Dainfern College is a Global member of Round Square, a world-wide association of more than 200 schools on five continents that share unique and ambitious goals. Students attending Round Square schools make strong commitments beyond academic excellence towards personal development and responsibility.
As a proud Round Square School we take a holistic approach to education and inspire our students through experiential learning using the Round Square IDEALS of International Understanding, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service. One of our deliberate intentions is to embrace Round Square in its totality and bring the IDEALS of Round Square to the core of all that we do. Not only does this benchmark us against the top schools in the world but it continues to expose our students and staff to international best practice.
The Round Square Discovery Framework, linked through all three areas of our school, looks to create more ways of synthesising academic, skills-based, experiential, personal and moral learning. This powerful combination of skills and personal characteristics allows vital character-based education to take place. Our students are encouraged through Round Square to be the best individuals they can be by developing the essential discoveries of Tenacity, Courage, Self Awareness, Compassion, Inventiveness, Sense of Responsibility, Teamwork Skills, Commitment to Sustainability, Inquisitiveness and Appreciation of Diversity.
The founder of Round Square was Kurt Hahn (1886-1974) was a key figure in the development of experiential education and founded the first United World College, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (President’s Award in South Africa), Gordonstoun school in Scotland, and Outward Bound, the international network of outdoor education schools. He believed that students could only really understand life by experiencing it in many exciting and challenging ways. By testing themselves, students would be able to develop their courage, generosity, imagination, principles and resolution. He also believed that the greatest thing one could learn – and inspire in others – was compassion. Inspired by this principle, the Round Square network of schools share practical opportunities to guide and support students in becoming courageous and compassionate leaders. Kurt Hahn , a German educator and a key figure in the development of experiential education. To this day his philosophies have far-reaching international influence that has stood the test of time.