Round Square schools are characterised by a shared belief in an approach to education based on six pillars, our IDEALS, drawn from the theories of education philosopher Kurt Hahn. Internationalism Students learn to see themselves as global citizens and to look beyond gender, class, race, nationality and culture to understand human nature. Democracy Freedom of thought and speech is greatly encouraged and appropriate forums and channels of communication are set in place. Environmentalism Students learn about the fine balance needed to maintain a healthy interdependent relationship between human beings and the planet. Adventure Schools offer activities that foster a spirit of adventure and allow students to discover that they are capable of more than they might have imagined. Leadership Students learn that true leadership is serving others and is found in those whose convictions are rooted in personal responsibility, kindness and justice. Service Students come face-to-face with the plight of those in most need around the world and discover how they can make a positive and sustainable difference through service.