Malvern St James - Model United Nations Conference
Model United Nations, , is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically roleplay delegates to the United Nations each representing a country and simulate UN committees. They have to write resolutions for the debates in the committee, speak from the floor by cross questioning the delegate at the front or supporting or opposing a resolution from the front. Countries form alliances and all the committees are chaired by students themselves. At the end of most conferences, outstanding delegates in each committee are recognized and given an award certificate; the Best Delegate in each committee, however, receives a gavel.
The conference takes place in the York Hall and all over the school as there were 6 committees etc as well as meeting for the whole conference. There is a Gala Dinner followed by a Disco.
Pupils gain significant leadership experience from leading such a large, complicated conference including planning, critiquing briefing papers, running training sessions for Chairs, leading a complex team and liaising with various School departments.
About 250 students aged 13-18 attended.