RSC, SARLA BIRLA ACADEMY, BANGALORE
Being an important component of the Round Square Conference network of international schools, Welham Boys' School sent a group of five students to Bengaluru to take part in the Conference this year. A group of five students- Khatwang Gupta, Vansh Dugar, Shlok Garg, Vedant Singh and Devansh Saini escorted by Mr. Samir Dhingra, participated in the Round Square Conference hosted by Sarla Birla Academy, Bengaluru from October 12th -14th 2018.
Thirteen schools from all over the country took part in the conference. Of the six pillars which form the foundation of the conference, it was 'ENVIRONMENT' that was the theme of the conference this time round and the motto LET'S CHANGE OURSELVES, NOT NATURE, was the underlying motif that left an imprint on all the activities.
The key-note speaker for the morning was Mr Suresh Heblikar, a Kannada filmmaker, director and actor, whose contributions in the field of environment have been extraordinarily praiseworthy. Emphazing on the three R's –REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE, he advised students to be the pioneers in saving our precious environment in ways more than one.
All the students participated enthusiastically in a plethora of well planned activities like campus tour, trek to an ancient temple, cleanliness drive, art workshop, yoga and zumba sessions, workshop on waste management, feeding and nourishing the soil, National Park Safari and an exciting treasure hunt which were spread over the three days. Needless to say, the conference proved to be a wholesome experience for students not only in terms of forging new friendships but also inculcating in them important life lessons of team building, knowledge of biodiversity, imminent need for sustainable development and love for Mother Nature.
The three activity filled days were great a learning experience for everyone and one can easily sum up the overall message of the conference in Ernest Hemingway's words- 'THE EARTH IS A FINE PLACE AND WORTH FIGHTING FOR'.
Round Square Trek and Adventure Camp "Novaturient"-Daly College, Indore
Daly College, Indore organized a Round Square Trek and Adventure Camp "Novaturient" on 17th to 21st, October 2018. The theme of the event was ”Novaturient" which means 'A Desire to Alter Your Life'. Seventeen schools participated in this Round Square conference.
Nine students from Welham Boys' School, namely, Aryaman Yadav 7C, Anjishnu Avi 7C, Arjun Prasad, 7ASuryansh Didwana 7B, Vatsal Goel 7B, Kartik Goyal 7A, Kabir Shobhit 6C, Shashwat Ranjan 6A, Tanay Pratap 6A went to participate in this event with a teacher escort Mr. Brajendra Srivastava.In this events students participated in Baraza Session and many adventures games like wall climbing, Repelling, Flying Fox, Land Zorb, Water Roller and Water Zorb. Students Joined Yoga sessions and they learned the 'rope knot'. The students enjoyed and participated in the cultural programme. They also met two young renowned Mount Everest winner Mr. Ratnesh Pandey and Ms. Deeya Bajaj, who shared their experiences with the boys.
Our students visited Mandu. Mandu is a fort city which is known for its Indian and Afgan architectural heritage. There we visited Jahaj Mahal, Hindola Mahal, Jami Masjid, Darya Khan's Tomb, Baz Bahadur's Palace, Roopmati's Pavilion, Hoshang Shah's Tomb and Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. In Mandu we all stayed in tents. We went to Malipura Dam for trekking. There we enjoyed the adventurous life.This event helped students to learn about the adventurous life, how to handle critical situation, how to stay with unknown people and make friendship. This was a good exposure and knowledgeable experience for our students. Senior authorities of Daly College and others praised our students for their good performance.
Genesis Global School - Round Square
Round Square Conferences being very close to the heart of Welhamites always inspires them to participate whenever an opportunity arises. It provides students enriching experiences to discuss practice and live the ideals of the Round square.
One such Conference was held at Genesis Global School, Noida from 27th May to 30th May, 2018. The theme of the Conference was “People, Purpose, and Passion: A Spectrum of Opportunities”. Three students of class XII along with a staff member attended the same. The focus was “Reducing Inequalities”. The topics of discussions at the Barazza sessions revolved and evolved around the major inequalities – Social and Economic. The Social Inequalities stressed on empathizing and not sympathizing with the people with special needs. The guest speakers especially, the keynote speaker, Mr. Shreyansh Bhandari shared his personal experiences. He talked about his pet project which was making slippers out of worn out sports shoes.
The service projects to various institutions reinforced and sensitized the delegates to be compassionate. The adventure activities and cultural evening were welcomed by all.
Overall the Conference was a good learning experience for the students.
ROUND SQUARE GLOBAL CONFERENCE, BANGKOK APRIL, 2018
The Globally Accessible Round Square conference for younger students took place at Regent’s International School, Bangkok from the 6th to the 10th of April 2018. The theme of the conference was "Discover More", and all the activities as well as sessions were centered on the discovery framework of the Round Square.
A group of 5 boys from Grade 7 & 8 were escorted to this conference by Ms. Anita Joshi. It was an enriching experience, and one that we will remember fondly for a long time to come. The students were housed in the school itself, while the staff was staying in a nearby hotel. As the dining hall in the school could not accommodate all the students at one time, boys and girls ate breakfast separately, because of which we woke up early every morning.
