TAS is a member of Round Square which is a worldwide organisation of more than one hundred schools who share a commitment beyond academic excellence.
Personal development and responsibility through service, challenge, adventure and international understanding – these are the mainstays of the philosophy of Round Square.
Within our school, students are encouraged to make the most of the Round Square events that become available to them. These activities are a perfect example of how a TAS student can enhance their education.
Round Square provides students with various opportunities to travel both nationally and internationally and also provides a platform for students to be involved in service and leadership, enabling them to contribute their skills to society and wider communities. TAS and its students have been enriched by participating in these programs.
Round Square was founded by Kurt Hahn, a remarkable educator, who also founded the Salem School in Germany, Gordonstoun School in Scotland, Outward Bound, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and United World Colleges. His aim was to develop young people whose convictions would be rooted in personal responsibility, kindness and justice.
The central goal of Hahn’s philosophy was that schools should not simply “prepare” students for tertiary study or work but should also prepare them for life directly, in ways that would demand courage, generosity, imagination, principle and resolution.
Round Square is based upon the IDEALS philosophy:
Membership of Round Square provides opportunities for TAS students to:
- travel as exchange students to other schools in Australia and overseas
- participate in international service projects
- attend annual Regional Young, Junior and Senior Conferences as well as the Senior International Conference
TAS joined Round Square as an associate member in the year 2000, and became a full member in 2004. During that time, we have had many student exchanges from schools in England, Canada, Germany, USA, Singapore, China, Peru, France, South Africa, Switzerland and Scotland. Students may choose to exchange with any school from the member schools listed on the Round Square website.
TAS is fortunate to be a member of Round Square, and we continually encourage our students to take part in the multitude of opportunities that this organisation affords us. We encourage students in Year 7 to Year 9 to exchange within the Australiasian region.
The three main Round Square activities that TAS students attend are:
- Round Square Exchanges
- Round Square Conferences
- Round Square Service Projects
Round Square Exchanges are an exchange between one TAS student with another student at another Round Square school, either within Australia or internationally. Each student is able to choose the school that they would like to attend, the length of the exchange, and the time frame for the exchange to take place.
Students can experience education at other highly prestigious schools throughout the world at the same cost that it is to study at TAS. The only additional fees which the parents would incur are the flight costs to and from the host family or school, and any extra pocket money that their child may need. Students who participate in Round Square Exchanges receive a top class education, build lasting relationships with students and teachers, grow in confidence, and have many unique and memorable experiences.
Round Square Conferences are held each academic year and include a Young Conference, a Junior Conference, a Senior Conference, and a Senior International Conference. Both the Junior and Senior Conferences are located at schools within Australia or the Australasian region, and the Senior International Conference is hosted by various Round Square schools throughout the world.
These conferences allow students to travel and experience other schools, listen to keynote speakers, participate in peer discussions, experience new adventures, and engage in community work. Round Square Conferences are fantastic short term experiences for TAS students to learn and implement the Round Square values of Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service, all while creating life-long friends.
Round Square Service Projects are located both in Australia and internationally, and are aimed at assisting less fortunate communities. Students who attend Service Projects accomplish activities such as; raising a new school building, constructing water tanks, or developing sustainable recycling programs. Service Projects run over school breaks and student delegates from all over the world congregate to better the lives of the people who live in those poorer communities.
TAS students have undertaken Service Projects in India, Cambodia and Peru.