ERLC Teacher’s Retreat at Wesley Church, Kuala Lumpur. December 4 to 6, 2015
This year’s ERLC Teacher’s Retreat was a 3 day affair and held on the grounds of Wesley Church, Kuala Lumpur.
Around 35 teachers plus a handful of their young children checked into surprisingly luxurious (aircon, ensuite bathroom) twin-bedded accomodation at Menara Wesley on Friday, December 4.
A solid lunch was soon followed by highly entertaining team building activities, designed to break the ice as well as instil self-confidence .
This included teams of teachers being required to sing Christmas carols in public (!) in the Pasar Seni area in Chinatown.
Despite much initial embarrassment, the teams performed with admirable gusto though The Vienna Boys Choir were in no danger of being usurped….!
The programme for the retreat included sessions of prayer and devotion, and of course useful meetings / seminars to talk about current and anticipated issues at ERLC.
Useful feedback was sought and given by the teachers in this shared, fun and caring environment and a number of lingering issues were addressed eg what to do about students not using very-limited ERLC-provided transport
A big step forward was announced by headmistress Whye Ying who informed teachers that a performance appraisal system would be introduced in 2016. This is a very positive, forward looking measure and will allow ERLC management to identify, reward and motivate high performers, while helping those with areas for improvement.
An interesting suggestion was raised by a volunteer, Daniel, which proposed a new, more inclusive sport called Nusantara Bersatu, which was a mixture of football and baseball.
The proposal certainly raised much interest and will be seriously discussed by ERLC to determine how it might be practicably introduced in 2016.
The retreat closed out on Saturday after lunch, with staff returning to Klang and home with improved morale, motivation and knowledge of and interest in each other; as well as heads brimming with new ideas to try out in the coming exciting year.