On Saturday 13th January, 2 delegations from The Laurels School in Clapham, representing Japan and France, went to the inaugural Guildford High School Model United Nations Conference. The event featured 22 delegations from several independent schools spread over 5 committees.
Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation activity where students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the workings of the United Nations. It involves participants researching current world issues and debating them in a forum with students from other schools. It is wonderful training for the politicians and policy makers of the future. This is the first year that The Laurels has run the Model UN club in school and pupils have developed enormously since September in both their debating and their critical thinking skills.
One year 10 pupil commented, “I love taking part in the Model UN – it has made me think about how decisions can impact on a global scale and I’ve learned so much about the world that I didn’t know before.”
The girls greatly enjoyed the debates on the day which ranged from the Rohinghya Crisis in Myanmar to the issues of Nuclear Disarmament and the impact of Social Media on the world stage. Headmistress, Mrs Linda Sanders said. “We were delighted to be awarded the overall award for Outstanding Delegation and special congratulations goes to our pupils who represented the school so well at the Model United Nations Conference, we are very proud of them all.”
The Laurels School is one of four PACT Educational Trust schools who all have character education as an integral part of their ethos.