On Tuesday 12th July, Sgt Neil Madden from RAF Valley ran an Inspirational Outreach morning about Teamwork for a group of Year 7s at Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi (Holyhead High School).
At the start of the session, the students thought about the teams they were involved in, such as football, and wrote down what makes a team successful.
Throughout the morning, they participated in many fun teamwork activities. In groups, the students had to try and pass a ball from one end of the room to the other using small tubes. After several attempts, the students communicated together and worked out a clear plan to achieve this. Another group had to lower a long pole to the ground, which was just balancing on their fingertips. Many of the activities proved that communication in a team is vital and that often, one person needs to lead to get the best out of the team, via encouragement and good role modelling.
At the end of the morning, all the students had participated fully in the activities, even the students who were very reticent at the start.
Sue-Joyce, 12 said “The thing I enjoyed most today was the story game, the stretchy purple thing game and working with people I normally wouldn’t. I have learnt about team skills.”
Aaron, 12 said “ I enjoyed making paper aeroplanes. I have learnt that communication is key. After today’s session, I feel happy that I have learnt more key things in life.”
Thank you to Sgt Madden for running such a fun session which enabled the softer skills of communication, decision making, being a team player, leadership and taking responsibility to flourish.