Stu­dents re­turn from China

Mansfield Courier - - YOUTH NEWS & VIEWS -

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.

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