About Round Square

Round Square is a worldwide network of innovative schools in 40 countries across five continents. The approach to education is based on the six IDEALS of: Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service. There are frequent opportunities to represent our School at exciting international service projects, exchanges and conferences throughout the world.

Students enjoy varied activities from attending the Model United Nations conference to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. The co-curricular activities allow students to:

  • discover their own strengths and weaknesses
  • develop an awareness of proven global problems and how to play a practical role in tackling environmental issues
  • embracing the similarities and differences between cultures and nationalities in ways that promote meaningful and lasting understanding, tolerance and respect.

Participation in these activities adds weight to a student’s university application. Of particular value is participation in areas that demonstrate leadership and responsibility.

The Round Square organisation was founded by His Majesty King Constantine in 1966 It is named after the square that is actually round at Gordonstoun School, in Scotland, where the first conference took place in 1967.

He founded two schools: Salem in Germany and Gordonstoun in Scotland. Membership is highly sought after and St. Constantine International was proud to the first Round Square school in Tanzania in April 2014. As such, we joined some of the most innovative and successful schools in the world. St. Constantine International gained Global Member status in March 2016.

We, like other Round Square schools, 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. The Round Square approach doesn’t focus on what is taught but rather how learning takes place. It recognises that learning is most effective when it is practical, cross-cultural and collaborative, and when it is infused through a broad spectrum of co-curricular activities.

The IDEALS

The Round Square IDEALS underpin our Discovery Framework, which supports schools in developing and structuring holistic programmes that build character, competencies and life-skills in our students.

The Round Square IDEALS provide a common platform, shared by all schools in our network, around which we can collaborate, swap and share learning resources and participate together in joint activities such as conferences, exchanges and academic projects.

Round Square IDEALS (Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service) are central to the values we instil in the young people under our care. Through these, we believe we are developing young people to meet both the demands of modern education and life beyond school.

Discoveries target

  • Communication skills
  • Sense of Responsibility
  • Tenacity
    Inquisitiveness
  • Commitment to Sustainability
  • Courage
  • Appreciation of Diversity
  • Inventiveness
  • Compassion
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Ability to Solve Problems
  • Self-Awareness

As a Round Square School, we try and incorporate the founding principles in everything we do, both within and outside the curriculum.

Opportunities offered by Round Square

Beyond this, Round Square provides many interesting opportunities for students to gain experiences outside of the country, whether attending conferences, taking part in exchanges with other schools, or spending time in a foreign country after graduating on a GAP (graduate assistant) programme.  We also host GAP students here, most recently from South America and United States of America, exposing our own students to different cultures in their everyday school life.

Our Round Square Coordinators

Mrs Sam Wint (Secondary) and Mrs Jane Marandu (Primary), who both have extensive experience within the Round School system and welcome all enquiries to inform parents and students of the many opportunities offered.

If you are interested in going on exchange, speak with Mrs Sam Wint: rsrep@scis.sc.tz

To learn more about Round Square   www.roundsquare.org

Electives

Our elective programme is built around the Round Square IDEALS. We offer over 40 different electives that aim to enrich our student’s educational experience. Students engage in their selected electives three times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Through their elective activities, we hope to instil an appreciation for service, skills and an attitude of a global citizen, and tools that will empower them to be future leaders who are eager to make their mark on the world. 

Conferences, International exchanges, GAP students and visitors

Round Square provides many interesting opportunities for students to gain experiences outside of the country, whether attending conferences, taking part in exchanges with other schools, or spending time in a foreign country after graduating on a GAP (graduate assistant) programme. 

As a Round Square school we welcome international cooperation that takes different forms.   Our students travel the world attending age appropriate conferences on a host of topics relevant to RS.  In the recent past our students have been to: Switzerland, South Africa, Kenya, India and Namibia.

Students can also visit another country on a student exchange that can last from one month to a full term. We actively participate in exchange programmes with schools in: UK , SA, USA, Australia.

Our teachers also participate in exchange programmes – one of our best partnerships has been with Buckingham, Brown and Nichols school in Boston, USA where the art teachers have worked together, with students, on a joint project. See Events and Excursions

We also host GAP students here, most recently from South America and United States of America, exposing our own students to different cultures in their everyday school life. RS gap students work for up to a year with us, often in a sporting context, languages or creative arts.

We currently have vacancies for up to three GAP students (all subjects considered but especially welcome are sport, drama, music) to help out in either our Primary or Secondary school, or our Media and Marketing department here in our beautiful part of the world.

Ideally the role would be for the full academic year, (Mid August 2021 to June 2022) although we consider applicants for shorter placements at our lovely campus. Letters of application, or queries regarding a GAP role are directed to the school through the Round Square Representative by email: rsrep@scis.sc.tz

International Exchanges and Conferences

We value the diversity our international students bring to our St. Constantine International community and we have a record of success with students from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. However, in the current international climate, exchanges are ON HOLD; although the normal procedure is as follows:

Procedure to Student Exchange program:

  • A relationship is established between us and the other host school through the RS Reps. We go over our exchange policies and make sure we both adhere to the RS safety polices of exchange
  • We advertise the opportunity of exchange at assembly and students interested submit an application
  • After discussing the possible candidates with the partner school, a student from SCIS is selected
  • Documentation, indicated in the RS student exchange handbook, begins being collected and the family of the selected student receives a “Host Family Manual”
  • The physical exchange will happen it 2 phases (in either order)
  • The student for the other school will come and the SCIS student selected will host them, with our RS supervisor working closely with the host family to ensure everything goes smoothly.
  • The SCIS student selected will go to the other host school and stay with the family of the student who was selected for the exchange. The host family and RS rep of the school will take responsibility to look after our student.  

For Conferences and other activities see Events and Excursions