Round Square Member School

As an active member school, Grammar has a profound commitment to the Round Square six IDEALS of learning.

Round Square is a worldwide network of innovative schools that share a commitment to the educational principles of Dr Kurt Hahn. It offers a framework for excellence and continuous improvements as well as structured opportunities to collaborate and share experiences with like-minded peers from around the world.

Fast Facts

“There is more in you than you think.”

– Dr Kurt Hahn

  • 40 countries
  • 5 continents
  • 150 member schools
  • 90,000 students
  • 7,500 teachers and managers

Round Square Philosophy

Dr Kurt Hahn was a remarkable educator who founded Salem School in Germany to develop young people whose convictions would be rooted in personal responsibility, kindness and justice. He is also credited with inspiring the foundation of Gordonstoun School in Scotland, the Outward Bound movement, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and the United World Colleges.

The central goal of Dr Hahn’s philosophy was that schools should not simply prepare students for tertiary study or work but should also prepare them for life by facing life directly, in ways that would demand courage, generosity, imagination, principle, and resolution.

Six IDEALS of learning

Round Square schools are characterised by a shared commitment to an approach to education based on six IDEALS of learning drawn from the theories of Dr Hahn. Grammar students have an incredible range of opportunities as part of our structured Round Square Program linked to each of these IDEALS.

Internationalism

Students learn to see themselves as global citizens and to look beyond gender, class, race, nationality and culture to understand human nature.

Democracy

Freedom of thought and speech is greatly encouraged and appropriate forums and channels of communication are set in place.

Environmentalism

Students learn about the fine balance needed to maintain a healthy interdependent relationship between human beings and the planet.

Adventure

Schools offer activities that foster a spirit of adventure and allow students to discover that they are capable of more than they might have imagined.

Leadership

Students learn that true leadership is serving others and is found in those whose convictions are rooted in personal responsibility, kindness and justice.

Service

Students come face to face with the plight of those in most need around the world and discover how they can make a positive and sustainable difference through Service.