This is what some of our student leadership program participants told us about their experience and the results they achieved from it:
35 hours ago, when we started the camp, my confidence level was 20% and now it is 60%!
Ilyousbeck Zokirov, Year 11, Wisdom College (High School), Leadership camp, Brisbane, October 2020
Today I learned about the importance of developing leadership skills. I learned about what is important and what is less important in life and how to make decisions quickly.
Getting the letter was surprising and it gave me a big push of confidence.
Jordyn Kearney, Wishart State School, Leadership Training Day, 2014
This is the second time I attend the parent session after camp. My son did the program 5 years ago and the change he went through since was amazing. He was in primary school and he is in high school now and is doing extremely well.
He still has the letter we wrote to him for camp hanging in his bedroom. Thank you for the opportunity you gave us to write the letter.
Des, Parent of primary school student, Leadership Camp, 2015
The activity taught me to never give up. No matter how hard things are, keep trying and always be different.
Be unique. Don’t try to be the same as others. Be yourself, be different, stand out of you want to be a leader.
Isheeta, Year 9, Wisdom College (High School), Leadership camp, Brisbane, October 2020
In the justice game, I understood how unfair it is, but we always need to be grateful and kind.
We didn’t choose our life, situation, gender, how we look, who our parents are. So, we have to be kind to ourselves and everyone else.
Fatema Ali, Year 11, Wisdom College (High School), Leadership camp, Brisbane, October 2020
In this leadership course, I learned more about myself and I’m changing what I value in life. I learned how I should live my life more independently and be happy.
Andrei P., 18 years old, High school student, England - Europe Online Leadership Program
I learned that popularity comes in the form of status or likability. Being likable is more important and you can’t lose it like Status.
I felt very loved when I received my letter and truly understood the extent that my parents love me and are proud of me.
Youssef Hassan, Year 9, Wisdom College (High School), Leadership camp, Brisbane, October 2020
It was 10 out of 10. It was a great experience. Thank you!
I most liked learning about our kids and their experience and seeing the positive change in them in their confidence just after 37 hours. It was meaningful to write a letter to our children. It was a way to express ourselves and say things we normally don’t say.
The presenters were confident and friendly.
Thank you again!
Jehan Abdulrahman, Parent of Wisdom College high school student, Leadership Camp, Brisbane 2020
Before camp, I wasn’t always sure of what I wanted to say for my decision or my thought about things and my confidence level was 61%.
Now, after 35 hours of camp I can easily express my thoughts and feelings and my confidence level was 96%.
Nurullah Erdogan, Year 9, Wisdom College (High School), Leadership camp, Brisbane, October 2020
Thank you Ronit.
As a result of the course, I’m a better version of myself.
Before the course me and my Mom got along but it was an annoying relationship. Throughout the leadership course, we’ve become really good friends in a way, like we laugh together and stuff like that which I find like pretty, nice. I feel like we both understand each other better. Yeah, we have a lot less conflict.
Also, my brother and me are getting along much better. It makes me very happy.
Lucas, 17 years old, High school student, Denmark - Europe Online Leadership Program
Learning to move on would actually change my mind and help me a lot through difficult times. It can make you a great leader if you know the meaning of it.
Razan Moussa, Year 9, Wisdom College (High School), Leadership Camp, Brisbane 2020
It was a very good experience for me, and I learned a lot. I most liked knowing what a leader is and why it is very important to be a leader. I loved reading and writing a letter to my parents, the public speaking activity, becoming more confident and the web connections and learning things about other people.
It was meaningful for me to work together as a team. The presenters were very good. The whole camp was very good for me.
Jessinia Massri, Most Stretched award recipient, Year 9, Wisdom college (High School), Leadership Camp, Brisbane, October 2020
I loved this experience. I learned a lot about leadership and myself. It was extremely unique. The dome and the pride circle were most meaningful to me because it gave me a chance to express my feelings.
