‘We do a lot at Westminster, don’t we?!’

Yes we certainly do! I am sure it is no secret that Westminster is a busy place. We all know how many events and activities are on offer in our school community on a daily basis. The above quote though is not referring to our full school calendar, rather our level of social conscience and commitment to our global community. It is a quote from one of our students, made recently when discussing different Service programs and activities available.

As we chatted further, it quickly became very clear to us, not only are we as Westminster staff and students able to participate confidently in many different projects, but that these projects and events work hand in hand with our Round Square IDEALS and in turn underpin our school ethos. It is wonderful too to see our staff role-modelling Service learning by helping out in a variety of areas such as Uniting Church Packing Days, Resthaven visits and the Ronald McDonald House Dinner Program to name just a few.

Yes, we ‘do a lot at Westminster’ and from what I have seen so far we ‘do’ a lot of great things that help others both locally and internationally.  This is definitely something of which we should all be very proud.

I see this as another gentle reminder of the pivotal role Round Square plays at Westminster and how important it is that we continue to expose our students to all of these opportunities in order for them to develop into true global citizens.

Amnesty International Visit

On Friday 1 June, we were fortunate to have a group from Amnesty International join us to present on a number of pressing global issues. Students were able to participate in a variety of activities to broaden their awareness of issues such as Poverty and Refugees. Although these issues are not easily solved, as we often say at Westminster ‘Kindness begins with One’. Offering some kindness and understanding to many of these people suffering throughout the world is a definite step in the right direction, and the more people who understand the adversity that these people face, the more able we are as a world to help others. Thanks to those students who participated during their lunch time in additional activities. It is yet again a wonderful reflection of the type of students we have here at Westminster, that they are willing to give up their own time to find out more about how best to help others.

It was most definitely a worthwhile and interesting visit and certainly gave us food for thought about how we can contribute to the world around us. A special thanks must go to Mr Terry McDevitt for organising this opportunity for our students.

If you would like to find out more information about Amnesty International please visit their website:

https://www.amnesty.org.au/

Round Square Conferences and Events

For students that participate in a Round Square conference, it can be a life-changing experience.

Students in all Round Square schools have the chance at various ages to attend conferences and events at national, regional and global levels. These provide outstanding personal development opportunities, enhancing social and leadership skills, broadening intercultural understanding and forging lifelong friendships.

Each conference has a theme based on the IDEALS of Round Square, and offers a combination of guest speakers, group discussions, workshops, cultural visits, community service and adventure activities.

All Round Square conferences and events are action-packed, vibrant, social and intellectual occasions, which greatly enhance the ability of the young people who attend them to develop a broader world-view, as well as a greater understanding of themselves.

Upcoming Conferences and Events 2018/2019

  • Round Square International Conference 2018 - Thursday 20 September to Saturday 6 October, Ottawa, Canada (applications now closed, delegation chosen)
  • RSIS – Saturday 8 to Friday 21 December 2018, Sri Lanka - https://www.roundsquare.org/international-service-projects/
  • Regional Conference for 15-18 years - Sunday 3 to Friday 8 March 2019, Shenzhen College, China
  • Regional Conference for 13-15 years - Tuesday 12 to Sunday 17 March 2019, Woodleigh School, Victoria
  • Regional Conference for 10-12 years - Friday 26 April to Thursday 2 May 2019, British School of Jakarta, Indonesia
  • RSIS Big Build Morocco - Saturday 6 to Friday 19 July 2019, https://www.roundsquare.org/international-service-projects/
  • Round Square International Conference in India 2019 - starts Thursday 12 September for approximately 8-10 days
  • Brookhouse Conference - Saturday 27 to Thursday 1 August 2019, Tokyo, Japan, 14-16 years, during the Tokyo Olympics

Exchanges Update

Regional Exchanges

Our Regional Exchanges are slowly starting to take shape with one of our Year 8 students, Daniel Shepherd (Year 8 Woollacott), heading off to beautiful Bunbury in Week 8 and 9 of this term. Daniel will then be hosting his partner later in the year. Term 3 and 4 will see a few more of our Year 8 students participate in a Regional Exchange, these are still in the process of being finalised.

Regional Exchanges are two week exchanges (usually within Australia), which allow students and host families to have a taste of what it is like to participate in an exchange without the cost and duration of an international visit. We generally offer these Exchanges to our Year 8 cohort but have also had some Year 9s participate in the past.

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International Exchanges

Recently we have had two Exchange students arrive to us from Collingwood School in Vancouver, Canada. We hope they are enjoying their time in Adelaide so far (in spite of this chilly weather). Welcome Jess and Layla!

Hannah Schinckel (Year 11 Heaslip), Jessica McDougall, Layla Yang and Tiarna Rigden (Year 10 Woollacott)

 
Thomas Reardon (Year 10 Forder) enjoying the sights of London on his Exchange at Felsted School, UK

Round Square is on Pinterest!

Not only do we have a great website resource for Round Square as mentioned in several previous eNews articles, but Round Square also has their own Pinterest site where you can access a variety of photos of projects and exchanges. It is great to have access to all of these different forms of communication, and certainly allows us to keep up to date with the latest Round Square initiatives.

Anyone interested in finding out more information about conferences, or any other Round Square initiative should contact me via Email if in the Senior School, or contact Mr Chris Haines via Email if you are in the Preparatory School.

Julia Chukwuani
Round Square and Exchanges Coordinator