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On the 2nd May 2019. A cohort of 26 students took part in a 3 days 2 nights Leadership camp at Dunman High School Hostel. The objective of the camp was as follows
1) Students to understand and exercise altruistic leadership
2) Students to practice Metta School’s Values
3) To understand the importance of being a lifelong learners.
The first activity the students participated in was Discovery Scuba. Conducted in ITE College East, both students and teachers were excited as most are doing it for the first time. Though a few are unable to take part due to medical issues, those who tried enjoyed the session. As Scuba requires you to work in “Buddy System” as communication underwater was limited. The students understood the importance of taking care of one another especially underwater. In addition, this activity elicit the value of selflessness and importance of motivation and encouragement.
Next activity require the V4s to assist and mentor the younger students (A1/B1 – A4/B4) in their activities in Jurong Bird Park. V4s students are delegated into various groups to assist the teachers in the activities in Water Play Park and Tram ride around the Jurong Bird Park. The V4 students do admit that it was not as easy as they thought it would be as their juniors are quite a handful. However they realised the importance of being patient and responsible towards the younger ones to ensure they are safe during the activities.
The following day, the V4s took part in Island-wide Amazing Race. The groups have to pre plan their checkpoints visits which was all over Singapore. As the journey and checkpoint activities may be difficulty, frustrations crept in. However, they realised the importance of working together despite facing hardship. In addition they realised that it is important to see things form other people’s perspectives.
The 3 days 2 nights camp has shown the students the importance of sacrificing your personal interest or agenda for the good of the team. Not to mention, the students now understood the importance of being solution focus, encouraging and motivating as well as supporting others.