Friday provided the perfect weather for 25 aspiring Year 5 leaders to partake in a leadership day camp at the Broadwater and then the Runaway Bay Super Sports Centre. The camp is designed to further develop the leadership and team work skills of students who are seeking to gain a badged position next year, in particular, as Head of School or Head of Student Council.
Students were introduced to the CARR leadership model which stands for Communication, Action, Resilience and Reflection and then the three zones of productivity, the comfort zone, the learning zone and the panic zone. Students were obviously encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and step into their learning zone.
Stand-up paddle boarding was probably the highlight of the day and saw students working in pairs to manoeuvre the board between two buoys and then finishing with a tandem race. After lunch students then learned some indigenous inspired games where thinking strategically and team work really came into play.
The final task for the day was the team building challenges where students moved between 4 varying challenges that required them to not only think strategically but to communicate effectively, show resilience when things failed and reflect on how to improve. There was one team who only completed one of the challenges however, their perseverance and patience was nothing short of praiseworthy.
Staff from the Sports Centre were once again blown away with the calibre of leadership qualities these students already display and we are very confident that the role of our 2019 Head of School and Head of Student Council are in good hands. The next step is to short list this group of 25 to just 10 students who will then move on to an interview phase. To say this is a difficult decision is an understatement.