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校長致辭 | 做最好的自己 Be your best self




  鄭彤總校長在北大附屬嘉興實驗學校同文部

首屆IB高中畢業典禮上的講話

各位同學、各位老師、各位家長:

Dear all,


大家好!

Good afternoon.

 

今天我們在這里隆重舉行同文部首屆高中生畢業典禮,這將成為江南燕園的一個重要歷史性時刻。

Today we are gathered to celebrate the graduation of our first high school cohort from the Tongwen Division. This is a historic moment for our school.


作為學校的創校校長,我很高興,也很榮幸,可以見證你們三年來的成長。同樣,你們也共同書寫了學校這三年以來的點滴故事。三年前開學的場景仿佛還歷歷在目!全校師生當時都擠在弘毅樓上課辦公,校園的大部分區域還都是一片工地。時間過得可真快,一轉眼,你們都要畢業了。

As the founding Superintendent, I am very glad and honored to have witnessed your growth for the past three years. You have contributed to making our school what it is today. I could still remember three year ago when our school first opened, all of our students and teachers were crammed in the Hongyin Building; most of our campus was still under construction. Time flies, now, you are going to graduate.


有什么樣的教育,就會有什么樣的未來;有什么樣的年輕人,未來就會有什么樣的希望。正是胸懷著對這樣一個好教育的追求和夢想,我們聚集在這里,通過融合中國傳統文化及IB全人教育理念,打造了一所中國人自己的國際學校——江南燕園。此生,我們注定有一個交集,就是在這里,我們打開了一扇窗,而你們是那個看著窗外風景的人。今天,你們就要畢業了,悄然走過了獨立成人的年齡,肩負著對自己、對家庭、對社會的責任,去尋找更廣闊、更美好的風景。

Education is everything to the future, just like you, the young people decide how the future looks like. It is with the pursuit and dream of good education that we are gathered here to build a school integrating Chinese traditional culture with IB holistic educational philosophy. They say it’s destiny that our paths cross here. Today is your graduation day, which means you are now at the age of independence. With the commitment to your dreams, your family and the community at large, you now begin a new journey!


這三年來,我們哭過、笑過、成功過、迷茫過,但不管我們每個人走過的三年是否完美,學校都將永遠感謝和銘記每一位給學校機會的學子、每一位給學校信任的家長以及每一位為學生成長付出的老師和員工。

In past three years, we have had laughter, tears, ups and downs. No matter what, the school appreciates and remembers every student, parent and teacher here forever, who have given us opportunity, trust and dedication.


在你們作為北大附屬嘉興實驗學校第一批走出校門的高中畢業生即將離校之際,我想送你們一句話:做最好的自己。
You are the first cohort to graduate from PKUES (Jiaxing). Upon your graduation, I would like to give you one piece of advice, be your best self.


長期以來,我們的社會被一種根植內心的功利式審美綁架,即一個人能夠得到多少愛、欣賞和認同,取決于他有多優秀。你優秀,我親近你,否則,我就冷落你;你優秀,我就認可你,否則,我就貶低你。優秀的程度,定義了我們的價值,也決定了我們相互對待的方式。而在這種土壤里長出來的優秀,不見得能夠讓我們有成功的事業,更不一定有幸福的人生。我們要學會接納真實不完美的自己,回歸本真,做最好的自己。在座的父母也一樣,我們要接納真實的孩子,每個孩子都會有自己與眾不同的稟賦,關鍵是給他們自信,幫助他們擁有和養成堅毅的品格,去爭取各自的成功,做最優秀的自己。

For a long time, our society has been abducted by a utilitarian concept deeply entrenched in our belief, that is, the amount of love, appreciation and recognition that one is able to get depends on their personal excellence. If you could demonstrate excellence as such, I will be close to you, otherwise, I leave you out in the cold. If you were excellent, I will recognize you, otherwise, I belittle you. The so called personal excellence defines our values and determines how we treat each other. However, excellence of this kind does not guarantee a successful career, nor does it promise a happy life. We must learn to understand who we are, accept it and try to become our best self. The same goes for the parents. Accept your child as they are. Each child is unique. The key is to build up their confidence, help them develop a strong character, encourage to strive for their own success and become their best self.


如何做最好的自己呢?我有三點建議。

How to be your best self? I have three suggestions.


第一,讓自己更堅毅。

Firstly, be gritty.


最近一段時間,華為和任正非一直被刷屏,全世界都在關注華為的生死!我發自內心地覺得任正非是中國企業家的楷模,是中華民族的脊梁!當然,各行各業成功的人士不僅是任正非一個!他們為什么可以獲得非凡的成就呢?

