During the first four days of half term, twelve members of Shrewsbury’s MUN team attended the Royal Russell School MUN in Croydon, along with 500 pupils from the UK, Ireland, Greece, Turkey, Germany, the USA and Japan. The RRSMUN is the longest-running MUN in the country, and the school that hosts it, now has an Old Salopian, Chris Hutchinson, as its Headmaster.
Shrewsbury's A team, Azerbaijan, led by the irrepressible Mark Huang, won a Distinguished Delegation award, one of the three top awards at the conference, and four of the team (Mark Huang, Toby Harvey-Scholes, Charlie Bibby and Sonny Koh) won individual Distinguished Delegate awards in their respective committees.
For the first time RRSMUN introduced an ICJ (International Criminal Court) to deal with an international pollution incident. Witnesses drawn from the different delegations were called to testify before the court and were, in turn, cross-examined by the advocates for the prosecution and the defence. Shrewsbury were represented in the ICJ by 'Judge' Dan Edwards, one of 15 judges drawn from different schools. Dan enjoyed the experience, despite the relative lack of 'banter', saying that it was an exhausting, but very useful experience for anyone interested in a career in Law.
Shrewsbury's performance is an encouraging start to the MUN year. Let's hope that this can inspire our delegations (India and Mali) for a strong performance at the Paris MUN in UNESCO at the end of November.
The Azerbaijan team were Mark Huang (Ambassador), Toby Harvey-Scholes, Charlie Bibby, Sonny Koh, Daniel Edwards and Theo Simmons
The South Sudan team were William Allott (Ambassador), Mary Parrott and Akaash Patel.
The Cuba team were Andrew Humpish (Ambassador), Sylvia Yeo, Sasha Arridge and Ivan Tivodar.
Accompanying staff: Huw Peach and Jenny Burge