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【Oh!爸媽】你不可不知的宿校演變史

這年頭的英國寄宿生實在幸福,能盡享世界級運動設施、華美的校園、舒適的宿舍;對比早期寄宿學校,實在是天淵之別。各位讀者應該難以想像寄宿學校經歷過多少變革,才演化成現今的模樣。

 

大家可能覺得,寄宿學校讓宿生有家的感覺是理所當然。但在70年代,即使貴族學校Eton College的宿舍也沒有中央暖氣,還要幾十宿生共用房間,真難以想像當年的學生怎樣過冬。直到1989年英國通過兒童法(Child Act),寄宿學校逐漸改變作風,大大改良宿舍設計。現時的學校宿舍大多舒適愜意,房間更寬敞,不少更有獨立浴室。某些學校宿舍如Roedean大翻新後設計明亮簡潔。

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▲1980年代的Eton學生 (網上圖片)

住宿環境固然重要,學生的身心發展亦然。以往寄宿學校不會在此投放太多資源。但時至今日,不少寄宿學校都有照顧學生起居的house parents和保姆(matron)。學校亦會特別照顧留學生心理狀況。由於學生留學初期容易感​孤單,很多學校都有社工專門開解留學生情緒,讓他們有傾訴對象,儘快適應新環境。

 

隨著科技進步,學校與家長可輕鬆透過多種途徑連繫,如電話、電郵、Skype或直接見面。現時不少家長都能跟學校維持友好關係,跟80年代前截然不同。當年寄宿學校甚少主動與家長接觸,盡量避免聽到他們的批評或負面評價。家長只能從期末報告得知子女的學習進度和住宿情況,可謂一知半解。直到90年代消費主義抬頭,學校開始重視與家長的關係,積極改善學校質素,並且聽取家長意見,透明度大大改善。

 

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▲Roedean School學生宿舍(Roedean School圖片)

 

身為過來人,我非常明白寄宿質素對留學生心理和生理的影響。一所優質的寄宿學校應該盡力幫助留學生適應當地生活,讓宿生遠在海外也感受到「家」的溫暖。遇上不如意事,也可跟舍監、高年級學生、保姆或houseparents分享,毋須獨自承受。這種互相關顧氣氛實在無可取締,跟其他國家的寄宿生活亦不能相比。

 

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原文:http://www.ohpama.com/84030/overseas/%E3%80%90samuel%E3%80%91%E4%BD%A0%E4%B8%8D%E5%8F%AF%E4%B8%8D%E7%9F%A5%E7%9A%84%E5%AE%BF%E6%A0%A1%E6%BC%94%E8%AE%8A%E5%8F%B2/

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