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					                                                                                                        NEWSLETTER
                                                                                                      November 2010



From The Chairman of the Board of                           2010 Conference
Directors
                                                            We walk together, laughed, cried, talked, learned
                                With      the      highly   questioned, sang, danced, built, loved, smiled ....and
                                successful          2010    much, much more!
                                International     Round     The Regent’s School in Pattaya opened up their school
                                Square Conference at        and their hearts to the seven hundred delegates who
                                The Regent’s School,        arrived from the far corners of the earth. Thailand is the
                                Pattaya still very much     land of smiles and smile they did. The welcome that
                                in our minds, we have       delegates received was, without doubt, beyond
                                arrived at the end of       measure and set the tone for the coming five days of
                                another calendar year       jam-packed action.
                                (and academic year for
                                the             southern
                                hemisphere schools).

It has been another highly successful year for Round
Square both as an organisation and for the individual
Schools that make up our membership.

Another series of successful RSIS projects, commencing
in December 2009 and continuing throughout 2010; the
successful International Conference at The Regent’s
School with its emphasis on service and the introduction
of so many partner organisations; the welcoming of
seven new Global Member Schools; the growing
strength of the regions and regional Organisation;
wonderfully successful Regional Junior, Senior Regional
                                                            Community Workshops were on hand to provide the
and Young Round Square Conferences all point to a year
                                                            arriving delegates with a taste of Thailand and this was
of    productive    activity,   service,    international
                                                            enhanced with a “Welcome to Thailand” performance
understanding and global connectedness.
                                                            by the hosts that evening. The conference started in
                                                            earnest the next day with an impressive opening
The Secretariat of Round Square has, I know, worked
                                                            ceremony carefully orchestrated by the student steering
tirelessly to support schools in their endeavors as much
                                                            committee. The presence of students was always
as staff in individual schools have worked to provide
                                                            obvious and the conference was delivered as a student
opportunities and engagement for students who are
                                                            lead and run event. Their Majesties King Constantine
lucky enough to be able to benefit from their school’s
                                                            and Queen Anne-Mari as well as Princess Theodore fully
membership of this fantastic network across the world.
                                                            involved themselves in all aspects of the conference and
                                                            added to the success of the event.
On behalf of the Board, I wish everybody a successful
end to their year and a wonderful break, be it short or
                                                            Keynote Speakers included human rights campaigners,
long, in the weeks ahead.
                                                            Peter Dalglish, Thom Henley, Khun Mechai, Nic Dunlop,
                                                            Father Joe Meier, animal rights activists Louis Ng and
Roderick D Fraser
                                                            Grant Pereira, as well as the amazing Joe Louis Puppet
Chairman
                                                            Theatre, Justin Bedard, an emotional talk from Khun Hui
………………………………………………………………………………………
                                                            and Manoj. Seven new Global Member Schools
                                                            presented themselves at the conference and were
                                                            warmly received into the organisation.
The conference was rich with opportunity to discuss            Conference Statement
relevant issues, to ask challenging questions and to
make friendships with people from all over the world.
The delegates were spoiled with mouth-watering Thai
meals and comfortable accommodation. There was no
time for boredom as the program had delegates fully
involved from early in the morning until late at night.
The final evening celebration at Nong Nooch revealed
the full extent to which the delegates had embraced the
conference theme and how much they would take with
them when they returned home.




                                                               We must establish a long-term relationship with our
                                                               environment and community. We must build upon the
                                                               foundations of what we already have and give everyone
                                                               an equal opportunity to pursue their goals.
                                                               To do this, we will:
                                                               • Walk without pity, doubt and apathy,
                                                               • Walk with empathy, conviction and humility,
Mr Mike Walton, Paul Crouch, Khun Kirsty, Dr Virachai          • Take small, careful and sustainable steps along the
and the Board, the student steering committee and the              way.
entire Regent’s staff and family deserve a huge thank          Because if we don’t walk today, we will have to run
you and hearty congratulations for the success of the RS       tomorrow.
2010 Conference.                                               ………………………………………………………………………………………
                                                               Peter Dalglish
                                                               Those who were at the 2010 conference will remember
                                                               the dynamic and irrepressible Peter Dalglish for the
                                                               inspirational work he has done in Nepal. Peter has very
                                                               recently moved to Kabul to take up a new responsibility
                                                               and has just started work as Senior Advisor/Deputy
                                                               Chief of Party for the United Nations in Afghanistan,
                                                               managing a skills training program for 310,000 young
                                                               people, all of whom have
                                                               been profoundly affected
                                                               by the conflict. It's a
                                                               massive challenge for him
                                                               both professionally and
Please follow the YouTube link below to see the closing        personally, but this is a
ceremony photo montage with Amit’s conference song.            time of great need for the
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqL5AGOqfqI                     people of Afghanistan,
and the glove dance at :                                       and he has expressed a
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlAkhAWiaGo                     desire to contribute any
                                                               way that he can.
You can also access conference images at
www.regents.ac.th/rs2010photos/                                In correspondence with Peter, it appears that there is a
                                                               need for a feeding scheme for the street children of

