Each year, 2000 students from all over the world go to New York to participate in Montessori Model United Nations. They spend several months preparing their position papers and county’s case dockets before traveling to New York. Once there, they embark on a two day negotiation to draft resolutions under the guidance of an administrative body made up of a group of high school students and a teacher. The final resolutions are read into being in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations. MMUN is one of a small group of organizations who have access to this incredible opportunity to hold their simulations in the UN building. Last year, we took a delegation of five who were successful in getting some of their solutions drafted into resolutions and they stood out for their sophisticated handling of negotiations. As a result, we were invited to participate on the Bureau.
Last week, Holly traveled to New York where she trained with three other teachers and 40 high school students. The role of the Bureau is to provide information, guide protocol, act as senate and interface with visiting teachers and parents. Orchard is proud to work with this esteemed organization in its efforts toward peace and international youth cooperation.
We are working on an installation that will open the Lyceum. It is informed by the experience the children have of the peace table, both as a concrete materialization and as an abstracted concept. Over the next few days, we will be posting the peace table stories and documentation. Peace Table: collage of paper, polaroid, resin
This year’s science fair was a spectacular showcase of innovation in experimental design. We had students that asked questions like “can you generate electricity from a plant?”, “are wetlands nature’s kidneys?” and “if you were to get in a bath with a hairdryer, which salt would conduct electricity the fastest?”. Quite simply, electrifying.
The Elementary class are inviting their parents to school on June 5th at 12.30 to view their botany portfolios and share a lunch they designed made up of all parts of the plant (roots, leaves, stems, flowers, fruit and seeds). Please rsvp.
Today the children who wrote submissions for the Young Voices contest co-sponsored by The West End Phoenix and Six Shooter Records presented them to Dave Bidini at the Gladstone Hotel. Dave reviewed them and gave them some writing tips. Next we met with Jalani Morgan, the Photo Editor at The Phoenix about getting the shot and creating a visually sensitive layout in collaboration with the editor, art director and graphic designer. All budding writers and their families are invited to come to the Gladstone on Monday, May 27th where the five winners will be announced.
Two of our Upper Elementary students used the cubing material to demonstrate the Fibonacci sequence to their younger classmates. As a lovely touch, they added objects from the nature museum in the classroom to describe how it is found in everything from the human ear to an ammonite fossil to floration in a sunflower head.
The cubing material is one of the last concrete materials used in Montessori. It is representative of a culmination of material that begins with the sensorial pink tower, translates through the colours of the decanomial and arrives in three dimension to explain larger concepts like the Table of Pythagoras.
On Wednesday, May 22nd, Upper Elementary students will meet with Dave Bidini at the West End Phoenix offices at The Gladstone Hotel to chat about the paper and hand in their submissions for the New Voices award co-sponsored by the paper and Six Shooter Records. Please make sure your submissions are at school by Tuesday, May 21st.