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.

Round Square IDEALS

All Round Square schools share six IDEALS: Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service. These IDEALS are embedded in Scotch Oakburn College’s teaching and activities, where they support student leadership opportunities, community service opportunities, engagement with Outdoor Education and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, exchanges, and representation at conferences.

Round Square provides Scotch Oakburn College students with an immensely valuable layer of opportunities that speak to students on a level that goes well beyond the classroom, stage and sporting fields. The common relationship with other Round Square schools from all around Australia and across the world plays out through life-changing exchanges available to Years 8 to 12, and extraordinary conferences and service trips that are available to Years 5 to 12.

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

– Student leadership at all age levels

– Active service within the community both locally and further afield

– Outdoor Education adventure and the option to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Award

– College activities and meetings specifically focused on Round Square IDEALS

– Active student led Round Square Committees across all school levels

– Exchanges to other Round Square schools interstate and overseas

– Representing Scotch Oakburn College at conferences from Year 5 to senior years, in Australia and across the globe

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

Pip Robinson

Junior School Round Square Coordinator


(03) 6336 3377

Middle School (Years 6-8)

Evia Burk

Middle School Round Square Coordinator


(03) 6336 3401

Senior School (Year 9-12)

Mark Hassell

Senior School Round Square Coordinator


(03) 6336 3300

Scotch Oakburn College International Exchanges Handbook

Other Round Square enquiries

Mr Leigh Cordell

Round Square Director


(03) 6336 3300