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Debating at MUNCH

The Grange School entered three delegations into the MUN at Cheadle Hulme (MUNCH) Conference, where they represented the countries of Vietnam, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.

Our 15 delegates were a mix of MUN, short for Model United Nations, old hands and completely inexperienced Year II pupils and, in addition, Upper Sixth Form student Alex Woodfinden had been selected to be a Guest Chair and Elle Woods-Marshall, also in the Upper Sixth, was working for the Press Team.

MUN conferences and debates are a simulation of the United Nations in which students explore solutions to a range of challenges that the world faces today. Investigating issues such as human rights, the environment, economic and social development, disarmament and education, participants analyse and debate the most challenging contemporary concerns, always representing the views of a country other than their own.

The whole team finished the weekend looking exhausted but jubilant. They had thoroughly enjoyed the conference, learnt a huge amount and made new friends. I was immensely proud of the way they all developed over the course of the conference. Alex Goldie and Rory Ewing, both Lower Sixth, were in a very challenging committee and really held their own. The younger students (Y2 and Y3) were debating with delegates so much older than themselves, often 6th Form but they were undaunted. Each delegate managed to contribute to debates and lobby for amendments within their committees. Rosie Landon, at her first conference, was awarded a Commended Delegate certificate. Most importantly, I was thrilled by their enthusiasm and am very much looking forward to future MUN conferences with this group of students.

Mrs Dostálová