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The enthusiasm for a wide variety of Round Square-related
activities in the Middle School continued to grow in 2014.
Many initiatives were student led, demonstrating a strong
commitment to the Round Square Leadership IDEALS.
Early in the year 15 Middle School students attended the
World Vision Global Leaders Convention called Road to Change
at the Door of Hope. Students watched a gripping video clip
depicting the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda which was followed by
first-hand accounts of World Vision volunteers working in small
Rwandan communities helping children and elders overcome
poverty and hunger. Real stories helped the Scotch Oakburn
students understand the real issues faced by millions of people.
Our students committed to the 40 hour famine, standing up in
front and making a promise of what they intended to give up.
This experience was a catalyst for a unique 40 hour famine
experience. On the 15 August, twelve students set off for the
Valley Campus. Their goal was to spend 40 hours simulating
living conditions in some of the poorest third world countries.
Cooking with the minimum of ingredients, living off left overs,
trekking and overcoming challenges that they normally do not
have to think about. The students did themselves proud and
reflected on the feelings, emotions and hardships faced by
many millions of people around the world. At last count they
had raised $1720 with more coming in. Thank you to Mr Goosen
and Mr Hassell for organising this weekend activity.
Year 6 student, Caitlyn Cutler, organised a busking session in
the Launceston Mall to raise funds for the Kids Cancer Council.
In collaboration with aspiring musicians she raised in excess
Young Round Square spreads its
wings in 2014 - South Africa and
The first ever International Young Round Square Conference
was held from May 4 to 10 at Camp Discovery in South Africa.
The event was attended by 250 students and 80 teachers
from 55 schools that represented 18 countries from around the
Prior to the main event a pre-conference tour took
place in the Mpumalanga province, which is adjacent to the
famous Kruger National Park. The focus of this week was
on the Adventure and Environment IDEALS with students
experiencing Africa’s magnificent wildlife.
The conference itself included sleeping out under the
stars, game drives, team-building activities, RSlympics,
African drumming workshops, traditional Potjiekos cooking,
constructing e-balls out of waste, making sandwiches for
local schools, raft building, bush first-aid, endangered animals
workshops, scavenger hunts, archery and making educational
toys for disadvantaged schools.
The major highlight for the Scotch Oakburn College
delegation was a visit to the Rethabile Primary School in
SteveBikoville where they presented the soccer team with a
set of kit for them to play in. This kit was sponsored by the
fundraising efforts of the SOC students leading up to the trip.
For twelve days the students involved lived all of the IDEALS
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of $500. The busking endeavour continued, this time Lachie
Warren taking the lead to help raise funds for Rhino poaching
awareness in South Africa. Lachie raised close on $300 for
the foundation that he supports. Busking has proved to be so
successful, not only as a means of raising funds but also to
showcase the musical talents of our students, that it is now
held one Saturday in every term.
Students enjoyed stories and presentations from a wide
variety of guest speakers, exchange students and staff
members. In July, Daniel French-Mullen, Youth Ambassador
for World Vision, addressed all Round Square and Year 8
students about his role and his first-hand accounts of events in
Rwanda. Daniel was an inspirational speaker, showing a deep
passion for the work that he does. Delegates who attended
the International Young Round Square conferences in South
Africa and New Zealand shared their stories and Mrs Nathan
discussed her adventures in Tonga while assisting a vet friend
on a working holiday.
Congratulations to all Middle School students who
participated in any activities this year, whether on a local,
national or international level. Your experiences this year will
lead to even bigger things in the years to come. A very special
thanks to Mr Clyde Goosen for all the effort he has put in to
make week-to-week Round Square activities in the Middle
School a huge success.
Round Square Representative
of Round Square, and the manner in which they represented
their College and their country was exceptional in every way.
While six students travelled to South Africa, another nine
attended the Young Round Square Regional Conference in
Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to the conference they joined
five other Round Square schools on a pre-conference tour in
Rotorua and surrounds. This included a visit to the Geothermal
springs, a Kiwi Conversation Centre and a visit to the movie set
of the Hobbit village in The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit
The conference was hosted by King’s College in Auckland,
with approximately 180 students attending. The theme of the
conference, Our Planet, Our Future, Ours to Change, focused
on leadership, unity and making a change. All Round Square
IDEALS were included in the conference activities; a river
restoration project, an amazing race, learning to knit for a
Peggy Squares project, and a visit to a National Park to learn
about the Kiwi and other New Zealand species, were some of
the activities undertaken.
The main theme of the conference focussed on leadership
and unity, highlighting the concept that leadership is about
service and that with passion and action comes change, while
small actions multiplied by many people brings big change.
The delegates were fantastic representatives for the College
and should be commended for their contributions and their
responsibility shown throughout the trip.
Round Square Representative
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