June 19th 2017
Sun Shines for Round Square Celebration
This weekend, Cobham Hall celebrated 50 years of being a Round Square School. Round Square is the essence of who we are as a school – the ethos of education being more than solely academic results – and that was something well worth celebrating. The weather was beautiful – perfect for games and activities on South Lawn.
The celebrations began on Friday with students joining us from fellow Round Square schools Abbotsholme, Beaconhurst, Box Hill, Herlufsholm, Louisenlund, Samworth Church Academy and Westfield. Camping on North Lawn, the pupils enjoyed games and a film before turning in for the night. Saturday morning was given over to ice breaking activities, a treasure hunt and a tour of the House before the afternoon event began.
Joined by our pupils, staff, Elders and friends and family, our visitors gathered on South Lawn. As a school with a diverse mix of nationalities, the Round Square pillar of Internationalism is key at Cobham Hall, and so this is the pillar our celebrations centred around. Opened by Round Square CEO Rachael Westgarth, activities on Saturday afternoon included an English Fête, African Drumming, Henna tattoos, dancing, drama and a host of live music from bands to students. Pimms, scones and ice-cream were available on the Lawn, along with international cuisine including paella, curry and a barbeque, in the evening.
A key element of the afternoon was the unveiling of our Round Square video project – a film put together by our Voice and Piano Tutor Mr Haas. Fellow Round Square schools were invited to participate, and Mr Haas co-ordinated the efforts to produce a video of the schools joining to perform ‘We are the World’:
There was a huge number of positive comments from visitors from both the UK and overseas, and from Elders, parents and pupils. The event was perhaps best summed up by Ann Hansen, Deputy Head of Herlufsholm school in Denmark: "What a really happy day."