School Hosts its 2nd Year 9 Model United Nations Forum

As part of a whole school PSHE morning at the School, the focus for Year 9 pupils was Making Humanitarian Decisions, a topic that was enthusiastically embraced within the setting of a United Nations debating forum.

As part of the Schools debating activity programme,  this academic year has seen the participation of 4 Senior School groups in Model United Nations forums held in Leiden and The Hague in Holland as well as Bath in the UK, it was the turn of all Year 9 pupils to have the opportunity to debate the issue of Child Labour.

Big School, the Schools impressive assembly hall was decked with the flags from around the world as the United Nations debate was opened by Dale Crawford, one of the Model United Nations coordinators at the School.

Following the formal Welcome from Hazel Wakefield, Director of Enterprises, who had been invited to give the opening address, pupils agreed their policy statements for their individual countries before the lobbying stage and preparation of joint resolutions. A series of debates then ensued with the session ending with a final all nations debate, chaired by Dominick Coppinger, Year 13 Prefect and experienced Model United Nations debating participant, who was supported by International Baccalaureate student Jan Wollenhaupt, who acted as Secretary to the United Nations forum.

Dale Crawford commented, The event was a huge success, with each of the country ambassadors leading their teams admirably. With some very good solutions being proposed throughout the debate, 3 of the 4 resolutions were passed at the final voting stage.

20th June 2011  Back to News