This past Saturday all of the grade 11’s in Barnacle house spent time together with the aim of uniting the group, and having the boys consider what leadership roles they would like to take on in the house next year. It was the first time that house parents worked with the group to formally begin the process of looking ahead to the next school year, and having the boys see themselves guiding the direction of the house.
The day began with some fun and challenge. The boys paid a visit to a local indoor climbing gym to test out their strength and push their physical limits- as well as their comfort zones. They had a great time and cheered each other up the walls. To a boy, each loved the experience, and many are looking forward to returning at some point soon.
After lunch, the group went to Mt. Tolmie where they spent some time in solitude considering what special skills they are bringing to the leadership team next year, as well as what qualities they have appreciated about past leaders they had in the house. After 45 minutes of time to journal alone and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, we came back together to share out what each had written.
We returned to the school chapel to give each boy an opportunity to speak and share their thoughts. It was a supportive environment, and every grade 11 spoke with passion and detail about past leaders in Barnacle House who supported and welcomed them when they arrived to SMUS. There were many touching moments, and the house parents enjoyed hearing these stories.
It was a fantastic day, and we look forward to each of the boys developing their leadership skills as we look ahead to the next school year.