Latymer Upper School became a full Global Member of Round Square in August 2016. Round Square (now 50 years old) is an international group of about 170 schools from over 40 countries across the world that share a commitment to six principles or IDEALS that help to shape the education of their students. Round Square is inspired by the ideas of the educationalist Kurt Hahn. His thinking also inspired the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme. The six IDEALS are: Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service
We aim to build links with fellow Round Square schools across the world and to provide our pupils with opportunities to attend international conferences, take part in international service opportunities and in exchanges. We are also seeking to develop collaborative links with other Round Square schools. We have already hosted a joint drama workshop with students from a Danish School, Herlufsholm. In October 2016, Latymer students also attended the Round Square International Conference in Germany.
The IDEALS, suitably Latymerised, permeate and inform much of what we do in the school. Latymer Ideals build on and reflect the Round Square IDEALS.
The Latymer Ideals
Internationalism and Global Education: We aim to help our pupils discover and embrace the similarities and differences between cultures, ethnicities and nationalities in ways that promote meaningful and lasting understanding, tolerance and respect;
Democracy and Pupil Voice: We aim to help our pupils become responsible and active citizens, committed to democracy and with a developed sense of equality, fairness and justice and a desire to do what is right (for the greater good);
Environmentalism and Sustainability: We aim to help our pupils develop understanding of the forces that shape our surroundings and the impact we have on those surroundings. We aim to develop understanding of issues of sustainability and to reflect that concern in the way the school and pupils act;
Adventure and Challenge: We aim to encourage our pupils to push themselves beyond their perceived limits, challenge themselves, take responsible risks and to discover they are capable of more than they thought, both inside and outside the classroom;
Leadership and Responsibility: We aim to help pupils understand they are all leaders and influencers and that true leadership arises from a responsibility for and desire to serve others;
Service: We aim to encourage in our pupils a sense of responsibility towards others and to encourage active engagement in helping and bringing benefit to others in school, locally and more widely.