Good evening, distinguished guests, teachers, parents, students and friends, Ladies and gentlemen, my warmest welcome to all of you for being here tonight.
My name is Lin Liya, I am one of the founders of the XinJinShan Chinese Language School and have taught there many years; I am also one of the organizers of the concert tonight.
Tonight we celebrate together the 20 year journey of the XIN JIN SHAN Chinese Language School. 20 years is not a short time; in 20 years, a seed would have become a tree; a baby would have become an adult; in 20 years our school has grown from 6 students into over 4000 students, from one campus into 8 campuses, and we are still growing! As educators it’s greatly rewarding to see students growing up in a healthy way and learning well. I think that as teachers, whether in a day school or a weekend school, we must do the best we can nurture our students. In Chinese, a teacher is also called a human “gardener”. As teachers we have to make the best and richest soil for our students, so that both teacher and student grow together and succeed together.
This takes time, care, sharing, dedication, and humility; but most of all it takes hard work. And where better to learn all these, than in a school?
We are very lucky to belong to a multi cultural Australia. This is a country rich in opportunity to grow towards our potential and challenge our skills. Tonight we face one of these challenges. But it is never too late to learn; never too late to be challenged whether you are a shy 10 year old, or a nervous older teacher like me standing here, on stage before all of you. And so, this is why we have a weekend language school presenting you this concert tonight. Because tonight we are going to use the beautiful language of music to tell you our story.
This evening, in this wonderful Recital Hall, you will hear, the first ever performance of the XinJinShan symphonic poem, specially composed by the distinguished composer Dr. Julian Yu. We are nervous, but mostly thrilled and honoured by this unique opportunity.
On behalf of the school board I would like to thank Dr. Julian Yu for such inspiring music and for naming our school orchestra “The New Goldberg Orchestra”. We are deeply grateful. We are also grateful to Mr. Phillip He- our former parent, who is the principal of music world; without your generous instruction we couldn’t have made it tonight; many thanks to our young talented conductor Mr. Thaddeus Huang whose passionate conduction has greatly inspired the artistry of our young performers and given prestige to our concert; deep appreciation also to our former student and professional cellist, Yelian He who flew in specially from England to perform his beautiful solo for us. Former student Chris Lin will enchant us with his dextrous performance of Julian Yu’s new piano rhapsody; Many thanks also to our student singer Cindy Liu who is learning from the famous singer Shu-Cheen Yu; and to Saxophone solo player Spencer Li and all of the orchestra students, for the hard work you have all put into making tonight’s concert a brilliant one. As for our lovely teachers who will be singing along with our student choir, there are not enough words to thank you for your passion, your contribution, and sense of fun. You help bring this concert to life.
To Mr. Gordon Gunn and to all the wonderful members of Mr. David Keff’s family, you have the school’s deep gratitude.
We are also very fortunate to have the famous Yan An High School Chinese orchestra perform for us tonight.
Lastly, there are never enough words to thank the many friends and supporters of our schools over this 20 year journey. I think of Bill Forrest, Adrienne and Cheryl particularly for this event.
A big thank you also to our major sponsor, Amity Property Group for helping to make tonight possible.
And now I better disappear; so sit back, enjoy the music, and let us warmly welcome the students with a big clap.