SWCHSMUN Social Media

Don’t have time to periodically check for new information on our website? A website isn’t the most efficient way to communicate what’s going with you directly? We totally get it! That is why we’ve made it easier than ever to keep up to date with the latest news and updates surrounding the upcoming SWCHSMUN conference. We are on several different social media sites, and it would be awesome if you gave us a like or a follow.

On Instagram over the past week, we have been unveiling the topics for our 13 SWCHSMUN committees. If that’s something you would be interested in, then definitely check out our social media pages.

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SWCHSMUN 2020 Topics Reveal

Over the course of this week, we will be unveiling the topics of our 13 SWCHSMUN 2020 committees. As a reminder, these committees are:

  • Commision on Narcotic Drugs
  • Commission on Science and Technology for Development
  • Commission on the Status of Women
  • Economic Commission for Africa
  • Organization of Islamic Cooperation
  • Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • UNAIDS
  • UNICEF
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • World Food Programme
  • World Health Organization
  • United Nations Security Council
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The topics will be revealed on the SWCHSMUN Instagram page.

Alongside the topics, we will also be posting the staff and contact information for each committee here on the website.

We cannot wait for our 10th anniversary, and hopefully, you will find these topics just as interesting, important and impactful as we do.

Andrew Wei, Under-Secretary-General for Information Services

Online Model UN Conferences

Unusual times call for unusual posts. I don’t think I have ever advertised other Model UN conferences on this website, so this is a first.

Another online Model UN conference to check out is Universal Connect MUN, which will be held July 10-11, 2020. Please check out the conference here: https://universalconnectmun.com/

Please also check out GEOMUN: This online conference plans to have three timezones, and it runs from August 28-30. They are also accepting staff applications here.

The next online conference that I’d like to let you know about is No Borders MUN, which will be on September 12/13, 2020. This is a truly international online Model UN conference with two different time zones, and staff and secretariat from 11 different countries. The delegate fees are only $5, with all money raised is being donated to UNICEF. For more details, please check out their website: https://www.nobordersmun.com/ 

 

Keep checking back to this website for more details about the 10th anniversary of SWCHSMUN, coming October 16-17, 2020.

SWCHSMUN 2019 Photos

All apologies, it has taken me awhile to post the link to the Google Photo album where we have all of the photos from our Model UN conference. I’ve been busy with teaching, report card comments, and other tasks. At any rate, we’d like to thank you once again for attending SWCHSMUN!

-Mr. Kevin Gilchrist (Model UN Faculty Advisor at Churchill)

SWCHSMUN 2019 Google Photos Link

Thanks for coming to SWCHSMUN 2019!

I’d like to thank all of the delegates and faculty advisors from the attending schools. Without having organized Model UN coaches and delegates wanting to participate in SWCHSMUN, we wouldn’t be able to have a conference. I’d like to thank the following schools for participating this year: Aden Bowman Collegiate Institute, Bishop Carroll High School, Bishop McNally High School, Bowness High School, Centennial High School, Central Memorial High School, Chinook High School, Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School, Ernest Manning High School, Foothills Academy, Henry Wise Wood High School, Joanne Cardinal-Schubert High School, Lindsay Thurber Composite High School (LTCHS), Nelson Mandela High School, Notre Dame High School, Robert Thirsk High School, St. Francis High School, Sir Winston Churchill High School, Webber Academy, West Island College, Western Canada High School, Westmount Charter School, William Aberhart High School, and Winston Churchill High School (Lethbridge). I’d like to thank all of our volunteers that signed up to act as pages through Volunteer Churchill. Paging is tough work, especially in the theatre, but it helps make our conference run smoothly. I’d also like to thank Ms. Phui and Mr. MacGregor for all of their hard work to make this conference a reality. And last, but not least, I’d like to thank the Staff and Secretariat of SWCHSMUN 2019, you did it! Now, let’s start planning for next year’s conference.

Kevin Gilchrist |Sir Winston Churchill High School

One Day Down, One to Go

Hopefully, everyone enjoyed their first day at the Sir Winston Churchill Model United Nations Conference, but SWCHSMUN is far from over. With three more sessions, a lunch break, a snack break and a Closing Ceremony still to get to, it is not quite time to relax just yet. No need to fret! Here are a few things that you can do between the Friday and Saturday of SWCHSMUN 2019

Form a Plan of Action

Depending on where your committee has gotten to at the end of Session II, you may be getting ready for the second topic on the agenda, preparing to present working papers, writing working papers, or preparing to write working papers. No matter which step your committee is on, it’s never a bad idea to formulate a plan for tomorrow. Think about which delegates you should talk to tomorrow, which areas of your research are going to come in handy, or who is going to be your main opposition. Going-in prepared for tomorrow’s committee sessions will help you stay involved with the tasks on hand.

Jot Down Ideas

The best ideas come to us often late in the evening. So when a sudden idea comes into your mind for speeches, working paper clauses or things to do in committee, jot them down! That doesn’t mean you have to carry through with the idea, but jotting them down never hurts.

