About RS

Round Square is a UK registered charity that promotes in young people a commitment, beyond academic merit, to personal growth, and responsibility through service to others and through practical, experiential learning.

“Empowering students to become the leaders and guardians of tomorrow's world"

"Education must enable young people to effect what they have recognized to be right, despite hardships, despite dangers, despite inner skepticism, despite mockery from the world....." Kurt Hahn.

RS aims to help students prepare for life by having them face it head-on and experience it in ways that demand courage, generosity, imagination, principle and resolution.

The organisation and its philosophy have evolved from the teachings and beliefs of the renowned educationalist, Kurt Hahn. He believed that given the appropriate set of circumstances and the correct attitude, young men and women could discover their own inner strength and an understanding of the physical and social world around them.

The title "Round Square" is derived from a seventeenth century building at Gordonstoun School in Scotland, where a group of schools founded by Kurt Hahn, his colleagues and pupils, met in 1967. They were there to form an alliance of schools, to work on aid projects for those in need; they were brought together by Jocelin Winthrop Young, and chaired by the former king Constantine of the Hellenes. Dr. Hahn did not wish his name to be affixed to the organization, so the building in which they met gave its name instead, hence the "Round Square".

 

The Duke of York, President Nelson Mandela, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Richard van Weiszacker have since joined the former king Constantine as Patrons. Currently Round Square works with more than a hundred member schools worldwide, representing a student capacity of 60,000 and a teacher/management workforce of around 5,000.

About RS Round Square is a UK registered charity that promotes in young people a commitment, beyond academic merit, to personal growth, and responsibility through service to others and through practical, experiential learning. “Empowering students to become the leaders and guardians of tomorrow's world" "Education must enable young people to effect what they have recognized to be right, despite hardships, despite dangers, despite inner skepticism, despite mockery from the world....." Kurt Hahn. RS aims to help students prepare for life by having them face it head-on and experience it in ways that demand courage, generosity, imagination, principle and resolution. The organisation and its philosophy have evolved from the teachings and beliefs of the renowned educationalist, Kurt Hahn. He believed that given the appropriate set of circumstances and the correct attitude, young men and women could discover their own inner strength and an understanding of the physical and social world around them. The title "Round Square" is derived from a seventeenth century building at Gordonstoun School in Scotland, where a group of schools founded by Kurt Hahn, his colleagues and pupils, met in 1967. They were there to form an alliance of schools, to work on aid projects for those in need; they were brought together by Jocelin Winthrop Young, and chaired by the former king Constantine of the Hellenes. Dr. Hahn did not wish his name to be affixed to the organization, so the building in which they met gave its name instead, hence the "Round Square". The Duke of York, President Nelson Mandela, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Richard van Weiszacker have since joined the former king Constantine as Patrons. Currently Round Square works with more than a hundred member schools worldwide, representing a student capacity of 60,000 and a teacher/management workforce of around 5,000. Round Square is governed by a Board under the Presidency of His Majesty King Constantine. Patrons of the organisation include Nelson Mandela and Canadian human rights activist Craig Kielburger.

IDEALS

Round Square Member schools believe that the pillars of Hahn’s insight are the IDEALS on which our future is built. These are:

He has been elected the chairman of IPSC for two years in January 2014, Trustee of the Round Square Board in London, on the Advisory Executive of HM King Constantine and is a member of G 20 and the Global Connections, and on the Advisory Board of AFS.

1.  An international understanding and tolerance of others
2.  Democratic governance and justice
3.  Environmental stewardship
4.  Self-discovery through adventure
5.  Leadership
6.  Service to others

IDEALS - Discover the world and make a difference

Round Square is based on the theories of experiential educational philosopher Kurt Hahn who believed that schools should have a greater purpose beyond preparing young people for college and university. Dr. Hahn believed that it was crucial for students to prepare for life by having them face it head on and experience it in ways that would demand courage, generosity, imagination, principle and resolution. As a result, he felt that young people would become empowered and develop the skills and abilities to be the leaders and guardians of tomorrow's world. Round Square schools are founded on a philosophy which embraces a series of six pillars or precepts which can be summed up in the word IDEALS. They are Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service. Students at Round Square schools make a commitment to addressing each of these pillars through exchanges, work projects, community service and adventure. The overriding goal is to ensure the full and individual development of every student as a whole person through the simultaneous realization of academic, physical, cultural and spiritual aspirations.

