On Wednesday, 18th February, as part of our Year Six Leadership Day, students got the opportunity to meet with Mrs Kerry Troost from Caritas Australia. The day involved lots of team building activities, discussion about what it means to be a leader in the eyes of the Church and ideas on how we can put these skills into practice at St Emilie’s.
Our opening activity required us to work together as a team to navigate our way over some ‘stepping stones’. We quickly realised that we needed to establish some basic rules and ways to communicate in order to succeed, and eventually we were able to get to the end!
Next, we talked about the different traits and qualities of leaders. We agreed that the most important characteristic of a Christian leader is that they are willing to serve others. Jesus was the perfect example of this as he served, welcomed and helped all people. He served by listening, being kind, compassionate and understanding, helping, praying, teaching and guiding, and his greatest service was giving his life for us. We are called to be good leaders by following the example of Jesus and serving and helping others to the very best of our ability, and that’s what we plan on doing this year to ‘give back’ to our school community.
We also discussed people in our lives who we felt displayed the qualities we think are important in showing strong leadership. Some of these qualities were:
- being understanding
- giving up time for others
- being trustworthy
- showing courage and honesty
- showing forgiveness
- actively making the right decisions for the good of all
- being a positive role model
We learnt many things about the good work Caritas Australia does throughout the world. The Project Compassion theme this year is “Food For Life”. We watched a video that showed us some of the work being done around the globe, and in Australia, to assist people in having the resources and skills needed to have “Food For Life”. Our project compassion boxes have now been set up in our class as well as at home, and we are excited to play our part in helping those in need.
After lunch, it was time for some more team building activities. We had to call on our best problem solving and leadership skills to complete “The St Emilie’s Leadership Race”. Each team had to carefully follow instructions, and work together to complete challenges and find clues to complete the course in the fastest time. This was a fantastic opportunity to have some fun, and practise working cooperatively in a competitive, but friendly and respectful manner.
The day was fun and informative, and we learnt a lot about the types of things we need to do this year to be good leaders at St Emilie’s. We’ve already shown that we can be great leaders through our initial work in our year six committees, but we know that after our experiences on leadership day, camp and throughout the rest of the year, we will be even better suited to lead our school as the year progresses!