Take on Responsibility
Our Salem Services
Our students acquire not only practical and technical skills, but also emotional competencies such as dependability, team spirit and endurance.
We offer the following service activities from year 9 to 12 (except Nature Conservation Service):
The school’s fire brigade is Salem’s oldest emergency service. It was founded in 1947 and since 1952 is an officially accredited private fire department. Since 2007 the school's fire brigade is a nationally accredited “Junior Fire Brigade".
During their year-long training, students learn the fundamentals of fire brigade services one afternoon per week. These include knot tying, familiarity with vehicles and equipment, fire-fighting techniques, rescue techniques, and the basics of radio transmitting.
During the school week members of the Fire Brigade provide support in case of an emergency alarm (search or fire alarm) and provide technical assistance at school events, such as the traditional annual Mud Fight. As a part of their service training students can earn up to three official junior fire-fighter badges. In Years 11 and 12 it is possible to complete regular fire-fighter training and, at a certain age, to take part in the regular duties of the volunteer fire brigade in Überlingen.
In keeping with the Round Square IDEALS environmental protection and nature conservation are an integral part of the pedagogical program of all Round Square schools. In cooperation with the Salem chapter of the German conservation association BUND, the service helps maintain local biotope areas and also works with the Heinz Sielmann Foundation. In addition, on-campus projects are undertaken to promote biodiversity and the preservation of species in Salem. The service attempts to raise awareness among other students for topics such as sustainability, environmental protection and organic farming.
Sun, Lake and Lifesaving
Salem's own boat harbour serves as an official support base for the local chapter of the German Life Saving Association (DLRG) in Sipplingen. All members acquire the following skills and accreditations: Life Saver Swimming Certificates (bronze to gold), recreational sailing licenses, and sailing skills.
Among the duties of the Nautical Service are, aside from the extensive training in water rescue at the Spetzgart harbour and the Schlosssee in Salem, supervision of the habour and participation in regional exercises. Every year we also visit the naval cutter regatta (Kiel Week).
The task of the Round Square service is to maintain the Round Square IDEALS. One of these elements is the area "Internationality." Students assist guest and exchange students from other countries and conduct cultural awareness projects. Moreover the service is particularly active in fundraising activies for RSIS assistance projects and school projects. With the proceeds of their collections it is possible to provide school scholarships in Kenia and support work in a home for the handicapped in Russia in cooperation with the the MIR association and the "Perspektivy“ organisation.
The First Aid Service is an official partner of the German Red Cross and has cooperation agreements with the local Red Cross branches in the Salem valley region, in Überlingen and in Markdorf.
At the weekly meetings on Monday afternoons service students acquire basic training as first-aid givers and reinforce their skills through repetition and realistic practice scenarios. Basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, characteristics of illnesses and injuries, rescue and transport techniques, systematic patient anamnesis, trauma recognition, measuring blood pressure applying automatic external defibrillators, applying bandages, advanced first aid measures, setting up medical tents as treatment areas, using a German BOS radio belong to the general areas of training. In Year 11 school first-aid givers complete the written and practical examinations of the German Red Cross.
Among the duties of the First Aid Service are performing stand-by duty at school events, assisting donors at regional blood donation drives, and, when requested, providing reinforcement to the local Red Cross chapters during public events. In addition, students regularly participate in official Red Cross competitions. Upon reaching a certain age it is possible to become a certified paramedic within the rapid response team of the Überlingen chapter of the Red Cross.
Being There for Others
The Social Outreach Service
The tasks of the Social Outreach service are very diverse. Salem students provide help with school homework to primary school children, visit kindergartens to teach English through playing, help out at schools for the handicapped, offer playgroups and computer courses at a local primary school, visit residents at a nearby senior citizens' home or organise outings with them, and assist the children of refugee families. Once a year the service conducts a week-long activity programme for children of socially disadvantaged families.
Not Only for Technical Experts
Technical Emergency Relief Service (THW)
Germany's Technical Emergency Relief Service (THW) for civil protection and disaster control is unique worldwide. The school's service group is an official youth chapter of Germany's national
organisation and closely cooperates with the Überlingen branch. It is an official member of the THW Juniors association and receives material support from the Friends Association of the Salem/Spetzgart THW.
During their THW service students learn the basics of technical relief service. This includes learning how to handle various types of equipment, including saber saws, disc grinders, demolition hammers, hydraulic shears and spreaders, puller hoists, winches, scaffolding systems, and much more. In addition, students acquire knowledge of rescue and recovery techniques with the help of ladder lifts, rope ladders, jack stands, dragging baskets, etc.
Basic techniques for using wood, metal and stone complete the program.
The THW service regularly takes part in competitions with other junior chapters and prepares students for earning THW badges in bronze and silver. Within the school the service members provide necessary technical and organisational support at all major school events.