Let’s Start from Here—–An experience of the Residence Tutor Training Camp / 從心出發,勇往直前—-宿舍導師訓練營體驗記

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It was an unusual Saturday afternoon in a former British army camp where over 60 people, including Residence Masters, SRO staff, Residence Tutors and I were standing still under Hong Kong‘s unforgiving heat. The commander’s voice was really loud and powerful. He was explaining to us the rules of the camp, mainly about how we should behave and self-discipline in the 2-day camp from 29-30 July 2017. Thereafter, we were given 30 minutes to go to our barrack – a big room with 15 bunk beds – where we would sleep that night. That was pretty much how the Residence Tutor Training Camp began. For the next 18 hours, we would be trained like an army.

The first and last sessions were workshops about the roles of Residence Tutors and case studies. Together with our Residence Masters, Dr. Ben LI of Jockey Club Humanity Hall, and Dr. Roger KWAN of Jockey Club Harmony Hall, Mr. Wilson LAM, Director of SRO, enthusiastically gave a welcoming speech and explained the purpose of the camp. In these two sessions, Wilson also defined our duties and roles, illustrated different cases that might happen in the future and explained how Residence Tutors should deal with them. We then had small-group discussions to brainstorm on some real caring and disciplinary cases.

For the outdoor activities, the camp participants were divided into four groups according to our halls. Some of them really challenged your fear and the others relied on teamwork. High Wall was one of the scariest to me in which everyone in the team had to climb up a wall with nothing except the support of our teammates who carried one of us at the bottom and pulled him/her up from the top. It was so terrifying hanging up there without touching the ground, so I just closed my eyes, relaxed and trusted my teammates. Despite my shaky legs and fast heartbeat, I eventually made it. We all made it to the top because of the good team work!

The 2-day camp, along with all the obstacles, definitely shaped and strengthened our friendships, at least between me and my Hall 9 (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall) tutors. This camp was a crucial beginning of our one-year duty as Residence Tutors because it brought us closer and taught us how to trust each other and to build up a good teamwork. In order to create an engaging residence community, it has to start with the solid foundation of residence tutors. The 2-day training camp was definitely a great kick start!

Writer:   Mickey Jane SALIM (Residence Tutor, Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
Photographers:   Mickey Jane SALIM (Residence Tutor, Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall), David MA, Wilson LAM (Student Residence Office), Angela MA (Student Residence Office), Hydie CHEUNG (Student Residence Office)

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那是一個不同尋常的週六下午。前英軍訓練營地內,我和其他40多位宿舍導師正靜立在夏日香港似火的驕陽之下。訓練教官正聲如洪鐘地為我們講解著訓練營的各項規則,並著重強調了在七月二十九至三十日這兩日一夜訓練營內的行為守則與自我約束。接著,我們在30分鐘內回到了營房—-這是個大房間,擺放著15張雙層床,是我們晚上休息的地方。就這樣,我們的宿舍導師訓練營正式拉開了帷幕,在接下來的18個小時裡,我們將如軍隊一般接受各項訓練。

訓練營以研討會開始,也以研討會結束,兩次討論的主題都是宿舍導師的角色定位及相關案例分析。研討會上,賽馬會敬賢堂舍監李健傑博士、賽馬會群萃堂舍監關偉康博士及學生宿舍處處長林健先生熱情致詞,歡迎我們,並介紹了此次訓練營的主要目標。兩次研討會中,林處長亦明確了我們作為宿舍導師的責任及角色,深入地舉出例子講解我們在未來工作中可能遇到狀況及應對方法。

在戶外活動體驗中,我們依據不同舍堂分成小組來完成各種不同的挑戰任務,其中一些需要我們克服自身恐懼,而其他活動則需要良好的團隊合作。「勇攀高牆」是我最害怕的項目之一,因為在這項挑戰中,每位團隊成員都需要徒手攀到高牆頂端–不能借助其他任何外部力量,只能依靠隊友的幫助–靠著身下夥伴的托舉和牆頂隊友的拉扯來爬上高牆。身懸高處卻沒有任何保險措施,我又驚又懼,只能閉上眼睛將信賴全盤交托於隊友們。雖然緊張到雙腿顫抖,心臟怦怦直跳,但我最終克服了恐懼,成功完成了任務。所有團隊成員也都成功攀到頂峰,我們成功完成了挑戰!

在兩天的訓練中,大家齊心協力,克服種種困難,建立起了深厚的友誼,我和同樣來自胡應湘爵士伉儷堂的其他導師們也加深了默契。不僅如此,此次訓練營更讓我們彼此親近,相互信任,這對我們順利開始今後一年的宿舍導師工作至關重要。締造具有啟發性的舍堂環境,需要宿舍導師的鼎力合作,而這次訓練營無疑是一個絕佳的新起點!

文:   林美琪 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂宿舍導師)
譯:   李怡靜 (賽馬會群萃堂)
攝:   林美琪 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂宿舍導師)、馬富城、林健 (學生宿舍處)、馬傑芳 (學生宿舍處)、張凱貽 (學生宿舍處)

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