The presenters were amazing. They did everything they could to make us feel comfortable and confident in sharing. I learned a lot from this camp: Values, Sandwich strategy, respect yourself and others, public speaking skills, what a leader is , support structure, the approval trap, popularity, team work, balancing priorities, meditation and nexting, justice, and the letters. How to socialize and how to manage my time.
Yesterday when I started camp my confidence level was 45% and now, at 5pm the day after it is 97%.
Haniyan Ebrahim-Goder, Year 10, Student Leadership Camp, Wisdom College (High School), Brisbane 2020
I honestly thought when I started the leadership course, that it would be something different. We could interact with one another; it was just a very enlightening and happy thing. Like I always look forward to joining the call and getting to talk with my friends and everything and feeling accepted you know.
I feel as if I’ve become a more powerful person in general, because now I’m able to – I know my strengths and I know that I can overcome my limits and whenever I set my mind to doing something – before I would try to give myself reasons to not do it.
I mean, if I was doing homework and it was getting late I would say “Oh it’s too late, I’ll finish it in the morning” – but now I’ve had a night where I spent six hours trying to finish it, I just do it!, I took everything and I’ve learnt that if I set my mind to doing something I can complete anything so I’ve become my – strength of will?
I’m better as a person in dealing with my feelings and I know my strengths and now if I want to get something done, I get it done. I was talking about how I want to start an investment course, I started it last week. It’s a stock market course and it just goes through the basics and I’ve been doing this for the last week and it’s been challenging but I really enjoy it. I am proud of myself.
I feel as if I am getting my points across better not only with my family but with my friends and everyone around me. I’ve become more expressive with my feelings. I’ve become more confident as a person.
I know how to deal with certain scenarios, I know about pink elephants, I know how to express myself. I know the basics to leading a successful relationship because that’s what it is. And it’s been better. I can now say that I have a better relationship with my Mom and my Dad.
Tudor, 17 years old, High school student, Romania - Europe Online Leadership Program
It was 10 out of 10. I like that students were engaged throughout the program and loved to see how they changed.
The public speaking activity was empowering. Students were pushed to their limits and we saw the results.
The presenters were excellent. Students were connected and felt important throughout the two days.
Ayse Dogan, Curriculum Coordinator, Wisdom College (High School), Brisbane, Australia, October 2020
The meditation session was very good for me. It helped me understand my thoughts and calm myself down in stressful situations and deal with them. It was also very good to know what you want and not only focus on what you don’t want.
I learned how to speak and communicate. It was important to me. I understand how my subconscious works. I listen to myself and try to correct myself. I get to communicate problems I didn’t communicate with my family or with other people before. I like the person I am now.
Now, at the end of the course I think my mindset has switched a bit, and I’ve started reacting differently to things. I think I can express myself better now, and I can notice how people behave.
It has improved my relationship with my parents and with my sister. Since the course, we started to get along.
Seggy, 17 years old, High school student, Romania - Europe Online Leadership Program
I have learned to be able to think on the spot
It doesn’t matter what others think of you.
Erin Davis, Student Leader , Leadership Camp - One day, 2015
What I have learned today was that it is better to be a good student because good students get benefits.
I have learned it is good to take lots of notes.
That it is good to set lots of goals.
Always be happy!
Be flexible and willing to participate
Drink plenty of water
Like Ronit Says, “Choose to take”
Thomas Surch, Leadership Day, Year 6 student leader 2015
What I have learned in four hours of camp:
- How to talk with others
- No one else’s opinion of you matters
- It is Ok to ask questions
- plan your time carefully
- Help others who are behind you.
Emily King, Sahya Say Primary, NSW, Australia, Student Leader, Leadership Camp 2015
What I have learned so far:
- Connection, how to connect with people
- There is so much to learn
- Team work is key to success
- Help others
- As leaders, justify your answers!
Michael Mandoza, Leadership Day , 2015 QLD, Australia
I am taking today any goals as I am not perfect, as a matter a fact, no one is perfect. I learned to talk in front of a huge audience and learned how to make friends without freaking out of being shy.
Braydon Jimenez, Student leader , Leadership Day, May 2015 , QLD
I have learned that what others think about you, is none of your business.
