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AYLC第三天 (25July)

一转眼,三天的领袖培训与品格扩展课程的训练即将告一段落。参与者到他们的小组被分配到的课室里准备进行小组的反思网活动。凡死亡的概念是要参与者懂得回忆起过去几天所发生的事情,学会感激所有让他们又那么美好的回忆的人,并且趁这个机会静下心来思考。反思网的主要目的是要参与者回想过去三天的经历与反省他们在每一项活动里的所做的事,从中加强参与者对3AGV的认识,并且让他们有机会实用,尤其是在感恩心方面的体会。

参与者轮流将草绳传给另一个人,用它来表达他们最真诚的谢意。当他们回想起过去两天所发生的事情,当他们让感情自然地流露出来……他们脸上的笑容和流下的眼泪证明了每一个小组在这短暂的时间内的成长、成熟,以及他们和其他组员在这短短的时间内所迅速地建立起的坚强的友谊。看到那些原本性格较内向的参与者开始自动与组员沟通,看到来自各种不同背景的参与者开心的交谈,这可说是对每一个组长很大的欣慰。

在大组反思网,大组长分享了他们所作出的观察,并且让参与者知道有何可改进的方面,以及表现好的地方有哪些。至于集体反思网,是老师们上台分享自己的个人经验的时候。这些真实的故事感动了参与者,让他们想起之前的行为、态度,从中得到不同的启发,瞻望着崭新的自己。

经过这些不同层级的反思网活动,参与者能够有机会找回那个他们往往抛在脑后、被忽略掉的感恩之心。随着眼泪不知不觉地落下,参与者便写了明信片给他们所关心的人,无论家人,朋友或老师。相信这是每一位参与者在寻找自我的旅途上的一个延续,不然,这也将会是参与者踏上寻找自我之路的开始。

过后,是一连串为文化晚会所准备的活动。

一个“亚洲学生领袖交流与座谈会”如没有各种族的文化交流,哪称得上是亚洲的一项活动呢?

十个国际与十种不同的表演,。表演者都穿了一身华丽的衣服。

十个不同的区域,十项精彩的文化表演,包括歌唱,舞蹈,甚至是短片等等,配上各个地区不同的传统服装…… 开头的是来自中国的表演,带动了整个文化晚会的气氛。

中国的青年武术团所带来的经常表演,使得全场都全神贯注。从队员们的自律以及彼此之间的默契与配合,能看得出他们之间深厚的友谊。演出后的热烈鼓掌说明了表演确实有资格成为为文化晚会开幕的表演。接下来,其它国际也轮流与大家分享他们那一区特别的习俗、文化。优美的歌声,精彩的表演以及传统服装秀吸引了参与者两个小时的注意力,相信他们能够从各区的表演中更了解亚洲不同地方的文化。

过了各区域的演出后,接着是由立化中学来代表新加坡当晚会的压轴节目。张凯欣同学代表新加坡,在台上通过一个短片为大家介绍新加坡过去四十六年来的历史与现代的进展以及成就。短片播放后,2011年的“亚洲学生领袖交流与座谈会”筹委会便在台上边唱边跳起新加坡2005年的国庆主题歌,“勇敢向前飞”。听到全场欢呼起来,看到那些甚至不是新加坡人的参与者在不停地鼓掌、欢呼,这证明了新加坡已成了一个被他人认可的国家,一个值得每一个新加坡人都感到骄傲的地方。

文化晚会就在参与者兴奋的心情之下结束了,参与者便到了体育馆外的空地集合,期待着为他们所筹备的惊喜!参与者满怀期待从十倒数到一,鞭炮被点燃了,黑暗天空也瞬时地被美丽的烟火亮起!随着烟火的释放,参与者的心情也达到了当天的最高点。

