Nine Downside pupils attended the Model United Nations (MUN) event organised by Bristol Grammar School on Sunday 30th January. After a long period without any in-person MUN events, pupils were excited to return to the more traditional format.

Downside represented the delegations of Ireland and Iran this time in five different committees: Security Council (Ireland), Health Committee, Environmental Committee, Special Political Committee and Human Rights Committee. The topics discussed included the issues of deforestation, period poverty and fair elections, as well as the current situations in Afghanistan and Belarus. All nine pupils were fully involved in their committees, and played an important role discussing and amending the draft resolutions put forward on these issues.

Downside’s positive contributions were recognised with the following awards:

In each committee of 20-30 pupils there is usually one outstanding delegate, two highly commended and three commended. There is also overall one outstanding delegation, one highly commended delegation and one commended delegation.

Ambrose was voted for ‘best dressed’ and ‘most enthusiastic delegate’ in the ‘joke awards’ organised by his committee.

MUN is an academic co-curricular option at Downside and one of over 100 co-curricular options available at the School. The activities, clubs and societies offered aim to develop and meet the interests of every pupil, from fencing and gardening to the School magazine and CCF. Click here for a full list of the co-curricular options.