Every year, Ermitage offers students the opportunity to travel internationally to Round Square and Model United Nations (MUN) conferences. We pride ourselves in sending student representatives to as many conferences as possible.
These conferences give students a chance to explore new cultures while discussing global issues with students from various backgrounds and countries. They always offer enlightening experiences and allow students to develop their leadership skills.
Through MUN, our students have traveled throughout Europe to connect with other international students and familiarize themselves with the procedures of the United Nations by assuming the roles of delegates. Their experiences can be found on the rs reporter's blog.
In the last few years, Ermitage students have participated in Round Square conferences in India, Thailand, South Africa, Canada, the UK, the USA, and European countries, such as Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and others. Their experiences can be found in detail below.
The International RS Conference at St Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Florida, will be the last time all RS schools will be able to join together for one conference. Due to the growth of the organization, future international conferences will be organized on a smaller scale. This alone makes the St. Andrew’s conference an amazing event. An expected 700 students and 300 staff will be on hand to celebrate the pillars of RS and work on the conference theme: "Waves of Change."
Ermitage has been invited to join the Round Square schools of the Americas region at the RS Regional Conference hosted by Rothesay Netherwood School in New Brunswick, Canada. A delegation of Ermitage students will have the opportunity of discussing the Round Square IDEALS with delegates from around the world and working around the theme: P. L. A. Y. (Propelling Leadership Across Youth).
The European Council Meeting at Felsted School in the UK will be a short but intensive RS experience. Bringing together the Heads and Reps of all European schools, as well as two High School and two Middle School student representatives from each school, the conference at Felsted will make for an unprecedented mix of experiences, cultures, and ideas. The conference schedule blends adventure activities with service projects, as well as an MUN debate on topics such as Women’s and Children’s Rights, Nuclear Power, and Tropical Diseases.
"There is no existence without co-existence" – through this theme, three Ermitage students were able to explore the wonders of South Africa and Botswana.
Starting in the Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana for an adventure safari, the students were pushed beyond their comfort zones and learnt to deal with their fear of the unknown, the roughness of uncharted lands and environments, but also the lifestyle differences between their Maisons-Laffitte houses and the remote lodges of the Botswana bush.
The conference itself gave our students a chance to learn about the cradle of humankind, and how humans must not only co-exist with themselves, but also with their
environment. Round Square students are acutely aware that they are the future leaders of the world and that they are responsible for learning the skills necessary to make a change when it is their turn to lead.
Students at Ermitage had the opportunity to help in organizing conferences on campus and are tasked with welcoming Round Square schools to their school and homes. Recently, Middle-School students have helped initiate, plan, and organize a conference at Ermitage, with ten visiting schools for a total of 60 visiting students. Each student was asked to take responsibility for an aspect of the conference, giving each a leadership role.
Six Ermitage delegates traveled to Wellington College to participate in the 2011 RS International Conference. The conference was an amazing experience; where our students were able to mix with students from over 80 schools, meet Queen Elizabeth II, have student led discussions on issues of global importance and explore the theme "Reaching Beyond Your Limits."
In October 2010, a group of six students were selected to represent Ermitage at the Round Square International Conference held at the prestigious Regent's School in Pattaya, Thailand.
As a precursor to the week-long conference, Ermitage participated in the Baan Maelid Hill Tribe School Pre-Conference Project in Mae Hong Sun. Including Ermitage, the team of 40 brave volunteers worked hard to construct water towers at the local school. The project has been initiated to support the community within the Hill Tribe, to enable access to the school facility for those who travel upwards of 5kms on foot to attend classes.
This experience was unparalleled and truly offered our students an opportunity to showcase their teamwork skills, face new challenges in a demanding environment, and make special connections with friends from around the globe!