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November 23, 2017

The ENOVA Competition 2017

November 23rd, 2017|

A team of five RCN students – Ilaria (Italy), Jennifer (Hong Kong), Mirandas (China), Sara (Italy), and Yash (UAE) – participated in the county round of the ENOVA competition. The competition, held annually, is for raising awareness about sustainable technologies and renewable energy use. Teams from local high schools compete to come up with an innovative and feasible solution for a certain task. The jury marks the teams on their knowledge in the topic, their level of innovation, their entrepreneurial approach and the quality of the presentation.

Our students had 3.5 hours for the task and came up with a solution for a green ferry system and created a website (available here) about their idea that covers all aspects of a new ferry system, from innovative redesign of boats, through using hydrogen fuels cells to the hydrogen production on docks that made the idea unique and feasible.

The RCN team came the second in the competition. Congratulations to the team for their amazing performance and for the wonderful solution for the task.

The team took the opportunity of being in Forde and visited the Protolab Vest, a small but well-equipped prototype lab built for youth to explore technology and their creativity.

Philosophical Essay Event

November 23rd, 2017|

Medalists of the Baltic Sea Philosophical Essay Event 2017/8, held each year by Baltic countries on the UNESCO World Philosophy Day, were announced at the end of last week. Students from 22 countries participated in this essay competition with 202 essays submitted with three gold medals awarded for outstanding submissions. The adjudicator of the short listed essays was Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Ilkka Niinluoto (former principle of Helsinki University).

It is a pleasure to announce that Yahya (Syria and Norway) was awarded a bronze medal.

Please click this link if you would like to read his entry:

Congratulations also to Lene (Germany), Emelie (Sweden), Oliver (Estonia) and Aaron (Pakistan) for being shortlisted (Honorary Mention) for the prize.

Josh Macfarlane

November 21st, 2017|

Last week, we were pleased and honoured to share the news that Josh Macfarlane has been awarded the highest honour of the British Red Cross: the Dunant Award.

Josh joined us at RCN in August 2016 as our annual Red Cross EVS volunteer. He comes to us with a wealth of experience and training with the British Red Cross, being an active volunteer since 2012, including his work with the Wrexham Welfare project, which won him and his team the award. The Wrexham Welfare team dedicate their time to serving their community every Saturday, from 10pm to 5am, offering first aid assistance, and general welfare support, which involves anything from psychosocial support to giving out flip flops to women finding it hard to walk in their high heels – and therefore reducing the risk of falling and injuring themselves. The Wrexham Welfare project truly demonstrates the core values of the Red Cross – responding to the most pressing needs of the community and offering help where help is needed in an empathetic, humanitarian and non-judgemental manner. We were so pleased to hear that this important voluntary work with the British Red Cross is being recognised, and hope that Josh passes on our sincerest congratulations to the rest of his team back in the UK

Here at RCN, when he has not been busy in his role as Leirskule assistant, Josh has been working hard on helping us to develop our own Red Cross portfolio. He takes an active hand in helping to manage the RC Youth Group, and has been involved in developing our work with Sogn og Fjordane Red Cross’s Stop the Violence project. Josh also helped to develop our partnership with the Sogn og Fjordane Red Cross’ biannual youth camp, which has been extremely popular with the students: a role which is now managed by Josh’s EVS successor Jennifer Griffiths. Josh also assisted with the Red Cross’s Ferie for Alle scheme, which provides holiday opportunities for people in the local area with less financial stability. We are extremely pleased to have recruited Josh now as a member of staff, working full time in the Leirskule department and in the kitchen. Luckily for us, Josh keeps an experienced hand in the Red Cross Youth project, and we look forward to developing more projects with him in the future. Having such an experienced and committed volunteer on board is a great asset, and we hope that his commitment to the core values of the Red Cross will be a source of inspiration to the student body.

Well done on your great news Josh – we are so proud to have you with us.

SANMUN 2017 in Sandefjord

November 21st, 2017|

On the weekend of 4th to 5th of November, a delegation of UWC RCN students attended the SANMUN (Sandefjord and Nesbru Model United Nations) Conference in Sandefjord. In this simulation, the following RCN students represented France in various committees: Ayanda (Cayman Islands), Brodi (Sweden), Hrafnhildur (Norway) and Htet Htet (Myanmar). On behalf of the team, Htet Htet shares this video for an impression of the conference and Hrafnhildur offers her reflections:

At 0500 in the morning Friday the 3rd of November we were four very tired second year students that were ready to go. We were going to Sandefjord Model United Nations, a MUN conference hosted around two hours outside Oslo by a Norwegian IB school. Even though we really appreciated getting fast food during our stop in Oslo, it was very nice to arrive in Sandefjord after a long day of travelling. We were placed with host families with students from the local school, and they were very welcoming and took great care of us. A big thanks to them for making us feel so at home! The conference started with some interesting guest speakers after which we moved into our respective committees. We were representing France in DISEC, UNEP, SOCHUM and UNHRC discussing topics ranging from clearing the oceans of trash, to immigration policies and nuclear disarmament. Even though the format was unfamiliar to all of us, we learned a lot from debating and discussing outside the safety and familiarity of UWC RCN. It was a great chance to interact with local Norwegian youth and to see another part of Norway. We had a great time, and at the end we had a General Assembly with all participants. The resolution that Brodi submitted passed, and Ayanda was awarded best speaker of UNEP. A great conclusion to the conference!

After the team returned to campus, the SANMUN director contacted UWC RCN to say, “…your students were superb!!! They did a wonderful job and they were role models to ours. We have a few of ours that are so inspired by your students that they would be interested to find out about possibilities to attend your MUN conference”.

Many thanks to Ayanda, Brodi, Hrafnhildur and Htet Htet for their great contributions!