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Additional Development

Round Square

Round Square is a worldwide association of more than 200 like-minded schools in 50 countries across six continents sharing unique and ambitious goals.  St George’s Grammar School is one of just three Round Square schools in the Western Cape. Pupils that attend a Round Square school make commitments that go beyond academic excellence.  Participation in community service, work projects, exchange programmes and adventures are encouraged.  This often takes pupils half way around the world.

Round Square is open to all pupils from Grades 6 – 12 and many take up this challenge of involvement and commitment.  The common goal is to develop every pupil into a whole person through academic, physical, cultural and spiritual experience.  

Being part of the Round Square community means the school cares passionately about preparing young people for the world of the future. All Round Square schools share a commitment to character education and experiential learning built around six themes:

  • International Understanding
  • Democracy
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Adventure
  • Leadership
  • Service

The Round Square IDEALS are underpinned by 12 Discoveries that pupils explore on their learning journey:

  • Inquisitiveness
  • Tenacity
  • Courage
  • Compassion
  • Inventiveness
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Self-awareness
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Appreciation of diversity
  • Commitment to sustainability
  • Communication
  • Team-working skills

These IDEALS and Discoveries are worked into the daily curriculum thereby ensuring that St George’s pupils are educated to become exceptional all round citizens of the world.

President’s Awards

St George’s is proud to be a part of the President’s Award programme, which is a development tool for young people. The programme, with the assistance of adult volunteer leaders, empowers young people (14 – 25 year olds) by providing a balanced, non-competitive framework for self-development. The aim is to increase their self-esteem and enhance their capacity to achieve in whatever context they find themselves in thereby enabling them to become responsible active citizens within their communities.

The four pillars of the programme include self-development, physical recreation, community service and the adventurous journey. Involvement in these four activities not only changes the perceptions young people have about themselves and their world but it also teaches them about vital issues such as health, political and social life and the environment.

The President’s Award Programme is a member of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Association, which makes it part of a family of over 140 countries that operate the Award around the world.