For home work this week revise Coasts and also decide upon what aspect of Edo you are going to focus upon refer to this doc
April 11, 2014 · No Comments · General, Grade 10 Individuals and Societies
April 11, 2014 · No Comments · General, Grade 10 Individuals and Societies
Read the Tokugawa intro and then we will prepare for the TOK style question
April 11, 2014 · No Comments · General, Geography 12
You are to revise Populations in transition and Disparities for the first lesson next week.
April 11, 2014 · No Comments · General, Grade 9 Individuals and Societies
You must finish writing up your experiment over the weekend. We will do some peer checking on Monday in the single lesson and hand in at the end …https://docs.google.com/a/yis.ac.jp/document/d/1tJFstVNUIRfA6gyIMo5tvMptbZJdElkbP090Et5LLWU/edit
March 20, 2014 · No Comments · EE
Please read this. It has lots of very useful information.
March 20, 2014 · No Comments · General
This year, ten delegates from the YIS Model United Nations team went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the 2013 IASAS MUN Conference. From the Syrian National Council to the DPRK, our school had the honor of representing nations that had significant importance within the debate. The first two days consisted of delegates branching off into small subgroups called committees to debate in detail about assigned topics. On the third day, a General Assembly was held in order to debate resolutions passed within the committees. This certainly led to passionate debate. Despite the hard and long hours in committees, the MUN team also managed some sight seeing of what KL had to offer. They visited the Petronas Towers and the city center with its street markets. During down time, the team relaxed around the pool and bonded over shared experiences.
In Security Council, the P5 nations and the invited non-P5 nations debated the issues of military intervention into Syria, territorial disputes, and possession of nuclear weapons by North Korea. The Security Council also debated and led the resolutions drafting for the emergency crisis (an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities by Israel). Unfortunately, the P5 nations would not share the resolution document for the emergency crisis with the non-P5 members of the committee. And so, in the General Assembly, there were two extremely similar resolutions put forward. Due to personal grievances, both were debated viciously and enough mud was slung that neither resolution passed. There was even a motion to rescind the P5 nation’s special privileges and voting rights. Jin Seo remarked, saying, “Oh, the conference was very exciting…especially as a non-P5 member trying to take away the vetoing rights of the P5 nations”.
In SPECPOL, (Special Political and Decolonization Committee), topics such as the question of just government in Pakistan and Afghanistan, security in the Middle East, and social and civil unrest in Latin America were debated. The Syrian National Council, and Guatemala, were represented by Arthur Zhu and Hiyori Takashima. The delegate of the SNC was repeatedly attacked regarding human rights violations and terrorism by the Syrian Arab League and had to defend his stance repeatedly after being called to Security Council and GA. Arthur Zhu said, “ I enjoyed being called to the Security Council on the Syrian crisis, despite the attacks.” Hiyori Takashima included strong POIs (Points of Information) to help further diplomatic relations. On her colleagues Hiyori had only compliments, saying, “…Watching other delegates intensely debate and represent their countries so well motivated me throughout the conference to look at issues from different perspectives.”
The Human Rights Committee is central to the UN and all of its goals, especially the Millennium Development Goals. This year, they debated three topics: the question of governmental repression in areas of civil unrest, the question of abuse against women and the question of historical injustices. The committee was full of rich debate and in general was an excellent experience, as they had the most resolutions passed and debated. Both delegates from YIS, Daniel Yamamoto as delegate of DPRK and Dessislava Veltcheva as the delegate of Malaysia created strong speeches and asked POIs and POCs (Points of Clarification), which contributed strongly to the debate. Daniel Yamamoto remarked, “Overall, not only was there fruitful debate, but the trip was also a great bonding experience for the team and new friends from South East Asian countries.”
Meanwhile, the ECOSOC committee saw three topics discussed: The question of transnational crime, the question of wealth inequality within member nations, and the question of universal decent job standards. A total of nine resolutions were debated on the three topics. The delegate of DPRK- Abhishek Kundu – spread the ideals of communism to the entire committee and frequently stated his strong stance on the issues. He received the superlative for the ‘most sassiest’ delegate in his committee. He was also able to perform a rap on the excellence of his supreme leader, finishing the committee debate on a high note. Abhishek commented, “My favorite part was the inside jokes, meeting other students and the exotic variety of cuisine. I was inspired by the public speaking skills of other students and the level of debates, which were filled with emotions and clarity.” The delegate of Colombia, Isabella Weissenberger, made several ‘against’ speeches and brought needed perspective as an LEDC (Less Economically Developed Country) to the committee. The delegate of Myanmar, Grace Turner, made several points and wrapped up her senior year in style. When asked what her favorite thing was, she responded “The people. Everyone in IASAS was so amazing…our group especially. I was so happy to be a part of it.”
The DISEC committee’s focus is on global disarmament. During the conference they debated the question of unmanned vehicles in combat zones, the question of revisiting the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and the question of terrorists in the possession of WMD’s. As the delegate of the DPRK Alexander Whiting was active in debate, not actually contributing to resolutions but speaking against them, and was recognized by his chairs for doing so in the closing ceremony by winning the award for most sarcastic delegate. He had this to say on his experiences: “I really enjoyed the conference and I was able to get really involved with the debate. I don’t really have a particular favourite part of the conference but that’s only because the whole thing was really great.”
The Environmental Committee debated issues varying from protection of wildlife trade all the way to extraterrestrial threats. The only delegate from YIS in the committee, Sakurako Naka representing Malaysia, co-submitted a resolution on illegal wildlife trade, which was passed with a unanimous vote for the resolution. Sakurako commented on the conference, saying, “My favorite part of the conference was really getting to know all of the MUN procedures and being pushed to contribute and speak.” While debate slowed down nearing the afternoon of the first day, once the resolution on extraterrestrial threats began, there were points of information from nearly every delegate in the room. Consequently, the resolution was terminated in the middle of debate due to its ‘informality’. Ending the committee session was an emergency crisis in which Brazil suffered a hit from an asteroid, and every delegate came together to assemble a resolution in merely 30 minutes.
After the conference all the students who went on the IASAS trip are now feeling inspired and ready to get back into debate with the MUN group at YIS. Many congratulations to Jin, our chair, for receiving her four year attendance badge. A real achievement!