Thursday 01 May 2014

Young Round Square Conference

A group of eight students and two teachers left for South Africa on Monday 28 April. The group is taking part in a pre-conference tour before attending the 2014 Young Round Square Conference. The official proceedings begin on 4 May and run to 10 May.

The theme for the conference is Endangered…a guide to survival and the conference will focus on the survival of species such as humans, animals and plants and how delegates can assist with this. All the activities planned will be based on survival and enable students to reflect on their learning. The Baraza groups will further enable groups of students to pledge how they will help species to survive.

During their pre-conference tour the group is partaking in many interesting activities around Johannesburg such as visiting a wild animal rehabilitation centre, going on a boat cruise and touring Kruger National Park. They will learn all about endangered animal species and get a first-hand look at some of the successful breeding projects in action.

The conference is being hosted by Dainfern College in Johannesburg and the venue, Camp Discovery is located in a 270 hectare game reserve, 60 km north of Pretoria in the Dinokeng Conservation area.

Camp Discovery sleeps up to 500 students and includes lecture rooms, an auditorium, tuck shop and sporting grounds all in the surrounds of a thriving game reserve. Students will take part in game drives where they will get to see giraffe, antelope, kudu, zebra and warthog to name just a few of the amazing animals that call the reserve their home.

Ivanhoe Grammar School is a proud member of Round Square which is made up of a global association of schools which share a commitment, beyond academic merit, to personal growth, and responsibility through service, challenge, adventure and international understanding which ultimately seeks to empower students to become leaders and guardians of tomorrow’s world.

These values are endorsed by the President of Round Square, His Majesty King Constantine of the Hellenes and the patrons who include Craig Kielberger and HRH Prince Andrew.

The group of delegates will return to Melbourne on Monday 12 May and are sure to be filled with wonderful experiences and stories from this amazing conference and service trip.