On Monday morning this week, students from Years 8, 9 and 10 returned from a Model United Nations Conference in New York. They represented an allocated nation – in our case either South Korea, Finland, or South Africa – and participated in simulations of the different UN committees. Our students acquitted ourselves magnificently, with several being awarded formal prizes by the UN in recognition of their achievements within their different committees.
The level of knowledge and academic application they demonstrated was astounding, as they not only made a number of impromptu speeches on difficult topics such as “The use of public private partnerships to aid the growth of nuclear energy”, but also worked with delegates from other countries to simulate real life diplomatic situations and voting alliances on the resolutions and motions they created. The interdisciplinary knowledge displayed by each of our pupils was astounding and a testament to the work our English, History, RE, Geography, and other departments do for our pupils.
To prepare so diligently in the weeks leading up to the event, and to perform so magnificently, as well as to be formally recognised with awards by the UN at an event with over 3000 participants is a huge achievement for all of these students.
– Amelia Stuchbury
– Jessica Colgan
– Sophie Alston-Forrester (Award of High Merit)
– Daisy Wall (Award of High Merit)
– Sophia Magari – Nicole Lomas
– Tom Hamlett (Honorable Mention)
– Megan Baxendale (Honorable Mention)
– Bella Thompson (Best Position Paper*) (on The Economic Strain due to Climate Change and its implications and the use of public private partnerships to aid sustainable development)
– Molly Gunn (Best Position Paper) (on The Economic Strain due to Climate Change and its implications and the use of public private partnerships to aid sustainable development)
– Jack Walton (Honorable Mention)
– Joshua Mellett (Honorable Mention)
– Callum Parkinson (Best Position Paper)(on climate change and displacement and the promotion of sustainable consumption and production to decelerate climate change)
– Molly Walkden (Best Position Paper) (on climate change and displacement and the promotion of sustainable consumption and production to decelerate climate change)
* A position paper is a document produced in advance of the conference outlining the history and global significance of an issue, relevant country policy, and proposed solutions.
Please enjoy a small selection of the photos taken on the whole trip, where students also got to visit and experience other great cultural landmarks of New York.