Spring Term 2017

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.

Transylvania College

Checking out the conference programme   Jamie in Romanian national dress

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.  

The Turda Salina salt mine   The Turda Salina salt mine

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. 

Romanian national dress   An act of service in a local school

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.


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