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On 27 September a group of six Year 9 students
accompanied by Mr Hassell travelled to Istanbul in Turkey to
begin a 10 day pre-conference tour, before heading to Jordan
and meeting up with Mr Müller for a seven day Round Square
conference hosted by the King’s Academy and attended by 51
schools from around the globe.
On the pre-conference trip to Turkey we had a home stay
in Istanbul. Here we got the opportunity to stay with students
of the Enka School and learn about traditional Turkish culture
from a firsthand experience. This experience for me was all
about breaking stereotypes and coming to the realisation
that we are all connected in one way or another no matter
where we come from, what our beliefs are or how we live our
lives. This was the highlight of the trip for me because it was
a great opportunity to meet new people, see Turkey from the
perspective of a local and think of the people in the Middle
East in a different way. This experience has changed my point
of view of stereotypes so much and I am so grateful for the
opportunity to have this experience.
On 28 September we arrived in Turkey to be welcomed by
some of the families from the Enka School. We spent three
nights with our very hospitable family and during the day we
went out sightseeing. We visited many amazing places such as
the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar, Gallipoli (which was
an incredible experience walking in the footsteps of soldiers
in the Gallipoli Campaign), the ancient city of Troy and hot air
ballooning in Cappadocia. It was an unbelievable trip which
broadened my mind and expanded my knowledge of the
Turkish culture and improved my confidence in meeting new
people and stepping out of my comfort zone.
There were many exciting, challenging and rewarding
experiences at the Round Square Conference held at Kings
Academy in Jordan. One that had the most profound impact
on me was the outstanding range of guest speakers relating
to the topic of the conference which was ‘Al Salamu Alaikum’
(Peace Be With You). The guest speakers started with King
Abdullah II of Jordan giving a video address about how he
and his country are truly grateful for the attendance of 51
schools from across the globe at the conference. We also had
a speaker who discussed the struggles of Afghani girls to get
an education and how she managed to attend a secret school,
even though the Taliban had made it illegal and the punishment
for being caught was death. Another talk was by a Palestinian
man who discussed his perspectives of the struggles of his
people to share territory with Israel. These were just on the first
ROUND SQUARE TURKEY & JORDAN
During our Round Square Conference located in Madaba,
Jordan, I was fortunate enough to visit a primary school in
the town. My ‘Barraza’ (Round Square discussion group) and I
played games and ran activities with the Year 1 kids, as well as
decorated pots and planted seeds with the Year 4 kids. Talking
with the Year 1s was difficult as they only spoke Arabic. Sam,
a girl from California, and I both attempted to communicate
with the kids but found it harder than we were expecting! We
managed to learn each other’s names, but that’s all we could
exchange. The Year 4s were a lot easier to talk to as they all
knew basic English. After a morning of playing and attempting
to communicate with the kids, we headed back to King’s
Academy. I really enjoyed this activity with the Round Square
Conference as I managed to overcome the language barrier
with kids and, even though we didn’t verbally understand each
other, we still managed to play some games and have a good
time. This was a highlight of the trip for me.
The learning I gained from attending the Round Square
Conference in Jordan you can’t experience in a classroom.
Through speakers, Barazzas and exploring places such as the
Dead Sea and the ancient city of Petra, I was able to experience
and learn that no matter what your cultural background is,
we all have the same hopes and dreams for the future: world
peace. I met and got to know many people from all over the
globe, and was eager to learn more about their culture,s as
many were from places I would never have thought to visit.
