VSAMUN X, hosted by Victoria Shanghai Academy, took place over the 28th and 29th of November. A total of 18 Island School students participated and debated at various councils within this conference. The conference had more beginner councils such as DISEC and SOCHUM but also provided harder councils for more experienced delegates such as the Historical Cabinet and Security Council.
“It was a very good experience for me. It was very insightful and I learned a lot more about global issues. Participating in this conference only gave me more reasons to join future external conferences,” said Stephen, a Year 12 student who represented Japan in ECOSOC.
A total of 8 students won awards, with every council gifting at least one award to an Island School student! In SOCHUM, Hannah Lam represented Switzerland and won Most Improved Delegate. In UNEP, Nicole Cheng, representing Argentina, won an Honourable Mention. In DISEC, we had another delegate who won Most Improved Delegate with Cyrus Ng, who was representing Russia. Airi Tachino in ECOSOC represented Germany and won Best Speaker. In the Historical Cabinet, both Ethan Yap and Ayahiko Usui representing Mohammad Beheshti and Ali Akbar Moinfar respectively, won Honourable Mentions. Serena Yoon who represented China in Security Council managed to win Most Improved Delegate whilst fellow delegate Hani Rasool represented Germany and won an Honourable Mention.
All the delegates at this conference managed to actively engage with global issues whilst improving their public speaking and debate skills. Whether it be talking about restructuring methods of debt payment to alleviate debt-trap diplomacy or resolving the humanitarian situation in Beirut, Lebanon or even Iran’s Council of the Islamic Revolution, all the participating students learned a lot from their respective issues and will hopefully apply this knowledge to good use in the future.
by Ethan Yap
On the 15th of November, a total of 14 students represented Island School at the first ever ISSIAMUN hosted by ISSIA! Over the 11 hours of conference, the students clashed in ECOSOC and the US Senate over modern day political issues such as the remaining effects of colonialism and the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations. As each session introduced more amendments, so did the clashes between delegates. All the participating delegates learned very valuable lessons at this conference; whether it be about the political issue they debated on, the procedures of MUN or their public speaking and debate skills. 4 students stood out at this conference with Airi Tachino, Serena Yoon, Ayahiko Usui and Ethan Yap all winning awards in their respective councils.
This was a very memorable experience for both beginner and veteran delegates setting them up for future external conferences later on this year!
by Ethan Yap
At the Island School Model United Nations Conference on, 9th October, 70 students representing more than 40 countries participated in discussions about: conflict, eugenics and trafficking.
Prior to attending the conference, the students attended vigorous training sessions held by the student leadership team.
The students discussed 3 topics during the Zoom-held conference. They were: ‘The Conflict between Censorship and Freedom of Expression’, ‘Developing a Regulatory Framework Concerning the Field of Eugenics’ and lastly, ‘Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Organs and Trafficking in Persons for the Purpose of Organ Removal’.
Genetic engineering, cell transplantation and the privatisation of media were just some of the issues discussed during the conference.
MUN leader Ethan Yap (12W): “The participating students showed great commitment and perseverance over the past few weeks in our training session leading up to the internal conference. All the student leaders were very impressed with the maturity and ability they displayed during the conference. We saw a lot of potential and we hope to see them return for future external conferences!”
Student leader Ayahiko Usui (12F) said: “We would like to thank Mr Budd and Ms McPhee for assisting us along the way. None of this would have been possible without their help!”
Best Delegate, Hannah Wu (10D) also said: “For me, the internal conference was a phenomenal experience. Everyone had a chance to speak and we learnt a lot.”
At the end of the conference, Hannah Wu (India), Cyrus Ng (Chile) and Sammi Hung (Japan) were awarded Best Delegates, Nicole Cheng (Russia) was awarded Outstanding Delegate, and Jerry Luo (Kenya) and Jason Qiu (India) were awarded Most Improved.
Students will now go on to attend external conferences in the coming year, competing against delegates from other schools.
Article and photographs by Grace Zheng, Media Team
In the time of COVID-19, there is the question of 'how am I going to spend my time' especially in regards to extra-curricular activities. LRMUN sought to remedy that question for the extra-curricular activity of Model United Nations, by intentionally holding their entire event online. I personally thought that the way that LRMUN was structured was done in the best possible way for its limitations. It had a casual general chat, chats where people can post banter from their committees and multiple calls for caucuses. I was in the Security Council committee as the Delegate of China, on the topic of the Sino-Indian Border disputes, but there were other committees such as a Crisis Cabinet, Historical Security Council and the Russian Communist Party's cabinet after the death of Lenin! It was a great honour to be at the conference and also be awarded best delegate of the committee, and it was a unique experience that I highly enjoyed.
Alexander Bray, 11W