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A group of prospective leaders for 2014 were selected to go to Rottnest Island for a three day leadership camp which tested leadership skills, taught the students new skills and created a special bond between all the students and teachers involved in the camp.
Upon arrival to the beautiful island, a meeting was called with Mrs. Coate and Ms. Nicholson detailing the events that were about to unfold over the next three days. To say the least, excitement filled the air. Our first task was to pick up our bikes, which became our primary mode of transport and cycle down to the ‘The Basin’ a lovely beach, infamous to Rottnest. It took the students no-time to settle in, lie on the beach, have a swim and receive the first dose of Sun-Smart reminders from Mrs. Coate. The students and Ms. Nicholson then rode to the accommodation. The lovely house, located in Governors Circle over looked the beach and was central to the settlement. The house was more than four walls and a roof, it became ‘home’ to the students. It was home to the memories, good times and experiences that were shared over the three days. Eager to settle in, we unpacked and made dinner.
Although bikes were the way in which we moved around the island, not all of the students could ride a bike. After settling into the house, the process of teaching three students, to ride a bike commenced. It started with learning how to sit on a bike, keep balance, to peddling once or twice and eventually being able to ride the full perimeter of a basketball court. All three of our students were successful in learning how to ride a bike, a key skill needed for the next day.
Dinner was served, prayers were said and the students and teachers feasted. With full stomachs the group went to the lounge room and cozily had a leadership meeting. Mrs. Coate led the discussion of leadership, personal goals, habits and self improvement. The discussion took its own form and each student took something personal, from the discussion.
Early the next morning, Mrs. Coate and some students led a small stretching session on the beach. The cool breeze, smell of the sea and sand beneath our feet helped the students to relax. The students were informed of the activities for the day, a 10 km bike ride and a star gazing tour.
The students were required to bike ride to certain iconic places along the route, take a photo of the whole group in front of the iconic place to create a pictorial record of our journey. The bike ride tested the students team work, leadership skills and problem solving. Many problems arose during the bike ride but all were dealt with by the group of students. The group was supportive of the three students who had learnt to ride a bike the previous day. By the end of the day were riding at the same speed as the rest of the students, a massive achievement for everyone involved. The bike ride was completed in good time and everyone felt a sense of achievement. Once again a delicious dinner was made. Later in the evening just before sunrise, the Rottnest Island Volunteer Guide lead by Bryan, took the group of leaders to the Vladimir Memorial Point. Bryan gave a very interesting talk and taught the group about astronomy and the history pertaining to the island. Everyone learnt a new fact that night.
The last day saw the students come together to clean the house, help each other pack and make breakfast. A swift pack up occurred and the group left the house without a trace. The last activity was a reflection and final leadership activity on the veranda.
The students would like to thank Mrs. Coate and Ms. Nicholson for organizing the leadership camp. It was a memorable experience and I look forward to working with the 2014 leadership team.
By Tanja Ergic Year 11