The aim of the event was to help empower the students to be confident, take initiative and be responsible leaders.
The programme began with a Bible reading by leader Tereapii Matamaki, who told the students that as leaders, their greatest desire should be to pursue God in everything they do.
“Leaving this retreat, we can choose to leave with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude for this opportunity to develop ourselves as leaders,” he said.
The day-long event had four special guests – Assembly of God (AOG) youth leader Tuaine Papatua, Bank of the Cook Islands manager Ronald Patia, school counsellor Nga Teinangaro, and Titikaveka MP Selina Napa.
Papatua said successful leaders put God first.
“God is the most important thing in my life, and since putting Him first, I have seen His blessing and guidance throughout my life,” Papatua said.
He also encouraged the young leaders to uphold Christian values and stand up for what is right.
Patia spoke on the benefits of saving, and Napa also shared how respect starts in the home.
Student leader chairman Mary Ngamata said she was excited at the opportunity to learn from other leaders in the community.
“It is up to us what we take from this event and how we can utilise the advice and wisdom we have learnt,” she said.
Ngamata believes the most important aspect of a leader is leading by example.
“As a chairman, I am responsible for our student leaders to work as a team, and keep the unity.”
She said the retreat was aimed at helping the young school leaders to develop their leadership skills and strengthening them as a team.