Scotch Oakburn College is the only Northern Tasmanian school that is part of the prestigious Round Square organisation. Round Square is a group of over 200 schools from more than 50 countries that share consistent principles and priorities based on the teachings 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, Dr Hahn 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.