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Saturday 15-Oct-2016
【信報:寄宿學校攻略】校況與埋堆

早前回應林作關於留學「埋中國人堆」有沒有好處的討論,我也來講講自己的個人意見。我覺得「埋洋仔堆」和「埋自己人堆」各有各好處,前者可以有助融入當地文化,不枉放洋一場,後者的讀書風氣較佳,如果公開試在即,幾個香港學生一起可以較修心養性,專心備戰。所以各有各好,亦各適其適,視乎個人的需要。

 

以我自己經驗而言,年紀較細的留學生,去到英國多作文化交流,多結交洋朋友,留學生活較容易適應,亦更多姿多采。年紀較大、考大學在即的「大仔」嘛,與三五港生一同操操卷,就會比沾染洋仔貪玩作風來得更加實際合時。

 

視子女需要而定

所以作為家長,揀學校時也要因應閣下子女的需要作出考慮。首先,當然要知道一間學校本地學生及外國人(特別是來自亞洲/中國/香港)學生的實際人數、收生比例等數字。像林作所言,有些中學設有國際部,主力為外國學生準備入主校或其他中學,但其實入到主校最終還是外國留學生居多,如果父母一心想子女埋當地洋仔堆,最終卻有機會未能如願。

 

校方考慮周到

除了看比例之外,更要看看學校如何將學生分配。某些學校如Headington及Warwick,校方會把同國籍的學生安排在同一宿舍,猶如八國聯軍租界區一樣,各自為政。這樣一來,所有中國學生或港生便全會集中在一起,每日同吃同住,埋堆是常理。

 

另外,也有些學校如Oundle及Uppingham,卻刻意將來自相同地方的同學分配到不同宿舍,甚至連學生的年級也會考慮周到,盡量希望背景不同的學生可以有互動交流,務必令學生生活變得「華洋共處」。可見學校的安排,對學生埋堆模式會有直接影響。

 

不過話說回來,喜歡埋什麼人堆,也很看學生的性格,我就見過有父母刻意把子女送到洋同學較多的學校,但學生對香港人較有歸屬感,校內只有一兩個港生,他們也會馬上結黨成群。甚至有同學仔即使是校內唯一亞洲學生,他也寧願獨個兒在宿舍煮公仔麵、煲港劇、網上流連香港論壇。為免一片苦心遭枉費,家長在選擇學校時,考慮子女的需要之餘,也別忘了和他們多作溝通了解其傾向,才作決定。


Oundle、Uppingham等學校刻意把來自相同地方的同學分配到不同宿舍,盡量希望背景不同的學生可以互相交流。
 

 

原文刊載於信報《銘想英國》專欄:
http://www1.hkej.com/dailynews/culture/article/1411221/​

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