What is the United Nations?

What is the United Nations?During the opening ceremony of the Sixth Annual Model United Nations Conference held in Singapore at Hwa Chong Institute, the key note speaker, Dr. Simon Chesterman, asked the students the same exam question he asks his students of law: What is the United Nations? As he prodded the students to think about what the UN is and more importantly what it is not, the students embarked on their journey to act as various nations of the world to come together in the process of sculpting a better tomorrow under the theme of Good Governance.

Representing The Bahamas and Malaysia, thirteen Bayside high school students took on the difficult issues facing our society today.  Prior to the trip, the students invested numerous hours in researching the major issues to be debated in their respective committees, writing resolutions and practicing the debate process.  Along with more than a thousand other students, our thirteen representatives shared their ideas, merged their resolutions, and debated the impact and feasibility of their proposals.

Two of our seniors, Emily Groh and Woong Jin Kim, were selected as Ambassadors of The Bahamas and Malaysia respectively.  As ambassadors, Emily and Woong Jin delivered a speech on behalf of their nations in front of hundreds of other ambassadors and directors.  They delivered a message reinforcing the importance of equality of all nations as well as the urgency and need to care for our future children.

As a teacher, there is no prouder moment than to see my students care about the world in which they live.  Their education is not for mere self-gain but for the goodness of the world that surrounds them.  I am certainly lucky to be the teacher that gets the chance to see her students in action; simulation or not, the fact that these students dedicated their time and efforts in the midst of IB classes and college applications to participate in the Model United Nations conference is impressive to me and I applaud them whole-heartedly.

We have fun, too—the hard work pays off when they have the privilege to escape to Singapore, taking a Bumboat ride down to the Merlion, roaming the streets of Bugis Shopping District, seeing exotic animals during a Night Safari, and drinking a Singapore Sling at the infamous Raffles Hotel (virgin version, of course!).

Parents, teachers, and coaches: you would be proud to know that these dedicated students also found time in their busy schedule to complete homework, jump rope for basketball (much to their downstairs neighbors’ dismay), and take three 45-minute intervals to complete their Six-Traits essays.

We have reasons to be proud of our students.  Won’t you join me in congratulating them in their awesomeness?

To read more stories about Shekou International School visit their website: www.sis.org.cn/why-choose-sis

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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