Hampton’s young debaters enjoyed a successful weekend of debating at the Lady Eleanor Holles annual Model United Nations (MUN) Conference.
Fourteen Hamptonians represented the delegations of Israel, Brazil, and the United Kingdom and addressed a range of contemporary topics and issues, including gender equality, housing for asylum seekers in the UK, the regulation of AI and access to primary education in developing countries. The standard of debate across the year groups was impressive, with Lower School delegates focused on trying to make points of information, to experienced Sixth Formers challenging other delegates with expert precision. Our Hampton Chairs (Felix von der Geest, Finn Watton, Thomas Perry, Piers Marchant, Theo Elliott and Vishal Saha from the Upper Sixth and Sam Govier and Isaac Crowhurst from the Lower Sixth) thoroughly enjoyed overseeing debate and bringing their years of MUN experience to bear on committee command and control.
All the Hamptonians were superb ambassadors for their respective countries, and several of our delegates picked up awards at the conference including:
Rishi Vijayan – delegate for Brazil on the Security Council
Highly Commended Delegate
Noah Kelly – delegate for the UK on the Security Council
Alec Hamilton – delegate for the UK on the Human Rights Committee
Digby Joice – delegate for Israel on the Special Committee
The delegation from Brazil (Leander Koutsoudis-Bhuller, Thomas Duffy, Cassian Brandreth-Stroud and Rishi Vijayan) scooped the award for Outstanding Delegation.
Miss Jenny Field, one of the teachers who organises MUN at Hampton, praised the young debaters on their accomplished performance:
Hampton delegates and chairs had a fantastic weekend of debating at LEHMUN. It is always so heartening to see MUN encouraging the mixing of our pupils, with delegations made up of a range of year groups. We had two beginner second year Hamptonians working alongside Sixth Formers and this is what makes MUN such a unique and engaging activity.
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