The Royal Hospital School MUN team has been extremely busy over the past few months with 90 pupils now taking part in the School’s Model United Nations. Internal debates are held on Wednesdays every three weeks during term time and pupils continue to travel further afield to take part in inter-school conferences.
On Monday 9 December, 36 pupils in Years 9 to 13, many of whom were attending their first conference, travelled to Benenden School in Kent representing China, Afghanistan, Canada, Egypt, Lebanon, Panama, the Solomon Islands and South Africa. Twenty schools took part and some of the 16 topics debated included: GM Crops, Combating Increasing Antibiotic Resistance, Sustainable Biofuels Production, Prevention of Domestic Terrorism, the Civil War in Syria, Regulation of the Influence of Multi-national Corporations in Lesser Economically Developed Countries and Protecting the Rights of Religious Minorities in Theocratic States.
All RHS delegates worked hard, wrote resolutions and took part in the debates, but three did especially well: Sean Cuddihy was selected as a Highly Commended Delegate representing the People’s Republic of China on the Political Committee, as was Siana Douglas-Hamilton also for China, this time in the Committee on Human Rights, Kathryn Matous was also a Highly Commended Delegate in the Special Committee on Genetics, representing Canada, and congratulations must go to Kai Howells who was our first ever Year 9 delegate to attend a full MUN conference.
In addition, three other highly experienced MUN students from RHS were selected to chair committees at Benenden. Zach Tabor and Andrew Egan were chosen as Co-Chairs of the Human Rights and Genetics Committees respectively, while Conor Steeds is to be congratulated on being the Lead Chair of the Political Committee, a rare honour at another school.
The first residential MUN conference was on Friday 31 January until Sunday 2 February at The Lady Eleanor Holles School, near Hampton Court Palace. Thirteen pupils in Years 10 to 13 attended LEHMUN representing Afghanistan, China and South Africa working with delegations from 48 countries, from 20 other schools.
RHS took a dominant role at this conference and all the resolutions debated and written by our pupils were passed in committee and General Assembly. Two of the three resolutions debated in a full session of General Assembly on Sunday were written by RHS pupils: Cesca Morelli’s US resolution on Forced Underage Marriage was passed without a single amendment and Tori Foreman, as UN Ambassador for South Africa, led caucus meetings of states within the African Union in support of that resolution.
Congratulations also go to Ophelia Moore representing Afghanistan who, as well as writing a resolution on Combatting Female Genital Mutilation, which was passed in the Human Rights Committee, was selected as a Highly Commended Delegate and, in her capacity as Afghan Ambassador to the UN, led meetings of the Arab League states in order to ensure the passing of key resolutions in General Assembly.
Conor Steeds’s resolution on Narcotic Funding of Militant Extremism in Afghanistan was passed and he was recognised as the Outstanding Delegate in the Security Council representing the United States of America. Our top performer was Cherie Fang, representing Afghanistan, who had two resolutions passed: one on the Use of Private Military Committees instead of National Armed Forces in the Political Committee and one on Modern Day Slavery in General Assembly.
The RHS Afghanistan Delegation – consisting of Philly Moore, Cherie Fang, Tamsyn Howells and Alex Steeds – was selected as the Outstanding Delegation in General Assembly despite fierce competition.
The following pupils received their MUN badges and Conor Steeds, Philly Moore, Cherie Fang, Tamsyn Howells and Alex Steeds were awarded their certificates for Outstanding Delegation:
|Kai Howells||Year 9||Collingwood||Badge|
|Ben Banks||Year 10||St. Vincent||Badge|
|Sam Cantelo||Year 10||Collingwood||Badge|
|Ben Conner||Year 10||St. Vincent||Badge|
|Billy Douglas-Hamilton||Year 10||St. Vincent||Badge|
|Charlie Ewen||Year 10||Collingwood||Badge|
|Tom Hamer||Year 10||Collingwood||Badge|
|Tom Heley||Year 10||St. Vincent||Badge|
|Sam Hindley||Year 10||St. Vincent||Badge|
|Jess Irving||Year 10||Howe||Badge|
|Hannah Southerton||Year 10||Howe||Badge|
|Lucy Watson||Year 10||Hood||Badge|
|Joe Curtis||Year 11||Hawke||Badge|
|Henry Nicholls||Year 11||St. Vincent||Badge|
|Alex Slatter||Year 11||Hawke||Badge|
|Rosy Trewin Marshall||Year 11||Howe||Badge|
|Josie Falk||Year 12||Hood||Badge|
|Euan Guckian||Year 12||Collingwood||Badge|
|Will Hassall||Year 12||Collingwood||Badge|
|Patrick Hook-Willers||Year 12||Hawke||Badge|
|Winnie Lei||Year 12||Howe||Badge|
|Flossie Mills||Year 12||Hood||Badge|
|Ollie Sellers||Year 12||Collingwood||Badge|
|Alex Steeds||Year 12||Hawke||Badge|
|Ilya Tkhoruk||Year 12||Hawke||Badge|
|Jess Edney||Year 13||Nelson||Badge|
|Elle Henley||Year 13||Nelson||Badge|
|Conor Steeds||Year 13||Nelson||Certificate|
|Ophelia Moore||Year 12||Hood||Certificate x2|
|Cherie Fang||Year 13||Nelson||Certificate|
|Tamsyn Howells||Year 12||Hood||Certificate|
|Alex Steeds||Year 12||Hawke||Certificate|