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Model United Nations New York Field Trip

This past week marked our first field trip to the United States of America in CSM history!  Throughout the course of this week, students worked with other students from countries such as Canada, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, China, Singapore, Australia and India to debate and discuss a range of issues including access to education, healthcare and child labour laws.  

The Model United Nations simulations help young people to learn more about the principles of the United Nations and how it functions.  Many of today's leaders in law, government, business and the arts - including the United Nations itself - participated in Model United Nations as students!  Our opening ceremony guest speaker was US 'The Office' star, Rainn Wilson who is a former Model United Nations participant!  To learn more about Model United Nations, click on the following link:

To find out more about the New York Model United Nations simulation specifically, check out their website here:

Our partner organisation for this field trip was Model United Nations Italia who provided an outstanding service.  Information about this organisation can be found here: 

As well as participating in Model United Nations simulations, students also had the chance to explore all that New York City has to offer!  Students completed a walking tour of the city where they visited Columbia University, Harlem, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo.  Students also explored New York from great heights by visiting the Empire State Building and the Top of the Rock tour!  Students also enjoyed the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) where they had the chance to discover and explore 5,000 years of art from around the world.  To close our time in New York, we visited one of the most recognisable symbols in the world, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, representing American ideals of equality, democracy and freedom.   

A special congratulations to all of our student delegates who were outstanding both during Model United Nations simulations and also during city tour times!  Grade 9 students Lavinia, Nora, Carolina, Sam and Tommaso, Grade 10 students Leonardo, Mariana, Michele, Samuel, Gabriele, Marceau, Alessandro, Sophie, Greta, Emilia, Sophie and Grade 11 students Zoe and Saron served as excellent ambassadors for the Canadian School of Milan.  During simulations, students delivered speeches, made motions and collaborated with delegates from other schools.  Outside of simulations, students were respectful and open to all the different experiences planned.  As always, it is a real privilege to work with such enthusiastic and motivated students.  We look forward to the next Model United Nations event! 

Dr. Olivieri and Mrs. Millar