Winter Round Square Conference February 13-19th

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Living The North

Round Square is an internationally diverse network of 200 like-minded schools in 50 countries on six continents that connect and collaborate to offer world-class programmes and experiences, developing global competence, character and confidence in our students. Round Square schools are like-minded in their shared understanding of the link between character education and academic success. Round Square network offers exchanges, service trips and Conferences to engage students in activities that develop global citizenship.

Round Square schools share a commitment to character education and experiential learning built around six themes – our IDEALS – International Understanding, Democracy, Environmental Stewardship, Adventure, Leadership and Service.

Delegates will discover what it means to live in winter weather and enjoy experiences on ice and snow. They will learn about the North and Canada’s Arctic from the perspective of indigenous, political, and environmental voices. Keynote speakers will spark intriguing and engaging discussions about climate change, Arctic sovereignty and the shared stewardship of a fragile ecosystem with exceptional biodiversity. The conference features a variety of winter sports, and activities that will bring the community together. Ashbury families will billet our guests and delegates can look forward to unique activities like a 2-night stay at the Chateau Montebello resort, an Ottawa Senators hockey game, a snow-themed dance and more. The conference will be held over six days and overlaps with Ashbury’s winter carnival and Ottawa’s Winterlude festival.

This is Ashbury’s opportunity to welcome international student delegates to Ottawa to experience winter. We will welcome delegates from Australia, Colombia, Canada, USA, Kenya and Romania and we will learn more about “Living the North” together.

Schedule for Winter Round Square Conference

Day 1: Monday, February 13 | Arrival Day At Ashbury College

12:30 to 15:00 • Registration
• Meet Baraza Group and Leaders
• Workshops
17:00• Student Delegates meet Host Families and Depart

Day 2: Tuesday, February 14 | Activities at Ashbury College

7:30 to 8:15• Morning Arrival at Ashbury College (bring outdoor gear)
8:15• Delegates Shadow Student Classes
9:00 to 10:30• Special Full-School Assembly with Keynote Speaker: Sheila Watt Cloutier
• Baraza Discussion
11:40 to 12:40 • Arctic Perspectives Panel: Kaya Hipfner, Senator Margaret Anderson, Natan Obed, Hanne Eskjaer, Geoff Green
• Lunch
• Baraza Discussion
14:00 to 15:15• Winter Carnival Activities
15:30• Student Delegates depart with Host Families*

*Optional Activities for Host Families and Delegates || Camp Fortune

Day 3: Wednesday, February 15 | Arrival Day at Chateau Montebello

8:30 to 9:00• Morning Arrival at Ashbury College
9:30 to 11:00 • Guest Speaker: Adam Shoalts
11:15 to 12:00• Baraza Discussion
12:00 to 13:30• Food Truck Lunch – Outside, near Matthews House/Gillin House
12:00 to 13:30 • Dog Sledding Activity on Campus
14:00• Depart for Chateau Montebello
15:30• Baraza Meeting
18:00 to 19:30 • Dinner
19:30 to 22:00• Indigenous Storyteller

Day 4: Thursday, February 16 | Adventure at Chateau Montebello

7:00 to 10:00• Continental Breakfast
10:00 to 12:30 • Parc Omega
12:30 to 13:30• Lunch
13:30 to 15:30 • Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, curling and tubing
16:00• Baraza Meeting
18:30 to 19:30• Sugar-shack Buffet Dinner
19:30 to 21:00• Special Presentation
21:00 to 22:00• Free Time

Day 5: Friday, February 17 | Departure for Ashbury College

7:00 to 10:00• Continental Breakfast
10:00• Departure
11:15 – 12:00 • Indigenous Lunch at Ashbury College
12:00 to 12:45• Guest Speaker: Waneek Horn-Miller
13:00 to 15:00 • Service and Activity Rotations
15:30• Depart with Host Families
19:00 to 22:30• Ottawa Senators Hockey Game*

*We encourage all to attend! For tickets contact Eliza Blanchi,

Day 6: Saturday, February 18 | Winterlude Day and Snowball Dance

13:00 to 15:00• Meet-up Station by the Rideau Canal for Refreshments
18:00 to 20:00• Ashbury College for Closing Dinner
20:00 to 21:30 • Snowball Dance
21:30 to 22:00• Departure – Student Delegates with Host Families

Day 7: Sunday, February 19 | Departure Day

9:00 • Meet at Ashbury College

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Living The North Conference Team

Padme Raina

Director of Partnerships and Programs

Eric Lavergne

Round Square Coordinator

Diane Budge

Program Facilitator

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