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Hopes for 2021

NAIS Pudong is once again celebrating publishing success in Shanghai Daily. Pride of place went to Year 8 student, Happy’s piece about the coronavirus crisis and the message of hope that we should carry with us. This inspirational and moving article encourages all of us to embrace resilience and to look for the positives in even the darkest times.

Hopes for 2021

Dear COVID-19,

My name is Happy and I’m writing to you on behalf of every person here on Earth. You have changed my life. And I think the same goes for everyone else on Earth. Every time I turn on the news, bad news about you appear. If it’s not about you it’s about the chaos you caused. Headlines screaming a new number of deaths. Videos of empty Times Square with no one cheering to welcome the new year. Pictures of patients lying in hospital beds, connected to tubes. You have certainly changed 2020, but as the whole world moves into a new year, I want to say something that goes for everyone here on Earth. Although you might’ve damaged our pride, and you might’ve broken our hearts, and you might’ve damaged the whole planet, I believe that us humans can stop you. I believe that we can emerge victorious. Most of all, I believe we can spread more positivity and hope throughout the world.

Many world leaders have already realized that giving hope is the best medicine for their suffering citizens. I read an article recently where the author gathered a collection of world leaders’ speeches about 2020. I found them so inspiring and filled with so much hope I immediately felt so happy and looked at the world with a new light. Like Boris Johnson said in his New Years speech: “So I can imagine that there will be plenty of people who will be only too happy to say goodbye to the grimness of 2020. But just before we do, I want to remind you that this was also the year when we rediscovered a spirit of togetherness, of community.”

I know we can do it.

Love, Happy - Year 8


“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what a storm’s all about.” -Haruki Murakami

On related themes, the article by Mr Siccardi on wellbeing, our Early Years students exploring emotions as well as this beautiful artwork by our Year 2 student Stella, rounds out yet another successful week for NAIS Pudong.

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