PLC Sydney Speakers in Singapore
In late November 2016, eight PLC Sydney students from Years 10–11 departed for The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN), in Singapore. Students experienced the work of a UN representative, first-hand, in the four day event. This initiative involved approximately 1500 students from international schools based in South East Asia, Dubai, China and Korea.
Laurel Lu and Lauren McGrath-Wild (Year 10) took on the roles of Chief Ambassadors representing the interests of Croatia and Kenya respectively. They led delegates: Emily Lizzio (Year 11), Katy Kang (Year 11), Sherie Pan (Year 11), Lina Cho (Year 11), Kate McDonald (Year 12) and Catherine Ishak (Year 12) who represented either Croatia, Kenya or the Human Rights Council Kenya. Delegates were tasked with devising innovative solutions to global problems such as defining the role of neighbouring countries in refugee crises. These issues required students to have extensive knowledge of their country’s political, economic and social conditions and then to draft policy to ensure resolutions were adopted.
THIMUN 2016 saw PLC Sydney students develop skills in negotiation, lobbying, debating and innovative problem solving. Lauren and Catherine both had the privilege of addressing their respective assemblies, speaking with authority and taking ‘any and all’ questions from the House.
PLC Sydney is the only Australian school to be invited to this event and through generous co-funding from The PLC Sydney Foundation has been fortunate to send delegates annually since 2003.
Images (from left):
1 - PLC Sydney Delegates at the Opening Ceremony, Hwa Chong Institute. Front: Lina Cho, Sherie Pan and Lauren McGrath Wild. Back: Emily Lizzio, Kate McDonald, Catherine Ishak, Laurel Lu and Katie Kang.
2 - Catherine Ishak (Year 11) defends Kenya’s position in the Human Rights’ Council.
3 - Laurel Lu (Year 8), Chief Ambassador, persuades a neighbouring country to support the Kenyan position.
Lions Yagoona Youth of the Year update
Congratulations to Kendall Lane (Year 12) who was declared winner of the Public Speaking section at a recent Lions Yagoona event. Her topic was euthanasia and assisted dying, referencing her own personal experience of her great-grandmother's suffering in the last days before death. She presented with sincerity and without notes, establishing a sensitive connection with her material and audience.
Kendall prepared a comprehensive CV, responded to questions posed by a panel in a formal interview, delivered responses to two impromptu questions then delivered a five minute speech. Kendall worked with dedication on her Speech through the holidays and it was lovely for her to be recognised in this manner.
Image: Kendall Lane (Year 12).