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【面試及講座日】The Elms School
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【教育王國】面對抽象試題,如何突圍而出?

考得入伊頓公學其實已經算係天才,但如果能夠在入學前成功考獲他們出晒名變態無敵難的 King’s Scholarship,就更加是天才中的天才。求其攞咗份 King’s Scholarship 嘅歷屆試題望望,睇完我就知自己投胎做多十次人都唔會有希望考到呢個 scholarship。見得閒冇嘢做,就喺度同大家探討吓 King’s Scholarship 嘅其中一條題目。預備好的話,係時候punish your brain。

每年 King’s Scholarship 的考試都分兩部份題目,亦即是所謂的 General 1和 General 2。這個名字起得真好,話就話 General,但其實越 general 往往越唔知點答。每年 General 2 的第二條題目,都是要考生為一個字寫大約七百字。什麼叫做「為一個字寫七百字」?Write 700 words to respond to Beauty 便是其中一年的題目。另一年的題目,這個 beauty 變成了 envy,再下一年是 courage。


要考這個 King’s Scholarship 的大前題是你必須已經成功考入伊頓,亦即是你冇番咁上下水平嘅話,連這個 scholarship test 的門兒都看不到。至於點解呢個考試會問埋晒啲咁無聊嘅題目?原因好簡單,伊頓收得你,其實就係想發掘一啲畢業後後可以成功跨入牛津劍橋校門嘅學生,而劍橋嘅哲學系考試出咗名就係鍾意叫人坐喺個試場三個鐘純碎為一個字大造文章。

呢類型題目應該點答?要我教你,等於問道於盲,所以我請教了一位叫 Anthony Lee 的神級老師。

話說,我今年有個學生成功入咗伊頓,最近就準備挑戰呢個 King’s Scholarship 考試,而呢位學生就係搵咗呢位 Anthony 老師幫佢補習。Anthony 喺英國唔係喺課室或者屋企幫人補,而係喺私人飛機或者兩億一艘嘅豪華遊艇補。據聞,佢以前嘅客人都係福布斯有排名嘅富豪,包括俄羅斯油王,所以佢試過左手揸住魚子醬右手揸住原子筆幫富二代補習。

乜嘢係 beauty,我應該點答?Anthony 話好多人諗到嘅答案就係「外在美比內在美重要」這個結論,但其實十個有九個都會咁答。咁如果我就係如此膚淺,淨係諗到咁嘅答案點算?如果覺得老鼠拉龜,Anthony 提議了兩個我可以參考的方向。
最有型的結論往往就是簡單一句:根本唔存在。Beauty 根本不存在、courage 根本不存在、envy 根本不存在。說一句「不存在」很易,難就難在如何得出這個結論。考官想看考生的「個人想法」,而不是「個人心得」,但個人得來又要具備客觀的證據支持。證據要夠動人,個人的觀察力和見識便是關鍵。

Anthony 舉了 beauty 為例:「以前的歐洲女子喜歡把臉龐塗得白白的,這就是她們當時的美;現在的歐洲女子又曬太陽又照燈,求的就是一身古銅,這是她們今天的美。引出的論點是,原來我們所謂的美,就是某班人處於某個世代的主觀原則,而這個原則引導著我們相信並認為什麼是『美』,卻從來不是我們由心而發的觀測。我們想盡辦法保存一件物件的完好無決,因為任何破爛了的東西都只會是醜而不會是美。但為什麼明明 kintsugi 是一件破爛了的藝術品,卻竟然被譽為一件美的珍藏?既然醜也可以是美,這個世界到底有沒有美?」

好都可以講到壞,孿都可以拗到直,這就是伊頓致力培育的思維,難怪這所學校出了19位英國首相。

【Oh!爸媽】社會氣氛推動港生赴英升學 高質prep school鋪路入名校

香港教育制度向來被詬病過於着重學業成績,忽略全人發展,近期社會氣氛緊張,更成為家長考慮送子女出國讀書的催化劑。不論政治立場如何,家長必然希望子女獲得更好的教育,卻難免擔心他們年幼,未準備好獨立生活。其實,有不少研究發現,10歲以上的學童開始有自己的交友圈子和思考方式,關鍵在於與同齡好友互相學習。

英國的學制與香港相近,12歲以下的學生會入讀prep school,在學業和身心成長打好基礎,準備將來升讀中學。

海外學生爭入英國學校的競爭愈見激烈,年紀愈小,學校對學術和英語水平的要求愈低,面試主要觀察性格,例如是否願意嘗試新事物。只要看到學生的潛質、認為他能夠融入校園生活,便會考慮錄取,因此,由prep school讀起,有利在當地升中。

香港學生較常見在11、12歲時赴英入讀Year 7、8,而且會在校寄宿。筆者常說,學習不應局限於課室,寄宿學校的好處是,即使初時會有home sick,與宿友亦需時磨合,但彼此一起生活的過程中,自然能夠學懂與人相處、尊重別人等soft skills,由事事依賴父母、「紮紮跳」的頑皮「港孩」,逐漸成長為有自理能力的英式紳士。

另外,有家長擔心送年幼子女出國會「無咗個仔」,筆者的經驗之談,良好的親子關係貴乎溝通,最重要是令子女感受到,父母的關愛並沒有因為分隔兩地而減少;同時選擇高質素的學校,家長也能安心。

大部分prep school全面照顧學生的需要,活動也傾向多元化。今次介紹的The Elms堪稱頂尖中學的 feeder school,過往不少畢業生升讀Eton、Shrewsbury、Rugby、Wellington College等傳統名校,更考獲獎學金。

The Elms鼓勵學生終身學習、探索知識和興趣,幫助他們選擇最適合自己的中學,並以此為目標做好準備。The Elms每班平均只有12名學生,以本地學生為主,除了常規課程,亦有提供希臘文、拉丁文和農村研究等科目,又訓練學生應付不同的考試及入學試等,令學生較同齡人更具競爭力。

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Ruthin School, located in a small town of Ruthin, far away from the city distraction, leading me to concentrate in academic. Frankly, I spend most of the time in studying, and prepare myself in every Saturday test. It is demanding especially not being the smartest student at school, meaning that I need to spend more of my leisure time I used to have to study. On the other hand, I have met a lot of friends and schoolmates and they are mostly come from the Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, and most of them from China, which is also the largest proportion of students in the school community. During the weekends, I habitually go to Tesco after Saturday test and then eat dinner with friends in common room or in town. Most of the time, I visit the Chinese restaurants either getting takeaway or dine in. On Sundays, school usually organises school trips to Manchester, Liverpool and Chester. During half term, in the order of safety, we are not allowed to stay outside school unless we are staying in with our parents or guardians. Furthermore, we are not allowed to have relationships with opposite sex in the matter of negative influence in academic. Drinking alcohol in school is prohibited and student who is being caught in disobeying school rules will be expelled unless the principal is being generous and suspend student for week(s). Indeed, trying to break the school rules bring a huge consequences and at the mean time to ensure students obeying the school rules. To sum up, my overall experience in Ruthin School is pleasant and hope striving my best in A levels.

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