Continuing the theme of opportunity, I thought it worthwhile to share the experiences of the students on the recent Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Trip and the Model United Nations competition.
Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
With the training weekend and practice expedition completed, this year’s 30 Year 10 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award students embarked on their final, qualifying expedition at the weekend, with a mixture of nerves and determination.
The expedition took place in Al Khor amongst the beautiful mangroves and beaches of Qatar. Wednesday morning saw students enjoying bright sunshine, with a refreshing breeze: perfect walking weather. Once they had distributed the group kit between their team members, the expedition leaders made sure that all participants were packed and ready for the journey ahead, confident with their navigating skills and familiar with the route they had planned with their team. One by one the groups boldly embarked on their six-hour trek to the ‘campsite’.
Their journeys were challenging, yet enjoyable. There were a few ‘navigational challenges’ en route however group by group, the weary travellers arrived tired and relieved at the campsite. Unfazed by the lack of luxury, the students threw off their heavy rucksacks and had a well-deserved rest before putting up their tents and cooking their dinners. When all the tents were up and all the exhausted travellers had eaten, everyone could relax in preparation for day two. The atmosphere in camp was cheerful and pleasant. With no mobile phones permitted over the weekend, it was pleasing to see the students organising their own entertainment, happily chatting and playing games with surprising levels of energy after their challenging day.
After a quiet and restful night, the campers one by one emerged sleepily from their tents. The sun was shining and the mood in camp was peaceful. Despite having a long and demanding day ahead of them, the students were all in good spirits as they made their breakfast and packed their tents and kit into rucksacks. After a last check of their maps, the groups set off on the homeward leg of their expedition. they maintained a positive attitude throughout, and morale remained high. They embraced the demands of the hike and all completed their expeditions smiling and relieved.
A big well done to all this year’s Bronze participants for showing such strength and fantastic team spirit. The feedback from the expedition leaders and assessors has been great. The sensible, mature way the students conducted themselves throughout the weekend, along with their positive attitude and enthusiasm made the experience enjoyable for everyone involved.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award allows students to acquire new skills and experiences through the required sections of the Award, such as service, physical activity, skills and the adventurous journey. We look forward to seeing the cohort further progress through the award as they aim for Silver in the summer!
12 MK students ranging from Year 8 to Year 12 represented Compass fantastically well at the ninth annual THIMUN Qatar Conference, which was held at the Qatar National Convention Centre. The theme of THIMUN Qatar 2020 was Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well- Being. All committees had issues that tied to the conference theme and Compass was representing Italy for the conference.
The Hague International MUN Conference is one of the biggest forums for students who participate in Model United Nations to debate on an international platform. A small number of our team had some prior experience with MUN, but for most of us, this trip was the first time we had partaken in a conference of such a high calibre, and lobbying, debating and speaking in front of committees of over 100 students presented itself as a very daunting task.
Collaborating with nearly 1700 student delegates from numerous countries instilled in us a passion for improving our global community by continuing to discuss, negotiate and debate solutions to the various problems facing modern society. Leveraging the internationalism represented in our team enabled us to be considerate and tolerant, yet also persuasive enough to pass resolutions prioritising Italy’s best interests.
Being a part of THIMUN 2020 allowed us to embrace the spirit of the UN in their own words: ‘to practise tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours’. Well done to all those involved and we look forward to heading to Georgetown University later this month for our 3rd conference of the academic year.
Head of Secondary, Madinat Khalifa