The HELIX Programme is an innovative student-centred, learning framework. The name of the programme derives from its key focus on holistic education, experiential learning, leadership, international citizenship and the ‘X’ factor which defines our individuality.

The HELIX Programme is made up of four interlinked strands known as the “CODE”.


The Markham community is enriched by the blend of local and international staff and students. Through shared experiences, we all have the opportunity to celebrate and promote our diversity and identity via events such as the International Food Fair, the ‘Tinkuy’ Festival which celebrates the local cultures of Peru or our Exchange Programme with other Round Square schools.


Outdoor experiences reflect the Round Square ideals of Kurt Hahn through personal challenge, service to others, initiative, leadership and teamwork. Included in this are the Outdoor Education Programme, the CAS programme, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award as well as, both national and international educational trips, sporting activities and events.


Through the promotion of global awareness, sustainability and social justice, students initiate, lead and participate in both local and international projects and conferences which create a positive impact in the Markham community.  Examples include the Model United Nation (MUN) conferences and Round Square international conferences.


This strand focuses on all of the initiatives that promote the practice of the Arts and any other type of personal expression. Creativity and innovation are key to the continued development of the Markham community. Featured activities and events include those from Art, Drama, Music, Dance, Poetry and Film, as well as LAHC and ADCA events.   

Our desire is that students find value in experiencing all of the strands in varying degrees. The learning afforded by participation in these ‘strands’ fulfils the CAS requirements for both the National Programme and the IB Diploma. In addition, a large number of leadership opportunities exist for all Sixth Form students under the auspices of the “CODE” of the HELIX programme.