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School plays host to a successful Model United Nations conference

We were delighted to welcome 12 schools from across the region to Stockport Grammar for a Model United Nations conference just before the end of the Spring term.

SGSMUN took place over a Saturday and Sunday with the Woodsmoor building hosting lobbying and committees, whilst ceremonies and assemblies took place in the Main Hall.

There were eight committees including Culture, Health, Security and Human Rights which covered a range of issues from the ‘Iranian Nuclear Deal’ to ‘Right to Nationality’, ‘Plastics in Oceans’ to an ‘Ageing Population’ and ‘Self-driving Cars’ to ‘Decline in Vaccines’.

Mr Woollcombe of Zander Woollcombe Consulting, a campaign leader and strategy advisor, gave a talk at the conference. Mr Woollcombe has worked on political, communications and campaigns strategy for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bono’s ONE Campaign, Oxfam and Peace Child International.

Upper Sixth pupil and Secretary General Finley Nolan said: “The conference was busy and the feedback we received was really positive. Everyone enjoyed themselves, especially the first time delegates.

“It was a lot of work being the Secretary General but it was very satisfying and nice to be able to contribute to people’s enjoyment of the competition. My deputies were extremely helpful and were efficient and punctual.

“I joined the Model United Nations club in First Year, have been to about 16 conferences during my time in the Senior School and have always wanted to be the Secretary General. I would encourage anyone thinking about joining the club to do it. Don’t worry about being scared of speaking, the experience and journey is good and will help you gain a lot of skills.”

The schools that took part were The King’s School in Macclesfield, Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, Manchester High School, Loreto College, Manchester Grammar School, Newcastle Under Lyme School, St Bede’s College, Wilmslow High School, Christleton High School, Cheadle Hulme High School, Xaverian College and St Ambrose College. They represented countries such as Bolivia, Japan, Syria, Canada, France and India.

Many thanks go to the SGSMUN team who put in so much work and effort to ensure the event went seamlessly. These pupils were Finley Nolan, Katy Brown, Murray Jallands, Millie Johnson, Richard Seed, Beatrice Asquith, Persephone Hotchkies, Katarina Sandall, Callum Oakes and Emma Crook.