International Travel through the Round Square Program

Fern Hill is proud to be a member of Round Square. Through this innovative international travel programme, students in Grade 7 and 8 are exposed to unique and rewarding opportunities throughout the world. Students may apply to join one of several Round Square opportunities offered each year. Trips are typically combined with a portion of Christmas or March Break holidays and range from 7 to 16 days in length. Fern Hill staff with personal international travel experience accompany our students on these trips and the shared experience in the familiar company of classmates and teachers allow our students to approach these trips away from family with confidence and excitement.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
Nelson Mandela

 

Round Square schools share a passion for experiential learning. Together we work hard to ensure that our pupils have every opportunity to achieve in ways and to levels beyond their perceived limits.

We also believe that in order to prepare for adult life, young people must be encouraged to discover and embrace the similarities and differences between cultures and nationalities in ways that promote meaningful and lasting understanding, tolerance and respect.

 

Round Square service projects deliver dual benefits. They meet very real and urgent needs in communities in some of the poorest parts of the world whilst also enabling Round Square students to develop a sense of responsibility and leadership skills through learning how to be of service to others. The work they do is simple, of real local value and physically demanding.

Round Square currently works in Cambodia, Peru, India, and South Africa and recent tasks have included building schools, classrooms and community centres, constructing paths and bridges and installing clean water systems.

The tenants of Round Square are: Internationalism, Democracy, Environmental awareness, Adventure, Leadership and Service to others. These ideas are mirrored in all aspects of the Fern Hill programme.

For 3 days our students pulled rocks from a river and carried them up a muddy path to help build a new foundation in a remote Costa Rican village

Round Square service projects deliver dual benefits.

They meet very real and urgent needs in communities in some of the poorest parts of the world whilst also enabling Round Square students to develop a sense of responsibility and leadership skills through learning how to be of service to others. The work they do is simple, of real local value and physically demanding.

Round Square currently works in Cambodia, Peru, India, and South Africa and recent tasks have included building schools, classrooms and community centres, constructing paths and bridges and installing clean water systems.

Being part of Young Round Square means that Fern Hill:

  • Attends Round Square conferences
  • Send students and staff to participate in programmes and exchanges at member schools and learn from inspirational leaders and speakers.
  • Takes part in international service projects
  • Host staff and students from Round Square schools in our classrooms and our homes.
  • Benefits from contact with some of the world’s finest schools.

Trips to India include time at Daly College, service projects in local schools and of course no trip is complete without a visit to the Taj!

Round Square Patron - Craig Kielburger

Round Square Patron - King Constantine

Round Square Patron - the Duke of York

Round Square Patron - Nelson Mandela