Shrewsbury School

Model United Nations

Monday 13 January 2020

At the end of last term, a group of pupils who are relatively new to Model United Nations enjoyed a chance to play leading roles in the inaugural MUN conference hosted across the River Severn by Shrewsbury High School.

Thank you to Lucia Bowers Martinez (EDH L6) for her account:

Our final MUN conference of the Michaelmas Term was the first one to be hosted by Shrewsbury High School, held on Saturday 7th December. Our team were mostly new to MUN, but they were all able to show their true potential as great debaters. I was honoured to have the chance to chair a committee for the first time in my MUN career, as young delegates, many of whom were participating for their first ever time, gave it their all.

After our normal school period one, we all gathered at the Darwin statue in the morning, looking forward to what we hoped would be thrilling day of eye-opening ideas and sharing of opinions. We walked down to Shrewsbury High School for the Opening Ceremony, with 15 of our own delegates as well nine Committee Chairs.

When we arrived, we had an inspirational but rather alternative speech from the guest speaker, a former SHS pupil, who had become a women’s health campaigner.

Before we knew it, we were all enjoying the discussion and debate in committees, and I was chairing the Special Committee. Then after lunch we went straight back into joint committees, to discuss a crisis situation invented by the organisers before discussing it again in the General Assembly, where we all sat together in country teams.

The day finished with a successful prize giving and Closing Ceremony, where awards for best delegate were given to Oswald Wu, Lenka Hozzova, Oscar Rink and Boris Petukhov. In addition, Max McKenzie was a Highly Commended delegate, and Lem Mandara won an Honourable Mention in Security Council. After saying our goodbyes, we headed back to school.

Personally, I believe that MUN is about the journey not the destination. What I have most enjoyed about the short yet committed time I have spent as an MUN-er has not been the prizes or victories that have been won, but instead what I have learnt about the world, the people who live in it and the problems that face us and the possible resolutions that could be used to solve these problems. Furthermore, the teamwork, camaraderie and the people I have met along the way, have made my experience in MUN all the more special.

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