Round Square International Conference: Take Less, Be More
by Catalina H., Abi 2 & Annina C., 10E2
12 Salem students met Round Square students from all over the world in Oxford and Felsted. Afterwards, two Canadian groups visited us in Salem.

After a corona-related cancellation, the 53rd Round Square International Conference took place this year in September. More than 1,500 students and accompanying persons from 50 different countries came together in England to exchange ideas on the motto "Take Less, Be More". The Salem delegation consisted of 12 pupils and three accompanying persons. Together we went to England for a week, to Oxford to be precise. There, all delegates met and stayed in Oxford University accommodation. After three days, we were divided into six schools. Our delegation was at Felsted boarding school where we focused more on sustainable fashion.

It was an impressive experience, we met a lot of great people, had interesting discussions and came back with a lot of new ideas.

Round Square Post Conference Tour

Post tours usually take place after the conference. This year, Schule Schloss Salem also hosted and welcomed a group from Canada.

The Canadian students and their companions from Calgary French and International School and Rosseau Lake College spent the first two days at our three locations. They gained insights into Salem's services as well as living together and learned about one of Round Square's seven founding schools.

On day 3 of the tour, the Canadians travelled to the Austrian Alps with Salem support.

Annina C., 10E2, reports: Although the scenery was spectacular, we were unfortunately greeted by bad weather. Motivated, we nevertheless undertook the planned hike on the day of arrival. Afterwards, we cooked together in our hut and the food was delicious. On the second day of our stay, we visited a cheese dairy. There we learned about the history of cheese making and how milk is turned into different products like cosmetics and whey powder. We saw cows and goats and were even allowed to feed them. We ended our visit with a cheese tasting and it was an eye-opening experience. The highlight of our trip was a visit to an Austrian alpine restaurant where we ate authentic food like cheese spaetzle.

After returning from the Bregenz Forest on the last day, we took a ferry to Konstanz, where the Canadians, accompanied by Salem students, explored the city. After a final dinner, we were picked up by a night watchman who gave us an entertaining introduction to the historical town of Konstanz.

An eventful and informative week came to an end and we are all looking forward to seeing each other again.