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Probe into the Cultivation of Humanities and the Practice of Science Exploration: by President Zou Zheng in the First Semester of 2018-2019 School Year


Dear students and teachers:

The busy new school year began in the blazing sun. Like every new school year in the past, many new students joined NFLS,a warm family. First of all, on behalf of the school, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the new students of junior high school, senior high school and international department. Thank you for choosing NFLS. I hope you will learn new things, make new friends, and grow up happily and freely. May all teachers and students be happy in the new school year and gain a lot!

Here, I would like to share with you what we have achieved in the last school year first. A major success in the entrance examination to senior high: all the students in junior Grade 3 ranked to in the the total average score in Nanjing City. Li Xinran got the first place in Nanjing City. Our school has four in the Top Ten in the Nanjing entrance examination to senior high.

Senior Grade 2 had excellent score in academic proficiency examination: 392 students took part in the examination; 200 of them got 4A; the 4A rate was 51%, ranking first in Jiangsu Province.

Senior 3rd graders continued to make great achievement: A total of 124 students were admitted to well-known domestic colleges and universities through competitions and language specialties, and 64 of them entered C9 universities. Many of them were among the top students in the entrance examination and won praise from colleges and universities. In our school, the admission as recommended language majors to Peking University (11 were admitted among 12 applicants ) and Tsinghua University (14 were admitted among 16 applicants) have the highest acceptance rate among the  foreign language schools in China. Four students were sent to Tsinghua University by information science competition, one to Peking University in mathematics contest, all together there were 31 students  who were admitted by Peking University and Tsinghua University including those who took the college entrance examination. This has achieved a historic breakthrough in the number of students admitted to Peking University and Tsinghua University.For three years in a row, our school has been ranking first in Jiangsu province as the school which has the most enrollments in Peking University and Tsinghua University.

The results of the 2018 college entrance examination were announced. A total of 25 students from school took part in the college entrance examination. 24 of them got scores of the key university requirement. 12 students scored more than 380 points, with a total average score of 374 points. The matching rate of elective subjects was 100%. one of the students was admitted to Tsinghua University, and many other students were admitted to Nanjing University. University of Science and Technology of China, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Southeast University, Shandong University. Together with recommended students and overseas students, the rate of key university is 99.8%.

In 2018, more than 280 students were admitted to more than 100 colleges and universities in the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Japan, Singapore and other countries. Our school ranks first in the country (3 years in a row) in the admission to Ivy League, and the top 30 comprehensive universities in the United States have admitted more than 100 students among this year's graduates. Students from the NFLS will have footprints at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Brown, Cornell, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Harvey Mulder College, France's National College of Applied Sciences, Toronto, Waterloo, Waseda, Life Hall, Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore University and other world class schools.

Brilliant achievement in competitions: Five students entered the National Olympic Training Team: one student was selected to the National Mathematics Training Team and was recommended to Peking University; four students were selected to the National Information Training Team and recommended to Tsinghua University.

In the fifth Qiu Chengtong Middle School Students’ Physics and Chemistry Global Competition Final,each of our school teams won the gold medals.

In all levels of arts, science and technology innovation competitions, NFLS students won numerous medals, added glory to the school. 

International Department achievements: among the total of 140 international high school graduates in Sino-Canadian Branch, 94 students chose to attend Canadian universities, among them, the University of Toronto, McGill University, the University of British Columbia and other Canadian top five universities accounted for about 93 %. Forty-two students went to the United States to study and 32 were admitted to the top 50 universities in the United States, accounting for 76 percent of the total number of students studying in the United States.12th graders in Sino-Canadian Branch took the BC English subject examination in April, leading in the rank by 14 points more than the average score, becoming the best in dozens of overseas schools in BC.

Among the 60 graduates of Cambridge International High School, 16 of them went to the UK to study, including the University of Cambridge, the London School of Economics, the Imperial University of Technology and other top British universities,38 students went to the United States to study. Among them, 17 students were admitted to the top 30 universities, accounting for 45% of the total number of students studying in the United States. Fifty-six students in grade three of Cambridge took part in the Cambridge A2 stage of the Global Unification examination, and 18 students obtained excellent results in all subjects above A.

