Jueves, 08 de Marzo de 2018 10:39

Carnaval Secundaria 2018

Colegio-Privado-Internacional-Britanico-Ingles-Las Palmas-Maspalomas-English-School-carnavalsecundaria58El mes pasado, una vez más, los alumnos de S5 lograron organizar un increíble y divertido Día de Carnaval en Secundaria. En el siguiente artículo nos cuentan su opinión sobre lo que han aprendido de esta experiencia.

CARNIVAL 2018: THE WORK BEFORE THE PLAY TO FORGE A BRILLIANT DAY

In retrospective, Carnival Day was a successful event due to hours of hard work and careful organization. Although we already knew the importance of deadlines, we experienced firsthand the real consequences of mismanagement. When To-do lists grew bigger we thought it would be impossible to avoid a catastrophic entanglement of lost children and activities. However, through teamwork, unity and gradual progress we realized even the greatest of inconveniences could be solved.

It is true we encountered difficulties that aggravated our stress, such as students wandering away from their activities, or not paying attention to instructions. Notwithstanding, foreseeing these possible problems beforehand enabled us to handle the situation effectively.

Though we initially expected the toughest challenge to be controlling and distributing activities to other year-groups, we learned at times it is much harder to allocate tasks, motivate, and control ourselves. Internal disputes between members of our year-group evolved to bigger arguments which slowed down the organization process. Administrating decoration, budget and human resources equally has taught us to communicate with ease and appreciate more the importance of will-power.

Such responsibility is an experience that we, as a group, are never going to forget. We experienced how members of our year group were continuously letting us down when meeting deadlines. Then was when we realised needed to be tough and decided to assign a member in charge of each activity in order for it to work out to the expected standards. Within the group of the organisers we had disputes and we even started doing things without telling each other. However, we soon realised things were not going to work out properly if the management team could not agree. That is when we united as leaders and started taking control of the situation properly.

Without doubt, one of our biggest challenges was keeping the entire year group motivated and working together to achieve the successful objective. We realised delegation is very useful tool, but trusting others is perhaps one of the best leadership skills we could acquire.

Organising an event of such magnitude has been an unforgettable experience; we have thoroughly enjoyed working with the rest of our year group and the staff. And for a change, we organised the staff, instead of them organizing us! These new experiences have made us learn new skills that we can now use in the future.

For example, when the deadlines were fast approaching, we could have become excessively stressed, but we knew that if we became over anxious nothing would have been completed. So, we managed the stress and did as well as we could. This can be transferred to when we are preparing for our A levels next year, or for projects at university.

Another skill that we can use from this experience is controlling our emotions. Being emotionally intelligent is not an easy task as there may be things that get on our nerves. Such as, when we were deciding who was going to be in charge of which activity, and our colleagues disliked our decisions. When this happened we had two options, try to explain that we did the best we could in order to please everyone, or get furious with them in the hope that they just accepted the decision and got on with the job. We chose the former. The latter would have only made everyone angrier and things would have gone wrong. The point being, we had to control our impulses and so developed our emotional intelligence. This will be helpful in the future when we are in our workplace, as there will always be times when working groups do not agree, and keeping calm to find the best solution for everyone will be the most productive way to make headway.

These skills and many others are very important for us in our near future. All the S5 students have learned a great deal about ourselves, and also how to put what we learn in the classroom into practice in real life. Similarly, despite the stress and tense moments during the preparatory weeks before the event, the S5 students really appreciate that the school provides us with opportunities like these to develop our independent learning, and we would also like to thank Mr O'Kane, Salvador, Mr Seamus and Mr Lopez and for all their support.

Article written by: Lucas Melián, Sofía Villegas, Daniela Martín, Javier Torón, Patricia Vega & Jose María Afonso

 

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