The Round Square is an organisation of schools throughout the world committed to
education through service, conservation, adventure and international
Service to others is very much a cornerstone of the Round Square philosophy.
This organisation, of which The Southport School is a member, comprises some 67
schools from all over the world who support Kurt Hahn¹s vision that education is
primarily about the increase of understanding and tolerance through experience.
TSS has been a member of The Round Square for the past twenty-eight years.
The Round Square is the name given to a unique group of schools in Australia,
Canada, England, Germany, India, Kenya, Scotland, Switzerland, Oman, South
Africa, Japan, Korea and the United States. All are pledged to further
international understanding, and to educate through service, both at home and
overseas. This vision of education goes far beyond the academic.
The association was formed in 1966 following a suggestion from King Constantine
of Greece, as a tribute to the life work of Kurt Hahn. The Duke of York, Mrs
Sonia Gandhi, Dr. R Von Weizsäcker, Nelson Mandela have recently joined King
Constantine of Greece as Patrons of The Round Square.
An annual Conference meets each year at a member school, and, attended by Heads,
Staff, Yr 10, 11 and 12 pupils and Governors, provides a forum for the exchange
of views and experiences, and for the initiation and development of projects.
This Conference provides a forum for the valuable exchange of ideas whilst at
the same time encouraging international fellowship. Two hundred and fifty
delegates attended The Southport School Conference in August, 1995. Attending
these conferences is an exciting and valuable experience as are the exchanges
which take place between member schools.
As well as the international event the Australasian region has two other annual
conferences. The Junior Conference is for 12 - 13 year olds and the Regional
Conference is open to Year 10 and 11 students running for a week. The location
of these varies each year.
Each Round Square school presents an array of service opportunities to its own
students. The scope of these activities is enormous, ranging from support for
the ill and elderly to volunteer childcare to maintenance and rehabilitation of
natural areas to the operation of life-saving and protective agencies. Thousands
of hours of such "ordinary" volunteer-service work are performed by Round Square
students each week. Round Square students are also asked to take on emergency
service help when such is needed. Schools train students to be ready to help
others in cases of emergency or disaster.
From time to time an opportunity to serve will arise that requires the efforts
of teams from several schools. Such service projects normally take place during
school holidays. These larger projects, usually based at a member school, may be
directed by the Round Square International Service ( RSIS ), established in 1980
as a specially staffed programme of The Round Square. RSIS has the leadership,
expertise and funding to take on large, complex and logistically difficult
projects, such as school construction and disaster relief projects. Students at
Round Square schools raise money each year to supply construction and
emergency-relief materials for RSIS. The philosophy here is one of self help.
The funds are raised by Round Square students in their schools for the Prince
Alexander fund - a fund which sponsors the Œbricks and mortar¹ required for the
project. The projects are identified as a resource which will be of benefit to a
whole community and to that end the community are totally involved in the
project. The Free Clothes Days at TSS help contribute to this fund.
All service projects are organised according to the "RSIS Ground Plan" to
promote safety and effectiveness, and are ollowed up by an evaluation (or travel
and debriefing) period to ensure that service will have an educative result for
T.S.S. students have helped rebuild areas devastated by earthquakes in India,
and the South-East Asian Tsunami, constructed classrooms in villages, community
centres and provided a science block and boarding accommodation in a Kenyan
There are also numerous school run projects that are open to The Round Square
Community - some in Australia and abroad. These vary in nature from community
service similar to the RSIS projects, eco tourism projects, environmental
projects, expedition and cultural tours.
There is a strict selection policy and places are keenly sought after as the
experience offered is unique and it is an honour to represent the school in such
a way. There is no doubt that much is gained from these demanding but highly
The Round Square can offer your son opportunities. These opportunities are
announced at Friday assemblies to the whole school and advertised in the Weekly