Hearing the ideas and stories from the other delegates really
helped me gain a better understanding of these cultures as well
as the conference topic, ‘Al Salamu Alaikum’ - Peace Be With
YEAR 9-10 CREATIONS
Creative Writing competition winners
Winner: George Coe – A Story Told Without a Word
Runner-up: Eloise Bennett – The Big Beach
Winner: Rhianna Lovegrove - Curiosity Killed the Kitten
Runner-up: Lexi Van Winden - Agony
The Big Beach
From lighthouse to lighthouse the big beach sits
Featuring seaweed, driftwood and lost washed up bits
On their little oasis of lonely sands
A fisherman and his daughter stand
The powerful waves break onto the sand
Rolling ferociously with demand
They cast their rods into the waiting water
As the man smiles down at his daughter
From their perch they sit and they wait
For a silvery bream to take their bait
A brief tug and a pull, a bend of the rod
She looks for guidance, he gives her a nod
She pulls the rod close and begins to wind
Anxious to see what she will find
As the fish dips and dives the line tightens
With determination and suspense her excitement heightens
With one last turn of her reel
A fish lands nicely to seal the deal
She grasps the fish, a grin on her face
And tosses it back barely leaving a trace
On their beach a father and daughter
Remain until dusk, watching the water
Curiosity Killed the Kitten
I suppose you could say she is somewhat cliché,
Just another stereotypical teenager demanding everything
The makeup she wears, each day it gets thicker.
Why does she do this, to grow up quicker?
She protests about being stuck in a classroom,
And whines that her teachers will not be quiet.
She claims that she needs to lose weight to be pretty,
So tomorrow she’ll start a crash diet.
Lying to her parents becomes a drug, she abuses it day in,
Her hobbies include copious drinking,
And then letting loose to scream and shout.
Smart remarks from inconsiderate boys become acceptable,
Her self-respect diminishes, she looks like a fool.
She just doesn’t realise that word spreads so fast,
This once, innocent girl, is now an outcast.
Her peers label her, using cruel, derogatory names,
But this young, naïve girl mistakes it for fame.
She’s lost the grip on all her dreams,
Like a child with sweaty palms on monkey bars.
But in this very moment as she hits rock bottom,
She realises that when it’s dark enough,
If you look,
You can see the stars.
Year 9 poetry runner-up: Eloise Bennett
Year 10 poetry winner: Rhianna Lovegrove
Zoe von Stieglitz
A Story Told Without a Word
As I sit in the crowd the noise swirls all around,
Resulting in such an unmusical sound,
It pulses and surges in a torrent of confusion,
But the sound soon stops with a welcome intrusion.
He taps once, twice in quick succession,
We all sit up to create an impression,
Of readiness and attention,
As we await humanity’s greatest invention.
Down comes that baton, signifying beat one,
Then sideways; left, right, till the bar has been done.
The sound of the crowd begins small then grows expo-
Like a plane taking off, adventure: its destiny.
Music too, is the same as it leaps over pitches,
Like a man climbing mountains and traversing ditches,
It speeds up and slows down; the pace of the travels,
It twists and curves as the adventure unravels.
Each instrument can be another feature,
A mountain, a river, any variety of creature.
And when a danger approaches – the baritone roars,
When the danger, defeated – the alto soars.
The key may change for mystery,
And minor for sorrow, major for majesty,
And when, like many a story
The desired item is in one’s inventory,
The sound produced is most glorious,
Celebrating those who are adventurous.
A climactic end comes to this tale unheard,
This is a story told without a word.
Day and night I have spent trying to rhyme
My dreams full of Shakespeare, Austen and Poe
My brain subjected to the roughest time
My page is still blank, there’s nothing to show.
Did young Shakespeare endure the same struggle?
Relentlessly writing, no end in sight?
Or did words come easy, without trouble?
I fear that I will be up the whole night!
It seems I have covered every topic
Ten syllables must fill each painful line
I’d much rather be someplace that’s tropic
But I must continue with this forced rhyme.
Never again will I say poems are dumb
At least now I can rest, since I am done.
Year 9 poetry winner: George Coe
Year 10 poetry runner-up: Lexi Van Winden
Winner: Ya Ya MacKeddie – In the End We Go to a Circus
Runner-up: Eloise Bennet - Home
Winner: Molly King - Ruby and Lance
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