Proudly a Round Square School
After an extensive application process over twelve months, I am delighted to announce that The Hutchins School was granted Candidate status with the Round Square organisation last week. This is a wonderful achievement and creates rich, experiential learning opportunities for our boys from Years 5–12 through student exchanges, work projects, student conferences, community service and adventure activities with students across more than 180 schools around the world.
Round Square schools share a commitment to the full and individual development of every student as a whole person though the simultaneous realisation of their academic, physical, cultural and spiritual aspirations. This is achieved through personal development and responsibility, service, challenge, adventure, and international understanding. While Hutchins has developed opportunities around similar priorities, Round Square offers a whole school structure and tangible experiences for students across eight years of schooling that realises these priorities in immersive and rich experiences.
Founded on the theories of educational philosopher, Kurt Hahn, who also founded Outward Bound, Duke of Edinburgh Award and United World Colleges and whose ideas were adopted by the International Baccalaureate, Hahn believed that students could only really understand life by experiencing it in many exciting and challenging ways. Hahn believed that a student’s courage, generosity, imagination, principles and resolution is best developed though challenge – similar principles that underpin the Hutchins Power of 9 program. He also believed that the greatest thing one could learn – and inspire in others – was compassion. Inspired by this principle, the Round Square network of schools share practical opportunities to guide and support students in becoming courageous and compassionate leaders.
Round Square is built on the six IDEALS of Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service. To learn more about Round Square I encourage you to visit https://www.roundsquare.org/.
Dr Rob McEwan