A Letter From the Centre Principal
It is a great pleasure and honor to introduce myself to the current and prospective Parents, Students, Faculty, and Friends of Wuxi High School Number 1. We are located in a beautiful, historic and vibrant city. It is a fabulous and exhilarating place to live, work, and learn. This is also an exciting time in our school’s history, which began in 1911 and I am enormously grateful to be able to take part both in what we are doing now, and all that’s to come.
It is quite an adventure. Like any adventure, it will be filled with moments of great joy, moments of wonder, even moments of trial, but especially moments of great accomplishment and self-realization. Any meaningful adventure helps us to grow, to understand, and to be challenged in new and unexpected ways. That will certainly be true for me, as an American man in a new country for the first time, and it will also of course be true for our students and families. However, a great adventure also forces us to rely on our fellow travelers and friends, and I feel strongly that as a community we will emerge wiser as individuals, and closer as a group.
Everyone has a role in making the adventure great. Students have the responsibility to take on the hard work that is to come, and maintain a sense of joy and deep purposeful effort. These are the years in which they begin to envision and create the kind of adults they want to be. Parents have the role of supporting their children and the teachers, as well as each other, to keep our focus on what is important: the well-being and future success of these young people we all care so much about. Teachers have the role to help these students to understand not only their lessons and how to be active learners, but also how those lessons are an important part of becoming adults who can make a real and impactful difference in China’s future.
My role is the most simple to understand, but certainly challenging in its own ways at the same time. I have exactly four priorities, and they are easy to identify. The first is the children and their happiness and progress and sense of being supported – NOTHING comes before that. The second is the parents, who have entrusted us with their most highly valued treasure – their children, and my role is to ensure them that we are giving the students the very best we can, in and outside of the classroom. The third is the teachers, who deserve and should expect the greatest respect and encouragement with which I can provide them, because they have dedicated themselves and their careers to this effort. The fourth is the program itself, and my role is to make sure it is as progressive, success-oriented, and child-centered as it can be, and to communicate its goals to everyone in the community. I have no other interests than to respect and work towards those priorities, and you will find me daily focused on them, and little else.
It’s going to be a grand and glorious and challenging and exciting adventure for all of us, and with that in mind I wish us all a bon voyage, and I offer my genuine thanks for the opportunity to participate in this most important work, and in our community. Let the adventure begin!
Daniel Rosenberg, Centre Principal
Wuxi Number 1 High School