In the early 1920’s, Kurt Hahn, a remarkable thinker and educator, perceived something missing from the lives of young people. He made it his mission to remedy that deficiency by providing the right environment and instruction to impel individuals to achieve their fullest potential. Hahn’s visionary ideas are alive in the world today and in constant evolution through the experiential education programmes that are portrayed in Mark Zelinski’s fifth book, “One Small Flame: Kurt Hahn’s Vision Of Education.” Zelinski travelled to more than 70 Round Square Schools, Outward Bound Centres and United World Colleges worldwide to capture, in photographs and words, this epic story of the human spirit at it most courageous and compassionate moments.

Forewords by Round Square Patron King Constantine and The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

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Page 33 | United World College Of The Atlantic, Wales

The Zodiac inflatable boat was invented at Atlantic College for sea rescue. Tide changes in Cardiff Bay are the most extreme on earth.

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Manned by staff and students, the sea training and rescue boat emerges from the castle walls of Atlantic College descending into Cardiff Bay, one of the world’s most difficult launching sites.

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Students hurry to make morning class, through the portcullis of St. Donat’s Castle. This atmospheric campus of Atlantic College, the first of the United World Colleges, is poised on the rugged shores of Cardiff Bay in Southern Wales.

Page 31 | Outward Bound Aberdovey, Wales

Given only 24 hours to learn the necessary skills to carry out the operation, a management group responds to a staged rescue emergency as dawn illuminates the western slopes of Cader Idris.

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The waters of Aberdovey Estuary and mountains of Northern Wales offer challenge and diversity, primary considerations in choosing this site for the first Outward Bound centre in 1941.

Page 30 | Outward Bound Aberdovey, Wales

Bracing herself for a seal launch, a student must trust her teammates to lift a platform carefully, plunging her kayak into high tide. Founded in 1941, Outward Bound Aberdovey is the first of the Outward Bound schools.

Page 29 | Schule Schloss Salem, Germany

Modern and classical styles comprise the award-winning architecture of the Harlen Upper School campus of Salem.

Many students prefer the quiet of the extensive library rooms of the Harlen Upper School for studying and research.

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Months of rehearsals culminate in a great musical at the auditorium of the Harlen campus. Setting new limits for themselves and often surpassing them, students re-define what is possible

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Taking education beyond traditional boundaries, students of the Water Rescue Service work on their own and alongside regular emergency units in the area. They are on call 24 hours a day.

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The school has its own harbour and owns a small fleet, including one of the oldest timber boats on Lake Constance.

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Students have opportunities for hiking, outdoor rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and scaling the indoor wall of Schloss Spetzgart.

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Schloss Spetzgart is the home of first year Upper School students. The balcony and the school cafeteria provide splendid views of Lake Constance, and mountains of Austria and Switzerland.

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Burg Hohenfels, the former fortress of the Order of Teutonic Knights, now holds the Salem Lower School classrooms and dormitories. The great gates are locked at night, keeping the students safe inside.

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“Wohnzimmer” is the Hohenfels Castle’s common room for receptions, music and recitals. private music instruction. Music and vocal classes as well as choir, school band and orchestra, play a key role in community life.

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Art classes at Hohenfels provide a supportive environment for encourage the imaginative communication of feelings and ideas.

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A beautiful place for a picnic or an evening of song and stories, the garden of the Burg Hohenfels Lower School has a tiny herb garden tended by students.

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The Lower School offers a variety of unique extra-curricular activities, including a circus where students learn acrobatics, juggling or riding a unicycle.

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Emergency Service (such as Middle School Fire Brigade Service shown here), Social Service and Political Service are an essential part of boarding life according to Kurt Hahn’s idea of an all-round academic and social education.

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Along the weathered stone floors in the cloister of Salem Castle, students follow in the footsteps of the monks who once lived here, and continue a long tradition of learning and living within these ancient walls.

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Morning run is part of a long tradition of outdoor pursuits at Salem. The school founder himself, Kurt Hahn, enjoyed participating in the run each morning.

Page 24 | Schule Schloss Salem, Germany Morning run is part of a long tradition of outdoor pursuits at Salem. The school founder himself, Kurt Hahn, enjoyed participating in the run each morning.

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Before classes begin each morning, all Middle School students, house tutors and staff assemble in the “Zehntscheuer”, the old gymnasium, for a 15-minute assembly.

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In contrast the rise of fascism following the first World War, Salem (peace) School was founded in 1920 by the brilliant German educator Kurt Hahn. Enclosed by the high castle walls and cathedral, students socialize and study in the privacy of the Middle School inner courtyard.

Pages 22-23 | EUROPE Title Page, UWC Norway

Norway’s Red Cross Nordic United World College provides an incomparable Scandinavian experience. Students from 100 countries arrive here each year and quickly find themselves immersed new environments, new attitudes and new resolutions.

Page 2-3 | ONE SMALL FLAME by Mark Zelinski

Many years ago, a small flame was kindled by a thoughtful man. It was a tiny flame, but it burned so purely that its radiance was noticed by many other thoughtful people. Then one, who loved the darkness, felt threatened and resolved to extinguish the glow of this small fire. But the flame had already caught the wind, conveying it’s warmth and light into new lands. (Photo by Mark Zelinski 2001 An Outward Bound Kenya expedition descending the slope of Mount Kilimanjaro).

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