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ROUND SQUARE - IDEALS
ROUND SQUARE - CONFERENCE
It Starts With Us!
The Round Square IDEALS in action!
Throughout the Junior School the celebration of learning
with the IDEALS can be highlighted by student led ideas,
initiatives and actions. The focus has been all about ‘taking
action’ and applying the ripple effect that for every positive
action another positive action occurs.
All Year 5 students have the opportunity to select an ‘IDEAL’
of preference, with the aim of making a positive difference to
our learning community and our local community. This year
the Round Square IDEALS representatives have met weekly to
share and plan their ideas and then put them into action. The
following highlights are a snapshot of each IDEAL in action,
with the student led groups focused upon action that they can
implement to make our local and global footprint a positive
I – Internationalism
The International Round Square group have worked hard
this year on promoting links between China and our school.
The highlight of the year was four members of our group
greeting the Chinese Ambassador to Australia using Mandarin.
Ambassador Ma was very impressed with the pronunciation
and warm welcome from our students. We have been making a
bilingual video to give a tour of the Junior School. Please look
for it on the Chinese section of the College website.
D – Democracy
The group focussing on the Round Square IDEAL of
Democracy were a little daunted at first as to what this actually
meant for them in their lives. They then began to find it
interesting to find out more. Did you realise you use democracy
in your everyday life and in your classroom at school? When
you have class meetings to discuss ideas and problems, when
you listen to other people’s points of view, you are involved
in a democratic process. A suggestion brought to the group
by two Year 3 students was the reason for running a formal
voting process at a LIVE@Elphin during the year. After much
planning and preparation by our group, students from Years 2
to 5, with assistance from a representative from the Tasmanian
Electoral Commission, learnt about electoral roles, voting slips
and ballot boxes when they participated in voting for or against
the suggestion of adding sunglasses to the school uniform. This
was true democracy in action.
E – Environmental Awareness
The Year 5 Round Square IDEALS Environment Awareness
group were leaders in creating change in our Junior School
waste management practices and its environmental impact, by
initiating ‘Nude Food Friday’. The Year 5 students researched
the amount of waste produced by schools across Australia
each year and as a result wanted to be proactive in reducing
the waste that was produced by members of the Junior School
Students and staff were encouraged to bring only one piece
of ‘plastic wrapped food’ in their lunch box every Friday, or
where possible, no plastic wrapped food. In Term 4 the group
encouraged this to become an everyday challenge. They hope
to spread this initiative across all three Scotch Oakburn College
Campuses during 2015.
A – Adventure
The Adventure group’s goal this year was to encourage our
students to step out of their comfort zone and participate in
activities whilst having fun and developing confidence. As it is
always hard to be the first to break the ice, the group were able
to lead students in events such as an Easter Scavenger Hunt,
The Voice SOC, Jump Rope for Heart and Music Count Us In.
L – Leadership
The Leadership focus group developed their leadership skills
through some activities and games with Mrs Bye before trying
their hand out at leading morning sessions of physical games
and activities with the Year 1 students in the HPEC. At the end
of the year, the Leadership focus group extended their skills by
taking on the challenge of organising and coordinating the Year
5 Music Busking at the Grandparents and Friends Day.
S – Service
The focus for our Service team was to remind everyone that
service can happen anywhere at anytime. It is about giving
back to the community. Throughout the year the committee
have spent time with our younger students engaging
them in play during recess and lunch times as well visiting
learning spaces to assist classroom teachers. Participating
and supporting both local and global links was an important
component for the team. They admirably led the College in
organising our participation in World Vision’s 40 Hour famine,
supporting local groups like City Mission, Winter Relief Appeal
and Can Drive, and assisting our Penquite Campus with our
partnership with Timor Leste.
Australasian Young Round Square
Early in Term 4, eight Year 5 students represented Scotch
Oakburn College at the Australasian Young Round Square
Conference hosted by Radford College in Canberra. The
theme of the conference was ‘It Starts With Us!’, with the aim
of allowing students to become more aware of their positive
leadership potential through service to others.
Camp Birrigai was the bush setting in which students were
given opportunities to engage in teambuilding and leadership
initiatives amongst the local kangaroos and emus. Within
their ‘Baraza’ groups, students were given practical leadership
skills on decision making, problem solving, communication
techniques and uniting a group of people. They were also given
opportunities to explore the different roles played by people
within a team. Highlights of the camp were the ropes courses
where students were able to challenge themselves on obstacles
such as the ‘Giant Swing’ or the ‘Leap of Faith’.
By forming strong friendships with children from all around
Australia, our students were amazed with the diversity
our country has to offer and the ways in which people live
according to their habitat. The conference culminated in having
lunch in Old Parliament House while being addressed by a
local Member for Parliament whose message was that in order
to succeed in life we must take risks and that our failures are
the building blocks to our success. Altogether our students
emerged from the conference equipped with the confidence
and skills to be able to lead in their own direct communities.
As a school we are excited to inspire and equip many more
students by hosting the 2015 Australasian Young Round Square
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