Reflections

30

August

2018

30th August 2018

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The Senior Sneak is not simply a class trip. It serves many important purposes. One of them is to help the class bond and develop unity as they take on the mantle of leadership for the students at Dalat.

Good morning. As I type these words I am currently sitting at the Johor Bahru ferry terminal waiting to board a boat that will take the senior class and its sponsors to a remote location in Indonesia for their Senior Sneak. Our trip started last night as we boarded our buses at 8 p.m. in Tanjung Bungah and traveled down the Malaysian peninsula through the night, arriving here at 5:45 a.m. The seniors are full of excitement and energy. The sponsors, however, are a little tired, but we do have smiles on our faces.

The Senior Sneak is a long-standing Dalat tradition of over 50 years. It got its name decades ago because the senior class would actually “sneak” away. The students and staff at Dalat would wake up one morning and the seniors would be gone. Other high school students would try to catch them by setting up elaborate homemade alarm systems. Today, the seniors no longer sneak away, but the location is still kept a secret. At least it’s supposed to be, but as we know, loose lips sink ships, or in this case a ferry, as seniors in recent history have struggled with keeping it secret.

The Senior Sneak is not simply a class trip. It serves many important purposes. One of them is to help the class bond and develop unity as they take on the mantle of leadership for the students at Dalat. The time away makes it possible for relationships to develop and strengthen. This happens through the shared experiences of the trip itself and also by planning and being involved in community service as well as other team-building elements. A unique aspect of the Senior Sneak at Dalat is that the trip itself is paid for by work and fundraising done during their junior year. IF they do well and work hard, their options for Sneak locations can expand to exotic places in other countries. If they don’t, then it might be a trip to Ipoh or the Cameron Highlands. This important aspect of the Sneak teaches the class various life lessons — hard work pays off, live within your means, not everything in life is just given to you, goal-setting, financial planning, etc.

The ferry is about to leave and it is time for us to board. I need to close out the article and get it sent off before we head out for four days on a remote island with no internet or wifi access. As we head back to Penang and arrive late on Saturday night, the seniors will come back with many stories and life-long memories. At that point they might actually be a little tired but with smiles on their faces.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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Recent Reflection Articles

A Glass Half-Full

When we see the proverbial “glass” this weekend, let’s do our best to see it half full–not half empty.

May Be

During this quarter we will spend some time learning about optimism, what it is, what it means, and how to help our students have it.

Welcome Back to Dalat

Dalat wishes all our community a safe and prosperous 2022. Next week our regular Dalat Reflection articles will appear. Classes begin for all students on Wednesday, January 12.