Day 1 started off with a presentation of an inspiring speech delivered by a US army admiral. His speech, about the small guys coming on top, was particularly resonant with the team. The admiral’s stories about the US marine training camp had an impact on all watching the video, and his advice on motivation will definitely follow us through into our daily lives.
Following this, we also got the opportunity to step back to learn more about ourselves and what motivates us to do things. Through the use of a ‘Motivational Map’, we were able to identify key motivators that contribute towards how we are as leaders but, most importantly, how our features all compliment each other in some way. We were happy to learn our motivations were compatible. The day’s leadership activities ended with helpful discussion among the different student leaders of the leadership structures and techniques implemented across the different schools.
After the afternoon’s activities, we headed off for the Chao Phraya Dinner river cruise. What promised to be a relaxing nighttime boat ride began with a rough start, as we boarded the boat with a thunderstorm overhead. After an hour sailing down the river, playing charades, and listening to karaoke, we headed back to the hotel to get some rest for day 2.
After an eventful first day filled with creative discussion and the opportunity to learn different leadership skills from other members, day 2 started off in an energetic fashion. We were fortunate enough to have an organisation called Jump! that helped us strengthen our specific leadership skills while helping us get to know the other students in the conference. This day involved numerous types of activities such as Telephone Drawing, Blind Maze and many more. The purpose of these activities was to help develop our communication skills, team working skills and many other attributes. The conference finished off with an intense game of Rock Paper Scissors in which one of our Head Students, Jun Won, ended up as champion!
As the day drew to a close, and farewells were said, we left the conference with optimism and innovative ideas to bring back to BIS. There was a lot to take away from the conference which we hope to be able to use in the future to further develop student leadership throughout our school, including the students in primary.
We would like to say a special thank you to everyone who organised the trip as well as Mr O’Neill, and Mrs Hall for such a wonderful weekend!
The Head Student Team