At the 2019 Round Square Australasian and East Asian Conference for 13-15 year olds at Woodleigh School, delegates will join together to shift their thinking, inspire others and bring about change in their world. Our theme, 'Gen Z: Mind Shifters', will challenge delegates to make a difference in their community.

Over the course of the conference, participants will work with inspiring people who have brought about real change in the world – change they started at a very young age.

Delegates will engage with the beautiful environment of the Mornington Peninsula, learn from our local Community Partners, get out of their comfort zones and be challenged to make a difference.

Schools can send up to 10 students between the ages of 13 - 15 years old, and two accompanying staff members.

ROUND SQUARE CONFERENCE 2019 – $950 per person

Schools can send a delegation of up to 10 students and two staff members (negotiable).

After registering, you will be sent an invoice for your group. We ask that a holding deposit be paid by Friday 30 November to secure your place and so we can finalise our arrangements for the conference.

* Price excludes one meal


Woodleigh is not a boarding school, so... we'll be GLAMPING! Our Gen Z Mind Shifters will be living in our tent village, situated on the main school oval at our Senior Campus in Langwarrin South. It will be an amazing way for our student and staff delegates to experience Australia, and in particular, the Mornington Peninsula!

Each tent comfortably accommodates between 2 to 5 people. The area will be lit at night and luxury bathroom vans will be onsite with toilets, showers and bathroom facilities.


The Senior Campus of Woodleigh School is located in Langwarrin South on the Mornington Peninsula. We are approximately 45 minutes south of the Melbourne CBD (90 minutes from Tullamarine Airport) on 22.5 hectares of natural bushland. Plenty of room for delegates from all corners of Australasia and East Asia to attend! 

SIMON GRIFFITHS – social entrepreneur

Simon is an engineer and economist turned social entrepreneur. In 2007, after turning down his dream job offer as a corporate high-flyer, he moved from Australia to South Africa to immerse himself in his true passion: development aid. There he discovered that the biggest problem faced by NGOs and social entrepreneurs is a lack of funding.

Driven by a passion to use business to give back, in 2010, Simon had the idea to start a toilet paper company that builds toilets in the developing world. In 2012, he launched Who Gives A Crap with a crowdfunding campaign, agreeing to sit on a toilet on a live webfeed until he had pre-sold the first $50,000 of toilet rolls. The multi-award winning launch attracted global media attention and generated over $1 million of PR value.

Since launching, Who Gives A Crap has tripled in size year-on-year, primarily relying on word-of-mouth to fuel its growth. In five years, Who Gives A Crap has donated more than $1 million.

Simon is one of Australia’s most prominent social entrepreneurs. His work has been covered by countless media outlets around the world, including The Huffington Post, MTV and The Stanford Social Innovation Review. 

SOPHIE CISZEK – professional athlete

Sophie is a professional sailor, having grown up living on a boat with her family from the age of two-years-old. She started sailing dinghys at the age of seven and continued her passion for offshore sailing during high school. There’s nothing the least bit average about Sophie Ciszek. At 32, she’s sailed more than 300,000 nautical miles on some of the planet’s hairiest, scariest yachts, and has competed in not one but two Volvo Ocean Races, the epic round-the-world contest. She was also part of the event's first all-female team. 

Following the Volvo Ocean Race, Sophie was awarded the Hans Horrevoets Rookie Award, which is given to the most outstanding young sailor for this race. Sophie has previously raced on some of the world’s most renowned sailing yachts including Wildthing, Brindabella and Shockwave, competed in four Sydney-Hobart Races. 

An accomplished surfer as well as a sailor, Sophie has a deep and abiding respect for the sea and the natural world. When not sailing, Sophie lives on a 50-acre, off-the-grid property in Tasmania.

LYNDON GALEA - social entrepreneur

Lyndon Galea started Eat Up, a charity that provides free lunches to disadvantaged school kids who would otherwise go without. After reading a newspaper article on hungry kids missing out in his hometown of Shepparton, Lyndon pinched what he could from his mum's cupboards, and started making sandwiches to drop off to schools in need.

Unfortunately, the issue of Aussie kids going without food extended much further than just Shepparton; 1 in 8 Australian children arrive at school hungry every day. To really help, Eat Up had to become both scalable and sustainable.

Today, Eat Up supports hungry kids at 324 schools across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. This has been made possible thanks to the support of generous volunteers making thousands of sandwiches each week (including students from Woodleigh and Ballarat Grammar), and companies like Coles, Goodman Fielder, SPC and Carman's donating their products.


