Edition #2- March 2021
THE NEWSLETTER OF THE ANGLOPHONE SECTION AT CSI LYON
ACTIVITY & CLUB NEWS
Lycée Book Club
The lycée Book Club has been meeting on the Friday evening after each holiday to discuss a book they've all recently read, led by Ms Hill. Most recently they discussed the fascinatingThe Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. Next up, after the printemps holiday, is the book Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: "a miraculous novel - the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself" (Amazon).
Lycée Book Club Online, 30th April 18h30. Contact Ms Hill if you wish to join the discussion.
Model United Nations
MUN Debating Club continues to make new cultural connections
The lycée Model United Nations debating club has had a challenging year. The annual ILYMUN conference, which was scheduled for February 2021, was cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and opportunities to meet, discuss and debate face-to-face with other students have been limited. Nonetheless, the club members have worked hard to establish connections with other MUN clubs across the world. A programme of online debates has been organised with teams in the United States and Kazakhstan in Central Asia. The students have also created a website where they share discussions, interviews and other articles relating to the theme of Cyber World: Are truth, justice and peace in the balance?
The student MUN team are reaching out to the 5e-1e classes during March to encourage the students to join in with the debates. As Mr Miller, HoS said "they will remind the students that although we remain safely masked we still have a voice and we need to work together to make our world a safer and happier place."
Read more: 2020 Conference Report conference
Looking ahead to MUN 2021-2022
Despite the ongoing restrictions, students are already rising to the challenge of keeping the MUN clubs going next year. Building on the expertise gained this year and with the support of Mr Miller and Mr Rattos, a new Executive Team has been put in place. We asked them to tell us about the challenges ahead and how they plan to overcome these.
"Once again, the MUN organising team handover has occurred. As we - the new Executive Team - have settled into our roles, several challenges have erected themselves before us. Most notably, the sanitary situation has been an important obstacle, and one that we, and the rest of the world, have yet to overcome. Organising meetings and creating new interest for the MUN debate club is a difficult task that we are currently grappling with. However, being committed to our roles, we are seeking new ways of connecting with others, and fully embracing the reality of our situation. Necessarily, we must come up with new, creative ideas for the conference that will happen next school year, for it to be aligned with the future restrictions concerning gatherings. For now, we are looking to expand the Lycée and Youth MUN Clubs, by including more students from outside of the Anglophone Section and by getting the 5ème involved in Youth. Additionally, we are trying to organise a mini-conference by the end of the year, which would allow us to gain valuable experience organising a virtual conference. Despite the current situation, we, the current Exec Team, are committed to giving everyone as great an experience as possible!".