English Faculty coordinator, teacher and past student Freya Jenner explains that at ACG Strathallan she was surrounded by a supportive network and a number of role models, helping her recognise the signs of a strong leader and develop self-awareness.
ACG Strathallan English Faculty coordinator and teacher Freya Jenner took part in a prestigious leadership development programme for young professionals over the holidays.
RYLA (Rotary Young-Person Leadership Awards) is a week-long leadership development programme for 20-28 year olds. The experiential live-in course is designed to help participants develop their teamwork and communication skills and fulfill their potential as leaders.
The programme took place at Eastern Beach, Auckland in the first week of the holidays and featured speakers including Healthy Food editor Nikki Bezzant; former officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy Craig Burborough; and Sanford CEO Volker Kuntzsch.
Participants also had to complete 24 activities devised by the New Zealand army over 15 hours, with the goal of making the ‘toxic swamps’ of Rangitoto Island safe. The challenging learning conditions provided a steep learning experience.
“I have a huge amount of respect for the army officers who really cared about helping us to work as a team and develop our individual leadership skills,” Ms Jenner said. “Although it seemed tough at the time on a maximum of two hours sleep, it wasn’t really ‘roughing it’ as we were provided with safety and guidance by the officers.”
Ms Jenner, a former ACG Strathallan student, said the course had given her valuable knowledge and tools, particularly around self-reflection.
“Reflection and development have always been an integral part of my teaching practice. I am passionate about this career and have dedicated a lot of time and effort to do the best job that I can,” she said.
She said at ACG Strathallan she was surrounded by a supportive network and a number of role models, helping her recognise the signs of a strong leader and develop self-awareness. The course had created a valuable space for her to learn and develop.
“Overall, it is my goal to invest in building a bright and successful future, so I can pave the way for other young people and, one day, be the role model that others have been to me,” she said.