Leadership Training Camp (AY 2022/2023)

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Date:               17 – 18 Sep 2022

Time:               9:00am – 6:00pm

At the beginning of the new academic year (AY2022/23), the Honours Academy (HA) welcomes our third cohort. The annual leadership training camp was held for the whole HA family on the 17th and 18th of September, 2022. It was conducted by the professional trainers from the Training Master International Ltd, at the Breakthrough Youth Village.To welcome the new third cohort, the HA Board Chairman, Prof YV Hui (Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research), along with HA Board Members Prof Hon Chan (Vice-President, Learning and Student Experience) and Dr Tom Fong (Vice-President, Organisational Development), especially came all the way to cheer all the attending HA students on!

On the first day, together with some of the 1st and 2nd cohort HA family members, the fresh blood got to know their own leadership traits and their peers quickly through a range of ice-breaking and leadership-building activities. Later in the afternoon, members experienced a floor curling competition led by experienced coaches. Our members are divided into six teams. Within each team, our HA members needed to communicate on how to get the rocks closer to the house than the opposing team in order to win the game. Team spirit could easily grow out of friendly competitions where they were tested in terms of precision, strategies, focus, communication, etiquette, and resilience!

The second day of the training camp requires members’ physical capability. Under detailed instructions from the trainers, our HA members started their day with rock climbing and rope courses. Everyone was pushing their limit to finish their task. Sweating but smiling; exhausting but exhilarating: our HA aspiring leaders were all equipped with a set of invigorating soft and hard skills to build group cohesion, explore conflict, and examine leadership roles, all in our HA’s tailor-made experiential learning experience.

九月中旬,初秋來臨。適逢新學年展開,本年度香港恒生大學榮譽學院的第三屆學員,正式加入榮譽學院的大家庭。在二零二二年九月十七至十八日,榮譽學院三屆的學員聚首一堂,展開為期兩日(於沙田突破青年村)的領袖訓練日營。為歡迎二十二位新加入的第三屆學員,榮譽學院院務委員會主席許溢宏教授(常務暨學術及研究副校長)與及榮譽學院院務委員會兩位成員, 分別為陳漢宣教授(副校長(教學及學生體驗))和方永豪博士(副校長(機構發展)) 亦親臨訓練營打氣和指導。

訓練首日上午,在專業領袖訓練團隊,以及榮譽學院的導師們帶領下,三屆來自不同背景的學員歡聚一堂,以有趣的破冰遊戲相互認識,摒化拘謹的隔膜,儘管部分學員與大家素不相識,很快亦玩得和樂融融。

首日下午,在與新認識的朋友們共進午餐後,教練將我們分成六組,進行地壺友誼賽。地壺對很多學員來說是一項非常新奇有趣的新興運動,學員們在教練的教導下,試著交流,從一開始盲目地全力擲出地壺球,到後來互相配合,務求掌握力度,聽從指揮,最終打中目標。在每一回合的比賽中,都能看見學員的進步,看見的他們每一球、每一局、每一個嘗試,學員的自信和隊友的鼓勵都至關重要。比起輸贏,我們上了更珍貴的一課,敢於嘗試、樂於配合。

翌日,我們一早來到艷陽下的草地,再次分成六組,教練派給我們一隻毽子,並讓我們盡力不要讓毽子著地。初時,我們漫無目標地把毽子留在口中,手忙腳亂,略為吃力。後來,教練又希望我們立下目標,共同協力提高拋接毽子的次數。當我們有了明確的目標時,並全力往該目標進發,團隊的合作和反應能力盡得到提現,我們拋接的次數與速度都逐漸提升。

及後,教練帶領學員到天台的繩網陣及攀石場進行第二項訓練。學員需要二人組隊挑戰繩網陣,順利通過吊橋等四關才算完成。其中考驗學員的勇氣和合作能力,組隊的兩位學員需要有足夠的默契,互相配合和鼓勵才能順利完成挑戰。另外,攀城墻除了考究體力以外,更需要意志力,教練和學員會適時給予建議與鼓勵,助學員登頂。兩項訓練除了考驗學員的體能,更有助學員建立自信,鍛煉意志,有莫大裨益。

最後,學員們圍在一起,分享這兩日日營的所見所聞,所知所感,眾人分享著自己的故事,分享在營中的突破,分享在營中的蛻變。在歡聲笑語中,我們看著日落,為兩日的訓練營拉下帷幕。

(Written by Gin Lo (3rd Cohort) @HA Editorial Team)

Formation and focus!It takes one HA village to rock-climbing.
榮譽學院同心協力, 為挑戰攀石的學員集氣。

Prof Hon Chan (Vice-President, Learning and Student Experience) came all the way to cheer all the attending HA students on!
陳漢宣教授(副校長(教學及學生體驗)) 親臨訓練營為榮譽學院學員打氣。

A series of floor curling tournaments brewed a set of skills, namely strategic thinking, communication, teamwork and precision.
學員透過新興的地壺比賽培養出一系列榮譽學院的特質: 策略思維、溝通、團隊精神和準繩

Compassion, communication, and a common goal! The three HA cohorts now became one, aligning the loops and the balls together.
手腳配合﹑心靈相通! 三屆榮譽學院學員環環相扣, 完成任務。