20 Sixth Form students took part in the annual City of London School Model United Nations conference to compete against some of the best grammar and independent schools from in and around London.
We are delighted to inform you that Adnan Zahid from Year 12 won ‘Best Delegate’ award for his contribution on the Security Council where he ably represented the views of Russia with regards to the ongoing Syrian Civil war. In addition, Andrei, Jaival, Sahas and Ziad managed to persuade their committee to pass a number of clauses in the Eco Soc Committee.
All the students represented the school with distinction and were pleasure to work with. It must be noted that the students were given a very short time to prepare and were exceptional in their efforts.
There was also an opening speech from Rosemary Thomas OBE who has worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for over 28 years covering a number of roles such as Ambassador to Belarus, Deputy Director for Eastern Europe, Head of the War Crimes and First secretary for Elimination. She gave an overview of her personal experiences in places like Afghanistan, along with her opinions and thoughts on working at the FCO and how the various roles she had covered were enriching, rewarding yet challenging. The students appreciated the insight she offered, and were better able to appreciate the role of a diplomat.
On Saturday 11th March, Mr Mitchell, Ms Mohan and Mr Senior accompanied 28 Sixth Form students to City of London School, a high-achieving independent school located next to the Millennium Bridge on the side of the Thames, to participate in the annual Model United Nations Conference.
Kingsbury’s students formed seven delegations – USA, Israel, Lebanon, Yemen, New Zealand, Togo and Ukraine – and contributed to committees focused on a range of world issues, including tackling climate change, defeating ISIS and providing stability in Gambia. Our students represented the school with distinction and had some notable successes, not least providing several successful clauses to the resolution passed in the Special Committee (on Gambia). However, the highlight of the conference was provided by Dhruv Sharan (Year 13), who was a prize-winner in last year’s conference but this year went one better by taking the most sought-after prize in the competition: best delegate in the MUN Security Council, for his contribution to debate on Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
This was an excellent opportunity for Kingsbury students, who competed against selective and independent schools on the day with great confidence and commitment. The students also received a lecture, in the MUN Opening Ceremony, from BBC journalist James Robbins about his experiences as a foreign and diplomatic correspondent. We look forward to the 2018 Conference and will start preparing in the Autumn Term.
Kingsbury High School students achieved a first at the Model United Nations conference at John Warner School, Hoddesdon (Herts) in February: winning the most distinguished delegation award – i.e. ‘the best team in the competition’. The Kingsbury team triumphed over teams from state secondary schools, grammar schools and local independent schools (e.g. Haileybury). There were around 60 teams in the conference.
The school’s winning delegation represented France. The delegates were Nebiyu Kibru (Year 13), Amro Nagdy (Year 13), Jean Charles Abid (Year 13), Akash Dasgupta (Year 11) and Iman Mohamed (Year 11) – with special credit to Sahar Abas for writing a winning resolution and Nebiyu for standing in for her at a days notice. The delegation was especially praised for the quality of its resolutions.
The school’s second delegation of India also attracted a ‘Highly Commended Delegate Award’ for Louise Aquino (Year 11), who worked incredibly hard to persuade the Human Rights Committee to accept her proposals for preventing the terrible practice of female genital mutilation. She was ably supported by Akhil Patel (Year 11), Meera Patel (Year 11) and Sakthy Uthayakumar (Year 11).
Some of the students went on to attend the Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Boys Model United Nations for a whole weekend in March, together with teams of Year 12 students, going up against some of the most prestigious independent schools in the country and some visiting international schools.
Congratulations to all involved.