On the 7th of April, the opening ceremony took place in the evening. It was a solemn affair, and we got to hear from distinguished speakers, including Mr. Rod Fraser, Chairman of Round Square. This was followed by the "Discovery Dash", which was an attempt to introduce staff to the twelve attributes of Round Square. There were 12 activities, one representing each attribute. The twelve attributes are Self Awareness, Commitment to Sustainability, Ability to Solve Problems, Inquisitiveness, Appreciation for Diversity, Teamwork Skills, Compassion, Courage, Sense of Responsibility, Tenacity, Communication Skills, and Inventiveness. After lunch there was a Barraza session and the conference picture was taken with all the participating delegates. In the evening a battle of bands took place and there was an open mic night, where several aspiring singers entertained us with their talent.
The second day was billed as the "Culture Day at Sampran." Everyone boarded buses and made the 40 minute journey to Sampran Riverside, a lovely resort on the outskirts of Bangkok. For the morning session we were divided into twelve groups and assigned to one workshop each. Here we got to try our hand at different arts and crafts. It was great fun, particularly working in a group of students from across the world. For lunch we were treated to a scrumptious international buffet. Holding true to the Welham tradition, we tasted as many different cuisines as possible. It was a real treat. After lunch we were given some free time at the resort to explore and do some souvenir shopping. In the evening we had the cultural evening. Each school presented a brief item, and it was appreciated and applauded by one and all.
The next day was an extremely satisfying one. It was the service day. Groups were sent to various destinations such as Good Shepherd Sisters, Central Thailand Mission, Mercy Centre, Amnesty International, Paper Rangers and several others. It was a lovely opportunity of us to look beyond ourselves and be of use to someone else. It left us with a deep sense of gratitude for the privileged lives we lead, and inspired us to continue with more efforts on our return. It was interesting to note how many of the initiatives are similar to those in our school such as paper recycling, teaching underprivileged children, and cleaning our immediate environment. It was another example of the saying, "the more different we are; the more similar we are." We will be grateful for this chance to serve in a different part of the world. In the evening we had the late night social from 8 to 11. It was a lavishly organized event. There was all kinds of fast food, a dance floor and live music. We had a lovely time with our newly made friends and it was the highlight of the conference for us.
The next day we had the closing ceremony in the morning. We said our good byes and exchanged contact details with friends from several different countries. It was an amazing exposure to a multicultural environment, and helped broaden our horizons. It is interesting to note how we have preconceived notions of others, and they of us. But just a couple of days together, and we realize that it is important to not form any judgment and stereotypes about cultures, nations and people. That is one important take away we got from this conference.
After the closing ceremony, we left for a day and a half tour of Pattaya. After the hectic schedule of the conference, it was a treat to roam around like tourists and see the sights at leisure. On the whole, it was a great trip, both the conference, and the tourism. We returned back with lots of memories and new friends, just in time for the Spring Festival at school.
Round Square Conferene 18'
Founded in 1966, Round Square is a global network of forward looking schools in 50 countries, spread across six continents,that share a passion for experiential learning and character education.
The Round Square approach is built around six IDEALS of learning: Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service. These ideals are integral to an individual’s growth and important to create empathetic and globally aware citizens. Round Square focuses on these ideals because it believes that education shouldn’t be limited to academic excellence and students must be encouraged to understand and embrace the similarities and differences between different races and cultures. A sense of communal harmony and tolerance is thus be inculcated in the young minds. Round Square believes that learning is most effective when it is practical, cross-cultural and collaborative, and when it is infused through a broad spectrum of inter, extra and co-curricular activities. Being a chain of collaborative schools, it aims at the same goals for all its students; each school shares and benefits from other’s ideas, methods and experiences. With such a large network, Round Square reaches out to hundreds and thousands of students and helps them develop as intelligent citizens.
Welham Boys’ School is an active member of the Round Square community. The school hosted a young Global Round Square Conference in January 2018,which was attended by highly reputed personalities such as Mrs. Papri Ghosh, Mrs. Bubbles Sandhu and Miss Katie. The theme of the conference was ‘Escape the Ordinary’ and had keynote speakers like Mrs. Dia Mirza and Dr. Anand Gokani. Both the speakers shared interesting perspectives with the delegates and taught them the importance of values such as hard work, initiating tasks etc. Participants had some fruitful barazza sessions throughout the conference in which they shed some light on how to ‘Escape the Ordinary’.The students also had a chance to learn about different cultures as the conference experienced participation from various parts of the globe.
Welham Boys’ engages in all the IDEALS of Round Square. It hasa democratic voting procedure for electing the student prefects, every academic term the students experience the thrill of adventure by visiting picturesque valleys of the state and they trekfor a few days; to promote environmentalism we have hobbies like the Nature Club, Campus Cleaning and Paper Recycling. Lastly, the School aims at being an active contributor the society by organizing service programs such as Each One Teach One, in which the students get the opportunity to teach the ones deprived of basic amenities and it contributes to the NDTV Behtar India initiative.