Communicate with everyone.
Help people who are behind.
Back up your answers.
Mars, Student leader, Primary school, Leadership Camp May 2015
This is what I learned today:
- Asking questions make you smarter
- It is Ok to speak your mind
- Who cares what other people say bout you
- Trust our team/ friends
- Trust yourself
- The most beautiful sound is your name
Zonike Van Deventer , UMGSS, Leadership Training , May 2015, QLD , Australia
In the last two hours of the leadership camp I have learned:
How to be more confident
how to be calm under pressure
Lead by example
Work as a team
Arliarn, Student leader, year 6 from UMGSS, Brisbane, QLD, leadership Training May 2015
I took a lot from today. For example, I had the ability to speak louder. I learned to back up my opinions and to be more confident.
Sereima Megoon, Student leader , year 6, Upper Mt Gravatt State school, Leadership Camp, sister Schools, 2015
I have learned this morning that it is Ok to ask questions because it makes you smarter.
Don’t be afraid to be who you are because if someone doesn’t like you for who you are, it’s none of your business!
Rheanna, Student Leader, UMGSS, Brisbane, QLD, leadership Camp 2015
I have learned in the first two hours of the morning that you need to pay attention to the weakest link and that asking questions is only makes you look smarter. I have learned the good students get discounts and what other people think about you is none of your business.
Wow, I have learned a lot in two hours. Thanks!
Miranda, Sathya Sai , NSW Leadership Camp May 2015 , Student Leader , Year 6
I am taking from today, leadership skills and working in a team skills.
Joshua, Leadership Camp 2013
I have learned the skills and basics of managing pressure.
Leadership Camp discussing pressure.
I learned that my parents are proud of me.
The debate we had was very meaningful.
Leah, O. Leadership Camp, After "I believe in you!" Letters from parents.
I learned that we actually needed to work together to complete the task.
Camp, Tower activity, working together, 2013
Today I take that my parents are proud of me.
I take the debate that we got in to trouble and we talked about what our punishment should be. I also learned to cooperate in a team to finish group assignment.
Jamshid, After I believe in you letters, camp
I stretched myself in three areas:
being on time
be a better team member.
They were good stretches.
Elijah Taylor, Stretch activity, leadership Camp
I hope I can take confidence from this camp and use it at a later date too.
Zac, Student Leader, Camp
I have learned in this activity:
Listen to the teacher
Be on time.
Bimsara, Student leader, stretch activity. Camp
today I have learned to remember everyone’s name, be on time and stretch yourself so you have more confidence.
Lukas, Camp 2013
It’s been very helpful to work in a group and very productive.
Patience is a gift!
Regina, Student Leader, Camp 2013
What I took from today:
- The nice letters from our family
- The debate
- All the new friends I have met today.
Leadership Camp, After I believe in you letters from parents
I learned how to do the tower in a group and the importance of finishing assignments
Kids Today, Leaders Tomorrow, Leadership Camp, Emma. M
I have learned about what power is and to cooperate with others.
Will, Leadership Camp, March 2013, student Leader
I have improved on:
- working together as a group
- My ability to solve problems with the group.
Elizabeth, Student leader, Stretch activity, Kids Today, Leaders Tomorrow, camp 2013
I stretched myself today with taking more assignments and finishing them.
Stretch Activity in Leadership Camp , Tahlia
My stretches today were:
working together with a group
Building the tower.
Adunni, Student Leader, Stretch Activity, Leadership Camp
I stretched myself because I worked well in a group and it was hard.
Taylah, UMGSS, Leadership Camp, Stretch activity
have learned that I need to stretch myself more
I need to get involved
Shantel, MGSS, Leadership Camp, stretch activity, 2013
The things that were meaningful for me this evening were:
- The debate
- The letters from our parents
It was very emotional!
Rachel , Mt Gravatt East SS, Leadership camp, after letters, March 2013
I have learned this evening:
- How much our parents are proud of us
- HOW important to work as a team for the tower activity
- You are wasting time punishing others, you are actually punishing yourself.
