The pupils did amazingly well – we were the smallest contingent at the KESMUN event but by no means did they go unnoticed! For some, this was their second MUN experience but we had several who had only recently joined the group and were feeling somewhat apprehensive about the forthcoming event.
The policy debates started promptly at 5pm on Thursday evening and every one of our pupils took part in the debates in one way or another – whether it was to raise issues by making an opening debate and putting forward a resolution – or to ask thought provoking questions to other delegates.
By 9pm on Thursday they were all buzzing from the excitement! The Friday was a 13 hour stretch of lobbying and debating – another chance for them to show their skills at arguing and questioning. Yet again, an excellent display of their command of the specific language required by both the UN and MUN. A number of teachers visited the event on the Friday and all have commented on how surprised they were at the sophisticated level of debate and discussion by all the pupils involved.
After a hard morning of debating and amending resolutions put forward on Saturday, all the delegates were shipped off to the Holiday Inn, Downtown where they were ushered up into one of the banquet halls for the ambassadors’ luncheon and closing ceremony.
The closing ceremony was introduced by the Secretary General of KESMUN and followed by interesting speeches by the Ambassadors of Australia andPakistan, both of whom opened the floor to questions from the student delegates. Following this the Chairs of all commissions awarded delegates for ‘most improved’, ‘best effort’ and ‘best delegate’. From TEA Karol Kusmider was nominated ‘Best Delegate’ for the Human Rights Commission .
All the pupils put outstanding amounts of effort into their commissions, each of them having spent a considerable amount of time researching their country (France) and helping each other to present a united front.
Rana Mohammed, who was attending her second MUN, made a leap from ‘quiet attendee’ at her first experience to being that of a forthright and argumentative delegate in the Territorial Disputes Commission questioning her peers directly.
Absolutely every one of our pupils was a credit to the school and I was proud to be their Director. They displayed strong speaking and listening skills in an environment where the language demanded is specific and required to be strictly adhered to. This is an excellent opportunity for them to take themselves out of their comfort zone and test their strengths linguistically, politically and socially.
Well done to the MUN team at TEA!