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Round Square: Welham RS Global conference
Welham Boys’ Global Round Square Conference January 2018
On 24th January 2018, a bunch of excited Dalian delegates comprising of Manya Hora, Ami Jain, Manaswini Singh , Agrani Goyal, Raina Himatsingka, Pragun Gupta and Tanmay Goyal accompanied by our teacher delegate Mrs. Ambily Nair boarded a flight to Dehradun via Mumbai to attend the Round Square Global Conference at Welham Boys School Dehradun. The central theme of the conference was ’Escape the Ordinary’. On reaching our destination, after the registration process and a bit of relaxation we were assigned a team of home delegates from Welham who took us for a campus walk which we really enjoyed. The warmth that our hosts radiated complemented the chilling weather of Dehradun. In the evening, we had an ice breaking session where we introduced ourselves to delegates from different parts of the world.
Early next morning, braving the Doon valley chill, we set out to visit the idyllic Forest Research Institute Dehradun. After breakfast, we had the opulent opening ceremony where the chief guest and the key note speaker Ms.Dia Mirza, a champion of nature, raised awareness and motivated us to seek solutions to the environmental issues faced by the world. In the evening we had the first baraza session organized in the form of ‘baithaks’ in the orchard, which gave us an opportunity for self-discovery and time to ponder on how to embrace the un-ordinary. The day ended with delegate dance at the amphitheatre.
On the third day the whole atmosphere was charged with the spirit of nationalism, as it was the Republic Day. Early in the morning we visited the Mindrolling monastery believed to be the largest Buddhist reliquary in Asia. The tranquility of the place transported us to a different world all together. The key note speaker for the day was Dr. Anand Gokhani noted Endocrinologist and Humanitarian. His speech emanated wisdom and insight into life’s important lessons. It was followed by the Republic Day celebrations where tableaux and kiosks were set up of each state of India by the home delegates along with small skits about their culture and heritage. The Gatka dance display by a Punjabi martial arts group left us all spell bound. The scrumptious lunch that followed gave us a flavor of the rich food heritage of our land. After our second baraza session which was fun and thought provoking, the comedy show by Anubhav Pal, a veteran on the circuit, kept the audience in splits. The day ended with the principal's dinner where the lighting of the wish lamp was done by the delegates.
Our service day was well spent with many activities and inculcated the quintessential leadership quality of empathy, where Dalians along with other delegates prepared a community lunch for the under privileged children. Post lunch, we left for Parmarth Niketan Rishikesh to take a pledge to conserve Water, and Earth and plant trees, which was followed by the glorious Ganga Aarti. Our very own Pragun Gupta got the unique opportunity to lead the oath taking ceremony.
The next day being the adventure day, was filled with great zeal and energy as we enjoyed activities like cycling, fire fox, rappelling, trekking etc. The same evening saw a cultural fiesta where the dance performance of Dalians was much appreciated.
On the last day we had two sessions of fun skill activities like tie and dye, cookery, palm reading, paper recycling and sign language amongst a host of other activities, where we learnt through our hands. It was followed by the grand closing ceremony. On the day of return, i.e 30th January, we visited the renowned Doon School as well. In all the conference was both enriching and thrilling as we ‘Escaped the Ordinary’ and tapped the ‘Extraordinary’.
Manaswini Singh (VII B)