虽然鞭炮、烟火已经放完了,2011年的“亚洲学生领袖交流与座谈会”也即将结束了,但相信每一个人都仍然会记得当时听鞭炮、看烟火的心情……

Special Thanks
  1. River Valley High School
  2. WenJiang Middle School
  3. Mr Koh Yong Chiah, Principal, River Valley High School, Singapore
  4. Mr Lu Shi Nian, Principal, WenJiang Middle School, China
  5. Keynote speakers: Mr Fu Yong Lin, Vice Mayor, Chengdu Municipal Government, Dr Yap Meen Sheng, School of the Arts, Singapore 
  6. All honorable guests
  7. All advisors
  8. All teachers
  9. All sponsors, Ministry of Education, Singapore, 成都市温江区教育局
  10. Education Incorporated, Singapore
  11. Inspirar, Singapore
  12. Administrative Committee AYLC 2011
  13. All organising committee members
  14. All facilitators
  15. Photographers
  16. Editorial Club RVHS
  17. All who have contributed to the success of this convention in one way or another
Day Two (24July2011)

The day started on a high note as all participants proceeded to the field in preparation of a mass display after breakfast. After forming the letters “AYLC 2011”, the grand mass display was complete. With music playing in the background, the participants put up a splendid line dance performance in their formation, making it a beautiful sight and an experience which the participants will never forget for certain.

Planning and execution (P&E) was up next, with it being the core of the LCD training programme in our convention. The LCD training programme aims to instill in participants the 3AGVs, also known as the 3 As (Acknowledgment of differences, Alignment of strengths and Application of synergy) and 4 Governing Values (Sense of Appreciation, Sense of Self-discipline, Sense of Self-motivation, Sense of Responsibility). These guiding principles would be conveyed to the participants through the P&E sessions, where the groups will come up with an original idea and execute their game plan to 3 other groups. This would serve as a platform for participants to experience how it is like to apply the 3As and 4GVs, as well as to step up to the role of a facilitator, developing their leadership skills in the process.

The 48 different groups engaged in a planning session with the use of logistics purchased from the auction the day before. As they started their active discussion, the participants gave suggestions and insights which led to plans that were drawn up efficiently.

Following that, the groups were dispatched to their respective venues and took turns to carry out their game planned for the other groups. Although it may be the first time that most participants are engaged in such an activity, they still managed to rise up to the occasion and a number of them displayed commendable leadership qualities. This is proof of the potential and capability of the participants and that when the facilitators stepped back and provided the opportunity for them to initiate discussions, the participants will be able to truly perform and excel.

The highlight of the convention would be the LCD night, where the energy level of the participants grew several notches despite going through a long day of activities. As we cheered at the top of our lungs, danced along to songs with catchy tunes, sang along to the meaningful slow songs, with our hands on each other’s shoulders during the evening, it did not matter which country, school, family or group we are from or whether we are a participant, facilitator, family head or organizing committee. Regardless of where we come from or who we are, AYLC has brought us all together as one, in China, Sichuan, Chengdu, Wenjiang. Never again would the same 1000 individuals gather together, sing their hearts out, pour their emotions out and go through an identical experience. This was all evident in the tears we shed, the shoulders we cried on, the hugs we exchanged, and even the smiles through the tears as the night came to a close.

As the lyrics of “分享” says, “与你分享的快乐,胜过独自拥有”, it is because of the times we spent together, the shared memories, the hardships which we have been through as one, which allowed us to enjoy the sweetness of success that night. And the fact that we had over 1000 other people to share it with, the feeling is made much stronger and long-lasting…

Day One (23July2011)

A buzz of excitement was filling up the whole Wenjiang Middle School, as participants from more than 70 diverse schools across 10 different regions in Asia gathered together to participate in this year’s Asian Young Leaders Convention. They were about to witness the commencement of a mega event experiencing 3 days of Leadership and Character Development (LCD) Training.

This morning, participants swarmed into the canteen for breakfast and met their group mates for the very first time in the convention. The initial unfamiliarity was thought to be a challenging barrier to overcome. But kudos to our competent facilitators who managed to hype up the atmosphere very quickly and soon, cheers could be heard from almost every group.

