RSIC 2011, Wellington College
17th - 23rd October 2011
'Reaching Beyond our Limits’
The 2011 Round Square International Conference took place at Wellington College between 17th and 23rd October. One thousand delegates from around the world were present, and the theme of this Conference was 'Reaching beyond our limits’.
"The Round Square International Conference 2011 was by far the highlight of my grade 12 year this far," says Tatiana from Collingwood School, Canada "The moment we arrived at Wellington College I was in awe ... the campus was just like Hogwarts!"
Opened by her Majesty The Queen, and attended by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York and HM King Constantine of the Hellenes and Queen Anne Marie. The conference was also attended by students and staff from 90 Round Square schools from around the world. The conference gave all attendees the opportunity to share experiences, work on local community projects, and gain an understanding of other cultures.
The whole week was a memorable experience with several highlights. These included not only HRH Queen Elizabeth II opening the conference, but also the chance to listen to inspirational key note speakers such as Olympian Colin Jackson, Paralympian Karen Darke, and Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive of Save the Children International.
The Adventure Day encompassed a wide range of exhilarating activities, such as Windsor Castle, Sandhurst Military Academy and the University of Oxford. Completing technical tasks amidst the British heritage, learning its rich culture and exploring the roots of the historic city of Oxford were incredible experiences for all.
One particularly memorable challenge was the Wellington Race, involving a long distance run concluding with a trek/swim/paddle through an icy lake.
“Although it was very exhausting I really enjoyed the experience because I had never done anything like it before,” says Luise from Cobham Hall.
On the Service Day, delegates assisted in helping others, contributing to environment by clearing various heath land regions and clearing the banks of river Thames.