Round Square European Conference
Report by jamie R, Year 10
Peia, Lawrence and I attended this year's European Round Square conference in Transylvania College, Romania, and the theme was re-thinking leadership.
We arrived at the college around lunchtime on the Friday, and we quickly got involved in the programme. After having a tour around the college we gathered in the ballroom and spent a few hours listening to various speeches from various people. What struck me the most was the fact that apparently leading by a smile can be one of the most effective forms of leadership, despite its simplicity.
The next morning we spent in the ballroom again, this time taking part in various workshops - run by an inspirational speaker from Iceland. She talked to us about the "seven habits" needed to become a leader and achieve success, and emphasised the importance of having an idea of what you want to achieve in life by making us create a poster showing our dreams.
In the afternoon, we visited a salt-mine (one of the highlights of my trip). The sheer size of it amazed me, and the echoes we created were extremely amusing. We finished off the day by having a traditional Romanian meal at a restaurant near the salt-mine.
On the Sunday, we learned how important service is in becoming a leader by visiting a run-down school in the hills. We contributed by painting pictures on the walls to make the room more child-friendly and we learned about the local traditions in the village and what sorts of clothes they wear. I found this trip particularly valuable as it made me appreciate how lucky a life I live and how fortunate I am to be educated within the Round-Square system.
I am very glad that I was able to represent Gordonstoun on this trip and I feel as though I have come away from it with a broadened world-wide view and an appreciation of how important leadership is in the modern world.