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Kabul. This is a cause that Round Square could                   Suzanne Bookless has been appointed in an
contribute to in the future when more details emerge.            Advancement / Marketing position on a part time basis,
Peter is currently working with Yousef Mohamed, the              to assist with a number of functions which include
founder of Aschiana, a recognised program for street             working with our Design Agent on new material, a
children in Kabul and will advise us as to how best we           review and update of our promotional literature, to
could help. If anyone is interested in coordinating this                                 manage the use of branding
please contact Brian. Email brian@roundsquare.org                                        on merchandise by member
                                                                                         schools     and      associate
………………………………………………………………………………………                                                        organisations,   to      assist
Staffing News                                                                            members of the secretariat, to
We have extended a part time position into a full time                                   develop promotional material
position and made three recent new part time                                             for use within Round Square
appointments. The new appointments have been made                                        schools and to develop
with the possibility of expanding the time allocation as                                 communication strategy to
and when the organisation needs to make such a                                           convey RS news to members
decision.                                                        and other constituents. Suzanne can be contacted at
                                                                 admark@roundsquare.org Suzanne will also be based in
Jane Howison has been our long serving business                  our Bath office.
manger and has witnessed the significant growth of the
organisation over the recent years. Jane will be taking          To effectively support the
up a full time position from 1 January 2011. This                secretarial needs of the
appointment will allow Jane to spend time on firming             Executive Director, the
up a number of company issues that need attention.               Board agreed to the
                                                                 appointment of a secretary
Christmas has come early                                         for two mornings per week.
at the RSIS Bath office in                                       Angie Dawson has been
the UK – with an addition                                        appointed to this position.
to Liz’s team in the form                                        Her email address is admin@roundsquare.org Angie has
of Heather Thompson.                                             had experience in the secretarial/financial operation of
Heather will be working                                          schools.
with Liz one day a week
helping on all aspects of                                        We welcome these new appointments to the Round
RSIS                                             projects        Square family. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of
and hopefully creating a little more time for Liz to look        them should you need to.
at our projects on a more strategic level.                       ………………………………………………………………………………………
                                                                 Alumni Pledge RS 2010
Heather’s background is in adventure travel – having             An Alumni Pledge was developed at the Regent's
spent the last 12 years working in the UK and the USA            Conference and recited by all delegates who were then
on international school expedition programs and more             given a Round Square pin to formally welcome them
recently on a UK gap year program. Two years ago                 into the Round Square Alumni
Heather diversified and got involved in running Travel
Safety courses for gap year students and international           Alumni Pledge
aid organisations, at the same time as setting up her            “I pledge to uphold and promote the philosophies
own speciality mobile coffee business in Bath. While             embodied by the Round Square IDEALS wherever I go.
this takes up most of her time, Heather is delighted to          For the young minds of the world, I pledge to serve as
be working with Liz and the Reps within Round Square.            a mentor whenever the opportunity arises.”
Liz is thrilled to have fresh, quality coffee delivered to
her office several times a week! Heather’s email                 Future Directions
address is rsisadmin@roundsquare.org                             It is believed that being a Round Square Alumni could
                                                                 open up a number of opportunities, ranging from

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working in a school or on a service project, doing a gap         Today it is one of the top schools in Britain. Its
year, or just trying to live by the IDEALS philosophy. We        picturesque 400 acre estate and ancient buildings will
understand that as alumni move on to universities and            provide an ideal setting for delegates to reach beyond
jobs, many might lose sight of the ideals that Round             their limits and meet others of the same age with the
Square promotes, as they get wrapped up in new lives             same interests. Each and every delegate to this
and new experiences in jobs and universities.                    conference will be educated and encouraged to
                                                                 consciously venture out of their comfort zones and to
Recognizing the potential importance of alumni is vital.         challenge themselves both physically and mentally
Retaining the passion of alumni, many of whom showed             through the act of serving worthy causes. Round Square
leadership and initiative in their respective schools, is        was founded with a vision of the world’s younger
important for the continued success and growth of                generation taking a more active, more selfless role
Round Square. Alumni played a significant role in this           within their respective communities – this conference
year’s international conference and have the potential           will bring students from multiple cultures together to
to be hugely beneficial to the organisation in the future.       engage in service, discuss important issues and
………………………………………………………………………………………                                ultimately, to learn from each other. A Conference of
                                                                 such scale and nature will be unique and may well be
Wellington Conference 2011                                       the last of its kind; it will undoubtedly be a highly
(Tom MacKinnon - Student Steering Committee)                     worthwhile and a highly enjoyable opportunity that
                                                                 should be missed by no-one.
‘Reaching Beyond Our Limits’ - such is the theme of the
upcoming Round Square International Conference of
2011, one that promises to truly harness the raw
energy, enthusiasm and potential that young people
bring when meeting in one place with a common goal.
The conference will be held at Wellington College, a
beautiful co-educational public school situated in the
heart of Berkshire County, from the 17th to the 23rd of
October 2011, and all delegates will have the
opportunity to embrace the ideals of Round Square
during this action packed week of excitement.




