Model United Nations - October 2023
Wednesday 11th October
Our 22nd Model United Nations event started on Wednesday evening with a beautiful rendition of Fantaisie-Impromptu by Frédéric from Francesca L. After an introductory speech from Mr Jones, Headteacher Mr John formally opened this year’s MUN. For the rest of the evening the country delegates submitted and voted for their resolutions in their separate committee rooms, making alliances and encouraging other countries to support their proposals. Overall, it was an incredible evening and a spectacular opening to this year’s MUN conference.
Friday 13th October
Friday began with a musical performance of “Positive” from Legally Blonde from various students (Izzy B, Faye B, Olivia K, Aaliyah W), accompanied by Mr Walker and the school band. The students on the Top Table (Hannah B – Secretary General of the MUN, Zara S, Luna C and Rafi R – Deputy Secretaries of the MUN and Jay G – Head of Security Council) gave opening statements setting the scene for the context of the MUN 2023 and Mr Jones formally opened the meeting of the General Assembly of the MUN and discussion of Resolutions from the Committee Room relating to International Security & Disarmament.
The country delegates were kept up to date with breaking news throughout the day by the Research team, who also ensured that country delegations maintained integrity by fact-checking statements throughout the day. Hannah B in her role as Secretary-General maintained discipline in the assembly meeting at all times and that rules and procedures were followed.
The Security team, headed by Ruby T and supported by Mr Marshall-James ensured no breaches of security affected the proceedings. An attempted incursion by “Just Stop Oil” protestors was successfully intercepted.
The standard of debate at this year's MUN has been phenomenal. Students debated a wide range of issues, robustly and with clarity of thought and expression. All participants can be justifiably proud of themselves, whether they were on the Top Table, a country delegate, researcher, press team or part of the security team.
The MUN culminated in a celebration at the end of the day and Mr John gave students a rousing speech, recognising their achievements. The judges (Assistant Headteacher – Mrs Skarzynski, Parent – Ben Willcocks and Governor – Angus Chapman) determined that the joint best Delegations were from Jordan (Salma S, Rihanna G, Sophie R and Graciela M) and the Netherlands (Megan F, Tara B and Keira M) and that the overall best Country Representative was Philip C (representing Afghanistan).
On behalf of everyone involved in this year’s Model United Nations, we would like to say a huge thank you to the staff at Calthorpe Park who supported this event.