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Retreat Helps Student Leaders Hone Skills and Develop Their Leadership Styles

On Sunday, September 20, 38 campus leaders representing Student Council, Junior Residential Assistants and the Counselor Body trekked up to Brookneal, Va., to Hat Creek Camp to participate in the 2015 Leadership Retreat.

The Leadership Retreat is designed for Counselors, Student Council and the Junior RAs “to work together to hone their leadership skills, understand their level of emotional intelligence and how they can better serve their peers on campus, and to brainstorm and plan to make the 2015-16 Centennial Year one of the best years in the school’s history,” said Chris Button, Assistant Head of School for Student Life.

In its fifth year, the leadership retreat is conducted one month into the school year – after these student leaders have a better understanding of their roles on campus and the opportunities and challenges for each group and each individual member.

Courtlandt Smith, Junior Residential Assistant, said the participants, “think about how we have done as leaders in the first few weeks of school. We take all that and learn how we can do more within our own leadership groups. We also look at different aspects of leading and learn how we can improve our skills. This year, we used a tool where we assessed ourselves and our peers provided input too – identifying our leadership style as Promoters, Encouragers, Supporters and Analysts. This exercise helped me see that can do better assessing a situation up front before moving forward.”

In addition to the leadership activities, the day was action-packed, from a nerve-racking high ropes course, (completed with aplomb by almost every student) to ever-more-competitive games of tether ball! Capped off by a campfire and an excellent rendition of many pop songs by our fabulous students, the retreat was a rousing success by all accounts!

Honor. Rigor. Community. Relationships. Individual Attention.

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