                                                                 Delegates visiting Wellington will experience, perhaps
                                                                 for the first time, British culture and all that it has to
                                                                 boast, ranging from rugby football to fish and chips, or
                                                                 even the stunning English countryside to the renowned
                                                                 and much sought after sunny weather of Britain.
                                                                 Moreover, delegations visiting this conference will have
                                                                 the chance to take advantage of the school’s proximity
                                                                 to London on their pre or post-conference tours.

                                                                 Furthermore, various activities and trips have been
                                                                 planned for all delegates during the conference. There
                                                                 will be a service day in which those involved will be able
Wellington is a school with unrivalled history and               to serve the wider community as well as help in
tradition, founded in 1859 to provide an education for           conservation work in the area. As Wellington College
the orphaned sons of the fallen soldiers fighting for the        has historically been a military orientated school,
Duke of Wellington.                                              commitment and respect to the armed forces has
                                                                 traditionally been important to all Wellingtonians, we

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hope that delegates will also benefit from an action            development of the website and this process will begin
packed day of service involving the military.                   in earnest in the New Year. You can continue to stay in
                                                                touch with Ian via email – ian@agora.co.za
There will also be an adventure day to allow delegates          ………………………………………………………………………………………
to push themselves beyond their limits while having an          2011 Dates
amazing time. Activities that will be on offer include           Rather than publish a long list of dates for 2011, please
exhilarating mountain bike rides through English                refer to the Round Square calendar at
countryside as well as trips to famous landmarks across         http://www.roundsquare.org/index.php?id=433
Britain. A highlight of the adventure day will be the           ………………………………………………………………………………………
Wellington Race, a gruelling yet rewarding race which
winds across the school’s vast grounds, up an extremely
                                                                News from the Regions
steep hill (affectionately named ‘Killer Hill’ by               Pathways School Collaborative Service
Wellingtonians) and even directly through a lake! This is       Project (Submitted by Pathways School)
an exhilarating race which holds deep meaning and               A select group of students from The British School,
historical importance to Wellington and has been held           Delhi, The Doon School, Dehra Dun and St. George's
annually at the school for many decades. There is no            School, Montreaux, Switzerland came together with
better way for delegates to gain a taste of an historical       Pathways World School to contribute towards Project
event and at the same time push themselves to their             Patauda.
limits and beyond and to discover the competitive,
adventurous edge. We guarantee that delegates will              Patauda is a water hole that is used by the village cattle
enjoy themselves thoroughly and be able to indulge              and the fauna around to quench their thirst. This
themselves in the unique culture of Britain through             natural point is actually a dip atop a plateau on one of
adventure while making new friends in the process.              the smaller hillocks of the Aravali and has been used by
                                                                the village people regularly to bring their cattle to drink,
All of us here at Wellington College welcome you with           while grazing on the forest land around this place.
open arms - together we will reach beyond our limits
and make a difference.
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Merchandise
Round Square Flagship items such as flags, ties and pins
are available from a central supplier. You may contact
Carien at carien@buzztzn.co.za to place orders for any
of these items.

To make the brand more accessible and cost effective,
member schools are now free to design and develop
their own merchandise which would be more region
specific. Therefore member schools are encouraged to
offer non-conference merchandise at a their respective
schools, or Young, Junior or Regional Conferences,
provided that the design concept is approved in
advance by the nominee of the Advancement                       Over the years, the various small and big water channels
Committee, and that a 10% royalty for use of the logo is        that fed it had got blocked due to human interference
delivered to RS Central.                                        or neglect. The aim of this project was to establish the
………………………………………………………………………………………                               various channels that fed it, identify their main tributary
Website                                                         and de-silt them the same way as was proposed for the
                                                                water hole.
Many people were able to meet with Ian Burnham at
the conference and discuss changes or developments to
                                                                This process was initiated with a survey and
the website. There has been significant willingness on
                                                                identification of the proposed water channels. In this
behalf of many people to be a part of the continued
                                                                we were ably aided and guided by Ranmal Jhala, who
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used his vast experience in working on such water                 thinking about booking them for their Ball. The girls
bodies in the Aravali and in the deserts of Rajasthan and         that could not come because they had already booked
explained how the flora of the region was equally                 other things wish they could have come as everyone
crucial in this process of restoration.                           was talking about it on the Saturday afterwards.

