With the graduation of our first High School students, SCBS Alumni Association was formally established. This platform encourages communication among our alumni and can promote the development of both our alumni and the school.
SCBS Founder and Chairman Mr. Francis Ping, Board Member Mr. David Yuan, Teacher Representatives Mr. Starkie and Mr. Tao CHEN, as well as Ms. Renkun ZHANG, an Oxford graduate and Concord College alumna, shared their insights into university studies, future careers and life in general. They encouraged our graduates to face future challenges bravely and live their life to the fullest.
From the perspective of Mr. Francis Ping, university life is about learning to live independently and thinking about your future career. He wished our graduates health and a prosperous future, expecting them to have both integrity and strong abilities.
Cindy Meng, who received a conditional offer from the University of Oxford, shared her unforgettable moments at SCBS, including her first school day, performance rehearsals for the annual winter concert, and a trip to Mount Mogan with her classmates and teachers. At the end of her speech, she said emotionally, "Today, we have graduated. As the first alumni of Shanghai Concord Bilingual School, we will still be members of Concord even when in years to come we make our mark, wherever we may be in the world. I wish for green pastures for all of us in the future and that we may all find fulfillment and success as we pursue our chosen paths.”
Mr. David Yuan shared his experience of studying at MIT and how he found his calling in life. He encouraged the students to find the smartest people they can and surround themselves with them, because working with smart people means that they will be challenged to do their best. In addition, David expected the students to be kind when they do things and pursue their dreams in life.
Ms. Renkun ZHANG, an Oxford graduate and Concord College alumna, is now one of the partners at Genki Forest, a popular beverage brand in China. In partnership with its sister school Concord College in the UK, SCBS enjoys a culture of achievement, pursuing academic excellence whilst encouraging its students to be the very best they can be. Based on her rich experience of studying abroad, Ms. Renkun ZHANG suggested that the students have more communication with foreign peers in the university, develop good habits, attach importance to academic performance, and maintain the independence of thinking.
Mr. Tao CHEN wished the graduates enthusiasm, strength, firmness, flexibility, confidence, modesty, enterprise, freedom, gentleness, and reason, expecting them to become brave persons who are affectionate and righteous. Mr. Starkie stressed that life is a journey, not a destination.
Finally, we expect our alumni to uphold and carry forward the school’s core values ‘Harmony, Trust, and Decency’ across the world through the alumni association. We look forward to our frequent reunions in the future.