Youth Day 2023 - St Andrew's College

Youth Day 2023

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Youth Day 2023

June 16 is a testament to the power of unity and the impact that a united youth can have on shaping the destiny of a nation." - Unknown

In a vibrant display of unity and empowerment, our family of schools came together today to commemorate June 16 in a truly memorable fashion. With heartfelt prayers, captivating music, powerful poetry, and resounding warcries, the atmosphere was charged with a sense of purpose and determination.

Adding to the honor and excitement of the occasion, we were privileged to welcome South African women's rugby player, Ms Nolusindiso "Cindy" Booi, as our distinguished guest. A true icon of the sport, her remarkable career spanning two Rugby World Cups and her influential role as South Africa's Sevens team captain have etched her name in the annals of South African sporting history.

Ms Booi's presence served as a beacon of inspiration for our youth, highlighting the immense potential within each of them to strive for greatness and overcome barriers. Her achievements remind us that no dream is too big, and no challenge is insurmountable.

As we reflect on this momentous day, let us carry the spirit of unity, determination, and empowerment forward, channeling the legacy of heroes and heroines who have fought for justice. Together, we will continue to inspire generations, breaking barriers, and leaving an indelible mark on our nation's history.

Guest Speaker - Ms Nolusindiso "Cindy" Booi

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, staff members, and most importantly, the vibrant and dynamic young men seated before me.

Today, we gather here on this occasion of Youth Day to celebrate the energy, potential and promise that resides within each and every one of you. It’s the day when we honour the brave souls who fought for our freedom, and it is a day when we recognise the power of youth in shaping a brighter future.

I’m the captain of the Springbok Women’s team and that makes me the leader, the anchor of the boat, so today I’m here to share a bit about what leadership is sport is about.

In front of me I see young leaders of tomorrow. People that can shape and change our country for the better. Some people say leaders are born and some say leaders are made. Even though I’m not sure which one of those statements are correct, I know from experience that no organisation or sport code can operate or function well without a leader.  

Activity 1: Rugby Ball

I have some games here that I want to involve these cute little faces in front of me . Is there anyone that wants to play the game with me? They are both about teamwork and they show a leader is not a leader without a team. The rules of the game require one Grade 1 leader to help me to pick up the ball with one finger. Do you think he can pick it up with only one finger? It seems like it is difficult to pick up alone… Can I have 6 more Grade 1 boys? Will all of you please use 1 finger to try to pick up the ball together? What does this teach us? You can’t be a leader if you don’t have followers. Together we can go much further and reach a lot more than we can alone. In a team situation as a leader, you don’t do things alone, but you work as a team to reach goals. 

Activity 2:

What characteristics does a leader have?

  1. Vision: As leaders, we should be like horses with visors next to our eyes. We need to know where we are going and lead others to get there. This means we should know where the finish line is, train hard and stay focused while trying to get there.
  2. Resilience: The road ahead may seem challenging at times. Life has a way of testing us. But remember, it is in the face of adversity that true leaders emerge. It is through the trials and tribulations that you will discover your inner strength, your resilience, and your ability to rise above any circumstance.
  3. Empathy: A leader needs to be a great team player and should be able to put him or herself in another’s shoes. Leaders should be able to use their good relationships skills to help people, young and old, to work together and should be able to speak up when something is not right to ensure the best environment for everyone.
  4. Courage: Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather doing something even though we don’t feel ready or brave. One of my friends once said to me before the World Cup: “When the waves of the sea come very hard and I see that the boat is about to or it is going down and everyone wants to jump off, I must be brave enough to not jump off that boat. Others look to us as leaders and will follow us. Therefore, we need to give hope and strength to our team mates.
  5. Lead by example: A leader doesn’t have to say a lot all the time. Your actions must say it all.
  6. Problem-solvers: Leaders don’t complain, they look for solutions to solve problems they face.

What happens when these characteristics are not present in a leader? To explain this, we are going to do another activity. Can I have one strong boy from any grade?

I have 2 apples with me. The characteristics of a leader are important inner part of a leader. What happens if leadership qualities are not there?

Take out the middle of apple. Take pieces of paper and put in apple. If there is no vision, no resilience, empathy, etc. Ask a boy to crush apple.

If there is vision, etc (This time the boy tries to crush the apple with the middle still inside).  Ask boy to crush apple again.

It is therefore crucial to grow and develop your leadership qualities to ensure that you can stay strong as a leader.

In closing, just want to say in front of me I see leaders of tomorrow and it doesn’t mean that it has to be sport, it can be anything that you are involved or you want to be . You just need to learn to use the chance you get because not everyone in life will get multiple chances and time wasted never returns. Be wise, work hard, don't let anyone or anything shake you and your faith. Yes, there will be challenges, but learn to not give up. As young boys, you all know that our communities and our beloved Country need Leaders like you with great minds to rule it and make better choices to function better. You are powerful and you will make mistakes just learn to bounce back and find your feet’s again.

 

Youth Day explanation – Sinjhun Cawse