Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Grip Student Leadership Conference 2016

What an amazing time was had by the four Y5 students, who will be leaders for 2017, at the Grip student Leadership Conference in Auckland last week!

Jackson, Seth, Talia and Esther joined with 8 students from Bishop Edward Gaines School, Tokoroa and headed up to Auckland. On arrival at the Mary Mackillop Centre, Mission Bay we checked into our rooms and then made our way downstairs to entertain some of the nuns in the Rest Home by singing a selection of Andrew Chinn songs. Miss McGuigan played the guitar and Josh played the drums. It was lovely to hear from some of the nuns who had worked in Matamata and Tokoroa at various times in their life.

Sister Jill McLoughlin then took us for a retreat in which we learnt about the life of Mary Mackillop. To finish off we had a quiz in the form of "Who wants to be a Millionaire". Everyone did very well and "million dollar" Crunchie bars were the prizes.

We had dinner on the beach with Sister Jill and really enjoyed playing on the playground and enjoying the fun.

The next day we made our way to the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau for the leadership Conference along with 600 others! The day was interactive with lots of opportunity to reflect and learn about our strengths, weaknesses and leadership style. This was mixed with a few fun challenges. Jackson was the first to offer his services for a random fact challenge. Seth responded to a need by offering to represent our school in the chicken dance competition and Esther did her part by leading us all in a dance finale segment.