Esther, a Year 10 d’Overbroeck’s International School student, who won an award for Best Contribution, described her favourite moment: "Writing the resolution - everyone was contributing and debating ideas. It was fun to collaborate and also to meet new, like-minded people through the conference."
Ariel, a Year 10 student also from The International School, won an award for Best Contribution and Estel, in Year 11, won an award for Best Opening Speech.
Covid had thwarted a conference we were due to attend last term, so this one was a big event for club participants. Some delegates had only joined MUN in January, giving them a short amount of time before they were involved in a major event. No wonder everyone was nervous. Yet as soon as the opening speeches started, the tension lifted, and an hour later there was a tangible buzz in the air as delegates from all three of the attending schools ensconced in different rooms, eagerly compared notes, and began to draft their first resolution. By lunchtime, negotiations were still going at full throttle, but friendships were forming, and everyone was laughing and smiling as we went to eat.
Middle: d'Overbroeck's student Estel who won an award for Best Opening Speech
In the afternoon, the serious business of debating the resolutions, amending them and voting had begun. Sparks began to fly between some of the nations as they wrestled over the details. Venezuela wanted the US to recognise that their policies had aggravated the problem considerably. The US was not about to back down. Syria defended Venezuela vigorously, whilst Spain and Bangladesh spoke particularly eloquently as they gave the US their support. The atmosphere was electric, but good natured.
Ned, a d’Overbroeck’s Year 9 student, said: "Debating the amendments (to the resolutions)... 100% my favourite part!"
Middle students: Ariel and Esther, who won awards for Best Contributions
Naomi, a d'Overbroeck's Year 11 student, said: "Our first MUN conference was fantastic! I learned LOADS very quickly about the way MUN is run as well as about specific issues on the topic of refugees. Also it was such a lovely opportunity to work together with new people. By the end of the day I’d learned so much and I’d made new friends. Very much recommend to anyone and everyone, especially if you’re looking to develop your public speaking and/or teamwork skills. Looking forward to our next conference!"As the conference drew to a close, there was much enthusiastic swapping of details amongst the delegates. There were also loud cheers as awards went to Estel, Ariel and Ester for best delegate and best contributors. Everyone left with a smile and when asked if they would do it again, the answer was a whole-hearted “YES!”