We also assisted a government run village school which            We raised good amount of money for Round Square. It
was being aided by the Pathways World School                      was a very successful night and everyone thoroughly
community and had benefitted from their efforts in the            enjoyed themselves
form of a mini-computer laboratory, an open air stage             ………………………………………………………………………………………
platform and a kitchen to cook the mid-day meals that             Ko Phi Phi Island Update
the school served to its students. This kitchen however,          (Paul Crouch)
lacked a regular water connection and this was the task           Thank you for your continued support of the Laem Tong
that was set for us and was achieved with promptness              International Community Resource Centre Project on Ko
and gusto.                                                        Phi Phi Island. I send out this report to update everyone
………………………………………………………………………………………                                 on the project and to also inform you of the upcoming
Cobham Concert Raises £800 for Round                              developments and the plans for 2011.
Square - Justina Balch
                                                                  Stage 8 took place during the second and third weeks of
               th
On Friday 17 September there was a fundraising                    March 2010. Lakefield College in Canada and The
evening for Round Square. We had a band called the                Regent’s School Pattaya worked on the project with the
Soundcasters come in to play from 7pm – 9pm.                      British Curriculum International School in Phuket and a
                                                                  group of young men and women from United World
There were drinks, popcorn and Krispy Kreme                       College School in Singapore also joining them.
doughnuts for sale as well as the live music. Lots of girls
came, daygirls and boarders, students invited their               Stage 9 took place early July 2010, with The Alice Smith
friends and some parents came too. They danced the                School in Malaysia being the only school to brave the
whole time and really enjoyed themselves.                         ‘red shirts’ in Bangkok and participate on this stage of
                                                                  the project. Many thanks to the Alice Smith crew for
                                                                  their commitment and effort at Leam Tong, they were
                                                                  able to continue working on the second floor of the
                                                                  building

                                                                  Stage 10 saw the biggest group of volunteers yet to
                                                                  participate on the project, in early October 2010 as part
                                                                  of the International Round Square Conference pre-
                                                                  conference projects seven schools worked on the
                                                                  project. These schools included: The Armidale School,
                                                                  Bunbury School, Southport School (all Australia),
                                                                  Louisenlund School, Salem School (both Germany),
                                                                  Lakefield College (Canada) and Regent’s Pattaya. In all
                                                                  about 60 students and adults worked together and
The band was selling CDs at the end and many girls                interacted with the local school and community. Many
bought them. In the boarding area you could hear the              thanks to these seven schools for their hard work and
CDs playing all around the house. They also very kindly           enthusiasm on a very ambitious stage of the project.
signed the CDs as well. After that the girls took pictures
with the band.                                                    RS 2010 International Round Square Conference was
                                                                  hosted by The Regent’s School Pattaya between the 9th
Everyone wants them to come again, which is so good.              and 15th October. The theme We Walk Together
There were a lot of pictures taken that night, and so             focused on our school’s commitment to community
many good memories made. The Year 11 girls are                    service and partnership and we were proud to share the

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achievements of the Phi Phi project with the 800                   pcrouch@regents.ac.th      or     on    mobile +66
attending delegates and 72 Round Square schools. It                (0)899026286… thanks, Paul.
was our pleasure to also host Khun Mechai and the staff            http://phiphi-design-workshop.blogspot.com/
from Leam Tong School, Khun Weerawut and his                       Chulalongkorn blog
students and staff from Baan Koh Phi Phi School, Dr.               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRyyZuRdJqI
Rachaporn and her students from Chulalongkorn                      Regent’s RS2010 Phi Phi project presentation
University in Bangkok, and also Khun Poo one of the                ………………………………………………………………………………………
founding trust members of this project. Please follow              Markham College service work in Chincha
this link to see the Phi Phi project presentation in full as
shown at the conference:
                                                                   continues into its 4th year
                                                                   (Harry Hildebrand Assistant Head of Upper School
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRyyZuRdJqI
                                                                   Markham College)
Stage 11 and 12 of the project will take place in
February and March 2011. Bermuda High School for                   Markham College has continued the amazing
Girls will work on the project in February for their third         Community centre projects in 2010 this time funded by
time and hopefully be supported by The Regent’s                    a grant from the Australian Embassy in Chile. In 2010
School Pattaya Geography Department. In March                      three more 100m² Community centers were built in two
Regent’s Key Stage 3 students will participate on the              different projects involving 100 student volunteers.
project usually with Lakefield College from Canada but             That makes a total of 33 Community centers that have
this is yet to be confirmed. A final push with the fund            been built since the original six were built during the
raising and these two stages should see the centre                 regional Round Square conference in February 2008
complete by the end of April 2011. It is hoped that                following the terrible earthquake in August 2007.
during stage 12 in March the first ever volunteers at the
centre can actually stay at the centre and be the first
residential group. We are also working closely with a
Belgium energy company that are looking to supply top
of the range solar panels for the centre once the roof
has been complete.

