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1st Annual Session THIMUN Latin America


14th - 16th August 2014 - The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) - Official Host: The British Schools, Montevideo.

The 1st THIMUN – The Hague International Model United Nations – in Latin America will be hosted by The British Schools, Montevideo, in August 2014.  Amidst some very tough competition, The British Schools won their bid to become the first school in Latin America to host a THIMUN event. 


About Model United Nations

The Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations at a high school level.  Participants are given the task of representing a country on a specific UN committee. Delegates must draft statement policies, in accordance with their country’s stance, that express their position.  These resolutions propose answers to current international conflicts and issues. Delegates debate and put forward resolutions, which can later be amended through polling procedures. At the end of this process, a final draft of a resolution is voted upon in order to pass or reject it.

Earlier this year - on Saturday, 10th May, The British Schools played host to 130 delegates, committee chairs and directors from six local schools (The British Schools, Richard Anderson, Seminario, St Brendan’s, Stella Maris, and the Uruguayan American School). After the welcome speech by Mr. Alan Ripley, Principal, seven committee groups including the Security Council and Human Rights Committee debated actual United Nations issues like ‘The role of women in rural Latin America’. After two hours of reading statements, lobbying and voting, the students, all dressed in formal outfits, asked for an extra half an hour to finish off - even though it was past lunch time! Everybody enjoyed lunch together in the Pavilion before heading back to the Auditorium for closing speeches by Head of Senior - Iara Lindemann and The British School’s MUN Director Cecilia Pombo. There was consensus agreement that the conference was a real success, everybody who took part got intensely involved, learnt a great deal and generally enjoyed themselves.



THIMUNThe Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) is a not-for-profit educational foundation that has links with the United Nations. Its objectives are to advance the interests of international education across national boundaries through the promotion of interaction and dialogue between young people from a variety of countries and school systems. To develop a global awareness among young people, focusing on the formulation of peaceful resolutions to world problems and practicing the communication skills which help foster this education in world citizenship.


As you will be aware, in the last few days, Nigeria has become the focus of global attention. In the context of a breakdown in civil order in the remote North East of Nigeria, over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their boarding school almost a month ago. In video messages which can only be described as “evil” (http://time.com/87658/boko-haram-nigeria-kidnapped-girls) the leader of the radical Islamic militants responsible for the kidnap has proclaimed that he would “.. sell the girls as slaves” , that they had “..converted to Islam”, and that “..they will never be returned unless militant prisoners are all released”. 

In response to this horror, a school in Colombia (http://www.englishschool.edu.co) a member of LAHC, initiated a campaign to publicise and support global campaign for the girls' release. The British Schools, together with 44 other British International Schools in South America – took up this campaign in the Senior School on Tuesday, 13th May by wearing something red for the day. 

Sporting Exchanges

For more than 30 years, The British Schools and the St. Andrew’s Scots School in Buenos Aires have been sharing sporting exchanges.  These exchanges include Rugby, Hockey and Basketball matches for Senior students and Rugby and Hockey matches for Junior students in Form 6.

These activities not only provide an opportunity for students to strengthen existing bonds of friendship and build new ones, they also promote teamwork, values and fair play, and enhance personal growth as well as physical development.

The Food and Behaviour Experiment

 It’s common to joke about children being on a sugar high after a party, so all of us know –on some level– that food influences how children behave. But how many of us realise the extent to which our children’s day-to-day actions are shaped and moulded by the foods we feed them? An experiment on the effects of food on behaviour done by the British TV series, The Food Hospital, produced shocking results. Party food loaded with sugar, artificial colouring, and other additives has the power to turn your lovely, cooperative child into a badly behaved, physically aggressive youngster. Children in Britain aged 5 – 9 attended a party. They were split into two groups:

Group One: was fed healthy options such as apple slices, carrot sticks, sandwiches, hummus, etc. and was given water to drink.
Group Two: received the usual party fair: candy, potato chips, and soda (or as they say in the UK, sweets, crisps, and fizzy pop), all containing loads of sugar, artificial colouring, and other.

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The children’s ability to follow instruction, concentrate, and remember information was then measured as they played party games, and their actions were carefully recorded. You may be surprised by what they found. It wasn’t only how they behaved that was remarkably different. The healthy food group did “48% better in the games overall” – that’s a huge improvement in performance.

School ditches rules and loses bullies

School ditches rules and loses bullies. "The kids were motivated, busy and engaged. In my experience, the time children get into trouble is when they are not busy, motivated and engaged…”

Teacher Training and the School Day

ProfessionalGrowth New for 2014 - All academic investigations indicate that teacher quality is the leading factor in determining the quality of education offered. Accordingly, the School will take a number of half-days for teacher training and for meetings in 2014



School Infrastructure

In recent years the School has been involved in a series of construction projects designed to both renovate existing infrastructure and to create new learning spaces that are coherent with the needs of 21st century education. The Early Years Centre was completed in 2010 – and still draws attention to the light, airy and “transparent” environment created for young learners. In 2012 a second floor was added to the Eastern Wing of Junior. These specialist learning spaces (Science, IT, Art and Music) follow this theme of a more expansive and open education.

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