For nearly 25 years Model United Nations has been a regular feature at RGS. A part of MUN has traditionally been the hosting of an annual conference, ReiMUN, for 25 schools from across the South East of England. At ReiMUN and other MUN conferences, students from different schools come together annually to discuss global issues from the points of view of countries. They mimic the United Nations, aiming to come up with realistic and workable solutions to some of the greatest issues facing the world that have the greatest possible support base. In doing so, they are able to learn about the world, its problems and their solutions, as young people preparing to become globally-minded leaders.
ReiMUN aims to be a conference where the standard of debate is high, while also being welcoming to nervous students taking their first steps in MUN. Wrestling with issues as diverse as obesity, the use of mercenaries and private military contractors in conflict, and genetically modified crops and post-conflict peace-building, over 200 participants came out of the conference having met like-minded people from across the country, but most importantly as better global citizens.
The conference was superbly well-run and managed with almost a year spent planning and preparing for the event. Special credit must go to Aaron G and Jo W, the Secretaries-General who organised ReiMUN with exceptional skill, ensuring that everything ran smoothly on the day and that all attendees had an enjoyable and profitable time; Jazz H, who chaired over 200 people in the plenary session of the simulated General Assembly with poise and fairness; Connie BS and Tom B who superbly oversaw the administrative side of the conference; as well as to the 50 or so RGS students who took part as chairs, admin staff, reporters for the conference newspaper, photographers and tech support. ReiMUN 21 was a huge success; a conference run by students, for students and a unique opportunity to develop skills in leadership, diplomacy, public-speaking and organisation.