Round Square

We Walk Together International Round Square Conference 2010

‘We Walk Together’

The Regent’s School is a member of the international Round Square Organisation. Their philosophy is based on that of Kurt Hahn, a key figure in experiential education and inspiration for other programs like United World Colleges, Outward Bound and The International Award for Young People. The IDEALS of Round Square (Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service) are embedded across our school curriculum. We hosted the International Round Square Conference in October 2010 to over 80 schools from across the globe which was heralded as ‘the most successful conference in Round Square history’.

"the most successful conference in Round Square history"

My role was as Program Coordinator and Leader of one of the many Service Projects that we offered to our delegates. 3 member schools, including Gordonstoun School of Scotland where Round Square began, participated in a pre-conference week and 2 further service days of environmentalism and service work that I designed with our community partner, the world-renowned Human Development Foundation (HDF) in Bangkok. The delegates worked at the HDF Farm Project with boys from Bangkok’s poorest slum who are being assisted by the HDF to develop life-long skills in agriculture. The development of this program took months of planning in designing, resourcing, funding, and risk assessing, as well as coordinating the international travel of the delegates, and much more. I am very proud of my achievements with this project and was grateful for it to be deemed a huge success by the founders of Round Square, The Regent’s School and the Human Development Foundation.

Working hard at the HDF Farm Project

In establishing links with our community partner for the conference project, I coordinated and led the Regents-Mercy Centre Farm Project Initiative. This venture involved weeks of intensive organisation and liaising with key members of secondary and primary staff at Regent’s school and the Executive Director and Public Relations Manager of The HDF Mercy Centre. I designed a program of cross-curricular activities for the week, focused on linking the Round Square IDEALS to the Key Stage 3 Science curriculum. This was successfully executed and students in Year 6 and 7 benefited both academically and personally from the experiences. Students and staff involved highlighted the positive impact the program had both in the secondary and primary school and it was considered an example of best practice in holistic education in enriching the learning experience at Regent’s. I have planned to hand over this project on my departure so that its successes can be continued into the future on an annual basis.

Please read more about this here.

Preparing the land for the new rice harvest

From the successes of this initiative, I was asked by the Round Square Coordinator to advise primary staff on developing a similar initiative with the Father Ray Project, another of our community partners. I helped staff to design a cross-curricular primary program and assisted them in liaising with outside agencies.

In aiming to promote Round Square IDEALS at Key Stage 3, I initiated and coordinated the Mary’s Meals program at Regent’s. Students in Year 7 – 9 were responsible for the ‘Back Pack’ project where they led Round Square Assembly presentations and coordinated the collection of school equipment for childrfen benfiting from the Mary’s Meals program across the globe.  Have a look at their presentation:

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