Wyoming Seminary has recently been invited to join the Round Square (www.roundsquare.org) international network of schools. Sem is one of just 14 Round Square member schools in the United States, and the only member school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, according to Kevin P. Rea, Sem president.
Round Square is a worldwide network of more than 160 schools on five continents dedicated to the IDEALS of internationalism, democracy, environmental stewardship, adventure, leadership and service. The network offers middle and high school students and faculty worldwide opportunities for personal and professional growth. Students at Round Square schools may attend international conferences such as the one Sem students and faculty will attend in South Africa at the end of September, 2017. In addition, students gain access to international service projects and international student exchanges. Round Square derives its inspiration from the work of Kurt Hahn who pioneered an experiential approach to education. Hahn once wrote, "There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less."
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Round Square membership affirms Sem's historic commitment to teach its motto of "Verum, Pulchrum, Bonum" or "The True, the Beautiful and the Good." "We are thrilled to join this extraordinary international network of the world's leading schools.This builds upon our legacy of global education and our commitment to serving others. We look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world to the Wyoming Valley and to bringing our day and boarding students to hands-on community service projects across the globe," Rea said.
Wyoming Seminary was selected for Round Square membership after a rigorous nine-month process involving a three-day site visit and extensive interviews of multiple school constituencies. "Membership provides Sem students and faculty a ticket to engage all over the world with the finest international schools, and gives our school the opportunity to bring cutting-edge educational ideas and bright visitors from around the world to enrich our Wyoming Valley campus," said Sem Trustee Jon Greenwald '60.
Greenwald, along with Rea, two Upper School students, and a faculty member attended the 50th anniversary international Round Square conference in Guby, Germany in October 2016. Eleven representatives of the school are preparing to attend this year's conference in Cape Town, South Africa in late September. Its theme is "Ignite the fire within."
Seen is the group that attended the Round Square Conference in Guby, Germany in October, 2016. From left: Global Languages teacher Jill Stretanski, students Molly Leahy '19 and Tara Hohn '18, Sem President Kevin Rea, and Trustee Jon Greenwald '60.