Phase 2 of the project will begin in the second half of
next year. Hopefully with the launching of a community
centre website and the installing of computers and
equipments kindly funded by Friends of Round Square
UK. All schools and organizations will be welcome to
use the centre for their own project and Leam Tong /
Phi Phi Island community based work through
                                                                   Thanks to much of the fundraising following the
education. It is very much hoped that the centre will
                                                                   earthquake (involving Round Square schools from
eventually become a community run centre and self-
                                                                   around the world) Markham was able to complete a
funding but it may take some time to get there. Please
                                                                   school re-building project and the new primary school
remember I or we are open to any ideas that make this
                                                                   22266 was opened for the beginning of 2009.
project a long-term, sustainable community focused
project where everyone benefits through better
                                                                   The Markham Parents Association (APAFA) were also
education.
                                                                   heavily involved in the fundraising for this re-building
                                                                   project. This year the APAFA raised some more funds to
Any school, organization or individual that would like to
                                                                   continue their support for the school and after an
support Baan Laem Tong and be involved in the
                                                                   investigation it was revealed that 23 families of students
Community Centre project either through financial or
                                                                   of the school still did not have adequate housing even
physical participation please contact me at:
                                                                   three years after the earthquake.



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A project was designed to build houses for these                 Amazon. The participants paddle a self made raft
families.   The local Municipality contributed the               though a variety of challenging river conditions. GARRR
concrete floors and Markham students volunteered for             is the longest river raft race in the world which began
weekend trips where 30m² houses were constructed in              about 12 years ago to raise awareness for the rainforest
two days. Since July, nineteen of these houses have              and funds for community service projects. This year’s
been built and over 300 Markham students, teachers               race attracted a total of 148 participants represented by
and parents have worked on 7 different weekends to               over 16 countries. Markham College can proudly say
construct the houses.                                            that we were the first school to ever participate in this
                                                                 event and that our students are the youngest to have
                                                                 ever participated and completed the race.

                                                                 The Markham team consisted of Juan Zea and Miguel
                                                                 Angel Bohorquez (LB students) and teachers Littore
                                                                 Ramirez and Jeff Schwartje. Upon arrival to Iquitos, all
                                                                 the teams were transported upriver to Nauta by bus
                                                                 and received a warm welcome from the community.
                                                                 After the opening ceremony we crossed the river to an
                                                                 island where we camped and built our rafts. Luckily
                                                                 there were locals, experienced in building rafts and they
                                                                 did most of the work. (Yes I know, we did not construct
                                                                 the raft ourselves but we thought of safety first and

The volunteers have not just been senior students.
Young Round Square coordinator Jeff Schwartje has
been instrumental in recruiting students as young as 11
to participate in this project and all of the volunteers
have had an unforgettable and extremely rewarding
experience. Robert Petty a recently arrived English and
Drama teacher said of his experience….. “I'd be hard put
to it to suggest any educational project that I have ever
been involved in that was as effective as what I
witnessed this weekend” and he would be first to admit
that he is no ‘spring chicken’.

