Going Global at Clayesmore Model United Nations

The recent ClayesMUN was, once again, a brilliant success, with Clayesmore hosting some 150 people from seven other schools. Our Director of MUN, Mr Matthew Jones, reflects on the day:

“Saturday 2 December saw the third edition of ClayesMUN, our very own Model United Nations conference. We had our biggest number of delegates yet, welcoming 118 delegates from eight different schools (Canford, Sherborne Girls, Glenmoor and Winton Academies, Exeter College, West Exe School, South Wilts Grammar, Bournemouth Collegiate School and Clayesmore) in addition to about 50 non-debating Clayesmore pupils and staff from other schools.

The day started off, as normal, with refreshments served by Lucy and her team in the Social, followed by the opening ceremony. Arthur, our Secretary General, gave a confident and polished, yet personal, speech and Aileen Lyon, an expert in international development, gave a very engaging speech-cum-lecture on theories on poverty and social exclusion. The delegates were fully engaged by her warm demeanour and were definitely made to think.

The morning debates saw the delegates divided into six single committees debating topics such as the Rohingya refugee crisis, immunization, the rise of the far-right in Europe, Catalan independence, the rights of prisoners, and oil exploration in the Arctic. The debates seemed to go well and were all excellently lead by the Chairs. Most people in most committee rooms spoke (including all those debating from Clayesmore) and the time flew by. Meanwhile, the media team were busy interviewing and filming delegates for live news broadcasts throughout the day.

Following a delicious lunch – something which has always impressed our guest staff and pupils – we had our joint committees and General Assembly which revolved around the Rohingya rufugee crisis, contaminated fish following an oil spill and, of course, some ‘Trump tweets’. The standard of debate was very high and progress was definitely made in trying to solve the issues. (Perhaps we should let the professionals know.)

Finally Tabby rounded the day off with another lovely personal and inspiring speech before the prize ceremony. Fifteen out of the nineteen delegations got at least one award, but the main prizes were:

Commended delegations: Ukraine (West Exe) and Japan (Glenmoor & Winton Academies)
Highly Commended: Sweden (Exeter College)
Best Delegation: Egypt (West Exe)

Well done to everyone involved… here’s looking forward to ClayesMUN 2018!”

Some great feedback received from other schools:

“I would just like to give you an incredibly huge thank you for organising the Clayesmore MUN Conference on Saturday. The event truly was brilliant and all of the Sherborne Girls came away wanting to do it again! The sheer amount of organisation required for it was evident, from the professional workings of the camera crew to the co-ordination of hundreds of clauses for each different committee. Overall, it was a lovely day and I very much enjoyed experiencing it all. I know for certain that the girls learnt a huge amount, and as their first conference I’m sure they will remember it fondly. In the future, I hope Sherborne Girls’ presence at the Clayesmore conference will become a yearly occurrence!”
Sherborne Girls Pupil

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the staff and students who made yesterday such a great event! We had a brilliant time and were so impressed with the Clayesmore students who showed such independence and maturity in hosting the event. The hospitality was second to none, and I know how many hours of preparation and work go into making such an event run so smoothly.”
Bournemouth Collegiate School Staff