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Induction Course – GESH1010 Orientation and Outreach

S.H. Ho College’s dedicated general education programme is an integral part of the settled yet challenging life that you will lead as a member of the S. H. Ho College community. Formal credit-bearing general college education falls into two parts: an induction course for incoming freshers, and a capstone course for graduating students.

The title ‘GESH1010 Orientation and Outreach’ states the two related goals of the induction course, designed to help freshers develop a positive attitude towards college life. Through a careful sequenced selection of outdoor team activities, workshops, service and work projects, students are challenged to examine their orientation in life as they become college members in university. Success of the course hinges on balancing two axes of concern, namely, (1) between teamwork and personal development and (2) between inward reflection and outward expression.

Content, highlighting fundamental concepts

This is a 13-week programme that consists of three components, namely AdventureReflection, and Expression. These three components are initiated by the Commencement Congregation.

Components Fundamental Concepts
Commencement Congregation
(書通啟聚)
The Commencement Congregation is a half-day event during the Orientation Camp which introduces freshers to the mission and vision of GESH1010. In addition to participating in activities, freshers will be introduced to their class instructors and their teaching assistants who are graduates of the GESH1010 programme.
Adventure
(奮志)
The Adventure component drafts freshers into learning games and teambuilding tasks. Students may expect much fun as they develop team skills, rapport, self-discipline and resilience. The highlight event is an outdoor challenge over a weekend in the form of a CGE Camp (奮志營). This is an overnight wild camp which calls for teamwork and resilience, as well as contemplation and reflection. A solitary time is provisioned for students to capture and organize their thoughts in writing, for their own reflection as well as preparation for sharing, in the Course Journal (明新誌).

Reflection
(明志)

The Reflection component drafts students into small group discussions that draw upon the immediate Adventure experience, their school experience, and their aspiration for university life. Students are also encouraged to make self-reflections on their own and write down in-depth reflections on their Course Journal (明新誌). Finally,  students are required to develop their University Life Plan through the reflections in different topics in the class.
Expression
(明達)
The focus of the final Expression component is Final Production. The purpose of the Final Production is for students to consolidate their experience in the Adventure and Reflection components. Students are encouraged to explore different forms and styles, such as writing of different genres, drama, short film, or performance, to express their in-depth reflection in relation to the freshers’ agenda and the course experience in general. Also, every student group shall consult their class instructors for advice and support on their chosen production. The Final Production marks the grand finale of this course at term end. Besides being examined for the course assessment, all Final Productions will be considered for entry in the annual Freshers’ Fest (善衡書院。明新達人展).