News from our Sustainability Groups
Waste Wise is running gold coin donation DIY honey wrap workshops after school. All students are welcome to come along and make a sustainable alternative to glad wrap for their lunchbox! Keep an eye out in the notices for when & where.
HealthWise is excited to bring two events to WSC post-exams. The inter-house MasterChef Competition will take place on Tuesday of week 9. With teams selected and less than a week to go, excitement is building as the competitors wait to find out the contents of their “mystery box”. HealthWise is also bringing back the much loved Pyjama day. Students are invited to Rest and de-stress by wearing their warm pyjamas on Friday of week 8 and receive free Milo in the Quad.
NZ Model United Nations 2016
Kia ora everyone,
Last July myself, (Lachlan Barnes) and Ariana Brunet flew down to Wellington for four days to represent Western Springs College at the 2016 Model United Nations. Model United Nations is an event where senior high school students role-play delegates of a member state in the United Nations. During the conference, delegates engage in debate on matters of world politics and social concern. NZ Model United Nations is New Zealand's national Model UN event.
The countries we represented were Serbia and New Zealand. During the conference, we debated on issues ranging from social media as a terrorist instrument, right through to solutions to climate change. Being challenged to represent an entire country showed us what it takes to be diplomatic, effective and altruistic leaders, and opened our eyes to the challenges and opportunities of over 100 different countries making decisions for the world’s future.
Since representing Springs at the NZ Model UN I, (Lachlan) have gone to two other Model UN events. The first was the UN Youth Innovation Competition where I was given three hours to prepare and present an action plan for the World Heath Organisation to combat the Zika virus outbreak. The second being the premier Model European Union 2016, where I represented Poland and the EPP political party in debating the issue of terrorism and refugee migration. The event was hosted by Auckland University and lasted for three days with 300 students attending. During this conference I was lucky enough to be recognised as the “best delegate” for the conference, as well as being part of the winning team for a UK/EU negotiation competition.
Why is politics relevant to young people?
Donald Trump, Brexit and climate change - these are just some of the examples of how the world is changing. Although a UN conference room or Parliament seem far removed from day-to-day life, politicians and diplomats make decisions about everything around us - from our roads and schools to how we deal with world issues of relevance like refugees or our future food supply.
Politics is simply, about power. Not only power that corrupts, but the power to choose the way we want our society to be. Often as a young person it might feel like we don’t have this kind of power - but the more involved I have become, the more I have realised this isn’t true.
How to become involved in Model United Nations NZ
Anyone can get involved with UN Youth - you don’t have to be part of a club or an organisation. The UN Youth organising committee is a group of University students in Auckland and around the country who regularly organise events. These involved mock committees/conferences of the world’s leaders, as well as practical competitions such as creating a solution to help a country recover from a natural crisis.
I would strongly recommend Model United Nations to all students, it is a unique opportunity to engage in global issue in a fun and stimulating manner. If you think you might be interested in Model United Nations feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to check out Auckland's Model UN facebook page.
Thank you for everyone who helped Ariana and me attend the NZ Model United Nations; Ms Stimson for her support and constant help and for PAG for helping fund the trip down to Wellington
(Lachlan Barnes and Ariana Brunet)