Redhill School hosts Grade 7 Leadership Summit
On 11 May 2018, Redhill School hosted the Grade 7 Leadership Summit – an annual event on the school’s academic calendar.
The Summit was established by the Redhill Grade 7s in 2014, with a dual objective: to collaborate with other schools in empowering the youth with the skills and inspiration to develop their leadership capabilities and to initiate fundraising projects that will support disadvantaged communities.
“Redhill’s focus on community engagement develops social responsibility and broadens the mind of its students and this ethos has been adopted by all those participating in the leadership programme,”— Dhevan Marimindi, Redhill’s Head of Natural Science (and the Summit convenor)
Redhill proudly welcomed Grayston Preparatory, Dainfern College and Kyalami Preparatory schools, as well as three outreach partner schools: Lulama Primary School, Reshomile Primary School and Riversands Primary School.
"The Summit participants from neighbouring schools benefit from the way in which this programme broadens their minds, instils empathy and creates a sensitivity about diversity. The Grade 7s leave this Summit with a new understanding of the duty they have – to contribute meaningfully to our society."— Dhevan Marimindi, Redhill’s Head of Natural Science (and the Summit convenor)
This year, Redhill School partnered with LeadSA and with Community Hours (a programme that matches youth to volunteering opportunities) to produce a Summit that is engaging and effective. For the duration of the school morning, the Grade 7s enjoyed group discussions and presentations from a number of inspiring South Africans.
Among them was Oscar von Memerty (son of famed performer and SA’s Got Talent judge, Ian von Memerty), who motivated the Grade 7s to think about their disadvantages differently, and to transcend their own circumstances. Irini Moutzouris, Miss Earth SA 2017, spoke about the responsibility we have as environmental activists. She challenged the Grade 7s to find ways to reduce, re-use and recycle, for our planet’s sake.
Lyndsay van der Byl, founder of #Cycle4Change, related the importance of resilience and prompted some thought about the social issues that affect our youth. Then there are the Youth Change Makers – each of whom has founded or co-founded an initiative that contributes to society. These Youth Change Makers are all proof that one is never too young to make the world a better place!
Entrepreneurs, too, were on the speaker lineup, including Thokoza Mjo, an Investment Analyst and founder of Beyond the Lemonade Stand which facilitates access to the market for teen-led businesses.
Social worker Talia-Jade Magnes and psychologist Sherri Errington were joined by their colleague, Lucky Mlaklaa Nhassambo; all of them work at Fight With Insight – a Johannesburg inner city boxing gym, where kids learn important life skills while learning to box, and where they are mentored by professionals. Lucky, in fact, is a product of the programme – a young Fight With Insight mentor-in -training with a bright future ahead of him!
The Grade 7s also heard from brothers James and John Mangunza, heads of the Activation Team at Community Hours; they spoke about leadership through active citizenship.
This rich and stimulating Summit was the tip of the iceberg for the Grade 7s who will go on to engage in community service or outreach projects as well as their own school leadership portfolios.
"Redhill School’s educational philosophy is innovative and exciting, and has been expressed through this incredible Summit. The school’s tagline is, after all, “Innovate. Educate. Contribute” – and our Summit did all this and more! We watched our Grade 7s approach leadership collaboratively, and with the understanding that they are the pioneers of change. They brought such energy, creativity and insight to the Summit – and this, too, speaks to the “Redhill magic”. We are proud of the Grade 7s; we cannot wait to see how they evolve further into young leaders,"— Dimitra Adramitoglou, Head of the High School