Earlier this month five ICS students journeyed to Cape Town, South Africa for the Round Square International Conference 2017. Round Square is a prestigious global organisation that links high-calibre schools who share a commitment to experiential learning and character education. This week-long conference brought together 1127 delegates from 47 countries and was titled United to Ignite the Fire Within. The purpose of the conference was described by Round Square President His Majesty King Constantine, who told delegates, "The coming together of students from different countries and cultures to learn from each other has been at the heart of Round Square since its beginning."
The conference offered a mix of both adventure days and service days, grouping delegates into cross-cultural teams to ensure students many opportunities to make new friends, exchange ideas, and learn from each other. The ICS students remarked that the service days were extremely rewarding. Delegates served in local soup kitchens, volunteered at education centres, and met local children. "We realised just how small our own problems are," said one student after returning to Zurich.
This morning the trip was capped off when ICS Head of School Mary-Lyn Campbell presented Grade 9 student Malti R the first-place prize she had won in the conference's annual Roy McComish Art Competition. The competition was open to 120,000 students across 180 Round Square schools worldwide, and submissions were judged on composition, design, medium, quality and the best interpretation of the theme Unite to Ignite the Fire Within. (Malti's first-place submission is shown above.) ICS is of course extremely proud that Malti's art was judged the best, and is equally proud that all five students represented our school so well at such a noteworthy conference.