Scotch Oakburn is the only Tasmanian school to be a member of the Round Square association of international schools.

Round Square is a group of over 100 schools around the globe, that share a commitment to the educational principles of Dr Kurt Hahn.

Dr Hahn was a remarkable educator who founded Salem School in Germany to develop young people whose convictions would be rooted in personal responsibility, kindness and justice.  Moving to England in the 1930s, he founded Gordonstoun School in Scotland, the Outward Bound Movement, the Duke of Edinburgh´s Award, and the United World Congress.

The central goal of Hahn´s philosophy was that schools should not simply prepare students for tertiary studies or work, but should also prepare them for life by facing life directly, in ways that would demand courage, generosity, imagination, principle and resolution.

Round Square schools all share consistent principles and priorities.  There are six IDEALS of the Round Square. They are Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service. The IDEALS form the basis of all that we do at the College. In contributing to this:

  • Students devote substantial time and energy to the service of others
  • Student leadership roles are substantial and kindness towards others within the community matters
  • Students are challenged and powerfully engaged by outdoor activities which promote personal development
  • Students are asked to look beyond gender, class, race, nationality and culture to develop international understanding
  • Students are encouraged through projects, programs and curricula to see their destiny as caretakers of society and the environment.

Activities at Scotch Oakburn promote the Round Square IDEALS in various ways and all students have involvement in:

  • Student leadership in many areas of school life
  • Service (as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, community service activities or as part of national and international service projects)
  • Outdoor Education adventure and the option to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • College activities and meetings specifically focused on Round Square IDEALS with guest and student speakers
  • Regular student led fund raising activities and service activities within the local community
  • An option to join Round Square Committees from Junior to Senior school levels

Past student Amelia Pearson (’15) talks about her time at the College and the opportunities Round Square offered her.

  • Term length exchanges to other Round Square schools overseas for senior students
  • Representing Scotch Oakburn College at conferences from Year 5 to senior years, in Australia and across the globe
  • Social and class links with other Round Square schools through joint projects
  • 2 week Year 8 exchanges with other Round Square schools in the Australasian region.

The College is also involved in a number of community projects that students undertake during term breaks including visits to Aboriginal communities in Cape York, ongoing visits to Timor Leste, visiting and assisting at Maliana One school and Encouragement House, and a South Africa IDEALS experience assisting in local soup kitchens, visiting Round Square school Tiger Kloof and volunteering at a Cheetah Rehabilitation Centre .

Visit the Round Square web site to find out more about this unique association of international schools or read this article from Round Square Chair, Rod Fraser, “What is Round Square education?” – What is a Round Square education

Round Square enquiries

We are always very happy to discuss Round Square opportunities with other Round Square schools.  Scotch Oakburn has an active Year 8 exchange program in the Australasian region and senior international exchange program.

Junior School

Mr Ben Green
Deputy Head of Junior School
(03) 6336 3391

Middle School (Years 6-8)

Mr Stuart Walls
Deputy Head of Middle School
(03) 6336 4301

Senior School (Year 9-12)

Mr Mark Hassell
Deputy Head of Senior School 6336 3300

Scotch Oakburn College Round Square International Exchange Handbook 2018

Other Round Square enquiries

Mr Stuart Walls
Round Square Representative
(03) 6336 4301