Year 7 and 8 Class Captains participated in a full-day leadership seminar on Thursday 28 April called ‘Maximising the Badge’, run by the yLead organisation.
It focused on their philosophy of ‘leadership is more than a badge, it’s about the action that makes the world you touch a better place’.
Students explored leadership, developed their confidence, enhanced their tool kit and worked together to develop group cohesion, unity and a shared vision.
yLead believes that leadership is “about action not a badge” and that all young people have the capacity to be active and inspiring leaders in their communities.
Students taking part recognise that every leader has their own unique passions, strengths and abilities; and has discovered a way to use them to create a positive difference in the world. Students will be inspired to step out of their comfort zone, aim high and confidently embark on their own leadership journey.
While some of the students were also Class Captains last year, the activities differed and there were greater opportunities for their leadership skills to develop and flourish.
Here are some reflections from our Class Captains:
I had so much fun and learnt so much from this day. We played leadership games to learn about Leadership so we can be a better leader for our class. I learnt that there is so much more to leadership than you see or think, including how you should include everyone and how we can make our class better by making special times during school that we can have fun and grow as a class. Also that by making fun things to do you can make new friends and also grow you confidence in class and for the future.
— Grace Maffescioni (Year 7 White)
Year 7 and 8 leaders alike completed multiple exercises that taught the qualities of a good leader and how to execute these qualities. We completed multiple activities that taught us the morals of being a leader and different actions good leaders might take. An example of an activity was cops and robbers, where the robber would try and escape from the cops. The cops would work as a team to tag all the robbers out. The hidden truth in this game was that the captains must be team players, and we realised that you can accomplish much greater goals when utilising the power of teamwork.
— Blake Schelfhout (Year 8 White)
I really enjoyed the incursion. I feel I have learnt how important leadership can be and I felt the importance of teamwork and inclusion. I learnt that being a leader doesn't give you the power to be the boss, it gives you the power to connect everyone together and build a sense of community. And the best part, I learnt all this through fun and games.
— Annabel Sargeant (Year 7 Green)
I had a lot of fun working through each activity with a team. It was a good chance to collaborate with new people and it also taught me a lot of new skills that I need to be a better captain.
— Nash Ryan (Year 7 Silver)