Emma Jiang, Leadership camp, after letters, March 2013
I have learned three things this morning:
- Don’t care about bad things other people say about you.
- Being angry at someone is like drinking a poison and expecting the other person to die
- Every time you fall down, yo got to get up.
Emma Jiang , Mackenzie SS, year 7 student, leadership camp , after morning session
I learned some quotes today and I also learned not to bully and if someone bullies me, If I don’t really know them , just let it go.
I learned that being in a team you can be stronger and accomplish more things.
Will Pilot, Student Leader, Camp Australia
I am taking from today more courage to e a better leader and make new great friends.
Elijah Taylor , Two days leadership Camp , 2013
I am taking from today a lot of new friends, I am starting to get more confidence and I have learned that you work better as a group.
Tahlia Lewis, Student Leader, Two days leadership Camp, Australia
Today I took courage for talking to new people and to have more confidence and self confidence.
Taylah , Upper Mt Gravatt State School, Student Leader, Camp 2013
I am taking from today:
how to work together with a group and being able to help them with my ideas
How to be more confident and be a better school leader.
Jennifer Blackburn, Student Leader, Year 7, two days Leadership Camp
I have learned how to work in a team.
To be honest
that everyone is different in their own way.
Rebecca, Mt Gravatt East SS, Year 7 student leader, Camp
I am taking from today lots of new friends, some very good quotes to follow and great experience to help me bet a better leaders.
Leadership Camp , March 2013
I have learned more leadership Skills, I made more friends and I have learned to conquer tasks.
James Notaras, Student Leader, Leadership Camp March 2013
I have learned this morning that you need to stand strong to be strong
Josh, March 2013, Kids Today Leaders Tomorrow - Leadership Camp
I have learned from the session this morning that the one thing that makes a group fast or slow is the weakest link. If we are all united, we are unstoppable
Regina, UMGSS, Student Leader, Camp March 2013
From the session this morning I am taking:
Working together is better
It is fine to make mistakes
Adunni , Student Leader, UMGSS, Camp 2013 , Australia
I am taking from today more leadership skills, confidence and new friends.
Lukas Baranowicz, Leadership Camp March 2013
I have learned this morning in camp that everybody is different and don’t’ judge people by their look, accent, clothes and religion.
Shantel Farlow, Mt Gravatt East , Student Leader, March 2013, Brisbane, Australia
I have learned this morning:
How to work as a proper group
Get a bit more confident
How to work together.
Shelby , MGESS, Year 7, student Leader, Leadership Camp 2013
I am taking from today:
Samantah, Student Leader, UMGSS , Leadership Camp 2013
This morning in camp I have learned how to be more confidence
Mason , Mt Petrie SS, Brisbane, Australia, Leadership Camp 2013
I learned this morning how to be a good leader and to build more confidence and persistence and to include people and make people happy.
Rachel. S Mt Gravatt East SS , Year 7 Student Leader, Camp 2013
I have learned how to be more confident around people I don’t know.
Harrison Cox , Mackenzie State Primary, Year 7 Camp, March 2013
I learned that if you stay as a team you can never be broken.
Mackenzie, Student leader, Camp 2013
I have learned that many people have the same weakness as me
I have learned that the quote I have been given are useful in life.
Ethan, March 2013, Kids Today, Leaders Tomorrow, Camp
This morning I have made new friends, I have more confidence to talk and I don’t care about what people say about me ( if they say bad things)
Ponette Kemertziis , Mackenzie State School, Leadership Camp 2013
I am taking three things from this morning’s session:
1. more self confidence
2. to learn to be a better leader by having more persistence
3. How to increase working with my team better.
Elizabeth Nour 29/3/2013 Leadership camp ,Mt Gravatt East SS, Brisbane
I have learned how to be more confident around other people.
I can be me and it doesn’t matter what others think.
Zac, Student Leader, camp 2013
This morning I take many quotes and lessons.
I learned not to bully people for something they can’t do and if there is one person, bullies can break him easily but if there is a group of people behind him, they will stand strong, together and be stronger than the opposition.