With projects like this one we hope that we can
continue to improve the lives of many Peruvians who
live in difficult conditions as well as educate the future       finishing the race on a raft rather than a submarine.)
leaders of the country. We would also welcome any
school that would be interested in raising funds and             On Friday, the next day, the first leg of the race began.
participating in similar projects.                               Throughout the day pink and gray dolphins could be
………………………………………………………………………………………                                spotted swimming beside us and jumping out of the
The Great Amazon River Raft Race (GARRR)                         water. The first leg of the race was finally completed in
Markham College                                                  just over seven hours placing Markham approximately
                                                                 24th.
(Jeff Schwartje Geography Teacher Markham College)
                                                                 On Saturday, the second leg began and we were unable
The Great Amazon River Raft Race (GARRR) in Peru can
                                                                 to take the short cut as the water level was lower than
be described as an epic adventure, a challenge like no
                                                                 in previous years, adding two more hours to the race.
other, an adventure which takes both a mental and
                                                                 Sunday was the final leg and much easier compared to
physical toll on your body. The GARRR is a 200km raft
                                                                 the previous day. It was another day where it seemed as
race from Nauta to Iquitos, two river ports on the
                                                                 if all the paddling in the world still didn’t bring us any
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closer to our destination. The end was near and the              Make every day Earth Day!
decision was made to cross the river, luckily it was the         Dhirubhai Ambani International School
right decision.                                                  (Submitted by the school)
                                                                 Every year we celebrate Earth Day with great
                                     It was about this           enthusiasm and fervour. This year too, in order to make
                                     time that the heat          a lasting impact, we plan to incorporate changes in the
                                     was starting to take        very lifestyle of the members of this school.
                                     its toll on us, the
                                     sun stroke and heat
                                     exhaustion        was
                                     starting to set in;
                                     and     time      was
                                     working against us.
                                     The hardest part of
                                     the 200 km race,
                                     the final 300 meters
                                     against the current,
                                     was still to come.
                                     This, by far the most
                                     challenging part of
the race, as you essentially need to keep paddling or the
current will spit you right back to where you came from.         One of the major environmental issues the city of
Finally, in the end, we made it, and we could not have           Mumbai is facing is that of waste management
been happier. We completed the race, and our position,           /disposal. The garbage generated by all of us is filling up
does it matter?                                                  landfills at a feverous speed. This is evident from the
                                                                 number of city dump sites. The landfills have their own
                                                                 side-effects from the release of harmful gases to
It was an experience of a lifetime, a challenge like no
other. One that over the three day period I did not              contamination of the underground water table etc. The
                                                                 BMC is now making efforts to arrest and reduce the ill-
envision myself ever participating in the race again,
                                                                 effects of this waste generated by the city through
once it was done and the sense of accomplishment
                                                                 waste segregation. The garbage segregation into
kicked in I can happily say that I would jump at the
                                                                 Biodegradable and Non-biodegradable waste helps in
opportunity to put my body through this all over again.
                                                                 recycling the garbage.
We would also like to thank our corporate sponsors.
                                                                 In an effort towards encouraging this process within our
Corporate sponsorships helped to fund the trip as well
                                                                 school, we placed 2 bins on each floor marked as
as to cover some expenses for service projects the
school will undertake in the 2011 academic year. In              ‘BIODEGRADABLE’ and ‘NON BIODEGRADABLE’.
total, $2500 was received from our sponsors Kia Motors           We took the initiative to inform about the same to the
                                                                 entire school and encouraged everyone to segregate
while insurance was covered by Rimac.
                                                                 the waste they generate accordingly. Children carefully
                                                                 choose the bin to put their garbage in after assessing
Markham College would like to promote the GARRR to
                                                                 whether the waste is ‘bio degradable’ or ‘non
any and all Round Square schools that are keen to test
                                                                 biodegradable’.
themselves against one of the mighty rivers of the
world. Teams are limited to four people, but gender
                                                                 Children of the Nature Club and Round Square helped
and age of the team members are up to the discretion
                                                                 prepare the Labels as well as Posters that were placed
of the team captain. The race traditionally happens in
the final week of September. More information will be            on and around the bins. Class teachers encouraged
e-mailed to all RS Reps and/or posted on the RS                  children to bring in relevant information / pictures or
webpage.                                                         even make posters for the bins on their floors. Floor
………………………………………………………………………………………                                monitors were appointed on each floor near the bins at


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break-time to guide / encourage other children to use            group had a couple of days recovering in a campsite and
the bins (instead of littering).                                 seeing local sites, before returning to Leh and then
                                                                 flying down to Delhi and travelling on to Agra to see the
                                                                 Taj Mahal before flying home.
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                                                                 South Africa
                                                                 The team returned to familiar ground again this year,
                                                                 and were working with the community at Philippolis in
                                                                 partnership with Future Nature to complete essential
                                                                 construction work for the kindergarten. The team layed
 A large cloth banner was stenciled with the quote               a new scooter track, built and prepared a vegetable
‘MAKE EVERYDAY AN EARTH DAY’. Kindergarten
children painted the background green. Children of
classes std I to IV contributed their non-biodegradable
waste to fill up the banner. At break-time, children used
the non-biodegradable waste like aluminum foil, plastic
wraps, plastic packets etc to decorate the poster. As
they added more waste to the banner, they began to
realise the amount of waste they generated. Class
teachers helped make them aware of the amount of
waste generated and ways of reducing the same. This
banner was hung between the ground and the first floor
of the school atrium as an acknowledgment of the
school’s effort to make Everyday an Earth day.
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RSIS News
(Liz Gray)                                                       garden, repainted murals on the outside walls, and built
                                                                 a new classroom.
RSIS July/August 2010
This July and August saw four big RSIS teams going away          Mid-way through the Project the group went white-
to the four corners of our globe to carry out some really        water rafting on the Orange River and visited a tiger
worthwhile work for our Project partners:                        sanctuary. At the end of the Project, the team
                                                                 embarked on a safari in Kruger National Park.
Ladakh                                                           ………………………………………………………………………………………
The team this year worked with the Lamdom School of              Peru
Sumur in the Nubra Valley, one day’s drive from Leh in           This year was the first year we ran a RSIS Project in
Ladakh. The team was working to build a much-needed              Peru. Peter Kvietok from Markham College started this
library for the school. The group spent much of their            initiative along with a Peruvian environmental
time hauling large rocks to build the foundations, but           organisation called ECOAN. The team was working with
they also had a chance to do some teaching with the              the community of Cancha Cancha, located in a remote
school students and also ran an eye camp and health              valley at 4000m not far from Cusco. The group worked
clinic with the team’s medic. His Holiness the Dalai             alongside ECOAN and local villagers to build a large
Lama visited the Nubra Valley while the team was there,          greenhouse out of adobe bricks, wood and plastic so
so the team spent a couple of afternoons listening to his        that the villagers can add more vegetables to their
teachings. The group was then to embark on a 5-day               meagre diet.
trek, however this was cancelled due to heavy snow still
lying over much of the route. The Plan B trek was
started, but then abandoned due to team illness. The




