The fourth Junior ReiMUN (Reigate Model United Nations) conference was held on Saturday 13 May. This event ran alongside the main conference and was aimed at younger students who have less experience of MUN, to help build their confidence and to prepare them for future meetings.
Five other schools from the area brought delegates and several of our own students participated. Jazz Hull presided over the conference with great skill as Secretary General, assisted by Fraser Cadman as President of the General Assembly and Benedict Springbett, Ben Dunn-Flores, Jo Welsh and Aaron Gilchrist as supervisors.
The day began with workshops on the key skills of Public Speaking, Model UN Procedure and, for the more experienced students, chairing. Mr Sargent and some visiting teachers kindly volunteered to help run these workshops, preparing the delegates for the second part of the day in which they were debating in committees.
The committees debated issues ranging from the situation in Iraq and Syria to the question of providing clean water, and the discussions were very ably chaired by Cecily Hamilton, Max Sutton-Parker, Lucia Dunn-Flores, Charlie Hayles, Lauren Purves, Harry Armstrong, Malvika Santosh and David Hamer. One of the highlights of the day was that while in committees, all of the delegates, many of whom were attending their first conference, spoke in debate at least once.
Throughout the day, valuable assistance was given by Alex Cox, Barnaby Collins and Eddie Simson in Admin and IT support and Tom Nutt, Ethan Beech, Rosie Spindlove, Kirana Carter-Shaw and Emeline Forton worked hard to produce a very detailed and well-presented newspaper for the delegates.
The day culminated with the General Assembly, where one of the many impressive resolutions produced by the committees was debated. The day was a great success as a conference in its own right and a valuable experience for new delegates as they prepare to attend other conferences.