March 23rd 2018
This term, four Year 10 students and Miss Williams attended the Round Square Conference in Denmark, hosted by Herlufsholm School. The theme of the Conference was “Where do we go - with what we know?”
The Conference had many facets; getting to know students from other schools, exploring Denmark and discussing issues raised by keynote speakers. Speaking of the ice-breaking game on Day One, Lauren said, “I loved the battle in the gym. It encouraged teamwork; we were split into teams on different sides of the gym. There were obstacles that we could hide behind and we had soft balls that we had to throw to the other side. Anyone hit by a ball was out, and the main objective of the game is to get the flag from the other team and bring it back to your side. I managed to win one of the four games our team won by getting the flag and bringing it back to base.”
The Keynote speakers included Vincent Hendricks discussing ‘Fake News’ and the challenge of social media. The girls were able to consider this information during a journalism workshop later in the week and present their report.
As well as further team-building activities, which also included reading a Danish map to navigate through the woods on a hike, the girls had the chance to push themselves on a high-ropes course – in the snow! “I really enjoyed it,” reflected Lauren. “Even though I was really scared before we started, I pushed myself past my limits and ended up really enjoying it – even doing it again later when we had some free time!”
The Round Square pillar of adventure was not the only one evidenced on the trip as the girls got the chance to witness democracy in action. During a tour of Copenhagen’s Parliament building, they were able to sit in on a debate. Their tour also took in the city’s famed ‘Little Mermaid’ on a boat trip, and Rosenborg Castle, built by Christian IV. The girls explored Denmark’s environment too, walking down 400 steps to the foot of Mons Klint – Denmark’s White Cliffs, said to form the other half of the White Cliffs of Dover.