Twenty-two students from St Martin’s De Pores Roman Catholic School, Crochu, who were successful in the last CPEA, were exposed to a number of critical issues to their development at a one-day seminar held at their school on Friday 12th. This seminar was organized by the Lions Club St. Andrews in keeping with the World Wide Week of service with focus on the Youth as designated by the International President Lion Jitsuhiro Yamada.
The activity was facilitated by Ms. Cheryl Ann Gibbs Counselor, who engaged the young minds on Peer Pressure and Lion Kingsley Thomas who took the students through Goal Setting. Lion Kingsley is home on vacation from studies in China and has decided to use some of his time to enlighten and guide the young minds.
In facilitating the session on Peer pressure, a working definition was discussed and students were informed that peer pressure could be both positive and negative. Participants were given the opportunity to brainstorm about situations where they were pressured by peer to engage in activities. The various examples shared were categorized by the group as either positive or negative, and participants were asked to explain why the activity was categorized as it was. They were given tips as to how they can resist peer pressure. The exercise was highly participatory, with very active and open sharing by the students.
In the segment of goal setting, the importance of setting goals, steps, and the benefits were all discussed. The facilitator reminded the students of the importance of setting SMART goals and outlined the meaning, stating that it must be specific, measurable, attainable realistic and time bound. Students were very keen on the information shared and took great interest in the day’s activity.
Students were given notebooks and pens at the end of the day and refreshments were served. The members of the Lions Club St Andrews wish all students the best as the move on to high school in September.