After the hearty breakfast, the participants proceeded to the Indoor Stadium where they were greeted by a spectacular aerobic-cum-cheerleading showcase by Baoding No. 7 Middle School Cheer-leading Team. With that, it signaled the start of the official Opening Ceremony of Asian Young Leaders Convention 2011, a long anticipated regional event. We were honored to have Mayor Fu Yong Lin to grace the event and officially declare the convention open, together with the other Guest-of-Honors. The lighting up of the crystal ball on stage by the respective Guest-of-Honors marked the significance of the combined efforts of Wenjiang Middle School, River Valley High School as well as the support from the government of both countries, making this AYLC possible.

We are honored to have the first keynote speaker of AYLC, Mayor Fu Yong Lin, to share his insights on the competencies of leadership in the 21st century. Mayor Fu discussed about how talent consists of general intelligence and mental power through his speech. The participants were actively engaged in the panel discussion as they took advantage of this rare opportunity to voice out their questions and doubts about this topic. With the lively interaction between Mayor Fu and the participants marked a successful start to AYLC 2011.

Having sat through the dialogue and ceremonies, the participants now have the chance to let down their hair and begin the LCD training proper. With the help of their facilitators, the participants were able to get to know their group mates better and have fun at the same time. The simple but innovative ice-breaker games brought much laughter and enjoyment to the participants. Cheers were also taught to the participants, further boosting their team spirit and bonds with each other. As the day went by, it was heartening to see the participants slowly forging closer and stronger friendships.

Next up, was the mass dance session. As the dance is a couple dance, it helped to encourage participants to interact with one another and bring about initiative to invite acquaintances or even strangers to dance together. Through attempting something different and new like this, participants learn to embrace and accept challenges and differences. Seeing the participants enjoying themselves and having fun together with their group mates, it certainly presents a great sense of accomplishment to the facilitators.

And that concludes the end of an eventful day.

Memories captured on film, will one day fade with time, but the ones imprinted in our minds, will never be erased.

AYLC 第一天 (23July)

来自70多所学校 ,遍布亚洲10个地区的参与者这几天都陆陆续续地抵达了成都温江中学,使整间学校掀起了一股满怀期待、满怀兴奋的心情。他们一同聚集在此地,为的是同样一个目标-参与今年的 “亚洲学生领袖交流与座谈会” 。他们即将目睹一届规模盛大的活动的开始,并且经历三天的学生领袖培训与品格扩展课程的训练…

今早,参与者纷纷涌入食堂享用早餐,并初次在这交流与座谈会中与他们的小组同伴们见面。起初那难以化解的尴尬,在我们积极的小组长的能干本领下被化解了,气氛也很快就被带动起来,变得无比高昂!而不久后,就能够听到各个组别响亮的欢呼声,让小组长们听了都感到非常欣慰。

吃完早餐后,参与者到了室内体育馆集合,观赏保定第七中学健美操队特地为大家准备的精彩健美操演出。表演过后,开幕典礼便将正式开始,也代表着大家期待已久的“亚洲学生领袖交流与座谈会”2011的开始!我们很荣幸地能够在这座谈会上邀请到傅勇林副市长当此开幕典礼的特别嘉宾,为我们的活动宣布开幕。水晶球在各位嘉宾的触动下亮了起来,这象征着温江中学与立化中学的合作,象征着两国教育部的支持。而因为有了各方的合作,才能顺利地联办2011年的“亚洲学生领袖交流与座谈会”。

非常荣幸能邀请到主讲嘉宾,傅勇林副市长,为参与者举办第一堂座谈会。傅市长在座谈会上与大家分享了领袖在二十一世纪所应具备的才能,也谈到了才华不但包括智慧,同时也不能忽略领袖在口才上的影响力。参与者在座谈会后积极地发言,把握这难得的机会发问及提出自己有所疑惑的地方。这有意义的互动时间,为座谈会亮出了美好的开始。

座谈会的结束,代表学生领袖培训与品格拓展课程正式开始!在小组长的协助下,参与者更加认识对方,于彼此接触,并建立起友情,大家都乐在其中。简单但有创意的破冰游戏,背后包含了更深厚的意义,有待参与者自己去体会、领悟。但整体上,此活动还是为参与者带来不少欢乐。参与者在喊口号时,建立起了浓厚的团体精神。见到参与者慢慢成长的这一幕,相信在每一个小组长的心里都有那一份说不出的欣慰!

