Model United Nations Assembly excursion
On Saturday 28th of May, three of our Year 10 debaters took part in the Rotary’s Model United Nations Assembly. 19 teams representing 16 countries debated some contentious resolutions such as “that climate change is a global emergency that goes beyond national borders” and “all Member States adopt policies which would allow recognition of migrants’ traditional legal systems such as Sharia Law or Indigenous Customary Law in matters relating to migrant communities to which these legal systems have application”. Students were to represent the assumed views of their countries rather than their own views, which made for some unique and oddly impassioned arguments on the floor! This was the first time in recent years that Inaburra has attended Model UN Assembly and we represented Australia. Well done to Lauren Buckle, Olivia Hicks and Rachael Coote on representing their country and their school in such a unique forum. Major thanks go to the Rotary Club of Sutherland who sponsored our attendance at this fabulous day.
Junior School team
It has been a busy few months in the HICES Debating Competition 2022 for our Junior school team. However, we are proud to be walking away with two wins under our belt. The team were confronted with many obstacles during this competition and I believe they not only showed their maturity, but their professionalism and perseverance to overcome the challenges. It has been encouraging to see our Junior School students represent Inaburra with such pride, dedication and determination.
Well done to the following team members who put their best foot forward and gave this exciting opportunity a go – Alana Mokas, Chloe Battersby, Isabella de Silva, Judah Searles, Sam Petty and Tori Veleski.
Senior School teams
Our Senior School debating teams have also been keeping busy throughout Term 2, with each of our six teams engaging in three rounds of debates – all via Zoom! This term students have debated on topics ranging from public health and government, to safety. The Senior (Year 9/10) and Open (Year 11/12) teams engage in each debate with only one hour of preparation time for their specific topic. Our Middle (Year 7-8) teams have been honing their research and speech writing skills as they receive their topic area in advance.
Miss Berger and I have been proud to see each team refining their debating skills – including, most importantly, teamwork and critical thinking and responding thoughtfully to adjudicator feedback.
The results of which teams have progressed to the Preliminary Finals were released at the beginning of Week 7. From this point onwards, the HICES competition becomes a knock-out competition!
We congratulate in particular the teams which have progressed to the Preliminary Finals, and wish them well for their upcoming debates:
- Middle 2: Chris, Jack, Luke, Sophia, Tayla
- Senior 2: Charlotte, Lauren, Olivia, Rachael
- Open 1: Christos, Harry, Mia, Pippa, Sienna
- Open 2: Josie, Kate, Ryley, Sommerset