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Thursday 29-Sep-2016
【晴報:校友直播室】過來人麥明詩陳思銘:留英生活助成長

上周播畢的第二季《嘩鬼上學去》請來陸永同C君,前往英國西南部小鎮做了十日寄宿生,笑料百出。其實真正的留英生活如何?有請由分別在預科及小學留英的麥明詩及陳思銘與大家分享。


「十優港姐」麥明詩於2009年會考取得佳績後,放棄「拔尖」,入讀位於Crowthorne的威靈頓公學讀預科。「我寄宿兩年,最熱切推介的竟是飯堂的自助餐,當時的學費每年是三萬英鎊(約港幣32萬元)。」這間學校的學生公開試成績卓越,是入讀頂級大學的保證。不過叫她印象最深刻的,竟是學校飯堂。「學費包飲包食,餐點的選擇非常豐富。」

 


學習獨立暢遊歐洲

威靈頓公學現時約有近千名學生,其中15%是來自32國家的海外生;八成學生寄宿。麥明詩回憶道:「全級只有四個是中國人,宿舍是小型聯合國,對學生擴闊社交圈子極有幫助。」她說預科時住宿舍兩年,雖然是她主動提議到英國讀書,但真正到達後竟然思鄉。「頭三個月都好想回家,不過當時媽媽說好了完成一個學期才可能回港。在時常下雨的英國中,感覺好荒涼。」後來她完全融入當地生活,更享受在假期用便宜的火車票穿州過省,暢遊歐洲。

 


寄宿促進英語能力

至於現在經營留學顧問生意的陳思銘,小學時已被送往英國Gresham's School讀書。他倒表示寄宿生活很精采:「在香港我讀屋邨小學,英文差,但在宿舍中常常與當地人交流,進步神速。」他說很多當地學生也選擇入讀寄宿學校,便知道它有其值得推崇之處。「寄宿學生一星期七天也在學校生活,但不少當地的英國學生會在周末回家度假,那麼剩下來寥寥可數的港生便會很寂寞了。雖然如此,留學生卻學到很多課本以外的生活技能、解難能力及人際技巧,這些經驗都很寶貴。」


提到英國,怎能不說《哈利波特》?陳思銘說,英國學生很具歸屬感,經常聯校比賽。比賽時,各校學生就會大叫自己學校的名字,情況如電影中一樣熱鬧。


英國學生活潑、具創意,但卻相對懶散。「在英國讀小學時,我身邊一個華人也沒有,有好幾年跟着英國同學去打波、釣魚或騎馬。即使明天要考試,今天依然會去踢足球,最後成績表不是C便是D。」直至Year 8,學校來了三名香港傳統名校的學生,「我們成為了朋友,受他們影響,共同努力讀書。若不是這班香港同學,我未必在英國中學會考(GCSE)拿到八科A*/A的成績。」(查詢:3184 0362)

 


撰文:劉淑雲 
編輯:余敏 

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