Burn Bright is an Australian organisation that offers student leadership programmes that focus on developing and supporting young people to reach their potential. All the sessions were held in the Lecture Theatre with a range of exciting and new activities throughout the day.
The morning started out with lots of team building exercises and getting to know one another. We played games which forced us to interact with people we may not have previously known. Burn Bright made this fun and inclusive with everyone getting involved and I believe it made us closer as a Year 12 boarding group.
In the middle session, we focused on our values and what is important to us. We used it as a time to reflect and discover what was most important to us as individuals. We then wrote a letter to ourselves about where we are now, and Burn Bright will return it in a year's time so we can see our personal growth since then.
The final session was about communication and working as team. We played a fun game in pairs where one of us was blindfolded and the other had to describe a picture that was on the board for the blindfolded person to draw. It taught us about the value of specific and detailed communication and the importance of following instructions accurately and paying attention to detail.
My favourite part of the day was the rope game where we had to get the whole group through a turning rope. Here, we learned the significance of making sure we were all doing our own job well in order to succeed as a group. I think this day was beneficial for everyone, as it was a great opportunity for us to connect as a year group, to learn about ourselves and explore what type of leaders we want to be.
Written by Tessa MacLeod (Year 12, Middlemore)