Year 8 debaters participate in the Junior Model United Nations at Tudor Hall School.
On the 27th and 28th June, eight Year 8 girls from Debating Club were invited to take part in the Junior Model United Nations at Tudor Hall School (mini-MUNTH). The event started with each girl finding out which country they would represent. The Thornton girls were in Spain, Afghanistan, US and Sweden, mixed with students from other schools. The theme was torture and whether countries should allow it. Each country had five members and they researched their country for the debate the following day.
On the second day each delegate was allocated to one of five committees to debate their country’s opinions. In order to speak you had to raise a placard with your country’s name. It was challenging to think on the spot if you were asked to represent a clause (idea) or make an amendment (a change to a clause), or ask a question.
In the afternoon we were asked to debate a crisis and the motions being passed to resolve it. Adele, Justin Bieber, 5 SOS and Jedward had been turned into teddy bears by a terrorist organisation called Teddy. We joined as a general assembly to debate further information that added to the crisis. Teddy threatened to use a waterborne virus if their demands were not met and 12-16-year-olds not installed as head of government.
It was interesting to meet different people from other schools and have an interesting debating topic. All girls and boys participated and thoroughly enjoyed it. It would be good to attend another one, maybe even at Thornton, where our confidence levels would be higher.
Joint report by Abi and Asher B
Asha writes: 'I enjoyed going to visit Tudor Hall to take part in mini-MUNTH. I think it was good that every school was mixed up, meaning you only had yourself and one person from your school in the same country as you. I enjoyed both debating topics, as well as debating on our own in a committee. It was also interesting when the countries came together and debated in the general assembly. I think torture was an excellent topic to debate as not many people knew much about it. The crisis was also quite different to any subject I had ever debated before. I would definitely do this again as it was challenging but fun.’
Abi writes: 'I loved both of the days when we visited Tudor Hall but my favourite by far was the last when we split off from our countries and joined one of five committees. The subject that we were debating was torture. The hardest thing to do was to speak on the views of the country you were, not your own personal views. This was particularly hard as it was my first time that I had to do such a thing. I preferred the small court to the large one we did at the end of the day, with everyone in it, as everyone got a change to speak. I will definitely look into doing Model United Nations again as I thought it was a great experience and everyone participating took something from it.’