In March, 15 Year 12 students accompanied by Mrs Swaney and Mr Mohammed attended the Rome International Model United Nations at the Liceo Farnesina Scientifico in Rome, Italy. Preparation for the trip started way back in September with many students getting to grips with the concept of Model United Nations.
In early February Northfields received our delegations and were handed the rather challenging card ofr representing the DPRK as well as Afghanistan, Slovakia and New Zealand. It was from this point that the real hard work began, with 2-3 hour sessions on Wednesdays to assist students in researching and writing their position papers for each of their three topics. Once the position papers were submitted the students started working on resolutions which they could take to the conference for the process of lobbying. With the trip only days away, the excitement started to build, with a last minute fundraiser in the form of a Mauritian food sale supported by the Parents Committee.
The group took off for Rome with a great sense of anticipation. They hit the ground running, starting off with the opening ceremony where Daniyal and Aditi delivered ambassador speeches, before the conference began in earnest. Then began 5 days of intense lobbying, debate, speech writing, amendments and collaboration. With over 20 different schools from all over the world taking part in the conference, our students had the opportunity to make new friendships and engage with discussion on global problems gaining perspectives from many different social and cultural backgrounds.
Following the conference the group took part in a cultural trip of Rome including the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. They also travelled further afield along the coast to Pompeii.
We wish to thank all students, parents and teachers for their support in ensuring this learning experience could take place. We look forward to RIMUN 2020!