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About Round Square and the IDEALS
Round Square is a worldwide association of more than 160 member schools on five continents. These schools share a commitment, beyond academic excellence, to personal development and responsibility through service, challenge, adventure and international understanding.
All member schools share a strong underlying belief: this is the view of learning by doing. It is an on-going process of self-confrontation and formation, involving a fundamental objective of the full and individual development of every student into a whole person: academically, physically, culturally and spiritually, within the supportive environment of their School community.
Ideals - The Philosophy Behind Round Square
The essential philosophy of Round Square is based on these six pillars. Some of the most exciting Round Square experiences come from the Hahnian vision which fuses them together. They are interrelated and all of equal importance
"…an eminent man challenged me to explain what sailing in a schooner could do for international education. In reply, I said we had at that moment the application before us for a future king of an Arab country to enter Gordonstoun. I happened to have at the school some Jews...If the Arab and one of these Jews were to go out sailing on our schooner. . .perhaps in a North-easterly gale, and if they were become thoroughly seasick together, I would have done something for international education."…Dr. Kurt Hahn
Teaching students both the values of democracy and the importance of active participation in democracy is essential to Round Square schools. Freedom of thought and speech is greatly encouraged and appropriate forums and channels of communication are set in place. Students are also taught to appreciate the importance of self-discipline and are trained and expected to share in the running of the school.
Therefore, student government and a genuine sense of responsibility in the management of the school are goals in all Round Square schools.
"It is the sin of the soul to force young people into opinions - indoctrination is of the devil - but it is culpable neglect not to impel young people into experiences." Dr. Kurt Hahn
The task of modern education is incomplete without bringing about a conscious awareness of the environment that we constitute and our duties towards the same….for it gives us unsparingly and it deserves to be respected, if we respect ourselves and the future!
"Expeditions can greatly contribute towards building strength of character. Joseph Conrad in Lord Jim tells us that it is necessary for a youth to experience events which 'reveal the inner worth of the man; the edge of his temper; the fibre of his stuff; the quality of his resistance; the secret truth of his pretences, not only to himself but others." Dr. Kurt Hahn
Leadership is found in those whose convictions are rooted in personal responsibility, kindness and justice. Opportunities for student leadership in the school's community are fostered. The annual conference is an ideal forum for students to demonstrate leadership skills, both in the planning process and public administration.
"The experience of helping a fellow man in danger, or even of training in a realistic manner to be ready to give this help, tends to change the balance of power in a youth's inner life with the result that compassion can become the master motive." Dr. Kurt Hahn
Hence, building the body and soul through adventure, meeting the physical challenge and developing an appreciation of the outdoors is essential. Each school arranges outdoor and extra-curricular activities that challenge and strongly engage students, individually and within groups - in ways that promote personal growth and self-discovery.
The passion and ability to serve another fellow is of immense satisfaction to the soul "I regard it as the foremost task of education to ensure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial, and above all, compassion."
How to get involved
Round Square is open to students for following age groups:
- Age 11-14 (Grades 6-9)
- Age 15 -18 (Grades 10-12)
Regional Round Square Conference - Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai
Date (s): 12th - 15th September 2018
Theme: Explore, Experience, Empower
International Round Square Conference, Appleby College, Canada
Date (s): 29th September - 5th October 2018
Theme: Bring Your Difference
Leadership Training Programme, The Doon School, Dehradun
Date (s): 26th - 28th October 2018
IDEAL Focus: Leadership
Regional Round Square Conference, Him Academy
Date (s): 29th – 31st October 2018
Regional Round Square Conference, The Doon School, Dehradun
Date (s): 5th - 7th December 2018
Theme: Inspire To Serve, Empower to Lead
Virtual Round Square Conference, Chittagong Grammar School, Bangladesh
Date: 9th February 2019
Theme: Together Towards Tomorrow
Each year the South Asia & Gulf Region plays host to at least one Conference in of the above categories and details for the same are updated on ‘Upcoming Conferences’ link or you can also contact
Young Round Square Representative
Each year the Round Square body comes together for an International Conference to deliberate upon issues of contemporary global concern. This Conference attracts patronage and presence of eminent personalities such as:
- H.M. King Constantine
- H.R.H The Duke of York, CVO,
- Kevan Gosper, AO
- Craig Kielburger, CM, MSM, OMC
Pathways World School is a Co-Educational Day Cum Residential School catering to the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme of the IB. Pathways Aravali was the first IB Continuum School in North India and the first residential school in the region to follow the IB curriculum.
Our Academic year commences in late July and we take a mid-year break in December. Our Second Semester is from mid-January to end of May. Students interested to explore the possibility of an exchange are requested to get in touch with their schools' Round Square Representative to find out more.
Pathways World School has more than 160 faculty members on board hailing from as many as 17 Nationalities. Diverse, yet integrated, it provides an excellent milieu of academic challenge, cultural interaction and much more.
Regional Service Projects
The Round Square schools in the region of South Asia and Gulf are constantly exploring opportunities to extend the aspect of service project participation to a larger cohort of students.
In this endeavour, Schools often pursue collaborative projects or regional service projects. At Pathways successful participation in various Projects, has only led to further demonstration of its commitment and sincerity of purpose towards the movement.
Some of our recent accomplishments include:
Round Square Collaborative Service Venture with The Athenian School, California, USA
10th – 13th February 2017
Round Square Service Project at Vidya Devi Jindal School, Hisar
19th – 24th December 2017
Round Square Service Project at The King's Academy School, Jordan
1st – 8th April 2018
International Service Projects
International Service Projects are an excellent opportunity to embrace the most from an experience under the RS umbrella.
There are two distinct project periods:
June - July
On more information regarding:
Process of application
You are requested to be in touch with
Pathways have been a regular participant at the Global level in various Conferences organized world-wide. The Conferences attended in the recent past are:
International Round Square Conference – St. Cyprian's School, Cape Town
30th September – 5th October 2017
Theme of the Conference: "Unite To Ignite The Fire Within"
For more on this Conference: https://youtu.be/3QZQtLklGAo
Global Round Square Conference – Welham Boys' School, Dehradun
25th -29th January 2018
Theme of the Conference: "Escape The Ordinary".
Round Square Globally Accessible Conference – The Regent's International School, Bangkok
6th -10th April 2018
Theme of the Conference: "Discover More"
For more on this Conference: https://youtu.be/5c7hmBqR6fs
Round Square Conference – Mody School, Lakshmanagarh
28th – 31st October 2017
Theme of the Conference: "Musicorum".
Round Square Conference – The Rajkumar College, Rajkot
30th October – 3rd November 2017
IDEAL Focus: Service
Regional Round Square Conference- The Punjab Public School, Nabha
8th -10th December 2017
Theme of the Conference: "Greatness Out of Small Things"
Regional Round Square Conference – Pinegrove School, Solan
4th -10th June 2018
IDEAL Focus: Adventure
Youth Parliament – Inventure Academy School, Bangalore
15th -19th August 2018
IDEAL Focus: Democracy
The school is working actively towards the process of creating committees to carry forward the various opportunities presented through the Round Square forum.
It is intended to institute these committees along with the Student Council bodies of the Primary, Middle & Secondary School.
Links and Contacts
Pathways World School
Aravali Retreat, Off, Gurgaon Sohna Road,
Gurgaon – 122 012 (Haryana) India
Phone: +91 – 124 – 451 - 3000
Fax: +91 – 124 – 451 – 3002
Dr. Sarvesh Naidu
Round Square Representative
Young Round Square Representative