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Finishing up MMUN for 2017

posted Apr 29, 2017, 7:27 AM by Jennifer Fenton

We had a very successful trip to Rome this year and we would like to thank the children for their hard work and the parents for their support. We faced a few hiccups along the way, but in the end the benefits certainly outweigh any of the challenges. We should be very proud of our students - they represented Nations very well - collaborating with students from around the world and acting in respectful ways with the teachers as well as the MMUN and hotel staff.

We will have a meeting on Monday 1 May to reflect on the conference and the MMUN experience at Nations.

Sightseeing in Rome

posted Apr 29, 2017, 7:27 AM by Jennifer Fenton

We certainly got lucky with the weather on Friday afternoon for our sightseeing tour. It Thursday had been windy and raining, with the rain persisting until Friday morning. However, when we began our afternoon it was clear and we were able to walk down to a nearby pizza place for lunch before heading off to see Vatican City, the Pantheon and the Colosseum. You will see in the video montage we have kept up the tradition of gelato and a post from the Vatican City. We even wrote one to Mrs McQueen! 

Closing Ceremonies - Upper Elementary Conference (Updated!)

posted Apr 28, 2017, 1:55 AM by Jennifer Fenton   [ updated Apr 29, 2017, 7:09 AM ]

The Closing Ceremonies for the Upper Elementary Conference have just taken place at the World Food Programme Headquarters. We had inspiring speeches by Judith Cunningham, as well as the Secretariat of the WFP Executive Branch, Harriet Spanos. The two committees of the conference presented their resolutions to the assembly - all of them reached by consensus and so no need for voting! This is quite an accomplishment and a testament to how much way can learn from the hard work and ideals of our students and children. A special congrats to Gabriele, who gave a part of the SOCHUM committee's Closing Bureau remarks. Well done, delegates!!
At the Closing

Presenting the Resolutions

Harriet Spanos, Secretariat of the Executive Branch of the WFP

Closing Speech Excerpts 

Social Evening

posted Apr 27, 2017, 11:52 AM by Jennifer Fenton

It's been to have a little fun after all of the hard work of the past couple of days. No time to upload individual photos, but this is the link to the folder with all of the raw images from social night. Just about time to board the bus back to the Sheraton and then off to bed. We've another big day tomorrow.

Note about tomorrow - we will be without wifi tomorrow and so may not post to the blog. We will share all of the images when we return to Geneva. Please remember we arrive at 23:00. Your children will be tired, but will have accomplished so much. It's been a privilege to watch their confident interactions with the other delegates.

Great news!

posted Apr 27, 2017, 10:49 AM by Jennifer Fenton

Two of our delegates have been chosen by their peers to represent their committees tomorrow when we go to the World Food Programme Headquarters for the final voting. Gabriele will represent the SOCHUM committee as a member of the Upper Elementary Team and Mert will represent the Sixth Committee: Legal for the Middle Years Team. Both students will be speaking in front of the assembly. Congratulations, boys!

Taking part

posted Apr 27, 2017, 7:49 AM by Jennifer Fenton

We are so impressed with the dedication of our delegates. It is hard work and they have been engaged and contributing members of the committee sessions. Congratulations to both the Nations' MMUN Teams - you are representing our school beautifully!
Kayleigh reading in a line-by-line review of SOCHUM's Topic 2 resolution

Connor puts his name forward to read the resolution tomorrow and represent ECOFIN

Connor and Shahmeer discuss whether or not they should vote to accept the final draft of the ECOFIN resolution

Gytis discusses possible clauses for UNGA5 topic 2 resolution

Owen suggests a line for the ECOFIN Topic 2 resolution

Taking notes and listening carefully to make informed contributions

SOCHUM takes an afternoon break

posted Apr 27, 2017, 6:11 AM by Jennifer Fenton

Discussing difficult issues for two days straight is an intense experience, especially for our younger delegates. I was very happy to come across the SOCHUM Committee this afternoon in the foyer taking a break from their resolution writing and getting to know each other better as people, not just delegates representing different countries. Their mandate - meet three new people and learn something about each of them. Plenty of smiles and so new friendships being formed.

Jasper the Wordsmith

posted Apr 27, 2017, 6:06 AM by Jennifer Fenton

Jasper was asked by the Chair of the UNGA5 Committee to help with the final polishing of the resolution for Topic 1, Financing Peacekeeping Missions in Africa. His eloquence and skill have certainly been noted by his fine contributions to this committee. It is such a privilege to be able to watch how our MMUN delegates have grown from their first experiences in the Upper Elementary committees to their independent and knowledgeable work in the Middle Years. Well done, Jasper!

Vote for Mert!

posted Apr 27, 2017, 6:03 AM by David Barrett

Mert asks his fellow delegates to vote for him to represent the committee at the Voting Assembly.


In the News... (updated!)

posted Apr 27, 2017, 6:02 AM by Jennifer Fenton   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 7:38 AM ]

Martin was interviewed by the MMUN News crew this afternoon. I couldn't get too close, but I am looking forward to hearing his interview on the MMUN Facebook page when it is published.
A little later on in the afternoon as I walked from one committee session to another, I saw that another Nations' delegate was being interviewed. Hiyaw was answering questions about where he came from and why he wanted to be a part of the MMUN conference. Another interview to look for on the MMUN Facebook page!

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