Fourteen students from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School participated in the annual Evatt Trophy Competition which is run by United Nations Youth Australia.
The Evatt Trophy is a Model United Nations competition where students represent a country on the Security Council in teams of two and engage with real issues that face the world today. Students from Bunbury Cathedral School were joined by students from North Albany Senior High School, Bunbury Senior High School and Mandurah Baptist College.
“I love how the competition is very multifaceted. It is relatively unique in the sense that delegates get to experience diplomatic negotiation skills on top of public speaking, which I think is a very important skill even in ‘real life jobs’,” said WA President of United Nations Youth Australia, Mr Benjamin Hamblin.
This competition gave students a chance to sharpen their speaking, negotiation, research, and teamwork skills following the procedure conducted by the real UN Security Council.
“I found negotiating to be fairly challenging especially when you need to have all countries’ interests at heart. The competition taught us how the UN Security Council operates, and we learned how to voice your opinions in a diplomatic manner,” said Year 9 student, Aaliyah O’Connell.
Aleisha Thivy and Evelyn Howson from Year 10 and 12 respectively agreed and added, “The competition was fun and it was great to meet new people from different schools. We have learned a lot about politics from it.”
When asked if they would recommend the competition to other students, Year 9 student, William Darlow said, “I would definitely recommend it, especially if you are interested in debating and politics. It is a good way to build confidence, meet people you would not normally meet, and discuss things you probably never thought about before.
The 30 highest performing teams from across the state will be invited to compete for a spot in the state finals on Friday, 22 August. This will be announced on Wednesday, 12 August.