Woodleigh School is a progressive, co-educational 3YO ECC–Year 12 school located on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. Our three campuses are located in spacious bushland settings, reflecting our deep connection and respect for the natural environment.

Woodleigh School is a place that encourages students to be adventurous with their learning. It affirms openness, independence, creativity, self-motivation and initiative. Through our range of diverse programs, students discover and follow passions and grow in a culture of mutual respect, cultural freedom and inclusion.

We are currently in the candidacy phase of implementing the IB Programme and pride ourselves on becoming a global leader in Personalised Learning. Our curriculum is based on authentic, real-life learning experiences. 

Gareth Bolch

Conference Director

Gareth Bolch

Woodleigh School

Conference Administrator

Woodleigh School

Please contact Gareth or Siobhán with any questions –

Please book flights to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.
  • Arrive in Melbourne on Sunday 7 April before 1300 
  • Depart from Melbourne on Thursday 11 April after 1400

We will provide two shuttle bus services between Melbourne Tullamarine Airport and Woodleigh School. The service will collect passengers at from the airport at 10am and 2pm on Sunday 7 April.

Please note: Woodleigh School is about a 90-minute drive from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.

If you are organising your own travel to Woodleigh School, please let us know when you plan to arrive. Please follow the signs on campus to parking and meeting areas. We have organised light activities for delegates arriving before 2pm.


We recommend that you purchase adequate travel and medical insurance to cover your group. Please ensure this covers missed flights, lost items and medical insurance.


Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a valid Australian visa to enter the country. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. You can apply for a range of visas, including tourist visas and working holiday visas, at your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate. You can also apply for certain types of visas on the Australian Department of Home Affairs website.

The type of visa you should apply for depends on the length of your stay, your passport and the purpose of your visit. If you are unsure, it is best to get direction from the Australian Embassy located in your country. Please click the below link to download an Invitation Letter you can include with your visa application. Please note that anything highlighted in yellow will need to be amended to reflect your school and group's details.


Australia’s quarantine and customs regulations restrict travellers from bringing some items, including many plant and animal products, into the country. Australia’s quarantine regulations require incoming travellers to declare any food, plant material and animal products they are bringing to Australia. If you are in doubt about whether or not you can bring an item into Australia, declare it on your Incoming Passenger Card, or dispose of it in the quarantine disposal bins at the airport. You can also check for restricted items here.


Students may bring their school uniform if they wish, however this is optional. There will be Opening and Closing Ceremonies and students may wear either their uniform or neat casual clothes.

During the week, students can dress in comfortable clothing appropriate for the various activities, which will be outlined in the forthcoming program.

Please bring long pants and sturdy boots or gumboots to be worn when attending the Wildlife Reserve and Farm located on campus.


Adults should generally observe a smart/casual dress code when participating in the adult program.

Adults will have an opportunity to discover some of the local sights so we recommend bringing appropriate/comfortable clothes for sightseeing.


The weather in early April in Victoria can be variable. Please pack layers so you will be comfortable.

On average, daytime highs range between about 20–26°C with overnight temperatures of around 12°C. There could be rain or sunshine. Including a rain jacket and footwear that will resist water would be a good idea.

Please note: the temperatures and conditions above are historically accurate for this time of year but climate change can impact the seasons so you may experience uncharacteristic conditions during the trip which are out of our control. 

We recommend checking the forecast before departing so you know what to expect and can pack accordingly.


While attending the Conference all students will be treated as Woodleigh students as outlined in the following RSGen Z Risk Documents. 

RSGen Z Risk Documents


Woodleigh School is bound by and supports the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act), for handling personal information as well as the requirements of the Health Privacy Principles under the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic).

Woodleigh recognises and acknowledges that the protection of individuals’ privacy is important and required under the relevant legislation.

All Woodleigh staff, contractors and volunteers must comply with these policies in relation to any personal information they handle.


Woodleigh School has developed the following Child Protection and Safety Policy. This policy is an overarching document that provides key elements of our approach to protecting children from abuse.

The policy forms the foundation of the School’s procedures, practices, decision-making processes and ultimately the School’s culture with respect to child safety.

It is designed to be published on our public website as well as communicated through other mediums such as newsletters, our annual report and in induction and welcome packs for Board of Directors members, staff and Volunteers. A PDF version of Woodleigh School’s Child Protection and Safety Policy is available below.

The School’s Child Protection and Safety Policy has been approved and endorsed by the School’s Board of Directors and is regularly reviewed by the Board.