Recently, the news of Huawei and Mr. Ren Zhengfei has swept across our nation. I personally believe that Mr. Ren is the model of Chinese entrepreneurs. Surely, there are many successful businessmen like him from all all walks of life. The question is, how do they achieve such exceptional success?


美國賓夕法尼亞大學心理學教授安杰拉—達克沃思通過研究發現,堅毅的品質對成功起到了關鍵性的作用。我記得有一次偶然遇到iGEM項目組的同學,他們告訴我要在實驗室守夜,因為要得到實驗的結果。我相信,要取得一個好成績,項目組的同學都需要付出連續許多日日夜夜的努力。長期堅持,去為了自己的興趣和目標,贏得一個好的結果,這就是堅毅。

Research by Professor Angela Duckworth from the University of Pennsylvania has found that grit is the key to success. I still remember the night that I ran into some students in the iGEM group. They told me they were going to stay up all night in the lab in order to obtain the results. I could only imagine how many days and nights they had spent on this project to achieve success. Fight for your passion and stick to your goals until you make it, that is what we call being gritty.


我們總在問,到底是選擇重要,還是努力重要,卻一直忽略了一個東西,那就是堅毅。在不確定、高變化的時代,選擇會變,努力不一定有效,但是如果有堅毅的品格,就總有機會成功。

We keep asking which is more important, making good choices or trying hard? But there is one thing we forget, grit. In times of uncertainties and changes, choices could be changed, and trying hard might not be enough. However, be gritty, and you will make it eventually.


成長的前提是你要有“成長心態”,即相信你自己真的可以改變,從這一點上來說,很多人不是輸在努力,而是輸在不相信努力。

The prerequisite of growth is you must have the mindset, which means you believe you can change. From this point of view, I could say that the reason why most people fail is because they do not believe that making great efforts could lead to a good result.


高中的三年馬上就要結束了,我相信每位同學心里都有一份自己的畢業答卷。多一份努力,一定會多一份收獲。從自己及周邊同學的改變和進步上,大家一定能體會和認同我說的觀點,擁有堅毅的品格可能會讓自己改變更多,進步更大。

As you graduate from high school, I believe you all get the result based on how much effort you have invested. No pain, no gain. Look at your classmates and the progress you have made, you will understand what I am talking about. Being gritty could enable you to change for the better.


第二,讓自己的內心更強大。

Secondly, be strong inside.


IB十大育人目標中提到了敢于冒險、心胸寬廣、善于反思、有原則等,這些都和你是否有強大的內心有關。

In the IB learner profile, we can see the wordings like risk-takers, open-minded, reflective and principled. All of these have a connection to being strong inside.


要擁有強大的內心,首先你需要具備的是自信。更深地了解自己,更清楚地看到自己、接納自己,才會更有自信,才能更好地改變自己。這里可以分享一下我自己成長的心得。我覺得,我的成長很大程度得益于我根植內心的自信,相信自己可以做到!這或許也是遺傳的吧。在我父親成長的年代,有過一段坎坷的人生道路。他從杭州名牌高中畢業后,就來到了當年的邊遠山區,沒有固定工作,到了社會的最底層。可是自始至終,父親都沒有怨天尤人,依舊積極正向地生活著。父輩堅強而樂觀的人生經歷一直激勵著我,我的內心總有一種自信,相信自己可以從大山中走出來。的確我也做到了。從大山,經過自己的努力,我從一名普通的講臺教師走到今天,為追尋好教育在北京打拼了快三十年。
To be strong inside, first you must have self-confidence. You need to know yourself and accept who you are, then you will have self-confidence and know how to make changes. Here, I want to share my own story. I believe a large part of what I have achieved today can be attributed to self-confidence. Such personality runs in my family. My father suffered a rough life experience. He went to do physical labor in rural areas after graduating from high school. No job security, no social status, my father was at rock bottom. Still, he never complained. In my memory, he was always positive and strong. He believed things could change for the better. My father’s strength and optimism have shaped my beliefs. I always believed that I could find a way out of poverty and I made it. I have strived for the dream to seek for the good education for almost thirty years in Beijing. Here I am, I made it.


