8th Annual Festival of Leadership

On Friday 30th November, we welcomed 110 enthusiastic young people from Years 7-11 to Wellington for our Annual Festival of Leadership and Global Social Leaders Global Goals Competition.

Three Wellington teachers, Emmie Bidston, Tim Head and Ed Jones gave presentations on the importance of kindness, authenticity and resilience in leadership. Our student team, the Welly Leaders, led the visiting students through a range of challenging leadership tasks on the low ropes course, before delivering a brilliant session on the importance of values in leadership.

Jon Harper, CEO of Future Foundations (our partner organisation for Global Social Leaders), gave an inspiring launch for of the Global Goals Competition. An interview with Will Greenwood finished the day. During the student-led interview, Will posed the following question to the audience: would all the members of your team want to go to war with you? This was the question the Royal Marines Training Centre Commandant had asked members of the England rugby team – the same team that went on to win the World Cup. In other words, loyalty and trust are vital. He also gave his listeners hope and encouragement for future success: when at school, Will had been in the Under-16 C team for rugby but had worked his way all the way up to winning the World Cup for England.

An inspirational message at the end of what was an inspirational day for all involved!

Jonny Timms, Deputy Head at Caldicott School, commented: ‘… today was truly inspiring. On the journey home we were reflecting as a group on our leadership values. It has certainly reshaped the boys’ view of themselves and leadership; they were talking about leading outside of their comfort zone and taking responsibility for things that normally they wouldn’t even consider… Thank you!’

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