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Round Square


Roedean Joins Round Square

Each Roedean girl will be encouraged to participate meaningfully in the Round Square ideals of:

  • International understanding
  • Democracy
  • Environmental awareness
  • Adventure
  • Leadership, and
  • Service

Senior boys and girls from Saint Stithians College, and the Saint Stithians Girls’ College Round Square Director, Mrs Christine Ashton, visited Roedean in February to welcome Roedean to Round Square.

What is Round Square ?

Round Square is a world-wide association of more than 80 schools on five continents sharing unique and ambitious goals. Students attending Round Square schools make a strong commitment, beyond academic excellence, to personal development and responsibility. This is achieved by participating in community service, work projects, exchange programmes and adventuring, which can, and often does, take students half way around the world.

Round Square is based on the theories of experiential educational philosopher Kurt Hahn. Dr. Hahn, one of the twentieth century’s foremost revolutionaries in education, believed that schools should have a greater purpose beyond preparing students for college and university.

He believed that it was crucial for young people to prepare for life by having them face it directly and experience it in ways that would demand courage, generosity, imagination, principle and resolution. Round Square is an organization embodying this educational revolution.

Dr. Hahn has led to the creation of many outstanding schools, as well as Outward Bound, the United World Colleges and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award., (and its follow-up the “International Award”). As the number of Round Square schools continues to grow and the co-operation among these organizations increases, Hahn’s philosophy is making a solid and creative impact on the lives of thousands of students.

All member schools share a strong underlying belief: this is the view of learning by doing. It is an ongoing process of self-confrontation and formation, involving a fundamental objective of the full and individual development of every student into a whole person…academically, physically, culturally and spiritually, within the supportive environment of a school community.

This underlying belief also embraces the importance of service to others, adventure and leadership training, responsibility and international understanding. All these are essential in preparing young people to meet the challenges of the future with confidence and compassion.

Round Square is a Registered Charity in the United Kingdom

Registered Charity Number : 327117


  • International understanding
  • Democracy
  • Environmental awareness
  • Adventure
  • Leadership
  • Service

There is more in you than you think

Africa Senior Regional Conference: Tiger Kloof 29 April – 1 May. Theme: BE THE CHANGE.

The Senior Africa Regional Conference is one of the highlights of the Round Square calendar, and the hospitality of Tiger Kloof certainly made our time with at the school one of the most memorable conferences.

As part of the Round Square family, Roedean extended hospitality to Starehe Boys’ Centre and St Andrews School from Kenya. We travelled to the conference with the Kenyans and Saints Boys’ and Girls’ Colleges.
The school has an amazing history; it was opened in 1904 by the London Missionary Society to educate the Batswana communities. Its success in educating, among others, the Kama family of Botswana resulted in its closure under Verwoed in the 1960s. It was reopened in 1994, and today it is a thriving day and boarding school serving the Northwest Province.

The students’ passion for education, their manners and their leadership of the conference is testimony to the ethos of the school. We visited the local township and handed food parcels to needy family, we accompanied children on their daily 8km walk to school, and we were given much to think about by the speakers. Wilhelm Verwoed, the grandson of Hendrick Verwoed, spoke most humbly and sincerely about forgiveness and reconciliation. In addition, Lesego Holzapfel, past pupil of Tiger Kloof, Ela Ghandi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, and Fred Swaniker of the African Leadership Academy delivered thought-provoking messages to us.

Round Square Day

We celebrated Round Square Day on 26 July 2013.
The aim of the day was to allow each girl the opportunity to experience the IDEALS in a meaningful and dynamic way. The activities were thought-provoking and they allowed student leadership to flourish and girls to express themselves democratically.

The girls participated in an activity which highlighted one or more of the IDEALS. After this, they joined their Baraza group where a student who had been on a Round Square Conference led the discussion. Teachers helped the student to facilitate discussions.

The day began with each girl receiving a bookmark with the Round Square IDEALS and a quote from Kurt Hahn: There is more in you than you think.

We highlighted Round Square and service by displaying the Round Square Logo on our lawn, along with paper flowers which were made by the girls earlier in the term and on which they had written messages to abused women.


Grade 11

The Grade 11s were prepared for the day by watching Malala Yousafzai’s speech to the UN. On Round Square Day, the Grade 11 Model United Nations Debaters shared their research on Millennium Development Goal 3: Empowerment of Women, with their grade. The girls had researched this topic for a Mini-MUN debate earlier this year. They updated the class on South Africa and MDG 3.

Grade 10

Grade 11 girls facilitated the playing of a card game that simulated difficulties in communication. The girls spoke about international understanding with the Grade 11 leaders and teachers in their Baraza groups.


Glade 9

Grade 9 girls who attended the Saint Stithians’ 14-15-year-old Conference facilitated a democracy game which highlights injustice and inequality. After a lively and challenging contest the Baraza groups discussed these issues.

Environment Awareness

Grade 8

This Grade was led by Grade 10 girls who had been on the Saint Stithians Girls’ 14-15-year-old Conference in 2012. The students identified current challenging issues in newspapers. They changed the wording of the headlines so that it reflected positive news. Their discussion focused on how they could bring about the difference they envisioned.


35 girls received their President’s Award badges and certificates for completing the bronze, silver and gold levels of The Award.



The Matric girls listened to a talk by one of the Roedean teachers who is a qualified Life Line Counsellor. She showed very thought-provoking U-Tube clips on perseverance and leadership and service. The girls discussed leadership in the Baraza groups


A cake sale was held a lunch, the proceeds of which were donated to Lawyers Against Abused Women and Children. R2000 was raised. Girls signed up to visit a project in the Township of Vosloorus on Women’s Day.


These two exchange students are Vain Singh and Kashni Dahli from the Lawrence School in India.

“I learnt how to take a responsible risk and try something new that could be a challenge but also fun.”

“I learnt that it is important to be selfless and not to think about yourself and to help others for a change.”

Giving Back to the community