Round square conferences promote value based education by bringing the peers from different regions and cultures together for an exchange of ideas, forge friendship, develop understanding and reverence towards different cultures and religions. This year, YPS hosted Round Square Conference…2019. The delegates of 12 different schools were being invited to take part in the prestigious cross cultural learning programme held on September 13-15. These three days witnessed the most adventurous, exciting, enriching, engaging and fun filled activities. The theme of the conference was ADVENTURE….WANDER EXPLORE DISCOVER.
The participants were:
Punjab Public School, Nabha
Mody School, Laxmangarh
Jhamkudevi Sen Sec School, Abohar
Sunbeam School, Varanasi
Daly College, Indore
Mayo College, Ajmer
Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls School, Jodhpur
Sanskaar Valley School, Bhopal
Assam Valley School, Guwahati
Singapore International School, Mumbai
Rajkumar College, Rajkot
Emerald Heights International School, Indore
Yadavindra Public School, Patiala
It was as a spiritual start of the day when some school teams visited local Moti Bagh Gurudwara. An ice breaking session conducted in the evening developed an instant camaraderie among the students. It was a fun filled evening as the students also indulged themselves in an energetic Bhangra dance class. The delegates also enjoyed numerous sports facilities at YPS like Fencing, Horse Riding, Swimming, Archery and Wall climbing.
The opening ceremony of the conference got underway with the lamp lightening ceremony on September 13. The Director of YPS, Maj Gen Sanjiv Varma, VSM (Retd), addressed the audience and welcomed them whole heartedly. He also briefed them about the theme of the conference and apprised them the benefits of adventure and urged them to make the best possible use of next three days.
The first keynote speaker for the day was a young environmentalist and the Founder of Healing Himalayas, Mr. Pradeep Sangwan. He aims to keep Himalayas plastic free. He has contributed a lot in keeping the ‘Dev Bhoomi’ clean and green. From last three years, this green warrior has been working hard with his team to keep the hills clean by collecting all the non-biodegradable waste. The waste they collect is further used to produce electricity. Surprisingly but impressive, till now his team has collected 5.5 Lakh Kg waste by travelling more than 2000 Km every year. He prevailed upon young minds to refrain themselves from using plastic and develop it as a habit for a safer, cleaner and healthier tomorrow.
The other guest speaker was an adventure enthusiast, an accomplished sportsman with National participation in many disciplines of sports and two times National Squash Champion, YPS alumni and incumbent Bursar, Mr. Vikram Singh. He shared his adventure experiences of conquering the World’s highest motorable road (18,380 ft) at Khardunga Paas. He encouraged the students to be all-rounders and keep exploring and facing new challenges with determination. He advocated the fact that the adventure sports are the best way to learn life’s toughest lessons and overcome all fears.
After such an enlightening session, the teams started off their journey towards Barog. The teachers escort from YPS, Mrs. Monika Singh, Mrs. Tarinder Kaur and Mrs. Sangeet Sandhu had accompanied the delegates at the Eco camp, Barog. The next two days were packed with adventure and team building activities, highlighting the theme of the conference…. Wander...Explore…Discover. They were delighted to spend two days at the camp where they explored and experienced some infinite wonders of nature, learned about environment and also tried some adventurous sports like zip lining, obstacle course, trekking, etc. These wilderness adventures enhance the confidence, develop the sense of independence, connectedness to nature, improve social skills and develop new life skills and interests.
The three days of Inter cultural learning culminated in a closing ceremony held on September 15 evening at YPS. It was a lively multi-cultural evening. The performances by the delegates added to the rich plethora of this fun learning event. The student delegates also shared their experiences of last three days. It was a cultural extravaganza at the Patiala Haat, where some stalls related to Punjab and Patiala heritage were put up for the delegates. Mrs. Anju pandey, Mrs. Ravneet Ahluwalia and Ms. Vidushi Datta helped in the smooth functioning of the events. The teacher in charge of Round square conference, Ms. Simrat Malhotra presented a vote of thanks to the participant schools.