Round Square is a worldwide network of innovative schools in 40 countries across five continents.
Founded in 1966, Round Square owes much to the heritage of Kurt Hahn, who founded two of our original member schools, Schule Schloss Salem in Germany, with Prince Max of Baden, and Gordonstoun in Scotland.
Member schools share a holistic approach to learning built around six IDEALS of learning. NEGS membership enables our students to have every opportunity to achieve in ways and to levels beyond their perceived limits.
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 inter, extra and co-curricula activities.
Harriet Mayvers from Windermere in the UK and Leah Krige from St Cyprian’s in South Africa have been our Year 9 and 10 exchange students this year. They have really made an effort to be part of the NEGS community to the point that I have hardly seen them for the term. Their exchange experience has passed by so quickly that Harriet has already left and returned to the UK. Leah is here until the end of Term 1 and then heading off on holidays with the Powell and White families.
My name is Leah Krige and I’m from St Cyprian’s School in Cape Town, South Africa. I’m currently in Year 10. My school is situated underneath Table Mountain and is an all girls school. There are about 65-75 girls per year and the school starts at pre primary (3yrs) and ends at year 12(18yrs). NEGS is an incredible school and offers a range of subjects I don’t have back home including Agriculture, Equiskills and PASS. I really enjoy sport and I play outdoor and indoor hockey, tennis and whilst being at NEGS I’ve also joined the rugby team as well as using the amazing Equestrian Centre to start riding again. I enjoy hiking and the beach. The biggest difference for me has been being in the country side and becoming a boarder. I have really enjoyed learning about the the country side and about the people’s lives and interests. I chose to come on exchange to embrace challenges with an open mind, learn to adapt to difficult situations, meet new people and make life-long relationships, mature and gain a better understanding of the world around me. I have had so many great and different experiences whilst being here. I attended the Yamba coast weekend, I’ve swum at the Blue Holes, I’ve been to Gunnedah for a tennis competition, I’ve seen Armidale and travelled the town visiting the art museums and restaurants and I have also planned to visit Sydney whilst here and see other surrounding towns. So far words cannot describe how incredible this experience has been and I look forward to being here for the rest of the term.
My school is a coed school and in the heart of the Lake District in the UK. It has around 500 students and it also has a primary school attached to it called Elleray, it goes all the way from Ducklings to Year 13. My school is very interested in the outdoors and we are often found to be out on the lake or rock climbing somewhere. At my school we have a lesson called Adventure where we go out into the lakes either on foot in the Winter where we do activities like climbing, walking and more or in the Summer we go out on the lake where we get to sail, windsurf, kayak and canoe.I really like horse riding especially showjumping.I also enjoy sports like netball ,hockey, tennis and rounders.The biggest differences besides the weather is the lesson times. At home I find the days are much longer but here at NEGS the days are so short finishing at 3:20pm where as at my school we start at 8:30am and as I stay to do after school activities I don’t get home until 6:00pm . Also there are no boys which I find a bit strange as all the schools I have been to are coed.I came on exchange to NEGS mainly because of the Equestrian centre but my sister also came to NEGS last year on exchange and had an amazing time so I signed up and they had someone who wanted to come to my school so it worked out really well. While I have been in Australia I have experienced some cool new things like the wildlife and the hot weather. I have been to Sydney and to the Country Music festival in Tamworth. To Yamba on a school excursion where we went swimming and shopping after that my exchange family took me to Coffs Harbour where we went boogie boarding on the beach.
Thanks girls we have loved having you here at NEGS!!
International exchanges are for students in Year 10. The current Year 10 students have already been through the application process and some are still awaiting their schools to confirm dates.
National exchanges are for students in Year 8. These are two week exchanges to another school in our region. If you are interested as a student or parent wishing to find out more please email Mrs Heather Fisher (email@example.com) to find out more about this wonderful opportunity.
OTHER ROUND SQUARE OPPORTUNITIES.
If you have any interest in any of the above please email Mrs Stephanie Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org)