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Round Square schools are characterised by a shared belief in an approach to education based on six pillars, IDEALS, drawn from the theories of educator Kurt Hahn.
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.
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