It is the “foremost task of education to ensure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial, and above all, compassion.” Kurt Hahn, founder of the Round Square philosophy.
Roedean is a proud member of Round Square which is an internationally diverse network of 200 like-minded schools in 50 countries on six continents that connect and collaborate to offer world-class programmes and experiences, developing global competence, character, and confidence in our students. Students are equipped for positive, active and engaged global citizenship we must offer them more than academic knowledge and qualifications.
Round Square is about becoming explorers and realising that “There is more within each one of us than we think–more courage, more strength, and more compassion.” (Kurt Hahn) Roedean offers every student many opportunities to develop these opportunities through participating in activities which foster an awareness of global citizenship, voicing opinions in the spirit of democracy and tolerance, developing responsibility stewardship of the environment, enjoying adventure, practising ethical leadership, and participating in compassionate service.
I developed an appreciation for diversity on my experience. We were placed in a very diverse area to what we are exposed to and I think that when I pass settlements on my journeys through SA I will see a different side to what others see.
Appreciation of diversity: I found it wonderful that we could participate and help the children throughout the activities and go through the townships and see how many people in South Africa live, and the experience has really changed the way I look at things.
I was able to immerse myself in Ecuadorian culture and interact with the local people. The people of Puerto Rico were so incredibly receptive and appreciative towards us; it is a truly heartening experience being able to truly lend a hand in a meaningful way. Being 1 of 50 volunteers was a bit terrifying at first, but I gradually got so used to everyone that by the end I had made such close friends that I still keep in contact regularly.
The school culture and the Jordanian culture was so very different, and I was very curious and wanted to know more and more as I very quickly fell in love with the country. When I visited Petra and the Dead Sea, I was left in absolute awe. I got to know the Jordanian culture as well as the school culture within King’s very well. There was so much to learn, and I even learnt some Arabic phrases
I met so many new people from different countries and schools and talking to them was a real eye opener. Most of the time I would only learn that they were from a different country or province long after we had become friends which made me realize how similar we all are. It also helped me to completely look past any stereotypes that I previously had.
In 2020 and 2021, Round Square students have connected with their peers worldwide through Zoom postcard chats ranging from antisemitism, Hollywood to, folklore, and conferences on future Cities, Climate change, and ethical leadership.