Rogue states and child soldiers at ClayesMUN

Our Y12 student Hannah, acting as the Secretary General of ClayesMUN, gave this account of the event:

Last Saturday in November saw 16 delegations from six separate schools take part in Clayesmore’s second annual Model United Nations Conference, also known as ClayesMUN. The day commenced following a wonderful reception provided by the hospitality team with captivating speeches from Hannah M, the Secretary General, and keynote speaker, Old Clayesmorian Madeline Bailey. Madeline touched on her personal experiences from the Calais Jungle camp, which put the issues debated into perspective.

Afterwards, the committees assembled, expertly overseen by Clayesmore pupils. Resolutions were formed, alliances were created and many gavels were banged! Issues debated included fragile states, LGBT rights, and child soldiers. The ideas stemming from arduous hours of research resulted in intense and passionate debate in the form of advocating and debating clauses. Throughout the day the developing issue was presented uniquely in the form of a news channel thanks to the School’s media team.

The day concluded on a high note with a closing ceremony speech by the President of the General Assembly, Hannah P, and the delegate awards. Best delegation overall was awarded to China, represented by Canford School.

Warmest thanks to all participating schools – some of which had travelled for two hours – for all your hard work and enthusiastic involvement, making ClayesMUN such a success yet again.