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Round Square Conference Update

05.10.17

Monday morning found the pupils heading off for their Service Day. The day was spent in a number of local nurseries and primary schools. This was a fantastic opportunity to play with the children, chat to them and help them with their work.

In the afternoon we transferred to the beautiful surroundings of Franschhoek and Bridge House School. The school is quite isolated and surrounded by mountains, with the valley sides populated with vines. We received a very enthusiastic welcome and it was great for the pupils to check into their boarding houses and start making some new friends.

On Tuesday we started the day with a talk from Jason Drew, an entrepreneur and environmentalist. He gave a fascinating talk on how he has begun to tackle the problem of overfishing of our oceans for fish to be made into fishmeal to feed chickens. He has created the first fly farms in the world, where fly larvae is produced to feed chickens. He is now rolling out this project worldwide.

During the evening we enjoyed the Cultural Evening. Acts ranged from piano recitals and singing to traditional Indian dances. The audience was a very enthusiastic one and all acts were very well received.

Wednesday brought Adventure Day, pupils were split into groups to hike in the local area. Temperatures had dropped considerably, 15 degrees Celsius was not what we were expecting! We climbed Paarl Rock which is located close to the Taal monument. Paarl is a huge granite rock, the end section of which has a pathway with chains to assist the climb. It was fabulous with amazing views all around.

Thursday brings the closing of the Conference and the beginning of our mini-tour. Sea conditions permitting we will be travelling to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years.

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