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Lycee Enrichment Activities

Lycée Theatrical Production

Every year our Lycée students can audition for a part in the Lycée play (traditionally an adaptation of a popular musical). A member of the staff directs the plays and parents play an integral part in assisting. Your offer to help with costumes, sets, song coaching, or choreography will be welcomed and is indeed encouraged. This year the play was GREASE. Photos from the play will be posted soon.

Model United Nations – MUN

The Anglophone Section has been sending delegations to Model United Nations (MUN) Conferences for over 25 years. 

LogoTransparentThese conferences (which are, of course, conducted in English) and the preparation for them constitute one of the most exciting and stimulating educational opportunities available. They are formative, highly-enjoyable events which frequently instil in our delegates a lifelong interest in world affairs. University admissions tutors are particularly interested in applicants who have had this sort of experience and many of our former pupils have, thanks to their MUN experience, embarked on university courses and subsequently professional career paths in foreign affairs, international relations, etc. The French administration of the Lycée fully appreciates the importance of this experience for our students.

The underlying idea is that of a role-playing simulations of the work of the United Nations, aimed at encouraging young people (essentially in the 15 to 19 age group) to take an active part in the events of their world in order to promote international tolerance, understanding and cooperation.

Sophia-edited-betterSchools throughout the world are invited to participate and represent one or more UN member states. Initially each school submits a list of countries in which they are particularly interested and then a draw is made to determine the final attribution of countries. Over the years our students have represented South Africa, Finland, Denmark, Laos, South Korea, Bangladesh, Mexico, Bahamas, Israel, Germany, Côte d’Ivoire and many other countries. Students who are interested in the MUN programme can learn and prepare for the conferences through participation in the MUN Club. This club is organised and directed by the students as a forum to help one another ‘learn the ropes’ of MUN.

In terms of preparation, various stages are gone through:

All students undertake thorough research of the country attributed to the delegation.

Everyone must become well-acquainted with current events and all pupils are involved in both debates and the presentation of written papers.

Each individual delegate selects a UN Committee or Commission in which he/she is particularly interested (e.g. Economic Issues, the environment, plight of refugees, etc. etc.) and through research and presentations becomes the delegation “expert” in the field.

The delegates select their ambassador, whose main function is to make a one-minute presentation of the country and its political agenda to the entire Conference (sometimes an audience of over 3 500!)

Students debate issues in club and learn to write UN resolutions in the appropriate manner.

The delegation participates in mock preparatory debates with other participating schools, e.g. Lycée International St. Germain, American School of Paris, etc.

A group of delegates prepare a list of questions and visit the country’s Paris Embassy.

All that remains is to go to the Conference!

Press Article on MUN

An article on The Hague MUN appeared in L’Express Magazine issue No 3267 of 12 to 18 February 2014. In French: ONU Article L’Express No3267.

MUN – Fontainebleau

All Lycee-level students can participate in F:MUN

The Anglophone Section’s very own MUN conference takes place every year around mid-March in the amphitheatres of the INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau. This one day conference serves as an appetizer to give the Secondes a taste of what awaits them in Dublin.

Students from the Anglophone Section as well as students from the Sections Européenes from various schools in the area attend this short conference which uses the rules of debate from SAIMUN as well as the topics from the Dublin committees.

During the morning, following the opening speeches by the Head of the Section, the Dean of INSEAD and a presentation by one of the business school’s professors, the students split off into one of five committees: Political, Disarmament, Environment, Human Rights, and Health & Youth. These committees, chaired by some of the Section’s students, have the rest of the morning to debate clauses brought by the delegates in an attempt to create an effective resolution.

Once the morning is over and lunch is finished, the delegates enter one of the two General Assemblies – the Political and Disarmament GA and the Human Rights, Environment and Health & Youth GA. There, the resolutions made in the committees are debated by everyone. At some point during the debate, a crisis situation may interrupt things and delegates will have a short amount of time to create a resolution to deal with the event.

The day ends with a Closing Ceremony, which involves more distinguished speakers and awards for the delegates who stood out during the debates. All in all, a worthwhile experience which effectively introduces students to the exciting world of MUN.

MUN – St Andrew’s Dublin

Students in 2nde participate in S.A.I.M.U.N.

St. Andrew’s International Model United Nations conference takes place in Dublin from the Tuesday following Easter until the end of that week. This is a slightly “gentler” introduction to the sometimes awe-inspiring world of M.U.N. as it normally involves only about 900 participants. It is the ideal conference for a new delegate, as the rules it operates by are the simplest, and therefore the most accessible. It takes place over a total of five days, with three and a half days of debating – in individual Committees and then General Assembly.

Students and two members of staff fly to Dublin, where they are accommodated in host families for the duration of the conference.

Delegates will be housed by families in the area, many of which have or have had children taking part in the conference. They will travel to Dublin on the Monday by plane, and then will be taken by bus to the Royal Marine hotel in Dun Laoghaire, where they will be given their badges and lunch tickets, before engaging in the preliminary event of lobbying, and then meeting their host families at the end of the day.

For many of our students, SAIMUN has been the platform for three enjoyable and stimulating years, and has acted as inspiration for the MUN Club and FIMUN conference organised in great part by the students. It is a challenging yet fulfilling experience to look forward to in a year when students begin to plan their futures beyond education. Having in some cases proved to be highly addictive, it rewards commitment and hard work with friendships, memories and a new outlook on life which few other experiences can hope to offer.

MUN – The Hague

Students in PREMIERE participate in T.H.I.M.U.N.

The MUN conference at The Hague is arguably the height of MUN experience on offer. Held in January, at the World Forum Convention Centre in The Hague, as well as other official diplomatic buildings, THIMUN is also the largest MUN conference in the world, with an attendance of around 4,500 delegates each year. Its prestige means that students from the world over participate, and debate is productive and sophisticated.

