ROUND SQUARE AFRICA CONFERENCE – 2017
Representing St Stithians Girls’ Preparatory were Jemma Antoncich, Jordan Brown, Stephanie Court, Jocelyn Dyer, Emily Hemer, Grace Leech, Alexia Luizinhio, Tashmika Moodley, Emma-Lee Parker, Kaylin Plantema, Erin Rogers, Chloe Scherius, Nicola Watt and Kyra Webber, accompanied by Mrs Govender and Mrs James.
At the Conference, the girls were allocated to baraza groups named after indigenous trees in the area. This was done to facilitate maximum participation in all the activities. This allowed the girls to meet and work in mixed teams with delegates from other schools.
Guest speakers presented inspirational and motivational talks to the delegates in the evenings.
The activities in baraza groups included making the highest human pyramid, clapping before catching a rugby ball, untangling the team tied together with a rope, modelling fashion garments created by using paper with the least amount of masking tape, dramatising comedy and horror scenes in various contexts and guiding a blindfolded team member to pick up colourful cones.
Penryn College invited children from their Penreach schools to engage in projects with the delegates. They were exposed to drumming, puppet making, obstacle courses, puppet pals and they also explored their contribution to global warming.
The drive through the Kruger National Park, viewing wild animals (including the Big 5) in their natural habitat, was mind blowing. Many of the girls brought back souvenirs to remember this conference.
Our girls embraced every opportunity to meet new people, demonstrated their abilities in the various activities in their teams, socialised with delegates from different backgrounds while learning and applying leadership skills and knowledge throughout this experience. We had many buckets of tears when the conference ended, however, the girls found comfort in knowing that their new friendships would continue as they had exchanged contact details with the other delegates. We are proud of the manner in which the girls represented our school at the Conference.