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            The cold evening of 19th of December, started the Round Square Conference on the sprawling campus of Yadavindra Public School,Patiala. But the coming in of cheerful bubbly faces of young delegates infused such warmth into it that one didn't really mind the cold. The School, this year hosted the Round Square Conference for the students in the age group of 12 to 14 years. The following schools participated in the conference

  1. Daly College, Indore
  2. Emerald Heights School, Indore
  3. Vivek High School, Chandigarh
  4. Vidya Devi Jindal School, Hisar
  5. Genesis Global School, Noida
  6. Rajmat Krishna Kumari School, Jodhpur
  7. Punjab Public School, Nabha and
  8. Yadavindra Public School, Patiala

After the usual process of registration, there was an ice breaking session. The participants got a chance to mingle with each other. The bonds were strengthened through fun filled activities. And in a short span of time, one could feel the fire of friendship strengthening in the glow of a massive bonfire.
     The Opening Ceremony on the 20th was a pleasant assemblage of dance and music presentation by the host school. The young dancers from the Junior wing charmed the audience with their performance. The Chief Guest, Mr Manpal Tiwana, Creative Director, The Harpal Tiwana Foundation, Patiala, appreciated the efforts of the students. He shared a few snapshots of his life as a theatre artist. He emphasized on the theme of the conference- "Beyond Mundane". Videos showcasing the various activities of the school and important landmarks of Patiala city were also lauded by the guests.
            The Conference Photograph had a set of excited children saying 'cheese' for a perfect pose.
             The lifeline of a Round Square Conference is its Baraza sessions. The organising committee had thoughtfully planned activities for the Baraza. The very titles caused a fervour amongst the participants. They essayed the roles of Conquerors, Vanquishers, Pirates and the Dumbledore Army.
             The two hour long sessions were followed by a sumptuous lunch.
                  During the evening, the participants were taken to Quila Mubarak where they took a sneak peek at the well preserved artifacts of the Royal family of Patiala.
                The 3rd day of the Conference had them visiting the school for the Patiala school for the Physically and Mentally Challenged students. This was a real eye opener for the students. They could empathize with the struggle these 'children of a lesser god' have to make throughout their lives. The delegates attended their classes, the life skill exercises, the handloom work, candle making and shared the lunch, which indeed was very delicious. The delegates presented a Casio and two sitars for the music room used by the deaf students. It was an afternoon well spent. Each child took a beautiful memory from there. It was a session which brought happiness to the inmates of the institute.
      The afternoon offered a series of challenges in the form of art and craft activities .The delegates proved their mettle by putting their best foot forward. The aesthetically pleasing faces painted by young artists were a big hit. The evening offered a chance to present a variety entertainment program. The young teens enthralled the audience with pantomimes, hit English songs and dances including of course, everyone's favourite, Bhangra. The busy day came to an end with the Director's Dinner.
        The last day of the Conference gave a chance to experience Punjab's history from close quarters. The students were fascinated by the architecture of the Chhapar Chiri Memorial based on the life of the Sikh martyr,Banda Singh Bahadur. The 'tryst with bravery' continued with a visit to the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute, Mohali. The delegates were addressed by the Director, Maj Gen BS Grewal. While offering a  glimpse of the career opportunities in the Armed Forces sector ,he encouraged the young delegates to make the right choices in their lives. The delegates enjoyed every single moment of their visit to the institute and left for Patiala at three in the afternoon.
         In the evening, the students had the summing up of the  Baraza sessions. The participants spoke in brief of their experiences during the Conference. The much awaited JAM session was an icing on the cake.
          The Conference concluded with a set of smiling, excited faces cheering and acknowledging the hard work put in by the Organising Committee.
It was indeed a conference ………………..”BEYOND MUNDANE.........”