其次我們需要的是定力,這是一個佛教用語。世人學成一門技藝,成就一項事業,無不靠定力也。有定力,方可耐得住寂寞,經得起挫折;有定力,方可博覽群書,潛心著述,有所成就;有定力,方可面對強敵,從容鎮靜,臨危不亂,后發制人;無定力,便會為浮名近利所誘惑,被本能欲望所驅使,心神旁騖,意不在學;或半途而廢,或止于小成;無定力,便吃不得苦,耐不得勞,臨陣對敵,神慌招亂,未戰而心先敗。那么定力自何而來?須有堅、誠、恒之心,有此心,方能有大定。其實人的成就取決于兩點:天賦*努力=技能;技能*努力=成就。天賦是指,當你投入努力的時候,你的技能能夠得到多快的提升。成就是指,當你努力運用獲得的技能時所產生的結果。其實大家的智商并沒有太大的區別,更大的區別是努力和持續改進的程度。

The second thing we need is composure and concentration. This is from Buddhism. As long as you are concentrated, you could persist in one thing and overcome any setback. In fact, people's achievements depend on two points: talent * effort = skills; skills * efforts = achievements. Talent is how soon your skills can be improved when you make effort. Achievement is the result of your efforts to use the acquired skills. In fact, there is not much difference in the IQ for everyone, but effort and persistence do make a difference.


第三,要讓自己的內心更豐富寬廣。

Thirdly, be knowledgeable and open-minded.


感同身受,是情商很重要的部分。胸懷世界,尊重了解不同的文化、不同的風俗習慣和文明,才能讓我們的內心更加豐富和博大。現在的世界變得更加多元和不確定,對多元文化和社會的理解包容,可以讓我們的內心更加理性、客觀和公正。對自己身邊的親人和同學朋友,要學會接納不同的人和事,不要簡單地把自己的觀點和意志強加給別人。

To be empathetic is a vital component of EQ. Respecting different cultures, customs and civilizations can help us become knowledgeable and open-minded. To survive in a changing and diverse world, we need to cultivate the ability to embrace difference. Only in this way, can we think and act in a reasonable, objective and just manner. Learn to accept the various kinds of people and things, never force your own ideas onto others.


懂得感恩,也是內心豐富的一個重要指針。怨恨和不滿,只會讓心靈貧乏。古語有云,滴水之恩,當涌泉相報。知恩圖報,才能讓自己內心充盈,才能有幸福感;學會感恩父母、感恩師長、感恩同學、感恩點滴幫助和遇見,才會有感恩的生活和幸福的人生。

To be grateful is also an important indicator of a knowledgeable mind. As the old saying goes, a little give, a lot of returns. We must learn to be grateful to our parents, teachers and classmates, then we could have a happy life.


行萬里路破萬卷書,也是豐富我們內心、博大我們的心胸所必須的要素。在座的IB老師們就是很好的案例。在美國,許多人都覺得中國很危險、很貧窮,我們的形象還停留在上世紀六七十年代。老師們來了中國之后,一定已經感受到了中國改革開放這些年來的巨大變化。相比之下,我們的老師,對多元文化會有更加豐富和準確的理解和認知。同樣,新疆問題,可以追溯到民族融合的歷史;臺灣問題,也會有各派的觀點和理由。出去留學也是如此。核心,還是要放眼世界,體驗不同文明,胸懷天下大義,為人類謀未來幸福。

Last but not least, reading and traveling are also necessary to broaden our horizon. Some of our IB teachers here can attest to this statement. In the US, there are still lots of people who think China is poor and dangerous, like what you would see from those 1960s image. I must say that, now you have lived in China, you should have seen the enormous changes because of the reform and opening-up policy. Our teachers, being well-read and well-traveled, possess the ability to appreciate diversity. Different people will have different views on the same topic, like the Xinjiang issue and the Taiwan issue. The main point is to have a global perspective, experience different civilizations and have the heart to care for the well-being of all humanity.


所以,擁有堅毅的品格、強大的內心和寬廣的胸懷,才能贏得未來。

In conclusion, be firm and persistent, be strong inside, be knowledgeable and open-minded. These are the qualities that will take us to a bright future. 


最后,我謹代表董事會和學校,向三年來對我們給予理解、包容與支持的各方力量表示最衷心的感謝。

Lastly, on behalf of the board and school,  I’d like to express my heartfelt appreciation to all of you who have given us understanding and support for the past three years.


畢業,是千百萬個夏天的故事,千百萬個人、千百萬個不同的夏天,相同的只是告別。同學們,告別昨天,那個青蔥懵懂的自己;告別今天,這個承載了三年笑與淚的校園;擁抱明天,所有的無限可能與希望!

Farewell students, to your old selves and the lovely campus, say hi to the unlimited possibilities and hopes!


祝大家好運,記得常回家看看!謝謝!

I wish you all the best. This is your home. Its door will always be open to you. Thank you!





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