SPC Orientation 2020 Had Wonderful End
Character education was embodied in the whole process which also contained innovative elements
From August 31 to September 6, a new batch of about 200 new members were welcomed to Shiu Pong College. During the week-long orientation program, they embarked on a journey to transform from high school students to university students.
What is the difference between a Residential College (RC) and a normal dormitory? It may be a puzzle to many new students. In the “First Lecture of SPC,” Master Zhang explained the meanings of SPC’s motto and mission, and encouraged new students to participate in the various college activities to enhance their soft skills and to cultivate a sense of social responsibility. He hoped that all “Shiu Pongers” will become good citizens with upright character and strong abilities and able to make contribution to the development of Macau society and their country. It brought out the main point that SPC has always insisted on character education. The variety of student activities is only a formality, while the key core is to improve character through experiential learning. In fact, this concept was also reflected in SPC orientation program. Ice-breaking game was intended to promote the courage to express and the ability to listen. Campus Orienteering was designed to enhance teamwork and indomitable spirit. Freshmen Talents Show was meant to exercise cultural appreciation and mutual respect. The whole process of preparation and operation of these activities could even be considered as the training of student leaders, who were expected to improve leadership and service consciousness in this busy period. Many new students have also gained some insights. One year-1 student said:” Our College motto is ‘You are the light of the world’. In the beginning, I didn’t quite understand, but then I heard the introduction from the Master and saw that the Fellows as well as seniors were so eager to help us. They answered freshmen’s questions, even if we repeated them over and over again. I felt very warm in my heart, and I hope I can shine just as much.”
In addition to the traditional contents as mentioned above, SPC has added three new elements in orientation program this year, namely Academic Tea Party, Orientation Points and Webcast of Freshmen Talents Show.
Academic Tea Party is a meaningful event in which upper class students shared their experience of course selection and academic learning with new students to help them adapt to the university life. It matched the direction of “RC 2.0” in university, which requests RC to strengthen academic advising so that students could achieve knowledge development, besides character enhancement. More than 30 seniors and 170 new students attended this tea party. Feedback results showed that it was one of the activities that received the highest satisfaction score.
Moreover, In order to motivate freshmen to participate in the orientation activities, different levels of points were set for each activity. 3 top scorers of whole program and 9 top scorers of single day were finally selected. The Webcast of Freshmen Talents Show is the first attempt of SPC to allow the audience to break through the constraints of the venue. It successfully bridged the gap between year-1 students and seniors by watching the exciting show together.
Although the orientation has come to an end, there is still a long way to go for the students.