Last weekend a group of Downside students travelled to Oxford for the annual Model United Nations (MUN) Conference.

This year’s conference was one of Downside School’s most successful in recent years. Pupils showed great enthusiasm throughout the entire weekend, and grew more confident and knowledgeable, whilst debating a variety of current issues in a truly global stage.

The Oxford conference is the largest ever high school-level MUN conference to take place in the UK. This year it was attended by 75 schools from 15 different countries representing over 80 nationalities. The level of debate in general was impressive, particularly in the advanced committees such as the EU council.

The event may have been exhausting, but it was greatly enjoyed by all pupils. It was inspiring to see the passion with which they debated about the water crisis, weapons in outer space, the effects of depleting natural resources, and many other current topics.

The excellent effort of all of our pupils was recognised when one of them received the award of ‘Outstanding Delegate’ in his committee. We celebrate all their performances and contributions, and look forward to building on this particular success in future conferences.