接着,是跳集体舞的时段,参与者通过跳舞,有机会与组员们进行近一步的互动、玩乐。由于集体舞是个双人的舞蹈,因此参与者便能与彼此有更多的互动,让他们主动邀请不太熟悉的组员当他们的舞伴。面临这新的体验,有了这新的尝试,参与者学会了乐观地面对一切迎刃而来的挑战并且学会去认识到自己与他人的不同之处,接受他们与自己不一样的事实。看见参与者都跳得不亦乐乎,想必小组长们都能感受到很强烈的满足感,也为他们组员的表现感到骄傲。

丰富多彩,获益匪浅的一天就这样结束了。


照片始终会随着岁月的流逝而退色,但在我们脑海里的那每一场回忆永远都不会被冲淡。

 

Day Four (26July2011)

The second and final keynote speech for AYLC 2011 was presented by Dr Yap Meen Sheng on the topic of Character and Leadership. It was an insightful speech that captured the interest of everyone present. Much knowledge was gained on the issues discussed as Dr Yap presented his valuable views on the role of character development in shaping leadership in today’s world. An interactive and fruitful panel discussion followed as participants could post questions and enquiries revolving around the topic discussed.

To round up the convention officially, a closing ceremony was held in the indoor sports stadium. Even though it was the same location where AYLC was declared open, the atmosphere in the stadium was different as the participants braced themselves for the farewell. The certificate presentation ceremony was held as all the schools who participated in AYLC sent a representative up on stage. Family heads also represented their facilitators to receive their certificates from both WenJiang Middle School principal, Mr Lu Shi Nian and River Valley High School principal, Mr Koh Yong Chiah.

After which, the chairpersons of WenJiang organizing committee and River Valley High School organizing committee respectively took the stage and each presented a closing speech. As the past events of the last 3 days were recounted, and learning points were brought up by the 2 chairpersons, the time to bid farewell drew closer.

Finally, to round up the closing ceremony, a video montage was played. Photos from the past 3 days of activities flashed across the screen, motivating and inspiring words were shown, and the songs that played held a deep meaning to all the participants. The days spent together may have been short, the memories created may not be aplenty, but it is about how much the little bits of unique memories mean to every single one of them. I’m sure the participants themselves understand this as they shed tears while viewing the records of the different memories they’ve created together as a group, as a family, as an AYLC.

Even as I am typing this, cheers can be heard from the school field this late at night. This just affirms that it is possible for a group of 16-18 people to meet, to bond, to love each other, in just 3 days. And we can be sure that memories of this AYLC 2011 will stay with the participants for a long long time to come.

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

The AYLC spirit lives on.

Day Three (25July2011)

In a short span of only close to 3 days, the LCD training was about to come to a close. Participants gathered in various classrooms to prepare for the group RAPweb (Reminise, Appreciate, Ponder) session. As the name suggests, the key objective of the RAPweb session is to convey and further enhance the participants’ knowledge and application of the 3AGVs, leading them to reflect about what they have gone through over the past few days and build on their sense of appreciation especially.

As the participants took turns to extend their heartfelt thanks to an individual, represented by the passing of the raffia string, and as they reflected upon the past few days, and as they just let their emotions flow free… The smiles created and tears shed proved that every group grew, matured and formed strong bonds with one another throughout the convention, despite the short time spent together. The sight of once introverted participants opening up to their group members, the sight of participants from various diverse backgrounds enjoying each other’s company, was really heartwarming to all facilitators.

At the family RAPweb, the family heads got the opportunity to share with the family the various observations, areas to improve in and dish out complements as well. As for the mass RAPweb, the teachers took the stage and captured all the participants’ hearts, as they related to their personal experiences. These really touched the hearts of many as they thought about how they have behaved in the past and to anticipate a new, changed self when they get back to their own homes.

