Posted by Br Gary Wilson FSC
on 5 February 2021
Lasallian Youth Ministry seemingly create new goals each year in its history. The digital Student Leaders Seminar happened on 20-21 January for five hours each day. It saw the whole Team, including School Youth Ministers, the new Lasallian Volunteers and past members numbering 45 young Lasallians leading the e-gathering. There were 150 student leaders from almost all District colleges zooming and participating from Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. (Pakistan were to run their own program locally).
Welcomed for the first time were St. John's Dubbo, founded by the Brothers in 1927, and La Salle Academy Lithgow, opened in 1952. (Both schools now operate under lay principals). Most students clocked on from home, with some centrally, from their school. The themes included "Navigating the Year Together", and "Tools for the Journey" threaded together with inputs, breakout groups and of course some ice-breakers to relax and build a sense of community. Workshops included "Being an Effective Networker", "Delegating, Asking & Collaborating", and "Embracing an Authentic Faith".
It was very relevant and will help me during my time as a student leader in 2021 and beyond. I would definitely recommend to future leaders and wish that more leaders from my school were able to attend.
The expertise of the facilitating Team LaSalle was well rewarded with students judging the Seminar "engaging", the "big win of small groups" and "amazing work" of the workshops.
I took away the fact that I'm not alone and that there is a diverse community of leaders across Aus, NZ, PNG and Pakistan. I was also able to reflect on what leadership means for me, so I can go out into my school community with a greater awareness of my strengths and weaknesses, and as a result be able to best serve and work with others.
Individuals of the Team itself saw "great varied methods of deliveryanecdote and moral and spiritual lessons consistently"; and "an energetic experience through a platform that is quite difficult to be interactive and engaging in". Overall, the Seminar was seen by the Team to offer a capacity to build connection, increase Lasallian leadership awareness and widen relationships. It was notable in its large reach of participants and the big number of students from PNG. Lydia Avia-Aumua, on behalf of the Team, offers thanks to the schools, the families and the students themselves for their commitment. There will be three "check-in" dates to re-connect over 2021, and a final one on Wednesday 29 September.