Speech by Russell,Principal of St.George's School,Washington,U.S.A
作者：外事办 日期：2017-11-24 浏览：
Principal Gao, Ms Li, Mr Liu, Ms. Yang, teachers, parents, students, Good afternoon
and Thank you for welcoming me back to your beautiful city and this impressive
Yesterday, I spent the day in classes, meeting students, and talking with teachers. I
am pleased to report that in just the first few months, SGIS at SHS is running
strong. It embraces the main themes and goals of SGS in Washington State.
Our students want to learn. They are willing to ask for help. And they recognize that
with directed effort, they can improve. They learn what they love and they don’t give
up. Students who do that are destined to do well.
Though the campuses are far apart, there are three characteristics that we share.
The first is an excellent, caring faculty. The second is small classes. The third is a
People are what make a school. We can have the best classrooms, the most modern
equipment, and the fanciest computers (and we have all of those! I hope you will be
impressed on the tour!), but without excellent teachers, the rest is only window
I have had a chance to meet the staff and they are excellent. They know their
subjects and they care deeply about their students. A strong, caring faculty is the
most important characteristic that SGIS at ShuangLiu HS has to offer.
Encouraging relationships is the second most important characteristic. What our
method of education has to offer is that we will know your students and we will care
about your students.
Small classes allow our teachers to get know students well. They know students’
strengths and areas that need improvement. They know what interests students.
Small classes also mean that students are called upon to contribute every day. As a
student told me yesterday morning, she feels that she knows the material better
because she is engaging with the teacher and her classmates every class.
There is a respect between students and teachers that allows both to perform at
their best. SGIS at Shuangliu is set up to inspire these encouraging relationships.
The third characteristic that makes SGIS at Shuangliu HS successful is a curriculum
that is geared toward the modern world.
Students not only learn calculus, they also learn Solid-works – a program for 3D
design. This is one of the objects they designed yesterday. Then they printed it on
the 3D printers. [Show object]
They not only read English, but also speak it, breaking it down into its component
parts so that, one day, they will sound fluent. They read about Physics and then
apply what they have read in a state of the art lab.
This is a hands-on, design-based curriculum that will prepare students to succeed
for jobs that may not even exist yet. They will be prepared because they know how
to think and to communicate with people and with machines.
I love what we do, I hope you can see that. I know you are here to find the best fit
for your child.
I admit that some children are best suited to a classroom where a teacher tells them
what is right and then the students repeat that over and over. That is not our way.
At Saint George’s we believe that students need to think for themselves.
Our students are prepared to go on to college and find jobs that will require them to
do more than memorize.
They will be prepared to decode, analyze, and synthesize information and problems
so that they can create, compute, and communicate their innovative ideas and
We help our students find their strengths so that they can contribute to the world.
How do I know this Saint George’s type curriculum works? First, I am a product of
it. I had excellent teachers who taught me to think for myself. I love to learn!
Second, have heard from graduates about how well prepared they are. I have a son
who graduated from SGS two years ago and is now at Columbia University.
He told me that his English class in college is run exactly the way his English class
in high school was. My son feels well prepared.
Third, I have met doctors, computer scientists, lawyers, engineers, CEOs, sales
people, and even teachers who tell me that their education at SGS set the
foundation for their success.
Preparation is what we do. We are preparing students for college and for life.
My question for you is, what do you want your child to be? I hope you will come to
SGIS at Shuangliu HS where our excellent, caring teachers will encourage and
engage them with a curriculum that will prepare them for college and for the