Being a good team player and even a leader means knowing how to listen.
It was part of the stellar advice given to primary school prefects recently during a one-day training
seminar at Mount of Praise Wesleyan Holiness by director of Drug and Education Counselling Services,
Husbands, addressing prefects from Eden Lodge, Lawrence T Gay and Grazettes Primary schools,
told them that they needed to bear in mind that they were all different, in terms of personalities as well
as other aspects.
“In a team not everybody is the same, not everybody does the same thing. Not everybody has the same
gifts. We are all different but we are all members of a team,” he told them, as the students engaged in
educational and uplifting exercises.
“The first real important thing I want you to grasp about being a good team player, is that we must learn
to communicate, and communication involves two things – listening and talking. So we will listen and we
will talk but there are times when you will have to communicate in a special way,” he told them, as they
proceeded to engage in an activity making sounds of animals to find other members of their team.
The exercise allowed the 150 students to find their 10 team mates in each of the 15 groups, before other
exercises could begin. The students, while making the sounds of the animals and listening to their counterpart
make similar sounds, found that they were laughing and enjoying the exercise, ahead of other
assignments that would see them accomplishing tasks in groups.
The one-day seminar is an annual event hosted by the Lawrence T. Gay Primary for children
chosen as prefects after last year’s event, the students had suggested including their counterparts
from other schools in the activities. They thought it would benefit those students as well and
principal Beverley Parris agreed.
Husbands also encouraged the students to find ways to reach out to adults, whether
at church, school or in their families, who could assist them when they are going through
He also taught them little exercises that would relax them if they became angry and were
close to losing their tempers at any point. Exercises included breathing and counting, which
Husbands said could help if they did not have someone to talk to immediately that could help
dispel the tension. (LB)