All set and ready for Singapore

2015-09-22 06:00
From left: Brandon Reynolds, Goosain Allie, Aa’ishah Emeran, Zarmeen Khan, Rebecca Pitt and Fatima Dirk from St Georgeand#039;s Grammar School will be leaving for Singapore soon for a Round Square International conference.

From left: Brandon Reynolds, Goosain Allie, Aa’ishah Emeran, Zarmeen Khan, Rebecca Pitt and Fatima Dirk from St Georgeand#039;s Grammar School will be leaving for Singapore soon for a Round Square International conference.

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Six Pupils from St George’s Grammar School in Mowbray will be jetting off to Indonesia for a Round Square International conference in Singapore on Thursday.

Their school is a Round Square school, meaning they belong to Round Square International which allows them to send pupils to the conference each year it happens.

The lucky learners who will be going are Brandon Reynolds, Goosain Allie, Aa’ishah Emeran, Zarmeen Khan, Rebecca Pitt and Fatima Dirk, who will join a group of 1 000 students from 90 countries attending the annual conference.

To qualify to go abroad, they had to write a motivation while their parents take the financial responsibility to send them there.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Act today, change tomorrow’. They will first attend a pre-conference programme in Malaysia before the conference in Singapore that runs from 2 October to 8 October.

The school believes this trip will offer the students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future.

Sheryl Gelderbloem from the school’s marketing and admissions department says the trip is part of their association with Round Square International.

“We have no doubt that it gives our students the wonderful opportunity of not only visiting other countries, but also getting to know children from other cultures and possibly making friends for life. It will also help their holistic learning, build confidence and offer them the opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures.

“They will be attending talks and participate in discussion groups. Apart from all their work they will have the opportunity to play as well by taking part in various fun activities,” she says.

One of the parents, Zainub Emeran, says they are extremely proud of the trip. “We have never been so happy. I’m proud, but at the same time nervous as well. This is something big, but I am broad-minded.

“It is a great opportunity for everyone, but as a parent you have some fears. In the same breath I can safely say that they will be in very good hands.

“They will learn a lot and be with other people and learn from them as well. I can’t even find the words to describe the way I’m feeling. I am overwhelmed, to say the least. We hope that they will have a safe trip and enjoy the outing, and we will pray for their safe return.”

The Round Square International conference is a global association of schools on five continents sharing unique and ambitious goals. Beyond academic excellence, learners attending Round Square schools make a strong commitment to personal development and responsibility.

The Round Square approach promotes six ideals of learning, which are internationalism, democracy, environment, adventure, leadership and service.

These are all incorporated into the curriculum throughout all member schools.

“In addition to regional and international conferences, as a Round Square school, we have access to exchange programmes, international services projects and gap year programmes,” says Gelderbloem

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