GAIL Conference - Kristin Ambassadors
The sun rose on the third day of the conference at 4.17am, though our body clocks are now on Scotland time even the cacophonous seagulls are not rousing our young GAIL adventurers. I hope you’ve been enjoying Sohail’s fine reflections, and won’t mind my guest blogging for today. The GAIL conference continues to provide a rich environment for discussions, sharing opinions and building friendships and will certainly make lasting memories.
Today’s adventures took us into the countryside of Aberdeenshire, for some Scottish history, botany and ingenuity.
Our visit to Crathes Castle certainly puts the timeline of Scotland into perspective for us young colonials and the National Trust guides were incredibly patient and informative as they painted the picture of 16th century Lord Burnett being gifted this area by Robert the Bruce as reward for his allegiance. 2m thick granite walls, window slits and a clockwise narrowing stairwell ensured the security of this tower home, though The Green Lady still haunts the multiple floors. Lupins of all colours, begonias, irises and clambering roses were just part of the formal gardens, though the open croquet green and lawns were the popular lunch games area!
The second part of the day was a visit to the Balchony Biomass plant, where the students learned about the innovative supply of heating to 4000 homes and businesses through wood chip incineration. Plans to add electricity supply to the plant and move to the fast-growing willow crop for fuel were of interest to many of the students as they begin to formulate their renewable energy presentations for later in the week.
This evening’s entertainment was provided by the students from Prestige College (South Africa) and Woodstock School (India). Clapping, stomping, chanting of Africa, then the graceful, energetic moves of Bollywood; we were treated to traditional song and dance from both countries, before joining in to an active game of ‘Indian tag’ that will certainly make its way around the world.
Throughout the day, our Kristin students shone. They are inquisitive, attentive and appreciative. They are vivacious, open-minded and enthusiastic. They are terrific ambassadors for New Zealand, for Kristin and for their families. We are learning a lot, and making positive contributions to important conversations. If this is a microcosm of the potential of our youth, the future is in good hands.
By Mrs Patchett (Junior Principal)