About International Conferences
Every year the RSIC is hosted by a different Round Square Region, on rotation. Within the host region, and between the region and RS Worldwide, a discussion takes place as to the number of host schools needed (usually two or three) and possible combinations.
Round Square Member Schools that would like to consider hosting will be part of this dialogue and will then make a formal application to Round Square worldwide. The hosts are appointed by a panel consisting of members of the Worldwide Management Team and Board of Trustees
RSIC is considered by many to be the highlight of the Round Square year, and all Global Member schools (every year) and Candidate schools (once in two years) are invited to bring a delegation or up to two adults and either five or six students aged 16-18 (depending on capacity) to embrace the conference experience. Selected Observer Schools are also invited to attend to enjoy a taste of life as a Round Square School, as are all Honorary Members of Round Square.
The RS International Conference is held over 6 to 7 days between mid-September (last two weeks) and mid-October (first two weeks) each year and follows a structure traditional to Round Square involving keynote speakers, barazas and activities that embrace both adventure and service. The conference offers a programme designed for students and a programme for adults, which is loaded towards the first two days of proceedings.
Benefits of hosting the RSIC:
Just some of the benefits to a school of hosting the RSIC include:
- the opportunity to bring your whole school community into contact with students, heads, faculty and governors from like-minded schools in more than 40 countries;
- the chance to offer an exciting, inspirational and life-changing educational experience to your whole school community;
- a fabulous leadership development opportunity for the students involved in organising the conference;
- a vehicle for immersing the whole school faculty in a Round Square experience and thereby further embedding Round Square in your school;
- a raised profile for the school both within the local community and beyond, including opportunities to pursue media coverage;
- a reason to connect with alumni to re-engage them as potential conference speakers or in other roles;
- the opportunity to showcase your school within the Round Square community, and share good practice by allowing other RS schools to understand how the Round Square ethos and values embed within your own school;
- a purpose in reaching out to local figures, government ministers, and other potential speakers and connecting them with your school;
- lifelong links and personal connections throughout the Round Square community including greater access to exchange opportunities with increased confidence from other schools that have now visited your school; and
- the reassurance of support from Round Square to help you ensure that the conference is cost-neutral to the school.
I want to host a Round Square International Conference
If you feel that your school would make the ideal host for the next International Conference then please take the time to explore this section of the intranet. Here you will find out more how to make an enquiry, how to apply to become a host school, the initial planning process and some early requirements. You will find various guides here to support you throughout the whole process.
If after reading this you feel you do not meet criteria why not take a look at other conference and event types that your school could host that are more suitable.
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