of which are valuable and unique in their own individual way.
This year your child has learnt and developed further proficiency in Maths. Maths concerns the foundation of many jobs and industries such as engineering, science and computing. Moreover, the Maths curriculum at Haileybury is far more rigorous and advanced than what is offered in Australia or other Western countries. As the world enters the 21st century, more and more industries and jobs will require people to solve and apply Maths in their daily lives. You will be comforted to know that our students will be at the forefront of this future need.
This year your child has also learnt and developed further proficiency in Chinese. It has been said that this century will be the ‘Asian Century’. Even today, people from all around the world are now learning Mandarin and it is expected that China will soon surpass America in terms of economic, social and political importance. Let us not forget how lucky your child is to learn Mandarin in this new millennium and how Mandarin is fast superseding English in our global community.
This year your child has also learnt and developed further proficiency in English. Currently, it seems as though everything is written in English as English is the Lingua Franca or the common language of the world. English has become the bridge that unites the whole world. Whether it be socially, economically or politically, English competency is of fundamental importance in the 21st century. People who are proficient in English literally have the whole world opened up to them whereas people who lack this proficiency are often hindered from further advancement.
This year, your child has completed a truly ‘Global education’. You will be happy to know that there are many Western parents around the world who are envious of Haileybury’s rigorous and advanced Math’s and Chinese curricula. Moreover, there are even more Chinese parents who wish their children could have access to the English resources and teachers which have been available to you and your child at our school. We have not even touched upon the other, equally important, co –curricular programs at our school. Let us remember that learning is not limited to just what is inside a textbook and that your child has also had the opportunity to develop him or herself this year through the various sport, art and cultural programs offered at our school.
In closing all of the primary school staff at Haileybury International School Tianjin would like to congratulate you and your child on completing Primary Schooling. This is your child’s first significant educational milestone. We believe your child has been privileged to have received this unique and cutting-edge education at our school and we wish you and your child every success in the future. When we as teachers are retired and have become old and grey, we would not be surprised to hear that our year 6 students have become the global leaders of their generation.
Congratulations and Farewell.
From all the primary school staff at Haileybury International School Tianjin