Internationalism

The most powerful force in advocating and promoting international understanding is exposure to different cultures. Students from all nationalities are welcomed into each school. They are taught to appreciate, value and respect all cultures, religions and languages. Students learn to see themselves as global citizens and are asked to look beyond gender, class, race, nationality and culture to understand human nature.

Schools organize term-length exchanges among students, GAP students (who are pre-university, post-secondary) and faculty. Annually, delegations of students and staff gather at a member school to attend an international conference and work on solving world issues. Students are also encouraged to join international service projects.

Democracy

Teaching students both the values of democracy and the importance of active participation in democracy is essential to Round Square schools. Freedom of thought and speech is greatly encouraged and appropriate forums and channels of communication are set in place. Students are also taught to appreciate the importance of self-discipline and are trained and expected to share in the running of the school. Therefore, student government and a genuine sense of responsibility in the management of the school are goals in all Round Square schools.

Environment

Students are taught the importance of tending to the future of the planet. Round Square students are expected to demonstrate an active interest and concern for all natural environments, to be aware of proven problems and to play a practical role in tackling environmental issues. Students are taught the fine balance and the interdependence needed to maintain a healthy relationship between human beings and the planet. Special programmes, work projects and curricula all emphasize each young person's destiny to be a guardian of human society and the global environment.

Adventure

Building the body and soul through adventure, meeting the physical challenge and developing an appreciation of the outdoors: these are all central to Round Square schools. Each school arranges outdoor and extra-curricular activities that challenge and strongly engage students, individually and within groups – in ways that promote personal growth and self discovery. All students are expected to participate in Outward Bound type activities which will foster a spirit of adventure and the realization that students can be so much more than they might have imagined. Round Square schools also incorporate adventure programmes for various grades into school calendars and invite students from other member schools to join in.

Leadership

Students are taught that true leadership is found in those whose convictions are rooted in personal responsibility, kindness and justice. Opportunities for student leadership in the school's community are fostered. Leadership roles, held by senior students, in particular, are substantial and range from management of housekeeping positions to holding key leadership positions. A high level of responsibility is passed on to students individually and collectively. Round Square committees in schools are chaired by students, and various leadership positions of consequence are shared by the students. The annual conference is an ideal forum for students to demonstrate leadership skills, both in the planning process and public administration.

Service

A key method used by Round Square to prepare students for life is by the expectation of serving others. Each student is encouraged to perform a substantial number of service hours, either in school-sponsored, regional or international projects. Round Square international projects have been in existence since the early eighties, occurring in developing countries, where both staff and students from all Round Square schools work together in constructing buildings and water systems. Schools are also expected to train students in skills to help in emergency or disaster situations. To help in funding these projects, students raise money for the Prince Alexander Project Fund, to supply construction materials for the projects.

The Round Square Board

H M King Constantine, President 
HRH The Duke of York 
Rod Fraser, Chairman, Executive Committee 
Tracey Balch, Executive & Chair Advancement Committee 
Simon Bruce-Lockhart, Members Committee & Americas Representative
Raul Otero, Members Committee 
Mike Walton, Members Committee & Australasia Representative 
Doug Golden, Advancement Committee 
John O’Connor, Members Committee & African Representative 
Helmuth Aigner, UK & European Representative 
Hugh Macdonnell, Executive Committee and Finance Committee 
Guy McLean, Executive and Finance Committee 
Paul Crouch, Staff Representative, Members Committee 
Dr. Sumer Singh, Executive, Members Committee & South Asia and Gulf Representative 
John Hamilton, Chair External Operations Committee 
Eleanor Dase, Former Head Athenian School California 
Shereen Mahmood-Ispahani, Governor Chittagong Grammar School