Round Square

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School is a global member of the Round Square organisation. Round Square is an international organisation run on six pillars: Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service. An introduction to Round Square video can be found here.

There are many opportunities for Primary and Secondary students to get involved and benefit from the many experiences available. To learn more extensive information about Round Square please visit the Round Square Website.

Students and parents can log in and discover more about exchange opportunities, service trips and follow reports from conferences and Big Build projects. Please log in using the following details:

Password: ExploreMore

Round Square in Primary

Students in Year 6 have the opportunity to exchange with students from Radford College. This exchange takes place in conjunction with the Canberra tour.

Conferences

Students and teachers in Round Square schools have the chance to take part in age-appropriate global conferences that bring them together with peers from different countries within our region to share perspectives, discuss topical issues, forge friendships, support local communities, and develop international understanding. Our School will be joining travel-based conferences in 2024/2025 once host schools have been nominated.

Round Square in Secondary

Student Exchange

A Round Square exchange represents a unique opportunity for Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School students to become active members of the global village. To discover what they are truly capable of achieving, by embarking on an adventure to experience the life and traditions of another school and family. The students who participate in the exchange program would do so at a time that exposes them to as many of the ideals as possible. Being on exchange encourages students to:
• Step out of their comfort zone
• Live and learn in a setting that is different from their own
• Experience and develop a deeper understanding of different schools, environments or cultures
• Gain important life skills like empathy, independence, flexibility and cultural responsibility
• Be a positive ambassador for our School.

National Exchanges

Year 8 students can take part in national exchanges. This type of exchange occurs with schools within Australia. The exchanges are of a reciprocal nature in that students would go to another school for two weeks and then be expected to host their exchange partner for two weeks, or vice versa.
Your child would attend an exchange as an individual, although for this age group most exchanges involve two students from BCGS travelling to another school at the same time.

International Exchanges

Students attend an exchange as an individual, not as part of a group of friends and the length of the exchange can be between 6 – 10 weeks. Students learn to adapt to new situations and new circumstances plus learn through experience and a sense of adventure. All exchanges are conducted through Round Square Schools with a similar ethos to our School. In most cases, students would be exchanging with another student from the host school, ideally spending time with that student in their school before hosting them in ours, or vice versa. The other alternative is a direct swap of students, it depends upon circumstances.
Students learn what they are truly capable of achieving by embarking on an adventure to sample the culture and experiences of another school and country. The exchange program can offer them the experience of a lifetime if they are studying another language – what better way to learn than being immersed in the culture of the language being studied!

Conferences

Students and teachers in Round Square schools have the chance to take part in age-appropriate local, regional, and global conferences that bring them together with peers from different countries to share perspectives, debate topical issues, forge friendships, support local communities, and develop international understanding. Host schools are still being organised for the regional conferences. The Round Square International Conference (RSIC) for students 16 years of age and over is being hosted by the five Round Square Schools in Bogota, Columbia with the theme of “Blooming From The Past”. Conference dates are: Sunday, 15 to Monday, 30 September 2024 and this includes the pre-conference tour. Full details and application form can be found here.

Service Projects

Students and teachers in RS schools can take part in a Round Square International Service (RSIS) Project. Run to the highest standards of quality and safety, and BS8848 accredited, these bring together participants from Member Schools all over the world to work together in mixed international teams in support of communities in need. Applications are now open for the Round Square International Service Project, which will take place from 16 July to 29 July 2024, in Thailand’s Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.

The RSIS Project is open to students aged 16 and over from any Round Square school across the world. Students register and participate on an individual basis and can find more information and the registration link on the RS Student Web Site Password: ExploreMore.

The Round Square office is in the process of organising a service trip to Cambodia. This will be for students in years 10 to 12 and will take place the initial 12 days of the July holidays. Further details will be advertised via the school newsletter and notices via Seqta.

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