The Round Square Conference
of Schools is a worldwide association of more than 80 schools that allows
students to travel between schools and tour the country or do community
Indian School, Al Ghubra is a Global
Member of Round Square.
The title "Round
Square" is derived from a seventeenth century
building at Gordonstoun School in 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".
Round Square schools share an educational philosophy,
based on the teachings of Kurt Hahn, 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):
The common goal is to develop every student into a whole
person through academic, physical, cultural and spiritual experiences.
There are more than 80 Round Square schools located
around the globe in Africa,
Continental Europe, India, the Middle East,
and the United Kingdom.
Round Square Activities
Students at any Round
Square school may go on a exchange for a duration of 8 weeks or more
to any of the other schools, and thus both schools benefit from the experience
of direct interaction with people from another part of the world.
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
Regional Projects are similar to RSIS projects but are by
There are a variety of conferences that allow student
delegates to meet from around the world and progress Round Square.
Annual International Conferences
Each year Round Square schools send teams of representatives to a five-day
conference held at a member school. During the conference the prior year's
collaborative activities are reported on and evaluated, and new projects are
planned. Discussions, related to the theme of the conference, examine topics of
importance to the member schools and the world.
Programmes initiated by Round
Square help institutionally and culturally different,
but like-minded students meet and share their points of view. Friendships are
made through activities, expeditions and events organized by the host school.
Visitors are introduced, not only to the host school, but also the country, the
culture and the environment. The 2003 conference was hosted by St. Cyprian's
School and St. Stithians College in South Africa. The 2005 conference
was held at Ivanhoe Grammar School, in Melbourne,
Australia, and the 2006
conference was held at Gordonstoun in Scotland. The 2007 conference was
held at Daly College in
from October 18 – 24, 2007, Vancouver and Victoria , British Columbia,
in 2008; The Mayo College in Ajemr,
India in 2009 and the
next conference will take place in the Regent's School, Pattaya in 2010. The
theme of the conference will be, "We Walk Together."
Regional Conferences (Sr. and
Usually, a school will host an annual conference for
other member schools within its region.