Jamshid, Student leader , Leadership Camp 2013, Brisbane
This morning I have learned not to bully others and how important it is to learn everyone’s name
Bimsara, Student Leader, MT Gravatt State School, Camp, 2013
After one session only, I have learned not to bully people and if there is a person on his own they are easy to break but if they have more in the group with him, bullies can’t break him.
Ryan DeBellis, Camp, Student leader, May 2013
Today I mostly take “buy a ticket”. I thought I was pretty good at that but I think that now, after today, I have become a different person. I feel like a person who can do anything.
After reading my letter, I feel great, and I didn’t know that my parents cared for me like that.
I had a great day today.
Braydon Jimenez, School Captain, UMGSS, March 2015
Today I am talking everything from Ronit because this program has made me a leader. From ordinary student, now,I have qualities of a leader. I learned the importance of buying a ticket. I am able now to take more risks. The letters were very meaningful for me.
Thank you Ronit for making me a leader!
Michael, Mendoza, Leadership Training March 2015
I learned that Life is like getting into a taxi. I must know where I want to go if I want to get there.
I want to go to getting along with my brother.
Mars Kwanmuk, Student leader, UMGSS, Brisbane, Australia, March 2015
What did I take from the leadership training today:
Care for others in your leadership role..
To have fun when you can because it goes fast
To have fun doing the impossible
I am taking more confidence
I am taking the letters and it was very emotional
I am taking the spider web technique.
Erin Davis, Student Leader, Vice Captain, March 2015
Today, after receiving the letter, I am taking the importance of telling people what you feel about them.
The spider web technique was the best and I think I am more optimistic now.
Thomas Surch, Vice Captain, Year 6 student leader, March 2015
I am talking with me the sandwich strategy. It helped me learn how to give a feedback in a very kind way. I find it interesting and I am sure it will be very helpful for me in the future.
I think that now, after 5 hours, I feel more confident to speak to big crowds.
The letters were the most important thing that happened to me today.
Thank you Ronit for a memorable day!
Yasmina White, Student , year 6, Leadership Training, Australia 2015
I have learned today to make the spider web before going on stage. I feel more confident and not as shy now.
Today was messy and it was fun.
Paige Oliver , Student Leader , Leadership Program 2015
Today I am talking the confidence that I have gained and I am also going to think when I get nervous.
Now, I feel more confident.
Sereima McGoon, Student Leader , Leadership Training , March 2015
I am taking confidence and I can speak more freely. I have the ability now to think quickly.
Annaliese Baranowicz, Student Leader UMGSS, 2015
Today I am taking two things:
1. the letters were the most meaningful thing to me. It was memorable and very special to me.
2. I learned the importance of buying a ticket because I’m very shy and sometimes when I think I am not going to win, I don’t try.
Thank you Ronit for a memorable day!
Ariiarn Henry , Leadership Training , Student's program , 2015
At the end of the training day I felt a lot more confident and like I can do anything. I also really like the spider activity that helped me feel strong and powerful and how important it is to give yourself stickers and I don’t always need others to tell me that I am the best. I can do it myself.
Zonike Van Deventer ,Leadership Training , Upper Mt Gravatt State School, Australia 2015
Today, after the Leadership training “Kids Today Leaders Tomorrow” I am talking confidence, belief in myself and independence. Ronit has challenged me to do many task and it helped me find my inner quality that this morning, I didn’t know I had.
Rheanna Selby - Stubbs, leadership Training , 2015
I loved the meaningful quotes . the activities are fun. I achieved ALL my goals for today. I have grown as a person AND a leader. I know this because I understand now. I KNOW what true leader is & I’m halfway there
Shakira Martins, School Captain, Year 7, Primary school, QLD, Australia
Today I learned how to be more confident and speak up. I also learned to never give up. Just keep trying!. I also learned to make the right decisions and how to speak on the spot
TeHanna, Mount Gravatt State School, QLD, Australia 2014
I have grown more confidence and believe that you need to know where in life you want to go to get there
Ruby, School Captain, 12 years old
Thank you Ronit for a fantastic experience you gave our son… He came home tired but could not go to sleep. He has changed a lot in just two day. I didn’t think it was possible… Thank you for giving us the opportunity to write him a letter. His letter back to us was kind and loving. Thank you very much!
