Model UN Day at New Glasgow Academy!Back to stories
Recently, seven different schools (six of which were Green Schools) participated in New Glasgow Academy’s UN Day 2015 – Celtic Family Henderson Paris United Nations Seminar. 7-8 students per school along with a teacher chaperone attended from New Glasgow Academy, Thorburn Consolidated, Trenton Middle School, W.A. MacLeod Consolidated, Dr. Thomas McCulloch Junior High, West Pictou Consolidated, and East Pictou Middle School
As the day’s delegates arrived, they were greeted and provided with a UN t-shirt to wear for the day, and then a group photo of all delegates and guests was taken. Welcome and opening remarks were given by NGA Acting Principal Glen McCarron, CCRSB Celtic Family of Schools Supervisor Ron Turnbull, and New Glasgow Town Councilor Henderson Paris.
The theme for the day was HEALTHY SOILS FOR A HEALTHY LIFE, and each group was tasked with creating a poster for their school based on the theme. School delegates brainstormed ideas for a resolution and then chose one delegate from each group to meet with other group representatives to negotiate one resolution. This was supervised by Green Team Leader and Acting VP Kim Bain, and wow was it powerful! Each school presented their newly created posters to the group, providing an overview of what the drawn images represented.
The afternoon assembly was kickstarted with the playing and singing of “O Canada” by the NGA Band and Concert Choir, followed by “Stand by Me”. Mr. McCarron welcomed guests followed by Councilor Paris with introductory remarks. Two youth from Trenton Middle School read the UN proclamation, followed by a drumming presentation by New Glasgow Academy’s YADE – Youth African Drumming Ensemble.
Watch the videos here:
Next there was a UN presentation on the New Glasgow Library Learning Garden by Green Schools Engagement Officer and Co-Chair for New Glasgow’s Communities in Bloom Tabitha Coleman. This was a collaborative initiative that involved many community organizations, volunteers and Green Schools A.G. Baillie Memorial School and New Glasgow Academy. With the help of dedicated volunteers throughout the summer, the garden provided a variety of fresh produce and herbs to the visitors of the library. The garden was a huge success, and the Communities in Bloom Committee, New Glasgow Library, partners and volunteers are already making plans for the spring 2016. We’re proud of New Glasgow Academy for wasting less by providing food for the community.
To learn more about the New Glasgow Library Learning Garden and other library gardens from the Eastern Counties please view the documentary filmed by Laura Emery, CEO/Chief Librarian at Knowledge Feeds Us.
A big green shout out to the New Glasgow Academy staff, New Glasgow Councilor Henderson Paris and Mrs. Carol Paris for providing a well-organized event and an awesome opportunity for the local youth of today and tomorrow’s future. Well done!
Read two articles about the event from local newspapers at the links below: