Roedean Joins Round Square
Kurt Hahn 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. So he established the pillars of Round Square – the IDEALS:
- An International understanding and tolerance of others
- Democratic governance and justice
- Environmental stewardship
- Self-discovery through Adventure
- Service to others
Round Square continues to grow and we are proud of the progress that we are making. Roedean’s Exchange Programme was particularly successful in 2014 with a number of incoming and outgoing exchanges. The success of these has resulted in an increased subscription to the 2015 Exchange Programme, with new schools and new adventures just waiting to happen!
In addition, in 2014 Roedean launched Round Square talks and Barazas. Round Square talks are linked to the IDEALS and Roedean’s values, as well as current issues within our community (local and/or global). This is followed by a Baraza, a discussion forum based along vertical lines, in which the girls each have equal voice. They are encouraged to form opinions about the information related in the talk, and to share those opinions in a “safe” not judgmental environment.
At the Round Square International Conference hosted by the King’s Academy, the Round Square Board confirmed Roedean School (SA)’s application for global membership. This followed unanimous support for our nomination as a global member school at the Africa Regional AGM. Global membership will extend our opportunities within the Round Square Family, including, but not limited to, Round Square International Conferences and Round Square International Service Projects.
If you’d like to know more about Round Square, or Round Square activities, at Roedean School (SA), please feel free to get hold of the Round Square Representative, Mrs Sandy Murray, or the Assistant Round Square Representative, Ms Tamara Nel.
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 www.roundsquare.org
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.
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.
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
“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.”
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