Model students

Tasmanian Year 10 students from all sectors gathered recently for the Model United Nations Assembly. Based on the United Nations Assembly, the event is held annually by the Rotary Club of Deloraine and supported by Rotary Clubs statewide. As well as giving Year 10 students the experience of debating, the Model UN provides an opportunity for students to interact with peers from across the state to discuss resolutions to issues of international concern.

In May, 48 students representing 24 nations met at the Deloraine Community Complex to debate issues such as women’s and children’s rights, drug trafficking, capital punishment, and the spread of terrorism. Before arriving, the students researched their particular nation studying its history, politics, economy, culture and geography. The students also create costumes representative of their assigned nation to wear over the two-day event.

St Brendan-Shaw College student Rhiannon, representing the United States, encouraged current Year 9 students to consider entering next year "Overall the experience was amazing. We all made so many new lifelong friends. It is an experience not to be forgotten."

Dominic and Jacob (Afghanistan) from St Brendan-Shaw College and Olivia and Lilly (Nigeria) from St Mary’s College all received Honourable Mentions for Most Improved over the course of the event. Best National Costume went to Phoebe and Alec (Spain) from Marist Regional College, with Dylan and Soma (Russian Federation) from Dominic College receiving Honourable Mentions.

The winning team from Scottsdale High School representing China will now travel to Canberra in August to represent Tasmania in the National Model United Nations Assembly.