Community: UNESCO Associated School

Updated: Fri 7 Jan 2022   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

As a UNESCO Associated School we support the integration of international perspectives in schools and promote the values of UNESCO, including human rights, mutual respect and cultural diversity. Our students organise Model United Nations (MUN) conferences each year which are well supported by students from local partner and international schools.

Model United Nations (MUN) is a society where issues mirroring those at the United Nations are discussed. Each person is known as a delegate and they are given a country to represent. The delegate then has to convey their country’s viewpoint on a topic to try and create a resolution to the problem that is being discussed. It is a fun and friendly form of debating and our society encourages people to get involved.

TBSHS held its 8th Model United Nations in February 2018. It was led by our student Secretary General and Deputies. The theme for the day was ‘Diplomatic relations in East Asia’ focusing issues such as the nuclear missile threat from North Korea and ‘Missing Girl’ problem in India and China. There were four committees held in the morning session debating and submitting resolutions which were then carried forward to the afternoon’s General Assembly session. We were pleased to welcome our regular participants Hockerill Anglo European School and the Queen’s College, Majorca (led by former TBSHS teacher John Perry). We also saw superb attendance from Year 11 students including student Boyd Dunster’s fabulous role play of the Russian Federation.

The conference in 2018 was a particularly difficult one for us, following the sudden passing of former MUN director and politics teacher Darren Solomons. However, it was a time to share stories and memories from previous conferences. STORTMUN2018 was a great success thanks to the students, teachers and guest schools involved which was held in memoriam of Darren. We look forward to continuing this TBSHS tradition, and STORTMUN was last held in April 2019.

We are passionate about increasing the opportunities for students to learn about life in a diverse global society. A global dimension approach to the curriculum can add relevance and real life to topics and really engage students.

Following the lifting of Coronavirus restrictions in 2022, we plan to once again run a STORTMUN programme, hopefully starting with STORTMUN2023.