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service at Armidale brought to life
one of the key messages of this
regional conference for Scotch
The conference theme was
‘Humanity in Action: remembering
our past, appreciating our present,
building our future’.
Students also learned about the
exploits of notorious bushranger
Captain Thunderbolt when they
joined 115 delegates at Armidale, in
the New England high country of
Lucy Wilson, 12, explained that
the present-day focus took in a fun
pool, while the
‘ future’ included
“I enjoyed meeting people, making
new friends and the experience of
going somewhere outside Tasmania,”
A highlight for Oliver Knowles,
12, was learning more about
Sydney, where the group went on a
Teacher Andrew Robinson said the
group attended the
Anzac Day service, which underlined
the importance of remembering
past sacrifices, while appreciating
the present and working to build a
“ This trip was an exciting and
rewarding experience for all of our
students,” Mr Robinson said.
BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE.
This was the message from Chief
Government Whip Nola Marino, who
spoke to delegates at the closing
The conference, entitled ‘Footprints
We Leave’, focused on sustainability
and the environment, and linked
to the Round Square ideals of
Environmentalism and Adventure,
according to Teacher Simon Dray.
Mr Dray said keynote speakers
showed students the power of
leaving a positive legacy to make the
world a fairer place.
“A 12 year old girl spoke about the
importance of the United Nations’
commitment to universal human
rights and another spoke about
setting up a foundation to improve
education in Kenya,” Mr Dray said.
“Students learned that there are
many ways to leave a footprint.”
The preconference adventure
included trips to Rottnest Island and
the Pinnacles Desert, a Segway tour,
sand boarding, and learning about
the history and culture of the area
from an indigenous perspective.
There was also an Adventure Day
during the conference where
students went snorkelling, kayaking,
paddle boarding and cycling.
“The conference was very
worthwhile,” Mr Dray added.
“Students will not forget this
experience and they are already
talking about going back.”
LEARNING ABOUT THE
history and culture of China
while forming firm friendships
with students from other
countries were among the
highlights of the Beijing trip.
A key theme of the
conference, entitled ‘Dare
to be a force of nature’,
was taking care of the
Teacher Clyde Goosen
said the camaraderie was
a hallmark of the eight-day
“It was a great way to learn
about different cultures through
friendships, while also discovering
the impacts on the environment of
things like plastics, animal poaching
and the use of palm oils,” Mr Goosen
“The side trips to important
historical and cultural sites in and
around Beijing gave students an
appreciation for the country’s rich
cultural heritage, its emperors and
rulers, and how it has developed into
Students Tom Keach, 13, and Kate
Atherton, 12, said the trip exceeded
“I learned more about Round
Square and about elephants,” Tom
“But the best part was visiting the
Great Wall. It was fun.”
Kate enjoyed meeting students
from elsewhere in Australia and East
LIFE LONG MEMORIES WERE
made and new friendships
formed when Scotch Oakburn
students attended a rewarding
Round Square conference at The
Regents School in Thailand.
A week at an international
conference with 200 delegates
from 30 schools in 15 countries,
representing five continents on the
theme of ‘Discover More’ in Bangkok
was followed by a post-conference
service project in the hills near
Round Square Representative
and the Deputy Head of Middle
School, Stuart Walls, said that the
whole experience was ‘incredibly
“The first pillar of Round Square is
Internationalism,” Mr Walls said.
“Watching young explorers from a
small regional centre like Launceston
open their eyes to the amazing
array of cultures present at this truly
international event was inspiring.
They started to discover the real
nature of their diverse world.”
Student Kate McShane, 13, said
that attending the conference was
a highlight of her school years so
far, and both the conference and
the service project were ‘beneficial
“It exceeded my expectations in so
many ways,” she said.
“The cultural diversity made my
mind whirl. I learned a lot about
myself and it opened my eyes to the
world around me.
“The guest speakers, including
elephant activist Khun Lek, were
Highlights of the trip for Ben
Findlay, 13, were working with
elephants in a sanctuary, making
new friends and helping villagers at
Chiang Mai by building a wall around
a kindergarten. Students raised
money for the materials for the
project before they left Tasmania.
WHO: Six students from Year 9.
WHAT: Australasia and East Asia Regional
Round Square Conference.
WHERE: Bunbury Cathedral Grammar
School, Bunbury, Western Australia.
WHO: 18 students from Year 7.
WH AT: Round Square Regional
Junior Conference for
Australasia and East Asia.
WHERE: Keystone Academy
From Beijing to Armidale and Bangkok to Bunbury, Scotch Oakburn students
are part of the groundswell of excitement about the global opportunities offered
through Round Square
WHO: 12 students from Years 5 and 6.
WH AT: Australasia and East Asia Regional Round
Square Conference for 10-12 year olds.
WHERE: The Armidale School, NSW.
WHO: Ten students from Year 8.
WHAT: Round Square Globally
Accessible Conference for 13 to 14
WHERE: The Regents School,
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