On the 5th March Test Valley School took several Young Leaders and two Sports Leaders to Norman Court School to join in with a Leadership Conference. Test Valley joined five other schools for the conference which was organised by Personal Best Education from Mountbatten School.
The aim of the day was for the pupils to take part in a specific workshops each organised by a different members of staff. These stations were Team Management led by Mandy Quill, Game Making led by Donna Smith, Media led by Ellie Probert, Art organised by Claire Vine and finally the Dance choreographed by Stacy Wilson. The Leaders had to choose a workshop that they would be involved in for the day.
The day started off with an introduction to the conference followed by an inspirational talk from the 23 year old female boxing star Hannah Beharry , pictured here with Ms Knowles and TVS Leaders. Hannah has achieved many titles including twice England champion at 48 kg and British champion at 50 kg. She told us of her struggle from the tender age of 16 years old, to become accepted for what she does and her fight to the top of her game. The dance group performed a routine for the closing ceremony based on Hannah’s life story. They spent their entire day perfecting the routine to perform a stunning performance at the closing ceremony for the Conference.
The Media group was given the difficult task of interviewing multiple pupils (in some cases teachers) from each of the different stations to create a short movie to provide coverage of the Conference. The group showed the report at the closing ceremony.
The art group had the task of creating a flag for their own school using very few materials. This can be seen in the Sports Hall Foyer. The team managers’ group had to distinguish the difference between a manager and a coach, learn the qualities that a manager needs and how to form a good relationship with the players. The game makers learnt how to organise a game and how to respond to multiple situations which are in some cases quite unpredictable. This could involve speaking to other officials on the side line, to taking control and making potentially a game making decision.
The day ended with a small presentation to certain Leaders who had shown and developed specific skills during the day. Thanks to Mrs Smith for driving the Mini Bus and Ms Knowles for taking her car. We all had a great day and look forward to further developing our leadership skills possibly at the Level 3 Games on 20th June in Aldershot.