MODEL UNITED NATIONS
After months of preparation, the day finally arrived for our second Model United Nations Conference which took place on Friday 29 April and with sixteen schools, seven committees and almost two-hundred delegates, it was a huge conference. Well done to the chair team who led this conference brilliantly - Hannah, Lenna, Chloe, Caoimhe, Aoife, Deirdre, Katie - and well done to the brilliant press team who produced a fantastic newsletter which you can read to the right - every delegate deserves great praise for going through a long process of producing an opening speech, creating a resolution, developing a policy statement and researching the issues on the agenda from the points of view of their countries so that they could properly represent their countries at the conference. All of this led to great debates and super amendments as countries tried to work out differences and find compromises that could help the discussions move forward. It was a real example of what diplomatic life is all about and the quality of the work was noted by Minister Stephen Donnelly, Susana Nunez (Education Officer for Educate Together) and Steven Matthews TD, who all joined our conference yesterday and were hugely impressed by the knowledge and the passion of the students taking part in the discussions of many of the world's greatest challenges at present and in the future. So thank you to the chair team, the press team, the delegates the guest speakers and also to all the teachers in all sixteen schools who promoted this conference and spent a huge amount of time helping students prepare. We're already looking forward to the third conference next year!