Addition Research (if necessary)

If you are feeling like there are areas of your topic being discussed in committee that you simply know nothing about: Do some additional research! Of course, that doesn’t mean pull an all-nighter to study up on the topic, but just browse through a few websites pertaining to the subject at hand. Don’t feel pressured to do additional research, however. If you feel that further research isn’t necessary, then use your time for more productive things (like sleep).

Sleep Well

Get a good night’s sleep between the days of SWCHSMUN. Rest does wonders for the body and the mind, so getting some additional hours of sleep can only do good for your experience on Saturday. Then have a good breakfast, maybe some coffee, and come into Session III ready, energized and prepared.

Email Your Chairs

If you need to reach out to your chairs for whatever reason between Friday and Saturday, email them. All the committee emails can bee found under the committee page on our website. Also feel free to contact the Secretary-General (krgilchrist@cbe.ab.ca) or myself (andrew05wei22@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

 

On behalf of the staff and secretariat of SWCHSMUN 2019, we have had a great time so far, and look forward to continuing the conference tomorrow.

Andrew Wei, Under-Secretary-General for Information Services

One Day Before SWCHSMUN!

The Sir Winston Churchill Model United Nations Conference is quickly approaching. With only one day to go, many may feel rushed, pressured, or unsure of what to do to prepare the day before a Model United Nations conference. Worry not! Here are some tips as to what you can do, and what you should not be doing the day before SWCHSMUN.

   Things to Do

Pack Everything  – What to bring to a Model United Nations conference differs from delegate to delegate. But whatever you are choosing to bring, make sure to pack everything you need now, in case you happen to be rushed for forgetful on the day of. If you are unsure of what to bring, check out this compiled list of everything you may need for SWCHSMUN.

Bring a Water Bottle – It’s never a bad idea to bring a water bottle. Staying hydrated is key, especially after hours of speaking and debating. Water fountains can be sometimes hard to find in the SWCHS building, just remember that they are usually located by washrooms and staircases.

Prepare What to Wear – SWCHSMUN has a strict dress code of Western Business Attire. This means no sweaters, jeans, t-shirts or any of the type. If you are still confused, feel free to browse through the delegate photos of SWCHSMUN 2018 for some fashion inspiration. 

Read the Background Guide – Even if you have already read the background guide over when you first began to research, it’s still a good idea to give this document another look-over. See if there is anything you could have missed in your first reading, or maybe there are some interesting statistics you want to hold on to. If not, at the very least skim through the background guides just to get your mind in the game.

Any Questions? – If there are any questions regarding the conference, don’t hesitate to contact your chairs. Their emails can be found under their specific committee tabs on the website. Also, feel free to contact the Secretary-General of SWCHSMUN (krgilchrist@cbe.ab.ca) , or myself (andrew05wei22@gmail.com) if there are any other questions you would like to ask. 

 

   Things NOT to Do

Research Late into the Night – I get it, we have all been there. Procrastination is never the answer, but sometimes that’s just where we end up. All that I am saying, is that often times sleep is a better fuel than lacklustre research done while sleep-deprived and highly-caffeinated at 3 a.m. So before deciding to stay up late into the night researching, perhaps consider sleep as a stronger alternative. 

Pre-Write your Resolutions – Pre-written resolutions are strictly prohibited at SWCHSMUN. Not only does it not demonstrate adaptability and creativity, but pre-written resolutions are also completely against the idea of team-work and diplomacy. Absolutely, under no circumstances, may you walk into the first session with a pre-written resolution for the committee in-hand.

 

   Walk-Through of Friday Schedule

Check-out the schedule on this website for the exact timings of both Friday and Saturday, but here is a basic run-down of what to expect on Friday.

 

  • Registration – Arrive between 2:00 – 2:45 for delegate registration. This will just be a simple process of lining up for a registration table and filling out a simple registration form. All delegates must complete this step on Friday in order to participate in SWCHSMUN and be considered for awards. 
  • Wait for the Opening Ceremony – Depending on when you arrive for registration, wait times will vary on how long you have until the opening ceremony. During this time, feel free to study your notes and background guide, chat with other delegates or head outside for a breath of fresh air.
  • Opening Ceremony – Eventually, all delegates will be called into the main gym for the opening ceremony. The entrance to the main gym is right in the Front Foyer where registration took place and is clearly visible. Please wait until an announcement is made by the staff of SWCHSMUN before heading into the Opening Ceremony.
  • Session I  – Following the Opening Ceremony, a staff member from each committee will guide their delegates to their committee rooms. So don’t worry about studying the map to see where your room is, a staff member will be there to guide you to it.
  • Dinner – Depending on which block you are in, your dinner break will differ. Look over the schedule to see when your committee’s dinner break will take place. Here is some information on the food trucks that will be visiting our school during the dinner break.
  • Session II – The final session of the day will take place after the dinner break. This session will take place until 8:30 p.m. for both blocks. After the session is over: head home, have some sleep, and get re-energized for the sessions on Saturday.

