QAHS students take on global political issues

Pictured (L-R): Sara Alaei (Year 10), Alana Allsopp (Year 11), Jarrod Chen (Year 11), Isabella Dobrosklonsky (Year 10), Felix Gamble (Year 12), Annabel Jellett (Year 11), Soham Kale (Year 10), Samuel McMath (Year 12), John Simmonds (Year 12), Bridget Spry-Bristow (Year 10), Charli Turner (Year 10), Alex Young (Year 12).

QAHS students across Years 10, 11 and 12, along with students from other Gold Coast schools, recently participated in the Bond University High School Model United Nations conference. The event took place over 2 days. Students were required to complete research and write a Position Paper before they attended the conference. Congratulations to Charli Turner in Year 10, who won the prize for the best Position Paper at the conference.

Alex Young in Year 12 explains what happened at the conference:
Eleven QAHS students participated in the Bond University High School Model United Nations over 24 and 25 May. The event was a simulated learning experience where participants represent a country, taking on their country’s persona. The theme of the Model UN was ‘Ending Poverty in all its Forms Everywhere’. Due to the number of participants, the group was split into three committees; Women and Children as the Victims of Poverty, Poverty and Human Conflict and Prejudice, and Poverty and Terrorism.

Beginning the conference as the keynote speaker was Christopher Lamb, a former Australian Ambassador and current Special Adviser to the Australian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Then, a lecture on diplomacy was given by one of the lecturers at Bond University. After, we got a chance to put our diplomatic skills to the test when deciding the proposals for our committee agendas, which would guide our discussions for the following day. Once our agendas were decided, a cocktail reception was held, allowing us to meet our fellow representatives, form alliances and establish support for our proposals. On the second day of the conference, the participants were again split into committees. In our committees, the agendas were finalised and a short introduction was given by each of the country representatives. Then, the debates began. Solutions were proposed and voted on. After hours of debating, we decided on a resolution.

John Simmonds in Year 12 shares his impressions of the experience:
From enjoying a simulated cocktail party to halting the reformation of the Soviet Union, the Bond Model United Nations (BUMUN) provided a range of new experiences for all who attended. My personal highlight of the event was the guest lecture given by the former Australian ambassador to Myanmar, Ambassador Lamb. He provided us with an interesting take on the roles of modern politics, as well as an intriguing position on how Australia should combat internal poverty. After his enriching speech, he gave us the unique opportunity to individually converse with him about his positions on modern politics, an experience which allowed many of us to explore political ideologies in great depth. Overall, I found the BUMUN provided us with a wide range of engaging experiences, and I advocate all students to consider participating in next year’s event.

Mrs Mary-Anne Wood
Debating co-ordinator