- Round Square
name = Round Square
size = 200
caption = Round Square logo
type = International Organization of Member Schools
membership = New schools inducted by election of member schools
language = Working language is English
website = http://www.roundsquare.org
The Round Square Conference of Schools is a worldwide association of more than 60 schools that allows students to travel between schools and tour the country or do community service.
The title "Round Square" is derived from a seventeenth century building at
Gordonstoun Schoolin Scotland. The building was built in the 17th century as an "estate square" to house horses, carriages and equipment for the estate. It was built to a circular design of similar buildings the designer, Sir Robert Gordon, had seen on his travels in Italy. That lead to the odd name (really a paradox), the "Round Square". [cite web | title='Round square' page on Gordonstoun website| url=http://www.gordonstoun.org.uk/senior-school/boarding/round-square-house/|accessdate=2007-10-01]
Outward Bound, Round Square schools share an educational philosophy that supports the growth of the "whole person". This philosophy is based upon the Round Square "IDEALS" (an acronym that represents the six pillars around which Round Square schools function): [cite web | title=Round Square IDEALS symbolism| url=http://www.roundsquare.org/IDEALS.htm | work= [http://www.roundsquare.org/ RoundSquare.org] |accessdate=2006-08-24]
The common goal is to develop every student into a whole person through academic, physical, cultural and spiritual experiences.
There are more than 60 Round Square schools located around the globe in
Africa, Australasia, Continental Europe, India, the Middle East, North America, South America, and the United Kingdom.
Round Square Activities
Students at any Round Square school may go on a exchange for a
semesterto any of the other schools, and thus both schools benefit from the experience of direct interaction with people from another part of the world.
Round Square International Service Projects
Round Square International Service (RSIS) Projects embody all six pillars through community service projects, such as raising a new building. Over a school break, students from different Round Square schools will converge on a single location, which is often one of the less privileged schools, where they will work together on a project. The materials required for these projects are raised through the Prince Alexander Fund, and do not require funding from attending students.
Regional Projects are similar to RSIS projects but are by invitation only.
There are a variety of conferences that allow student delegates to meet from around the world and progress Round Square.
Annual International Conferences
Annually, a conference is held at a member school. All schools are invited to attend and it is at these conferences that the
Annual General Meetingis held and the future of Round Square is decided. It is also an opportunity for student delegates to meet and discuss issues related to the IDEALS principles. The most recent was held at Daly College in India and the next one is going to be held in Canada, at Glenlyon Norfolk School(Victoria BC) and Collingwood School (Vancouver BC). They will be run in parallel and the theme is Sustainability.
Usually, a school will host an annual conference for other member schools within its region.
Young Round Square Schools
Conferences are held for students in middle school. These conferences are annual and are divided by region.
The following schools are members of Round Square:cite web | title=Member Schools in the Round Square | url=http://www.roundsquare.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=46&Itemid=117 | work= [http://www.roundsquare.org/ RoundSquare.org] |accessdate=2008-04-06]
The Armidale School
Ballarat Grammar School
Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School
Ivanhoe Grammar School(Ridgeway)
Ivanhoe Grammar School(Plenty)
Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney
Scotch Oakburn College
The Southport School(TSS)
St Philip's College
Trinity Anglican School
Bayview Glen School
Bishop's College School
Glenlyon Norfolk School
Lakefield College School
Rothesay Netherwood School
Sedbergh School, Québec
St. Clement's School
*Birla Balika Vidyapeeth, Pilani [http://www.vidyapeeth.co.in]
Dhirubhai Ambani International School
The Assam Valley school
The Daly College
The Doon School
Lawrence School, Sanawar
*Scindia Kanya Vidyalya
Vidya Devi Jindal School
Vivek High School
Welham Boys' School
The Sanskaar Valley School
The Punjab Public School Nabha
United States of America
* [http://www.roundsquare.org/ Round Square website]
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