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Leadership & Service

Round Square

Rothesay Netherwood School is a member of Round Square, a not-for-profit association of 170 innovative schools in 40 countries, across six continents. The programme was created by Kurt Hahn, an expeditionary educator and founder of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Outward Bound, United World Colleges, and Round Square. 
The philosophy of Round Square synthesizes experiential, personal, and ethical learning through the “IDEALS” philosophy which encompasses Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership, and Service.    

Round Square programs are manifested both on campus and beyond. Within the school, students of all grade levels may propose ideas promoting any of the IDEALS to the Head of School, thus bringing awareness and/or change to the whole school community. Students then collaborate on projects through a student-run Round Square committee. Student-driven leadership is central to the operation of Round Square schools, based on the premise that, if our students are to be the guardians of tomorrow’s world, they must be given the opportunity to practice leading it today.

Beyond the campus, students are encouraged to broaden their horizons by volunteering in community service projects and exchanges. Programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Go Girls allow our students to provide leadership to younger children in neighbouring schools. They represent leadership, self confidence and empowerment. Project Linus, Shoebox Project, Trick or Eat, Christmas Exchange, and Outflow are programs that provide service to the homeless, the less fortunate, and children who are critically ill. Youth for Youth and Safe Harbour are initiatives which bring communities inside and outside of the school to raise awareness for teens in distress which have been organized and managed by RNS students. Every year, a group of our senior school students travel internationally to help build medical clinics, schools, water wells and nurture relationships with other cultures. Each regional and international conference provides service opportunities in the community encouraging and educating inter-cultural understanding. 

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