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QG pupils win top awards at SPSMUN 2018

Posted on 15 January 2018 by Miss Emily Acton-Edmiston

From Friday 12 – Sunday 14 January, Queen’s Gate was part of a successful Model United Nations conference at St Paul’s School (SPSMUN). The conference opened with a speech from Sir Peter Marshall, a former permanent representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations from 1979 to 1983. Sir Peter delivered an interesting talk on his distinguished diplomatic career and recounted important events he personally witnessed. After the speech, the delegates were inspired to start the three-day conference, tackling issues from global terrorism to the limitations of worldwide free speech.

16 Queen’s Gate students from Form V to Upper Sixth attended the conference and represented the nations of USA, Ukraine and Vietnam across a range of different committees. Isabel Ocampo, a Queen’s Gate MUN prefect, was selected to be the Committee Chair at the Security Council and she did a great job chairing with her usual calm assurance and excellent knowledge of procedures.

As ever, our delegates did the school proud and grew in confidence and style as the weekend progressed, speaking with eloquence, intelligence and sophistication. Our delegates had to think on their feet and their debating skills were tested, always mindful that the role of the UN is to avoid war.

Following some hard fought diplomacy and some excellent speeches, Annavittoria Porter, another Queen’s Gate MUN prefect and Luna Middleton-Roy, both delegates of the USA, won the prestigious prize of ‘Best Delegate’ and ‘Best Speaker’ respectively. Annavittoria and Luna beat their opponents from reputable schools including Eton, Dulwich, St Paul’s Girls and Westminster, to achieve this remarkable success.

Overall, well done to all our delegates for a strong display of debating skills! The experience is excellent training for our next conference in March at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School.