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                                                                 on snacks and internet time!) and one on Laguna
                                                                 Magdalena. Following the Project, the team travelled
                                                                 back to Antigua Guatemala where they had a chance to
                                                                 do lots of market action, and also took part in a 2-day
                                                                 kayaking trip through the mangroves and out to the
                                                                 coast, where they visited a turtle sanctuary and chilled
                                                                 out on the beach.
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                                                                 December 2010
                                                                 Things are really hotting up in the RSIS office in Bath at
                                                                 the moment as we prepare for Projects in December.
                                                                 There are four teams going away – to Kenya, Honduras,
                                                                 India and Thailand:
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Team members also helped to install a solar panel and            Kenya
the village’s first electricity! While in the village the
                                                                 A new location for the Kenya Project has been visited
team spent time with the village children, played
                                                                 and prepared for December 2010. The team will be
football and worked with different families on various
                                                                 working alongside the President’s Award and Starehe in
agricultural and animal herding chores. Before the               Riandira Primary School, 2 hours outside Nairobi. The
Project, the group spent a day at a cultural music centre        school is desperate for help and has very primitive
learning to play Peruvian pan-pipes and also spent a day         facilities so the team will be working with them to build
doing a climbing activity in the Sacred Valley. Mid-way          a much-needed classroom and some toilet facilities. The
through the Project the group visited Machu Pichu and            team will be camping at a nearby river camp, doing
the hot springs at Aguas Calientes. They also saw many
                                                                 some rafting during the trip, and will be taking part in a
other Inca ruins and fantastic sites around Cusco.
                                                                 4-day safari in the Masai Mara.
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Guatemala                                                        Thailand
The team was working again with FogQuest this year,
                                                                 We will be working again with the Pakanyor Foundation
helping to install Fog Collection systems in a remote
                                                                 on another Karen Hill Tribe water project. The village
village in Tojquia, Northern Guatemala. The team spent
                                                                 the team are working in is Ben Den Hom which is in the
their time constructing fog-collection nets, and other
                                                                 Samoeng area, west of Chiang Mai. The team will also
water-storage systems while also spending time with
                                                                 be indulging in more cookery courses and spending a
the village children and eating with local families.
                                                                 day at the elephant conservation project in Chiang Mai
                                                                 after the Project.
The team had two days break during their work
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                                                                 India
                                                                 The India Project this year is helping with some
                                                                 environmental sustainability work for Sanawadia village
                                                                 on the outskirts of Indore. The team will be working
                                                                 with Daly College and two social workers (James R
                                                                 McGilligan OBE and Dr Mrs Janak Palta McGilligan) who
                                                                 have been running the Barli Institute (www.barli.org)
                                                                 for the upliftment of rural women in the region. The
                                                                 group will be working to provide sustainable lighting,
                                                                 wind generators and solar power for the community
                                                                 and tasks will include digging holes and erecting poles
                                                                 and secure lines for the wind generator; installing
                                                                 photovoltaic panels in frames, assembling the wind
                                                                 generator, installing street lighting as well as learning
schedule – one day in Soloma (where they stocked up
                                                                 about solar cooking!
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The team will have a 2-day break mid-way through the               commitment and passion into the RSIS Projects and
Project work during which the group will travel to                 Prince Alexander Project Fund this year. Your work will
Mandu and Maheshwar where there are beautiful hill-                continue to sustain all our Project partners and
forts and royal temples to be explored. At the end of              communities for many years to come!
the trip, the team will take part in a 5-day tour of the           ………………………………………………………………………………………
sights of Agra and Jaipur (including the Taj Mahal).               A Visit to the Anania Shirakatsy Lyceum,
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                                                                   Armenia
Honduras
Nestled in the mountains only 2 hours from Tegucigalpa             I have just returned from a visit to the school as part of
is the small village of Nuevo Paraiso. This village of only        the celebrations for their 20th anniversary. There is so
60 homes is a safe haven for those who are victims of              much to say about the school and the country that I
extreme poverty and neglect. Our Project Partner (SAN)             could keep you reading for a few hours.
is helping this community build resources and offers
educational as well as medical help for the community.             The Armenia people are kind, friendly and welcoming.
The group will be helping with various different Project           Although language is a huge barrier, they will make an
options – such as helping to build a carpentry training            effort to try to understand an English speaker or to find
centre for the village; helping with a possible medical            someone who can. I really felt privileged to have been
camp, and doing extra activities with the children such            welcomed into their homes and families with such
as sports and teaching basic computer skills. The group            warmth.
will be visiting the Valle de Angeles in their mid-Project
break, and will be off to the coast to explore the
national parks and stunning beaches for a few days at
the end of the Project.
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RSIS in 2011!
We will be launching the 2011 July/August trips in late
November 2010, and as usual all the information will go
up on the Round Square website! These are currently
planned for Peru, Ladakh and South Africa. We are also
well on the way to finalising a proposal for an RSIS
Project in Cambodia in December 2011 which looks
really exciting! On completion of these plans, and after
Board approval, we hope to launch this new RSIS in late
March 2011. This will add a new destination to our ever-
growing exciting palette of options!                               Although once part of the Soviet Union, they are clearly
………………………………………………………………………………………                                  independent but yet have cordial ties with their former
Leader Training                                                    masters. I have spoken to Liz about the possibility of an
Liz is running the last of Regional training workshops on          RSIS project here. There is opportunity and value in
November 13/14th at Wellington College, UK. In 2011                looking at this as a future option.
we propose to run a Leader Training Project for
potential adult leaders from all Regions. Although plans           The country itself has a long history which is particularly
won’t be confirmed until March 2011, we hope to run                rich in Christianity. Churches dating back to 300AD are
this over two weeks in Northern Thailand in December               not uncommon.
2011. The round of Regional training workshops will
then start again in 2012! By this time, Liz hopes to have          I spent a significant amount of time at the school and
engaged a few additional trainers to help deliver the              one cannot but leave feeling inspired and moved by
training on her behalf.                                            what Mr Ashot Alikhanyan has achieved in the last
                                                                   twenty years. It was a former soviet school now owned
Thank you to all our amazing students and staff at                 by the Armenian government and used by the Lyceum.
Round Square schools for putting so much energy,                   The building suffered serious damage in the earthquake

