School hosts provincial leadership
Students at John Burke High learn to ‘Find their Fit’
The population of John Burke High School in Grand Bank more than doubled on the weekend of October 19-22.
Approximately 260 students and teachers from 35 schools in the province converged on the school Oct. 19 for the 2017 Provincial Student Leadership Conference.
Students were eager to participate in the many sessions and presentations planned for them. Conference co-chair Lee Masters stressed the importance of students interacting with and learning from one another.
“You will be surrounded by your peers over the next few days,” said Masters. “Engage them in conversation and meaningful discussion. Eat with them and dance with them. Find out what makes them tick. Share your commonalities and celebrate your differences.”
Jonah McGrath, a Grade 11 student at Fatima Academy, shared Masters’ sentiments, adding the conference has special significance for students from rural areas.
“What I enjoy most about the leadership conferences is meeting all kinds of new people and making friendships,” he said. “Where we come from a rural school, we don’t meet many people. Getting out to meet new people and seeing what they are like – that’s what I enjoy most.”
Braedan McGrath, also a student at Fatima Academy in his graduating year, talked about the lasting impact conferences like this can have on the students.
“What we learn here we can take further after we graduate and use it in the real world,” he said. “We can also share our experiences with other students when we get back to school.”
Finding your fit
For some students, the focus of the conference was acceptance and, as the theme of this year’s conference suggests, “finding your fit.”
“I like to learn how different people fit in and to accept people for who they are and where they are,” explained
James Poole, a Grade 10 student from St. Lewis Academy in Labrador.
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The highly energized opening ceremonies set the mood for the conference.