A total of 57 graduates from the IB Diploma Program, including four students went to UK to study in Cambridge University, London School of political Science and Economics, 50 students went to the US, 23 of whom were admitted to the top 30 universities in the United States, which accounted for 46% of the enrollment rate. A total of 55 senior 3rd graders in IB took the IB General Diploma Global examination and 100% obtained the IB full Diploma. The average score of our students is as high as 36.2 points, far higher than the average score of the IB Global examination.

If without students’ high ideals and beliefs, strict self-discipline, persevering learning attitude, if without teachers' student-oriented education philosophy, hardworking attitude, regardless of gain or loss of their dedication, we won't get such beautiful results year after year. Here, I’d like to express my warm congratulations and thanks to the students and teachers who have made the outstanding achievements. I also wish that every student in NFLS all over the world will have a big mind and strive for the best, for the sake of the present and the future of the NFLS!

Dear students, as usual, at the beginning of the new school year, I would like to talk about the hope for everyone.

This year, students were asked to think about the meaning and value of language in the entrance exam’s composition writing. On this topic, I think students from NFLS should have a deeper experience and thinking.

A few days ago, a parent told me that he sent his child to study in the United States and chatted with the driver on the way back to the hotel by taxi, only to find that the same car had been taken by the child from school to the hotel the day before. After sighing the coincidence, the driver said, "I was an engineer before I retired, I was a Uber driver after retirement, and I talked to a lot of Chinese who came here. They didn't speak English very fluently, but your daughter's English is really very good." Did she go to high school in America? " The parent proudly said: "she has been studying in China, graduated from China's best Foreign language school. "the driver continued," that's great! You tell her I can help her if I have any difficulties here. " In this delightful incident, parents are proud of their child's language proficiency, the quality of foreign language teaching in NFLS, the genuine concern about the children and the driver was likely to change some of his stereotypes.

From a small point of view, language is an indispensable life skill in life; to the greater extent, language is responsible for the carrier of thought, the development of the country, and the inheritance of civilization. It is difficult to imagine that a person with a high level of language would have low level of thinking; for a country that attaches importance to the study of its mother tongue and foreign language, it is difficult to imagine that her cultural standard is not high, that her spirit is not strong enough, for a language that is full of vitality, it is hard to imagine that there is no culture of tolerance or a strong civilization behind her.

Dear students, your age is the golden time to practice child skills and learn language. I hope you, in the unique language learning environment of NFLS, increase knowledge, broaden your horizons, preserve the profound cultural heritage, for the future development of life,lay a solid foundation.

And then, I want to talk to you about the cultivation of the scientific spirit. As we all know, while strengthening language education, NFLS has created excellent conditions for students with strong interest and expertise in science. Graduates have become well-known young scientists at home and abroad or the backbone of world-renowned high-tech enterprises. However, the spirit of science is not only applicable to science, but also the crystallization of the wisdom and emotion of scientists to transform the world and benefit mankind.

Hu Shi once summed up the scientific spirit in four words: bold hypotheses, careful verification.

The "bold hypothesis" sounds full of romanticism, but without independent thinking and innovation, how can it be hypothetical? "the difference between a leader and a follower is innovation." you have limited time, so don't live for others. Don't be dogmatic, don't let anyone's opinions drown out your inner voice. The most important thing is to have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. " These two quotes from Jobs, very straightforward expression of his life's pursuit. The legendary man whom Obama called "one of America's greatest innovative leaders," his products changed the world. The opposite example is ZTE Communications in the face of commercial sanctions, they dropped their armor and collapsed.

"Careful verification", requires the style that seeks truth, do not be paranoid, do not float. Qian Zhongshu, a genius in the history of Chinese culture, had a good memory like a camera,and never forgot the books he had read. There are even more example about how careful the scientists are when they verify things carefully.

Dear students, I hope you have the courage before the world, can maintain endless curiosity and imagination, I hope that we have a calm state of mind, a quiet hard work of the steadfast, can withstand loneliness, can bear hardships!

“It is easy for young people to learn but difficult for the old, one inch of time can not be taken lightly. Dear students, the new school year is a new starting point, new challenges and new momentum of struggle, cherish your youth, enjoy the enrichment and happiness of the campus life!

Thank you all!