Since The Regent's International School, Bangkok joined the elite group of schools around the world in the Round Square Association in 2001 it has since adopted its holistic ethos and embedded it throughout the whole school's curriculum.
Students that attend Round Square Schools are known to make a strong commitment, beyond academic excellence, to personal development and responsibility; our students are no exception.
Round Square schools are connected by their shared ethos that embeds Internationalism, Democracy, Environmental stewardship, Adventure, Leadership and Service to others throughout everything that we do. Together these ‘pillars’ forms what is more commonly known as the acronym ‘IDEALS’.
Regent's students can expect to benefit from the immediate connection to over 100 of some of the best schools around the world through annual conferences, service trips that see them develop both global awareness and the importance of local community and projects that see them challenged with a chance to discover their inner strength.
The organisation and its philosophy have evolved from the teachings and beliefs of the renowned educationalist, Kurt Hahn, who famously said, "there is more in you than you think".
As Round Square reviewed their model Regent's is following suit to consider how IDEALS is implemented and referred to.
IDEALS are seen not as an end in themselves but as an approach to learning; every school (and hence every teacher) is expected to make a commitment to embedding this approach into every activity within the school. Staying true to this approach is a significant challenge for everyone. It is less the case that we should delegate Round Square to one person or have Round Square one-off events, activity weeks etc and more the case that we should be identified the Round Square element in everything we all do. This includes all staff engaging in experiential learning, taking students beyond their perceived limits, encouraging them to discover and embrace the similarities and differences between cultures and nationalities as well as promoting meaningful and lasting understanding, tolerance and respect.
Global Round Square Conferences
One of the many fantastic opportunities of being a Round Square school, and arguably a truly life changing one, is the chance to attend one of the Global Round Square Conferences.
Every year each schools from around the world come together at a host school to discuss topics and themes of global concern, recognising the power that the youth of today have in implementing global change.
2017/2018 Conference in Cape Town, South Africa
Round Square International Conference 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa
Our journey to the Cradle of Humankind
Welcome to to the “Mother City”...
As we set out on a rainy Friday afternoon, none of us really realized we’d be travelling for an entire day. After approximately 20 hours, we finally landed in Cape Town, the “Mother City”. We were given a warm welcome at the airport and within a few minutes, the scope and scale of the Round Square Conference were apparent. Every other suitcase at the airport seemed to be dragged away by a tired-out teenager and all were heading for a fleet of coaches ready to take us to our hotels.
Soon, we were passing luxury houses and humble township dwellings on our approach to downtown Cape Town. It was a simple reminder of the nature of South Africa where rich and poor, strong and weak, ancient and modern and black and white are all together trying their best to make the most of what they have. At the southern tip of the continent of Africa, we felt a long way from home. The 10,000 km distance from Bangkok may have been immense but the Round Square spirit covers the globe and immediately, we were among friends in a familiar community.
With over 1,000 student delegates from over 50 countries, hundreds of adult staff and countless crew members in attendance, this was a big event. So large that we took advantage of the city’s convention centre and its largest auditorium for our first few days. Our opening ceremony was a celebration of youth, energy and togetherness as well as Africa’s music, culture and wildlife. The Regent’s School flag was carried on stage along with school flags from across the globe before the Round Square President, King Constantine of Greece, declared the conference open.
In October 2016, 9 of our students represented the school at the Round Square International Conference in Germany. (Read student reviews on the blog)
With Round Square celebrating its 50th anniversary, students explored the theme ‘The Journey that Makes Us’ and considered the adventure life presents us and the growth, learning and personal development we undertake in our lifetimes.
Read more about the 2016 conference and activities
In 2015 five Regent's delegates attended the conference with the theme title "Act Today, Change Tomorrow" in Singapore. (More details from the conference can be found in this presentation.)
Regent's relaunched Round Square for 2015/2016
Regent's had restructured Round Square for the academic year in a way where each year group will develop a more strengthened understanding of individual aspects of the organisation's ethos. This will allow students to truly commit to a cause, from building relationships with community partners to environmental development, thus allowing each student to feel like they're able to make a difference. Some of these mantras mentioned in this presentation give some idea about what Round Square means to our school.