Posted by Jordan Grantham
on 15 January 2019
On the second morning of the 29th Lasallian Student Leaders Seminar, 71 school captains and student leaders began their day with prayer that was both active and reflective, focussing on the year ahead.
'What are your hopes as a student leader?' and 'What do you want to achieve this week?' were some suggestions for reflection.
The student leaders journaled their thoughts while Lasallian Youth Ministry Coordinator Damian Khoury played contemplative keyboard music during the reflection period.
The expansive water of the Collaroy basin was a beautiful backdrop through the Collaroy Centre chapel's large windows.
Joel Harriss ably lead the morning prayer, encouraging students to remember prayer is a cause for joy, not always sombre. "Prayer can be us smiling and sharing with each other," he said.
Different perspectives were then shared in a creative manner with the model students enjoying the novelty of launching almost a hundred paper balls simultaneously into the air.
A great group dynamic in the session formed the students from 20 different schools into a cohesive team.
Upon reading other anonymous reflections, some students received a surprise, instilling a sense of the multiplicity of leadership styles.
"We all come from different creeds, cultures...there is no one way to be a leader and that doesn't make us any less of a leader," Joel Harriss said.
"We pray that you journey with us over the next three and a half days. Let us all be guardians to one another as we support and nourish one another."