The School Play
One of the lessons to be learned about the Performing Arts is that, if it’s really going to be effective – particularly on stage – an awful lot of work has to be done. There are many latent talents and young people who can entertain here at the College, but anything worthwhile requires hours and hours of practice and rehearsal time.
This in turn needs emotional and physical stamina. Thankfully those who sign up hold a real passion for their genre of performance art, be it singing, acting, dance, mime or any other.
We provide an opportunity for students to explore and develop their skills by giving them innovative platforms from which to springboard.
Model United Nations (MUN)
Model United Nations (MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda.
The participants role-play as diplomats representing a nation or NGO in a simulated session of an organ (committee) of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.
MUN fosters diplomacy, respect for other cultures and an expansion of horizons for tomorrow’s leaders and decision makers. Here in Zimbabwe there are successful MUN clubs running, which observe the strict protocols and dignity of the United Nations. From the General Assembly to the Human Rights Commission, each forum has topics to research, discuss, debate and vote upon. These skills are then publicly put into practice at the conferences.
St. John’s College has a fast-growing MUN club whose members have already been able to attend conferences in Johannesburg and Harare. We are delighted that some of our members will be able to attend the Dubai Model United Nations (DIAMUN) conference in March and will also be participating in Zimbabwe’s 6th conference, ZIMUN, in May 2012. DIAMUN will be our largest conference to date, with more than fifty schools and over six hundred delegates taking part from around the globe.
In January this year, we have embarked on a project to include some (due to resources limitations) non-private school students, namely from Oriel Boys Senior. We are training them with great success and feel that they will be ready for ZIMUN Harare, as well as their maiden international conference JOMUN in Johannesburg next term.