Students return from China
SEVEN year 9 students from Mansfield Secondary College have recently returned home to Mansfield after spending six weeks in China on a leadership camp.
The group consisted of Lachlan Scales, Lachlan Lamont, Max Les, Rory Jenkins, Rose Hanratty, Beth Reeves and Lilly Kirley.
While the students agree that it is good to be home, they have returned with a new set of skills, memories and lifelong friends.
The only schoolwork that the kids were required to do overseas consisted of an hour long Mandarin lesson each day, which they had a small test on towards the end of their trip.
The rest of their days spent in China were jam-packed with team building and leadership exercises – including bike riding, walks, runs, museum visits, exploring temples and homestay.
Upon return, students have been able to reflect on their experiences, challenges and the way that it has changed them for the better.
All students struggled with being away from home at some point – especially without access to their mobile phones.
However, they also left the trip feeling more confident and self-dependent.
“We all made friends so fast,” Lachlan Lamont said.
Rory Jenkins, another participant in the leadership camp, continued, saying that at the end of his trip, he too has grown.
“My confidence in myself and my abilities has grown heaps,” he said.
With plenty of new skills under their belts, the students are hoping to teach some of the primary school students across Mansfield some of the things that they have learnt.
MEMORIES: Earlier this year, several Mansfield Secondary College year 9s were a part of a contingent that embarked on a journey to China as part of a leadership program.