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Swinton Division Reach for the Stars

On Saturday 2nd March more than 300 girls and leaders came together from Swinton Division to celebrate World Thinking Day at Harrop Fold School. The WAGGGS 2019 theme of leadership inspired the title ‘Reach for the Stars.’

The division team wanted to encourage leadership in all sections and organised a number of activities that everyone would find enjoyable whilst planting a seed.

Life coaches led the leadership sessions; Rainbows explored the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of themselves and others in a fun way. Brownies and Guides were ‘Shipwrecked’- this was a team building exercise where all girls had a special skill to bring to the team to escape the island. Brownie Evie, aged 9, said ‘it was really fun. We all got given a special talent, like fishing or building, which we shared with the team to help each other. I learnt that everyone can be a leader with their own skills’.

All sections enjoyed a Motivate session led by one of our volunteers in Worsley. Kate Edwards has completed the Motivate course run by Girlguiding North West England and had delivered a number of sessions with the equipment kit given to our county. She said ‘It’s great to teach girls about being active and to introduce them to new sports. I’m really passionate about cricket and have enjoyed introducing more girls to the sport.’ It was fantastic that Hannah, a Guide aged 12, said ‘Motivate was great and seeing Kate run a session made me feel like I could be a leader too’.

180 Dance Club taught all the girls a dance routine to ‘Reach for the Stars’ by S Club 7. Everyone had an opportunity during the day to learn the routine in small groups and they all performed together at the end of the event. It was amazing to see and a moment all will remember.

During the closing ceremony Jackie Price explained what WAGGGS is and that each individual girl is part of a group of more than ten million worldwide. Everyone renewed their promise with three Guides making theirs for the first time. Chris Rimmer, Swinton division commissioner, said ‘It is great to see so many girls coming together to look at leadership and making a difference. How empowering it was to hear everyone saying that they could make a difference. A week after the event in my Brownie unit I was asked why I do Brownies if I don’t get paid and a Brownie interjected and said “she wants to make a difference”’.

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