Newsletter No. 539

08 # 5 3 9 | 0 4 . 0 6 . 2 0 1 9 Photo by ISO memorable one being the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) International Peace Marathon in Korea. Any goals you want to achieve during your term of office? While studying hard, most students are not curious enough and they seldom reflect upon their learning goals. Though information is everywhere, it’s rare for students to show initiative in arriving at a thorough understanding, and as a result, their knowledge remains deplorably superficial. Heightening students’ curiosity and hence pushing them out of the cocoon of passive and sedentary learning is a challenge I would like to take. Do you take cues from the relationship with your daughter while interacting with students? When my daughter was small, I read her a bedtime story every night. I am an introvert who warms up to people slowly. She can elicit my emotional side and we are like friends. I hope my students will not see me as an aloof and distant master, but a friend they can chat with casually. What is your favourite spot in this home on the hill? The Oasis. There were nights when I was partaking in students’ mini-concerts, where they leisurely sang and played instruments as they improvised along the way. Under the tender light, I rested on the bean bag, listening to the flowing melodies and gazing far into the light spots winking on the opposite shore of Ma On Shan. It was mesmerizing and relaxing. S. Lo It has been almost a year since you became the Master of S.H. Ho College. What are the joys and pains? No pains. But because College activities are always taking place, my schedule is less stable and there are times I have to deal with emergencies during the holidays. As for joys, I am happy for the chance to get to know undergraduates across different academic disciplines. I attend communal dinners at least twice a week, and also see students during evening activities. It is a drastically different experience from my time at the Graduate School, when I was mainly responsible for institutional planning and supervising graduate students. My wife used to take care of household matters, but now she also takes part in College activities and helps organize the 10 tea gatherings with students throughout the year. Young people long to be away from home, yet S.H. Ho makes ‘home’ its core value. Isn’t it counterintuitive? What we wish to bring out when we say ‘home’ is not paternalism, but a cosy, congenial environment where people respect and talk openly to each other like a family. We are trying to avoid top-down management. Students are part of this family— they enjoy rights and are bound to shoulder group responsibilities. More so, I hope our College can be a shelter in their learning journey. Here, they can find the spiritual support and replenishment they need. What are the ways to get students out of their rooms to participate in group activities? Only carrots, no sticks. There has been a small group of students who are lukewarm with event attendance, and we are trying to find out why. Heavy course loads can be one reason, but we don’t believe it’s the full story. Almost unfailingly, student-initiated activities are more popular, which is natural. Students are putting them forth because they feel interested; of course they are going to ace that. Can you name some landmark events? We hope to cultivate students’ curiosity, empathy and indomitable spirit in the face of hardships. The students in our Medical Society once proposed to perform health checks for foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong. Though the costs were exorbitant, the campaign was tremendously meaningful. Our Runner Force, founded in 2012 and joined by 30 to 40 teachers and students, has members jog together and run in international competitions. The drills instil self-discipline, stamina and comradery among the runners. The College also offers full support for students to join international contests, a particularly 出任善衡书院院长快一个学年了,苦乐如何? 苦绝对说不上,只是书院活动频繁,用的时间多了,作息日程不像从前固定, 遇上突发事件即使是假日也须处理。乐的是多了在课余接触和了解不同学 系的本科生。每星期我起码出席两晚共膳,晚上活动也会见到他们,跟之 前在研究院主责行政规划和领导研究生是迥然不同的体验。太太本主力持 家,现在也参与书院活动,并协助筹备每年约十次的茶聚,招呼学生。 年轻人向往离家的自由,书院以「家」为核心理念,会否产生矛盾? 说到「家」,我们强调的不是家长式的管束,而是一个互相尊重、像一家人 般可以开诚沟通的和谐环境。事事由院方主导并非我们所愿。学生是家的 一分子,享其权利,也尽其义务,共同承担责任。我更希望书院成为他们 学习途上的避风港。只要回到书院,便可得到精神上的支援和补给。 如何吸引学生走出房间投入群体活动? 只可诱导,不能强迫。我们一直致力了解一小部分学生对活动不感兴趣的 原因,课业负荷重可能是其中之一,但相信不是全部。学生主动发起的活 动定会较受欢迎,这是不变的道理。他们感兴趣才会提出,且会认同,更会 做得好。 可以举一些具代表性的活动吗? 我们希望藉活动培养学生的好奇心、同理心和不畏难的坚毅精神。例如医 科生自发组织的善衡书院医学会曾建议为居港外佣做身体检查,并推广 卫生,费用不菲,但意义重大。2012年成立的善衡跑队,恒常参与的有三 四十位师生。结伴练跑、参赛,既锻炼自律和毅力,还可培养同侪的互勉 互励。书院曾支持学生参加国际赛事,以到南北韩三八线参加国际和平马 拉松最为特别。 任内有何想达成的目标? 我们的学生大都用心学习课程内容,可惜对事物好奇不足,也很少思考学 习目标。虽然今时今日资讯手到拿来,但他们往往欠缺深究的主动,而只停 留在表层的认知。如何藉书院经验诱发学生的好奇心,驱动他们脱离被动 或静态的学习模式,是很大的挑战。 跟学生相处可有借镜父女关系? 女儿小时候我每晚都会为她读故事。我性格较为内敛慢热,她能诱发我感 性的一面,我们相处像朋友般。希望学生也不会视我为高高在上的院长, 而是能和他们轻松交流的朋友。 最喜爱这家的哪个角落? 「绿洲」。有数个晚上,我在那房间欣赏学生的小型音乐会,唱歌奏乐,随 意即兴。在柔和灯光下,靠着豆子沙发,听着音乐,远眺对岸马鞍山的点点 灯光,煞是轻松惬意。 ’ 院长一职几近全天候待命,黄永成教授 甘之如饴,在这个山上的家做个 不一样的家长。 The Master of S.H. Ho College takes joy in being an atypical dad 24/7 in his hillside abode he calls home. ‘ 黄永成教授 Prof. Wong Wing-shing 善衡书院院长 Master of S.H. Ho College 口 谈 实 录 / V iva V oce

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