Last Sunday, Downside School pupils attended the Model United Nations (MUN) Conference at Bristol Grammar School: a challenging Conference of debate testing team work, public speaking and negotiation.

Representing delegations of China and Morocco, this was the first MUN conference for two of our pupils, both of whom relished the challenge of public speaking in front of the 250 other delegates. One such MUN novice was Third Former Victoria who enjoyed the event so much that she plans to continue with MUN conferences once back in her home country of Mexico later this year.

The three more experienced Downside delegates impressed with their contributions during the General Assembly emergency scenario resulting on the delegation of China being commended as a whole. Following his success at Oxford Global last November, Fifth Former Barney made a positive impact in the Political Committee: he was voted ‘Best Dressed’ by his fellow delegates and given the award of ‘Highly Commended’ by the chairs of his committee. Fifth Former Joseph’s diplomatic and debating skills were tested in his role as delegate of China in the highly competitive Security Council, particularly when they were debating the issue of ethnic cleansing in China. Having won ‘Best Junior Delegate’ two years ago, Joseph matched Barney’s ‘Best Dressed’ award and was also awarded the top prize of ‘Outstanding Delegate’ in his committee.  

MUN is just one of over 70 co-curricular options available at Downside. The activities, clubs and societies offered at the School 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.