One of the great opportunities we have as educators is to help in expanding the horizons of our students. This is certainly true for our Year 12s who are travelling back from the Round Square International Conference in Cape Town. 180 schools from all over the world came together to meet, debate, explore and try to make a difference. These students now have friends from so many countries, more importantly they have listened to each other and gained greater understanding of different ideas and perspectives. They heard passionate South African speakers in the conference hall, debated major local and global issues, spent time helping in a township junior school, as well as physical challenges of surfing, kayaking and hiking, all in 5 very full days.
Our students will bring ideas and passion back to AKS, as delegates from the 2016 conference did before them. Last year our students took on the challenge of King Constantine’s anniversary challenge, to mark 50 years since the founding of the organisation. Their chosen project was christened ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, creating opportunities to engage with and empower older members of our local community. We saw the truth in the saying that if you bring the generations together, magic can happen. We are incredibly proud that this project was selected by Round Square as the winner of the award, the trophy being presented to AKS representatives in Cape Town in front of the King and all the member schools. A wonderful achievement, totally student inspired and led – congratulations to all the ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ committee, volunteers and community partners, especially Just Good Friends.
Round Square’s motto is ‘plus etes en vous’ (there is more in you than you think). This is what our students are increasingly demonstrating to us and all those around them.
M H P Walton