03 Mar Year 13 students thrive on leadership camp

Over two days in mid-February more than a hundred Year 13 students descended on Bridge Valley, east of Wakefield, for a camp aimed at nurturing tomorrow’s leaders. Two days of workshops, challenges and activities saw the group grow in strength and experience on their way toward graduation from Nayland College.


Key-note speaker Maddy Bellcroft was a highlight for Year 13 Dean Dixie? McDonald. “Maddy showed our students that more than one life path is possible,” she explained. In the conference centre, Nayland College Principal Daniel Wilson facilitated workshops on the key? attributes of a leader. Out on the field, students worked in groups to tackle a course of physical and mental problem-solving activities that tested both concentration and cooperation. Free time was spent exploring the lake, hydro-slide and outdoor toys, and the evening entertainment was a series of short comedy skits, devised and improvised by the students.


As future leaders in the community, the Year 13 students attending camp were encouraged to begin their journey by taking on leadership roles at Nayland College. Assistant Principal Kathy Sherwood spoke on the diverse range of student leadership opportunities at the school, and nominations were taken from students for committee positions and student leader elections.

? The camp wouldn’t have been possible without the guidance and enthusiasm of Kathy Sherwood and the Year 13 Deans, Chris Matthews and Dixie McDonald. Camp staff and Nayland College staff also provided valuable support. However, the most important participants were the Year 13 students who took this opportunity to develop their own leadership potential. We look forward to? watching the year group excel as leaders at Nayland College!

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