Students Shine in Global Debate
Outstanding performance by Fourth to Sixth Form students at the Oxford Global Model United Nations competition.
Twelve Kimbolton students participated in the prestigious Oxford Global Model United Nations debating competition, held in the buildings of Oxford University from 16-18 November. The competition involved around 900 students and 80 schools from around the world, including a wide variety of European countries, the USA, China, India, Israel and even Nepal.
Students took on the part of a particular country and debated in one of 12 committees over the three days, with between 40 and 100 students in each committee. Hattie, Sam, Sasha, Charlotte, Noah and Aryaki all represented Canada; Chris and Oscar represented Iran; Ella, Angola; Lydia, Bhutan; Alice, Cambodia and Anushka, Bahrain.
Despite the fierce competition, each student did superbly well in what amounted to around 20 hours of debate, and we achieved a brilliant set of results. In particular, Aryaki and Anushka received awards as highly commended delegates (finishing in the top 5) in the Committee on Women’s Rights. Sam and Chris were similarly highly commended for their performance in the Outer Space Affairs Committee.
Charlotte was awarded the outstanding delegate (runner up) in the U.N. Development Programme Committee, whilst Hattie and Sasha won the best delegate award and prized gavel for the UN Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Committee - an amazing result.
Although there was no final rank order of schools, these results mean that Kimbolton would have finished as one of the top schools in the entire competition.
Mr Joseph Newsam, who together with Mrs Alison Bates coordinates debating at our school, said: "This was possibly the best Kimbolton debating performance ever! Against a truly international field our students stood out and we are really proud of their performance over the weekend. This was a super event which allowed students to both develop their debating skills and have an experience of life at Oxford University."