"There is more to us than we know. If we can be made to see it,
perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less."
What is Round Square?
“Round Square is a worldwide association of more than 150 schools on five continents that share unique and ambitious goals. Learners attending Round Square schools make strong commitments beyond academic excellence towards personal development and responsibility. This is achieved by participating in conferences, community service, work projects, exchange programmes and adventuring, which can, and often does, take learners half way around the world.
Round Square schools share an educational philosophy, based on the teachings of Kurt Hahn, which supports the growth of the "whole person". This philosophy is based upon the Round Square "IDEALS":
- I nternationalism
- D emocracy
- E nvironment
- A dventure
- L eadership
- S ervice
The common goal is to develop every learner into a whole person by enveloping these ideals through interaction with a diversity of learners from different countries and cultures.” [Source: http://www.roundsquare.org/index.php?id=340 [Downloaded: 8/04/11)]
Round Square is divided into three age groups:
- Senior Round Square - Grades 10 to 12
- Junior Round Square - Grades 8 and 9
- Young Round Square - Prep School
For more details and lists of membership schools and information on conferences and service projects, please visit http://www.roundsquare.org/.
Round Square at Dainfern College
Dainfern College has been affiliated with Round Square since 2009 and became a global member in 2012. Young Round Square was also introduced into the Senior Preparatory in 2012.
Dainfern College is proud to be part of Round Square and annually participates in the African Regional Conferences as well as Round Square International Conferences. We also participate in the Round Square student exchange programme.
What is Young Round Square?
Young Round Square was developed to introduce the philosophy to students at an early age. Young Round Square refers to students in the 10 to 12 year age group. At Dainfern College we include the Senior Prep in specific Young Round Square activities and opportunities whilst developing the Round Square IDEALS throughout the school. The inaugural YRS Conference was proudly hosted by Dainfern College in 2014. Our Grade 7 pupils are offered the opportunity to attend the annual regional YRS Conference each year, which is always a wonderful learning experience for individual growth and an opportunity to make friends with pupils at other Round Square schools.
Ms S Christian: Head of Round Square