A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school in Marion, South Australia
Early Learning to Year 12

Round Square - Edition 11 - 2019

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Why is ‘Service Learning’ so important for young people today?

Throughout the year, we offer our students at Westminster a number of opportunities to participate in ‘Service Learning’. There are many reasons why students choose to help others and give their time to volunteer. The fact that it is not a compulsory activity as in some schools, does not seem to stop our wonderful Westminster community from volunteering to help others. I personally would love to see even more of our students involved in these activities, not because they have to but because they want to. I am always looking at ways to increase our student and staff involvement in a variety of projects so stay tuned!

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Service Learning provides students with opportunities to develop civic engagement skills. By working with community members, students can enhance their group, organizational and interpersonal skills. They also can gain important experience working with diverse members of their communities.

Young people who volunteer:

  • Gain confidence in themselves
  • Make a difference to others
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Become part of a diverse community
  • Learn new life skills
  • Take on new challenges
  • Develop a better understanding of the world in which we live
  • Have fun!
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Red Dove Café at the Royal Adelaide Show

Recently I asked our Year 7 to 12 students for interest in helping out with the Red Dove Café at the Royal Adelaide Show in September. It is pleasing to say we have had a number of students volunteering their time not only on weekdays but also on weekends and early shifts. The roster is almost complete and those students involved will receive this shortly. If you missed out on volunteering this year, then please keep your eyes and ears open for next year to become involved.

Red Dove Café has been a Royal Adelaide Show institution for over 60 years. Since 1951 Red Dove has served food and drinks to Adelaide's show-goers with the purpose of raising money for mission. The café offers a healthy range of home-style meals and a full range of snack and drink items.

If you're heading to the Royal Show this year, why not drop in and share some great food while supporting the work of the Uniting Church in the community.

The cafe will be open every day of the Show, Friday August 30th to Sunday 8 September, located in Sideshow Alley near the Dog Pavilion.

Our Westminster students look forward to serving you and saying hello!

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Legacy Week - Badge Selling

On Friday 6 September some of our Senior students will be involved in selling badges and teddy bears for Legacy. A notice has been placed on SEQTA to ask for interest, however we still require a few more people, so if there is anyone else interested in selling badges at Parkholme Shopping Centre for shifts of one to two hours, please email me immediately.

‘Legacy Week is Australia’s iconic fundraising campaign which began in 1942. It is also known for its Badge Day and the iconic badges offered as a token of appreciation for the donation made by the public.

Legacy Week is the annual national appeal to raise awareness and funds for the families of our incapacitated and deceased Veterans.

It is held in towns and cities big and small across Australia and supported by young and old.

The funds raised from Legacy Week help Legacy continue to assist approximately 65,000 widow(er)s and 1,800 children and people with disabilities Australia-wide, with essential services such as, counselling, special housing, medical, advocacy and social support.

Public support will also help Legacy nurture children’s education, by contributing towards their school fees, books, uniforms, and recreational activities to aid their self development and confidence.’

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SEW-sational! – New ‘Sewing for Charity’ Initiative for Year 6 to 12

We have recently started a new group called ‘Sew-sational’ who will be meeting regularly in the Senior school on a Wednesday lunchtime to sew items for charity. So far we have a group of about six students from Years 6 to 12 and certainly welcome more if anyone else is interested. You do not need to know how to use a sewing machine to be involved, we can teach you the skills you need as you go! Ultimately students will be donating some of their sewn items and selling some for fundraising. We are also keenly looking for fabric donations from our Westminster community to reduce the cost of our projects. If you have any sewing related donations you would like to contribute please contact me directly.

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Round Square Student Committee Fundraising

There are a number of ways that our Westminster community supports charities and organisations, both local and international. The Round Square Student Committee in particular tries to organise at least two or three activities per year in which they raise money for a variety of groups. We are so incredibly lucky to be in a position to assist others and whether this is done by donating our time or money, we always think carefully about how to best help those in need. This year the Committee has decided to support the following organisations:

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  • The Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Queensland Flood Relief
  • Drought Angels
  • Bali Smiles Organisation (school fees for Putu Julie Sesa to attend her second year of school)
  • Round Square Prince Alexander Fund (to support students to attend Round Square projects and conferences)

In addition to these donations, we are also continuing to support a number of people through KIVA:

www.kiva.org

‘Make a loan, change a life’

Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. We celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

Round Square Adventures for 2020

The conferences and events listed below are proposed trips only and are dependent on student interest and places available. Information has already been sent out via SEQTA and our School Star app for both the Regional and Global events. Please email me immediately if you are interested in these adventures. We will need firm commitment for these trips by the end of August.

Regional (official registrations open Wednesday 4 September):

  • Monday 9 to Saturday 14 March, CheongShim International Academy, Korea (14 to 15 year olds) ‘Reverence for the past, aspirations for the future’
  • Thursday 23 to Monday 27 April, Prem Tinsulanonda International School, Thailand (10 to 12 year olds) ‘Sustainable Siam- Sustainability & Equity’

Global (registrations open Friday 4 October, subject to places being available to schools outside of region, will be advertised to students and parents at the start of Term 3):

  • Wednesday 12 to Monday 17 February, Elaraki School, Morocco (15 to 18 year olds) ‘Future is Now’
  • Wednesday 1 to Tuesday 7 April, Craighouse School, Chile (15 to 18 year olds) ‘A Generation Rising Together’
  • Tuesday 14 to Monday 20 April, Brookhouse School, Kenya (16 to 18 year olds) ‘African Footprint’
  • Thursday 30 April to Wednesday 6 May, Glenlyon Norfolk School, Canada (12 to 14 year olds) ‘Nature is our home and where our adventure begins’
  • Friday 8 to Sunday 10 May, KC Public School, India (12 to 14 year olds) ‘Leadership capacity to transform vision into reality’
  • Monday 29 June to Friday 3 July, St Mary’s Colchester, UK (12 to 13 year olds) ‘Our past, your future - conservation in action’
  • The Round Square International Conference 2020 for ages 16 to 18 will be hosted in Australia by Ballarat Grammar School, Ivanhoe Grammar School and Scotch Oakburn College across separate date ranges between Sunday 13 to Thursday 24 September 2020
  • Tuesday 20 Sunday 25 October, The Sanskaar Valley School, India (12 to 14 year olds) ‘Aspire to Inspire’

For further information on Round Square, our initiatives, exchanges, or conferences, please contact me via Email.

Julia Chukwuani
Round Square and Exchanges Coordinator