M.P, mother, Leadership Camp, 2013
The most meaningful thing in camp for me was making new friends and the letter I have received from my mother. My confidence level before camp was 50% and after camp it is 80%. Thank you!
Samya, School Captain, Seville Road State School, QLD, 2014 Leadership Camp
My confidence level originally was 80% (because of what we did last time in the leadership skills day) and is now 90%
Felix (School Captain), Upper Mt Gravatt State School, Leadership Camp 2014 (Combination Program)
Having just started as a school Chaplain, I was keen for the opportunity to attend the Be Happy in Life : Kids Today Leaders Tomorrow Leadership Camp. I have attended a variety of training camps before but the intensiveness and richness of the learning for both the young people and the leaders has to be experienced to be believed.
The students and leaders that attended camp left with more confidence and knowledge of themselves and were given the tools to strengthen their relationships with others.
Robyn Weare, School Chaplain, Upper Mt Gravatt State School, QLD
From the workshop today I am taking some problem solving skills.
I’ve also taken more cooperation skills.
James, Student Leader, Brisbane Australia
I took from today that when there is a problem in a group we negotiate disagreeing and agreeing and vote. I also learned that we need to make things fair but also think where people are to to try to make their life decent and things work better in a group.
Tahlia, Student leader, Year 7 2013
Today I learnt that you need to work together to make good decisions. I also learned it is hard to run a country because you can’t please everyone. if you try to please everyone you will please no one.
Taylah S. Student Leader, Year 7, UMGSS, March 2013 - Global Village Program
Don’t say “But” all the time and say the person’s name because they love the sound of their names.
And we learned how to do the sandwich and we weren’t allowed to say “but”
Daisy, Leadership Training, Upper MT Gravatt State School, QLD, 2010, Australia
I learned to keep persisting in life whatever happens.
Rabecca Campbell, Leadership Training, Upper MT Gravatt State School, QLD, 2010, Australia
I am going to take the knowledge you gave me and also 6 hours of fun lesson about leadership, confident and habit.
Samir Thapa, Student Leader, UMGSS, Brisbane, Australia, 2012
I am going to take the respect from you that you gave me.
Dylan Newman, Student Leader, Leadership Training day
I am taking from today that it is Okay to express you ideas.
Your say matters!
Charlotte M. UMGSS, Student Leader, Primary school, Brisbane, Australia, 2012
Don’t say “But” when you are in conversation and not when you are in conflict.
I learned the sandwich technique.
Sanchia, Year 7 , Student Leader, Leadership Training day, 2012
I learned today that as a leader NEVER to say
- Don’t care
- Can’t be bothered
- Who cares
- I don’t mind
- I just went with it
Edward Nam, School Captain, Leadership Training. UMGSS, Brisbane, Australia
I learned to have fun and do your best
Sebastian, Kids Today Leaders Tomorrow Leadership Training day
I am taking more confidence than I had before and teamwork skills.
Rachel, Primary age Student leader, Brisbane, Australia
I am taking from today that:
- Every one is different in their own way
- Always believe in yourself
- Every body would have their own way of doing things
- Everyone Thinks in their own way of thinking.
- A fun day of memories
Katina Vendardos, UMGSS, Leadership Training in Primary school, 2012
I am taking with me the confidence stone and within I am taking pride.
Jade Smith, Student Leader, Primary school, UMGSS, 2012
I learned that
- Everyone thinks different
- Eye contact and a strong stand helps heaps
- No body is perfect
- Challenge yourself
Leadership Training, UMGSS 2012, Brisbane, Australia
In the Kids Today Leaders Tomorrow I learned that we should believe in ourselves, to participate and try to do the best we can do.
Joshua Carlyle , Year 6 student, Upper MT Gravatt State School, QLD, 2010, Australia
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