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from the junior school (cont'd) was a teacher, coordinator and helper all in one. Finally let requires perseverance, commitment, responsibility and me take this opportunity to thank all the debaters, and wish dignity in the face of adversity; as well as our ability to use you many successes in the future. simple acts to advocate great causes. Thomas Kunc Our next activity tested our leadership in the physical Debating Captain 2011 environment. We had a choice of huge range of fun activities: the flying fox, archery, the giant swing, high rope Jesuit and Ignatian Schools Aloysians participated in the giant swing and flying fox,and many more. I chose archery, whilst many of the other Leadership Camp 2011 giving each of us an opportunity to test our courage and OCollaroy. The day began as we got onto the bus introduced to prefects from St Aloysius’ College, RiverviewAfterwards, we were welcomed by Mr El-Khoury andskill.n 16 June 2011, sixteen lucky Aloysians were invitedto the Ignatian Student Leadership Conference in with girls from Loreto Kirribilli. It was a half an hour trip, but and Loreto Kirribilli. These prefects talked about qualities of we arrived at the resort happily. Joining us were students a leader, which taught us that our young age was never a from School of the Sacred Heart Kincoppal-Rose Bay; barrier to being a good leader that listens, communicates Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview; Sacré Cœur College and remains tolerant. After the prefects’ speeches, Mr Lobo Melbourne; Saint Ignatius’ College Adelaide and Xavier and another teacher presented the prayer and story of the College Melbourne. As we sat down, we were welcomed butterfly. The story spoke of how we cannot go through life by Mr Lobo. We then had morning tea and enjoyed without facing obstacles. Sometimes struggles are what we playing across the enormous and dramatic landscape of need in our lives. They are natural, but we may always coastal Sydney. It was a thrilling setting for a conference overcome them. about the true nature of leadership. This was followed by dinner. After dinner we met two As we walked in to our first session, we were introduced people, Ms Jo O’Reilly and Mr Daniel Cordeaux, both are to Mr Sam Clear. Mr Clear walked from the most eastern actors and comedians in the TV series, Thank God Your point of South America to North America; then flew to Here. They discussed collaborative leadership through Russia and walked through Europe to Spain. This took him theatre sports, drama and improvisation. The activities were 564 days and he walked 22,000 kilometres. He did all very fun and taught us that being a leader requires being of this to convince as many persons as he could to pray for creative, open to new ideas, responsive to others and, unity amongst all the Christian denominations. Throughout above all, able to think outside the box. his journey, Sam was mugged, robbed and held up at gun The next day we learned about how leadership requires point many times, yet he persevered. Whenever he had to us to take care of our surroundings and to ensure a healthy make a decision, he would listen and discern guidance from environment for everyone. We only have one Earth and we God. At the end of Sam’s journey, he had accomplished so should cherish and protect it. Mrs Susan Martin helped us much for the cause of unity by spreading awareness through calculate our environmental impact and we learned about his journey and his humble act of walking across distant the environmental projects other schools had initiated. We lands. Sam asked us to pray at 4:01pm every day for then participated in an activity where we designed a dream Christian Unity. His story had a profound impact upon all of school based on the themes of leadership discussed over us. I personally believe it was the highlight of the conference the conference. because of his inspirational actions and commitment to Afterwards, a Mass was prepared by the students from his belief. His journey taught us that Ignatian Leadership Sacré Cœur. The celebrant was the Rector of the College, Fr Peter Hosking SJ. For our final session, we divided into our school groups and talked about what we had learned and liked over the past two days. After lunch we talked to everyone about our reflection and everyone was awarded a certificate of participation. We then had afternoon tea for the final time. Everyone said goodbye as we got onto the bus. Throughout the experience, we made friends with many students from other schools. It was great to interact with different persons from around the country and we will miss our time with them. However, the lessons we learned are still fresh in our minds; the true nature of leadership lies in creativity, tolerance, communication and respect - a message we were proud to take back to the College. Year 6 Leadership Group. Anthony Sleiman (Year 6) St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 32


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