Empowering students to be the leaders and guardians of tomorrow through the IDEALS principle.
Round Square is based on the theories of experiential educational philosopher Kurt Hahn who believed that schools should have a greater purpose beyond preparing young people for college and university. Dr. Hahn believed that it was crucial for students to prepare for life by having them face it head on and experience it in the ways that would demand courage, generosity, imagination, principle and resolution. As a result, he felt that young people would become empowered and develop the skills and abilities to be the leaders and guardians of tomorrow's world.
Round Square schools are founded on a philosophy which embraces a series of six pillars or precepts which can be summed up in the word IDEALS. They are Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service. Students at Round Square schools make a commitment to addressing each of these pillars through exchanges, work projects, community service and adventure. The overriding goal is to ensure the full and individual development of every student as a whole person through the simultaneous realization of academic, physical, cultural and spiritual aspirations.
The need was felt to be a part of a much larger dream ….a dream to share a commitment beyond academic excellence; to personal development and responsibility through service, international understanding, dynamic leadership, adventure, democracy and environmental stewardship and fore sight.
The Millennium School, Dubai became global members of Round Square in the year 2007. Since then we have been attending one international conference every year. So far a delegation each of about 6 to 8 students led by the RS Rep has visited Canada, Thailand, United Kingdom and South Africa.
We have also been active participants at the Senior and Junior Regional Conferences (Junior Round Square to be henceforth called the Young Round Square) wherein a team of 6 to 8 students have travelled with an escort teacher and participated in various RS activities in other member schools in the region. So far students and teachers have attended 10 such regional conferences.
We also have conducted two Junior Regional Conferences on home turf. Considering the fact that we are not a boarding school, we catered to almost 193 delegates from 17 participating schools in the year 2012 and 120 delegates from 12 schools in the year 2009.
TMS has also been a part of the student and teacher exchange programs. In the year 2011, we hosted 12 girls from 6 boarding schools in India for a week’s time. These students stayed with the host families (parents of our school) and attended classes with their buddies.
We have actively participated in service projects and adventure trips. We have been to Panchgani in India twice for adventure and community service. Our students have also been a part of Round Square International Service Projects in the past.
Under the banner of Round Square, we at TMS have collected food grains, pulses, tea, sugar and toiletries to be distributed to the support staff and labor camps in Sonapur.