On May 31st, the St. Nicholas International School has successfully held the 2019 Summer Music Festival. In the cheerful atmosphere of the end of the schoolyear and welcoming the summer, our principal, Scott Hazlett, delivered a speech about our core values: resilience. Below is his speech:
Bamboo is one of the key symbols of Vietnam in its history. Bamboo however tells a much bigger story about Vietnam, and about our school and student body.
“Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never breaking, capable of adapting to any circumstance. It suggests resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back”.
This year was a year where resilience was one of the key factors in everyone’s success. Many of you came to an international school for the first time, many of you spent your first time being in a totally English-speaking environment, some teachers moved to a totally new country, but in the end everyone had to adapt and grow.
There is no such thing as failure when you are resilient.
Do you know that the famous Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team? What about Mr. Walt Disney, who was fired from his newspaper job and was told to be “lacked imagination”? What about one of the most famous inventors of all times, Thomas Edison? It took him over 10,000 times to perfect that light bulb, and he explained quite simply: “I have not failed, I just found out 10,000 ways that won’t work”.
Your own principal fell 7 times this year off his motorbike! However, he was just following the Japanese proverb of “fall down seven time, get up eight”.
These are just a few examples of how we learn from setbacks. Adapting to change. that’s the key to the future.
One of the most famous scientists of all times, Mr. Charles Darwin, explains the following “it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change”.
Resilience is one of the core values of St. Nicholas. There is no question in my mind that all our student showed this value. We are proud of how far that everyone has come, and we know the possibilities are endless.
Just remember that “the bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists”.