It’s been a week of celebration at the Day School, and this edition features highlights from Chinese New Year, Balloon Day, Valentine’s parties and the Ice Festival. This post’s featured image was taken by senior Cristian T. It’s a tight shot of artwork made for the Chinese New Year Festival, and Cristian is responsible for all the striking images from that event included here. Photos from the Ice Festival and additional contributions to the Balloon Day coverage courtesy of Lauren. N. ’19 and Carly C. ’19.
By Clare J. ’18
Photos by Calvin B.’18 and Mrs. Woodbridge
Model United Nations at LCDS is an integral part of the school’s culture. We all know that every year, for 10 days, a handful of seniors will depart, leaving classes feeling sparse and practices missing a few players. This year, 10 students, joined by Head of Upper School Jenny Gabriel and Director of Global Programs Heather Woodbridge, traveled to the Netherlands and Belgium for the 2018 THIMUN Conference.
The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Conference boasts attendance of more than 3,200 students from 200 schools across the globe. Students from Afghanistan, Ireland, Egypt, the United States and elsewhere join together for a five-day conference in which they discuss topics from nuclear disarmament on a global scale to measures to assist Syrian refugees. Most assemblies hold around 150 delegations, all made up of students who have spent months preparing to represent their country’s policy.
This year, LCDS students represented the Kingdom of Bahrain, a small archipelago off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf. With a 94 percent literacy rate and a high number of employed and educated women, Bahrain is somewhat progressive compared to other Middle Eastern countries. Their official policies when on social issues, such as LGBT and women’s rights, are more in line with those of the U.S. than those of neighboring Saudi Arabia. As the only post-oil economy in the Gulf, Bahrain has a unique economic situation. Their private sector continues to expand, unlike Middle Eastern states that continue to solely rely on revenue from gas and oil production and purification.
Changing from our Western mindset to that of a Middle Eastern country came with its challenges, but our months of class prepared us well to do so. For example, Bahrain’s policy on assisting Syrian refugees leans toward monetary assistance rather than offering asylum. Rather than jumping to our instinct of signing resolutions offering asylum to refugees, we had to carefully consider the position of our delegation and act on it, no matter how reluctant we were to do so.
In the weeks leading up to our departure, the class buzzed with thoughts of what the conference would be like. We wondered if we would be prepared, if our resolutions would get passed, and most of all what it would really be like.
The day before the conference officially began, our class decided to take a quick tour of the World Forum. We walked through the grand hallways and found where each of our assemblies would be meeting. Soon enough our group crossed paths with another delegation from London. Within mere seconds of introductions, our teams had merged and looked like one large group that had known each other for years.
On Monday, the first day of the conference, I met a 17-year-old from Cairo. We exchanged names, ages and where we were from. As soon as I told her I was from the U.S., I was inundated with questions about my life in Pennsylvania. She asked about the election, what Amish people are like, and if I had ever seen a protest. We talked about our day to day lives, both of us amazed at the other’s stories. At the end of our first conversation, she said something to me that will not be soon forgotten.
“Isn’t it great that we live such different lives, but it feels like we’re just two old friends?”
It wasn’t only me who bonded with another student at the conference. Approach any one of the students that took part in the trip, I’m sure that each one would tell you about a unique friendship they formed.
THIMUN was unlike any other experience I’ve had. After bonding with not only our class but students from other schools and countries, I can say with confidence that any future MUNers will feel the same.
LCDS 8th Graders Advance to LNP Bee
With strong performances over two days and against a dozen competitors, Hana H. and Gavin W. finished first and second respectively in Lancaster Country Day School’s Middle School Spelling Bee. With their top showings, both Hana and Gavin advance to the semifinals of the 60th LNP Spelling Bee, working toward a spot in the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee May 29 in Washington, D.C.
The semis consist of a 100-word written test. Those sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders who prevail move on to the finals, where the best spellers in Lancaster County will spell their hearts out for a spot on the big stage, Feb. 21 at Gerald G. Huesken Middle School in Conestoga Valley. In the final round at Country Day Feb. 2, Gavin put an “a” after the “e” in “celiac,” while Hana sealed the deal by nailing “tuberculosis.”
A Week in the Life
Featuring construction of a giant dragon for the Chinese New Year celebration, highlights from the STEM Showcase and prolific children’s musician Steven Courtney serenading Lower School audiences, this edition of A Week in the Life is guaranteed delightful or double your money back.
This edition of A Week in the Life presents memorable moments of the young new year. Highlights include the Forensics class delving into the messy world of (fake) blood spatter; the Cougarbots Yellow team taking third place in the Robot Ruckus First LEGO scrimmage, eighth-graders reimagining fairy tales for the stage, and the unparalleled joy of recess.
The LCDS boys and girls varsity basketball squads have hit the hardwood running this year! Both teams have competed well, already notching double-digit wins with a third of the season still to play. Both squads are in prime position for a postseason run. The boys and girls squash teams have reveled in having our new home courts, which have already hosted several matches against visiting schools. Right now, both the boys and girls squads are focused on preparing for the U.S. High School Team Squash Championships, which begin next Friday in Philadelphia.