On the 14 of June 10 students from all the catholic schools including ours, St Patrick’s all traveled to Te Papa for a Catholic young leaders conference. Which meant having over 200 students and teachers there, altogether.
We had to be there by 9:00 am, which meant catching the 7:39 train. For some people waking up early is a breeze but for people like me, its not so easy! Eventually I managed to get up early(surprisingly)so I could get ready and be there on time.
Everyone got to Te papa at 9 and had 15 minutes before the welcoming from Mihi Whakatau, so we all just spoke among ourselves. Once the welcoming was over(which was spoke in mostly Maori) was over it was time for the first Entertainment, it was a group of students from Bishop Viard College who preformed two Samoan dances to us all.
We had our very first speaker on who was Matty Mc Lean from TVNZ who mainly spoke about how he grew up and how he got his job working for TVNZ and our second speaker Alexander Mckay who spoke about how to never give up even if you have a condition of some sort, it doesn’t mean you can’t follow your dreams. After these two speakers it was Morning Tea.
We all got back in from morning tea and it was time for our second entertainment, but this one had a catch to it, it was called the mystery performance, so none of us new what it was going to be about. While all of us walked into the room we came to find Bongos on our seats!! We all sat back down and played with them, this purpose was that actions speak louder than words.
Our third speaker Father Gerry Burn was there to tell us about how if you want to be a leader, you don’t have to do EVERYTHING, but the little things count too. Then we had out third entertainment of the day from St Catherine’s music group who sung us three songs. Then we got to eat lunch.
Our fourth speaker was from Jude Wattson and Andy Wotton who spoke about how they built a house for a family and how much of a difference that made to there life. For a closing item which was by Billy Graham, who also had humor but a good point which was about giving everything s try. We then got a farwell from Daniel Faitaua from TVNZ(and a picture!)
This was a great day and I have learnt so much on this trip, but just to complete the day our principle shouted us all ice-cream.