Monday the 27th of January was the start of the 52nd annual THIMUN conference, which kicked off with an amazing opening ceremony in the World Forum Theatre. Three international schools across The Hague including the British School of the Netherlands (BSN), the American School of The Hague (ASH) and ISH formed a joint choir and delivered an incredible performance for this ceremony. They sang the well-known song "Imagine" by John Lennon to encourage everyone to come together and be as one to foster a better world for all of us. This sense of togetherness in the international community is in line with what is present in the THIMUN conference itself. The students' wonderful singing was also accompanied by American Sign Language, which was a lovely touch.
"It was such an honor to be a part of this amazing performance and ceremony as a Viva Voce member. After countless rehearsals of practicing "Imagine", after all the challenges we faced during the process, everyone in the choir felt that it was worth it. Nothing was more rewarding than to hear the applause from thousands of people in the audience after our performance. Performing for THIMUN was truly an unforgettable experience; it was a great opportunity for Viva Voce to show our musical abilities and for us to meet students from other schools. It really felt like ISH, BSN, and ASH were part of this international school community in The Hague. I would love to perform at THIMUN again next year. After all, it isn't every day that you get to perform in the World Forum in front of 2000 people. It seems like a once-in-a-lifetime experience."- Audrey Nguyen 12J
"I really enjoyed the whole experience. I looked forward to singing with the BSN and ASH as they are a group of amazingly talented singers. Even though I felt nervous before the performance, I didn't feel that at all once I was on stage, and was ready to sing. The experience was made even better thanks to our amazing conductor Ms. Ogusu (ISH) and all the choir teachers, Mr. Jarrett (BSN) and Mr. Jimenez (ASH). They calmed us down and reminded us to smile. They also gave us advice on how to calm our nerves and told us to enjoy the performance. I am looking forward to performing at THIMUN next year." - Marie Laure Melingui Owona 10E