Round Square is a worldwide association of schools sharing unique and ambitious goals.
Round Square is a worldwide association of over 150 schools in 40 countries – of which MLC School is an international member – who share unique and ambitious goals.
The Round Square approach does not 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-curricular activities.
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, acceptance and respect. This is done through exploration and application of the IDEALS:
The IDEALS are the pillars of Round Square and are a key focus within the MLC School Ethos.
Programs initiated by Round Square help institutionally and culturally different, but like-minded, schools to work together through service projects, annual conferences, exchanges and outdoor expeditions.
Contribute at School Level
Once a week, a Round Square “Baraza” (a Swahili word meaning public/community meeting), is held, led by a leadership team formed of girls from the Senior Years. At these meetings the students discuss and work on projects that address one or more of the six Round Square pillars, including Rainbow Week, a student-led celebration of international diversity run in partnership with the Student Representative Council.
'What I find wonderful about Round Square: It's student led initiatives that can help the wider school community.' Keertana Avalur, Year 12
Actively Participate in a Round Square Conference
Each year, Round Square schools send delegations of representatives to an international conference held at a member school. Discussions, related to the theme of the conference, examine topics of importance to the member schools and the world. Friendships are made through activities, expeditions and events organised by the host school. Visitors are introduced, not only to the host school, but also to its country, culture and environment.
Elect to go on an Exchange to Another Round Square School
MLC School students can also participate in Round Square international exchange opportunities to Germany, Canada, USA, France, UK and in reciprocation we host students from all these nations.
On arrival at MLC School you are automatically a Round Square Student.
MLC School recognises the need to develop active, critical learners who will take the initiative in extending their knowledge of the world.
One of those challenges is to become a global citizen, and how better to equip our students for an ever changing world than meeting, sharing ideas and living with other students from within Australia and around the world.
The aim of the MLC School Host program and Exchange opportunities is to promote understanding between people and cultures whilst developing interpersonal skills. We encourage families to enjoy the fun and warmth of hosting children from around Australia and the world.
Exchange at MLC School is available nationally and internationally through the Round Square programs in schools that aim to develop the whole person through academic, physical, cultural and spiritual experiences. Also foreign language exchange is available to Germany, France, Italy and to our sister school, Seitoku Girl’s High School in Chiba, Japan.