Round Square mini conference brings schools together

Making the world a fairer place for all was the focus of a Round Square Mini-Conference at Scotch Oakburn College today.

Students from Scottsdale, Invermay, Glen Dhu, East Launceston, Youngtown and Punchbowl primary schools joined 20 Year 6 and ten Year 5 students from Scotch Oakburn to learn about the importance of protecting human rights.

A group of 16 Year 8 students acted as Baraza leaders.

Scotch Oakburn’s Deputy Head of Middle School and Round Square Representative, Stuart Walls, said he hoped that the conference would become an annual event.

“We were able to invite members of our community from other schools to join us and create community partnerships. It has been fantastic for Scotch Oakburn students to meet students from all over the north,” he said.

“Many thanks to the schools that accepted the invitation. We really appreciate them working with us.”

The keynote speaker, Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS) chief executive Kym Goodes, told students that they were the custodians of human rights for the next generation.

“Human rights impact us all and it doesn’t matter if we live in Launceston, Tasmania, or a country at war,” Ms Goodes said.

“We have to protect those rights. They are precious to us all.

“The students have impressed me beyond belief. They were so engaged and so receptive to very complex concepts around rights and the work they produced is great testament to how well they have listened and understood this.”

As well as exploring democracy through human rights, students also visited the Scotch Oakburn wetlands to plant trees and learn about environmental service.

Scotch Oakburn is the only Tasmanian member school of the Round Square Association of International Schools. Across 50 countries in six continents, we share a commitment to the Round Square IDEALS of internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, adventure, leadership and service.