Leadership at Odyssey Academy almost takes as many forms as there are students. Earlier this month, we invited parents to attend student-led conferences where our students discussed their academic goals, their progress and achievements, and even areas in which more progress might be desired. The twist on the standard parent-teacher conference is the natural result of our Leader in Me program throughout our schools, at all grade levels.

Leadership is also developed through clubs and sports. If you have passed by the Odyssey Academy Galveston campus on Thursdays after school, you probably saw a group of high school students running around on broomsticks, throwing dodge balls at each other, and tossing volleyballs through hoops. That group is the Quidditch Club and they have been playing Quidditch every Thursday since September. The dodgeballs and volleyballs simulate the bludgers and quaffles used to play Quidditch in the Harry Potter series.

The students run with broomsticks between their legs because, as amazing as they are, they cannot fly on them. Just like in the Harry Potter version of the game, each player must be astride a “broomstick” while running up and down the field. For most teams, a length of PVC pipe is more commonly used in the adapted game. The coach of the League City Legends, a Major League Quidditch team (yes there is a Major League!), equates this to dribbling in basketball.

The team is coached by Odyssey Academy Galveston club sponsor Robert Glover. Recently, a club formed at Ball High School and they occasionally join the Odyssey team to play friendly matches. It is a fun, fast moving game with lots of action. The Odyssey Academy Quidditch club finishes their season later this month.

Currently the Quidditch players share the field with the Odyssey Academy girls soccer team. In addition to soccer and Quidditch, Odyssey Academy schools offer a number of clubs, cheerleading and competitive sports teams for students including basketball and volleyball. Teamwork is also compatible with Leader in Me concepts such as synergy, where you combine the strengths of your team.

Leadership and student talents will also be on display this Thursday as Odyssey Academy Bay Area elementary and secondary students perform at Baybrook Barnes & Noble Booksellers from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Student artwork will also be on display. The public is invited to attend and support Odyssey Academy Bay Area’s book fair.

Leslie Kriewaldt is the Communications Specialist for Odyssey Academy.

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