There are several differences in MUN protocol, mainly the organisation of the committees. This, added to the excellent facilities on offer, offers delegates an even closer experience of what a real UN conference is like.

For those interested in law, or simply interested, the International Court of Justice is right next to the World Forum, and open for people to watch high-profile trials.

Due to high demand, the Section is only given space for two delegations, meaning the places are only about half those available for Dublin. However, those who get a place are guaranteed a great time and fantastic experiences for later life.

Visit the THIMUN website

Here are what some of the 2014 participants had to say about their MUN The Hague experience.

The experience of going to the Hague was probably one of the best ones in my life! I was amazed by how open-minded people coming from all around the world are. I’m really happy I met them and got to talk about what’s going on outside of where we live.    Aurore Heugas

It was a really amazing experience, the debate was really active and sometimes gripping in my committee. So many interesting people from all around the world all reunited to debate and have fun. It was a once in a lifetime experience.Gwenaelle Bonpaix

THIMUN is such an amazing experience! You’re being told by the older students that it is great and you think you know what to expect but in fact no. It was so much better than we expected! You have the chance to meet people from all over the world and it is very enriching.Maxine Bechetoille

THIMUN was quite an incredible experience. Never before have I seen such diversity of culture and ethnicity under one roof! It’s a mind broadening experience, and widened my perspective of the world! I could relive it over and over again.Emily Carpenter

THIMUN was a great and enriching experience. The trip included fun and work in correct proportions. The days we spent in active debate on current world issues from Nuclear Proliferation to Human Rights abuse. The quality of debate was very high, produced by debaters from all over the world. I met a girl from Egypt, it was interesting to talk to her about daily life over there given the current regime issue. I also met people from closer to home from places such as Poland and Spain but also other frenchmen. The nights we spent with our friends and new acquaintances discovering much about each other and the dutch culture. It was a very successful trip overall.Luc Silver

I believe that THIMUN truly was a great experience. We learnt how to project our different opinions on certain matters that affect us in everyday life but we don’t realize it (for example I was in the disarmament committee and I learned about the issues of chemical weapons in the Middle East). We also meet open-minded people who have, like a lot people in our school, a unique background. This allows us to meet and stay in contact with people who have different cultures and come from very different places. I really loved going to the Hague, for the conferences, the people and the atmosphere.Sophie Brunet

It was a compelling part of the Anglophone section in which I met a lot of different people from various backgrounds. It not only enabled me to overcome stage fright but also assiduously debate issues from nowadays society. In addition to the fact that it is a good way to impose yourself, it is also a way to learn how to be independent because of the liberties we were granted throughout the trip.Jean-baptiste De Bellesize

My week at THIMUN was truly one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The conference in itself was something I will never forget, it was exactly like being at the United Nations itself! The debates were extremely interesting, as we got to discuss current world affairs and their solutions, and it made me realize how much more to life there could be. There were some very impressive speakers, and a few very witty ones too! Meeting all those people and discussing our different cultures was eye-opening, and I only hope my future takes me down a path where I can be in similar situation again!  Katie Palmer

MUN – Paris

Students in TERMINALE participate in P.A.M.U.N.

The Paris Model United Nations conference takes place in early December. This 3-day conference is usually held in the UNESCO buildings.

PAMUN is the final opportunity the Section provides to enjoy the MUN experience, apart from the fast-growing FIMUN conference. It welcomes 900 delegates each year for two-and-a-half days of high-level debating.

Like all previous MUN conferences, PAMUN requires its participants to invest time and hard work. However, the students who obtain one of the few places we are given must also be able to adapt to a completely different style of building resolutions, which focuses on debating and voting on individual clauses, and building a resolution collectively as debates progress. It is an interesting challenge which often gives more opportunities to weigh in with intelligent points and arguments.

The Section will usually be given one delegation, while also offering extra places on various other delegations. This means that competition for places will be even higher. Those who earn their places, however, will not be disappointed.

Enrichment Lectures

In 2012 we introduced an exciting initiative in the form of series of Enrichment Lectures to reinforce Lycée students’ applications to the best universities. We wanted to create opportunities for our students to expand their horizons, understand the world around them and to be able to critically appreciate schools of thought.

These Enrichment Lectures, given by INSEAD professors, offer a unique opportunity for our students to learn about important issues from world-renown faculty.

The lectures address topics that are dominating the headlines and provide insight and new understanding of issues that will impact our world.

These lectures are indispensable for anyone preparing for success at either the top US
universities or the most prestigious UK universities and are open to all Anglophone Lycée students who will most certainly benefit from this type of preparation before embarking on the university applications.

Past lectures

The World Economy, by Antonio Fatas, Professor of Economics and the Portuguese Council Chaired Professor of European Studies.

  • Many countries in the World have seen deep recessions with low growth and high unemployment for the last three years. What is next? This session will provide an overview of macroeconomic trends as well as potential scenarios for the World Economy.”

Strategy Lessons from Steve Jobs, by Professor Peter Zemsky, The Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Strategy and Innovation and INSEAD Deputy Dean Degree Programmes.

  • Many people know that Steve Jobs changed the way the world perceives personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing. What we try to do now is reflect on him as a business and corporate strategist. He made an unusually large number of significant strategic moves including the founding of Apple, Pixar and NeXT Computer, the launching of numerous innovative products such as the Apple II, the Mac, iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad and the creation of distinctive online and physical retail experiences. What can we learn from the many successes but also from the failures? Did Jobs’ own approach to strategy change over his career?
Reading Lists

Our teachers have put forward the following optional reading lists per class.

3ème and 2nde

1ère and Terminale

Grease