Through these few sessions, the participants were able to recognize and rediscover that sense of appreciation which may have been left at the back of their minds for a long time. As tears fell, the participants wrote postcards to people whom they care about, be it their family, friends or teachers. This definitely marks the continuation, if not, beginning, of every participant’s journey to self-discovery.

Following that, was a series of activities in preparation for the much anticipated Cultural Night.

What would an Asian convention be without the exchange of culture and traditions?

10 different regions, 10 stunning displays of performances, including songs, dances and even video presentations, together with a colorful array of costumes… With the opening performance presented by China, the cultural night was on to a great start.

A captivating performance was put up by a young China martial arts team. The strong bond that existed among the performers was evident as the team displayed a high standard of discipline and camaraderie. The deafening cheers and thundering applause to the opening performance were justified indeed. Up next, other regions followed up with performances which showcased their rich culture and heritage. Impressive singing, breath-taking dances and fashion shows captivated the audience for the next 2 hours.

After the stunning displays by the various regions, River Valley High School had the honor to represent Singapore in closing the cultural night with a finale. As our representative, Chong Kai Xin, took the stage, an impressive video presentation began and the audience was led through 46 years of Singapore’s history together with an introduction to Singapore’s present developments and achievements. To round up the entire presentation, the organizing committee of AYLC 2011 took the stage and danced to Singapore’s 2005 national day theme song, “Reach Out for The Sky”. The rousing response from not only the Singaporean participants but also the participants from the other 9 different regions was a strong indicator that Singapore is recognized as a established state with a strong Singaporean spirit to be proud of.

The night ended on an especially high note as the participants congregated in an open area, in great anticipation of the upcoming surprise installed for them. Cued by a countdown from 10 to 1 from the high-spirited participants, firecrackers were lit and fireworks exploded into the air. The night sky shone brightly with the continuous release of fireworks and the participants’ spirits reached a peak.

The feeling lingers on even after the last of the fireworks disappeared in smoke as participants and facilitators alike realize that AYLC is about to come to an end…

AYLC 第三天 (25July)

“亚洲学生领袖交流与座谈会”2011的第二堂,也是最后一堂座谈会是由叶敏盛博士主讲。他主讲的课题是品格与领袖才能。 叶博士以照片及短片的方式进行生动有趣演讲,让观众了解他对于品格扩展训练在社会里对当今的领袖培训起着多大的作用的看法。接下来的问与答时间让参与者能够向叶博士提出关于主讲课题的任何问题,相信大家从中得到了不少启发。

为了总结整个“亚洲学生领袖交流与座谈会”2011,我们就在体育场内举行了闭幕典礼。虽然场地与开幕典礼一样, 但场内的气氛却截然不同, 因为大家都在准备与彼此告别。在证书赠送仪式上, 每个学校都派了一个代表上台领证书。大组长们也代表自己的小组长从温江中学的吕世年校长以及立化中学的许永正校长领取他们的证书。

接着,由温江中学和立化中学的筹委会主席各自上台为整个“亚洲学生领袖交流与座谈会”2011做了总结。在他们回顾起前三天的节目的当儿, 随着他们提起不同的学习点,告别的时刻也渐渐地靠近了。

最后,为了总结整个三天的学生领袖培训与品格拓展课程的训练,一个短片开始在屏幕上拨放。前三天所拍的照片一个一个在屏幕上出现,再配上鼓励人、勉励人的字眼以及带有深刻意义的歌曲的播放,都让参与者回味无穷。参与者一起度过的日子虽短, 一起共创的回忆也不多,但这没一个小小的会议对参与者来说是多么的重要,多么的珍贵。相信当参与者看到屏幕的照片,当他们为了这些回忆而落泪,是因为这是他们-无论是个别的小组,或大组,甚至是整个AYLC,所共同创造,属于自己的美好回忆。

甚至到现在,当我在写着这一切的当儿,虽然已经很迟了,但从操场上还是不停地传来欢呼声。这证明了在三天之内,一组陌生人的汇合,能够演变成一组好朋友的相聚。而相信这些回忆、这一切的友谊将会永远留在他们心里。

不要因结束而哭泣,因曾经拥有而微笑。Top of Form 

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