Ms Joy Qiao explained to the audience that, during her secondary school years, she had benefited a lot from an excellent teacher of Chinese, whose elegance and noble spirit nourished by Chinese literature had inspired many pupils. She said that Chinese language carries the culture of Eastern civilization. In particular, Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism serve as the representatives of traditional Chinese culture, and they have had a profound influence on her personal growth and values.
When she read the Mencius’ quote “I am skillful in nourishing my great spirit”, Ms Joy Qiao said she was struck by the "exceedingly great and strong spirit". It has not only become the standard for her self-reflection, but also her expectation for Wellington College China. As educators, we should maintain our "exceedingly great and strong spirit" as we pursue our ideals and fulfil our missions to the fullest extent possible.
Her understanding of Taoism, she explained, has suffused many aspects of her life. Both her parenting and career views are informed by Lao Tzu’s maxim: "The Creator and Sustainer of the world does not impose his ownership. He works in all things without claiming his power. The ruler of all does not govern capriciously. What profound grace and virtue!" She established Wellington College China and her sense of responsibility and reverence have grown in kind. She applied her interpretation of this maxim to her hopes for Wellington College China, saying that she hopes for steady, long-term, self-reliant growth.
Buddhism, she explained, taught her how to just let go when faced with setbacks in life: “All composed things are like a dream, a phantom, a drop of dew, a flash of lightning. That is how to meditate on them, that is how to observe them."
Looking back on what she learned as a young girl, she identified with the national ethos behind Chinese language and culture. It strengthened her determination to be the world's best bilingual education provider. She told the audience that a bilingual education must impart more than just two languages. It must be a fusion of two cultures and wisdom. Language is not only a vehicle of culture. It also represents our values and Eastern wisdom. Teachers do not just teach subjects. They engage in constructive communication with pupils and parents, improving leadership to shine a brighter light on Eastern wisdom for the rest of the world.