There are roles within the Secretariat, or in the General Assembly, the Human Rights Council, ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council), the Security Council and also in Special Conferences. BISSMUN allows students to take on the role of a UN delegate to learn about communication, globalisation and multilateral diplomacy, by attending mock United Nations conferences. As I mentioned to pupils at the closing ceremony, (on a day when the main news headlines included the announcement of ballistic missile tests from one leader in one continent and the suggestion that more executive orders might follow to restrict the free movement of people in another part of the world), there has never been a more pressing need for our children to have a better understanding of the mechanisms that promote greater harmony and agreement amongst the global community.
Alena Heise, Secretary General this weekend, blogged recently about the topics discussed, including “matters like drug trafficking, preventing further negative climate change or the protection of the rights of children in armed conflicts and child soldiers. These were discussed, debated and solutions developed in order to create a greater awareness of global issues. It is of upmost importance to have awareness of such pressing issues, as we are global citizens and should aim to make a change for the future.”
This weekend also saw our swimming team in action. Students participated in the event at Dulwich Shanghai and the challenge involved a 50m pool which presents an extra level of technical difficulty in terms of technique. Well done to all who took part, but special mention must go to Jordan Chang, Eliott Chaize, Matthew Bae, Jocelyn Chok, Liv Kavander, Chloe Chaize, Amelie Ingman, Eugene Kam, Har Vey Yuen and John Kam for their successes. I’ve mentioned many times before that I often arrive at school during the early morning or leave in the evening to find that these pupils are in the pool and developing their swimming prowess – there are some very insightful words written on the wall of the secondary entrance “Quality is never and accident – it is the result of intelligent effort”. I am a firm believer in the partnership between students, parents and coaches and teachers and this is evidenced in the swim programme itself. Thank you to all involved in the hours of effort in helping our children to succeed.
Many of you will have children that have recently returned from Tanzania. The stories that they have told us all about the experiences that they had in January demonstrate their positive attitude as global citizens. They have continued their fundraising this week and we all enjoyed the opportunity to show our appreciation of others through supporting their sales of red roses on Valentine’s Day. The fun that the Tanzania students generated was memorable for all of us!
Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary