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GAIL Convention 2017

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30 July 2017

GAIL Convention 2017

GAIL Convention 2017

The Conference was held at Prestige College and was based on the African philosophy of Ubuntu which means ‘I am because we are’. Meeting the Scotch GAIL group last year in December for our first catch up, I would have never thought we would have all come together in the way in which we did.

After our 15 hour flight to Johannesburg we spent the day touring around Johannesburg and learning about Apartheid and how racist acts had changed the country into what we know today. We were all shocked to learn about the atrocities that were allowed as we went through the Apartheid Museum. This along with driving through the Soweto Ghettos was an eye-opening experience that we will never forget.

The next step of the journey was to go on a 6-day safari in and around Kruger National Park. We saw 4 out of 5 of the Big 5, to Mr A’s disappointment still no leopard. The 6 days was our chance see some of the most amazing animals in the world… and impalas.

After our week of safari, we headed to Prestige College with a brutal 9-hour drive, where we would meet 55 new students from all around the world and learn about different cultures, lifestyles and learning styles. When we got there, we were overwhelmed by how nice everyone was and how welcoming they were. We were told as soon as the Aussies got there everything got a whole lot better!

For the first day of the conference we learnt about how our brains work and how this can help us understand each other and help us get along better, it always related back to the theme. We were introduced to Bruce Cotly and his wife. Bruce was a man who believed in holistic learning and we were taught over the next three days about different ways of looking at life through different activities including, spending time in nature listening and understanding the area we were in, we also collected little bits of nature and placed them on a table and looked at the table from different perspectives, like how people from around the world may see things differently.

We ended the week with a debate between different groups on different topics, mine was “that humans need other human contact to be able to flourish in life.” This lead to interesting discussions within my small group as I saw how people from around the world see the same topic.

We were all very sad to leave on the last day but also glad to be heading home to see our families, I am sure that we have all made friends for life as we talk to them daily.

As a group, we have the aim to change the view on how GAIL is portrayed within the school.

GAIL is to be no longer just a trip and with the skills, activities and experiences we all have taken away after attending GAIL there is now the chance for the students of Scotch to get involved in our upcoming campaigns and other conferences.

On behalf of the 2017 GAIL team we would like to say a huge thankyou to the staff who attended, Mr Mackenzie, one of the funniest people alive; Ms Kemp, who can take a mint picture; and Mr Albano who represented Australia well, for a Canadian! 

Esther Boles 11Go

Sprinting back to class on the first day of term like... https://t.co/hPbXyixjZ3