Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Caption: Aaron and Essie getting into the spirit of retreat.Aaron and Essie getting into the spirit of retreat.

Year 12 students are on their way to becoming effective ‘servant leaders’ after their retreat on Friday.

The students spent a day at the Calvin Church learning key skills and discovering how to become good leaders in the future. In particular they learned that to be a good leader, you have to be a servant and see to the needs of other people before your own.

“Leadership is not about gaining for yourself, but building up other people” said St Peter’s DRS Mrs Connors.

The students started off the day with a short liturgy on the theme of Servant Leadership. They listened to guest speakers such as Gore District Mayor Tracey Hicks, who talked about how he is a leader and what his job involves. They also participated in group activities such as making posters and a ‘two way communication’ which enabled them to test their leadership qualities.

The students said that being a leader meant that you had to be a good role model. You had to be confident, accepting, honest and co-operative. You also had to have self belief.

 One student said that, “If you don’t trust yourself, how do you expect others to trust you?”  The day finished then finished off with a Mass and a debrief in the school Chapel.

By Bridget Hurrell.

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