 

Hopefully, this post has been helpful in providing some useful tips for tomorrow’s conference, or at least eased nerves and stress somewhat. A little bit of stress is always healthy, but too much stress gets in the way. So please remember that SWCHSMUN is meant to be a fun weekend as well as a learning opportunity, and no one is there to put others down. 

The staff and secretariat of SWCHSMUN 2019 are incredibly excited to meet all of you for our conference, we cannot wait until tomorrow.

Andrew Wei, Under-Secretary-General for Information Services

 

Food around the SWCHS Campus

We have the pleasure to be joined by three food trucks on Friday during the dinner break. However, these food trucks will not be available on Saturday. So if you’re looking for a place to grab some coffee and breakfast to start your Saturday-MUN-morning, somewhere to spend the hour-long lunch break, or a spot to have your post-conference dinner celebration: here are a few places of interest. *The map I will be referring to can be found on the Schedule page. This map is orientated with East facing up.*

 

52nd Avenue Strip

52nd Ave is the road directly to the North of Sir Winston Churchill High School. On one side is the school, and the other is an assortment of fantastic food destinations. This strip is located to the left of the map on the Schedule page.

     Lazy Monkey
Taiwanese Store Lazy Monkey offers a variety of menu items. Perhaps most known for their bubble tea, they also offer Taiwanese chicken, noodle bowls, icecream on toast, and much more. It should be noted that Lazy Monkey doesn’t open until 11:30 on Saturdays. 

     CPU & Subway
For those looking for a quick but effective lunch, there is Canadian Pizza Unlimited and Subway. CPU sells slices of oven-baked pizza at very low prices. The Pizza Shop also sells soft drinks and ice cream (when the machine isn’t broken. A subway branch can also be found next to CPU, where they sell the subs and cookies that you can find in any Subway around the city.

    Essence of Saigon
Vietnamese shop Essence of Saigon can be found if you venture further east on the 52nd Ave strip. Although more on the expensive side, you will not be disappointed if you order off of the Essence of Saigon menu. Classics include their Satay Noodle Soup, Vermicelli, and Vietnamese coffee.

    Donair Palace
Finally, the Sharwama shop Donair Palace can be located even further east of Essence of Saigon on the 52nd ave strip. Very low priced shawarmas, soft drinks and other menu items can be purchased here, and on some days they even offer a student special. 

 

Northland Mall

Northland Mall can be located directly facing the School’s front entrance. Fast food stores can be found both outside the mall and in the Northland food court. 

    McDonald’s
Right outside of the Mall, you can find a McDonald’s branch. Whether it be for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can never go wrong with McDonald’s.

    Tim Horton’s
Inside Northland Mall but not quite in the food court, Tim Horton’s can be located. Here you can purchase coffee to start your day, some donuts, or even a box of Timbits to brighten the day of your fellow delegates (or the staff as well). 

    Food Court
Within the Northland, Mall food court is a plethora of delicious food. These range from Subways and A&W’s, to Asian fast-food restaurants such as Thai Express and Chinese store Silver Wok. The food court is where you can find great variety at very cheap prices.

Some particular places of interest in the food court include Roman pizza place Pizza on the Fly, Donaire shop Damas, and Silver Wok as mentioned before.

**Pizza on the Fly in the Northland Mall food court is offering a special deal for Model UN delegates of $5.99 Pizza + Fountain  Drink. ** Other deals offered to SWCHSMUN delegates from local businesses such as Damas and Silver Wok will be announced on Friday as well.

Northmount Drive

On the Southside of the School (or the right of the map) you can find some stores as well. Menchie’s is a great retreat if you’re just feeling up for some icecream. Not that we’re condoning Ice cream for lunch, but hey, if that’s what you are feeling up for then Menchie’s is an amazing self-serve ice cream shop to check out.

 

 

Those are just some of the great food destinations that can be found around the Sir Winston Churchill High School Campus. Explore for yourself, and you can find even more amazing local businesses around the school. Finally, it should be noted that some businesses have been gracious enough to offer a discount to those attending the SWCHS Model United Nations Conference. More information on that will be given during the course of our conference.

 

Andrew Wei, Under-Secretary-General for Information Services

Food Trucks

Three food trucks will be available in the SWCHS parking lot during the Friday dinner break. Depending on which committee you are in, this will be either 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m (WTO, APEC, ECLAC, FSC, IAEA, UNEP, HRC, UNPBC) or 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (GA 4, UNOOSA, UNESCO, Technology Summit, UN Women, Premier League). Listed below are where you can find out more information about each food truck.

The Happy Fish – Twitter

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(Image via the Happy Fish Twitter)

 

Bento Burrito – Website and Twitter

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(image via Bento Burrito website)

 

Wilks Booth Burgers – Website

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(image via YYC Food Trucks)

Please note that these food trucks will only be available during the Friday evening, so please take advantage of these amazing food stands while you can. If you are curious about when the breaks and lunch block is on Saturday, please check out the schedule.

Andrew Wei, Under-Secretary-General for Information Services