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of 1988 and many parts of it are still no go areas. Ashot        Round Square Board information
has huge vision for restoration but as yet no funds are          A summary of the minutes of the Round Square Board
available. I wonder if there is a way we can use our             meeting held at The Regent’s School in October is
network to mobilize others to help. Interestingly, he            available on the protected portal of the Round Square
has a huge crack through the one wall of his office that         web site.
is wide enough to see through into the next room!                ………………………………………………………………………………………
                                                                 Reminders
                                                                 Opportunities
                                                                 There have been a number of additions to the vacancies
                                                                 page on the web site. You are encouraged to consult
                                                                 and make these available to interested staff. They can
                                                                 be found at:
                                                                 http://www.roundsquare.org/index.php?id=8

                                                                 Self review
                                                                 As many schools are heading for a run up into a
                                                                 December finish for the academic year – others pause
                                                                 briefly and then carry on in January. May I take a
                                                                 moment to offer a gentle reminder of the annual review
                                                                 form which is due in by February 28 next year. The
                                                                 document can be accessed at
The pupils and staff are engaging and eager to learn.             http://www.roundsquare.org/index.php?id=477          .
There is something about the school which talks of hope          (Please note the item 8 has an optional response this
in all situations. Ashot has committed to the IB as a way        year)
forward and while I was there I met two Head
teachers from Moscow who were there to help and                  We would like to thank those who have made early
counsel on this.                                                 submissions of the document.
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I cannot begin to describe the confidence that the               Food for thought
school has given to the parent community and the
belief that it is key to the future of the country. They         “The Top 10 Things I Wish You Would Teach Students So
have a fully independent primary school which is                 I Don't Have To”: Guy Kawasaki
proudly modern and much like any other I have visited
in any part of the world. My visit to the primary school         1.   How to figure out anything by themselves.
confirmed the capacity for the high school to be a               2.   How to explain anything in 30 seconds.
successful venture.                                              3.   How to do a one-page report.
                                                                 4.   10-20-30 rule of PowerPoint presentations - Create
I encourage you to support Ashot and his school. Our                  a maximum of 10 slides in a PowerPoint
contribution to their future will continue to give them               presentation; deliver it in 20 minutes; the optimal
hope and energy to continue the fine work that they are               size font is 30 points.
doing. I also believe there is great value in encouraging        5.   The optimal length of an e-mail is five sentences,
our more resourced schools to make the effort to                      without an attachment.
engage with the school.                                          6.   How to survive a meeting (basically you get what
                                                                      you want out of the meeting and then you park
Finally, I must thank all those wonderful people in                   your brain).
Yerevan who made my visit so special especially Mr               7.   How to run a meeting (start on time, end on time,
Ashot Alikhanyan and Satine Gharakeshishyan.                          involve as few people as possible).
                                                                 8.   How to work as a group (the solo brilliant person
                                                                      doesn’t work in business).
                                                                 9.   How to negotiate win-wins.

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10. Learning is a process not an event. It’s a lifelong
    process that is not limited to school.

 “What schools should do is prepare people for living.
Part of living is working. But generally speaking, they
should prepare people for life, not work”.

Guy Kawasaki, the legendary entrepreneur, author, and
former Apple employee.
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Festive Wishes
December is traditionally a festive season in many
parts of the world. To those who celebrate this time of
year, may you have joy, peace and happiness and a
fulfilling and rewarding New Year.

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