九大公学/菁英私校参访旅程,让英国留学之路更加坚定!

来自Jane与英国学校的热忱故事。为了方便阅读,英文故事记录下有简洁的中文翻译提供阅读参考。

一起走进Jane 的“英伦足迹之旅”,听听她的求学之路都经历了怎样的洗礼...

学员故事

My name is Jane Chen, a fifteen-year-old girl currently studying in tenth grade at Shanghai High School International Division. I was fascinated by the environment and cultures of the UK and was determined to pursue further studies there in the near future.

我是Jane Chen, 今年15岁,目前就读于上海中学国际部10年级。我对英国的环境和文化非常感兴趣,因此我决定在不久的将来去英国上学。

 

With that goal in mind, I got help from my parents, my aunt and uncle, Frank from UKBS, and Ms. Sarah Munden to choose and apply for five schools in the UK.

为了能达成这一目标,在我的父母、阿姨、叔叔、UKBS的Frank和Sarah Munden女士的帮助下,我选择并申请了5所英国的中学。

 

Starting from October 8th, I embarked on my journey to visit the five schools I applied for along with my mother, uncle, and Ms. Sarah Munden, and on October 11th, we arrived at Shrewsbury School. Shrewsbury School is located in Shropshire, a beautiful town near Birmingham. We settled down in a cosy hotel near Shrewsbury School a day before and drove into the campus the next day.

10月8日,我和我的母亲、叔叔以及Sarah Munden女士踏上了访校之旅,实地探访我申请的5所中学;我们在10月11日到达什鲁斯伯里公学。什鲁斯伯里公学坐落于什罗普郡,伯明翰附近的一个美丽小镇。访校前一天我们下榻于一家学校附近舒适的旅馆,第二天开车入校参访。

 

We were greeted with a warm welcome by the teachers at the Admissions Office, and after a short chat, we visited Mary Sidney Hall, one of the dormitories at Shrewsbury. From our short chat with Ms. Wyatt, the house mistress of Mary Sidney Hall, I can really feel that she treats every student like her family and cares for every one of them. We were then shown around the campus by two fifth form girls, and they introduced us to the Science Centre, Art Centre, Sports areas, and a lot more areas.

招生办公室的老师们热情地欢迎了我们,简单的交谈过后,我们前往参观什鲁斯伯里女生宿舍之一——Mary Sidney Hall。通过和舍监Wyatt女士的简短交流,我实实在在地体会到了,她如同对待家人般照顾宿舍中的每一位学生。接着,由两位11年级的学生带领我们参观校园,她们向我介绍了科学中心、艺术中心、运动场地和许多不同用途的场地。

 

Along the way, the two girls also shared with us their feelings about studying at Shrewsbury and daily lives on campus. Before our chat with Mr. Matthew from the Admissions Office, I met Mr. Giles Bell, whom I had met during my interview before the Shrewsbury Night Activity held in Shanghai.

一路上,她们跟我们分享了在什鲁斯伯里上学的感受,以及每天的校园生活。在和招生办公室的Matthew交谈之前,我和Giles Bell先生碰了面,之前在上海什鲁斯伯里之夜前的面试中,我已经遇到过Giles Bell先生。

 

Many might ask, what is the goal of spending so much time and effort travelling to the UK just to pay a visit to each school?

许多人可能会问,为什么要花那么多的时间和精力,到英国参访每一所学校呢?

 

Why not just inform yourself through the schools’ official websites?

为什么不直接从学校的官网上获取相关信息呢?

 

Actually, I have had similar questions in my mind when I first embarked on my journey of visiting the schools I applied for. However, after the visits, I knew the answer. No matter if one has done a lot of researches and knew about the schools or not, no information can be more reliable than those acquired when one actually goes to the schools and see what it is like, what interests them the most, and whether the schools suit him or her well.

实际上,在我对申请的学校开始探访之初,我也在思考同样的问题。但是,在访校之后,我找到了答案。无论你做了多么详实的研究,有多么了解学校,只有亲自到校,亲身参观所得的经验才是最真实可信的;学校是什么样子的,学校最吸引你的地方在哪里,学校适不适合你。

 

When I first made a research on Shrewsbury School, all I knew was that the school was one of the Origin Nine and the school Charles Darwin went to; however, after I actually went to Shrewsbury School, I saw its Science and Art centres, dormitories, talked to the teachers there, and even got to meet and talk to two students who once studied in China. These experiences helped me to gain further knowledge about the school beyond the information given on the internet.

我刚开始了解什鲁斯伯里公学时,我只知道这所学校是九大公学之一,著名科学家查尔斯·达尔文的母校。但是,当我真正进入什鲁斯伯里公学,我亲眼看到了学校的科学和艺术中心、宿舍,和学校的老师进行了交流,甚至还遇到两位曾经在中国上学的学生,并进行了交谈。这些经历让我对学校有了更进一步的了解,不仅仅停留在从网络上获取信息的层面。

 

As for those who are planning to apply for high schools in the UK in the future, my suggestions will be firstly consider the subjects you might want to study in the future in order to choose the schools to apply for wisely, as each school has its unique strengths. Moreover, you should carry out a research on each school and gain a general understanding of the specialties of each school, and a visit to each school will definitely help deepen your understanding of the schools and help you to form a preference towards some of the schools.

对于计划去英国上中学的同学,我的建议是首先要思考将来想学哪些课程,从而明智地选择申请哪些学校,因为每所学校都有不同的优势。此外,必须要了解每所学校的情况,并且大致清楚每所学校的特点和优势,访校能深化对学校的认识,帮助我们判别更青睐哪所学校。

 

In my opinion, one of the most important parts of the application process is the interview section, since this is the best time for the admissions teacher to know you, and also the best time for you to know what the school want to see in you (E.g. academic skills, English-speaking skills, confidence, talents, etc.).

在我看来,申请过程中最重要的部分之一就是面试环节,因为这是招生老师了解你的最佳时机,这同样也是了解学校希望招收怎样的学生的好机会(例如:学术能力、英语对话能力、自信心和才艺等等)。

 

Last but not least, the entrance exams plays a similarly vital role in your application process, and from my experience, if you have not taken GCSE courses before, one of the best ways to review for the exams is to practice some GCSE questions that are similar to the ones on the entrance papers. By doing so, you can both prepare to perform a better job on these exams and also to familiarise yourself with the topics that the GCSE students in the UK are exploring.

最后,入学考试也是申请流程中重要的一环,而且凭我的经验,如果你此前没有学习过GCSE课程,那么为考试做准备的最好方法之一就是做一些和入学试题相似的GCSE试题。这样一来你不仅能在考试中取得好成绩,还能熟悉就读英国GCSE课程学生所学习的内容。



Overall, my journey to the UK to visit the schools for which I applied plays a vital role in my process of deciding which schools I want to go to later on; moreover, I really felt the warm and welcoming attitude from Shrewsbury as I applied and visited this magnificent school, and I will always remember and thank the teachers who have given me support and encouragement along my application journey.
总的来说,参访申请学校在我做出想要入读哪所中学的决定过程中至关重要;此外,在申请和参访什鲁斯伯里公学这所了不起的学校期间,我充分感受到了学校温暖而又热情的态度,我将永远记得并感谢那些在申请过程中给予我支持和鼓励的老师。

Last of all, wish you all the best luck on your journey towards your dream school!
 最后,我祝你们好运,祝你们成功进入梦寐以求的学校!




祝贺Jane在2019年申请中,已经收到Oundle School、Shrewsbury School、CLC(Cheltenham Ladies’ College)、Woldingham School四所学校2020年12年级录取!



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