Round Square is an international network of 200 like minded Schools in 50 countries that collaborate to offer world class experience to develop global competence in the students.
Round Square schools share a commitment to character education and experiential learning built around six themes- IDEALS (International Understanding, Democracy, Environmental Stewardship, Adventure, Leadership and Service).
Through Internationalism our students discover and embrace similarities and differences between countries and cultures , promoting lasting transnational understanding and respect.
The Round Square IDEALS are underpinned by twelve discoveries that students 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 and Team- working skills.
We promote international understanding through exposing students to ideas and concepts from different cultures and countries, by challenging them to understand and tackle real-world issues, and by connecting them with other students from all nationalities, who are welcomed into each Round Square school.
In defining and promoting a Spirit of Internationalism Round Square schools identify and develop – in a variety of settings – the attitudes, understandings and competencies developed by students through a wide range of activities including overseas student and teacher exchanges and participation in regional, global and international conferences.
A Spirit of Internationalism is found in those who seek to discover and embrace the similarities and differences between cultures and nationalities in ways that promote meaningful and lasting understanding and respect. It encompasses an appreciation for the increasing inter-connectedness of the world, our greater dependence on the global economy and interdependence as nations as a result of massively increased commerce and cultural exchange.
The growth of digital communication across geographical borders and the sharing of each other’s cultures through travel and trade is understood. There is an appreciation that national differences are lessening and a blending of cultures, traditions and cultural exchange is on the increase.
A person living out a Spirit of Internationalism respects the need to preserve and celebrate national identity, cultures, traditions and heritage. Opportunities are sought to connect with those from different countries and cultures, exchanging points of view and ideas across borders and developing international and intercultural understanding. These inform an appreciation of how others might view or think about a shared event such as a trade agreement, a partnership or a cultural exchange.
A Spirit of Internationalism also includes an understanding of the tension between increased wealth creation in developing countries and a continuing gap between the world’s poorest countries and the world’s richest.
IAYP ( International Award For Young People)
The award program was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1956 as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The aim was to motivate boys aged between 15 and 18 to become involved in a balanced program of voluntary self development activities to take them through the potentially difficult period between adolescence and adulthood.
Since 1956, the program has developed and grown and now reaches young people (girls and boys) in over 125 countries under different titles.
Our school has been a part of IAYP since . There are three levels: Bronze (14yrs and above), silver ( 15yrs and above), gold (16yrs and above). In each level there are four sections:
Gold Award Achiever : it is the highest level achieved by a participant. It signifies that the participants have taken the challenges with persistence and determination as consistency is the key.
AFS ( American Field Service)
Established in 1914, AFS Intercultural Programs (AFS) is an international, volunteer driven, non-governmental, non-profit organisation that provides intercultural learning opportunities. A premier educational exchange organisation, AFS is one of the world?s largest community-based volunteer organisations.
Nearly 400,000 students, young adults and teachers have participated in our programs. Since 1947, when the first student exchanges took place, a similar number of host families have been a part of AFS worldwide. The essence of any AFS program is „Stay and Study? in a different cultural setting.
Participants live with a host family experiencing home and family life that is in many ways different to their own culture and routine.
AFS activities are based on our core values of dignity, respect for differences, harmony, sensitivity and tolerance.
We believe that today‟s youth – and tomorrow‟s leaders – are among the best “bridge builders” between nations.
Currently, there are more than 36,000 active volunteers worldwide in various roles including board leadership, program operations, participant support and marketing. The volunteer body is generally comprised of program alumni, and their families, former host families and teachers. Volunteers keep the wheels of AFS running.
Every year AFS provides thousands of high school age (15–17.5 year old) students from all over the world with opportunities to live in another country for an academic year. They learn to appreciate other ways of doing things and begin to break down the barriers between cultures and people. The personal growth and learning for both students and their families is profound and sustained. The families gain extended life-long relationships.
A strong connection to and involvement with the people and way of life of your host country.
New relationships that will change your outlook in profound ways.
A passion for understanding different cultures in addition to the one you visit.
The ability to understand and to express yourself in another language, often fluently.
A lifelong interest in and concern for the other countries and international issues.
A greater flexibility when dealing with other people and situations.
MUN ( Model United Nations)
Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations wherein the students play the role of member delegates from different countries. They attempt to solve real world issues, through discussions, policies and perspectives of the countries assigned to them. This program provides students with a forum to hone their skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing and research. Many of today’s pioneers in law, government, business and arts have participated in MUN as students. The students can also attend Model United Nations conferences around the world.
YPS Patiala is among the top rung schools actively participating in the MUN’s. The participation is not limited to the only at the domestic but the international forum as well. The student participants have been winning accolades and positions in the MUN conferences held around the year. The school also has meritorious participations in the international conferences held in Dubai, Singapore and Peru during the course of last 1 year. The exposure to such conferences has been a great morale booster to the student participants and this will also result in the school making an impact on the global level.